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USC

USC News: Parents’ Sacrifices Drive First-Generation USC Student to Succeed

Jan 28, 2019

Seeing her mom and dad work tough jobs to survive motivates USC Mork Family Scholar Jacqueline Martinez to provide them and others in similar circumstances with a better life.

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Charter

Daily News: Capping charter schools in LAUSD will hurt students and families

Jan 27, 2019

With the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers union strike now over, it’s easy to understand why a combination of relief and celebration permeates most corners of the nation’s second-largest school system. Having students and teachers out of the classroom, for a single day, let alone six, benefits no one.

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Diversity

Seattle Times: For Teacher Diversity, Look to Alternative Schools

Jan 25, 2019

As a former teacher, principal and leader of color at Green Dot Public Schools, I know that my colleagues look for schools where we have the freedom to innovate and serve our students most effectively, while accessing the structure and supports that reflect our community’s needs.

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UPAS Parents March

Parent Leaders Foster Change For Their Communities

Jan 22, 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. Since the assembly, UPAS leaders have obtained significant commitments from city council members and elected officials.

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Soccer

For the Love of Soccer: Seeing Beyond Victory

Jan 18, 2019

Last spring, Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School students hoped to participate in Green Dot’s Ánimo Cup, an intramural soccer tournament for teams in Green Dot’s network of schools. There was just one problem: they didn’t have a coach.

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mural

How a New Mural is Making Students Feel Seen at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Jan 17, 2019

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School art teachers Margaret Ward and Gretchen Proulx saw the opportunity for messaging to students through art on the new walls of a permanent home for the school.

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Pathway

Ánimo Pat Brown’s New Building Strengthens the College Pathway

Jan 8, 2019

This fall, the Florence-Firestone community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School building. The community was overjoyed not just by the prospect of a new facility, but the sixth through twelfth grade pathway the new building will support.

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Growth

Reflecting On a 2018 of Growth

Jan 2, 2019

As we turn the page on a new year, we take this time to reflect on all the ways we’ve grown in the past year. We have much to be proud of, and still more growth to pursue, but always, we remain committed to the students and families who have entrusted us to help pave a path of preparation for college, leadership, and life.

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Music

For Love of Music: How Fairley’s New Band Director is Restoring a Legacy

Dec 18, 2018

“Music is more than just playing an instrument and trying to sound good. Music is about putting yourself into the instrument — your character, your heart, your pride,” said Thomas Perry, the Band Director at Green Dot’s Fairley High School.

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diversity

A More Intentional Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green Dot

Dec 11, 2018

In order to deliver on our promise of preparing all students for college, leadership and life, we believe we need to foster school cultures that embrace both individuality and unity, beginning with our own team members.

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workplace

Green Dot Tennessee Named A Top Workplace in Memphis for Second Year in a Row

Dec 5, 2018

Green Dot is excited to be acknowledged on this year’s Top Workplaces 2018 list, as professional development and empowerment of its employees are continued priorities for the organization

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Drama

Perry Shields: Journey of a Second Career Teacher

Dec 4, 2018

“I’m 57 years old, and I’m in my twelfth year of teaching — I’m late to this,” chuckled Perry Shields, drama teacher at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). Shields doesn’t mind that his teaching career began later on, as he’s been able to bring his life experiences and passions into his role as an educator.

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Scholarship

How a 5k Run Changed This Student’s Life

Nov 20, 2018

“Students want to attend college, but we all share the same worry, and that’s affording it,” urged Celeste Chavez, Ánimo College Prep Academy alumna. “We worry about the cost of tuition, how we will afford food, books, supplies, and of course how we will deal with student loan debt.”

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Power

Parent Power: How Hundreds of Families are Changing Their City

Nov 16, 2018

Green Dot has always believed in the power of families and students to self-advocate for the kind of community revitalization they need.

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Principal

Meet Principal Jasmia Fowler: ‘If Not You, Then Who?’

Nov 6, 2018

There is a mantra that Jasmia Fowler, new Principal at Ánimo College Preparatory Academy, lives by: ‘If not you, then who? If not now, then when?’

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expanded learning

Expanded Learning: Supporting Students Beyond the Bell

Nov 2, 2018

At Green Dot Public Schools, learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings. Expanded learning programs are an extension of the academic day.

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college

Help Make College Access Possible For All

Nov 1, 2018

This year, across our network, each of our 30 schools is fundraising to help underwrite college tours or SAT/ACT prep for their students. Give today and make an impact on the lives of nearly 15,000 students in chronically underserved communities.

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Language

Why You Can’t Just Teach Language With Worksheets

Oct 30, 2018

“My focus has been to have the students look at Spanish as a tool, an advantage, and an academic subject, instead of a class they have to take for a grade or a language they only speak at home with their families,” said Borlant-Guertler, Spanish teacher at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School

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Seahawk

Updated: Seattle Seahawk Tyler Lockett Visits Destiny Middle School

Oct 26, 2018

This month, students at Destiny Middle School got a surprise visit from Seattle Seahawks star Tyler Lockett.

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supreme court

Supreme Court Ruling is a Victory for Students and Families

Oct 25, 2018

Earlier today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that charter schools are constitutional, and upheld lower court rulings that affirmed the laws that govern and fund charter schools.

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