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About RISE

At DCPS, when we empower our people, our students thrive. RISE — Rigorous Instruction Supports Equity — works to support and invest in DCPS teachers, assistant principals, and principals at RISE schools.

This significant investment builds on our work over the last decade that has included: 

  • Establishing the highest starting teacher salaries in the nation;

  • Building a career ladder that empowers teachers and leaders to plan their career trajectories;

  • Ensuring clear expectations on how what teaching and learning looks like in DCPS schools;

  • Providing a rigorous curriculum and scope and sequence;

  • Providing aligned support and professional development through LEAP;

  • Celebrating our teachers and leaders at Standing Ovation;

  • And more.

At its core, RISE provides professional development and learning opportunities to teachers, assistant principals, and principals at our highest need schools. 

RISE Schools

At DCPS, we work to promote equity, eliminate opportunity gaps, and systematically interrupt institutional bias. That’s why we identified the DCPS schools that received a 1- or 2- STAR rating on the DC School Report Card as RISE schools.


Teachers, assistant principals, and principals can access additional resources through professional development and performance-based compensation at the following RISE schools:

Education Campuses

Browne EC

Cardozo EC

Walker-Jones EC

Wheatley EC


Eliot-Hine MS

Johnson MS

Kelly Miller MS

Kramer MS

MacFarland MS

McKinley MS

Sousa MS


Anacostia HS

Ballou HS

Ballou STAY HS

Coolidge HS

Dunbar HS

Eastern HS

H.D. Woodson HS

Ron Brown HS

Roosevelt HS

Roosevelt STAY HS


Aiton ES
Beers ES
Bunker Hill ES

CW Harris ES

Drew ES

Garfield ES

Hendley ES

Houston ES

King ES

Langley ES

Leckie ES

Miner ES

Moten ES

Noyes ES

Patterson ES

Simon ES

Smothers ES

Stanton ES

Thomas ES

Tubman ES

Turner ES


David Pinder, Chief, Leadership Development

Olivia Stitilis, Director, RISE

Malinda Inthirath, Manager, RISE

Greg Moffitt, Director, Principal Development, RISE

Noelani Mussman, Manager, Teacher Leadership, RISE 

Dexter Korto, SEL/RP Specialist, RISE

Monique Bass, SPED Reading Specialist, RISE

Brielle Brookins, Professional Development Specialist, RISE

Lily Exantus, Coordinator, Professional Learning 

Devan Davis, Career Ladder Specialist, RISE 

Cameron Butler, MTTS Specialist, RISE

Chaundra Mitchell, Early Literacy Specialist, RISE

Callie Lambert, Early Literacy Specialist, RISE

A'isha Crawford, Elementary ESL PD Specialist, RISE

Loren Redman, Grant Administration Specialist

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