03.15 Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of March 13, 2023)

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Seth Coleman, Director of Media

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Jasmine Mosley, Media Relations Manager

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
March 15, 2023

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(March 13 - 18, 2023)


Editors/Producers/Reporters: The following is a list of events, programs, accomplishments, and/or initiatives occurring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this week. Please use it as a guide as you develop your coverage plans.

Members of the media are invited to attend all events on the Weekly APS News Tip Sheet. If you have an interest in these stories, please contact Seth Coleman, Director, Media, or Jasmine Mosley, Media Relations Manager.

Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!



APS Inks Partnership with EliteGamingLIVE on Esports Development, STEM Learning Program

Atlanta Public Schools has adopted an esports program for their middle and elementary school students this year, thanks to a partnership between the school district and EliteGamingLIVE (“EGL”).


EliteGamingLIVE is an organization dedicated to guiding educators to cultivate the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in an integrated gaming and learning experience. The program encourages youth in grades 3-12 to play the video games they love while also introducing them to STEM career pathways in a unique and engaging way.


EliteGamingLIVE’s STEM learning and esports program will roll out in 20 schools in the district starting this month.


More than just an esports program, EGL features an online academy of 12 courses on STEM topics and careers ranging from Audio Engineering, Game Artistry, Cloud Engineering, and more. Students complete multimedia lesson sets to learn about these pathways, culminating in knowledge assessments at the end of each lesson. Throughout the program, students also earn certificates for the courses they complete to showcase their achievements. Finally, students of the 20 schools in the program will finish off the season competing in APS Championship on May 13, 2023, to determine the district’s champions.


"Atlantic Public Schools has identified five measurable methods that guide everything we do," said Felisa Ford, APS Digital Learning Specialist. "One of these identifiers is Signature Programs where students experience rigorous, quality academic programming such as IB and STE(A)M. EliteGamingLIVE was the best choice for our esports and STEM learning initiative because it puts the STEM curriculum at the heart of what students do via the EGL platform. This has really exemplified gamification learning, and we are most excited for the start of this program because it provides a great opportunity for our elementary and middle school students to be formally exposed to the esports world.”


EliteGamingLIVE partners with schools and youth organizations across the country to directly impact students' development by providing them with a space to experience and learn.


Increasing STEM learning is at the core of EliteGamingLIVE’s programs. “At EliteGamingLIVE, our mission is to impact the futures of students by fusing gaming and learning, and we are so excited that this partnership with Atlanta Public Schools makes that possible for thousands of young people throughout the Atlanta area,” said Alex Sabol, Chief Revenue Officer and head of partnerships for EliteGamingLIVE.  “Through our program, we are going to allow APS students to use their love of gaming to engage with careers that they may have never known existed. We have an opportunity to turn their passion for gaming into a fun and exciting career.”


Both organizations look forward to the launch of the program and the success of the young people in the Atlanta Public Schools community. Sign-ups are happening now for the gaming and STEM learning league. 


Participating schools include the following: 

  • Harper-Archer Elementary
  • Kimberly Elementary
  • Sarah Smith Elementary
  • Beecher Hills Elementary
  • Continental Colony Elementary
  • Garden Hills Elementary
  • Hope-Hill Elementary
  • Dunbar Elementary
  • Hutchinson Elementary
  • Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy (Elementary School)
  • Deerwood Academy (Elementary)
  • Fickett Elementary
  • Scott Elementary
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School
  • BEST Academy Middle School
  • Hollis Innovation Academy (Middle School)
  • Martin Luther King Elementary
  • HJ Russell West End Academy (Middle School)
  • Crawford Long Middle School
  • John Lewis Invictus Academy (Middle School)




APS Partnership with Emerging 100 of Atlanta, Microsoft, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Leads to Scholarships for Two Seniors

Carver Early College senior Annie Ware (left) and Maynard Jackson senior Ayden Leibert named 2023 Terrance Herron Scholarship winners by the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, Microsoft, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta. Each student will receive $10,000.


Microsoft, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and the Emerging 100 of Atlanta proved once again that partnerships matter for Atlanta Public Schools and the district’s students.


Seniors Annie Ware (Carver Early College) and Ayden Leibert (Maynard Jackson) recently were named 2023 Terrance Herron Scholarship recipients, the result of a partnership between APS and the three organizations. The scholarship is named in honor of a beloved Microsoft executive, Terrance Jay Herron, who passed away in November 2022.


Annie and Ayden were chosen for being high academic achievers and student leaders. Both are members of the APS/Atlanta Board of Education Student Advisory Council.


The scholarship announcement was made during a panel discussion titled “What’s Next for Atlanta?”, moderated by leaders from Microsoft. The event brought tech employees and young professionals together to discuss how they unite to move the city forward and make an even larger impact on the community.



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