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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Bard Early College

D.C.’s Bard Early College, which opened this year in Southeast and provides students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn an associate’s degree while working on their high school diploma, is part of a larger network of eight schools that include locations in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Louisiana.

The program has some strong data results to share after being in existence for the past 20 years, including that more than 90 percent of its alumni enrolled in college within 18 months of graduating high school.

Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate seminars.

IMPACT Review

As part of DCPS’ IMPACT teacher review system, American University will participate in the school system’s convening of national experts to discuss improvements, with inclusion of a representative from the Washington Teachers’ Union.

DCPS has begun gathering information for the review. In the fall, 78 percent of DCPS teachers completed a survey and provided anonymous feedback about the evaluation system.

Teachers again will have an opportunity in the spring to provide feedback through IMPACT-related questions in a further survey.

Also, in the spring, DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee will work with the district’s Teacher and Principal Advisory Boards on potential strategies.

Standing Ovation

When it comes to educating students, #StandingOvation2020 Teacher of the Year Ashley Kearney says, “Attendance is half the battle.”

Read more about how Ashley’s guiding her Ron Brown High School students at washingtoninformer.com.

Engineering Day

DCPS recently celebrated “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”

The event encouraged girls to consider a route into engineering and the #STEM world — inspiring a generation to grow up to be the innovators and problem-solvers of the next generation.

Family Engagement Team

DCPS’s Family Engagement team works to build and sustain academic-oriented relationships with families while training teachers to conduct Academic Parent Teacher Teams and home visits.

In the process, DCPS teachers are provided with year-long professional learning experiences on how to build relationships with families through home visits.

The Family Engagement team also encourages high school staff and teachers to partner with families on creating a path to college and works to improve effectiveness and frequency of information shared with families and what they can do to support their child’s learning at home.

The team also equips parent leaders and parent leadership organizations with skills and mindsets to effectively partner with schools.

For questions and to provide feedback, call 202-719-6613 or email ofpe.info@dc.gov.

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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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