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Leadership

Rigor and Joy are Alive at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

February 18, 2019

Meet Walter Chen, Principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School (RVLAMS). “I’d say what we really try to nail with Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is a college prep atmosphere with high rigor, and yet, joy,” said Chen.

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Fairley parent

Why This Parent Chose Fairley

January 29, 2019

“The summer before my daughter’s freshman year, we didn’t have a high school picked out,” said this Fairley parent. Learn why she and her daughter eventually chose Fairley!

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Soccer

For the Love of Soccer: Seeing Beyond Victory

January 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

January 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

January 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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workplace

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

December 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

December 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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Principal

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

November 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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Language

Why You Can’t Just Teach Language With Worksheets

October 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

October 26, 2018

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

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Alumni

Keeping Students in College: Why Alumni Champions Are Vital

October 24, 2018

Our students are often the first in their families to attend college, and this added pressure alongside the difficulty of adjusting to the academic and social challenges of college life can be overwhelming for even the most resilient student.

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soleo

Chad Soleo Appointed Interim CEO of Green Dot Public Schools National

October 15, 2018

As Green Dot Public Schools National continues its search for a new Chief Executive, the National Board of Directors voted this week to appoint Chad Soleo as Interim CEO effective November 1, 2018.

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