NOTE: There was a ton of activity throughout the district to close out the school year. We shine a light on a number of those events, initiatives and accomplishments in a series of Talk Ups titled “Finishing APStrong.”
A strong school system needs strong school leaders, and Atlanta Public Schools has brought back an initiative designed to discover and nurture leaders from within.
On Monday, May 23, the district held an Aspiring Assistant Principal Reception at the offices of community partner Nelson Mullins in Atlantic Station. The event was hosted by Chief Schools Officer Dr. Donyall D. Dickey, who was told by a veteran APS principal that it had been 30 years since the district staged such an event.
But Dr. Dickey, who was assisted by Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer Skye Duckett, plans to make the Aspiring Assistant Principal Reception an annual event. It is designed to help educators in the district discover the vision for the assistant principal position in APS, develop a career path to becoming an assistant principal, and decide if it is the best career choice. Nearly 200 educators attended the event.
“We hope that this event will inspire teachers and teacher leaders to seek leadership opportunities right here in APS and ultimately view their district as a place where their talents and skills are nurtured, celebrated, and rewarded,” Dr. Dickey said.