Donors Choose and Google Surprise Cascade Elementary Special Education Teacher with Tools to Help Students with Special Needs

by Kimberly Willis Green During a top secret special assembly held November 4, Cascade Elementary School Special Education Teacher Sheakita Turner was surprised by representatives from Google.org, DonorsChoose.org, Cascade Elementary Principal Dr. Sylvia Sanders, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, and Atlanta Board of Education members Steven D. Lee (District 5) and Eshé P.... Continue Reading →

Smiles and strides motivate APS Special Education teachers

By Leslie Rivera, Communications Officer  Inclusive Schools Week is an international event celebrated the first week in December. It’s a time to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students and parents in making their schools more inclusive. A resolution to be approved by the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education acknowledges, “that each child... Continue Reading →

Inclusive Schools Week: APS increases inclusive practices to better serve students with, without special needs

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will celebrate Inclusive Schools Week December 2-6, 2013, with this year’s theme, “Authentic Inclusion: Increasing Our Comfort Zone! In an effort to ensure equity and excellence throughout APS, the district continues to focus on building inclusive schools, where all children are full members of their school community. One component of inclusion is to increase the percentage... Continue Reading →

APS Parent Mentor Rose Calloway Named Finalist for 2013 Phil Pickens Leadership Award

Rose Calloway, parent mentor for Atlanta Public Schools Department of Special Education, was named a finalist for the Phil Pickens Parent Mentor Leadership Award. The award was presented during the Parent Mentor Partnership Fall Conference in Athens, Georgia, on September 12, 2013. Presented annually, the Phil Pickens Award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of... Continue Reading →

Seven APS Schools Awarded GraduateFIRST Grants

Seven APS schools were recently awarded a federally funded grant through the Georgia Department of Education and GraduateFIRST that will be used to help increase the district's graduation rate and close the achievement gap for students with disabilities. Congratulations to: Deerwood Academy Elementary Heritage Elementary Miles Elementary Bunche Middle School King Middle School Price Middle... Continue Reading →

Student Transfers Available with Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

  Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS)                                                The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) allows eligible special education students to request a transfer to: Another public school within their district of residence; or Another public school district outside their district of residence; or One of the three state schools for the blind or deaf; or A private... Continue Reading →

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