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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Virtual Community Service Opportunities

During school closure or extenuating circumstances, DCPS’s goal is to ensure students have every opportunity to complete their 100 hours of community service required for graduation while contributing positively to the community. For questions or concerns, contact DCPS.Counseling@k12.dc.gov.

Learning Ally: Students can help Learning Ally create audiobooks. Volunteer opportunities include narrators (reading stories), listeners (listening to stories), or quality assurance (listen to books and provide feedback about their experience). Students must complete an application, watch an orientation video and complete a quiz to determine their fit with Learning Ally.

Smithsonian Institute: Students can become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. You will have access to field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, and more.

TeensGive: Students tutor one fourth-10th grade student an hour per week. Students deliver sessions via laptops and phones. Students must complete an application, provide a school reference, and submit a photo ID. Students must report their hours so TeensGive can verify them for DCPS.

TMA Teacher Spotlight

Cosby Hunt, an AP U.S. history teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy, is featured in this month’s “Educational Leadership” article “Turn & Talk” on helping students speak their truth.

Hunt is the founder of the after-school seminar Speak Truth, where D.C. high school students discuss social issues while building leadership and confidence. He recently helped six TMA Warriors to get their work in the book “American Struggle.”

Distance Learning

TMA says it remains committed to supporting student learning through various distance learning platforms during the citywide response to COVID-19.

The school’s webpage will be regularly updated with learning materials and other resources that support its students’ academic growth and development.

Follow TMA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date news.

TMA Meals

TMA will continue to offer meals to any youth (including but not only TMA students) Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the main building. Parents can now pick up multiple meals for children, at least three breakfasts and three lunches per child at a time while supplies last (and sometimes more depending upon availability).

Contact Nora Moore at nmoore@tmapchs.org for more information.

Distance Learning: A Teacher’s Perspective

“Since we have been out of school and implementing Distance Learning, I send my 6th grade ELA Scholars a morning message daily. The messages also include daily assignments. My scholars and I are adjusting well because we’re familiarizing ourselves with using Chromebooks during daily class instruction. To add a little more joy to our distance learning circumstances, we have virtual field trips, video chats for instructional help, and we even have lunch together. Seeing their faces light up so bright when our meetings start makes me realize why I love my job!” — Ashley Knight, 6th Grade English language arts teacher, Perry Street Preparatory PCS

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