Dr. Atkinson gave a “State of the System” address at a DeKalb Chamber event the other day. We completely missed it, as it was not publicized to the general public. In fact, when we tried to look up the latest news on the Public Relations Newsroom at the school system’s website, the most recent entry is dated August, 2010.
Luckily, Maureen Downey of the AJC was there and gave a good report on her “Get Schooled” blog. Read it at the link below:
Some highlights reported by Maureen:
Dr. Atkinson introduced her “A team,” the staff members who lead departments and serve as her cabinet.
She plans to move to a balanced calendar (which means longer breaks throughout the year and a shorter summer break).
She said the system is working on a revised curriculum, the first draft of which will be shared in May for feedback.
She plans to invest in our teachers and leaders. A weekly early release will allow teachers to have that time to make good instructional decisions based on that data. “We have the talent. We just need to hone it, support it and develop it.”
She called for consequences and reward for student behaviors. “Our children learn based on what we give them and what we show them.”
She plans to invest in e-technology for our schools.
And she apparently said, “We need a central office. We cannot operate without a central office. We need people that understand that we are going to be about servant leadership. We need people that understand and are willing to go that extra mile. I will tell you I will accept nothing less.”