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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: DCPS Reopens Strong

Chancellor Lewis Ferebee recently notified the DCPS community of the school system’s strong commitment to reopening with the introduction of the Recovery Community Corps and the In-person Summer Acceleration Academies.

Every summer, DCPS provides extended summer learning opportunities such as literacy enrichment for elementary students and credit recovery for secondary students.

This summer, DCPS will expand these offerings to include learning supports for every grade, including pre-kindergarten, with a variety of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for up to 7,000 students.

Also, new this year, schools will work with their community to develop unique summer learning plans to support social-emotional development and academic acceleration ahead of the next school year.

Building on the Term 3 reopening plan process, schools will take a grassroots engagement approach with a Recovery Community Corps of teachers, staff, families, and community members to inform their planning for this summer and beyond.

Prepared for Reopening

“My [return to in-person learning] experience has been that students seem aware and happy to be in the building. Those who come, come in ready to learn and willing to interact with staff.” — Jayla Parks, media specialist, John Hayden Johnson Middle School

Spirit Honoree

Stephen Mirabello of the School Without Walls High School was named a #PruSpirit Honoree for D.C.

Mirabello developed a free online tutoring program that’s helped more than 100 K-5 students maintain and build on their reading skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hand Dancers

Charles H. Houston Elementary School, home to DCPS’ first dual-language program East of the River, is also renowned for its hand dancing program.

DCPS Goes to College

Calling all @dcpublicschools alumni ages 19-33.

Complete a quick 15-20 minute survey about your high school experience and earn a $30 Amazon gift card: http://bit.ly/DCAlumniSurvey #DCPSGoesToCollege #DCPSCareerReady #DCPSPersists

DCPS Reading

What does reading look like at DCPS?

In 2nd grade, students become experts on plants. By reading informational text and learning about the life cycle of plants, our students learn more about our world and become strong readers.

Global Education

The DCPS Global Leadership Summit is now accepting applications.

This fully-funded program is open to DCPS students interested in leadership, community and global perspectives.

To learn more and apply, go to http://dcpsglobaled.org/gls. The deadline is March 30.

Chancellor Clarification

For clarification, the default model next school year for DCPS is in-person learning and schools are planning accordingly as they prepare FY22 budgets.

However, there are lessons learned from the virtual posture that can be taken into the future to advance student outcomes, DCPS officials say.

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