DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Office of Communications and Engagement. (DCPS photo)
DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Office of Communications and Engagement. (DCPS photo)

The DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the schools’ Office of Communications and Engagement.

The workshops are an opportunity for families to share strategies and learn new ones from each other as well as from DCPS Central Office teams. RSVP to DCPS’ upcoming workshops to participate. For questions, email ParentU@k12.dc.gov.

Pandemic Trauma Support

To support parents, the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health has expanded the city’s Mental Health Hotline to offer relevant guidance to families.

Parents can get real-time help from licensed clinicians or learn more about available services by calling 1-888-793-4357 at any time of the day, any day of the week.

Excellence in Teaching

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education recently announced that Ashley Kearney, from Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, and William Stafford from E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, are recipients of the “Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.”

OSSE also announced that Edward Donnellan from Gonzaga College High School has been named the 2020 District of Columbia History Teacher of the Year.

Awardees — who are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning, along with their ability to help students make progress in STEM fields — receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation for professional development.

Virtual App Showcase

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education recently celebrated D.C.’s aspiring computer scientists at its inaugural Virtual App Showcase, which gave rising ninth graders and high school students focused on information technology and engineering, a chance to present their ideas and share their solutions with peers, families and the community.

Over the summer, 110 students from District public and public charter schools participated in DC Can Code, a virtual summer coding camp and internship program designed to build awareness and excitement for high school Career and Technical Education.

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