News From the Atlanta Education Fund

Atlanta Public Schools offered a warm welcome – and plenty of unique teaching strategies – to educators recently during the 17th annual Model Schools Conference held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The conference hosted 7,000 participants from more than 40 of the nation’s highest performing and improving schools to share their success stories.

As the 2009 Superintendent of the Year, APS Supertinendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall offered an overview of the district’s remarkable turnaround.

“I’ve always valued forums such as the Model Schools Conference, where educators can exchange proven strategies for meaningful improvement,” said Dr. Hall, who also noted that four APS schools – F.L. Stanton Elementary, Inman Middle and Carver’s schools of Health Science & Research and Early College – were playing a key role in the event.

She added that APS’ participating schools have shown how to get the most out of students from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and who often move from school to school. “This remarkable turnaround has resulted in impressive distinction for schools”, Dr. Hall said. F.L. Stanton, for example, was named a 2008 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Stanton and Inman have made Adequate Yearly Progress under federal guidelines for the past eight and six consecutive years, respectively.

The New Schools at Carver now serves as the district’s model for high school transformation. Once regarded as Georgia’s lowest-ranked high school, Carver now boasts a perfect 100 percent graduation rate at its Early College, and an 85.9 percent graduation rate at the School of Health Sciences & Research.

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