November 2016 Monthly Update

GOSA Announces Rural AP STEM Grant Program

On Nov. 17, GOSA announced a new grant program: the Georgia Rural AP STEM Initiative.  This initiative is the result of a partnership between GOSA and College Board that is designed to create a vertical pathway to success in AP STEM courses in high-need, rural districts throughout Georgia.  The program’s goal is to strengthen the teaching of three AP STEM courses – AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Statistics – in order to (a) build enrollment and (b) increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying (3 or higher) scores on these three AP exams.  This grant opportunity will support pre-AP and AP teacher professional learning for AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Statistics.  Grant funds will provide personalized teacher development and support in developing rigorous Pre-AP and AP courses.

The Georgia Rural AP STEM Initiative Grant is open to local education agencies (LEAs) or Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs) who:
  • wish to offer one of the eligible AP Courses (AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles or AP Statistics), and
  • meet the definitions of both high-need and rural as defined here, and
  • participate in a required technical assistance day prior to application submission, and
  • complete all application materials.
For more information on this initiative, click here.
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.

Georgia School Reports

High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard

Interactive Education Data Map

Downloadable Education Data Files
Innovation in Teaching Spotlight

Dr. Brian Swanagan
Floyd County College and Career Academy

Hands-On Applications of Modeling Geometry

The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and awards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement.
Dr. Brian Swanagan makes Analytic Geometry stimulating and relevant for his high school students at Floyd County College and Career Academy. Dr. Swanagan brings his unit “Hands-On Applications of Modeling Geometry” to life by providing applied learning experiences to teach how to solve systems, compare and contrast linear and quadratic equations, and make connections between triangles and circles. The unit concludes with the students using the skills they have learned to construct their own hot dog cookers.

To view a video of this lesson, as well as the unit plan and other supplementary materials, please click here.
Job Opportunities 

The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is hiring for its 2017 residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students.  GHP 2017 will be held from June 18 through July 15, 2017 at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  

GHP is hiring for the following positions.

Male Resident Assistant

Female Resident Assistant

Theatre Faculty Instructor

Theatre Design Faculty Instructor

Mathematics Faculty Instructor

Music/Piano Faculty Instructor

Music/Vocal Piano Accompanist  

Music/Percussion Faculty Instructor

Music/Jazz Faculty Instructor

Program Counselor

Science Faculty Instructor


GOSA Announces First Winner of Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program

On Nov. 18, GOSA announced the first winner of the new Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program, a competitive grant opportunity for traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts. Coleman Middle School in Gwinnett County will receive funding to implement a project in which students will use drones to explore the waste inventory of the Chattahoochee River.

Programs and projects funded by Tiny Grants must align with one of three of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, development and replication of blended learning school models, and birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development. The grants will provide eligible organizations between $1,000 and $10,000 to implement small-scale pilot programs that directly impact students.

To read more about the Tiny Grants, click here.

As the state's P-20 education agency, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to increase student achievement, school completion, and life opportunities for all Georgia students. GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and ultimately the citizens of Georgia through: 
  • Communicating meaningful education data to stakeholders;
  • Providing research support and data analysis on various education programs in Georgia to inform the Governor’s policy, budget, and legislative efforts;
  • Auditing education programs to ensure fidelity at the district and school-level to performance and accountability requirements; and
  • Identifying, supporting, and sustaining educational innovations that align with the Governor’s education priorities.

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