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Turning Red Dots Green

Apr 3, 2020

Green Dot took our name from a newspaper map from 1999 which showed internet connectivity in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area — green dots on the map showed sites that were wired for the internet; red dots showed those that had no connection. A stark pattern emerged: Affluent areas were all green dots while low…

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How the Grindhouse Boxing Program is Helping Fairley Students Succeed

Mar 31, 2020

For Jada Pipkin, a sophomore at Fairley High School, the Grindhouse Program is the highlight of her day. “I learned that I got a lot of self confidence, and it taught me to be strong about myself,” said Pipkin.

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Helping Students See a Clear Vision For The Future

Mar 26, 2020

In the United States, an overwhelming number of students need glasses, but lack adequate access to vision care. To confront this unaddressed barrier to student learning, last year over 300 Green Dot students received free comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses. This year, we are well on our way to exceeding that number.

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Latest Update on COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Throughout the world, we are facing unprecedented challenges arising from COVID-19. The decision to temporarily close schools is always difficult. The health and safety of our communities is of the utmost importance to us, to that end, this month we made the difficult decision to close our schools across our network.

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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 12, 2020

Green Dot takes the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families very seriously. We are in constant communication with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH), Shelby County Health Department (SCHD), Public Health – Seattle and King County, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Difference Makers: Ellen Ochoa’s Journey to Space Inspires a New Generation of Students

Mar 7, 2020

1993, Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to travel into space, aboard NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle. Ochoa served as a mission specialist who studied the earth’s atmosphere, its relationship between the sun, and the effects of solar wind. Between four separate shuttle missions, she spent more than 900 hours in space.

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Green Dot Celebrates International Women’s Day

Mar 6, 2020

International Women’s Day recognizes the contributions of women across the world. In celebration of the global holiday, we’ve rounded up 10 articles and videos that highlight the impacts that women have had on education and equitability at Green Dot Public Schools.

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Industry Professionals Help Boyle Heights Students Develop Interview Skills

Mar 5, 2020

On an early school-day morning, students in Kim Kawaratani’s college readiness class at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School wore freshly-pressed business attire and held neatly printed resumes as they patiently waited for class to start.

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How Fairley Inspired This Alumna to Dream Big

Feb 26, 2020

“I’ll find a way, or make one.” This is a motto Fairley High School alumna Corteona Standback lives by. Growing up she saw family and friends attend college, only to drop out after their first year. Now in her third year at Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Atlanta Georgia,…

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How This Alumna Helps Students in Her Community Overcome Barriers

Feb 19, 2020

Shannon Doss wasn’t always college bound. She grew up in South Los Angeles and entered the foster care system at the age of 16.

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Difference Makers: How Jackie Robinson Broke Barriers with Persistence

Feb 13, 2020

A baseball player, executive, and an African-American bank cofounder, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson repeatedly broke the color barrier throughout his life.

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Unified Sports

All Means All: Locke Students Promote Inclusion through Basketball

Feb 13, 2020

On a crisp December morning, a group of Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory High School students arrived at Mayfair High School and were welcomed by a zealous row of parents, students, faculty, and staff.

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Soleo

The 74 — Soleo: In Education, the Oldest Form of Discrimination Is the Status Quo. That’s Why Memphis’s Priority Schools Shouldn’t Return to Their Districts

Feb 6, 2020

Green Dot CEO Chad Soleo shares his response to the Tennessee’s Department of Education’s proposal to exit all 30 schools in the Achievement School District.

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Difference Makers: How Mae Jemison Inspires Students through Space Travel

Feb 4, 2020

Mae Carol Jemison—an engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut—made history when she became the first African-American woman to travel to space in 1992. As a mission specialist on the NASA Endeavor Spacecraft, Jemison orbited Earth for just over a week.

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Residency

Green Dot and Cal State Dominguez Hills Launch the Residency for Equity through Action and Learning

Feb 4, 2020

Across the country, schools are facing a common problem: hiring and retaining well qualified teachers. To address the growing national shortage of educators, Green Dot has partnered with California State University, Dominguez Hills to launch the Residency for Equity through Action and Learning.

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SPED

City of Champions Shows Commitment through Inclusivity

Jan 29, 2020

Since the beginning of the school year, Dominique Bell, a special education teacher at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School has reminded her students of two things: She has high expectations for each and every student and will always support them on their educational paths.

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An Element of Surprise: My 36 Years in the Classroom

Jan 22, 2020

Growing up in a small provincial town in the Philippines, Marinela Cortez never imagined that an interest in the periodic table would lead to a degree in chemistry and a teaching career that has spanned 36 years.

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WMS.Parent.Myriam

How This School Put My Son Back on a Path to College

Jan 14, 2020

“I remember one day he came home and told me ‘Mom when I don’t understand something my teachers explain it to me in another way and it’s easier for me to get it.”

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LA Rams Award Green Dot Coaches with $2,000

Jan 7, 2020

This winter, the Los Angeles Rams awarded Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy and Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School (AJR) with $2,000 each in honor of their high-performing football coaches.

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Giving

Green Dot Students Inspire Community Giving

Dec 20, 2019

During the month of December, a child might mistake the Associated Student Body meeting room at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School with Santa’s workshop. Inside the meeting space, you’ll meet a sea of smiling faces, some arranged in neat lines organizing toys, clothes, and shoes, while others enclose gifts in bright wrapping paper and adorn them with bows.

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