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Founding

Meet a Few of the Founding Faces of Destiny Middle School

Sep 5, 2017

Meet some of our founding members of the Destiny Middle School family who are excited for the opportunity to make this school year a memorable one for all students and families.

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graduates

Green Dot Celebrates Graduates Across the Network

Aug 29, 2017

We’d like to say a final congratulations to over 1,600 Green Dot graduates from the Class of 2017. Catch a glimpse of graduations from across the network.

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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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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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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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