With a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every student will graduate ready for college and career.

"Our children and our schools flourish when the people who run them flourish." 

- Dr. Meria Carstarphen


Building a strong APS culture begins with you. Explore strategies and activities to build employee engagement, strengths, core values, and change & resilience below.

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Change &


Change is happening every day. Change management and resilience guides how we prepare, equip and support individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive success and outcomes.

Core Values

Core Values are our behavioral guiding principles.  APS’s Core Values are:

  1. Put students and schools first

  2. Commit to teamwork

  3. Focus on communication

  4. Demonstrate respect for others

  5. Be accountable

  6. Act with integrity

  7. Embrace & drive change


Focusing on what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong, allows us to live our best life at work and everywhere else. When employees have the opportunity to focus on their strengths, they are six times as likely to be engaged.



Engaged employees are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their and work and contribute to their team in a positive manner. Understanding, measuring and creating employee engagement fuels productivity.


About Us

Strategy Management & Organizational Change
Office of Engagement
Atlanta Public Schools

Our Goal:

Build a great culture and align strategy to create an engaging place to work (Measure: Increase employee engagement)

Priorities (2019-2020):

  • Develop, coach and engage individuals to increase self-awareness and build relationships to achieve desired goals

  • Build leader capacity to create and sustain a culture of trust, collaboration and innovation 

  • Facilitate and support building high-performing teams 

  • Foster organizational culture transformation through meaningful and inclusive employee experiences 

  • Develop, align, and implement strategic planning and strategy management throughout the organization 



Travis W. Norvell



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Melvynne Reed



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Ashley Layne



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