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Soccer

For the Love of Soccer: Seeing Beyond Victory

January 18, 2019

Last spring, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School students hoped to participate in Green Dot’s Ánimo Cup, an intramural soccer tournament for teams in Green Dot’s network of schools. There was just one problem: they didn’t have a coach.

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mural

How a New Mural is Making Students Feel Seen at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

January 17, 2019

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School art teachers Margaret Ward and Gretchen Proulx saw the opportunity for messaging to students through art on the new walls of a permanent home for the school.

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Pathway

Ánimo Pat Brown’s New Building Strengthens the College Pathway

January 8, 2019

This fall, the Florence-Firestone community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School building. The community was overjoyed not just by the prospect of a new facility, but the sixth through twelfth grade pathway the new building will support.

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Growth

Reflecting On a 2018 of Growth

January 2, 2019

As we turn the page on a new year, we take this time to reflect on all the ways we’ve grown in the past year. We have much to be proud of, and still more growth to pursue, but always, we remain committed to the students and families who have entrusted us to help pave a path of preparation for college, leadership, and life.

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Music

For Love of Music: How Fairley’s New Band Director is Restoring a Legacy

December 18, 2018

“Music is more than just playing an instrument and trying to sound good. Music is about putting yourself into the instrument — your character, your heart, your pride,” said Thomas Perry, the Band Director at Green Dot’s Fairley High School.

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diversity

A More Intentional Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green Dot

December 11, 2018

In order to deliver on our promise of preparing all students for college, leadership and life, we believe we need to foster school cultures that embrace both individuality and unity, beginning with our own team members.

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workplace

Green Dot Tennessee Named A Top Workplace in Memphis for Second Year in a Row

December 5, 2018

Green Dot is excited to be acknowledged on this year’s Top Workplaces 2018 list, as professional development and empowerment of its employees are continued priorities for the organization

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Drama

Perry Shields: Journey of a Second Career Teacher

December 4, 2018

“I’m 57 years old, and I’m in my twelfth year of teaching — I’m late to this,” chuckled Perry Shields, drama teacher at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). Shields doesn’t mind that his teaching career began later on, as he’s been able to bring his life experiences and passions into his role as an educator.

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Scholarship

How a 5k Run Changed This Student’s Life

November 20, 2018

“Students want to attend college, but we all share the same worry, and that’s affording it,” urged Celeste Chavez, Ánimo College Prep Academy alumna. “We worry about the cost of tuition, how we will afford food, books, supplies, and of course how we will deal with student loan debt.”

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Power

Parent Power: How Hundreds of Families are Changing Their City

November 16, 2018

Green Dot has always believed in the power of families and students to self-advocate for the kind of community revitalization they need.

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Principal

Meet Principal Jasmia Fowler: ‘If Not You, Then Who?’

November 6, 2018

There is a mantra that Jasmia Fowler, new Principal at Ánimo College Preparatory Academy, lives by: ‘If not you, then who? If not now, then when?’

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expanded learning

Expanded Learning: Supporting Students Beyond the Bell

November 2, 2018

At Green Dot Public Schools, learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings. Expanded learning programs are an extension of the academic day.

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college

Help Make College Access Possible For All

November 1, 2018

This year, across our network, each of our 30 schools is fundraising to help underwrite college tours or SAT/ACT prep for their students. Give today and make an impact on the lives of nearly 15,000 students in chronically underserved communities.

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Language

Why You Can’t Just Teach Language With Worksheets

October 30, 2018

“My focus has been to have the students look at Spanish as a tool, an advantage, and an academic subject, instead of a class they have to take for a grade or a language they only speak at home with their families,” said Borlant-Guertler, Spanish teacher at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School

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Seahawk

Updated: Seattle Seahawk Tyler Lockett Visits Destiny Middle School

October 26, 2018

This month, students at Destiny Middle School got a surprise visit from Seattle Seahawks star Tyler Lockett.

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supreme court

Supreme Court Ruling is a Victory for Students and Families

October 25, 2018

Earlier today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that charter schools are constitutional, and upheld lower court rulings that affirmed the laws that govern and fund charter schools.

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Alumni

Keeping Students in College: Why Alumni Champions Are Vital

October 24, 2018

Our students are often the first in their families to attend college, and this added pressure alongside the difficulty of adjusting to the academic and social challenges of college life can be overwhelming for even the most resilient student.

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soleo

Chad Soleo Appointed Interim CEO of Green Dot Public Schools National

October 15, 2018

As Green Dot Public Schools National continues its search for a new Chief Executive, the National Board of Directors voted this week to appoint Chad Soleo as Interim CEO effective November 1, 2018.

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rvla

Celebrating a New Home for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School

October 10, 2018

Last month, students at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy got a new school home. To celebrate the new building, RVLA students and staff, along with community partners, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and shared their thoughts on the importance of having high quality public school options in their neighborhood.

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Locke Student

‘Not My Parents’ Locke’: Reflections from a Current Locke Student

October 9, 2018

I’ve heard people say, “Locke is a school meant for delinquents who will never amount to anything.” This statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Principal

Green Dot Celebrates National Principals’ Month

October 8, 2018

At Green Dot we know that all great schools have a great leader at the helm. Families trust them with their student’s well-being and their academic journeys.

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CORE

SBAC Results Show Green Dot Schools Achieve Breakthrough in Student Growth

October 5, 2018

Green Dot students in South LA students are achieving some of the best academic growth in the state, according to state test and academic growth models from CORE, a network of the 9 largest school districts across California.

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learning curve

Announcing The Learning Curve: News and Views from Green Dot Leaders

October 4, 2018

Green Dot Public Schools is excited to announce The Learning Curve, a platform for sharing reflections and leading ideas on public education from Green Dot leaders.

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renew

Five Green Dot Schools Up For Renewal Are All Re-authorized

September 28, 2018

Several schools across South LA were renewed this week by elected officials, helping keep more high quality public options to these historically underprivileged neighborhoods. Green Dot Public Schools’ network of Title I secondary schools had five schools under scrutiny this week–and all five were renewed!

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