12.4 APS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week 2019 with "Charting The Course" Awards Event, Thursday

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December 4, 2019


APS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week 2019 with “Charting the Course” Awards Event, Thursday


ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools will honor 11 special education teachers during an awards program to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week, Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership (130 Trinity Avenue, SW).


Since its inception, Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) has celebrated the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population.


This includes students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.

The week also provides opportunities for educators, students and parents to further explore what more schools can do in response to meeting the unique needs of all learners. This year's theme is "Charting the Course for Inclusive Schools."


During the program, 11 special education teachers will be presented with the “Charting the Course” Award, which honors outstanding special education teachers who show excitement about their journey as a special educator, put students first, and embrace the progress regarding inclusive practices in Atlanta Public Schools. Crystal Jones, Principal of Beecher Hills Elementary School, will be the guest speaker.


There will also be performances featuring Sylvan Hills Preschool, the Mary Lin Elementary School adaptive music class, and a martial arts performance by Tony Clowers, student at Sylvan Hills Middle School, as well as a display of adaptive art. 


The 2019 Charting the Course Award recipients are:


Nathan Stephenson, Springdale Park Elementary School
Antwain Anderson, Brown Middle School
Dennis Greer, Deerwood Academy
Ashley Brasfield, Brandon Elementary School
Brandon Levy, Benteen Elementary School
Brian Jones, Phoenix Academy
Tangie Rahming, Beecher Hills Elementary School
Caroline McLeod, Sylvan Hills Middle School
Danielle Rogers, Usher Elementary School


WHAT:        APS will honor 11 special education teachers during an awards program to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week.

WHEN:       Thursday, December 5 | 11:30 a.m.


WHERE:     Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning & Leadership | 130 Trinity Avenue, SW


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