Conscious Discipline: A New Approach to Social-Emotional Development

January 17, 2020

At Creative Minds International Public Charter School we’re excited to announce the implementation of Conscious Discipline, our new approach to social-emotional development. What Is Conscious Discipline? Conscious Discipline was created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. The Conscious Discipline approach is evidence based and trauma informed, and […]

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Geocaching with Urban Adventure Squad: Science & Technology Learning

January 15, 2020

Fifth-grade scholars at Creative Minds are partnering with Urban Adventure Squad to explore their local environment through a fun, GPS-based scavenger hunt. The Urban Adventure Squad “Geocaching DC’s Waterways” project is funded by a Stormwater Solutions Grant from the DC Department of Energy and Environment and brings together UAS educators and students from partner schools […]

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Partnership with Newman Architects: Creating a Modern Space for Learning

January 13, 2020

Creative Minds International Public Charter School is partnering with Newman Architects to develop Creative Minds’ historic building into a modern space for learning. Our school building, which boasts tall windows, high ceilings, and abundant natural light, sits on the campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, and dates back to the mid […]

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Exploring STEM & Preparing for High School

January 6, 2020

On December 20, 2019, David Hesslink, coordinator, baseball operations, with the Seattle Mariners and an alum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined Creative Minds middle school boys to bring STEM topics to life. Hesslink and our students explored the STEM of food, sports, movies, and video games. They talked about the connections among these […]

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Five Questions with Mr. Eddie, Teaching Assistant for 3rd-grade Math

December 16, 2019

Creative Minds teaching assistant Eddie Bennett is a DC native, a veteran of the US Navy, and a student in his last year at Trinity Washington University. At Trinity he’s majoring in health services / occupational therapy and following a passion for public service that was sparked during his years at nonprofit organizations serving at-risk […]

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What a Robotics Day! Hosting Our First VEX IQ Tournament

December 10, 2019

On Saturday, December 7, the Creative Minds robotics team hosted a VEX IQ Challenge tournament for the first time as it competed and collaborated with other teams from Washington, DC. We were pleased to welcome roboticists from Barnard and Kimball elementary schools, Capitol City Robotics, and the Metro Warriors STEM Organization. CMI’s executive director, Chuck […]

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Read All About It: The First Middle School Student Newsletter

December 5, 2019

The accomplished members of the Creative Minds Middle School Student Council are reporters and publishers, too. In late November, they produced the first issue of the Chameleon Student News, focusing on the personal goal of the month: Respect. The inaugural edition of the News recognizes four CMI middle school students for “consistent displays of respect” […]

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Eighth-graders Are Exploring History & Taking Action

November 25, 2019

Creative Minds teachers Mr. Charrier, Mr. Caraway, and Mr. Dennison are leading 8th-grade students on a dive into US history and a plan for real-world action by way of a Confederate-monument action project. Students are exploring and documenting the historical context for Confederate monuments and the reasons these monuments were erected: their ties to the […]

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Five Questions with Ms. Rosenberg (née Orfaly)

November 20, 2019

Kindergarten teacher Liz Rosenberg (née Orfaly) came to Creative Minds seven years ago, by way of a fellowship at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School. Dr. Golnar Abedin, CMI’s founder and our executive director at the time, visited Inspired Teaching to observe teachers and invited Ms. Rosenberg to an interview. The rest is CMI history. For […]

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Open Houses for Prospective Families

November 19, 2019

Our first 2019–20 Open House for prospective families is Tuesday, December 17, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join us to discover what the CMI program could mean for your child and to learn about our inclusive, arts-integrated, international program for preschool–8th grade. Visit our Open Houses page for more information.

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