Governor's Office of Student Achievement

November 2013 Monthly Update

Innovation in Teaching Nominations Due Dec. 5

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement's Innovation in Teaching competition is designed to highlight and reward innovative K-12 educators throughout the state. Nominate a teacher today!

What does each winner receive?
  • $2,000 stipend
  • $5,000 grant to support his/her school's implementation of Georgia's instructional standards
  • GPB will film his/her classroom to accompany resources that will be made available to all teachers in the state
What type of teacher will be selected?

Georgia teachers who are incorporating innovative applied learning strategies into their English Language Arts or mathematics instruction, and who can serve as model teachers for other educators across the state.

Who is eligible?

An ELA, reading, or mathematics K-12 teacher in a Georgia public school who meets one of the following:

  • Received a rating of "Exemplary" or in the high levels of "Proficient" through the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) in the 2012-13 school year
  • Endorsed by the school's principal if the school does not yet implement TKES
Who can nominate?
  • School administrator
  • Instructional coach
  • District staff
  • GaDOE Teacher and Leader Effectiveness staff, School Improvement staff, or Curriculum staff at the teacher’s school.
What is the process?
  • Teachers must be nominated by December 5.
  • By mid-December, GOSA will invite a select number of applicants to provide a unit plan, supplementary materials, data showing teacher effectiveness, and a two-minute video demonstating their creativity, camera presence, and classroom environment.
  • GOSA staff and the Innovation Fund Advisory Board will review applicants and announce winners by January 24.
To nominate an educator for Round Three, please fill out the nomination form.
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to increase student achievement and school completion across Georgia through meaningful, transparent, and objective analysis and communication of statewide data. In addition, GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and, ultimately, to the citizens of Georgia.

November E-Bulletin
UTeach: Increasing Georgia's Pipeline of STEM Teachers

As part of its Race to the Top (RT3) plan in 2010, Georgia set out to increase the number of effective educators teaching in hard-to-staff schools and subject areas, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  To reach this goal, the state partnered with the UTeach Institute in Austin, Texas, which already had an evidence-based program accomplishing this mission in 17 states.  In 2011, RT3 provided $1.4 million in grants to Southern Polytechnic State University, Columbus State University, and University of West Georgia to implement the UTeach program at their respective universities.  Together, these universities are well on their way to ensuring Georgia has a strong pipeline of STEM teachers ready to prepare our next generation of STEM professionals. Click here to read the full e-bulletin.

2013 NAEP Results Released

Results of the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) in 4th and 8th grade mathematics and reading show progress at the national level.  A representative sample of students in each state take the NAEP every two years.  To view Georgia’s results and how they compare to the nation, click here.

Calling all Governor's Honors Program Alumni and Stakeholders

In the coming months, GOSA plans to conduct surveys and focus groups that will help guide strategic planning for the future of the Governor's Honors Program (GHP). GOSA asks that all GHP alumni and stakeholders update their contact information in GOSA's database. 

If you are a GHP alum, please click this link to update your contact information.

If you are a GHP stakeholder, please click this link to provide your contact information.

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