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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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Memphis Seniors Graduate Ready For College, Leadership and Life

Jun 12, 2017

Green Dot leadership, educators and staff proudly celebrate the end of a successful school year as 209 students from our two high schools in Memphis walk the stage at their graduation ceremonies.

Gene Robinson

Robinson Joins Fairley as Football Coach and Athletic Director

Jun 6, 2017

Green Dot is excited to welcome the new head football coach and Athletic Director at Fairley High School: Gene Robinson III.


Cleaves Joins Green Dot as Leader of Bluff City High School

May 30, 2017

Bluff City High School has a new principal – Jonas G. Cleaves will be joining the Green Dot family as the school’s leader this fall.

Bluff City

Welcoming a New Green Dot High School in Hickory Hill

May 15, 2017

Green Dot is excited to announce a high quality high school option for students throughout South Memphis: Bluff City High School is set to open its doors for the first time in August 2017.


How Organized Parents and Students Empower Communities

Apr 20, 2017

In education, poverty is still the principal indicator of quality — where working class families can ask for change, but, without power, they cannot demand it. United Parents and Students, an affiliate of Green Dot Public Schools National, is working to change that.


USA Today: Mr. Trump, Don’t boost our budgets while cutting education

Mar 28, 2017

USA Today: “In the “skinny budget” that the White House released this month, President Trump offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools. As public charter school operators, we appreciate the proposed investment in new schools like ours.”


Literacy Leaps Ahead at Kirby

Mar 14, 2017

“We don’t always know where students are coming from, they may or may not have the same background as us, but it’s our job to understand them.” – Monifa Roberts Monifa Roberts is a Literacy Enrichment Teacher at Kirby Middle School in Memphis, TN. Though a veteran public educator with over a decade of teaching experience,…

STEM Students

STEM Students Shoot for the Moon and Build the Robots to Get There

Mar 2, 2017

If science is the key to our future, we’ve learned that applied learning can unlock student passion. With renewed interest in astronomy and space exploration, who better for students to learn from than one of the world’s leading authorities on space Dr. Charles Elachi.

golden dot awards

Honoring Excellence at The Fifth Annual Golden Dot Awards

Feb 16, 2017

Join us Saturday evening, March 18th to celebrate Green Dot Public Schools educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education at the Golden Dot Awards.

Charter School

Public Education and Charter Schools at this Moment in History

Jan 12, 2017

CEO, Marco Petruzzi, shares with TOWN HALL LA how Green Dot Public Schools is revolutionizing the public school system. Petruzzi addresses how Green Dot achieves better student outcomes with lower per pupil funding, a unionized workforce, and operates only in high need communities.

Green Dot Values

Renewal & Reflection: Which Green Dot Values will Guide us in 2017?

Jan 5, 2017

As we enter a new year, there is much to consider from the past year that can help support our mission to transform public education so that all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. There are many elements of our work that are truly valuable to student growth and community revitalization–both core parts of Green Dot’s model.


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