What's New at APL
News and updates from the staff.
May 7, 2020 – Our community was extremely generous during the expanded GiveBIG event in May.
GiveBIG ran on May 5th and 6th – and was was then extended to May 15th to assist organizations even more during the COVID-19 crisis. Through GiveBIG and #GivingTuesdayNow, our generous community committed nearly $30,000.
This is a critical time for APL as we face the financial challenges of the extended school closure – so thank you for your support. If you are still interested in donating to our mission but missed GiveBIG, you can make a gift anytime at https://bit.ly/Give2APL.
April 7, 2020: We wanted to send an update as it relates to the current school closure. As you probably know, on Monday, April 6th, Governor Jay Inslee extended the school closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
This is saddening news – but The Academy for Precision Learning is not going anywhere! We are still here to create an inclusive educational environment for all our students. Through the end of the scheduled school year, our ROOTS Clinic and teachers will continue to offer Telehealth, some in-home ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis therapy) by our Behavior Technicians, and remote learning services to our students and families.
Maintaining a connection to the APL community is important to us. We are excited to be providing a weekly remote “Coffee Cart” on Thursday mornings, social lunch opportunities for our students, and online meetings of our Alumni Association.
We will be taking our scheduled Spring Break next week, April 13th – 17th. Our families will be receiving communication from their students’ teachers containing ideas of what to do over break, including activities like scavenger hunts, time capsules, and Bingo. During the week of break, our ROOTS Clinic will continue to serve students 1:1 via Telehealth and in-person sessions.
As more information is shared, we are continuing to evaluate the roll-out of our Extended School Year (ESY) program. We have every intention to continue moving forward by launching these new services during the summer of 2020. Whether these services are in-person or via Telehealth and remote learning will be determined by the direct recommendations from Jay Inslee, OSPI, and the Department of Health.
We will continue to update you as more information is released and hope that everyone is staying healthy. We want to thank all of you in our community for partnering with us during these unprecedented times. Your support and involvement has only reinforced the fact that the APL community extends beyond the walls of University Heights.
If you have any questions for us, e-mail any of us through the links below in our signatures. You can also check updates at aplschool.org and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Lower School Program Director/Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Alicia Schmoker Nathan, MSW
School Program Director / Pathways Specialist
March 31, 2020: Academy for Precision Learning continues to adapt in response to the mandated closure of public and independent schools due to COVID-19.
We have had a great initial two weeks of reaching our students through distance learning. And this week, our ROOTS Clinic (a Licensed Behavioral Health Agency) is beginning to offer some in-person sessions at APL or in-home for our students who require intensive behavioral support.
We are also able to offer both Behavior Technician (BT) and Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) services via TeleHealth. We are so glad to be connecting with some of families again and to be supporting our students in these new service models.
We are guided by recommended safety precautions. Our top priority is to make sure our staff, students and families remain healthy while we provide this essential service.
We know everyone is adjusting to measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the mandated school closure and the subsequent “Stay-At-Home” order by the Governor. All of us at APL thank you for standing with us to provide the best options we can for our students all across the autism spectrum and their typically-developing peers.
We know this is a challenging and uncertain time during the school closure and other measures that have disrupted all of our daily routines.
Here are some links to organizations in our region and other resources shared by our community members that you and your family might find useful.
Continuous Learning Resources from OSPI
General COVID-19 Resources
Other Educational Resources and Activities
Have you found other great online resources? Click to open this post if necessary, then enter your ideas in the comment section below!
March 13, 2020: In response to the mandated closure of public and private schools out of concern over COVID-19, Academy for Precision Learning is preparing to launch distance learning for our students starting next week.
APL Teachers Preparing for Distance Learning
APL’s ROOTS Clinic (a Licensed Behavioral Health Agency) has also started the planning process to deliver some ABA services in homes for families that choose that as an option.
We are so proud of our staff members’ response in coming together and working with us creatively during this uncertain time.
And we thank all of you in our community for standing with us to provide the best options we can for our students all across the autism spectrum and their typically-developing peers.
Based on Governor Inslee’s executive order on March 12, 2020, all public and private schools are ordered to be closed through April 24, 2020 in King, Snohomish & Pierce counties. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy. We thank our community for your support and understanding during this time. Please contact our main office with questions at 206-427-0115 or at email@example.com.
Resources on COVID-19 Here are some local sources for information on how other organizations are reacting and tips for staying healthy:
King County Public Health
Seattle Public Schools-COVID-19 Updates
WA State Department of Health
At the end of the 2019-20 school year, Jennifer Annable will be retiring as Executive Director of APL. You can honor her with a donation toward APL through the Jennifer Annable Legacy Fund.
News about Academy for Precision Learning and Jennifer Annable from our Board Co-Presidents Gary Ennis & Sujan Akella
January 17, 2020
On behalf of APL’s Board of Directors, we would like to share some important news with you. At the end of the 2019-20 school year, Jennifer Annable will be retiring as Executive Director of APL. Given her passion for the continued growth and evolution of APL, she will remain on as an advisor in the 2020-2021 school year to assist with community partnerships and relationships. We are excited to announce that the Board of Directors has selected Kelly Meyer, currently APL’s Director of Lower School & Curriculum and Instruction, to serve as the Executive Director of APL starting in June, 2020. Jennifer and Kelly will work closely together in the coming months to prepare for a smooth transition to Kelly’s leadership.
It is hard to encapsulate what Jennifer has meant to APL, the Experimental Education Unit (EEU), and to our community as a whole over the course of her amazing 35+ year career. Jennifer’s passion for education, equity, community, and for all of her students over the years, is truly unparalleled. We know we speak for all of us when we say THANK YOU. We have all been very lucky beneficiaries of her compassion and commitment, and APL has a very bright future because of her steadfast leadership.
We are fortunate to have an educator of Kelly’s caliber to step into the executive leadership position and help us take APL into the next phase of growth and evolution. Kelly brings a range of educational programming experience to the table as a teacher, a program developer, and a school leader, supported even further by her completion this year of the Pathways to Leadership Program through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Kelly has embraced APL’s mission and focus on ensuring every student’s success through accelerated academic progress, social development, unique and tailored enrichment opportunities, character building, and community involvement. Please join us in welcoming Kelly to this new and exciting role!
Here are a few words from Jennifer and Kelly directly:
“From the first time I saw Kelly’s application to APL, I knew she would be a great addition to our team. With APL’s support over the past two years, Kelly has been participating in the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership program. Choosing to retire has been a long time coming, it wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Turning seventy this year, and knowing we had such strong leadership in Kelly, helped me know it was the right time. I have all the faith in the world that she will continue to grow APL and hold true to its mission. I will continue to champion APL as the very best place for students all across the autism spectrum. It is also an amazing school for typically developing kids, as both of my grandchildren have been lucky enough to experience.” Jennifer Annable
“I am honored and thrilled to take on this leadership position at APL. In the two years I have been a part of the school, I have come to love our families and the mission. I have a deep respect for the dedication and commitment of our staff. Our students are so fortunate to learn alongside such a diverse and talented group of teachers and technicians. I began my career as a teacher with a commitment to social justice in the classroom and community, and am proud to continue this commitment at APL. Our model of inclusion is groundbreaking and I look forward to nurturing the school in our next chapter. APL wouldn’t be where it is without Jennifer Annable. We are so grateful for everything she has done to foster the dramatic growth of the school. Truly, Jennifer’s incredible passion for inclusive education and for APL inspired me as a school leader. Jennifer has agreed to stay on in an advisory role to help support my transition into this role.” Kelly Meyer
We will be honoring Jennifer’s distinguished career serving the cause of special needs inclusion and education at the 2020 APL Auction on February 29th. We are also launching the Jennifer Annable Legacy Fund to grow financial support of APL’s ongoing efforts to deliver quality inclusive education and increase our impact in the broader community.
Again, please join us in a heartfelt thank you to Jennifer for all she has done to champion our community over the years, and in welcoming Kelly as the next great leader of APL!
Gary Ennis & Sujan Akella
Co-Presidents, APL Board of Directors
Questions about the transition or about APL in general can be directed to Kirk Laughlin, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 206-427-0115.
We’re excited about our inaugural Extended School Year summer program. Recommendations related to the COVID-19 crisis may impact how we offer programming, but the program will go forward.
APL invites students in elementary, middle, and high school to extend their educational experiences in Summer 2020. Families will be able to access the ABA therapy services of the Roots Clinic for the five-week program, where BCBAs, BTs, and teachers will work together to offer support to students in academic and social-behavioral contexts.
Download the Program Flier here.
Dates: July 6 – Aug 6 (5 weeks) – no programming on Fridays
Hours and Location: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Academy for Precision Learning (5031 University Way NE, Seattle)
For additional information, please contact our Lower School Director, Kelly Meyer.
We are closed February 17 through February 21 for midwinter break. We welcome students and families back on Monday, February 24.
Jennifer Annable will be honored for her years of service to our school and our community. Check out the statement about Jennifer’s legacy from our board co-presidents. We hope to see you at the Leap Day auction – RSVP here!
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