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Schools and Education January 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Mentor a Student: Become a Part of the Success!

Mentor a Student:
Become a Part of the Success!

Nationally, only 11% of low-income, first-generation to college students will earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s.

For over 20 years, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) has improved the futures of motivated, low-income high school students throughout the DC metro area by helping them to get to and through college. With 99% of CPE graduates transitioning into college and 70% graduating on time, CPE effectively helps students traverse the college process, transition into college, and graduate at more than 6 times the rate of their peers nationally.
Mentoring is the cornerstone of CPE’s successful college preparatory program. If you are a college graduate, work in the DC metro area, and like to have fun, you already have all the skills to succeed in this program. We provide training and ongoing support throughout your mentoring relationship, so all you need to do is be yourself!
Mentoring with CPE is simple:
• Monthly in-person meeting
• Weekly email exchange
• Weekly phone call

We need your help—become a mentor with us today!

Upcoming Mentor Trainings/Orientations:
Please check out website for upcoming Trainings/Orientations

To RSVP or for more information:
[email protected]


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Schools and Education December 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

Volunteer at CPE Career Fair – January 16, 2016

We’re currently planning for our annual CPE Career Fair. The career fair allows students to practice professional skills and broaden their knowledge of potential careers.

We would love for you, or a colleague, to represent your company at the fair. Participating organizations are encouraged to give attendees career information as well as tips on professionalism. Tables for presentations will be provided. The event will be held on Saturday, January 16th from 12:30 – 3:30PM at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045. We will have 75 participating organizations/companies and roughly 200 attendees comprised of high school students, college students, and CPE alumni.

Following the career fair, there will be an optional networking event/happy hour upstairs at 3:00PM. If you or a colleague are interested in participating in the 2016 Career Fair, please register using the following link: Thanks and we’re looking forward to your participation!

Schools and Education August 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Got wisdom? We need long-term MENTORS for motivated low-income students!

Nationally, 41% of low-income students will enter college, while only 8% will finish by their mid-20s.

Since inception, 99% of Capital Partners for Education (CPE) graduates have gone on to college, and 70% have graduated on time.

Founded in 1993, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) is a dynamic college preparatory program that helps motivated, low-income students in the Washington Metropolitan area to get to and through college by providing one-on-one mentoring, college and career preparation and support, individualized staff support, school partnerships and scholarships.

We are now hosting mentor trainings for our class of 11th Grade Navigators! This two-year mentoring relationship will include: monthly staff facilitated workshops, weekly email exchange, and weekly phone calls.

RSVP for one of our upcoming mentor trainings on

Tuesday, September 8: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Satuday, September 19: 10:00AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday, September 24: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

To RSVP or for more information:

[email protected]

202-682-6020 ext. 230


Schools and Education November 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

West Education Campus Fundraiser – Christmas Tree Sale

The Parent, Staff and Community Organization (PSCO) of West Education Campus (a DC Public School) is selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths this year to raise funds for some interesting new technology to enrich our students’ experiences.

Our pre-order (placed by November 15th) price for 5 to 6 foot trees is only $50 and for 6 to 7 foot trees is $60. These trees are about $20 less than buying from some other locations in DC and it goes to support an amazing cause. The West PSCO is a 501(c)(3) charity, so a portion of your purchase is tax deductible!

In addition, we are offering small wreaths (18”-22”) for $20 and large wreaths (20”-26”) for $35.

As an added incentive, for pre-orders we are offering FREE DELIVERY to those within a 3-mile Radius of West! No hassle of driving to a lot, loading your car, driving home and unloading! That will be taken care of by our volunteer team.

So please go to to order your trees today, and spread the word to friends and family! Alternatively, you can fill out the attached order form and send it with your payment to West (address below).

If you have questions, please contact Atta at [email protected] or the PSCO at [email protected].

Thank you,
Atta Kiarash, Lisa Jackson, and Josh Hertzberg
West Parent, Staff, and Community Organization (PSCO)
West Education Campus
1338 Farragut St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Schools and Education August 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Language classes

Any recommendations for affordable language classes? I’m primarily looking to learn Spanish, but I could also use a brush-up on ASL. Pretty much anywhere in the DC area, as long as it’s Metro-accessible, but would be great if it were downtown, Columbia Heights, or somewhere on the Red Line.

Thanks for any advice.

Schools and Education July 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to learn more about auto/motorcycle maintenance and electrical installation, but cant’ find any classes in the area. Only tech institutes that offer associate degrees. I’m not looking to be certified, I just want to learn some more skills.


Schools and Education May 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Support School Within School

School Within School (SWS) is a Reggio-inspired program D.C. public school. The mission and philosophy of SWS is to support and develop children’s potential through a child-centered, collaborative teaching and learning environment inspired by the philosophy and practice of the Reggio Schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Not everything we provide in our programs is covered by DCPS budgets. This is where we need your help. Our annual fundraising auction helps supplement technology, teacher development, allows us to hire teaching assistants and covers the cost of basic classroom supplies.

We have opened up our After Auction Online Auction

Schools and Education March 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Intensive Spanish Language Lessons

Does anyone have recommendations for intensive and affordable Spanish language classes in the DC area? I have beginner Spanish speaking skills, but would like to learn a lot more, but over only a couple months.

I also need something that is not self-run like Rosetta Stone.

Schools and Education May 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

Good places to find Host Families?

Hi, I am working for an organization through the State Dept. that is trying to place 10 Eastern European Scholars between 15-17yrs old for next school year. They all speak Russian (and English.) All of these kids will attend School Without Walls. Are there any people here who would like to open their homes on a short-term (1-2 month) or longer-term to these wonderful kids? Are there any good Eastern Europe or Russian culture or language groups in DC that I can connect with? Other forums to post to? Thanks for your help. Go here for more info click ‘student exchange’  *the students pictured are not currently or potentially available to host*

Schools and Education January 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Weekend economics class?

Does anyone know where I can find a weekend economics course (micro and macro) to take in DC? I’d rather not do an online course, and I can’t make it in the evenings.  Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks.

Schools and Education October 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Can you run the DC Half and Haf Marathon? 13.1 miles with a half smoke at Bens in the middle!

The DC Half and Half Marathon is uniquely DC.  On November 3rd, we will start at Carter Baron Amphitheatre and run 6.55 miles to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U street.  Participants will then eat a Half Smoke and then run the 6.55 miles back to the start/finish line.  You can learn more about this event at

Money that is raised from this half marathon will benefit ScholarCHIPS which is a non-profit that was started by my former 7th grade student at Paul Public Charter School.  Yasmine Arrington realized that as she looked for scholarship money to go to college there was no organization to help students in her predicament.  Her father was incarcerated and she thought that there should be a scholarship to help students with incarcerated parents.  Yasmine started ScholarCHIPS last year and has already given one round of scholarships to students with incarcerated parents.  I am so thrilled to be able to stay in contact with Yasmine as she has grown up and also to create a fun run to benefit her organization.  To learn more about ScholarCHIPS please visit:


Schools and Education August 29, 2012 at 9:26 am


According to the latest research, three out of ten children in the District live in poverty, placing them at risk for higher rates of school dropout, unemployment, and poverty in their future.  According to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), only 58.6 percent of the 5,058 students in the class of 2011 obtained high school diplomas within four years. The national rate is about 75 percent.   What can we do to help? 
The Columbia Heights/Shaw Collaborative is having a backpack and school supply drive. We are soliciting donations from neighborhood vendors in the form of monetary donations or backpacks and supplies for our event on the 15th of September.  Donations can be dropped off at Tynan Coffee or you can email me at [email protected] to arrange pick up. THANK YOU!

Schools and Education April 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

TEFL Certificate

I’m interested in taking a in-class TEFL course, so I can teach English as a second language — in the US or abroad. Any suggestions on where I can do this? I would love to hear from anyone who has taken classes and received their certificate in DC. Thank you!

Schools and Education April 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Open House at HD Cooke elementary / casa abierta


Please join us for an Open House at H.D. Cooke Elementary School on
Wednesday, April 11th at 9:00am for prospective Pre-School and Pre-K
families. There will be a brief information session followed by a tour of
the school. We hope to see you there!


Por favor, ven a la casa abierta de en H.D. Cooke Elementary School el
miércoles, 11 de abril a las 9:00 am. Habrá una sesión de información breve
seguido de un recorrido por la escuela. Esperamos verte allí!

Taylor Yeftich
IB Coordinator, H.D. Cooke Elementary School

District of Columbia Public Schools
2525 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
T 202.939.5390
F 202.671.2757
E [email protected]
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Schools and Education February 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

language classes?

Does anyone know a good place in DC to take language classes? Im looking to learn Portuguese 

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