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Encouraging Literacy: How Reading Can Transform a School

By Intiasar Frankson Media Specialist, Thomasville Heights Elementary At Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES), we have a strong focus on literacy, with the awareness that reading is the core of all learning. Studies have shown that just reading 20 minutes a day can positively impact a student’s academic growth substantially. THES has an ongoing mission … Continue Reading →

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In Chess, It’s About More Than Winning

By Marian Edmonds Price Middle School In just a couple of years, students from Luther J. Price Middle School have become a force in the Georgia and national chess community. Chess at Price has helped our students achieve and succeed like they rarely have before. While so many of our Price students struggle to read, … Continue Reading →

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Equity Matters: Why Not All Schools Are Equal

By Greg Giornelli President and CEO, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta Atlanta is my hometown. I grew up here, I’ve raised my family here, and I suspect I’ll always live here. I love pretty much everything about Atlanta: our neighborhoods, the parks, the restaurants, the Braves. It’s always been a place of economic opportunity, too, and … Continue Reading →

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The Impact of Mindfulness

By Haniyyah Nu’Man7th grade ELA/ SEL Literacy Instructor, Price Middle School “Alright guys. Find a safe place for you in the room and prepare to go inward. It’s just you in this safe place so give yourself a moment to just breathe. “Relax your eyes, drop your shoulders and simply breathe. As the thoughts come, … Continue Reading →

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The Cracked Mirror

In this essay, Price Middle School Principal Luqman Abdur-Rahman considers how the work of an educator in a turnaround school is like that of a revolutionary, working to transform a system that has historically kept students from uncovering their true potential. In ‘The Cracked Mirror,’ Principal Abdur-Rahman explains why the work starts from within the educator.

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Education is the Gateway

When I was just 13 years old, I walked eight blocks, caught the subway, then walked another five blocks to get to my highly competitive school across the city. The trip was about one and a half hours each way.

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A New Beginning at Thomasville Heights Elementary

In the 2016-2017 school year, Thomasville Heights Elementary School underwent a transformation through a partnership between Purpose Built Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. The first year of this partnership was a great success, with a new culture fostering stronger sense of community, services for children and families and higher student achievement.

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