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Relationships are the key to success for Fairley High’s new principal

July 20, 2022

 Microphone in hand, in the Fairley High School cafeteria, Julius Blackburn is aware of every movement his students make. He checks his watch as to not go over the allotted time for recess. He calls every one of the students by their first name when he needs to grab their attention. This has been part…


Senior Spotlight: Meet Rocio Zapata, Ánimo Jackie Robinson Alumna

July 18, 2022

Just before the start of summer, we interviewed a group of graduating seniors on their plans after graduation. Meet Rocio Zapata, a class of 2022 Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, who has plans to attend college in East Los Angeles College.


 Ánimo City of Champions students visit Lionsgate Television as part of the mentorship program

July 12, 2022

Animo City of Champions students had an opportunity to experience firsthand how television series and movies are produced during a recent field trip to Lionsgate Television in Santa Monica. The students, part of Green Dot Public Schools’ mentorship program, were hosted by Lionsgate’s Chairman and Chief Content Integration Officer Kevin Beggs, one of the founding…


Locke Students Exhibit Teamwork, Dedication in First-Ever Home Unified Sports Game

July 11, 2022

After four years of being part of the Unified Sports League, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy, held its first-ever Unified game on campus.


Top students Scales and Jeffries share experiences at Hillcrest HS

June 30, 2022

Leelah Scales, Valedictorian Leelah Scales, Valedictorian at Hillcrest High School, considers earning the achievement as the Class of 2022’s top student as a tribute to her family. “It’s not about the grades, it was about making my family proud,” said the future orthodontist minutes before addressing her fellow classmates and receiving her diploma. Scales explained…


Bluff City Salutatorian has been focused on owning her own business since sixth grade

June 28, 2022

Ever since she arrived at Wooddale Middle School in Memphis seven years ago, Marlen Martinez had a single goal in mind: to become a business owner. “My plan is to major in business management because I want to open my own nail shop,” said Martinez. “Once I get my license, I want to go into…


Ánimo Leadership Senior is awarded Rams’ Kenny Washington Memorial Scholarship

June 23, 2022

Jose Velazquez, a recent graduate of Ánimo Leadership, will be able to pursue higher education in Computer Sciences after being awarded the Kenny Washington Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Los Angeles Rams and the Fulfillment Fund. Velazquez was elated when the team reached out to him to let him know the news, which will help…


This Juneteenth, we showcase African American student Aspirations

June 16, 2022

African American achievement cannot be effectively celebrated without also recognizing African-American aspirations. As we observe Juneteenth this year, we hear from students across our network of schools share their aspirations, “Today I’m a learner so tomorrow I can be a…”  This initiative tells educators that barriers will not interfere with their dreams, which include opening…


Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 6/10

June 11, 2022

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.


Locke College Prep Academy awarded $2.8MM grant for CTE

June 9, 2022

Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy was awarded nearly $2.8MM in grants to support Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. $916,977 of grant funds were received from California Community Colleges and the remainder came in matching funds from program partners. Reflecting on the programs that led to this funding, Luis Castillo, a student at Locke, said,…


Hillcrest’s 2019 girls basketball team featured on Sports Illustrated Cover

June 6, 2022

Hillcrest High School’s girls basketball team is featured on the Title IX 50th anniversary cover of Sports Illustrated. The cover includes photos from different womens sports highlighting the anniversary of the groundbreaking rule that ensures women equal access to athletics. Title IX applies to schools, local and state educational agencies, and other institutions that receive…


UPAS educates and motivates GDPS communities to vote

June 3, 2022

As California prepares to hold primaries to select candidates for the November elections, United Parents and Students has been busy motivating communities to go to the polls and let their voices be heard. Since early April, the community-based organization has been holding voting events in communities served by Green Dot Public Schools to educate parents…


Bluff City High School Valedictorian Encouraged by Dear Green Dot Graduate Campaign

May 27, 2022

Ánimo Leadership Charter High School and Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School have upheld a sports partnership for over 10 years.


UPAS partners to promote the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund

May 16, 2022

Community-Based Organizations, including United Parents and Students, recently urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to include the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund (HERJ) in the state’s 2022/2023 budget. The HERJ Fund would address health inequities and racial injustices and provide $100 million in dedicated and ongoing annual funding to community-based groups, tribal organizations, and clinics (CBOs)…


National Charter School Week recognizes changemakers and advocates

May 11, 2022

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools kicked off its National Charter School Week recognizing changemakers and advocates, celebrating 31 years of existence. “This week is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the charter school sector with our growing community of parents, educators, activists, students, alumni, and elected officials who see the unwavering…


Memphis schools, teachers and staff are honored at annual “Dotties” Awards

May 2, 2022

Fairley High School was selected as the School of the Year as part of Green Dot Public School Tennessee 2022 Dotties Awards. Thirteen administrators and teachers were also recognized during a virtual award ceremony held on April 4. The Dotties is Green Dot Tennessee’s way of rewarding individuals who bring the best of themselves to…


Students and teachers work hand in hand forging their future at Ánimo Compton

April 30, 2022

Access based models are part of the road to success at Ánimo Compton Charter School, where educators combine support in the learning process as well as guidance to elective classes which help students develop the love of learning. Teachers and staff at Ánimo Compton engage with students on both an educational and a personal level,…


Music programs help students focus for success in academics and life

April 29, 2022

The Music program is a vital part of students at Green Dot’s Hillcrest High School in Memphis, helping students gain focus and express their feelings, which in turn helps them improve their academic achievements. “Music and intelligence in academics are linked together,” explained Zeporia Gray, music teacher and Band Director at Hillcrest. “There’s so many…


Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 4/24

April 25, 2022

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.


Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 4/11

April 18, 2022

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.


UPAS Extends Food Justice Work to Support Local Entrepreneurs

April 14, 2022

During the past two years, United Parents and Students has kept itself busy spearheading a campaign that helped Green Dot Public School communities and others meet their food needs through the Los Angeles County food voucher program. As pandemic restrictions loosen thanks to a high number of vaccinations all over the state, executive director Larry…


How Ánimo Mae Jemison Integrates Reading through Drama

April 12, 2022

This Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School English teacher combined reading and acting to make an effective arts-based curriculum.


Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 3/27

March 28, 2022

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.


How UPAS families led the Pandemic fight against food insecurity

March 25, 2022

On March 13, 2020, United Parents and Students officials left their offices in Downtown Los Angeles due to the lockdown forced on the city because of the COVID-19 pandemic, expecting to return in two or three weeks to carry out the agenda defined in their most recent assembly just a few months before. As the…


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