redefinED altanta Official Discusses Pandemic’s Effect on School Districts’ Educational Gaps

The leader of a nonprofit, which is working to ensure that every student in Atlanta receives a high-quality education, says hybrid education is challenging. He’s hopeful that students will return to classrooms for in-person instruction in the fall. “The silver lining here is that the vaccine is being distributed and folks are eligible who work…

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RedefinED Atlanta Awards $315,000 in Grants to Five Community Organizations Supporting APS Students, Schools and Staff

redefinED atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every student in Atlanta has the opportunity to attend a great public school, today announced that it is awarding $315,000 to five Atlanta-based organizations that are supporting the education needs of Black, Latinx and other under-resourced students and families in Metro Atlanta. The five organizations are: EdConnect,…

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Scores from national school test reveal pandemic’s effect

Teachers and students will have extra homework after the pandemic ends, as new findings show growth in math scores has fallen since last school year. Most Georgia students haven’t taken a state-standardized test since 2019, and most will not take another until the spring, if then. Without those scores on the Milestones tests, it’s unclear…

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At some Atlanta Schools, the Pandemic has Provided a Silver Lining—a Stronger, More Urgent Sense of Community

On March 12, Atlanta Public Schools’ announced that its buildings would close to students and staff for a minimum of two weeks. The following day, the 13th, Michelle Ampong received a call asking her to come to her children’s school, Parkside Elementary, in Grant Park. (The school that, full disclosure, my children also attend.) School…

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Annual National Philanthropy Day Celebrates Fundraising Heroes in Atlanta

On October 29, the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Atlanta Chapter executed their annual event: National Philanthropy Day, a celebration of greater Atlanta’s philanthropic advocates and 1,000 other like-hearted individuals traditionally held in the Georgia Aquarium’s captivating ballroom. Year after year, AFP outdoes themselves in style and execution, but this year’s coronavirus brought up…

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Nonprofit to Award Atlanta Schools Pandemic Grants

An Atlanta nonprofit is offering financial help to schools and educational organizations serving students during the pandemic. RedefinED Atlanta will award grants of up to $15,000 through its recently launched Innovation Fund for Pandemic Education and Restart. The nonprofit plans to distribute at least $172,000 total.

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Metro Atlanta Community to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor dedicated philanthropists at its 38th annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day, on October 29, 2020. This year’s celebration, “Leading through Giving: Strength in Unity” will honor members of the business, not-for-profit, philanthropic, and volunteer communities. The award-winning Atlanta production company, Living Stories,…

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How have students fared in the coronavirus pandemic? New data sheds some light.

When the coronavirus pandemic disrupted school for millions of students last spring, studies projected alarming rates of learning loss as schools shifted to remote instruction, particularly for vulnerable students. Complicating matters is that this shift poses challenges in accurately assessing student progress and participation. But as more data emerges, one thing continues to be clear,…

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