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Green Dot Students and Family Band Together to Push for Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Jul 21, 2021

The statistics are staggering: Data shows that more than 80% of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. United Parents and Students (UPAS) is working to change that.

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Meet Ruby Esparza, Dell Scholar

Jul 20, 2021

Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy Senior Ruby Esparza is one of 13 Green Dot students to receive the prestigious Dell Scholarship award in 2021.

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July 20, 2021 Weekly News Report: Democrats propose expanding public education in new budget, AAP says all students & teachers should wear masks this fall, and more.

Jul 20, 2021

The most recent Democratic budget proposal includes major advances for public education including free pre-K and community college, though there is a provision “tucked” into this bill that would cut funding for the Charter Schools Program and limit charters’ opportunity to receive federal funds including Title I. (NPR, NY Times, CNN Politics, EdWeek, The Hill…

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How This First Year Teacher Thrived Amid Uncertainty

Jul 19, 2021

“I realized that the people who were there for me either in college or high school, were a lot of my teachers. When I think about the people who have influenced me it was my teachers,” said Mendez.

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This week in education news: To mask or not to mask in schools, Shelby County School Board issues call to action to halt local gun violence, and CA & Federal budgets.

Jul 14, 2021

Today was the Senate confirmation hearing for Catherine Lhamon to be the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. Reports indicate it was “tense,” and folks dwelled on Title IX issues: sexual assault and transgender students’ rights. (The 74 Million, EdWeek, The Hill Opinion – Arne Duncan, Chalkbeat, US Senate Committee on Health,…

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Berkeley Dreams for Inglewood Student Come True

Jul 14, 2021

“No one told me how hard it was to get into Berkeley, I never knew until I got in and people would say ‘You got into Berkeley? You know how hard it is to get there.’”

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Team Strong: Teaching and Leading at Ánimo Compton

Jul 13, 2021

It was not until his senior year of college when Anton Blakely’ helped a close friend with a writing project that his passion for teaching ignited. “

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Author Helps Kirby Middle School Promote Literacy in the Digital Age

Jul 12, 2021

When Spires learned that all of her seventh grade students had read Angie Thomas’ book, The Hate U Give, in their 6th grade English class, she was inspired to reach out to the author.

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15th Annual College & Career Conference Goes Virtual

Jul 9, 2021

The annual tradition was founded to create a space for Green Dot seniors across the network to come together and prepare for their transition into the next phase of their lives.

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Angelenos Help Cheer on Green Dot Graduates

Jul 7, 2021

We invited Angelenos to send messages of support to a 2021 high school graduate.

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President Biden & First Lady Speak to NEA, Summer School Faces Challenges, and Critical Race Theory Continues to be Debated. Weekly News & Views, July 6 2021.

Jul 6, 2021

Summer school is well underway across the country though several districts are facing an understaffing of teachers further complicating students’ growth. (NBC News, NY Times, PBS News Hour, CNN, Washington Post, Chalkbeat NYC)     Critical race theory is still a hotly debated topic nationwide. In Tennessee and Texas, legislation has passed banning the instruction of…

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Ánimo Jefferson Journalism Students Illustrate Pandemic Life in Photo Essays

Jun 29, 2021

While the year 2020 is not likely to be described as “picture perfect,” it did turn into a perfect picture project for our students.

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June 29th Weekly News Report: Delta Variant, CA Budget, and Private Meetings with Republican Legislators in Shelby County.

Jun 29, 2021

Editor’s Note: This weekly media report covers national news in K-12 education, with a focus on Los Angeles and Memphis. Please be in touch with alanna.klein@greendot.org with any questions.

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Ánimo City of Champions Graduates First Ever Class of 2021

Jun 28, 2021

Many of the City of Champions graduating class were part of the original group of students who started in the first 9th grade cohort in 2017.

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Bluff City High School Celebrates First Graduating Class

Jun 24, 2021

This spring, Bluff City High School in Memphis, celebrated our first graduating class. This event signified the ending of a special era and the beginning of a new adventure.

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This Student Wrote a Poem about Zoom School

Jun 22, 2021

In the move away from physical classrooms, many students have experienced distance-learning—but few have published a competition winning poem about it.

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Lasting Connections: How Our GSA Clubs Stayed Connected during a Pandemic

Jun 21, 2021

Even with the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, our GSAs have found new ways to build, inform, and connect—virtually.

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How this Classroom Teacher Observes and Supports Juneteenth, Leadership

Jun 17, 2021

For Juneteenth, LaShawnae Smith has created a structured lesson with space for discussion to help students learn and appreciate Juneteenth.

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16 Years Strong: Green Dot Holds Annual Mock Interviews, Virtually

Jun 16, 2021

For 16 years, mock interviews have helped Green Dot students build comfort with the interview process with professional volunteers.

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Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 6/13

Jun 15, 2021

One of the top priorities of Green Dot Public Schools TN is creating spaces and opportunities for everyone to persevere through any of life’s challenges, leading individuals to a place of physical and mental wellness.

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