Posted on: April 6, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Starting April 13, Atlanta Public Schools Will Offer Front Line Workers ‘Hero Pay’

Even though the last day of in person instruction stopped on March 13, 2020, some of Atlanta Public Schools Front Line Workers will receive hero pay. While teachers and principals work to finish out distance learning to the end of the year, other employees such as food and nutrition, safety, facilities have to do their work in their physical buildings. Starting on April 13, Atlanta Public Schools will begin to…

Posted on: April 6, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Changes to Advanced Placement Will Focus on Access and Preparation for 2019-2020 Exams

As the country has shifted to virtual learning, it looks likes the College Board, the organization behind Advanced Placement has issued new guidelines for schools effected by COVID-19 closures. The most telling one is that all exams will now be digital, 45 minutes long with a heavy concentration of early semester learning. Now that students will be taking the abbreviated tests at home using a a computer, tablet, or phone;…

Posted on: April 5, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Atlanta Community Feedback Will Serve Food During Metro Area Spring Break

The Atlanta Community Food Bank will serve for Fulton County Schools families at 10 locations on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ACFB works with over 600 nonprofits including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. We are partnering with schools to feed families who have…

Posted on: April 3, 2020 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

COVID-19: School is Closed in Georgia: 5 Questions for Parents

Today at a 4:00 news conference, Governor Kemp announced that physical school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year. While a relief for some parents, for others it was a shocking turn of events that have left parents shocked, overwhelmed and anxious about what’s next. “I’m shocked. I know we’re to continue to have online school, but I’m disappointed for my son who graduates this year.”…

Posted on: June 28, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

We Need Teachers: The Case of Mass Vacancies

The 2018-2019 school year is over and we are well into summertime. Classrooms are packed, students are enjoying their favorite summer activities, and teachers are (hopefully) in recovery mode. Administrators are looking towards the next school year, reflecting on data and setting goals. But there’s just one problem. As of June 15th, there are hundreds of teaching positions that have not been filled for the upcoming school year. With summer…

Posted on: March 28, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

Spring is Here: Teachers, Take Care of Yourself.

The weather is warming up. The trees are blooming. The days are longer. Spring is in full effect. Most school districts here in Georgia are gearing up for Spring Break in the next week or so. If you’re not in the school system, you don’t really understand the great need for teachers (and students) to have that well-anticipated break! The stretch between the two-week semester break in December/January and Spring…

Posted on: February 3, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

My Experience with PTSD as an Educator in Atlanta

As an Army wife, it feels strange writing about my own experience with PTSD. I do not take the experiences of veterans who have suffered from PTSD lightly. But the reality is that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is more common than most people think. It doesn’t just occur as a response to being in war. Many people suffer from it as a result of life-altering events. More recently, educators…

Posted on: February 3, 2019 Posted by: Brittany White Comments: 0

The ‘D’ Word: The Overwhelming Effects of Data on Schools.

[Based on the state’s CCRPI scores] “Elementary schools had total scores ranging from a high of 81.3 to a low of 39.8 points.  The average elementary school score was a 64.2, while the state’s average elementary school score was 77.8,” a Henry County Schools press release states. “40.2% of Atlanta Public Schools 3rd grade students are reading at or above the grade level target,” reports the Governor’s Office of Student…

Posted on: January 13, 2019 Posted by: Mike Creekmore, Jr. LPC Comments: 0

Superhero: The Black Male School Counselor

It’s the first week of school, I’ve been paged… I know it’s probably one of my students- a first or fifth grader. I turn the corner to the downstairs First Grade Hallway and see Matthew*. He’s flailing and yelling at his teacher as tears streak down his face. The teacher is standing in the doorway to prevent him from running away, the rest of the class is getting restless and…

Posted on: November 17, 2018 Posted by: Staff Writer Comments: 0

Teachers Must Not Only Be Non-Racist, But Anti-Racist

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.” – Night by Elie Wiesel Every year I was in the classroom, I…