June 2018 DC Charter School News

 

Graduating the Next Class of Leaders
Class of 2018, You Did It! 


Congratulations, Class of 2018! The DC Public Charter School Board - both its staff and board members - is proud of how hard you have worked to receive your high school diploma.  And, to the families, public charter school leaders, teachers, and staff, thank you for all that you do each day to support your students. 

People of Public Charter Schools

Photo Credit:  NTN24
Daniela Anello, Head of School at DC Bilingual PCS, recently gave an interview to a Latin American TV news channel, NTN24.  During the interview, Anello reflected on why she is committed to the work she and her staff do each day for their students and families.   Anello, a first-generation immigrant, is bilingual and Latina, and her background is similar to many of the students DC Bilingual PCS serves.  This, she says, helps motivate her to ensure that her students have the same opportunities she had.  Watch the full interview (in Spanish) here, and learn more about DC Bilingual PCS, which is a high-performing (or,Tier 1) school located in Ward 5, here
Capital City PCS Students Perform and Protest on the National Mall 
In early June, more than 130 2nd - 4th graders from Capital City PCS performed their original songs, art, and slam poetry on the National Mall as part of their spring arts expedition, Children's Voices of Protest.  The arts showcase is the culmination of an in-depth study of historical and contemporary civil rights leaders, issues of injustice, and protests as a medium for positive change.  Students performed their original protest art about gun violence, DACA, women's rights, LGBTQ rights and more and followed with a peaceful march around the National Mall. 
DC Prep PCS's Director of High School Placement is an Honored Honoree
DC Prep PCS's Edgewood Middle Campus Director of High School Placement, Julie Moeller, was selected by Honored.org to be June's Honoree because of her work at DC Prep PCS.  This national award shines a spotlight on the work of a teacher with a single student.  As part of her award, Moeller received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card.  Award-winning journalist and author Peter Bergen, a contributor to CNN and Vice President at New America, wrote about Moeller's story here, featuring DC Prep PCS alumnus Calvin Carmichael, who recently graduated Choate Rosemary Hall. 
Eagle Academy PCS Hosts Men of Color in K-12 Education Town Hall 
Video Credit: Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation
In May, the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation co-hosted a town hall with Eagle Academy PCS and DC PCSB about The 7%: Men of Color in K-12 Education.  Men of color account for less than 7% of the teaching population in the United States, while students of color are projected to make up 54% of the population by 2024.  Teachers of color serve as "mirrors" in the classroom where students can see themselves as educational leaders instead of "windows" where they are being taught through a cultural lens that is foreign to that of their own.  Watch the Town Hall (above) and learn more about the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation here
Upcoming Events
July 23 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on July 23 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.

August 9 - DC PCSB Summer Graduation Ceremony
On August 9, DC PCSB will host its 3rd annual summer graduation ceremony for public charter high school seniors who needed to complete summer classes in order to be eligible to receive their high school diploma. 

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