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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Makes Surprise Visits to Award Winners

School administrators surprised some of this year’s Standing Ovation Award recipients with a recent visit to their schools by Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Among the winners:

2015 DCPS Teacher of the Year — James Cunningham, art teacher at School Without Walls High School in Northwest

2015 DCPS Principal of the Year — Kim Jackson, Seaton Elementary School in Northwest

2015 Staff Member of the Year — Phallon Lattimore, director of School Strategy and Logistics at Marie Reed Elementary School in Northwest

EdFest On Tap for Dec. 12

EdFest On Tap for Dec. 12

EdFEST, D.C.’s only citywide public school fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 at the DC Armory in Southeast. More than 200 DCPS and public charter schools that serve grades PK3-12 will be in attendance.

Admission and parking are free, and interpretation in sign-language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese and French will be available throughout the day.

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week

“Inclusive Schools Week” is already underway and runs through Dec. 12. The week of events has featured a panel discussion at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast, titled “Overcoming Challenges to Build a Culture of Inclusion.”

During that gathering, parents, teachers, school leaders and alumni talked about barriers and successes aligned with building a culture of inclusion.

Marigolds on the Mall

Marigolds on the Mall

As part of the “Marigolds on the Mall” project, 4th-graders at Hendley Elementary School in Southeast recently used their knowledge of perimeter and area to design to build community flower boxes.

The students will also extend participation in the project by planning and planting flower beds in parks around D.C.

Public Charter Schools Mentoring Program at Friendship High

Public Charter Schools Mentoring Program at Friendship High

In a new partnership with D.C.’s public charter schools, the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program of America has expanded to provide mentoring opportunities for students at Friendship’s Collegiate Academy in Northeast and Technology Preparatory Academy in Southeast.

ACE, the construction industry’s fastest-growing mentorship program, serves more than 8,000 students and offers more than $14 million in scholarship funding. Local participating mentors and other volunteers come from architecture, construction and engineering firms in the D.C. metro area.

“Friendship is committed to offering our scholars every access to educational and career opportunities that lead to in-demand career opportunities,” said Michael Robinson, director of Extended Learning Programs.

Included among the lineup of activities, which last between one-and-a half to two hours, are a series of field trips to local architecture and construction firms that will take place through May 2016.

Hispanic Students Succeeding

Hispanic Students Succeeding

A newly-released report by the D.C. Public Charter School Board reveals that the four-year graduation rate of D.C’s Hispanic public charter school students is 75 percent compared to a citywide 71 percent graduation rate for all Hispanic and non-Hispanic public school students.

Nearly 6,000 Hispanic students attend public charter schools from PK-12, as well as adult programs in the city. The report found that the majority of these students attend 18 public charter schools, with 13 of them rated Tier 1 or next-to-highest in quality.

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