Kids & Family

10/31/2015 - 10:12am
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) recently announced the formation of a Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force. According to an Aug. 19 frequently asked questions (FAQ) document prepared by the DME’s office, the task force is charged with “developing clear and fair recommendations on how to improve the coherence and collaboration across and among public schools to improve effectiveness and efficiency. The task force will focus its efforts on recommending strategies... >>more
09/02/2015 - 9:11am
There’s a new high school in town, and it’s not like the others. Opening on Sept. 8 at the Hill Center, the Blyth-Templeton Academy offers a unique curriculum focused on immersive, student-centered experiential learning. “Immersive” means kids get lost in it, “student-centered” means teachers teach what the students want to learn, and “experiential” means they’re actually doing something, not just copying things down obligatorily. It’s... >>more
09/02/2015 - 8:42am
Did you hear that sound, Capitol Hill-ians? A scale here, a few notes of an American folk song there. A jazzy piano chordresounding, young voices rising. It’s floating over from 7th and G streets SE. You know it has to be Capitol Hill Arts Workshop(CHAW) with the colorful columns and countless arts opportunities happening day and night.This sound is just a little bit new, though, and it’s because what you’re hearing is a melodious collection of voices from a new resident of... >>more
09/02/2015 - 8:12am
From the time parents bring their baby home to the moment when the no-longer baby leaves the nest, endless educational choices arise and invite judgment. Choosing a school for your children involves multiple factors: educational philosophy, location, and family size. As the children mature, extracurricular activities and personal preference, far more than parental input, often determine the choice of a high school. In the recent past District parents often moved to Northwest or the suburbs when... >>more
07/31/2015 - 6:18pm
In addition to an enviable array of school choice options, DC parents enjoy perhaps the largest selection of educational consultants available anywhere. Parents looking for help, ideas, or a professional opinion on educating and raising children – from preschool through college – can now consult with District-based companies providing school choice, school placement, therapeutic placement, learning skills, tutoring, college counseling, and academic coaching services. Still largely a... >>more
07/31/2015 - 5:00pm
Back in the Dark Ages, aka Before Common Lottery, the school application process was confusing and probably unfair. It favored families with better resources and allowed children to gain simultaneous admittance to multiple schools. Then, in the fall of 2013, the Common Lottery was introduced. The new system brought nearly all public and charter school applications under a single roof. Every student in the city has an In Bounds (IB) school at every level from kindergarten through 12th grade.... >>more
07/31/2015 - 4:06pm
The DC Council Committee on Education and Libraries held a roundtable earlier this summer on the independent evaluation of the city’s eight-year-old school reform. During that session DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson looked around at other government witnesses, wondering who would respond to Chairman David Grosso’s question. “I guess I better answer that one,” Henderson finally said. “I’ve been here the longest.” She has led the DCPS since... >>more
07/31/2015 - 10:00am
Ballet lessons aren’t just for little girls. Beyond the fact that boys can and do study ballet, there is also the fact that adults, male and female, can and do study ballet. And not just ballet but jazz dance as well. There are professional dancers, of course, but there are also people who do it just because, in the words of Rosetta Brooks, director of the dance studio at St. Mark’s Church, “Dancing makes you feel good!” Brooks – “Rosie” to devotees of... >>more
07/30/2015 - 10:59am
Serve Your City (SYC), a Capitol Hill based nonprofit, has expanded its rowing program to include young people currently living in the DC General Shelter. It makes perfect sense – very few children live closer to the Anacostia boathouse than those living at the shelter. Yet hardly any of them have regular exposure to the natural wonders in their own backyard. At the July 8 practice session, the new rowers joined experienced teens on the "HillEast Crew," the official Rowing Team... >>more