D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Principal Appreciation

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson took time last month to recognize DCPS’s principals for their dedication and commitment to ensuring a quality education for all students.

Parents and guardians also joined Wilson in praising the system’s principals.

“We appreciate all of your long hours and positive intentions for our students,” D.C. parent Shawn Donnelly posted on Twitter.

Teen Awarded for Perseverance

Warren King, an 8th-grader at John Hayden Johnson Middle School in Southeast, was honored this fall by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine for the self-improvement he’s shown while dealing with the death of his mother two years ago.

Warren, 13, an honor roll student, has also been a role model to other students and volunteers in his community, school officials said.

For his efforts, Warren received the “Right Direction Award” and a copy of “Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” He is among 34 youth who received the annual award, now in its third year.

Chancellor on Equal Global Access

“While we have begun to see positive results from our efforts, we know there is a long way to go before we truly bring equal global access to all of our students. We continue to learn from our colleagues, educators, families, and students and are consistently adapting our approach, from engaging world language teachers each summer to revising curriculum, to making our eligibility criteria for DCPS Study Abroad more inclusive of students on non-traditional learning pathways. Looking ahead, we are excited to engage in the intersection between social-emotional learning and global education, and to connect our work to DCPS’ new strategic plan.” — #DCPSGoesGlobal via Education Week

Meeting New Education Requirements

OSSE’s Hanseul Kang announced plans on Nov. 17 to give early childhood educators more time to meet the city’s new education requirements for those who work in child development centers.

The extension will apply to teachers, assistant teachers, expanded home caregivers and associate home caregivers.

Teachers and expanded home caregivers will receive an extension earning an associate degree in early childhood education or any associate degree with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood.

As part of the extension, OSSE has partnered with Trinity University to create a first-of-its-kind initiative that begins in January. At that time, Trinity will host classes for several groups of students earning their associate degree in early childhood education at local child development centers.
Middle School Investments

As the 2017-18 school year continues, each DCPS middle school student will have the option to participate in at least one extracurricular program.

New offerings include coding clubs, lacrosse, wrestling, rugby, archery and hockey, as well as wheelchair track and field and unified basketball for students with disabilities.

Building on recommendations from the Algebra Task Force, all DCPS middle schools are also offering algebra, and through the addition of engineering and computer science electives, more students will have access to robust STEM courses before reaching high school.

These electives are being supported by the addition of 750 new computers.

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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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