APS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week December 7-11

APS Department of Special Education will host a program featuring APS employees and students sharing their personal stories about inclusion

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) joins school districts and communities around the world in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week December 7-11, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that reach students with disabilities or have diverse backgrounds.

2015 Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week highlights and celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, including those who are often marginalized due to disability, gender, ethnicity, geography and language. With the theme, “Sharing our gifts in inclusive schools,” the week celebrates a school’s journey towards excellence, following a path of reflection, planning and action. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and families to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

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Dan Habib supports his son, Samuel Habib, during a t-ball game in Concord, NH, on May 27, 2006. Samuel uses a “Bronco” all-terrain walker to hit and get around the bases. From Habib’s documentary film, Including Samuel, http://www.includingsamuel.com. MANDATORY CREDIT: Lori Duff/Concord Monitor

In celebration of Inclusive Schools Week, APS’ Department of Special Education will host a program at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 featuring a 10-minute excerpt of the documentary Including Samuel about photojournalist Dan Habib, who documented his family’s efforts to include his son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives. Following the video, Kevin Hill, Head Football Coach, South Atlanta High School; Deborah Sumlin, Paraprofessional, Humphries Elementary School; and Sienna Drew-Gray, Alonzo A. Crim High School student – recipient, 2015 Marriott Bridges From School To Work Youth Achievement Award, will also share their personal stories about disabilities and inclusion. A musical selection will be performed by the Price Middle School Sign Language Choir. The program will be held at the Atlanta Public Schools Center for Learning and Leadership auditorium, 130 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303.

APS has provided Inclusive Schools Week activities and lesson plans to teachers and administrators to use in the classroom. They include reading morning announcements about famous people with disabilities; reading books about inclusion; hosting parent chats and resource fairs, and creating art and sensory projects. For more information about inclusive schools week, visit www.inclusiveschools.org.

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 98 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 www.atlantapublicschools.us

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