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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: DCPS Cornerstones

The Living through History Cornerstone, a K-12 academic and social-emotional learning curriculum for DCPS students, comprises a journey through the lens of global competencies, students, staff, and families to understand and process their experiences during the quarantine and connect with others’ experiences across the globe.

This collection features student work from grades 6-8 across the District, including videos, songs, public service announcements, time capsules and illustrations as a result of student reflections and documentations of 2020.

To access additional student work from across the grade bands, go to https://learninglab.si.edu/profile/dcpscornerstones

TMA Teacher Highlights

The academic team at Thurgood Marshall Academy has been excited about the creativity and solid instructional practices of teachers who are being celebrated each week for their work.

The contributions of the following teachers were highlighted in October:

• Ms. Odu, English
• Ms. Stevens, Spanish II
• Mr. Chiron, Intro to Law

Teaching Tolerance

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about the Smithsonian’s NMAI resource program designed to disrupt the limited narratives that persist in history textbooks and help educators teach a fuller story of indigenous people past and present.

Teacher of the Year

Alejandro Diasgranados has been named the 2021 D.C. Teacher of the Year.

Dias is a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Aiton Elementary School in Northeast.

Local Scholarships

– Kiwanis Club of Washington Scholarship
Closing date: Feb. 15
Amount: Up to $20,000
GPA requirement: N/A

Description: Any graduating, college-bound high school senior who both resides in and attends school in the District of Columbia is eligible to apply for this scholarship program. Applicants will be judged primarily on leadership qualities as demonstrated by contributions to school and community. Academic achievement as demonstrated by standardized test scores, grade point average and transcripts will serve as a secondary scoring metric. Financial need will also be evaluated, but unlike previous years, students do not need to submit their FAFSA to apply.

– Regeneron Science Talent Search
Closing date: Nov. 12
Amount: Up to $250,000
GPA requirement: N/A

Description: Talent search is open to any student who is enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school in the United States or its territories. Applicant must conduct independent science, math or engineering research.

– James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship
Closing Date: Nov. 15
Amount: Digital SLR Camera
GPA Requirement: 3.25

– Most Valuable Competition
Closing Date: Nov. 15
Amount: Up to $50,000
GPA Requirement: N/A

Description: Competition is open to high school seniors who are citizens of the United States. Applicants must submit completed and materials to the closest Elks Lodge. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

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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