Author Archives: Donald L. Hense

  • Summer Enrichment in STEM subjects sparks student growth

    As technology increasingly changes our world, traditional ideas of how to prepare students to successfully graduate college and access a lifetime of rewarding careers also change.  Part of what it takes to be successful in the 21st century—which some of today’s students will see through to its ...

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  • D.C. Achievers Scholars Ready for College

    Recently I was excited to recognize 82 young scholars from Friendship Collegiate Academy. These students have earned D.C. Achievers Scholarships, which assist D.C. students with strong academic potential from low-income families to secure the funds necessary for college. These prestigious and ...

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  • Ending Homelessness and Hunger One Child at a Time

    This holiday season immediately follows National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. It is a national disgrace that in the capital of the world’s richest and most powerful nation, one-in-eight households struggle against hunger. One-in-twenty households report not having the resources ...

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  • Remembering The “Father of African-American History”

    The building that houses my public charter high school on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast D.C. is named for the man who launched what we celebrate today as Black History Month. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson launched what was then an African-American history week, beginning with the February birthday ...

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