GA Milestones and Getting Students Back on Track

APS students and families, I want to share with you the results of Georgia’s 2020-2021 standardized testing (which were released this morning) while stressing the importance of context.  I’m sending a separate message to our teachers, administrators, and staff outlining the same details, but I want to provide a message specifically to our families. Why?... Continue Reading →

Day One Ready! (and… some important quarantine information for students and families.)

Thank you for attending the Back to School Bash! Our volunteers and sponsor partners had a blast distributing 6,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, 5-day meal kits, and many other important resources. It’s energizing to see our students and families getting ready for Day One. I am excited for you to start back to school... Continue Reading →

APS Pivots to In-Person Celebration to Honor Our Valedictorians, Salutatorians, STAR Students

Arriving at Zoo Atlanta on Wednesday for the Class of 2021 Valedictorian/Salutatorian/STAR Student Awards Ceremony, I could feel a deep sense of anticipation coming over me. This opportunity presented an important shift. Today, we would celebrate in person! As I moved about the 37 young men and women, I  shared how our recent transition from... Continue Reading →

The Week with Dr. Lisa Herring – Week of April 19

Following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, we in Atlanta Public Schools must continue to create spaces for conversation and peaceful protest about this issue and other social justice matters facing our nation. As I shared on my blog, students, teachers, staff, and community members regularly express fears, worries, and questions about events they... Continue Reading →

Creating Space for Conversation and Peaceful Protest around Chauvin Trial

Dear Atlanta Public Schools Family, Like many educators across our nation, awaiting the impending verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial created a certain anxiety and impatience within me. Many have opinions about this case, but now that the jury’s final decision has been announced, we must continue to create spaces for conversation and protest about... Continue Reading →

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