Principal

Few people are surprised that Tiana Diggs is now a principal at the school where her teaching career began. Though if you asked Diggs if she ever imagined that she’d be a principal the answer might surprise you. “Absolutely not, I don’t know if that sounds crazy but I didn’t,” laughed Tiana Diggs, Principal at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School (AJBT).

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Facing History and Ourselves

“Our partnership with Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) helps students understand how they and others make choices, good or bad, and how these choices affect our history,” says Ánimo Jackie Robinson Principal, Kristen Botello. The integrated FHAO curriculum fosters an ethical school culture so students can effectively build and maintain positive relationships for themselves.

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Giving Tree

Throughout the year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School addresses various social and cultural issues that impact the community around the school. Involvement in the ASB provides students with a deeper understanding of important issues and allows them to directly participate with a specific focus.

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Restorative Justice

For far too long, and far too often, harsh discipline has been the de facto way schools have tried to maintain a safe environment. Removing students from the learning environment in order to issue consequences for negative behavior does not teach what to do when confronted with difficult choices, conflicts, or emotions, and instead, often results in future disciplinary action. Thankfully, this is changing.

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