With so many new programs and initiatives already effectively at work, the current school year also marks the launch of “Cornerstones,” an initiative that builds upon the DCPS college-and-career-ready curriculum to ensure that every student has shared learning experiences. [read more…]
First lady Michelle Obama has formally announced “Better Make Room,” a public awareness campaign squarely directed at America’s future leaders: Generation Z. Over 20 social media companies, businesses and nonprofit partners gathered with Obama on Monday, October 19 in the East Room of the White House to launch an effort that will hopefully turn the culture of celebrity upside down.
Students in Prince George’s County who had their hearts set on participating in the annual spelling bee sponsored for years by the Gazette and Gazette-Star can still set their radars to “ready, set, spell,” as The Washington Informer newspaper has stepped up to the plate to carry on the time-honored tradition. [read more…]
WASHINGTON — Principal Aaron Thomas Green posed the following question to his school of 300-plus fifth- to eighth-graders at his all-boys school in northeast Houston at the beginning of the school year. “What does justice and brotherhood mean to you?” he asked. Their responses earned 30 boys from KIPP Polaris for Boys a free trip Saturday to the nation’s capital for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. There they joined tens of thousands who traveled from across America to be at the historic event.
The minority population has grown tremendously since the year 2000. According to the Census Bureau, the Hispanic population growth is due to U.S. births–and Asian population growth is due primarily to immigration since 2012. That alone has fueled a 5 percent population growth in the overall population of these groups nationwide, according to the Pew Research Center. [read more…]
As of Jan. 1, 2015, all states are somehow involved in sex education for public school children. In particular, 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education. But is this really best for our kids? And, if so, is the material taught adequate and appropriate for today’s fast paced society. [read more…]
Cardozo Education Campus, Dunbar High School and H.D. Woodson High School have increased their graduation rates by at least 10 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of high school students who graduated from DC Public Schools in four years increased by six percent – from 58 percent to 64 percent – continuing four years of growth in graduation rates since 2011.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, students from Crossland, DuVal, Northwestern and Parkdale high schools attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Ready to Lead program. They joined other students from across the region for an intensive one-day program designed to provide Latino high school students in grades nine and 10 with the tools and training necessary to prepare for college. Students also participated in a mentoring session, where they heard from local Latino professionals and college students about their journey to success and why completing high school and pursuing a college education are attainable. [read more…]