D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Focus on Joyful Rigor

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.

Cornerstones are lesson experiences that are being taught within the school system’s core curriculum units of study, providing an opportunity for every student in every grade level, from Kindergarten to 12th-grade, across English language-arts, math, science, art, music, physical education, health, and world language subjects, to experience Cornerstone lessons.

“Challenging curriculum has always been part of DCPS’ strategy, but going forward, students will receive the same high-quality learning experience, no matter where they live or go to school,” said Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Student Achiever

Maria Carranza, a sophomore at Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest, is always pushing herself to achieve more. An honor roll student who attends Dual-Enrollment courses at the University of the District of Columbia, Maria believes that her studies through the CHEC Hospitality Career Academy are preparing her for a post-college career. “DCPS is a place where they want you to have a future,” said Maria, who also plans on attending Georgetown University.

“I came to the United States from Colombia when I was five. My mother stopped going to school after 6th grade and my father dropped out to work. I want to make my parents proud by preparing myself to be somebody.”

Learning Center for Students with Disabilities

KIPP DC, a Tier 1 network of public charter schools, has opened a Learning Center at its Douglass Campus in Ward 8, serving approximately 60 students with disabilities in grades PK4 through 8. Students are enrolled in KIPP DC public charter schools that require specialized instruction and related services in a full-time setting outside of general education.

Adult Public Charter Schools, School Board Testify

The DC Public Charter School Board and representatives from the eight adult public charter schools in the District, serving more than 4,000 students from every ward in the city, testified last month before the DC Council.

Nearly 70 percent of the charter system’s adult students are over the age of 24 and nearly half participate in English as a Second Language programs.

With a growing adult population, school officials believe it’s important that all of their adult education programs are being held to the highest standards and that only quality programs need to be replicated.

School Board members have taken significant strides toward this goal with implementation of the Adult Education Performance Management Framework, of which the results will be released later this school year.

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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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