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GSA

How Middle Schoolers are Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students

May 21, 2019

“I’m kind of mad I didn’t come to this school earlier. I came here a month ago and I finally feel like I belong,” admitted Yair Montano, an eighth grader at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School. “In other schools, I felt shut out like I was nothing, but now I feel like I’m really a part of something.”

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Civics

Why This Government Class Was Recognized by the California Department of Education

May 20, 2019

This year, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School received the Civic Learning Award, a recognition by the California Department of Education awarded to schools that engage students in civic learning and help prepare the next generation of leaders to participate in our democracy.

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AJR

Jewish Journal: L.A. Charter High Schoolers Learn About the Holocaust by Meeting a Survivor

May 17, 2019

More than 100 10th graders from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School (AJR) gathered May 9 to listen to Holocaust survivor Rita Lurie’s story of how she survived in Poland.

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Soleo

Chad Soleo Appointed National CEO of Green Dot Public Schools

May 16, 2019

After a rigorous and extensive hiring process, Green Dot’s National Board has announced its appointment of Chad Soleo as the next National Chief Executive for Green Dot Public Schools.

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Public School

Four Green Dot High Schools Named Top Los Angeles Public Schools for Underserved Students

May 14, 2019

In an effort to highlight Los Angeles schools successfully serving African American and Latino students in historically underserved communities, a report issued by Innovate Public Schools and USC provides a glimpse into the best institutions for closing achievement gaps.

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Coding

Ánimo Florence-Firestone Students Are Coding to Solve Real-World Problems

May 13, 2019

Rebecca Rincon’s 21st Century Problem Solving class at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School goes beyond the typical math problems, and presents students with real-world problems and the tools to solve them.

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knowledge bowl

Local Police Officer Coaches Winning Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl Team

May 7, 2019

This February, a team of students from Hillcrest High School won first place at the annual Memphis Police Department Crime Prevention Unit’s City Wide Black History Month Knowledge Bowl.

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Teacher

Why We Celebrate Our Teachers Every Day

May 6, 2019

Magical, awe-inspiring, caring, dedicated, and motivating– these are just a few words that describe Green Dot teachers.

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EDVISION: SUCCESS Coaching a Win-Win for SOE Counseling Students, Partner Schools

May 3, 2019

“My focus tends to be on the ones who are in crisis, as well as making sure that our eighth-grade students are on track to graduate,” Vidaurrazaga explains.

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High School

Nine Green Dot High Schools Ranked Among Best in the U.S.

May 1, 2019

Nine Green Dot Public Schools are among America’s best high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best High School Rankings.

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Sports

Sports Roundup: Green Dot Teams Rank No. 1 Across L.A.

April 29, 2019

At Green Dot’s 21 schools across Los Angeles, coaches and school staff have embedded an investment in education within our athletics programs, helping students become sound in both mind and body.

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Coleman

Founding Freshman Finds New Vision for Her Future at RVLA High

April 25, 2019

Le’Trianna Coleman’s growth at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy HS is irrefutable: in less than a year at RVLA HS, her GPA has grown a full point, and she’s transitioned out of classes for students that need extra support into several honors courses.

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English

How This Student Grew Eight Grade Levels in English in Three Years

April 23, 2019

“Before coming here I couldn’t wait until the school day was over. Before coming here I would catch up on homework in my other classes and not pay attention,” recalled Klein Sanchez, a senior at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). “I just didn’t care, but being here it was like, ‘I have to get my grades up, I have to graduate, and get accepted into college.’”

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African American

How African American Students are Closing Achievement Gaps

April 22, 2019

Growing up, I didn’t know what path I wanted my life to take. I did, however, understand early on that my path was different because I am an African American male–being stopped and questioned by police officers was a regular part of my childhood.

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Neighborhood

Green Dot Students Dive Into Data to Propose Changes Across the City

April 18, 2019

This winter, Green Dot students from Ánimo Jackie Robinson, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High Schools participated in Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s L.A. DataFest competition.

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boxing

Grindhouse Boxing Provides Socioemotional Lessons for Students at Fairley

April 11, 2019

“I joined the program to help me get control of myself and my anger,” reflected Javeries Suggs, a freshman at Fairley. “It has helped me become a nicer and calmer person. It has also helped me keep myself on track and stay more focused.”

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STEM

Creating Middle School Pathways to STEM Careers

April 9, 2019

People of color are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers. That’s why at Green Dot, we begin preparing our students in middle school, many of which have added 21st Century Learning Lab courses that utilize curriculum from Project Lead the Way.

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estudiantes

La Opinión: Organización prepara estudiantes del sur de Los Ángeles

April 5, 2019

La Opinion reports on the importance of Expanded Learning Programs, including Nature Now — a program that works with students at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

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core

Ten Green Dot Schools Win Student Growth Awards from CORE Districts

April 4, 2019

Last week, several schools in the Green Dot Public Schools California network were announced as recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards. Most notably, Ánimo Western Charter Middle School was recognized for three years of high impact growth in English Language Arts.

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

April 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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football

Signing Days Celebrate Football Players at Hillcrest and Fairley

April 2, 2019

Memphis’ Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School hosted their annual Signing Days, celebrating nine football senior football players who signed letters of intent to attend universities across the country.

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reflection

FOX13 — Kirby Middle offers “reflection room” as alternative to detention

March 29, 2019

Kirby Middle School’s reflection room offers students a space to resolve conflict and process emotions.

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Exposing Students to Diverse Career Pathways

March 28, 2019

This semester, students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School had the opportunity to learn from esteemed professionals at their second annual career day!

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seahawks

What Mitochondria and the Seattle Seahawks Have in Common

March 26, 2019

Caresse Fernandez has spent enough time in the classroom to feel comfortable about her approach and the strength of her curriculum, and yet this year, she decided to upend all of her tried and true curricula to start fresh. She’s making connections between classwork and local news, including the Seattle Seahawks, orca whales in the Puget Sound, and more.

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