A+ News

Apprentice Fellow Princess Johnson

Following a revised recruitment process, which focused on identifying and inviting a more diverse group of applicants, A+ Schools welcomed its most diverse Apprentice Fellows cohort yet. Every other year, A+ Schools provides a series of information and training sessions for those interested in becoming an A+ Fellow that covers the unique process of training schools in arts integration. After an evaluation process, A+ Schools staff select candidates who best match the program’s needs. Meet the nine A+ Apprentice Fellows who hit the ground running during our 2021 summer conferences.

A+ students smiling

Just as we’ve braved the uncharted waters of the pandemic, A+ Schools of North Carolina has also been part of the groundswell of the social movement demanding equity and justice in arts and education. Here are a few highlights of our Diversity Matters initiative, a commitment to diversity in recruitment, training and engagement for the past several years.

Vincent Marron speaking at a podium

A+ Schools honors and remembers the life and work of Vincent Marron, the first executive director of A+ Schools of North Carolina. Vincent died on January 22, 2021, at the age of 85.

Joseph Perez

A+ School’s newest team member, Joseph Perez, began his work as Program Administrator during the unprecedented times of a pandemic as we were navigating new ways of working and providing professional development to our schools. Learn more about Joseph’s journey to learn all things A+ and how his education and experiences led him to become a valuable member of our team.

Students and SEL

A+ Schools has been working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to create guidance documents that connect social and emotional learning (SEL) and the arts and provide these resources to educators across North Carolina.