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The 2020-21 school year faced unprecedented challenges. Our students, like students across the state and nation, inevitably experienced a learning gap due to the pandemic and school closures. For our students, the shuttering of schools has resulted in a slow-moving tragedy, both from an academic standpoint and from a social-emotional health perspective.
What do Kamala Harris, Colin Kaepernik, John Lewis, George Washington Carver and Barack and Michelle Obama have in common? They are titans of Black excellence in their respective fields. But perhaps most relevant to students in the south Atlanta community: they are the latest additions to a series of inspiring murals at Carver STEAM Academy organized by COR.
By Greg GiornelliPresident, Purpose Built Schools At the tragic cost of many lives, 2020 shined a harsh spotlight on how systemic racism permeates America. Our goal at Purpose Built Schools is to create life-changing opportunities for students and families. We do that by explicitly identifying and dismantling the systems of racism that are barriers to … Continue Reading →
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta is proud to announce that four educators have been named CREATE Equity Facilitation Fellows. Haniyyah Nu’Man, Tambra Harris and Keely Sutton of Price Middle School and Kimberly Edwards of Thomasville Heights Elementary School will participate in the 8-month leadership and facilitation program designed for educators interested in leading, designing, and facilitating equity-centered learning experiences in their school communities.
By Jacques Etienne Carver STEAM Academy At age 22, I was handed my birth certificate, social security card and passport and told I had 10 days to leave my home. My nightmare was coming true. My Haitian parents had finally discovered my secret: I am gay. I was no longer welcome. I was being discarded. … Continue Reading →
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta strives to create a positive climate and culture where students feel known, accepted and supported. Providing consistency is a big part of that. But when children come from generational poverty, they face barriers that prevent them from experiencing that consistency in education, which can impede their ability to be successful in school. To break this cycle, a group of teachers at Thomasville Heights Elementary School have stayed with the same cohort of students year after year.
By Diona Williams PBL Coordinator at Purpose Built Schools Atlanta At Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, we define ourselves as a group of individuals who are committed to racial justice and equity. We empower students to become change agents who create positive, long-lasting impact in their communities. We do this through authentic and culturally relevant project-based … Continue Reading →
By Bethany Thomas, Ed. S.Director of Robotics, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta I choose purpose because T. H. Slater Elementary School has helped me guide my kids on the right path toward educational success. My daughter, a current second grader at Slater, is motivated everyday by her teachers and principal. She meets with the principal for … Continue Reading →
By Bethany Thomas, Ed. S.Director of Robotics, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta Robotics has always been part of my everyday life. For years I coached my daughter’s robotics team, and I have been fascinated with science, technology and coding since I was a child. My parents encouraged my interests and enrolled me in computer classes and … Continue Reading →
By Donya KempPrincipal, Slater Elementary School Given the national conversation around the failures of our country’s system of education, this may sound a little bit crazy, but I am deeply hopeful about the future of our schools. We are gradually seeing schools embrace authentic and inquiry-based models of instruction like project-based learning. We are learning … Continue Reading →