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Atlanta Schools Are Models Of Reform

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Summary:
Everyday educators, whether they are teachers, administrators, or board
members, are striving to improve the services they offer. Teachers attend
in-service training; principals meet with other administrators in their
district, state, or even the nation; and board members travel to see what
other districts are doing right All with the intention of gleaning the
best methods and practices for their own schools. Atlanta Schools are no
exception. As of the 2006-07 school year, At...


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Atlanta Schools, Patricia Hawke


Article Body:
Everyday educators, whether they are teachers, administrators, or board
members, are striving to improve the services they offer. Teachers attend
in-service training; principals meet with other administrators in their
district, state, or even the nation; and board members travel to see what
other districts are doing right All with the intention of gleaning the
best methods and practices for their own schools. Atlanta Schools are no
exception. As of the 2006-07 school year, Atlanta Schools were made up of
the following:

* Traditional schools (89)* Elementary schools (59)* Middle schools (16)
* High schools (14)* Nontraditional programs (2)* Charter schools (7)
* Adult learning centers (1)* APS Learning Institutes (99)*Title I
Schools (89)
* Year-Round Schools (3)* Schools of Excellence (2) * Magnet Schools (7)

Atlanta Schools serve a large number of students. The enrollment for the
past school year (2006-2007) was 49,392. The students of Atlanta Schools
represent many diverse, ethnic groups:

* African-American 85.98%* American Indian/Alaskan .03%
* Asian .59%* Caucasian 8.37%
* Hispanic 4.10%* Multiracial .93%

The operating budget in the past school year was $582,839,767. Atlanta
Schools employ a total of 6,536 employees. 3,465 of these are full-time
teachers, 226 are members of the Student Support Staff. 1,900 of Atlanta
Schools teachers hold advanced degrees, and another 42 have achieved
National Board Certification. The beginning teacher salary for the ’05-
’06 school year was $40,157.

Atlanta Schools have embraced many models of school reform, and have
implemented them throughout the district, to serve individual areas as
needed. Samples of these models are:
America’s Choice: This model enables all students to reach
internationally benchmarked standards. Learning is focused on getting all
students to standards, varying only the time and resources needed.
Atlanta Schools teachers use prevention, early intervention and
acceleration techniques, as needed.

Core Knowledge: This reform model provides Atlanta Schools students with
a curriculum based on what every educated citizen should know and
understand to function in an educated society.

Direct Instruction: Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching
reading in several Atlanta Schools that emphasizes well-developed and
carefully planned lessons designed around small learning groups. Teaching
tasks are clearly defined and prescribed. The philosophy is based on the
theory that clear phonics instruction – eliminating misinterpretations –
can greatly improve and accelerate learning.

International Baccalaureate: This Atlanta Schools program is in place to
develop students who are critical and compassionate thinkers and who are
informed participants in local and world affairs.

Making Middle Grades Work: This program is designed to give Atlanta
Schools middle school students intensive attention to raise achievement
through alignment of content and standards, high expectations, extra help
and time, and engaging classroom practices.

Project GRAD: Targeted to Atlanta Schools high school students, this
program helps raise achievement through family support, school
discipline, college scholarship and emphasis on reading and math.

Talent Development: Atlanta Schools that are implementing this model are
ones that have established a strong culture for learning, curricular
innovations, advanced work, parent involvement and professional
development.

								
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