Beyond the Classroom

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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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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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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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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Chess

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.

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Parents

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.

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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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