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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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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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Parent

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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ellen degeneres

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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