APyeS! Applauding our 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year Finalists

I love our schools – especially the classrooms – and the best part of my job is when I get to do my work in our schools with our beautiful students and brilliant teachers. Every week, I have the pleasure of watching teachers as they work intensively with students to examine chapters of fascinating history,…

Read More

Operation Rochambeau: The #StateofAPS, a District in Transformation

Excellence in everything we do, come along/ We’re changing the focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong/ Equity – we gotta remedy the past/ Remove barriers so our new future comes fast/ Ethics – our integrity is rebuilding/ From the top down for the sake of our children/ Engagement, connecting with our community/ To build…

Read More

Water in APS: All Clear!

I am relieved and pleased to report to our students, families, teachers and staff that the water they drink and use has met Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. That means that following the district’s voluntary water testing initiative for the presence of lead this summer, all occupied APS buildings have met the standard of being…

Read More

Join Us for #StateOfAPS!, Friday, Oct. 7, at King Middle

I am not throwing away my shot! I am not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot! –           Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton Atlanta Public Schools is on a journey of transformation, and I am thrilled to invite every APS…

Read More

Considering a Moment of Atlanta History for APS Transformation

I couldn’t leave the office today without acknowledging a transformative moment in Atlanta Public Schools, one that unfolded this very day exactly 55 years ago. It was on Aug. 30, 1961, that nine students – Willie Jean Black, Donita Gaines, Martha Ann Holmes, Madelyn Patricia Nix, Arthur Simmons, Lawrence Jefferson, Mary James McMullen, Rosalyn Walton…

Read More

Guest Blog on Huffington Post: I Have a Dream for a Kinder, Braver, Safer World

Today is the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, I shared my thoughts about this historic occasion in this Huffington Post blog along with my own dream for a “kinder, braver, safer” world. #Ihaveadream #SELectLove http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/i-have-a-dream-for-a-kinder-braver-safer-world-advancing_us_57c10ea1e4b06384eb3fbe98

Read More

Huddle Up and Have a Ball!

Huddle up, fans of our schools, teams and athletes in Atlanta Public Schools. After playing football with B.E.S.T. Academy, Carver, Douglass, Grady, Jackson (USA Today covered my touchdown!), North Atlanta and South Atlanta, I’m ready for opening day! (Don’t worry KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Therrell, Mays and Washington! I’ve got my eyes on you next!) I’ve…

Read More

Week One Reflections, Selfies and Dispatches by the Super on Super Staff and Students

As we end the near of another first week of school in Atlanta Public Schools, I have finally had  a few moments to reflect upon the past three days among our students, teachers, administrators, support staff and the rest of our community. Day One for the 2016-2017 school year marked my third opening day at…

Read More

Dispatches from the District, Day Two

It’s Day Two in Atlanta Public Schools. We had such a rewarding and fun experience traveling around the district on Day One that we are out among the students, teachers, administrators, support staff and the community to report on even more Back-to-School happenings across the district. Here are my live reports for Day Two: Day…

Read More

Dispatches from the District, Day One

As part of Day One in Atlanta Public Schools, my team and I have boarded an APS bus to visit students, teachers, administrators, support staff and the community to report on Back-to-School happenings across the district. Here are my live reports: Day One, 3:25 p.m., Martin Luther King Middle School (Jackson Cluster) Last stop for…

Read More