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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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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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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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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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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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Rainier Valley

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy to Open in Seattle

May 22, 2017

Green Dot is excited to announce a high quality middle school option for students throughout Seattle: Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is set to open its doors for the first time in August 2017.

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Spotlighting a Future Leader of Green Dot Seattle Middle School

Apr 12, 2017

Ms. Myra McCormick will serve Green Dot Seattle Middle School as Assistant Principal in its founding year after completing the Green Dot Administrator In Residence program.

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trump

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.”

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Golden Dot Awards

And the Fifth Annual Golden Dot Award Winners Are…

Mar 27, 2017

The Golden Dot Awards highlighted educators and staff who demonstrate exceptional teaching, school leadership and support for our schools.

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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.

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community southeast seattle

Community Helps Shape Future Public Middle School in Southeast Seattle

Feb 21, 2017

Before Green Dot’s Southeast Seattle Middle School opens the doors, we’ll have spent nearly two years listening and gathering feedback from the residents and organizations that make this area one of the most diverse and thriving communities in the state.

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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.

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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.

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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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support green dot

Support Green Dot to Create Opportunities for All Students

Dec 22, 2016

We imagine a future when every child, regardless of what neighborhood they live in, can enjoy excellent public schools, safe streets, and fulfilling careers. With your partnership, we believe that our cities can achieve this dream.

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Green Dot Seattle

Breaking New Ground in Seattle

Dec 13, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools Washington recently launched their second middle school and welcomed the community in southeast Seattle. As part of the school’s planning year, Walter Chen, the founding principal, created a southeast Seattle Advisory Committee. Chen and his team are diligently working to ensure that families are aware of their public school options.

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SXSWedu

Green Dot Featured in 2017 SXSWedu Conference and Festival

Dec 1, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Green Dot Public Schools was selected to engage a broad community of educators and industry leaders at the next SXSWedu in Austin, TX!

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givingtuesday

Meet the Next Great American

Nov 24, 2016

Your support this holiday season can help put students on the path to college. By helping promote our campaign throughout your networks, you can help amplify the support that Green Dot needs to serve our students, communities, and schools.

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Destiny Middle School

Creating an Environment of High Expectations and Encouragement

Nov 22, 2016

“I hope that my students will leave my class with the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the world around them,” Ms. Sinco states. It’s this unwavering commitment to her students and the Destiny Middle School community that’s helping to close historic opportunity gaps.

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