APS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 7-11

The Atlanta Public Schools Department of Special Education will celebrate Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 7-11, 2020. This year’s theme is “the time for INCLUSION is now.”

Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) activities will vary from school to school in the virtual format. Additionally, the Department of Special Education will host a virtual Inclusive Schools Week program on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m. (see contact information below). The program and celebration activities will highlight the resilience of teachers, students, parents and staff as the District collectively navigates during these unprecedented times.

Week-long activities include daily videos/announcements, SEL lessons, art day, a virtual paint party, Albert Einstein Day, Pride Day, and a jump rope contest with prizes.

This year’s ISW program will feature guest speaker Nigel Hampton, a former APS student and North Atlanta High School graduate; performance by C.W. Long Middle School’s chorus led by music teacher Philip Golden; video presentation by Cecille Bolton, Finch Elementary School pre-K teacher; and art presented by adaptive art teacher Shaena Mary O’Kelley. 

“The Atlanta Public Schools Department of Special Education is excited to celebrate our inclusiveness through week-long activities in our schools and an annual program that showcases our APS students, parents and staff,” said Anne Dirden, assistant director of special education. “This gives our schools an opportunity to highlight their accomplishments, make plans for the future, and propel our school district to new levels of inclusion.”

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc., which is held each year during the first full week in December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population.

For more information contact: Anne Dirden at acdirden@atlanta.k12.ga.us  or Edith Abakare at eabakare@atlanta.k12.ga.us

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