Department of Special Education Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 6-10

The Atlanta Public Schools Department of Special Education will proudly celebrate Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 6-10.

This year’s theme is “Rebuilding Our Inclusive Community Together.” Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) activities will vary from school to school. Celebratory activities include daily videos/announcement, SEL lessons, art day, Elbert Einstein Day, Pride Day, a jump rope contest with prizes, and much more.

Additionally, the Department of Special Education will host a virtual Inclusive Schools Week program on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. The program and celebration activities will highlight the resilience of teachers, students, parents and staff as we collectively navigate during these unprecedented times. The ISW program will include guest speaker Dr. Muhsinah Morris, program director of Virtual Reality Project, interim department chair and assistant professor of chemistry at Morehouse College; a performance by C.W. Long Middle School’s Chorus; and a spotlight on North Atlanta High School’s Best Buddies Charter Club.

“The 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, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

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

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