Victory Stolen from Ward 8 Community: Parents Fight Again for Orr ES Modernization

Orr Elementary School (DCPS) parents in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 have organized for many years to have the building modernized. Orr, with an almost entirely low-income African American student population, is among the last open floor plan schools in the District. Built in 1974, it has never been modernized. The dedicated, high quality administration and teaching staff make […]

Victory in Ward 8: Orr Parents Organize for New Building and New Leadership

Laila Patrick held her breath in anticipation, waiting to hear her name called as her two children played on the floor nearby. Ms. Patrick sat with her muscles tensed, at the edge of her seat, with her mother supportively sitting in the chair beside her. “She’s talking about me!” Ms. Patrick whispered to her mother […]

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Teachers Connect with Families in Community Walk

[embedit cf=”ORR-WALK-SEP-2014″]   Teachers, staff, and parents of Orr Elementary School (DCPS) began the 2014 school year with a community walk in the neighborhood of the school. Orr ES partners with Teaching for Change to implement the Tellin’ Stories approach to parent engagement. The community walks are one activity we recommend and help plan to strengthen […]

Teaching for Change Stands with Orr Elementary Parents

UPDATE In the days and weeks following the May Day demonstration, Orr Elementary School parents and community members continued to pressure DCPS to remove the principal and alert the school community right away. Parents and teachers, and the  community were finally notified on Friday, June 20 — the last day of school — that they […]

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Update: Victory in Sight for Orr Elementary

There are signs posted on the door to Orr Elementary (DCPS) announcing “$39 million for Orr’s Renovation!” Parents and community members are proud that their advocacy efforts led officials to restore funding for their school’s modernization to the 2014-2015 D.C. budget. Parent and community advocacy convinced the Mayor to not only allocate $3 million to […]

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Parents Tell Councilmember Catania: Our Children Deserve Classrooms

Orr Elementary School (DCPS) parents invited David Catania, Councilmember and chair of the Education Committee, to hear their stories and tour the building which badly needs modernization. Nearly 30 parents attended with their children, along with teachers and members of the local community. Parents expressed their concerns about the safety of the playground; stagnant air […]

No Place to Hide: Orr Elementary Needs Modernization Now!

Students in a photo provided by Orr Elementary. Isaiah Lyles was shocked as he watched his daughter Da’Vonna and her pre-Kindergarten classmates attempt to hide in plain sight from an “active shooter” during a safety drill. This day in January, Orr Elementary (DCPS) was among the schools participating in a safety assessment after the anniversary […]

Welcoming Parents for a Successful School Year

Now in its fourth year as a Teaching for Change partner school, Orr Elementary [DCPS] is no stranger to the Welcome Back Breakfast. But with a brand new principal—and a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, Dominique Dawes, and Allyson Felix as part of the national “Let’s Move” program—their 2013-2014 school year is […]

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