Faces of Growth

Why Sarai Traveled Two Hours a Day for School

July 9, 2019
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Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School (APB) alumna Sarai Flores is one of the many students whose academic trajectories have been dramatically changed since they arrived at a Green Dot school. “I was not a very good student; I felt like school wasn’t important, but my mindset changed when I came to APB. I went from failing all my classes to getting mostly As,” reflected Flores.


What Mitochondria and the Seattle Seahawks Have in Common

March 26, 2019
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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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Why This Grandparent Loves His Grandchildren’s School

March 25, 2019

Meet a proud Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School grandparent! When his children were growing up work limited the time he had to particpate in their education and lives at school. But now with as a grandparent he’s able to play a critical role in his grandchildren’s education and he couldn’t be happier.

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These Students are Closing Achievement Gaps in Reading — Here’s How

March 5, 2019
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Though the school day is over, students at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School (JBT) eagerly enter Krystle Braxton’s classroom. They quickly sign in, grab Kindle E-readers, and crowd around a table, eager to read and discuss the book of the month: A Wrinkle in Time.

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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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How One Math Lesson Turned Into a Chess Club

February 12, 2019
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The courtyard at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School bustles with laughter and the sounds of children as they crowd around each other at the lunch tables. Down the hall, the hollow thud of wooden chess pieces echoes in Luis Garcia’s math classroom as 20 students eagerly set up chess boards.

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