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For Earth Day, schools joined in on Trees Atlanta’s BeltLine Arboretum Education Program to go green and make their schools greener in the process. Students in environmental clubs from Grady High, Brown Middle, Tech High, Atlanta Charter Middle and KIPP Strive Academy are exploring Atlanta’s environment through many hands-on activities such as school bird counts, live animal programs, garden instillations and forest restoration service projects. This week especially, many of the BeltLine School Partners have joined Trees Atlanta and students to discuss, learn, and improve school grounds.
Many students are using the Atlanta Beltline as a learning laboratory, not just for nature study but for pure enjoyment, too. Students are starting photo-documentation projects to track the development of the BeltLine and all of its living components — like the arboretum. Many native plants are in flower, migrating birds are arriving, vegetables and fruits are growing, and several clean-ups are happening all week along the BeltLine and in neighborhoods.
This Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, join APS and Trees Atlanta at Brown Middle School to continue work on the Brown Middle Wildlife Triangle in West End. This property next to the BeltLine was restored by students last year and trail and grounds improvements are now needed. Support the outdoor classroom movement and help out! Tools, gloves, and training will be provided. For more information please contact Robby Astrove at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 681-4901.
Eleven APS high school students have earned Posse Foundation scholarships to attend three colleges in the fall of 2010. The students were selected based on academic excellence and outstanding leadership. APS students selected to attend Bard College: Durante Barringer (Therrell School of Health Science and Research), Treyonna Frazier (Carver School of the Arts), and Benjamin Powers (Grady). APS students selected to attend Boston University: Mariah Burch (Grady) and Spencer Lai (North Atlanta). APS students selected to attend The College of Wooster: Chelsea Addison (North Atlanta), LaShanda Evans (Tech High), Janna Haywood and Erin Johnson (Grady), Lisa Paige (Booker T. Washington) and Joshua Reese (Benjamin E. Mays).
The Posse Foundation recruits and trains “posses” of students from urban high schools and sends them to elite colleges and universities with four-year full-tuition scholarships.
APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall expressed a hope to explore ways to reward quality teachers who want to stay in the classroom without having to promote them into administration positions as part of a “listen and learn” event with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.) on Monday morning at Tech High School.
“Human capital management strategies have to be implemented,” Dr. Hall said as Duncan nodded his head. “We’re going to have to look at how to incentivize the best and brightest to teach. We know what the best practices are [for teachers]. But now the question is how do we provide professional development, and give [teachers] the opportunity to lead and still teach. Our survey shows that 82 percent of our teachers said there were open to pay-for-performance. So it’s about effective leadership, and effective teachers, and wrapping that around our services to our students.” Hall made rewarding quality teachers a part of her State of the Schools speech back in August. (View the speech here.)