Georgia Department of Education

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01/09/2024

It's not too late to submit your school's application for the Military Flagship School Award!

Does your school go above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families? If yes, we want you to apply for the 2023-2024 Military Flagship School Award!

Military Flagship Schools provide specific outreach to military families and recognize and accommodate their unique needs. Applications are open to every school in the state, and members of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission will review submissions.

Applications are available at https://gadoesa.jotform.com/231705911686864.
Submit your school's application before January 16, 2024.

01/05/2024

Superintendent Woods is releasing a joint op-ed with former Mississippi Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright. From Supt. Woods and Supt. Wright:

"It’s a story of educational transformation that’s been discussed throughout the country: Mississippi’s leaps in reading achievement, often described as the 'Mississippi Miracle.'

This title accurately captures the scale of improvements: ten years ago, Mississippi was ranked second-lowest in the nation for fourth grade reading and today, the state’s fourth graders rank 21st in the nation for reading achievement – beating the national average.

We believe Georgia can follow a similar path to significant literacy gains – but it’s essential that this work includes a tiered and targeted statewide coaching model."

Read more: https://madmimi.com/s/4752881

01/05/2024

Please help us congratulate Dr. Linette Dodson, GaDOE’s State School Nutrition Director, on receiving the Big Voices for Children award from Voices for Georgia’s Children! Thank you, Dr. Dodson, for your leadership in Fueling Georgia’s Future.

Read more at https://madmimi.com/s/68ee781.

Gov. Kemp Joins GaDOE, TCSG to Announce Further Incentivization for High-Demand Career Pathways 01/03/2024

We're proud to join Governor Brian Kemp and TCSG - Technical College System of Georgia to incentivize the adoption of high-demand Career Pathways in high schools.

From Superintendent Woods: “Our Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education program and Career Pathways are designed to prepare students for life – ensuring they have the skills they need to pursue career success. This change will ensure schools and districts are recognized for aligning Career Pathway offerings with high-demand careers, ultimately benefiting our students and our state."

Gov. Kemp Joins GaDOE, TCSG to Announce Further Incentivization for High-Demand Career Pathways Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced changes to Georgia's statewide accountability system for schools – the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) – to incentivize the adoption of high-demand Career Pathways in high schools. The CCRPI currently recognizes schools for ...

01/01/2024

Another year has flown by, and it's time to welcome 2024 with open arms! May this new year bring you new opportunities, new adventures, and lots of love and happiness. Happy New Year! 🎉🎊

12/25/2023

May the magic of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy and warmth. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our GaDOE family to yours! 🎄🎅🎁

Photos from Georgia Department of Education's post 12/21/2023

From Superintendent Woods: I have heard from concerned Atlanta Public Schools educators asking why they’ve been told by district staff that they will not receive the $1,000 retention pay supplement Governor Kemp announced earlier this week.

Today, I sent this letter to Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Danielle Battle. Let me be very clear: the intent of the state’s $1,000 retention pay supplement is not to backfill the Atlanta Public Schools budget. The state is providing a $1,000 retention payment to teachers and support staff, and it is my expectation they will receive it – across all school districts.

Anything less is a disservice to the teachers and staff whose efforts in the classroom – far more than anything that takes place at the state or central office level – are the reason our students succeed.

Gov. Kemp Announces State Employee Retention Pay Supplement, New School Safety Funding 12/19/2023

From Superintendent Woods: Thank you Governor Brian Kemp for proposing $45,000 in safety funds for every public school in GA. I appreciate your strong commitment to keeping every student safe.

Gov. Kemp Announces State Employee Retention Pay Supplement, New School Safety Funding Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp – joined by First Lady Marty Kemp, Speaker Jon Burns, Chairman Matt Hatchett of the House Appropriations Committee – today announced a state employee retention pay supplement of $1,000 for each of the roughly 112,000 state employees and 196,000 educators and ...

Gov. Kemp Announces State Employee Retention Pay Supplement, New School Safety Funding 12/18/2023

From Superintendent Woods:

Thank you Governor Brian Kemp for providing a $1,000 bonus for public-school teachers & support staff! Your commitment to supporting education will help recruit and retain excellent teachers in every classroom.

Gov. Kemp Announces State Employee Retention Pay Supplement, New School Safety Funding Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp – joined by First Lady Marty Kemp, Speaker Jon Burns, Chairman Matt Hatchett of the House Appropriations Committee – today announced a state employee retention pay supplement of $1,000 for each of the roughly 112,000 state employees and 196,000 educators and ...

12/14/2023

Thank you, Harmony Elementary School Jasper, Georgia of Pickens County Schools - GA, for participating in the Georgia Schools Care initiative. We hope to see a picture of the teacher who gets to dress as Santa! It's not too late to contribute, so contact your school or district to see if they are participating.

12/14/2023

The 2023 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores show improvements in Content Mastery, with the highest component scores in Progress and Readiness.

“I am proud to see Georgia students making academic progress and succeeding in and out of core subject areas,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “There are clear areas of strength and areas for improvement as well – as a state, we will continue to invest in academic recovery to address targeted needs and ensure every student receives an excellent education.”

Read more at https://madmimi.com/s/0919481.

12/07/2023

Superintendent Woods recently visited Cobb County to recognize the following schools' status as literacy leaders: Austell, Ford, Mount Bethel, Mountain View, Murdock, Riverside, Shallowford Falls, Sope Creek, Timber Ridge, and Tritt elementary schools.

Superintendent Woods was greeted by a team of student leaders and led to the media center, where he awarded ten banners to the principals of the schools.

Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students’ ability to read proficiently by third grade, we're recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase in that percentage from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 are being recognized for outstanding growth.

More photos are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB2GiG.

12/07/2023

We are so excited that Arcado Elementary in Gwinnett County Public Schools is participating in the Georgia School Care Initiative designed to allow all members of our educational family, both students and staff, to support a cause together. Contributions support Clark's Christmas Kids mission of ensuring that every child in the Georgia foster care system has at least one gift on Christmas day.

11/29/2023

The Georgia Department of Education is welcoming 20 teachers from across Georgia to participate in its 2023-2024 Teacher Policy Fellowship.

The Teacher Policy Fellowship is a unique nine-month professional learning opportunity designed to introduce classroom teachers to the field of public education policy and policymaking. The fellowship uses a blended virtual and face-to-face learning approach so fellows can continue teaching in their classrooms while participating in the program. Throughout the program, fellows will gain knowledge and information on policy design and implementation at the state level.

Read more at https://madmimi.com/p/633d181.

11/23/2023

On this Thanksgiving Day, we at the Georgia Department of Education express our gratitude for all the outstanding students, teachers, and staff who make Georgia unique. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of our educators, who go above and beyond to provide a quality education for our students. We are grateful for the support of our families and communities, who play such an essential role in the success of Georgia schools. Thank you all for your commitment to education and for making a difference in the lives of our students. Happy Thanksgiving!

Photos from Georgia Department of Education's post 11/20/2023

Superintendent Woods recently visited Bartow County to recognize Hamilton Crossing Elementary, Euharlee Elementary, and Emerson Elementary schools as literacy leaders.

Superintendent Woods presented award banners to each of the schools’ principals and celebrated their achievements.

Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students’ ability to read proficiently by third grade, we're recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase in that percentage from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 are being recognized for outstanding growth.

See more photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB2Eoy.

11/20/2023

GaDOE's 2024 legislative priorities include expanding opportunities for students:
• Establish a pilot to fund high school Career Advisors to assist all students in securing postsecondary success.
• Extend Work-Based Learning Programs into the summer months with funding to increase opportunities for high school students to gain valuable workplace experience.
• Strengthen kindergarten readiness by expanding access to Georgia Pre-K for families on the waiting list.

Read more at https://madmimi.com/p/2ec4d71.

11/20/2023

This holiday season, the Georgia Department of Education is spearheading the Georgia Schools Care initiative to unite Georgia’s public education family in a spirit of giving and community service. We aim to combine our fundraising efforts to significantly impact Georgia children this holiday season.

We are partnering with Clark’s Christmas Kids to reach their mission of ensuring children in foster care wake up with gifts on Christmas morning. In 2022, the program provided more than 22,000 gifts, fulfilling the wish lists of more than 7,000 children. We want to help Clark’s Christmas Kids make an even greater impact this year.

We encourage schools across Georgia to allow teachers, staff, and students to contribute, and we will recognize schools for their participation.

Help us make this holiday special and bright for Georgia children!

CC video available at https://url.gadoe.org/9u5i.

11/13/2023

The Georgia Department of Education is partnering with the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy (Rollins Center) – a program of the Atlanta Speech School – on an ambitious statewide initiative to improve literacy outcomes for students and train district and school leaders on the science of reading.

“It is our fundamental responsibility to ensure students learn to read, and then – for the rest of their lives – can read to learn,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This partnership will strengthen early literacy instruction for students across the state of Georgia.”

Read more: https://madmimi.com/s/d2ebe71

11/13/2023

GaDOE's 2024 legislative priorities include:
• Support early literacy by adding funding for Science of Reading-based coaching and professional learning.
• Expand the “Return to Work” opportunity to include retired teachers with reading endorsements or dyslexia endorsements as a statewide high-need subject area.
• Increase funding for therapeutic services and supports for students with disabilities.
• Strengthen the viability of completion special schools that put at-risk students on a path to graduation and success.
• Place a paraprofessional in all kindergarten through second-grade classrooms.

Read more: https://madmimi.com/p/2ec4d71

11/10/2023

The Georgia Department of Education extends our sincerest appreciation to veterans for your service to our country. We are indebted to you and your family for all you have sacrificed to protect our freedoms.

Take a moment to thank a veteran today and every day.

11/06/2023

The Georgia Department of Education is announcing its 2024 legislative priorities, which will guide State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ conversations with lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, along with the agency’s work during the session and beyond.

“The best way to invest in Georgia’s future is investing in our students, families, and educators,” Superintendent Woods said.

Read the full press release at https://madmimi.com/p/2ec4d71.

11/04/2023

Daylight saving time will end on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m. local time, so don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. 🌞⌚️⏰🛏

Photos from Georgia Department of Education's post 11/03/2023

Superintendent Woods recently visited Grady County Schools to recognize Whigham Elementary as a Literacy Leader for outstanding growth.

Superintendent Woods presented the school with a Literacy Leader banner and gave fourth graders U.S. Constitution booklets with help from Georgia State Representative Joe Campbell. One of his favorite parts of the job is talking with students, so after the presentation, Superintendent Woods asked the students if they had any questions for him. Students asked what inspired him to do the job, what his job is like, and many other great questions.

Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students’ ability to read proficiently by third grade, we're recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase in that percentage from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 are being recognized for outstanding growth.

See photos from the visit at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB1GuQ.

Photos from Georgia Department of Education's post 11/03/2023

Superintendent Woods recently visited Grady County Schools to recognize Shiver Elementary as a Literacy Leader for outstanding growth.

After the banner presentation, Superintendent Woods presented the fourth graders with U.S. Constitution booklets and answered their questions about what it is like being Georgia’s State School Superintendent. Students asked great questions, including why he wanted to be State School Superintendent, if his job was hard, and how many other schools has he visited.

Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students’ ability to read proficiently by third grade, we're recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase in that percentage from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 are being recognized for outstanding growth.

See photos from the visit at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB1JeN.

11/03/2023

Governor Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods today announced the winners of the fourth annual Georgia Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award, which honors those who provide exemplary service in public education.

Congratulations, Bruce Ballard, Construction and Facilities Director for the Griffin-Spalding County School System, and Gina Whitaker, the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Baldwin County School District!

More: https://madmimi.com/s/c63dc71

11/02/2023

Op-Ed from State School Superintendent Richard Woods and 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year Christy Todd available at https://madmimi.com/p/3b2bc71.

Photos from Georgia Department of Education's post 10/30/2023

Superintendent Woods recently visited Marietta City Schools to recognize the following schools' status as Literacy Leaders: A.L. Burruss Elementary School, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, and West Side Elementary School.

Superintendent Woods received a tour of A. K. Burress Elementary School, where he saw students learning about vowel sounds. He also distributed Constitution books to fourth graders at an assembly.

Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students' ability to read proficiently by third grade, we're recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase in that percentage from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 are being recognized for outstanding growth.

See photos from the visit here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB151h.

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