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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: ESSA Task Force Update

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) education task force will make recommendations in June to the State Board on equity in education in the areas of academic rigor, leadership, and school resources and funding.
The task force meets on the second Tuesday of each month from now until June 2019.

While members of the public may attend and observe all task force meetings, they are not permitted to speak or participate during these sessions. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony or information for consideration by the task force by emailing sboe@dc.gov.

For the latest updates on the task force’s work, go to sboe.dc.gov/essa.

DCPS Spring Break

There are no classes for students and teachers from April 15-19.

Adult College Completion Fair

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) recently held its fifth Adult College Completion Fair at Judiciary Square in Northwest.

The fair encouraged adult learners who are interested in attending college for the first time or left college without obtaining a degree to earn their postsecondary credential. This year’s fair featured adult-friendly postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Participating institutions offer degree programs that are flexible, affordable and student-centered, and offer opportunities for tuition assistance, credit for prior learning, and partnerships with workforce development programs.

Attendees also learned how to earn a degree for $3,000 or less at Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America, an online competency-based program.

School Year Enrollment

In collaboration with the Policy and Legal Strategy Team, the Enrollment DCPS Team has finalized the SY19-20 Enrollment and Lottery Handbook.

Updated annually, the handbook details policies and procedures governing DCPS student enrollment.

Enrollment for the new school year can be accomplished in three steps: Provide proof of D.C. residency, review residency verification guidelines, and bring the completed enrollment packet to the school.

For questions, email enroll@dc.gov or dcps.policy@dc.gov.

Interscholastic Sports

Interscholastic sports are offered at all levels — elementary, middle, and high school. DCPS students can begin honing competitive skills at a young age.

For example, fall sports offerings include volleyball, football, soccer, cheerleading and cross-country to students across all grade levels. Even archery is offered for middle school students.

TMA Shining Star Gala

Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast will hold its for the public Star Gala on Thursday, May 2 to celebrate its educators, highlight school successes, thank donors and have attendees interact with their students.

The gala will provide attendees the opportunity to step into classrooms, tour the school and observe the teachers and staff who help ensure that TMA students are prepared to succeed in college and actively engage in society.

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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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