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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Guiding Principles

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s “20 Guiding Principles” focus on ensuring that revised D.C. social studies standards will include fewer, higher, clearer, rigorous requirements for coherent, developmentally appropriate and vertically alignment across grades pre-K–12.

The Guiding Principles push for revised standards that expand on the types of skills and knowledge to which all D.C. students should be guaranteed, as well as recognize that the world our students are growing up in is globally interconnected and culturally and racially diverse.

The State Board will review and consider recommendations for its 2020 annual report, which summarizes and highlights the agency’s efforts in the social studies standards revisions, teacher retention and COVID-19 response efforts.

Emergency Compliance

The collection of daily attendance for both in-person and remote instruction remain vital as the District continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency in compliance with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s proposed regulations.

The State Board will discuss the proposed regulations in preparation for a vote at its Dec. 16 public meeting.

Teacher Recognition

DCPS has awarded the DCPS 2021 Teacher of the Year award to Alejandro Diasgranados, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade English Language Arts and social studies at Aiton Elementary School in Ward 7.

Diasgranados empowers his students to lead and learn in the classroom, inspiring empathy and igniting their passion to advocate for others, for themselves, and to develop the skills they need to excel in elementary and beyond, according to the D.C. State Board of Education.

The prestigious honor comes with a $7,500 cash prize.

EmpowerK12 Findings

EmpowerK12, in partnership with seven D.C. charter school networks and local school-based mental health experts, set out this fall to learn how D.C. students feel about and experience life and school.

As a result, a new blog post on survey results regarding the well-being of D.C. students showed that:

– D.C. students reported anxiety related to the pandemic report that their family’s financial situation has become somewhat or significantly more stressful due to the pandemic.
– One of the most common responses by high schoolers to the open-ended question, “What do you like most about school so far this year?” was the word “nothing.”
– Students who attend schools that serve a majority at-risk student population were less likely to report that they have a friend at school and that they feel loved.

Over the course of four weeks starting in late September, nearly 2,500 students in grades 3-12 from 22 D.C. charter schools anonymously completed the survey.

Internet Access

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to ensure students have internet at home during this virtual school term. The D.C. government will be paying for a year of residential internet service for eligible households provided by Comcast and RCN.

For more details, go to http://techtogetherdc.com/internetforall.

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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