D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Community Forums

The DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement is responsible for engaging parents, families and the community in students’ learning and improving schools.

To that end, Chancellor Antwan Wilson and other DCPS Leadership are providing opportunities each month at community forums for feedback and help in making critical decisions aligned with the District’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Light refreshments, child care and interpretation services will be provided.

Two forums will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the following times:

8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Oyster-Adams • 2801 Calvert Street NW

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Hardy MS • 1819 35th Street NW

Closing the Achievement Gap

To close the achievement gap, DCPS is providing more resources and supports to students who need it most.

That includes investments such as the one at Aiton Elementary School in Northeast, where the district’s “Excellence” through equity funding sent all teachers to Eureka Math professional development, helping them hone their skills so students can be college- and career-ready.

“We want to make sure we’re targeting resources … so that we can begin to make sure those students are given the best shot possible to reach their full potential,” said Chancellor Antwan Wilson in describing the $2.6 million investment in support of literacy, math, attendance and social emotional learning.

Lessons in Advocacy

Five students from Thurgood Marshall Academy High School in Southeast recently attended the D.C. Youth Civil Rights Summit, where they got an opportunity to engage in presentations ranging from women’s rights to voting rights.

The three-day summit was sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union Club at the School Without Walls Senior High School in Northwest. Students learned about advocating for their rights from ACLU lawyers and keynote speakers.

“It was an amazing opportunity working in groups, meeting new people, and learning about our rights,” said TMA 11th-grader Destiny Young.

This summit has inspired TMA students to think about starting their own club focused on civil rights.

Power of Photography

Thurgood Marshall Academy High School has partnered with the Pulitzer Center’s educational outreach team to bring journalists into the classroom.

Students worked with journalists who are part of the “Everyday Africa” project, learning about the power of photography to break down misconceptions and using their phones to capture images throughout the school.

The journalists also helped students learn how to capture images that tell a story.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

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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