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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: School Report Card

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the launch of the first annual DC School Report Card and School Transparency and Reporting Framework, a data-driven website that provides students, families, and educators clear and detailed information on the performance of D.C. public and public charter schools.

The State Board of Education and its ESSA Task Force worked with OSSE over the past year to bring parents and families together to help create the report cards.

Lottery Launch

The My School DC lottery application process for school year 2019-20 has begun. Prior to the launch on Dec. 10, families were encouraged to visit EdFEST (which took place over the weekend at the DC Armory), where they could learn more about and meet educators, administrators, and staff from more than 200 public schools.

Winter Wondercamp

Registration for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s 2018 Winter Wondercamp is open.

Winter Wondercamp will be held in conjunction with the DCPS winter holiday break (Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28). The camp is for children ages 6-12 years old and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at neighborhood recreation centers.

Uplifting Teachers

Ask students at Thurgood Marshall Academy what they love about their school and they will talk about their teachers.

“I didn’t know I had such a passion for history until I took Mr. Beiderman’s class. He taught with emotion and brought the stories to life.” Michael – Class of 2019

Survey Participation

The State Board recently co-hosted a public forum with EmpowerEd on teacher and principal retention, convening more than 100 students, teachers, principals, policymakers, and community members to design systemic solutions.

Now it’s time for the public to weigh in via an online survey regarding strategies to address teacher and principal retention in D.C.’s public schools.

Respondents can vote for their favorite strategies or add their own. The survey will be open through Monday, Dec. 17. For more information, email sboe@subscriptions.dc.gov.

Student Satisfaction

District-wide, 83 percent of students are satisfied with their school, and for students at Tubman, Elementary School in Northwest, satisfaction rates increased from 65 percent to 82 percent.

Their principal credits a focus on relationships and implementing innovative strategies to engage and empower students.

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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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