Sunday, August 23, 2015

Challenge Racism Sessions Scheduled at Gunston Middle School

This Fall, Gunston is hosting “Challenge Racism Through Stories and Conversation” - a free discussion group on race for APS parents and community members.

Arlington neighbors recommend this discussion as... “thought-provoking”, “life-changing”, “invaluable” and “eye-opening”.  One Swanson parent who recently participated said, “It will challenge and focus you in such a positive way.  You will feel energized by what you learn.”

The discussions will be held at Gunston, however, this session is NOT limited to Gunston parents. All Arlington adults are all welcome. (Challenge Racism is recommended for everyone.)

Watch the Challenge Racism video online.

Find out more and register online:

Questions? Please contact:

Leah Maderal


100% Free.  The session is free and all materials are provided by the Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools.

Please forward this email on to other listservs or to other APS parents and Arlington community members who might be interested.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Internet Service Providers Serving Low-Income Families

Did you know that reduced-cost internet access is available for low-income families?

Low cost broadband internet plans have been created by public–private partnerships to bring high-speed, wireless internet access to those who cannot afford typical expensive plans. There are several major, “competing” low-income internet service programs:

• Comcast’s Internet Essentials
    » To apply online visit or call 1-855-846-8376
• CenturyLink
    » To apply online visit or call 1-855--716-5873
• Cox Connect2Compete
    » To apply online visit www.connect2compete/cox or call 1-855-222-3252

Please make this information available to your PTA families.

Personal Learning Device Handbook Now Available from APS

APS has developed a handbook to answer parents' questions about the APS Digital Learning Initiative.

From the APS website:
In 2011 the APS School Board set the technical direction for the division by establishing a strategic plan objective of providing every student with a personalized device by 2017. The division has taken a phased, methodical approach to accomplishing this goal. We have upgraded the network infrastructure, moved the devices from computer labs to the classroom, provided professional development to teachers, and explored alternative devices.

This year the project is moving into a new and exciting phase. With the behind the scenes work complete we are ready to begin putting personalized devices in the hands of students. In this final phase before full roll-out we are studying the opportunities provided by transitioning from shared devices to personalized devices. Every school in the system is conducting a pilot which is focused on identifying instructional best practices which leverage personalization. These best practices will be woven into teacher professional development and the full project implementation over the upcoming years.

APS is requesting feedback on their draft - so if you have questions, now is your opportunity to get them answered!

Please review the handbook, provide APS with feedback on their draft and distribute the link to parents via your PTA listservs.