Stem Learning Network Recognition

APS Chapman is 'STEM Innovator'
Posted on 10/13/2020
Image of Carla ChapmanWhen the coronavirus pandemic prompted Ohio schools to close in March, district administrators, teachers, students and their families scrambled to quickly adapt to online learning. In northeastern Ohio, Akron Public Schools, the state’s fifth-largest district, gave its families much-needed extra help.

Under the leadership of Carla L. Chapman, District Director of Community Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a team created the Connectors program. Through the program, 254 trained, non-instructional staff members called Akron students to determine their needs, logging more than 10,000 interactions during 52 days of remote learning. The program helped many of the approximately 22,000 Akron students with such things as using unfamiliar technology at home to accessing food, health care and child care. And the program is underway again for the new school year. For her efforts, Chapman has been named recipient of OSLN’s 2020 Ohio STEM Innovator Award, as she has “demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the support of STEM education and outreach within her region.”

Chapman, an Akron Public Schools employee since 1994, gave us a look at the Connectors program: read more here >>.
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