D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Anacostia High School Champs

This school year, more than 230 high school students from 11 schools in D.C. and Prince George’s County worked with Georgetown University law students and mentor attorneys at the Washington Lawyer’s Committee to learn criminal, constitutional and contract law, trial advocacy and trial procedure, where they also competed in the final round of the 47th annual Citywide Georgetown Street Law Mock Trial Tournament.

The event, held last month through the Georgetown Street Law program, trains law students to teach law-related concepts to area high school students.

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts competed against the Public Safety Team from Anacostia High School, and while both teams presented a compelling case, students from Anacostia High were ultimately chosen as the tournament champions.

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration recently announced the names of three finalists for the 2020 D.C. Teacher of the Year.

Listed among the finalists are Beth Barkley of Cardozo Education Campus, Justin Lopez-Cardoze of Capital City Public Charter School, and Daniel Spruill of Center City Public Charter Schools-Brightwood Campus. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which runs the D.C. Teacher of the Year program, will announce the winner in October.

“The District of Columbia is fortunate to have a diverse array of talented and dedicated educators who are committed to improving the lives of all our students,” said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “Our 2020 Teacher of the Year finalists are experts in their subjects who have demonstrated mastery in the classroom and leadership in their communities.”

Charter School Lottery Result

The results for DC Public Charter School Lottery results are in, with 11,861 individual students on the “My School DC” lottery lists, waiting to attend one or more PK-12 public charter schools in 2019-2020 school year.

The results also show a 4.8 percent increase over the 2018-19 school year’s 11,317 students and 22.2 percent increase from the 9,703 students during 2017-18.

According to the charter school board staff analysis, waitlists across all public charter schools totaled 27,788 students. This equates to an increase of 5.9 percent from 26,237 last year and a 30.0 percent increase from the 2017-18 waitlist total of 21,546.

This analysis is based on My School DC waitlist data for students who applied to the lottery by the PK-8 deadline of March 1, 2019, and high school deadline of Feb. 1, 2019. Post lottery applicants are added on a rolling basis.

Several top ranked public charter schools either have small or no waitlists.

Leading by Example

To describe Patrick Fears’ contributions to the school environment at KIPP DC Lead Academy in Northwest is to paint the picture of a native Washingtonian who loves children and is committed to making a difference in their lives daily.

“Mr. Fears knows the name of every child in our school. This is a testament to the importance he places on making a meaningful connection with every student who walks through our doors,” his colleagues at the school said in a recent statement.

Fears’ colleagues also note that being an all-around team player shows that Fears, a physical education teacher, leads by example. They say that he can fill in for a history teacher when they’re sick, is a voice of encouragement when a student needs a motivational push during the day and inspires the entire KIPP community by being committed to growth and becoming the best version of himself for students.

Fears began his career seven years ago as a Capital Teaching Resident before becoming a lead teacher and grade-level chair. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree to hone his craft.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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