Fulton County Schools hosted its 2013 State of Our Schools event at Junior Achievement BizTown, located within the Georgia World Congress Center, Tuesday. The two-hour event highlighted some of the school system’s recent academic achievements while also providing a real-world look at the challenges it faces and how they are being addressed.
Superintendent Robert Avossa was scheduled to give an update on the district’s five-year strategic plan and charter system implementation as well as Fulton’s focus on customized learning, its strategy for recruiting and retaining top talent, and its successful management of the eSPLOST capital campaign.
An interactive component included several classroom simulations where participants can observe or engage in mini-lessons of teaching innovation led by some of the district’s most successful teachers.
“It’s important that we take this opportunity to connect our community with the classroom,” said Avossa, in a press statement. “Every day, we have powerful displays of innovation within our schools and this is something our community needs to know and support. We all have a vested interest in the success of our schools and how they are preparing students for the future.”
Avossa also planned to talk about social and economic factors facing Fulton County Schools, such as increased poverty, rising student enrollment and the impact of multi-year state austerity funding reductions, the announcement said.
Approximately 300 business and community leaders, elected officials, principals and district staff were expected to attend.