Atlanta Public Schools Hosting Inclusive Schools Week Events
by Staff Reports
November 26, 2014
Atlanta Public Schools will join school districts and communities around the world in celebrating the 14th annual Inclusive Schools Week Monday through Dec. 5, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that reach students with disabilities or have diverse backgrounds.
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 of Awareness to Action, the week celebrates a school’s journey towards excellence, following a path of reflection, planning and action. Inclusive Schools 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.
Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the district’s Department of Special Education will host a special screening and panel discussion of the documentary film “Including Samuel,” about photojournalist Dan Habib, who documented his family’s efforts to include his son, Samuel, in every facet of their lives.
The screening will be held at the district’s Center for Learning and Leadership auditorium, 130 Trinity Avenue, downtown Atlanta, and is open to the public. Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School student Chartez Bailey, Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist Rita Simmons, a teacher at Cleveland Avenue Elementary, and district Media Relations Manager Kimberly Willis Green will share their personal stories about disabilities and inclusion.