Collaborative Mural Depicts Students’ Cultural Origins

The walls of the bistro at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus sing with color, the perfect canvas for a mural. Students spent two months painting a mural that depicts their cultural pride as well as their shared life experiences. Local artist Frida Larios worked with the School’s Arts Department to facilitate a series of workshops about muralism. These workshops… Read more »

Founder Sonia Gutierrez Retires After Nearly 50 Years of Service

Sonia Gutierrez, the founder of the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, officially retired at the end of January 2019 from the school’s board and its supporting nonprofit, Community Capital Corporation. Throughout her nearly five decades-long career in Washington, D.C., Ms. Gutierrez touched tens of thousands of lives as an unrelenting advocate for adult education… Read more »

Meet Yowhannes, An Artist With Eagle Vision

Yowhannes, a student in the ESL Arts class of the Carlos Rosario School, has always been fascinated by how the world is represented in images through the eyes of others. Naturally, he was drawn to painting and immersed himself in this art from an early age. If you ask Yowhannes “When did you start drawing?,”… Read more »

Building Knowledge and Understanding of Culturally Responsive Practices

Beginning in October, the Carlos Rosario School’s faculty and staff started a discussion group on the book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (2017). This professional development activity was held at both Harvard Street and Sonia Gutierrez Campuses. The Student Services team at the Sonia Gutierrez… Read more »

Harvard Street Campus Library Digs Into Hispanic Heritage

Throughout October, faculty, students and staff joined Steven the Librarian at Harvard Street Campus in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The library hosted a three-part series of half hour presentations that gave students a great opportunity to practice their English listening skills and to have discussions about Hispanic representation.  The presentations explored how the Hispanic community has gained visibility in… Read more »

Carlos Rosario School Honors Its Founders

Founders’ Day (October 24th) is when the Carlos Rosario School celebrates the legacy and work of its founders, Sonia Gutierrez and Carlos Manuel Rosario, who helped to establish the adult education institution. The school celebrates these two important people on Carlos Rosario’s birthday every year. This year, both were honored through a slideshow playing on… Read more »

Civic Engagement Panel Features Immigrants in Elected Office

On Wednesday, October 31st, the Sonia Gutierrez Campus hosted a panel discussion on civic leadership and civil rights. The panelists were Celina Benitez, council member in Mount Rainier, Maryland, originally from El Salvador, and Elizabeth Guzman, a Peruvian-American politician elected to represent Virginia’s 31st district in the House of Delegates. In November 2017, Guzman became the… Read more »

Carlos Rosario School Students Embark on One Book, One School Campaign

  Students at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus have been reading the book Esperanza Rising by Pamela Munoz Ryan as part of One Book, One School campaign. Last year, students enjoyed reading the book I Am Malala and learned more about the author Malala Yousafzai, an inspiring young lady activist from Pakistan. This year, each class was incorporated the book… Read more »

Latino Business Professionals Inspire Immigrant Students

On Thursday, October 25th students from the Sonia Gutierrez Campus filled the Main Hall to hear stories of inspiration from Latino business leaders of Fortune 500 companies such as Facebook, AT&T, and BP. The event was organized by Latino Magazine as part of the Ahora Student Days initiative, focused on developing a diverse workforce. The… Read more »