Charter School Capital Celebrates Dewey Awards in Honor of Life-Changing Teachers

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Charter School Capital serves charter schools, helping school leaders get where they want to go and helping to ensure that every child has access to a nurturing school environment.

“We all remember those special teachers we had growing up and how they positively impacted our lives. It’s usually later in life that we recognize the depth of their influence…we are thrilled to honor educators for how they change lives and, indeed, our society. Stuart Ellis

Charter School Capitalwhich supports charter schools nationwide with helpful funding and resources, is pleased to announce the three recipients of its Dewey Awards to agree: Sankore Collegiate Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, ivy university in Los Angeles, and Stargate Charter School in Thorton, Colo. Now in its sixth year, this annual grant competition recognizes and celebrates stories of gratitude to educators across the country who have changed the trajectory of students’ lives.

Each year, a Dewey Awards Review Committee made up of charter school operators and advocates not compete for grant reviews and selects the three submissions they find most compelling. Charter School Capital then donates three grants of $1,000 to each of the three charter schools chosen by the winning entrants. This year’s winners were chosen from nearly 200 videos or writings.

The Dewey Awards were founded in 2017 by Stuart Ellis, CEO of Charter School Capital, in honor of Richard Dewey, his third-grade teacher at Welby Way Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“We all remember those special teachers we had growing up and how they positively impacted our lives,” Ellis said. “It is usually later in life that we recognize the depth of their influence, and at Charter School Capital we are delighted to be able to honor educators for the way they change lives and, indeed, our society. ”

More information on the Dewey Prize winners can be found hereand below:

Sankore Collegiate Preparatory Academy

A video submitted by Dr. Darian C. Jones, Ph.D., founder of the school’s vision and conductor of Sankore’ Collegiate Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, was submitted in honor of Esquirido Braddy, his 7th grade English teacher in North Carolina whose unwavering guidance four decades ago gave him a love of literature and a path to a successful career as an educator. The $1,000 grant will go to Sankore’ Collegiate Preparatory Academy, slated to launch in 2024.

“Finally, an educator realized I was bored, and quite a bit, and that made all the difference,” Jones said. “If you look beyond the behaviors and realize there’s a child out there crying out for help and attention, that will make all the difference.”

ivy university

A video submitted by Chris Vanderhorst, professor of visual arts at Ivy Academia in Los Angeles, was submitted in honor of Dmitry Kogan, professor of history also at Ivy Academia, known for instilling a love of learning and creating a positive learning environment through his tireless mentorship. students. The $1,000 grant will go to Ivy Academia.

“Mr. Kogan really instilled a love of learning in our kids, and he created a really positive environment, and I really admire him for that,” Vanderhorst said.

Stargate Charter School

A Lisa Griffith essay was submitted in honor of Dana O’Neill, a physical education teacher at Stargate Charter School in Thornton, Colorado, who inspired Griffith’s sixth-grade son to overcome physical challenges and become a long-distance runner done in high school. The $1,000 grant will go to Stargate Charter School.

“I’m so grateful that Mrs. O’Neill saw my son as more than the kid who finished last in the mile race,” Griffith said. “It’s no exaggeration to say that if she hadn’t looked beyond my son’s limits and encouraged him for three years, he wouldn’t be showing up today. She changed the trajectory of my son’s life both physically and mentally.

About Charter School Capital:

Charter School Capital (CSC) serves charter schools, helping school leaders get where they want to go. CSC provides funds and resources to charter schools so that every child has access to a nurturing school environment where they can thrive. For more information, visit charterschoolcapital.com or email [email protected]

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