Oct. 23 is “Unity Day,” and Chancellor Lewis Ferebee encourages central office teams, school-based colleagues, students and the greater community to wear orange as DCPS’ message to prevent bullying, and that the school system is united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Residents’ Testimony

The D.C. State Board of Education invites the public to share their views on teacher attrition at its Wednesday, Oct. 23 meeting.

Teachers leave classrooms for many reasons that include moving out of the area and changing roles within a school. Until last year, no information was available in a consolidated public report that showed the amount of movement among teachers in the District of Columbia. The State Board has commissioned an update of the report issued last year so that the public and education agencies can continue their work to ensure that all District classrooms have an effective teacher.

Residents will be permitted up to three minutes to present testimony. The deadline to sign up is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Graduation Guide, College, Career Prep

Chancellor Lewis Ferebee recently provided the DCPS community with key updates about supports to ensure students graduate with a clear path to post-secondary success, as well as meet DCPS’ Capital Commitment goal of doubling the number of students who are college and career ready.

“At DCPS, one key measure of our success is students’ preparedness to take on the challenges of college and career,” Ferebee said. “Whether students are interested in pursuing a college degree or entering the workforce, we want every student to feel supported and confident as they begin their next chapter of life. I am proud that we continue to provide students with access to opportunities to explore their career interests, college-level courses, and the supports they need to thrive on their path to graduation and beyond.”

Career Pathways

DCPS has continued to create opportunities for students to discover how their interests are aligned to future in-demand careers during high school, by launching a new cohort of the Career Bridge program. The initiative provides up to 120 seniors with the opportunity to participate in paid pre-apprenticeship and internship opportunities to begin their career in an industry of their interest.

“As a senior at Anacostia High School, I am interested in the Career Bridge program because it is going to help show me what I really want to do in life and allow me to get real work experience to see if I am interested in the health care and child care fields,” said Aaliyah Reid, senior at Anacostia High School in Ward 8. “I also want to be better prepared for more job opportunities when I graduate and have more experience, so I am excited to participate in the resume and mock interview workshops.”

Home Learning Support

To provide families with more tools for supporting their child’s learning at home, DCPS recently released the parent curriculum guides for grades K-8.

In addition, DCPS is poised to launch its “Parent University,” a free five-session workshop series for middle and elementary school families.

Families will learn and share strategies to support their child’s academic success through workshops focused on communicating with their school’s teacher, building a sense of independence in their child, and making learning at home fun.

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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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