“I spent my summer learning about the Non-Public Unit, which oversees over 600 DCPS students enrolled in private schools because that is what is considered their “least restrictive environment.” I personally worked on a handful of projects these last nine weeks, which ranged from database management and analytics, to streamlining business processes related to school monitoring and student progress, and creating visual representations of school compliance.” -Tithi Patel
“This summer, I’m working on the Career Education team developing a resource guide to improve quality and implementation for career and technical education (CTE) programs across our DCPS high schools. All of our CTE programs equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary and beyond. The guide will help Central Office communicate its expectations, priorities, and resources to all of our stakeholders. Working with administrators and teachers has given me a great opportunity to understand the needs of our schools and how to best support them.” -Kenton Shimozaki
Tithi Patel is a UELIP Associate in the Office of Teaching and Learning. Kenton Shimozaki is a UELIP Associate in the Office of College and Career. Together, they organized this summer’s “Day in the Life” posts.
“I am the Communications and Community Outreach Intern for the Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) team. I run the team’s Twitter profile with the intent to emphasis the positive impact of afterschool and summer school programs. I have visited a few summer school sites and have met so many DCPS students who enjoy the summer learning opportunities. Follow the OSTP twitter account (@OSTP_DCPS) to learn more about the summer learning opportunities in the District.” – Laini Boyd
Laini Boyd is a UELIP Associate in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
“I support Kelly Miller, Johnson, and Hart Middle Schools in their transitions to becoming schools with an Extended School Year. This support varies between the three schools, and each principal determines the greatest need at their respective school. As such, my projects have a broad range and include revising the rubric for teacher commitment to school community, supporting professional development, updating handbooks and websites, creating student data trackers, and developing curriculum for a new advisory period that will serve as a culture camp for students. I am definitely juggling a lot of projects, and I am in a different place practically everyday. I love it, though, because it keeps me on my toes!”
Brennan Steele is a UELIP Associate working directly with schools.
“I work on the daily operations that are involved with the creation of DC’s first all-male public school, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. I am tasked with forming the curriculum template, applications, and recruitment vehicles for the school’s first mentorship program. On a technical level, I’ve learned the importance of researching and being open to pivots when creating an entirely new program. On a more personal level, within my short time here at DCPS, I’ve had the opportunity to get a rare glimpse into some of the methodological processes a school system must go through in order to create an entirely new school. In addition, having the opportunity to interact with the staff members of RBCPHS has been eye-opening because not only do I get to see what type of individuals are spearheading this groundbreaking initiative, but I also gain invaluable insight from each and every one of them.” – Adrian Abrams
Adrian Abrams is a UELIP Associate in the Office of Family and Public Engagement.
“I’m working with the World Language team this summer primarily on curriculum development. This year, DCPS is rolling out their first-ever World Language curriculum for all seven of their language offerings, so it’s been a busy time! I’m supporting the work that Central Office staff and teachers are doing to develop not only the curriculum, but classroom resources that can be used in the fall and for years to come.”
Makayla Imrie is a UELIP Associate with the Office of Teaching and Learning.
“On the School Strategy and Logistics Team within OCOO, I work daily with a high impact team that recruits and supports school-based operations leaders. I have witnessed first hand the importance of operations work in supporting the daily success of DCPS students. Balanced budgets, high enrollment, clean buildings, healthy food, functioning technology, community partnerships, and safety, represent some of the many important facets of school operations. Operations leaders at the highest level ensure principals and teachers can focus on instruction and student achievement.”
Shyheim Snead is a UELIP Associate with the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
“I am a returning UELIP, having interned this past fall. I chose to return to the program because of the significantly positive experience. The opportunity to do substantive work has been punctuated by an incredibly refreshing organizational culture. Everyone I have encountered at DCPS is welcoming and enthusiastic, and the prevailing attitude is that of genuine care for their work and the impact it has on the children of this city. The charisma of the Chancellor also inspires me, to feel such momentum in an organization is exciting and uniquely motivating. I am very grateful for the opportunities that have been provided for me here.” – Karina Wocial
Karina Wocial is a UELIP Associate with the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.