Monday - December 11, 2017
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Mayor Bowser to Celebrate District's Highest Performing Public Charter Schools at TIERific Practices in Education Event
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- District of Columbia Public Schools issued the following news release:

On Monday, December 11, at 10 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will highlight the achievements of public charter schools around the District as well as honor DC's highest-performing public charter schools. These schools were evaluated by the DC Public Charter School Board and the results were released in October 2017 in its "School Quality Report." She will be joined at the event by At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, At-Large Councilmember Robert White, and State Board of Education Representative Markus Batchelor.

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MPS Donates and Packs Lunches for Homeless Shelter
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Dec. 10 -- The Milwaukee Public Schools have issued the following news release:

Several dozen students and employees from MPS Central Services banded together this week to pack lunches for residents at the Guest House of Milwaukee. All of the bread, lunchmeat, cheese, fruit, and other lunch items were purchased though cash donations from MPS employees, which totaled nearly $600.

Sandwiches were crafted by students in the Community Assessment Training Program, who are learning career skills that will help them directly transition to the workforce after graduation. Employees ... Show Full Article

English Students at SOA Become Music Journalists for a Week
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Dec. 9 -- Charleston County School District issued the following news:

Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to inspire their students, and help them grasp subject matter and concepts. One Honors English teacher at Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) has found a method that her students clearly appreciate; current writers becoming part of the curriculum.

Alea McKinley, who is in her second year at SOA (and sixth year in Charleston County School District), developed a plan to bring a music journalist in to her class for a week, so her students could learn ... Show Full Article

San Diego Unified Honors Commitment to Military Supports With Holiday Card Drive
SAN DIEGO, California, Dec. 8 -- The San Diego Unified School District issued the following news release:

In an effort to thank those who serve us year round, the San Diego Unified School District will launch the 1st annual Military Holiday card drive Monday December 11, 2017. The drive will run through Friday, December 15, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The district would like to honor their commitment to servicing San Diego's military families with a small gesture of gratitude to those military members stationed in San Diego away from their families this holiday season.

Year round the district assures military ... Show Full Article

Mayor Bowser to Join District Families at EdFEST
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- District of Columbia Public Schools issued the following news release:

On Saturday, December 9, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson will join thousands of District families at EdFEST 2017.

EdFEST is a showcase of schools where families can talk to representatives from every DCPS and public charter school across the city and get help finding the best fit for their ... Show Full Article

Grant Provides Books for Students New to the Country
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Dec. 8 -- Albuquerque Public Schools issued the following news from the Superintendent:

Highland High School is using a $25,000 Success Award from the APS Education Foundation to buy books for students just learning to read English.

Highland High School received a $25,000 Success Award from the APS Education Foundation to pay for guided reading books for beginning readers in high school. The grant will purchase a leveled library to serve students who are new to the country and will also benefit all students that are early English learners.

Working for years with students ... Show Full Article

Chancellor Antwan Wilson Honors 2018 Standing Ovation Award Winners
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- District of Columbia Public Schools issued the following news release:

Today, 29 DC Public Schools (DCPS) teachers, administrators, staff, and schools were named Standing Ovation award winners for their dedication and excellence by DCPS. The awardees will be honored at the annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools event in February hosted by the DC Public Education Fund. (

DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson surprised educators across the city with their awards. Tumeka Coleman, a 3rd grade teacher at Walker-Jones Education Campus, won ... Show Full Article