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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PCSB Praised by Dell Foundation

PCSB is an exceptional model of using ongoing assessments to foster positive growth in schools, a key pillar of portfolio school district strategy, according to the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The Foundation praised PCSB’s use of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) and other school performance evaluations to determine success and direct school growth. Citing PCSB’s recent decision to raise the enrollment ceilings of nine charter schools for the upcoming school year, the Foundation recommended that other school districts look to PCSB as an example of a successful charter school authorizer.

Read more at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation website.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Secretary Duncan to Honor Environmentally Friendly Schools

This Monday, April 22, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School in Columbia Heights will be welcoming US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce this year’s Green Ribbon Schools. Secretary Duncan will be joined by Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and will give remarks prior to the honorees being officially announced.

Prospective Green Ribbon Schools undergo a thorough nomination and application process. Each school must demonstrate that they are minimizing environmental impact; creating a healthy learning environment; and providing exemplary curriculum focusing on environmental literacy. Schools should also emphasize the importance of STEM and civics education. This is the second year of the Green Ribbon Schools program and three schools in DC were nominated, including Mundo Verde. Development and communications specialist Maureen Dizon said they are "very excited" about the event, and it is an honor for them to be recognized only three years after opening their doors.

Mundo Verde is a public charter school with a bilingual curriculum in English and Spanish, and a special emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship. Their facility currently includes an organic garden which is incorporated into classroom learning on sustainability and environmental health, along with trips to local farms to learn about food production. They currently cover PreK3 through 1st grade, and plan to add more classes as their students grow.

Senator Duncan’s remarks will be livestreamed at 10:30 Monday morning, live from an early childhood education classroom at Mundo Verde, where he will also visit the school’s garden and learn more about how they are incorporating environmental education into their curriculum. 

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