Recently, we hosted several senior staff from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, including Nina Rees, the President and CEO. The National Alliance is the largest charter school in the United States. Frank Kros, the Executive Vice President of The Children’s Guild and Kelly Spanoghe, the Vice President of Special Education and Student Support Services at The Children’s Guild, along with Principal Nakia Nicholson guided Nina and her coworkers, Nia Davis, Senior Manager of Policy and Legal Research, and Kimberley Lane, Vice President of External Growth on a tour of our school. The tour demonstrated the unique features of a TranZed charter school and also showcased the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that The Children’s Guild and its parent company, the TranZed Alliance have brought to the DC charter school continuum.
Led by Ms. Nicholson, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School is a place where students strive to do their best daily, and where teachers, faculty and staff, work to help even the most challenged students find the gift of learning. Just previous to this tour, school leaders hosted a team from the Washington DC Public Charter School Board, who assessed our current situation and congratulated the entire staff on the hard work that we have contributed toward making this school a place where each student works to meet his or her potential every day.
At the conclusion of Ms. Rees, Ms. Davis, and Ms. Lane’s visit, they too applauded us for the efforts and successes they saw unfolding in every corner and classroom of this building. Ms Lane said,
I was truly amazed with the customized learning environments, the brain tour, and your open arms in hosting us.
Ms. Rees followed up that sentiment by adding,
The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School is the type of school that demonstrates what can happen when you empower leaders with the freedom to innovate while holding them accountable for outcomes. It is also the type of school where students are given the tools to excel regardless of where they come from. Schools like The Children’s Guild are teaching the so called hardest to educate and debunking the myth that some students are not able to learn – one student at a time!
We have worked tirelessly this year to bring about changes that will ensure our students continue to achieve and succeed. Receiving recognition from our Nations largest charter school organization and the board that authorizes charter schools in the District only serves to strengthen our resolve and let us know that we’re headed in the right direction. We are thankful, daily, to the parents who entrust us with their children and we look forward to sharing more praise and student successes as the days, weeks, months, and years go by.