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Grad

Becoming a #GreenDotGrad to make College Dreams Come True

July 8, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools experienced many thrills during our graduation ceremonies in June. But the biggest one of all is the success of our thousands of graduating seniors. Making college dreams come true is really what drives everyone at Green Dot. We believe, we know, that a college education can be life-changing. We see proof of that each time one of our past grads returns to campus.

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Party at the Polls

Get on the Bus; First-Time Voters Get a Ride to the Polls

June 30, 2016

#PartyatthePolls built excitement around the major milestone of voting for the first time for students at five of our 11 high schools in California.

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Class of 2016

Celebrating the Class of 2016

June 23, 2016

Graduation season is always an inspirational time at Green Dot Public Schools. We honor our students as they realize their potential and walk the stage in cap and gown towards a successful future. To our grads: Keep it up!

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Father's Day

By Doing Good in the Community, a Father does Right by his Sons

June 16, 2016

As Father’s Day approaches, we acknowledge the fathers in our own communities and what it takes to properly raise our families and advocate for our communities. It takes both love and power, especially in the face of barriers and opposition.

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Common Core

Common Core at 2: More persistence, more critical thinking

June 9, 2016

With a year of teaching Common Core under their belts, Green Dot teachers are reporting that their students are showing more critical thinking and perseverance– both essential to success in school and in life.

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College Persistence

Closing the College Completion Gap with College Persistence

June 2, 2016

Today, the biggest driver of upward mobility is education. Without a college degree, half of those raised in the lowest-income families will remain in poverty throughout their adult lives. But with a college degree, nine out of ten will escape the poverty of their youth. The Green Dot Public Schools College Persistence Initiative seeks to close the college completion gap for low-income students.

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JROTC

JROTC Provides Memorable Experiences for Locke Cadets

May 25, 2016

Memorial Day is a holiday where we honor those who have fought for our country. Locke’s Navy JROTC program focuses on citizenship and leadership development. The program also provides an opportunity for mentors to work with students.

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Professional Development

Professional Development Guided by Teachers for Teachers

May 19, 2016

All Green Dot Days are days devoted to professional development and provided throughout the school year. We are an ever-evolving organization and we believe that our professional development should reflect that.

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Students Succeed

Finding the Right Supports to Help All Students Succeed

May 17, 2016

We’re building a school culture for our students to learn and develop new academic and social skills. We focus on a full inclusion learning environment, so that all our students with special needs have access to the general education setting.

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Jenesse Center

Jenesse Center: Holding a Youthful Conversation on a Serious Topic

May 16, 2016

250 students from Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy traveled across Los Angeles to take part in a Youth Conversation to raise awareness about teen dating violence, in collaboration with Jenesse Center, a Los Angeles-based domestic violence intervention program.

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Super Mom

Super Moms at the Heart of Green Dot’s Success

May 12, 2016

One of the most effective ways to attack persistently low student outcomes, lingering education inequities, and the intractable achievement gap is to involve parents. We work hard to nurture the organized power of our parents, like these “Super Moms”, to drive positive change in our neighborhoods.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2016

The difference our teachers make in the lives of our students does not go unnoticed. During this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week, take an extra moment to thank the educators in your life: whether they are teaching your children, they taught you when you were in school, or they are a neighbor or colleague.

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Green Dot Washington

Teachers Thrive at Green Dot Washington

May 3, 2016

At Destiny Middle School, teachers are innovative in their teaching, finding new ways to make sure students are mastering subjects. They personalize learning and use data to help guide their teaching. Read the ways our Green Dot Washington teachers are thriving.

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Adelante

Adelante: Moving Teachers Forward Toward Their Credential

April 28, 2016

In partnership with Loyola Marymount University, we’ve created the Green Dot Adelante Credentialing Program. The program aims to support a cohort of soon-to-be teachers as they earn their preliminary teaching credential and teach in a Green Dot Public School.

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8 Green Dot Public School High Schools Named Among the Nation’s Best

April 21, 2016

For the second straight year, 8 Green Dot Public School high schools have been named among the nation’s best by US News & World Report. These rankings above all else demonstrate that when we set high standards for students, they will rise up and exceed expectations.

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation from the 2016 Golden Dot Award Winners

April 18, 2016

We asked this year’s Golden Dot Award winners “What inspires you to work hard every day?” Read their answers.

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Keep Washington charter schools open

You helped us make history

April 15, 2016

by Bree Dusseault Executive Director, Green Dot Public Schools Washington It is with a full heart and gratitude that we are celebrating our students, families and supporters hard work and dedication that helped lead the way to the new public charter school law in Washington state. Last week Governor Inslee announced he would let the…

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college culture

College Culture and Deep Dish Pizza: An Interview with Fairley High School Principal

April 14, 2016

During their Spring Break, 22 Fairley High School students traveled to Chicago with Principal, Zach Samson, to tour local colleges. Opportunities like this help Green Dot Public Schools create and nurture a college-going culture that sets students up for success.

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school difference

What a Difference a School Makes

April 6, 2016

From the moment she walked onto the Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School campus, Green Dot parent, Isela Castro, knew she had found some place different. She felt comfortable, and even before her son started school there, the educators were accepting of him and his needs.

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Green Dot Vote

Creating Real Community Change, One Green Dot Vote at a Time

March 31, 2016

Voter participation in the communities we serve is historically low. To address the need for more civic engagement among Green Dot families, the Green Dot Votes initiative seeks to register to vote individuals in the community and create a greater understanding of the link between civic engagement and policy change.

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charter schools

The Future of Charter Schools in 140 Characters or Less

March 28, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools, along with Third Way, the Century Foundation, and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, discussed the future of charter schools in a Twitter Chat back on March 9.

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Animo Inglewood students working on robot

Robot vs Robot: The Battle to Build the Best

March 24, 2016

By Sue Jean Hong, Principal at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School In South LA, technology-fueled educational opportunities can be few and far between. However, Green Dot schools Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, and Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy are doing just that. By…

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Future leaders

How Education Is Empowering Future Leaders in Tacoma

March 17, 2016

As a community, Tacoma, Washington is seeing young people excited to wake up to go to school every day and who are taking charge of their education. One Washington State family shares their story and the importance of school choice for their children and families just like theirs.

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Red dots green

The Magic of Turning Red Dots to Green

March 17, 2016

Since Green Dot’s founding 15 years ago, it has been our mission to turn red dots green. We hear from the perspective of a teacher who has seen the difference before and after Green Dot accepted leadership of Wooddale Middle School.

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