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 →
Childhood is filled with milestones. First steps. First foods. And perhaps the most monumental of all: the first day of Kindergarten. But this year, in the midst of a global pandemic, four and five-year-olds across the country prepared for this life-changing experience to begin virtually.
As an organization, we at Purpose Built Schools Atlanta define ourselves as a group of individuals who are committed to racial justice and equity as the guiding principle of our work. Our mission, vision, and core values affirm this commitment and make it central to everything we do. It literally drives our work every day. … Continue Reading →
In 2017, Day brought The Schenck School’s Head of School, Josh Clark, for a meeting at and tour of Slater Elementary. As a result of that meeting, an official partnership formed between The Schenck School and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta for Schenck to provide direct reading services to students through The Dyslexia Resource, an outreach program of The Schenck School.
By Ms. Marie Ojofeitimi English Teacher, Carver STEAM Academy This time last year, I was presented with Carver STEAM’s Teacher of the Year award. The entire Carver family cheered and celebrated my accomplishment as we gathered in our usual meeting space. We laughed, hugged, reflected on the year, but most importantly, we were all together. … Continue Reading →
A recent CDC study showed that providing children who have experienced trauma with supportive, nurturing relationships can help prevent the long lasting effects of childhood trauma. A large percentage of students in south Atlanta have experienced childhood trauma, so Purpose Built Schools partnered with COR, an organization that offers social-emotional support programming to trauma-impacted students marginalized by poverty and race-based educational inequities.
When Ayanna Burroughs, a teacher at Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES), reached out to Tania Herbert, Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The Paideia School, she hoped to learn from Paideia’s thriving farm program so she could start one at THES. Both educators, located in very different parts of the city–southeast Atlanta and Druid Hills, wanted to encourage students to make change in their communities by learning how to decrease food insecurity through urban farming.
When a student at Price Middle School was having trouble forming relationships with her peers, one of her teachers suspected she may benefit from counseling and made a referral to the school’s CHRIS 180 therapist. After several months in individual and group counseling sessions at school with her CHRIS 180 therapist, she experienced dramatic, positive improvements.
As we continue navigating these unforeseen circumstances with COVID-19, our school nurses are here to help even while schools are closed. Please call Nurse Eversley or Nurse Richie for medical advice during school hours.