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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Connected Schools

Connected Schools are focused on a healing-centered approach that supports students’ social-emotional growth while recognizing the impact of trauma.

The staff of Moten Elementary School is implementing restorative justice practices so that every student has the support they need to thrive.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15, recognizes the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and the contributions they’ve made while honoring their heritage and culture.

The DC State Board of Education will honor Hispanic Heritage Month with a ceremonial resolution that celebrates the work and contributions of the more than 75,000 Hispanic and Latino residents of the District of Columbia.

Student Advocate Appointee

Interim Chief Student Advocate Dan Davis has demonstrated a deep commitment to equity and serving the needs of families in the District of Columbia.

Davis has ensured that the vital work of the Office of the Student Advocate has continued since the departure of Chief Student Advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard in April, DCPS officials said.

The State Board will formally appoint Davis to the role of chief student advocate for a term of five years.

Enrollment of Public Schools by Ward

Total enrollment in public schools is greatest in Ward 8, followed by enrollment in Wards 4 and 5.

By sector, enrollment in DCPS schools is more evenly dispersed across the city, with Wards 3, 4, 6, and 8 having slightly higher enrollment.

Enrollment in public charter schools is greatest in Wards 5 and 8. While there are no public charter schools in Ward 3, Ward 2 has the lowest public school enrollment, as well as for each sector.

Principal Achievement

Congratulations to Lawrence Dance and other assistant principals from DCPS who recently earned certification from Georgetown University Leadership and Innovation Program for Assistant Principal.

Standing Ovation Nominations

Help recognize incredible educators in the DCPS system by submitting nominations now for the Standing Ovation Awards in 2020.

Standing Ovation recognizes educators and school communities with cash awards made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein.

Nominations and final selections for the award are based on performance during the previous school year.

Other awards will include:

Principal of the Year/Individual Award
School Staff Member of the Year/ Individual Award
Equity School Award
Empowered Team/ School Award
Innovation Excellence/ School Award
Whole Child/ School Award
Together with Families/ School Award
Rubenstein Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership

However, to give your nomination the best chance of success, review the award descriptions for 2020 prior to nominating candidates.

Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 20. For information, contact Zoe Lewis at 202-674-3751 or zlewis@dcedfund.org.

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