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#ADA30

Logo courtesy ADA National Network adata.org

July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act. For APL, its ramifications have been incredibly important in its impact on education in our state.

We encourage you to review the Facebook page of Northwest Center They have curated a lot of great resources and local history.

You can also check out the history of disability rights in WA at https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/history.

And our partners at University Heights shared a fascinating history about the link between the racial justice movement and disability rights.

#ADA30

Jennifer’s Goodbye Parade

June 23, 2020

Our community of friends, volunteers, family members, employees, students and alumni surprised Jennifer Annable with a farewell car parade at Academy for Precision Learning on June 23, 2020. You can see news coverage about this wonderful event on the West Seattle Blog including a fun video of Jennifer being surprised:

After serving as our Executive Director since 2009, Jennifer is retiring from the position in July.

Please take a look at the overview of her career from earlier this year.

Guidance for Fall 2020 School Year

June 11, 2020 – We are tracking today’s guidance and advice from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction pertaining to schools opening in fall 2020.

Superintendent Reykdal’s general expectation is that we should expect schools to open in the fall, with adjustments to regular programming to be based on public health guidelines and the opening phase that each county has entered by September.

Fall opening may be a hybrid of face-to-face and online model or any combination of modalities and schedules that meet our local community
needs. As we monitor the recommendation of public health agencies in the coming week, we will keep you apprised of what APL’s fall will look like.

We encourage you to review the full report on the OSPI site.

Seattle Times article on the 6/11/20 announcement (subscription may be required).

Seattle Patch article (free resource).

More Alike than Unalike

A statement to the community by APL’s incoming Executive Director Kelly Meyer

June 2, 2020 – Dear APL Community– students, families, faculty & staff, stakeholders & supporters, and members of the Board,

This has been a tragic and deeply unsettling weekend, one that has left me at times breathless with anger and frustration and in other moments renewed in my own convictions about the work we educators must do to combat the institution of racism in our country.

We are human beings who are, as Maya Angelou wrote, “more alike than unalike.” Black people in this nation are hurting. And there are members of our own Academy for Precision Learning community who are hurting. I spoke with groups of teachers and learned how they are hearing from students in their classes—concerns, fears, frustration, and confusion. It is hard to find the breadth of information required and the space to engage in it. I learned how our teachers are struggling too, balancing their own frustrations and sadness with the needs of their own families and students.

When we think of our ultimate goal for our children at APL, and for all children in the world, it is for them to become engaged citizens in their community, for them to find their voice and share it with the world around them, and for the world to become better for their being in it. We are teaching our students the skills to engage and act, to see and hear the stories of those who have been marginalized or silenced, to make change, and to put fear aside while lifting up those among us who have been held down.

As we are face to face with the ugliness of hate in our country, it is up to us to commit to an anti-racist mission and to actively work at dismantling the system of racism around us. It is also up to us to face the privilege many of us have been afforded because of the color of our skin.

For now, please know that our teachers, staff, and counseling team will do our best to support each of our students and their families as they process our current events—this week and into the future. Please talk with your children about protests and look for examples of the ways protest has led to meaningful change in our world. Help them see the helpers, as Mr. Rogers would say, who seek to lift up and heal their neighborhoods and communities.

We recognize that our APL family members of color and their white allies are grappling with these challenging issues. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Annable, me, Alicia Nathan, or any of our teachers and staff to let us know how we can best support you. These are times when we are so grateful for the community, the family, that APL is. We are together, even when we are apart, and we see, hear, and hurt with our family members who are hurting.

I’ve shared some resources below to learn more — reading lists, social justice-empowerment websites, good films to watch, etc. 

“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett, former Seattle Seahawk

Young Adult Adaptation of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”

Books About Racism and Social Justice

#BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd

Bringing Black Lives Matter Into the Classroom

Kelly Meyer (she/her)
Director of Lower School/ Director of Curriculum and Instruction
kelly@aplschool.org

Celebrating Jennifer

May 25, 2020 – We are heading into the final month before Jennifer Annable retires at the end of June.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, some made a safe and socially distant visit to her house to surprise her.

We hope you can help us celebrate Jennifer’s legacy at APL. Check out the letter from earlier this year from our Board Co-Presidents – and watch for more news as we say goodbye in the coming weeks.

Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

May 22, 2020 – We won’t be operating on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Celebrate safely and enjoy your three-day weekend.

Thank You APL Staff!

May 18, 2020 – We couldn’t help students all across the autism spectrum thrive and succeed without the hard work of our staff! We are proud to honor them during our Staff Appreciation Week!

Leave a congratulatory message for a staff member in the comments section below (Don’t see the comments? Click on this post’s headline above to open it.)

Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Database

The organization COVID-19 Help Washington has created a comprehensive database of statewide resources to help people weather the pandemic.

The organization is made up of Seattle volunteers working to help meet the need for information and resources for those who need help – and those who wish to offer help – during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State.

For more information, contact COVID-19 Help Washington directly and follow their social media sites:

Emailcovid19helpwa@gmail.com
Twitter@Covid19HelpWa
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/COVID19HelpWA/

Providers – Join APL Online for an Information Night on June 4th

Join us online on Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm

May 29, 2020 – We held our Family Information Night online on May 28th for potential students who might benefit from the Academy for Precision Learning’s unique, inclusive educational environment.

An additional information will also be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 for providers – including clinicians, educators and others who serve students on the autism spectrum.

After you register, in the week before the event, you will receive an invitation link for the Zoom meeting. The evening will include an overview about our school, presentations by lead staff, and a question-and-answer period. If you have questions in the meantime, you may e-mail admissions@aplschool.org.

Our Community Connects – Even During School Closures

May 1, 2020: Our students and families are continuing to find ways to create a vibrant community during the school closure and extended stay-at-home order.

One of our students has used this time to start his own bookstore! This guy is a go-getter and is sharing his interest with friends and community members. Support a small business and visit his website at www.allpointsbookstore.com.

Our staff members have continued to introduce new learning platforms during the closure, such as Prodigy (for math), ReadWorks, and Epic! (for reading/literacy), We are so proud of our teachers for trying these new tools.

Our parents continue to have a weekly “Coffee Cart” except now we chat over our lattes during an online meeting.

And we are making plans for some form of a graduation celebration to take place in June – stay tuned as those ideas develop.

If you have examples of how you are keeping in touch during this time and you would like to share, add a comment below!

Donating to APL

The Academy for Precision Learning has 501(c)(3) non-profit status under EIN #91-2143623. We accept donations to supplement tuition and operating expenses. Donations can be sent to our mailing address or made online via the button below.

Academy for Precision Learning
P.O. Box 51241
Seattle, WA 98115