D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: College Fair Success

Thurgood Marshall Academy in southeast D.C. recently hosted its 10th annual College Fair, having attracted the attention of more than 90 colleges and universities across the country.

The more than 200 students who came from several schools in the area learned about TMA’s offerings while connecting with admissions staff from the institutes of higher learning that were represented.

Thurgood Marshall Academy has an extensive College Counseling Program to support our students’ post-secondary preparation and college application process. The College Counselor organizes events such as the College Application Nights, on-site admissions sessions, FAFSA night, college visits, a college fair and a parent night for sophomore and junior families.

Teacher Recognition Week

In recognition of May 6-10 as Teacher Appreciation Week, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang recently joined the OSSE team to celebrate some of the District of Columbia’s best teachers and nationally recognized schools at the fifth annual DC Educators of the Year award ceremony.

The ceremony, held April 19 on the Gallaudet University campus in northeast D.C., included a formal reception that honored the 2019 DC Teacher of the Year and finalists as well as the 2018 DC History Teacher of the Year and 2018 Milken Educator Award winner.

“The excellent teachers we celebrated today are dedicated to their profession and recognized as some of the best educators in the District of Columbia and the nation,” said Kang. “Our DC Educators of the Year are leaders in their schools and communities and are vitally important to the future of our city. Congratulations to all our DC Educators of the Year and thank you for all you do to challenge our students, engage our families and transform lives.”

SBOE Panels

In April, the DC State Board of Education convened panels on school climate and high school growth at the ESSA Task Force meeting. At that time, members engaged with experts on what school climate measures work in other states and discussed different ways to measure student and high school growth in public schools.

DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee also met with SBOE members to discuss his vision for DCPS. Meanwhile, SBOE members have begun hitting the streets to publicize the application process for next year’s student representatives and members of the Student Advisory Committee.

The deadline to sign up for SBOE’s May 15 public meeting is May 13. To sign up, call 202-741-0888 or email


SBOE staff assistant Lanita Logan and two SBOE members recently went on a “#SBOESelfieTour” to promote and highlight the work of the board’s two student representatives and the Student Advisory Committee.

“Student voice is extremely important to SBOE and has been integral to our work since the State Board’s inception,” Logan wrote in a blog entry. “Our student representatives participate in all SBOE activities and the SAC serves as the voice of District students in the State Board’s work.

“During this #SBOESelfieTour we visited five different high schools to pass out flyers and information on the application process for school year 2019–20 student representatives and SAC members,” Logan wrote. “All applicants must be a District resident and a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in either a traditional public (DCPS) or public charter high school.”

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