Language Immersion In Urban Public Schools – December 4, 6-8 PM @ MLK Library

Language Immersion In Urban Public Schools: Exploring The Benefits & Challenges

(co-hosted by the DC Public Library, DC State Board of Education and the DC Language Immersion Project)

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

6-8pm

MLK Library – 901 G St. NW

You are invited to join us for a panel discussion with a focus on the benefits and challenges of implementing language immersion programs in our public elementary schools – both charter and traditional public schools. This discussion is not only meant to highlight the overall value of language immersion but also is designed to be a forum that will engage all stakeholders in a way that will move toward collaborative strategic planning to expand language immersion offerings in public schools in the District of Columbia.

GUESTS INCLUDE:

  • Marty Abbott – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler – My Bilingual Child
  • Maquita Alexander –Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
  • Lynn Fulton-Archer –World Language Immersion, Delaware Department of Education
  • Sally Schwartz – Globalize DC
  • Donna Sothern, Spanish Immersion Teacher – Cleveland Elementary, DC Public Schools

RSVP: http://dclanguageimmersionproject.eventbrite.com

www.DCImmersion.org

Email: info@dcimmersion.org

DC Language Immersion Project Flyer

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Ward 6 State Board of Education Candidates Forum

Come learn more about the Ward 6 candidates for DC State Board of Education — and ask your questions about their views on policies & standards that affect DC schools.

Candidates are Mark Naydan & Joe Weedon

Tuesday, October 14 @ 6:30 PM
Eastern Senior High School
1700 E Capitol Street, SE

Moderated by Natalie Wexler of Greater Greater Education

Sponsored by:

  • Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization, www.chpspo.org
  • Ward 6 Democrats
  • Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council, http://www.seswcbcc.org<
  • Ward 6 State Board of Education Candidates

Mark Naydan
Mark Naydan is a public school teacher in Prince George’s County and a Ward 6 resident for more than two decades.  He is committed to the spirit of the decision of Brown v. Board of Education, and desires a high quality education for all of our residents.  He has been teaching high school in his current position for 10 years.  He has taught in five countries and is dedicated to excellence in teaching.  He is secretary of his school’s PTA and is involved in the National Education Association.  He is a volunteer tax preparer and is active in his church.

Joe Weedon
Joe is a proud father of 4th and 2nd grade students at Maury Elementary School. He has worked with community members to develop and implement the Ward 6 Middle School Plan and has served on the Eliot-Hine Middle School collaboration team, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Title I Committee of Practitioners and the board of two non-profits focused on expanding after-school programming. His years of service and advocacy to improve our child care and educational systems across Ward 6 means he knows and understands the educational issues impacting Ward 6 like few others.

Professionally, Joe currently serves as Executive Director of Companies for Causes, a non-profit organization working to engage socially-minded CEOs of closely held small and mid-sized companies to make a collective impact on our community.http://www.joeweedonstateboardofed.com

Support Children Living at DC General’s Homeless Shelter‏

10295549_710102709028232_4106679170363888880_o (1)​There are hundreds of children living at the DC General’s Homeless Shelter, and many of them attend schools on Capitol Hill.  The Playtime Project has organized a Back-to-School Drive to provide support for these children as they start the school year.  As you shop for school supplies and clothes for your children, please consider purchasing extras to donate to this Back-to-School Drive.  Many people have already generously donated, but the need is still great.  Backpacks are particularly needed as are school supplies and uniforms.
 
 
Uniforms:   Homeless Children’s Playtime Project  says that “School uniforms will become an urgent need almost as soon as the school year begins. There are over 500 children living at DC General without easy access to laundry facilities. The closest laundromat is nearly 1 mile from the shelter. When children don’t have enough uniforms to get them through the week, they’re often forced to attend school with a dirty and wrinkled uniform. Help us spread the word about this wish list:”   http://amzn.com/w/SGKH8FLM7WFU
 
Playtime Project’s Backpack Drive 2014: Backpacks are very much needed for students in the next two weeks.
 
School Supplies Fall 2014:  BecauseDCPS students are expected to bring in their own supplies:
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At Back-to-School Time, Help Provide Uniforms for Homeless Children in Capitol Hill Schools

It’s back to school for our kids – and homeless kids living in a decrepit shelter just a few miles from the Hill.

When you buy back-to-school supplies and clothes for your kids, please consider buying uniforms for a few of the 100s of homeless children who attend public schools on Capitol Hill.

It’s easy to help: Buy one or more uniforms on Amazon and the items will ship directly to the Playtime Project (the organization districting them to DC General families): http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/SGKH8FLM7WFU/ref=cm_sw_su_w

With the ongoing news of terrible conditions at the old D.C. General Hospital (especially in the wake of Relisha Rudd’s disappearance), this uniform drive is something we can do to help children living day-to-day at a shelter just around the corner.

Ask a co-worker and a friend or neighbor to purchase a uniforms too. Purchases are tax deductible.

More info about the uniform drive here: https://www.facebook.com/ClothetheKidsCapHillUniformDrive

New uniforms for these kids WILL make a difference! They need a uniform 5 days a week and not only do they have the means to buy enough shirts and pants for 5 days, there is no clothes washing facilities at DC General, making it very hard to go to school in clean uniforms.

We understand from teachers and advocates for homeless kids that clean clothes (which this uniform drive provides) can help cut down on bullying (sadly) and improve the confidence and sense of dignity of the child.By Liz Festa and Beth Bacon

 

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Ward 5 Council on Education Panel Discussion- June 24

On June 24th, the Ward Five Council on Education is bringing together representatives from eight of the agencies that comprise the DC education system for a panel discussion. Each of the agencies in attendance will give an overview of their respective organization, their role within the system and how they interact with parents and their children. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the question you’ve been waiting to ask! Our goal is that those present will walk away from the meeting with a good understanding of DC education landscape and how to find resources that will allow them to make the best decision for their family. To join us, RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-on-dc-education-landscape-tickets-11955008753 (you do not have to RSVP to attend but RSVPing is helpful for planning purposes).

WHAT: Community Conversation on Navigating the DC Education Landscape

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

WHERE: Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library – 5401 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington DC 20011

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-on-dc-education-landscape-tickets-11955008753

WHO:
RaeShawn Crosson-Settles,Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Mary Lord, DC State Board of Education
Shanita Burney, District of Columbia Public Schools
Scott Pearson, DC Public Charter School Board
Erika Wadlington, DC City Council Committee on Education
David Street, Washington Teachers Union
Aryan Bocqut, My School DC
Joyanna Smith, Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email us at ward5coe@gmail.com. We hope you’ll be able to join us!