D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Warriors in Action

Students at Thurgood Marshall Academy continue to have incredible experiences both in and out of the classroom as demonstrated through those who traveled to Iowa with the Mikva Challenge DC.

Participating students spent three days practicing the art of campaigning in the field and observing presidential candidates up close at forums in advance of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucus.

In addition, TMA’s Track and Field team attended “Meet an Olympian Dinner and Youth forum for Dalilah Muhammad”. Muhammad holds the World Record for the 400 meter hurdles.

The school’s athletes not only learned about Dalilah’s journey they also shared their running events.

Standing Ovation Awards

Twenty-six DCPS teachers, administrators, staff members and school communities will be honored on Jan. 30 at the 10th annual Standing Ovation awards program, hosted by the DC Public Education Fund.

“The DC Ed Fund is so honored and proud to host Standing Ovation, our annual event that celebrates DCPS educators, leaders, and school communities that go above and beyond for kids every day,” said Jeanie Lee, DC Public Education Fund president and executive director. “We bring together all of our supporters in philanthropy and business to show our gratitude and celebrate DCPS.”

Among the award winners is Ashley Kearney, a mathematics teacher at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Ward 7, who was named DCPS’ Teacher of the Year.

School Redesign

What does a DCPS school redesign look like? By the 2021-22 school year, students at Anacostia and Ballou senior high schools will navigate programs connecting them with opportunities beyond school and credentials in various industries.

AU, DCPS Partner

American University’s School of Education has partnered with DCPS to provide evidence-based, independent and objective research as the school district conducts a comprehensive review of its longstanding IMPACT performance evaluation system for teachers.

Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced this past fall, an examination of IMPACT to identify areas for improvement, while ensuring teachers get the support they need and are held to consistent and high teaching standards.

“DC Public Schools’ IMPACT teacher evaluation system has served as a national model, and research shows that it leads to improved teacher quality and more student learning,” Ferebee said. “With American University’s expertise and third-party perspective, I am confident that we will enhance our performance evaluation system in a way that best meets the needs of our educators, students, and schools.”

Lottery Deadline

The application deadline for the My School DC lottery application for grades 9-12 is Feb. 3.

DC’s common application and school lottery is for DCPS and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12). To apply, families must use the My School DC lottery to apply to:

• DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools).
• DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12).
• DCPS selective high schools (9-12).
• all participating public charter schools (PK3-12).

The application deadline for PK3-8 is March 2. For questions or help with applications, call the My School DC hotline at 202-888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email

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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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