September 2016 Monthly Update

Governor's Honors Program 2017

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) 2017 will be held from June 18 through July 15, 2017 at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening.  Meals and rooms are provided by the program with the only required and expected costs to the students being travel expenses to and from the interviews, a few basic supplies for classes and dorm rooms, and spending money as desired during the program.


Click here to learn more about GHP.

Click here to view pictures of Berry College.


Click here to view pictures of GHP 2016.

Innovation in Teaching Spotlight

Amanda Cavin
How Does Weather Impact the Way We Grow Food?

Unity Grove Elementary
 
The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and awards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement. Amanda Cavin, a first grade teacher at Unity Grove Elementary, integrates English Language Arts and Mathematics to teach her students about weather and agriculture. She engages her students in the material by making real-world connections and allowing room for independent inquiry and creativity. In August 2016, Amanda was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an award honoring outstanding K-12 teachers across the nation.


To view a video of this lesson, as well as the unit plan and other supplementary materials, please click here.
 
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Early Education Empowerment Zones Biannual Report

GOSA recently published a biannual report of the Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs) covering activity from January through July 2016.  E3Zs are one of the key projects in Georgia’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RT3-ELC) grant.  The purpose of the E3Zs is to increase the availability of high-quality early learning and development options and to integrate new or expanded services into high-quality child care programs focused on children with high needs, which include children who are low-income, English learners, and children with disabilities or developmental delays. 

 
To access the full report, click here.
 
For more information on GOSA’s role in RT3-ELC evaluation, click here.

 
GOSA's New Data Audits

GOSA recently published overview information on two new data audits: the enrollment verification and the withdrawal code verification.  Beginning in fall 2015, GOSA expanded its auditing program to assist in verifying data that districts report to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for accountability and funding purposes. The new data audits focus on the accuracy of enrollment reporting and student withdrawal reporting.

Click here to learn more about GOSA’s academic audits and to view the process overviews.

Click here to read an overview of the auditing program.
Flexibility Granted to Local School Districts

GOSA recently published a list of waivers from state law and State Board of Education (SBOE) rules granted to each Strategic Waiver School System (SWSS).  SWSS performance contracts, formerly referred as IE2 contracts, provide local school districts with greater governance flexibility as a means to increasing student achievement. Local Boards of Education (LBOE) can enter into multi-year contracts with the SBOE based on strategic plans developed in partnership with Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and GOSA.  Currently, 136 districts are SWSS districts.

To access the list of waivers granted to each district, click here.

For a list of contract approval dates, click here.

To learn more about SWSS, click here.




 
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