DCSRN Expanding Partnership with SOME and Filming New Virtual School Tours!
DCSRN is excited to announce the expansion of the partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME.) For many years, DCSRN has partnered with SOME by participating in their annual education fair. At the fair, DCSRN has signed up many SOME families to participate in the High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC.) This year, in addition to participation in the fair, DCSRN will provide direct services at SOME's six sites around the city to support families as they make decisions about where to send their kids to school.
SOME is a community-based organization that exists to help DC families facing economic challenges meet their immediate daily needs with food, clothing, and health care. SOME offers services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling.
DCSRN is also partnering with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools to produce new virtual school tours this school year. The new featured schools will include Dorothy I. Height and J.O. Wilson elementary schools. The Virtual School Tours provide parents with greater
access to make important comparisons about school quality, especially if they are unable to tour the schools themselves.
Welcome Back to School and Exciting New Research Partnership!
Teachers and students across the District are starting their first days of school this month and DCSRN is continuing its work with families during the school year.
Even though the school year has just begun, it is never too early to start thinking about next year, especially for families with children in key transition grades (pre-K4, 5th grade, and 8th grade). The school choice application process begins in December, and DCSRN’s High Quality Schools Campaign supports families during the process.
Our new partnership with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is off to a great start! CRPE develops, tests, and supports evidence-based solutions to create new possibilities for the parents, educators, and public officials who strive to improve America's schools.
At the conclusion of a three-year research project, DCSRN and CRPE will jointly release policy briefs on DCSRN’s work, which can be a valuable resource for other school districts, city governments, policymakers and non-profit organizations to draw on when designing ways to support their own school choice systems.
Become a DCSRN Parent Advocate!
DCSRN is seeking applicants for Parent Advocates! Parent Advocates are responsible for working with DC families to support them through the DC public school application process.
Being a Parent Advocate is an extremely rewarding and unique experience. Parent Advocates work with families to positively impact the lives of children in underserved communities by helping them access quality schools.
Hours are extremely flexible, and DCSRN encourages anyone who wants to get involved to apply or to share this information with others who may be interested.
In Case You Missed It: Must Reads
- August 3—Low-income students need more than just a college degree, report says.
- August 8—At 11 DC schools, students head to class early under new year-round schedule.
- August 8—Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the future Of DC public schools.
- August 9—Bipartisan group of state lawmakers calls for big changes to improve U.S. public schools.
- August 17—US education secretary touts school diversity efforts.
- August 22—Mayor Bowser opens first day of school at DC's first all-boys campus.
- August 3—Got A Newborn? DC, nearby states aren't in sync on laws to help, report says.
- August 3—What's keeping women out of science, math careers? Calculus and confidence.
- August 11—Student enrollment continues to surge in Maryland school district.
- August 16—Measuring charter school diversity depends on evidence.
- August 29—A look back at the history and growth of Charter schools in DC.
- August 8—As school choice grows, public schools have to compete.
- August 9—Camp hopes to close tech-industry gender gap by teaching girls to code.
- August 11—Gates Foundation to ‘stay the course’ as it seeks to help shape state education policies.
- August 18—DC District aims to send all students abroad.
- August 24—Implementation and impacts of pay-for-performance: the 2010 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grantees after three years (Study Snapshot).