Why I Choose Purpose: A Teacher’s Perspective

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. Little did we know that a year later we… Continue Reading →

Going Live: Switching to Online Learning During COVID-19

As a science teacher, I was familiar with ways to incorporate technology into my daily classes at Price Middle School. But when the COVID-19 situation rapidly escalated, causing in-person classrooms to close indefinitely, I had to pull out all my tech skills to help make a smooth transition for my students and fellow teachers. Here… Continue Reading →

Why I Choose Purpose: A Parent’s Perspective

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 one-on-one sessions to enhance her horizons. It means so much to… Continue Reading →

More Than Just Robots!

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 I got my first Apple IIGS when I was in 4th… Continue Reading →

Strong Leaders Fight to Make Equity a Priority in Education

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 about how to create trauma-informed schools,… Continue Reading →

Encouraging Literacy: How Reading Can Transform a School

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 to increase our students daily reading within the… Continue Reading →

In Chess, It’s About More Than Winning

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, write and perform academic work on… Continue Reading →

Equity Matters: Why Not All Schools Are Equal

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 as someone who has worked in Atlanta’s city government, community… Continue Reading →

The Impact of Mindfulness

“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, acknowledge them and let them pass by, refocusing on your breathing.”… Continue Reading →

Why Project-Based Learning Matters in Turnaround Schools

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach that provides opportunities for students to collaborate and drive their own learning through an extended course of study of a real-life topic that is applicable to their lives. Continue Reading →