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Atlanta Public Schools Turns to Yoga to Calm the Classroom Amid the Pandemic

The pandemic has taken its toll on kids across the country, including in metro Atlanta, but one elementary school is working to help kids deal with it all, by rolling out the yoga mat.

“Kids were already dealing with stress anxiety, things like cyberbullying even before the pandemic hit,” Dr. Kali Arnold with the Namaste Project told 11Alive. “Then the pandemic gave them a whole another set of anxieties.”

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 in education,” said Ed Chang, executive director of redefinED atlanta.

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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, Fathers Incorporated, Goodie Nation, Next Generation Men & Women, and TeachX.

“We believe that the communities most impacted by inequity in Atlanta Public Schools know what they need most to address their challenges and create lasting change,” said Ed Chang, executive director of redefinED atlanta. “The five organizations we’ve granted are engaged in neighborhoods across the city and metro Atlanta and currently doing the critical work of filling in education gaps in schools and communities, so we know that this funding will only deepen their impact.”

Atlanta Magazine’s 2021 Atlanta 500

Congratulations to redefinED atlanta’s Executive Director Ed Chang for being chosen as one of Atlanta’s most influential civic leaders in the annual Atlanta 500 list from Atlanta Magazine.

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 how big a toll COVID-19 has had on learning. However, new national scores from an alternative test used by more than 300 Georgia schools show reading more or less intact but math suffering, with the worst performance at the elementary school level.

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 staff had just one day to distribute all available devices to kids to take home, but many students were missing the necessary permission slips.

Ampong, who’d been helping the school reach out to families living at Trestletree Village Apartments, a low-income family housing complex, joined a small group of other parents and staff. Crammed into an office, they spent the whole day calling and texting families.

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 a set of new challenges, and the association tackled this head-on.

From the captivating speakers to the beautiful messaging on how Atlantans are showing up and showing out for their neighbors, this year’s virtual event was nothing short of spectacular! The event recognized traditional awards including Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Kim Gresh and three teen volunteers of the year, Siya Kalra, Mary Grace Morrison and Grey Cohen. Mary-Kate Starkel, director of development at redefinED Atlanta, earned the Stellar Professional Award and Kiana Lawrence, major gifts and planned giving manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, was recognized with the Young Professional Award.

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, and the interactive live events platform will provide attendees opportunities to network one-on-one, watch keynote presentations, and engage with event sponsors. AFP looks forward to honoring Metro Atlanta’s philanthropic leaders and celebrating community successes during this year of unprecedented challenges.

In addition to recognizing Kim Gresh as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, the following awardees will receive honors:

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

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, experts say — the pandemic is amplifying inequities between students.