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Educators

Brand New Teachers Reflect on First Semester in the Classroom

Jan 2, 2018

With the end of the first semester under our belt, we checked in with some of our teachers from this year’s Adelante cohort to reflect on their time in the classroom so far.

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passions

Students Explore Their Passions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dec 26, 2017

When Green Dot summer intern and Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy junior Ja’Juan Barr expressed a strong interest in space and the solar system to Graphic Designer Ariya Dickinson and Community Engagement Coordinator Breanna Jordan during his summer internship, they wanted to help him and his peers further explore their passions.

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Memphis

Why This Assistant Principal is Making Memphis Her Home

Dec 21, 2017

Damika Pichon is someone we like to call a “Dotter for life,” having been a dedicated Green Dot [LINK] teacher and educator for more than a decade now. But it’s the story behind those ten years that is truly remarkable, demonstrating her profound commitment to the success of our students and the realization of the Green Dot mission.

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dance

Green Dot Students Turn English Lessons into Modern Dance

Dec 20, 2017

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theater recently concluded a six-week residency program at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, where students learned how to interpret subject matter from their English class into contemporary dance. This November, students showcased their hard work in a recital for family and friends.

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food

ForwardLA: Access to Healthy Food is More Than a School Lunch Issue

Dec 18, 2017

It’s hard to focus or learn without proper nourishment and sustained meals–this is true for adults and students alike. It’s why conversations around serving healthy breakfasts and lunches, as well as decreasing the burden of providing quality nutrition are buzzing across the world of education.

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Meet our Teachers in Washington: Ms. Rosario

Dec 15, 2017

Meet Yomalis Rosario, founding social studies teacher at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School in Seattle, Washington.

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teacher

Meet our Teachers in Washington: Mrs. Finders

Dec 15, 2017

Meet Claire Finders, founding Special Education teacher at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School in Seattle, Washington.

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teacher

Meet our Teachers in Washington: Ms. Anderson

Dec 14, 2017

Meet Meaghan Anderson, founding English Language Arts teacher at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School in Seattle, Washington.

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Give

Tis’ the Season: Students Create Opportunities to Give

Dec 14, 2017

The season of gratitude and giving is upon us, and our students are leading the charge! Schools across the Green Dot network have worked with their community and local organizations to host events that encourage their peers and neighbors to give and foster a spirit of generosity.

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kara

Meet A Green Dot Educator: Kara Hayes

Dec 13, 2017

Meet Kara Hayes, a Special Education teacher at Destiny Middle School in Tacoma WA, and an exceptional Green Dot educator.

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locke

Why Locke is an Important Piece of the Watts Community

Dec 12, 2017

Locke 9th Grade Academy Assistant Principal Aleah Al-Sad shares why Alain LeRoy College Preparatory Academy is such an important part of the Watts Community.

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Spirit

How School Spirit Affects Community Spirit

Dec 8, 2017

UPAS Community Engagement Coordinator Samantha Levra shares about the Ánimo Watts Charter High School Fall Carnival, and how school spirit affects community spirit.

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ForwardLA

Photo Essay: Green Dot Parents Rally for a Better Future at ForwardLA

Dec 6, 2017

On December 2, over 1,000 parents and community leaders gathered to advocate for change around six major issues facing their communities.

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Workplace

Green Dot Public Schools Named Top Place to Work in Memphis

Dec 5, 2017

The Commercial Appeal, in partnership with research firm, Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), announced today that Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee is one of the best places to work in the Greater Memphis area. Green Dot is thrilled to be acknowledged on this year’s Top Workplaces 2017 list, as the professional development and empowerment of its employees is a top priority for the organization.

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parents

United Parents and Students Celebrates a Successful Summit Focused on Creating Positive Change Across Los Angeles

Dec 5, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, United Parents and Students (UPAS), in conjunction with Green Dot Public Schools and an array of other organizations, hosted thousands of local parents, students, and community members at the fourth ForwardLA summit—an event intended to create an action-oriented space where the community can come together to address key issues that deeply affect local families and students.

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housing

ForwardLA: How Green Dot Parents are Taking Action in LA’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Dec 4, 2017

For all parents and families, helping their children succeed in school means providing support and stability in housing. Unfortunately, economic conditions in Los Angeles have made this more difficult for parents to do, as the city continues to face a dire affordable housing crisis.

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Immigrant

ForwardLA: Why Protecting Immigrant Families is Integral to Green Dot’s Mission

Dec 1, 2017

At Green Dot, we aim to continually use our educational platform to teach students and families about the importance of respect and fairness of opportunity both inside and outside of school walls; this is engrained in Green Dot’s approach to supporting students on all fronts, and fighting for immigrant protections means staying true to our mission.

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community

More Than 1,000 Parents & Students to Gather at 4th Annual United Parents & Students Assembly–ForwardLA: A Day for Justice

Nov 29, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, United Parents and Students, in conjunction with Green Dot Public Schools and other partners, will welcome parents, stakeholders, local leaders and elected officials, and community members to the ForwardLA: A Day for Justice event at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

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College

Professional Writers Coach Seniors On Tackling College Essays

Nov 29, 2017

Ánimo Leadership Charter High School senior Ryan Atapattu sat anxiously in front of the computer monitor. In just a few moments, he would be sitting down with a professional writer to discuss the first draft of his personal essay for college applications, packed with glimpses into his life story and his dreams.

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policy

Green Dot Students Propose Policy Changes in Their Community

Nov 15, 2017

Seniors at Ánimo Pat Brown are working with the online platform LawMaker to draft, propose and share policy ideas that will positively impact their community.

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