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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Summer Bridge Program

Students enrolled in DCPS who entering third, sixth, or ninth grade can take advantage of two weeks of in-person enrichment in August to help prepare them for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Summer Bridge program, which in accordance with D.C. health guidelines, will build relationships with classmates and staff as they engage in a variety of academic and social-emotional learning activities aimed at helping them transition to a new grade or school.

Learn more and register for the Summer Bridge program by calling 202-442-5885.

In addition to the Summer Bridge program, registration is now open for in-person, small group summer camps, which will run from July 20 to Aug. 28 at more than 25 recreation centers.

Also, each Monday, registration opens for Learning Hubs which are currently operating at libraries and recreation centers across the city aimed at providing young people between the ages of six and 18 safe spaces to learn, use the internet, and participate in structured activities.

Reopening Strategies, Police-Free Schools

The D.C. State Board of Education will discuss health and safety as schools discuss and plan their ReOpening strategies.

The board will consider and hear from experts about the factors students and families should take into consideration when deciding how to attend school this fall.

The board will also consider a resolution in support of police-free schools, as more than a quarter of a million young people are arrested or referred to law enforcement in their schools each year.

As a result, there has been increased investments in school budgets towards school policing, surveillance, suspensions and expulsions, harsh discipline, and arrests, in lieu of counseling, educational resources, and physical improvements to classrooms and school structures.

The board’s resolution proposes recommendations that would create a safer, healthier, and more equitable school environment to enhance the overall learning experience for the District’s 90,000 public-school students.

Charter Schools Advocacy

Shannon Hodge has been named founding executive director of the new advocacy organization, DC Charter School Alliance, which is dedicated to supporting and representing the robust charter school sector in D.C.

The Alliance represents the city’s charter schools and networks and will build an advocacy agenda based on input of the city’s public charter schools. Its membership council will steer the organization’s key policy priorities and ensure that the organization is aligned to the needs of D.C.’s charter schools.

“Advocacy for the DC Charter School Alliance will begin with listening to our stakeholders and what they tell us about the needs of our students, families, schools, and communities, all rooted in the idea that families and students who want school options to pursue real opportunities in life can do so,” said Hodge, former co-founder and executive director of Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, where she served for more than five years.

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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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