D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Empowered Learner’s Initiative

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS recently began delivering more than 16,400 technology devices to schools across all eight wards as a part of the Empowered Learner’s Initiative.

The initiative is a comprehensive three-year commitment by Bowser to close the digital divide and empower DCPS students through access to state-of-the-art technology.

Last year Bowser made an initial $4.6 million investment in technology to provide every student in grades 3, 6, and 9 with a device to use at school, and students in all other grades will have a 3:1 student-to-device ratio in the classroom.

After ensuring schools had the necessary technology infrastructure and providing professional development to educators, classrooms are receiving the Microsoft Surface Go to enhance teaching and learning.

No Classes

Professional Development Day (No School for Students)

Friday, March 20 (All day)

Lottery Results

My School DC Lottery Results will be released on March 27.

Coronavirus Questions

Does your child have questions about the coronavirus? NPR, collaborating with experts in social work and mental health, has developed a cartoon explaining what children might want to know.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity. Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we, officials say.

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Read Across America

From Chancellor Lewis Ferebee:

As DCPS progresses toward its Capital Commitment goal to have 100 percent of K-2 students reading on or above grade level by 2022, we are excited to celebrate our love of great books. I want to know which books you loved as a kid! Share your favorite stories using #DCPSReads.

Summer Program Providers

School program providers interested in hosting summer programs in DCPS schools must be registered by DCPS and receive permission from the school principal.

The deadline for submitting all paperwork for summer 2020 is April. Organizations seeking to access the DC Free Summer Meals Program at their school site must request food services via the Summer Food Service Request Form by May 4 in order to provide time for meal coordination.

For more information, contact Shaun Sako at

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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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