NEWS RELEASE October 6, 2014
APS Hires Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as Chief Academic Officer
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Board of Education voted to accept Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen’s recommendation to hire Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as chief academic officer (CAO) for Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
Jenkins is credited with transforming schools and developing current and future leaders in K-12 public education as superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools District in Saginaw, MI. During his tenure, Jenkins increased the graduation rate by 14.1 percentage points and reduced the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years for all students. With more than 25 years of experience in education, Jenkins has served in leadership positions such as an associate administrator, principal of a middle school and three high schools, executive director of Project-GRAD leadership K-12 and executive director of secondary leadership.
A native of Phenix City, Ala., Jenkins received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University, a master’s degree in educational administration and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“As we implement a new strategic direction for Atlanta Public Schools, Jenkins will have a crucial role in fulfilling our mission of preparing students for college and career success,” Superintendent Carstarphen said.
“I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS, and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins will join APS on October 20, 2014.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.atlantapublicschools.us.
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Tonight marks the fourth meeting for the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen.
Supporting documents for the following presentations are located below.
Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, Superintendent (15 minutes)
- District Strategic Planning Process
Angela Smith, Special Assistant to the Superintendent (30 Minutes)
- School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Recommendation to the Administration
William Caritj, Chief Accountability and Information Officer (20 minutes)
Pamela Hall, Chief Human Resources Officer
- Teacher and Leader Appraisal/Merit Pay
Larry Hoskins, Chief Operating Officer (20 minutes)
- Middle School Configuration for North Atlanta Cluster
Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer (15 minutes)
- FY 2015 General Fund Monthly Financial Update Overview
Teaching first grade inspired Mrs. Barnes to ignite a love for literacy throughout her school. For the past three years, she has challenged all Garden Hills students to read one million words during the school year. Since her challenge began, each year an average of 40 students have achieved this goal, on every grade level – even kindergarten!
Mrs. Barnes’ Ready to Read project is recognized as one of this year’s Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence winners.
With the proceeds from the award, she plans to purchase approximately 300 hardbound books (a mix of fiction and non-fiction) to augment the school’s selection for readers in the lower reading range, in its accelerated reader motivation for reading program. She also plans to arrange for a rolling cart to house the books so they can be shared more easily. The cart will allow books to be rolled from class to class throughout the day and used by all first graders.
“Over the years I have noticed a need for appropriate reading materials for students who enter first grade below a first-grade reading level,” said Mrs. Barnes. “It is a project that I would like to implement in all first grade classes at our school.”
Mrs. Barnes began her teaching career through the Urban Alternative Preparation Program at Georgia State University. Since joining the Atlanta Public School system in 2000, she has spent the last ten years teaching first grade at Garden Hills.
This is Katie Carlson’s seventh year of teaching and her second year at Garden Hills. It was her Learning Gardens project that earned recognition as one of this year’s Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence winners.
“The mission of the Learning Gardens Project is to help Garden Hills Elementary create, sustain, and use onsite gardens through plant-based learning, field trips, outdoor garden use, and plant activities in the classroom,” said Ms. Carlson. “In the process, students participate in activities that increase science knowledge, sharpen math skills, spur literacy and support lessons in geography, writing and social studies.”
In her short time working for Atlanta Public Schools, Katie has grown tremendously as an educator. She has participated in multiple professional development opportunities including Junior Great Books, Category 1 International Baccalaureate, and various other early literacy trainings.
Ms. Carlson has worked with The Captain Planet Foundation, PTA, students and staff to create learning gardens at Garden Hills. For this work, she also has won a two-year grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, various Donors Choose grants and a Target Field Trip grant.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, Ms. Carlson began her teaching career at Dresden Elementary in DeKalb County Schools, and served as secretary and co-president of the PTA board. Congratulations to both teachers and the entire Garden Hills family.
by Britney Morgan, Communications Officer
Toya Roberts has a Big Heart and Humble Spirit
This is the second school year for Toya Roberts, custodian at Burgess-Peterson Elementary. With a very pleasant and somewhat bashful personality, Mr. Roberts didn’t say much during his interview, but the teachers and staff at Burgess Peterson had plenty to say. The front office personnel, Charlotte Holloway-Brown and Kim Smith, expressed their appreciation for Mr. Roberts— calling him a blessing to their school and commending him for the pride he has in his work. “There are a lot of words I could use to describe him, but the one word that fits is humble. He is such a humble person,” said Brown.
As Mr. Roberts walked through the hallways, it was obvious he had a great relationship with the teachers, staff and students. They all greeted him with hello, thank you, and of course some threw in a few requests as well. Fairly new to the position, he has made quite an impression, and teachers and staff members were quick to praise him as an asset to the school.
“Whatever you need he will get it done,” “he has a great attitude,” “he’s such a humble person” and “he’s great with the kids,” are the compliments that the staff use to describe Mr. Roberts.
He gets to work early and stays late, he’s proactive in his efforts, and he never forgets a request. “He may not get your classroom right then, but he will get to you,” explained another staff member that we passed walking through the halls.
He understands that he too can have a positive impact on the lives of students. He currently mentors a student who attends Burgess-Peterson.
In his spare time, Mr. Roberts plays basketball, shoots pool and jogs. He says that he loves his job because the teachers, staff and students treat him like family. When asked if there was anything else that he would like to share, he simply stated with a huge smile, “Burgess-Peterson is the best school in the Atlanta Public Schools system. “
Principal Robin Robbins shares his sense of pride. “As we celebrate National Custodian Day, Mr. Roberts is definitely one to be celebrated! What a great asset to our school and school district,” said Robbins.
If you see Mr. Roberts or any other custodian be sure you express your appreciation for all that they do. They are one of the many important teachers outside the classroom who are helping to prepare our students for college and career success.
Atlanta Public Schools Appreciates Roy Talley
He said what he loves most about his job is the children. “Sometimes they come to me for advice,and I gladly give it to them,” said Talley. “I just want to make sure that I help keep them in a clean environment to learn in.”
OCTOBER 1, 2014
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm., individuals representing the Nine (9) Atlanta Public Schools Clusters will convene a meeting in the auditorium of the Center for Learning and Leadership.
At the meeting, the administration will collect the cluster nominations for the Three (3) Superintendent Advisory Committees (Finance, SPLOST, and Special Education); the group will also discuss the options for each cluster, ensuring that community members who applied online are considered in the process of deciding cluster representation.
The administration will take all of the feedback and nominations from the October 1st meeting and will make a final determination about the committee make-up by Monday, October 6th.
This meeting is open to the public.
Center for Learning and Leadership
130 Trinity Ave, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303