DC Prep in the News

DC Prep’s local results and awards have had a national impact.

Coverage of Edgewood Elementary Campus - 2013 National Blue Ribbon School

Two D.C. Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Awards (WAMU 88.5FM)
Seven D.C.-area schools win National Blue Ribbon awards (The Washington Post)
DC Prep's Edgewood Elementary Campus Named 2013 National Blue Ribbon School (PCSB Blog)

Featured News

DC Prep’s Anacostia Campus and DCPS’s Ketcham Elementary Uplift Together (East of the River, see page 32-33)
Meet the young opera singer on his way to sharing his voice with the world (TODAY Show, featuring alumnus Anthony Anderson)
D.C. Prep Alumna Excels at Ct. Boarding School (AFRO)
To find top DC public schools look beyond demographics, new analysis says (Greater Greater Washington)
Could an 18-year-old burrito tech be opera’s next big star? (The Washington Post, featuring DC Prep Class of 2012 alum, Anthony Anderson)
How Ten Teen Girls From D.C. Wrote A Novel About A Fictional Police Shooting (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5FM, featuring a DC Prep Class of 2017 graduate)
Teens From Two Very Different D.C. Schools Hold Tough Conversations on Race (WAMU 88.5FM, featuring Class of 2015 alumna, Jhurney Hairston)
DC Prep Brings Life Back to Historic Anacostia School (East of the River)
Mr. Trump, Don't boost our budgets while cutting education: Charter school CEOs (Op-Ed Featuring DC Prep and National Charter CEOs, USA TODAY)
D.C. Officials Offer Details On Proposed Walkability Preference For Charters, But Concerns Remain (WAMU 88.5FM, featuring Emily Lawson)
4 Your Sunday Viewpoint: Random Acts of Kindness Week (NBC-4)
Should Neighborhood Kids Have Preference In Charter School Lotteries? (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5FM, featuring Emily Lawson)
Students who made a difference in 2016 (WTOP)
The Greatest Choices of All (DC K-12 Blog, Post by DC Prep Parent and Board Member)
Record number of D.C. charters earn high ratings under rigorous system (Watchdog.org)
Building block: D.C. task force to examine charters’ facility challenges (Watchdog.org)
Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health (NPR, part in a series The Mental Health Crisis in our Schools)
D.C. Charter Schools Outperform District's Public Schools (Forbes)
Motley Fool CEO Walks 5 Marathons in 5 Days for a Cause (NBC-4)
Learning Tour: PrepNext commits to continuous improvement (Raise DC)
In DC area, schools focus more on mental health for kids and teens (WTOP)
Seven DC Public Charter Schools Identified with Small or Non-existent Achievement Gaps (PCSB Blog; three DC Prep campuses featured)
Donors Choose Classrooms (WUSA-9, DC CBS Broadcast Affiliate - Edgewood Elementary Campus teacher project featured)
Task force to study D.C. charter and traditional public schools (The Washington Post)
Data, What is it Good For? (Part 2): Four Levels of Use (Blended Learning Facts)
Don't Hate Tests (U.S. News & World Report)
Blended Learning Leaders Are Over the Honeymoon—and Rolling Up Their Sleeves (edSurge)
DC Prep, Founder and CEO Emily Lawson featured in City First Bank "People Behind the Places" Annual Report and video (City First Bank)
Hard Work Pays Off for 8th Graders at DC Prep (Walton Family Foundation Grantee Profile)
National Teacher Appreciation Week: Jordan Kerstetter (PCSB Blog)
DC charter school putting students on path to excel (FOX News)
Hoping to raise interest in books, public library opens school branch (The Washington Post, mentions Benning site partnership with DC Public Library)
A New Library for the “Preppies” at DC Prep’s Benning Site (DC Public Charter School Board Blog)
Project shares $26M in new-market tax credit financing (The Philadelphia Tribune, mentions financing for Benning site improvements)
DC Prep Featured in National "Power of Charters" Video (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools)
D.C.'s outstanding and improving charter school sector (Thomas B. Fordham Institute "Flypaper" Blog)
One, PAWS UP! Two, HOME KEYS! Three, BEGIN! (Blend My Learning Blog by Benning Elementary Campus Math Instructional Coordinator, Kent Strader)
From eighth grade to where? More D.C. schools help students map out transitions (The Washington Post; features DC Prep on front page article in the weekend print edition)
District releases school-by-school DC CAS results (The Washington Post, features Benning Elementary Campus' double-digit gains on 2014 DC CAS)
Celebrating Collaborative Teacher Leadership (Huffington Post Education Blog by Benning Elementary Campus Math Coordinator, Kylie Alsofrom)
A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools (The New York Times; features DC Prep in the lede of front page article in the weekend print edition)
Can The Success Of D.C.'s Best Middle Schools Be Replicated? (WAMU 88.5FM Morning Edition)
D.C. schools need a mayor who’s in a hurry (The Washington Post Op-Ed, features cohort data for EEC and EMC students)
How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class (The Washington Post; features Meredith Rosenberg, DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus faculty member)
D.C. Prep uses Big Data to evaluate tablet-based education apps (The Washington Post Business Section, "On I.T.")
Want to end poverty? Educate the kids (Watchdog.org)
The Scene: Celebrating the success of DC Prep (The Washington Post Reliable Source)
Transforming Results for Kids, Our Nation’s Most Important Human Capital
(Getting Smart Blog, authored by Education Pioneers Founder Scott Morgan)
No More Blank Faces: Common Core In My Classroom (Eduwonk.com; Kylie Alsofrom is a member of DC Prep's "Common Core Comrades" - a group of faculty guiding the organization's transition to the Common Core standards)
DC Prep Profiled in Washington Post Magazine Education Issue (The Washington Post Magazine)
D.C. Charter School Rankings Show 20 Schools 'High Performing' (WAMU 88.5FM Morning Edition)
Are charter schools bad at special ed? (The Washington Post)
Four schools honored by Fight For Children (The Washington Post)
In D.C. charter schools, a wide variety of challenges (The Washington Post)
Teacher Spotlight: Alisha Watts Burr (WAMU 88.5FM, WETA, WHUT American Graduate DC)


Key Awards and Honors

Selected Teacher/Leader Distinctions

2015 DC Teacher of the Year Finalist
2013 DC Teacher of the Year
2012 TNTP Fishman Prize Finalist
Two 2012 TNTP Fishman Prize Semi-Finalists
2012 DC Teacher of the Year Finalist


Selected Campus Awards and Honors

2013 National Blue Ribbon School (EEC)
Two-time Fight For Children Champion of Quality Award
2011 National Title I Association Distinguished School
Two-time New Leaders EPIC Award Winner
Achievement Network Education Impact Award



What our Leaders are Saying

“Part of what makes DC Prep great is its commitment to adult learning and professional development as a tool to ultimately help students learn more.”
Katie Severn, President and Chief Academic Officer