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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.


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.


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.”


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.


Just Keep Livin Foundation: “Conscious Living”

February 14, 2019

Anthony Thomas, math teacher at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School was recognized by the just keep livin Foundation (JKL) for his work with students and service to the community.


How One Math Lesson Turned Into a Chess Club

February 12, 2019

The courtyard at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School bustles with laughter and the sounds of children as they crowd around each other at the lunch tables. Down the hall, the hollow thud of wooden chess pieces echoes in Luis Garcia’s math classroom as 20 students eagerly set up chess boards.


I Am Black History: Why and How We Must Contribute to the Pages of All Our Students’ Stories

February 6, 2019

As I think about Black History Month, I remember a drawing of this little brown lady with long, black hair. It was hand drawn by one of my students and it read: “The first day I walked into this [room], I saw a young brown skinned woman. I knew right away I was going to like this class.”


See How Parents Rallied for Change in Their Communities

February 4, 2019

This fall, United Parents and Students (UPAS) hosted thousands of local parents, students, and community members at the the fifth annual United Parents and Students assembly, Forward SoCal, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.


Green Dot Joins Thousands of Parents to Rally Ahead of Charter Moratorium

January 30, 2019

Yesterday hundreds of parents and students from Green Dot Public Schools joined thousands more from across the city to demand that Los Angeles Unified School District board members vote “no” on a resolution to call for a statewide moratorium on authorizing new charter schools.

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Why This Parent Chose Fairley

January 29, 2019

“The summer before my daughter’s freshman year, we didn’t have a high school picked out,” said this Fairley parent. Learn why she and her daughter eventually chose Fairley!


USC News: Parents’ Sacrifices Drive First-Generation USC Student to Succeed

January 28, 2019

Seeing her mom and dad work tough jobs to survive motivates USC Mork Family Scholar Jacqueline Martinez to provide them and others in similar circumstances with a better life.


Daily News: Capping charter schools in LAUSD will hurt students and families

January 27, 2019

With the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers union strike now over, it’s easy to understand why a combination of relief and celebration permeates most corners of the nation’s second-largest school system. Having students and teachers out of the classroom, for a single day, let alone six, benefits no one.


Seattle Times: For Teacher Diversity, Look to Alternative Schools

January 25, 2019

As a former teacher, principal and leader of color at Green Dot Public Schools, I know that my colleagues look for schools where we have the freedom to innovate and serve our students most effectively, while accessing the structure and supports that reflect our community’s needs.

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Parent Leaders Foster Change For Their Communities

January 22, 2019

This fall, United Parents and Students (UPAS) hosted thousands of local parents, students, and community members at the the fifth annual United Parents and Students assembly, Forward SoCal, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Since the assembly, UPAS leaders have obtained significant commitments from city council members and elected officials.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.”


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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