The Office of Family and Public Engagement and the Office of Teaching and Learning collaborated to create grade specific Parent Guides.
The guides provide tools parents need to support their child’s learning at home. For high school students, the guides also provide tips for how to successfully navigate the path to and through college.
In addition, all of the guides provide specific strategies to implement at home for DCPS’ new Cornerstone assignments, which are high-quality, in-depth activities that students will participate in during units of study.
A mobile app for the guide is available in the Android Market under the name DCPS Parent Guide.
‘Back-to-School Night’ Continues
Many DCPS facilities have been engaging in “Back-to-School Night,” activities which are continuing through September.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently commented on the benefits of the gatherings: ”DCPS educators have been welcoming students’ families and loved ones to their schools for the past several weeks — and if your Back-to-School Night hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming up soon. It’s always exciting to watch parents become engaged with principals, teachers, and staff on what their child will learn this year, and how they can support that learning at home.
“But Back-to-School Night isn’t the only opportunity for family engagement. At DCPS, family and public engagement is built into everything we do, at every level of our work. It is a district-wide priority, and more importantly, it is an individual priority for every teacher, administrator, and staff member. Families are experts when it comes to their children. When parents are involved in their child’s education, students achieve more academically.”
Public Safety Academy at Anacostia
DCPS, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Department and DC Police Foundation, launched its Public Safety Academy this year at Anacostia High School in Southeast.
The academy aims to help students pursue a career in public safety.
“The Public Safety Academy at Anacostia High School will be a game-changer for students and our city,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The academy will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about the field of law enforcement and create a pipeline that will help strengthen the Metropolitan Police Department.”
Upon graduation, students in the Academy will earn six college credits toward completion of the MPD Cadet Program, enrollment in the MPD Cadet Program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, and civilian employment at the DC Metropolitan Police Department while completing the MPD Cadet program
DCPS Supports Global Learning
DCPS is dedicated to creating and supporting global learners from pre-K to 12th grade.
Students who participate in the global programs are being prepared to become global citizens who investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.
With 11 dual-language programs offered during the current school year, school officials are focused on the four main goals of bilingualism, bi-literacy, high academic achievement and cultural competency.