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College Readiness is a Family Affair

Dec 11, 2019

When my oldest son came to this school he was struggling academically and was very timid, but the teachers helped him grow several grade levels and boosted his self esteem and confidence.”

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robotics

How This Robotics Program Is Preparing Students in Watts for the Future

Dec 3, 2019

In just six weeks, ACPA students designed, built, and programmed a 120-pound industrial sized robot. Although at first the task felt challenging, together ACPA students learned to problem solve, collaborate, and work through failure to achieve a shared goal.

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Today’s a Good Day to Make a Difference

Nov 21, 2019

Get to know three Green Dot graduates who have graduated from college and are continuing to rise.  Education Opens Doors. Over the past 20 years, Green Dot has helped keep the doors of opportunity open by sending nearly 12,000 of our graduates on to college. Help make sure we can continue to set and raise…

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DACA

Statement from Green Dot on the Supreme Court DACA Case

Nov 21, 2019

Last week, we saw once again a demonstration of the spirit of hope and promise that underlies America – and makes our country great.

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growth data

LA School Report: Green Dot’s experience shows LAUSD was right to release student growth data because it’s a more meaningful measure of student success

Nov 19, 2019

We are pleased that the LAUSD Board of Education earlier this month approved the release of school-specific data that includes student growth among its measures — parents, students and the community will benefit from this improved way of judging schools.

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ACPA Celebrated and Supported on The Ellen Show

Nov 15, 2019

Green Dot is pleased to share that one of our Los Angeles school principals was featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Ms. Jasmia Fowler is the principal at Ánimo College Prep Academy and was celebrated alongside her students by Ellen Degeneres in a broadcast program that averages 4.2 million viewers per episode nationwide.

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Freshmen

How Robert Helps Freshmen Navigate The First Year of College

Nov 12, 2019

As a freshman and a commuter student, Robert Cunningham struggled with establishing connections on campus and adjusting to the culture at his college. Now a sophomore, he mentors recent Green Dot graduates and helps them discover the best path to academic success.

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Principal

Tiana Diggs: Leading with Love and High Expectations

Nov 5, 2019

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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college

How Simone Is Paving the Way for Her Siblings to Attend College

Oct 29, 2019

“If I move up, they move up, we’re a unit. I have to do my best and pave the way for my younger siblings, because I’m the one they are looking up to,” reflected Grossley.

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Guided by a Belief in the Potential of All Students

Oct 24, 2019

Over 15 years ago, a desire to see all children succeed inspired Lajuan Sylvester to leave her role as an operations manager in the private sector and pursue a career in public education.

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SBAC

Green Dot Students Outpace State in Student Growth and Proficiency Improvements

Oct 17, 2019

Green Dot’s students across Los Angeles, from Boyle Heights and Compton to Inglewood and Venice, are achieving breakthrough academic progress.

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Mental Health

The Case for Supporting the Mental Health of Your Students

Oct 8, 2019

This Mental Illness Awareness Week, Janneth Johnson discusses why all students should have access to mental health support structures.

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Charter

A New Era for California Charter Schools

Oct 4, 2019

Today marks a new era for California charter public schools. Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1505 into law—a historic agreement that affirms high-quality charter schools are here to stay and that charter schools are a critical lever in ensuring quality school options for all families across the state.

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Leaders

Join Us in Celebrating National Principals’ Month

Oct 1, 2019

At Green Dot, our school leaders drive the direction of our schools and embody our mission to serve our communities. They have a true passion for education and are committed to the pursuit of college, leadership, and life for all students.

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Sandra Estrada: My Road to College

Sep 24, 2019

In her junior year at the University of California, Los Angeles we spoke with Ánimo Leadership Charter High School alumna Sandra Estrada about her road to college and where this journey might lead her once she graduates.

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Peace Ikediuba: Don’t Knock Yourself out of the Game

Sep 18, 2019

“At a certain point in my life I stopped thinking about college because I knew I couldn’t afford it and it didn’t seem logical to even put myself through the process,” reflected Peace Ikediuba, an Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School alumna.

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college counseling

Why This Alumna Became a Counselor at Her Alma Mater

Sep 10, 2019

“When I became a counselor many of my friends and even family members would ask me, ‘Do you have a couch where you ask students how they’re doing while you scribble notes in a notepad?’” chuckled Stacie Cruz, a counselor at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

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Why This Founding Green Dot Student Came Back to South LA

Sep 3, 2019

Daisy Estevez, a social studies teacher at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, became a teacher in hopes of changing the lives and trajectories of students. Estevez was inspired by her teachers at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School (ARB) who helped change her life when she was a founding student in 2006.

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How Math Will Help This Future Nurse Practitioner

Aug 27, 2019

“People always joke that the Pythagorean theorem isn’t going to help you in the real world,” chuckled Ashley Perez, a 2019 Ánimo College Prep Academy alumna.

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Band

How Marching Band Changed This Alumnus’s Life

Aug 20, 2019

“The Locke band has given me a purpose,” reflected Danny Velasquez, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy alumnus. “It’s made me more appreciative of music, taught me a sense of responsibility, and has really shown me the importance of collaborating with others.”

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