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College

Just Keep Swimming: An Educator’s Letter to College Freshmen

Aug 21, 2017

English teacher Catherine Stine shares words of encouragement with Green Dot alumni embarking on their first year of college.

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Excel

Green Dot Welcomes Excel Students and Staff to the Family

Aug 17, 2017

It’s official! When Excel Public Charter School in Kent, Washington opens its doors in the August of 2017, it will do so as part of the Green Dot family, making it our third school in the Washington region.

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road to college

Watch Three Green Dot Students Along Their Road to College

Aug 14, 2017

In this video, we encounter three students in different grade levels — one middle school student, one recent high school graduate, and one alumni — from three different cities across the Green Dot network, all on different parts of their road to college.

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Watch Three Green Dot Students Along Their Road to College

Aug 14, 2017

We debuted these vignettes at our regional back-to-school kick-off event, All Green Dot Day. The theme of the videos, “The Road to College,” is reinforced by the signs hanging over the doors of each Green Dot classroom. It is a celebration of everything our students become and can become because of the hard work of…

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SXSWedu

VOTE NOW: Green Dot Submits Three Panels for 2018 SXSWedu Conference & Festival

Aug 14, 2017

For its third year in a row, Green Dot submitted proposals for our educators, leadership team and staff to lead panel discussions at the SXSWedu annual conference in Austin, TX. Vote for Green Dot’s panels today!

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mentor

Back-to-School Advice From a Green Dot Alum

Aug 11, 2017

Ánimo Leadership Alumna and Green Dot University Mentor Sandra Estrada offers her back-to-school advice to current Green Dot students.

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summer melt

Cooling the Melt: Helping Our Students Get to Day One of Freshmen Year at College

Aug 10, 2017

A phenomena known as “summer melt” is a representation of the obstacles faced by many first year and first generation college students. This is why Green Dot’s educational model has built-in supports in the form of summer workshops, support groups, mentors, and outreach.

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Interns

Cultivating Professional Habits With Our Second Generation of Green Dot Interns

Aug 2, 2017

Our second annual cohort of interns, made up of Green Dot juniors from seven different schools, is spending their summer working alongside our staff and in the offices of community partners to gain insight into career fields of interest and cultivate professional habits.

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school leaders

New Year, New Faces: Meet Three New School Leaders Excited For Their New Roles

Jul 27, 2017

As the school year approaches, Green Dot proudly welcomes new school leaders to our growing community as they prepare to roll up their sleeves and get to work in schools across California, Washington, and Tennessee. Meet the school leaders at Green Dot’s three newest schools.

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Poetry

Performance Poetry Teams Write a Legacy at Ánimo Inglewood

Jul 18, 2017

Since 2012, Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School has developed a steady stream of poets, planting roots in the teen poetry slam community.

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parent community engagement coordinators

The Link Between Parents, Communities and Green Dot

Jul 12, 2017

At Green Dot, a special staff person helps power the vital partnership between schools, families, and communities — we call them Parent Coordinators, and they help bridge the gap between students’ home and school lives.

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Hillcrest Class of 2017

Parting Wisdom from Hillcrest’s Class of 2017

Jul 7, 2017

This is Hillcrest’s first graduation under Green Dot’s operation of the school, making it a very special Class of 2017. At this year’s graduation ceremony, the Hillcrest valedicotiran and two salutatorians shared insight and encouragement with their classmates.

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics Breaks Down Stereotypes and Builds Cohesion

Jul 5, 2017

The thumps of basketballs hitting the pavement were muffled over the applause of the audience, as Ánimo Western Charter Middle School and Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School students played in their first Special Olympics Unified Sports game.

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Reading

Recalculating Trajectory: Intervention Courses Put Students Back on the Path to College

Jul 3, 2017

Two years ago when Destiny Middle School, Tacoma’s first charter public middle school, opened its doors, more than 80% of the students were reading below grade level. Jenni Denison’s son Isaiah was one of those students.

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Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews Prepare Green Dot Students for Future Careers

Jun 29, 2017

Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo High School staff partnered with professionals and business leaders across Los Angeles, including Green Dot Ambassadors, to simulate real-world interview experiences at its annual Mock Interviews event, which helps our students polish and refine skills necessary to pursue future careers.

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Hands Around Jordan

Vladovic Honors Ánimo College Preparatory Academy For Community Connection

Jun 28, 2017

LAUSD Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic honors Ánimo College Preparatory Academy for their connection to the community through their “Hands Around Jordan” event.

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LA Stands for All

Kevin de Leon Meets with Charter Parents to Talk Immigration Policy

Jun 22, 2017

This spring, parents and students from Green Dot Public Schools’United Parents and Students, KIPP Public Charter Schools, and Magnolia Public Schools, hosted the LA Stands for All Immigrant Families assembly, a collective effort to protect the rights of the families our schools serve — and by extension, families like them across the city.

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Vision to Learn

Community Partnerships Bring Free Vision and Health Screenings to Thousands of Students

Jun 21, 2017

When students experience challenges with their hearing or sight, it not only affects their ability to learn, but it also impacts their quality of life. That’s why Green Dot partnered with Vision to Learn and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to provide vision and health screenings for over 2,000 middle school students.

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Bluff City

Building a Great School Together in Hickory Hill

Jun 20, 2017

“Founding a school is a huge amount of work, but it’s also a huge opportunity,” said Jonas G. Cleaves, principal of Green Dot Tennessee’s newest school, Bluff City High School.

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City Year

City Year: Building Relationships for Positive Learning Environments

Jun 19, 2017

City Year worked with Locke College Preparatory Academy for the past three years to identify students who may need additional support and outreach, pairing them with a City Year mentor. In addition to academic supports, students receive art, music, and sport enrichment opportunities to help them develop holistically.

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