A Friday Trip to Amidon-Bowen: Remarks from Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

By Emily Gasoi, Vice President and Ward 1 Representative On Friday, April, 30th I had the opportunity to hear our Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, speak during his visit to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, which was his final stop on his ‘Help is Here’ School Reopening Tour. Not surprisingly, Secretary Cardona’s talk focused on his quest to reopenContinue reading “A Friday Trip to Amidon-Bowen: Remarks from Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona”

Sandra’s Top 3 Favorite Memories with the State Board

I began working for the State Board as a Policy Fellow in February 2020, and was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in the office before the COVID-19 pandemic began. It was one of my favorite professional experiences, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with educational issues in theContinue reading “Sandra’s Top 3 Favorite Memories with the State Board”

State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections

By Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 Representative On February 6, 2020, the State Board team visited the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Central Detention Facility (CDF). Upon arrival, we were greeted by Director Quincy Booth, Deputy Director of Professional Development & College and Career Readiness, Amy Lopez, and Public Information Officer, Dr. Keena Blackmon. Before beginning theContinue reading “State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections”

Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Last week, Cardozo High School Assistant Principal Matthew Kennedy and his leadership team welcomed State Board members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3 / President), Ashley MacLeay (At-Large), Emily Gasoi (Ward 1), and some of my SBOE staff colleagues for a school tour and lively education policy discussion at one ofContinue reading “Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus”

A “First Friday” at Digital Pioneers Academy

By Sara Gopalkrishna, Policy Fellow I had the opportunity to visit Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) as part of First Fridays—a series of monthly learning tours that spotlight D.C. charter schools. The description “digital pioneer” aptly describes this school. The public charter middle school is the first-ever computer science focused middle school in the District. DeliberatelyContinue reading “A “First Friday” at Digital Pioneers Academy”

Langley Elementary Touts Conscious Discipline

Langley Elementary School Principal Vanessa Drumm-Canepa and PTSA President Christina Svolopoulos Robbins welcomed State Board members Ruth Wattenberg, Ashley MacLeay, Jessica Sutter, and some of my SBOE staff colleagues to tour their school.

A “First Friday” at Briya Public Charter School

What does two-generation learning mean and how has it been implemented in the District? How do public schools establish themselves as the center of their communities? During a recent visit to Briya Public Charter School’s Fort Totten campus, I had the opportunity to witness this two-generation learning approach, as well as see the additional community and social services provided through the school’s partnership with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center community health center in the District.

Center City Shaw – Character / Excellence / Service

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Last month, State Board members met with teachers and administrators at Center City Public Charter Schools’ Shaw campus to visit classes and discuss their school. Principal Alicia McCloud, assistant principals Natasha Taylor and Rashaida Melvin, and managing director Demetrial Gartrell welcomed Board Members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3) and Joe WeedonContinue reading “Center City Shaw – Character / Excellence / Service”

SBOE at School Without Walls

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Last month, Principal Richard Trogisch and his team welcomed SBOE members Ruth Wattenberg, Joe Weedon, and some of my SBOE staff colleagues to tour the beautiful School Without Walls campus. “Walls,” as the school is affectionately known, is the only DC Public Schools high school located in Ward 2Continue reading “SBOE at School Without Walls”

SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 19, State Board of Education members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3), Joe Weedon (Ward 6), and staff members from SBOE and the Ombudsman’s office visited Seaton Elementary School, located a few blocks northeast of Logan Circle in Shaw. An enthusiastic and multicultural school, the Stingers are a very diverseContinue reading “SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers”