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ANTIRACIST EDUCATOR UNIVERSITY KICKS OFF FEB. 3

On Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 4PM, DCPS is excited to launch the second year of Antiracist Educator University.

Antiracist Educator University is a virtual opportunity to proactively apply what we’ve learned about race and equity to our daily practice in the classroom as well as shifting policies, mindsets and culture.

Antiracist Educator University is a strategic lever that provides DCPS educators and staff with shared learning rooted in a collective commitment to active anti-racism. That’s why it applies the pillars of anti-racism and the DCPS Equity Framework with action through Content Experts, Professional Learning Communities and Micro-Credentialing. PLUs and certification are available at no cost.   
Key dates/times*

  • February 3, 4-4:45pm, 5-5:45pm
  • February 17, 4-4:45pm
  • March 17, 4-4:45pm, 5-5:45pm
  • April 21, 4-4:45pm
  • May 19, 4-4:45pm, 5-5:45pm
  • June 16, 4-4:45pm

*If these dates/times don't work for you, please still register! There are asynchronous options available as well. Synchronous PLCs will be limited to 15 participants per cluster.





SARAH MINTZ RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE GRANTED FOUNDATION

Ms. Mintz recently received funding notice from GrantED Foundation to support 50 paperback copies of the book "Inside Out and Back Again" by Thanhha Lai.  

PROJECTS FUNDED

MS. HANLON'S FUNDED PROJECT IS: "ADDRESSING TRAUMATIC EVENTS USING SEL ACTIVITIES"

My Students
My students are 6 – 8th graders. We believe that all students who graduate will be prepared to succeed in college and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice and anti-racism.

My Project
My project will be to group the students into small learning communities or groups. Then, by using an Evidence Based Treatment Curriculum, (EBT) I hope to help my students to recognize their traumatic event(s) and understand how they have been impacted both behaviorally and academically. Then by using the EBT curriculum, help them to navigate and work through their struggles to improve their whole self both academically and behaviorally.

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MR. ERICK FUENTES PRUDENCIO’S PROJECT IS “CLASSROOM BASICS NEEDED!

My Students
My students come from different parts of the world with a culture rich in knowledge, and with many plans for their future: that makes them unique. All of them come from low-income families but their desire to learn and be agents of change is always present. One-hundred percent of them are low-income. My classes are in a dual program where they have the opportunity to learn Spanish as a second language.

My Project
Most of the activities in my class lead students to improve their listening and speaking skills in the next three months we will be studying the history of immigration in the USA; by being able to provide each of them a set of headphones it will definitely enhance their concentration and understanding of stories they are listening I have noticed that due to the lack of headphones at school they do not have that opportunity to be able to listen individually and gain greater concentration on the pronunciation of Spanish. By donating to our project, you will not only help keep more focused on listening to real stories about immigrants in our classes but also improve their academic performance in Spanish Language Arts.

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MS. WARREN’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “LAPTOP BAGS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SUCCESS!"

My Students
AP English Language is a rigorous, college level course. It is a class that requires dedication, hard work and critical thinking at the highest level. I teach this class to a group of amazing high schoolers of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Some of my students have arrived in the country only several years before, learning the language at lightening speed. Other students are native to the US, but travel an hour each way to make their way to school. No matter my students' story, each one is infused with a passion for success, social justice and creating change.
My juniors have lofty post graduation goals ranging from attending medical school to majoring in sports management and understand that doing well in class is the vehicle to achieving their aspirations.

My Project
Each of my students has a laptop to prepare for a 21st century world, however they do not have the accessories needed to fully take advantage of their technology. CHEC students travel from across the city to class and a sturdy laptop bag will help them to protect their computers. They will also be able to take these bags with them to college and future endeavors. Lastly, a class set of headphones will allow students to learn at different paces over varying subject areas. Students will be able to watch learning videos, record and be independent learners in the classroom.

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MR. ALVARADO’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS  “SUPPORTING GIRLS WRESTLING IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL

My Students
I coach a competitive and fearless group of 8th grade wrestlers who have been introduced to the sport for the first time this year and are enjoying every second of it. Despite the many socio-economic barriers my student-athletes face, which are further amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they arrive at school every day eager to learn. Women's wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports at the K-12 and college level, and the middle school wrestling team is composed of 90% girls so it has been very exciting for my student-athletes to be a part of such an important movement in the sport of wrestling.

My Project
As a relatively new program, the middle school wrestling team is still in need of some essential wrestling equipment in order for my wrestlers to reach their fullest potential. The wrestling knee pads, knee sleeves, mouth guards, and headgear included in this project will help my wrestlers test their skills in practice and during competition while minimizing the risk of injury. I hope with the additional wrestling gear I can also promote girls wrestling even more and be able to recruit more future stars who would consider wrestling at the high school and college level and beyond!

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MS. FERGUSON’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “END THE STIGMA

My Students
Help me give my students the ability to spread the word about the importance of ending the stigma of mental health to students in our school. Like everyone in the world, students in my school have experienced the loss of a fellow student, violence in their neighborhoods, and food insecurity. As a result, many are experiencing anxiety and depression, but they are afraid to receive support from social workers, therapists, and counselors because of the stigma attached mental health. Students in my health class will create an ad campaign to end the stigma attached to mental health and encourage other students to receive the mental health support they need.

My Project
After completing a unit learning about mental and emotional health, students will create posters to place around the school advocating the end of stigma attached to receiving mental health supports. Students creating the posters will learn how to advocate and support their friends and families who might be struggling with their mental health. In addition, it is important that we norm for everyone in the building that anyone can need support and should receive it. Students will know where they can find mental health supports in the building and close by.

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MR. PINTO’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “3D PRINTING FOR HISTORY AND ARTS

My Students
I serve students from low income families. Most of my students are African-American and also newcomers or 2nd generation of immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Despite all the difficulties, my students are very kind, and they have a good heart. They are dedicated and resilient. They have also showed pride, poise and perseverance to become successful in life.

My Project
The 3D printer will take my students' learning to the next level by helping them create their own artifacts and be immersed in hands-on projects where they will own both the process and the final product. 3D printing is becoming an essential skill in the teaching and learning of Social Sciences, Geography, History and Art as students will visualize and touch examples pieces of art and cultural heritage. We will learn how to scan and obtain photogrammetric models in 3D and we will finally print them in the 3d printer.


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MS. ALVARADO’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “STURDY DESKS FOR COMFORTABLE LEARNING

My Students
My students are some of the most resilient people I have ever met. Many of them have fled their home country because of violence, political corruption, and poverty. All my students are English language learners and some have experienced interrupted education. However, they do not let their current or past struggles get in the way of pursuing a better future for themselves and their families. My students invest time in their education. They stay after school, on Saturdays, and even come in the summer just so they can catch up to the rest of their peers. The adversity my students face is not that of a typical teenager, especially in the current political climate. Their passion and perseverance is truly inspiring.

My Project
After a year and a half of learning, my students are coming back to the classroom, and they deserve to be safe and comfortable. Our classroom furniture is over 15 years old. The desks are not safely supported by their frames anymore. They wiggle and bend whenever we move them and some are just barely balancing for survival. In addition, the siding of the desks have been falling apart and creating edges that cause splinters. To ensure that our classroom environment is conducive to learning and a safe environment, I am requesting help with purchasing new desks to replace our extremely worn out furniture. I know this is a big ask, but this is a necessity for my students. I hope after all the uncertainty of the past year and a half, we are able to bring back stability into their lives by showing them they deserve comfort.

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MR. ALVARADO’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “ARTS + STEM = STEAM LEARNING IN A BIOLOGY CLASSROOM!

My Students
I teach a strong and resilient group of 9th-12th graders at a public high school in Washington DC. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with several learning English as a Second Language.
Despite the many socio-economic barriers my students face, which are further amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they arrive at school every day eager to learn. My students love to learn Biology concepts such as genetics, cells, and ecology with a hands-on approach to labs and lessons.My hope is to inspire more of my students to seek STEM careers. As a graduate of the same high school and as a science teacher I feel the weight of responsibility to demonstrate to my students what is possible in the science fields at a time where Black and Hispanic students in STEM are still critically underrepresented at the college and career level.

My Project
My students over the years have always been excited to create projects with art supplies. Arts and crafts provide an excellent entry point into many complex high-school Biology concepts such as cell division and DNA replication. My students have a much easier time retaining the information of Biology concepts when arts and crafts are involved, and STEAM-based learning has proven to be very effective for kinesthetic and visual learners. I am requesting supplies for this project which would help me continue to provide a STEAM-based curriculum in my Biology courses for the school year.The crayons, watercolors, and markers alongside crafts such as pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, construction paper, modeling clay and felt sheets will allow students to create various biological models of cell organelles, body systems, ecological dioramas, and DNA, RNA, and protein structures, with the help of scissors and tape and glue sticks to put it all together. Materials will be nicely stored in pencil boxes for even distribution during hands-on activities.

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MR. ALVARADO’S CLASSROOM PROJECT IS “GROWING FAST PLANTS TO BIOREMEDIATE THE ENVIRONMENT

My Students
I teach a strong and resilient group of 9th-12th graders at a public high school in Washington DC. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with several learning English as a second language. Despite the many socio-economic barriers my students face, which are further amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they arrive to school everyday eager to learn. My students love to learn Biology concepts such as genetics, cells, and ecology with a hands-on approach to labs and lessons.My hope is to inspire more of my students to seek STEM careers. As a graduate of the same high school and as a science teacher I feel the weight of responsibility to demonstrate to my students what is possible in the science fields at a time where Black and Hispanic students in STEM are still critically underrepresented at the college and career level.

My Project
These materials will provide students the opportunity to conduct a bioremediation experiment as part of their Ecology unit in our Biology course. Students will analyze the effect of bioremediating fast plants on soil that is polluted by harmful chemicals such as sulfates and nitrates. Bioremediating plants are at the forefront of restoring natural environments that have been negatively impacted by years of pollution, such as DC's own Anacostia Watershed. Students will grow fast plants and measure the concentration of chemicals in soil over time in order to demonstrate how they can restore polluted environments.
LINCOLN LIBRARY NEWS!

Schedule Library Visits and Collaborations
Email angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov or call extension 4018 to schedule Library Visits and/or lesson collaborations. These collaborations include co-teaching, resource curations, reading promotions, GRASP assistance, etc.

Angela Falkenberg
Columbia Heights EC - Lincoln MS
School Librarian, M.Ed
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