A Message from the Chief
Matthew SmithChief Performance Officer
The world has changed rapidly in the 21st century, and our schools continue to evolve to meet the new challenges and opportunities in order to best serve our community. Just as schools evolve, school districts must transform to meet the demands of a 21st century system – among them critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. In this vein, I am excited to introduce the Division of Performance and Information Technology at Atlanta Public Schools.
As APS’ Chief Performance Officer, I am driven by the mission to provide every student and teacher with the innovation, information, technology, and tools that are essential for learning and excellence in the 21st century classroom. Similarly, our team strives to provide district and school leaders, as well as teachers and staff, with the essential structures and data necessary for critical decision making, academic operation, and governance.
We have structured our Performance and Information Technology division to meet those objectives.
- Virtually every function in schools today is automated and all of these platforms and technologies rely on a robust, backbone of infrastructure.
- The 21st century classroom demands best practice alongside the most innovative design, and our Department of (insert link to Kevin’s Department) provides the essential structure and support, to ensure our schools continuously improve and transform.
- And we rely on the collection and analysis of data and information to serve our students and guide our efforts to continually grow our capabilities and improve our educational offerings.
We take our role and responsibility in helping to create a robust, safe, horizon-seeking learning environment for our students seriously. And we are fortunate to benefit from partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, world-class colleges and universities, many smaller locally-owned businesses, community leaders, and partnerships with colleagues and friends from nearby school systems who share our commitment.
Large, complex, transforming education opportunity and outcomes. A community. The Pit Crew. This is Performance and Information Technology at APS.