December 2018 DC Charter School News


Celebrating the End of 2018
Why Students Love Their Public Charter School
From everyone at the DC Public Charter School Board, we wish you a happy holiday season and a happy New Year! To round out the end of 2018, wWatch the video below to learn why students love their top-performing public charter schools. 
Welcome Lea Crusey, the Newest DC PCSB Board Member
From everyone at the DC Public Charter School Board, we wish you a happy holiday season and a happy New Year! To round out the end of 2018, watch the video below to learn why students love their top-performing public charter schools. 
 This month, we welcomed the newest member  of the DC Public Charter School Board, Lea  Crusey. Lea is the founder and CEO of Allies for  Educational Equity, a non-partisan, grassroots-  funded Political Action Committee designed to  unite the political voice of education reformers.  Learn more about Lea here
DC PCSB Releases Statement on New Chancellor of DC Public Schools
Scott Pearson, Executive Director of DC PCSB, releases a statement on the appointment of the new Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS): "Congratulations to Dr. Lewis Ferebee on being selected as Chancellor of DC Public Schools. We look forward to collaborating with Dr. Ferebee and DCPS as we continue improving the quality of public education in the District." 
People of Public Charter Schools
My School Feels Like My Second Home

Photo Credit: Perry Street Preparatory PCS

I chose to work in a DC public charter school and specifically, Perry Street Preparatory PCS, because I was drawn to the small family feeling. I love the flexibility and systems in place to support students, teachers, and families. At Perry Street Preparatory PCS, families have an extended day option that allows me more time with my students. The student to teacher ratio also gives me the chance to build relationships with each of my students' families while also getting to know my students academically and socially. When I get to work, I feel like I’m at my second home because we believe in our children inside and out of the classroom and work daily to give them the education they deserve. -- Ms. Melanie Pyne, 2nd Grade Teacher

School Stories
Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Parkside Middle Helps Teachers Succeed in the Classroom

Photo credit: Cesar Chavez for Public Policy - Parkside Middle PCS

Tiffany Solomon, an 8th grade history teacher, believes that teaching at public charter schools in the District of Columbia introduces educators to more opportunities to meet and grow with students and families from neighborhoods all across the city. At Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Chavez Prep Middle (Chavez Prep Middle), Tiffany enjoys the opportunities to grow as a teacher by learning from other professionals. She has learned how to teach and manage students affected by trauma, strategies for building literacy across content areas, and effective classroom management and organization strategies.

Chavez Prep Middle partners content area teachers with expert coaches, who provide weekly feedback, best practices, and pedagogical knowledge. This support goes hand in hand with Tiffany’s relationship with her students. She notes, "[Students] know that they can trust me with their learning, so they are more engaged."

A Student Shares Why Community College Preparatory Academy PCS was the Right Choice for Her

Photo credit: Community College Preparatory Academy PCS

Paige Alleyne attends Community College Preparatory Academy PCS (CC Prep PCS). This is her story: I decided to attend public charter schools over the traditional school system because my parents wanted me to have a school experience that differed from regular teaching and learning styles. Charter schools...offer other options to help children meet their specific learning needs. CC Prep PCS is one of those schools. I was drawn to CC Prep PCS because it offered both a GED and IT program that intrigued me. It also...offers a blended learning structure and teaches current and accurate information to students. The staff holds students accountable and show that they actually care about the students outside of the classroom. 
Roots PCS Founder Explains the Importance of School Leader and Teacher Flexibility in Public Charter Schools

Photo Credit: Roots PCS

The founder of Roots PCS, Bernida Thompson, has an avid career in education. She taught at traditional public schools for 10 years before opening a private school in 1977. In 1999, she opened Roots PCS and has since enjoyed the flexibility public charter schools are given. Bernida enjoys being able to handpick the educators she wants to see in her classrooms. She notes, "School leaders and principals are the driving force for education and they should receive autonomy to how they structure their staff."

Upcoming Events
January 28 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on January 28 at 6:30 p.m. *The meeting will be held at DC PCSB (3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210). A meeting agenda will be available here

Watch the meeting on our website. Missed last month's meeting? Read a summary here

*Meeting location is subject to change.

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