Category Archives: In the news

D.C. parent: How data-obsessed school reform helps drive rising inequality in nation’s capital

In the Washington Post Answer Sheet, DC parent and academic, Natalie Hopkinson, challenges the District’s policymakers and us to look at how we look at data (and use it), and specifically whether DC’s data-driven education reform is helping the school system or many of the students in it. In view of OSSE’s newly released strategic [...]

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PHILLIPS School is Growing Futures for its Students

The Baltimore Sun recently featured PHILLIPS Maryland’s campus and its innovative career program that teaches students to grow microgreens hydroponically. The program combines lessons in science, math, culinary arts and business to give students valuable skills and a taste for the exciting field of hydroponic gardening and alternative farming. Students will also be leveraging community partnerships to [...]

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The Children’s Guild seeks immediate applicants for its new DC Public Charter School

After School TranZed Academy Staff Are you interested in a part time position that positively impacts the lives of at risk youth in Washington, DC? The after school TranZed Academy offers school enrichment activities for two hours per day from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm (Wed: 1:00 – 5:30 for interested individuals).  We are seeking dynamic, high energy [...]

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Looking for an Effective Crisis Management Program?

Right Response™ is an effective and largely non-physical crisis prevention and intervention program used by schools, hospitals, correctional settings and other environments challenged by sudden and frequent behavior management crises. PHILLIPS Programs will be hosting a Right Response™ Trainer’s Training course, and is opening it to interested nonpublic school colleagues. The course will take place at [...]

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PHILLIPS Program Director Honored for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Congratulations to PHILLIPS Programs’ Trudy Bell for being recognized as a 2015 Washington Post Principal of Excellence! Ms. Bell has been guiding special education programming at PHILLIPS’ northern Virginia campus for more than 40 years, sharing her talents with hundreds of staff and thousands of students during that time. Read her Washington Post profile here.

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Robert Cane of FOCUS steps down

Robert Cane has brought much to the District’s education system and its students. Charter schools have contributed to District-wide improvement across the entire public school system, and FOCUS has been a big part of the development of a strong charter school community in DC. The Washington Post reports that he will be stepping down to [...]

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The Episcopal Center for Children Seeking New Executive Director

After over 40 years with The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), Executive Director Alan Korz is retiring in 2015. The Board is engaged in an executive search for its next leader. The anticipated start date for this position is March 2015. The Episcopal Center for Children, a private, nonprofit, non-denominational day treatment facility for special needs children and [...]

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CEO Sought for The Foundation Schools

After 33 years with The Foundation Schools, CEO Andrea Adler will be retiring at the end of this school year. The Board has begun the search for its next leader. Start date for this position is expected to be June 2015. Please see their post below: The Foundation Schools, a nonprofit, non-public special education program [...]

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DC Special Education Reform Legislation Long Overdue

The special education legislation reported in today’s Washington Post, proposed by Councilmember Catania is long overdue, well-conceived and on-point with the most pressing challenges still plaguing the District’s special education system. All three reform bills deserve swift passage, and Council Members should hear from any parents and professionals that have struggled to obtain, maintain or [...]

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What happens to Options’s students when the school shuts down?

Students with special needs such as those described in the Washington Post editorial 1/28/14 do not have to be at the “option of last resort.” In fact, federal law requires that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their [...]

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