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Coleman

Founding Freshman Finds New Vision for Her Future at RVLA High

April 25, 2019

Le’Trianna Coleman’s growth at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy HS is irrefutable: in less than a year at RVLA HS, her GPA has grown a full point, and she’s transitioned out of classes for students that need extra support into several honors courses.

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English

How This Student Grew Eight Grade Levels in English in Three Years

April 23, 2019

“Before coming here I couldn’t wait until the school day was over. Before coming here I would catch up on homework in my other classes and not pay attention,” recalled Klein Sanchez, a senior at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). “I just didn’t care, but being here it was like, ‘I have to get my grades up, I have to graduate, and get accepted into college.’”

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African American

How African American Students are Closing Achievement Gaps

April 22, 2019

Growing up, I didn’t know what path I wanted my life to take. I did, however, understand early on that my path was different because I am an African American male–being stopped and questioned by police officers was a regular part of my childhood.

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Neighborhood

Green Dot Students Dive Into Data to Propose Changes Across the City

April 18, 2019

This winter, Green Dot students from Ánimo Jackie Robinson, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High Schools participated in Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s L.A. DataFest competition.

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boxing

Grindhouse Boxing Provides Socioemotional Lessons for Students at Fairley

April 11, 2019

“I joined the program to help me get control of myself and my anger,” reflected Javeries Suggs, a freshman at Fairley. “It has helped me become a nicer and calmer person. It has also helped me keep myself on track and stay more focused.”

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STEM

Creating Middle School Pathways to STEM Careers

April 9, 2019

People of color are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers. That’s why at Green Dot, we begin preparing our students in middle school, many of which have added 21st Century Learning Lab courses that utilize curriculum from Project Lead the Way.

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estudiantes

La Opinión: Organización prepara estudiantes del sur de Los Ángeles

April 5, 2019

La Opinion reports on the importance of Expanded Learning Programs, including Nature Now — a program that works with students at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

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core

Ten Green Dot Schools Win Student Growth Awards from CORE Districts

April 4, 2019

Last week, several schools in the Green Dot Public Schools California network were announced as recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards. Most notably, Ánimo Western Charter Middle School was recognized for three years of high impact growth in English Language Arts.

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

April 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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football

Signing Days Celebrate Football Players at Hillcrest and Fairley

April 2, 2019

Memphis’ Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School hosted their annual Signing Days, celebrating nine football senior football players who signed letters of intent to attend universities across the country.

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reflection

FOX13 — Kirby Middle offers “reflection room” as alternative to detention

March 29, 2019

Kirby Middle School’s reflection room offers students a space to resolve conflict and process emotions.

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Exposing Students to Diverse Career Pathways

March 28, 2019

This semester, students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School had the opportunity to learn from esteemed professionals at their second annual career day!

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seahawks

What Mitochondria and the Seattle Seahawks Have in Common

March 26, 2019

Caresse Fernandez has spent enough time in the classroom to feel comfortable about her approach and the strength of her curriculum, and yet this year, she decided to upend all of her tried and true curricula to start fresh. She’s making connections between classwork and local news, including the Seattle Seahawks, orca whales in the Puget Sound, and more.

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Grandparent

Why This Grandparent Loves His Grandchildren’s School

March 25, 2019

Meet a proud Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School grandparent! When his children were growing up work limited the time he had to particpate in their education and lives at school. But now with as a grandparent he’s able to play a critical role in his grandchildren’s education and he couldn’t be happier.

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Charter

EdSource: A cap on charters would only cap family choices

March 20, 2019

The raft of proposed legislation in the state Legislature seeking to limit or cap charter schools all share one disturbing element: the bills ignore the impact charters have on the students they serve.

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Math

How This Student Grew Over Three Years in Math in Just One Year

March 19, 2019

When Lorenzo Mays, now a sophomore at Bluff City High School, entered the school as a freshman, his iReady testing results demonstrated second to fifth grade proficiency in multiple math subjects.

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school of the year

Locke Receives 2019 Charter School of the Year Award

March 13, 2019

Today, Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy, the former Locke High School and Green Dot’s first turnaround school, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association at their annual conference.

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Literature

These Students are Closing Achievement Gaps in Reading — Here’s How

March 5, 2019

Though the school day is over, students at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School (JBT) eagerly enter Krystle Braxton’s classroom. They quickly sign in, grab Kindle E-readers, and crowd around a table, eager to read and discuss the book of the month: A Wrinkle in Time.

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Locke

L.A. Times: Locke Girls’ Soccer Team Has the Help of Two Coach-Cops

February 27, 2019

Two local police officers have begun volunteering as co-coaches for Locke’s soccer team. Said Officer Martinez: “We went to several other schools, but the reason we picked Locke was the coach had a high standard.”

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Spelling

These Middle Schoolers are Un-BEE-lievable! Green Dot Hosts First Spelling Bee

February 25, 2019

This month students, families, and staff from all of Green Dot’s middle schools in California eagerly gathered in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Public Library for Green Dot’s first network spelling bee.

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Immigration

USCDornsife: Stories of Immigration

February 22, 2019

A plaque near a series of shops on First Street in Little Tokyo stands as a reminder of family history for one USC Dornsife student. It honors the area’s original shopkeepers, including Chiyo Machikawa, a jewelry store owner.

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growth

How School Culture Helped This Student Academically

February 21, 2019

Meet Pedro Barreras, a senior at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School (APB). In eighth grade at a nearby middle school Barreras was struggling in both math and English, demonstrating the math proficiency of a fourth grader and the English proficiency of a fifth grader. Just three years later, in his junior year at APB, Barreras showed dramatic growth.

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Culture

How Cougar Cash is Helping Transform Students Like Jeremiah

February 19, 2019

When Jeremiah Mason joined Kirby Middle School in sixth grade, he admits he was getting in a fair amount of trouble. “I didn’t know anyone, and I argued about work and I was fighting,” reflected Mason, currently in eighth grade. “But now, it’s just calm.”

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rvla

Rigor and Joy are Alive at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

February 18, 2019

Meet Walter Chen, Principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School (RVLAMS). “I’d say what we really try to nail with Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is a college prep atmosphere with high rigor, and yet, joy,” said Chen.

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