Student Growth Percentiles released by GaDOE

Having worked in different states, I have learned that no two are alike when it comes to their approaches in accountability. There are always nuances. For example, in Georgia, there has been extensive work on measuring student growth.  The general idea is that it not enough to know how well a student scored on a…

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New friends and some friendly competition at Smith Elementary School

My new pal, “Backpack Bear” from Jackson Primary, made a bunch of new friends at Sarah Smith Primary! Dr. Freda Hamilton’s office may have been the most friendly, welcoming principal’s office ever! It’s full of fantastic souvenirs from the University of Georgia, Dr. Seuss books and an awesome Mr. Potato Head collection.  Backpack Bear found…

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Learning the Classics at Atlanta Classical Academy

I started my day in a classic way as I took a trip last week to Atlanta Classical Academy.  I was greeted by Principal Terrance Moore and board Chairman Matthew Kirby who both have children attending the district’s newest charter school. As I walked through the halls I noticed large pictures of influential and historic figures such as Dr. Martin Luther…

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Jackson Primary is home of the Jaguars… and a bear

I couldn’t help but smile when I pulled up to Jackson Primary and saw a huge banner hanging outside with a welcome message for me. I made a request to bring it to my office – I will be looking for a place to put it!   Principal Susan King greeted me in the lobby where three…

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Teachers Teaching the Supt! Our first Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council meeting

What a great night! I had to blog or I would never go to sleep!!! It was our first Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Woo hoo!!! Four accomplished and acclaimed teachers graciously volunteered to serve as my co-hosts and meeting facilitators (not to mention they were the brains and creative geniuses behind the whole…

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Atlanta Science Festival: Guest Bloggers Jordan Rose and Meisa Salaita, ASF co-directors

I had the pleasure of meeting Jordan Rose and Meisa Salaita, ASF co-directors to talk about the upcoming Atlanta Science Festival, a huge citywide event that connects everyone in the metro region to science.  The Festival debuted last spring with over 30,000 people attending over a hundred events throughout the week.  These events were great for people…

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Benjamin E. Mays Raiders brings GHSA state quarterfinal football contest to Lakewood Stadium

Congratulations are in order AGAIN for our Benjamin E. Mays Raiders football team! They pulled off a spectacular upset last Friday with a 21-18 victory over the number one ranked Ware County Gators in Waycross, Ga. The Raiders now advance to the Georgia High School Association state quarterfinals for the first time in school history and…

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Benjamin E. Mays Raiders brings GHSA state quarterfinal football contest to Lakewood Stadium

Congratulations are in order AGAIN for our Benjamin E. Mays Raiders football team! They pulled off a spectacular upset last Friday with a 21-18 victory over the number one ranked Ware County Gators in Waycross, Ga. The Raiders now advance to the Georgia High School Association state quarterfinals for the first time in school history and…

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Watch Now: Inside look of APS construction projects

Facilities matter, and I’m a big believer in creating dynamic, open and creative learning spaces which foster great teaching and learning.  APS continues to work to ensure that all students have an enriched learning experience. Often that begins with a working space that can comfortably accommodate our growing student population. I would like to share…

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APS Prepares for Winter Weather

Colder temperatures have arrived, and I want to share, as the new superintendent, how the district goes about our decision process for weather-related school delays and closings. I know how frustrating and scary it can be not knowing if bad weather will impact you and your family, especially when our littlest ones are on buses…

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