Governor's Office of Student Achievement

November Monthly Update

2015-2016 Innovation in Teaching Competition 

On November 19th, 2015 Governor Nathan Deal announced five winners in the 2015-2016 Innovation in Teaching Competition.  The competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative instructional strategies, is available through Georgia’s
 Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program. This year’s competition rewarded teachers who focused on one of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education, blended learning, innovative practices to close the achievement gap, and language and literacy.

Each winning teacher will receive a $3,000 stipend, and each teacher’s school will receive a $4,000 grant to support implementation of innovative instructional strategies. In addition, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film the winning educators teaching in their classrooms during the winter and spring of 2016, as well as interview them about how they prepared the featured units. The videos, along with the educators’ unit plan and supplementary materials, will be made available to other educators, parents, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders on and iTunesU.

The five winners, along with the grade level and subject area(s) of each winning unit, are listed below.
Farhat Ahmad
Ninth-Tenth Grades, World, Multicultural and American Literature
McClarin Success Academy
Fulton County Schools
Courtney Bryant
Second Grade, Engineering
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Atlanta Public Schools
Danielle LeePow
Fifth Grade, Science
KIPP South Fulton Academy
Fulton County Schools
Stuart Ogburn
Fourth Grade, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
Norton Park Elementary School
Cobb County School District
Tom White
Ninth-12th Grades, Audio Video Technology and Film
Rockdale Career Academy
Rockdale County Public Schools

Click here to view a full list of the current and previous winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition.
Click here to view videos and unit plans from former Innovation in Teaching Competition winners.
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.
YouScience Georgia Pilot Program

The State of Georgia has partnered with YouScience to provide 20,000 YouScience Profile licenses to Georgia 10th graders. The YouScience Profile engages students through a series of online exercises to help students identify their natural abilities (what they do well), refine their specific interests (what they love to do), and discover career opportunities (what the job market needs). The detailed personal feedback results in a YouScience Profile that makes it easy for students to have meaningful dialogue with counselors, advisors, and parents. Currently, 55 high schools across the state are participating. For more information on the YouScience Georgia Pilot Program, please contact Scott Bursmith
To access the YouScience website, click here.

Click here for a list of participating schools.

Southwest GA STEM Grant

On October 30, 2015, Gov. Nathan Deal and GOSA announced an Innovation Fund Grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. Funds from the grant partnership were made available to schools in the Southwest Georgia, Coastal Plains, and Chattahoochee-Flint RESA districts for the 2016-17 school year.
PLTW’s programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science engage students in hands-on learning, encouraging them to apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines to address real-world challenges and scenarios. PLTW also provides teachers with extensive professional development which gives them the support and resources they need to engage and inspire students.

For more information on PLTW, click here.
For more information from GOSA on the PLTW grant, click here.

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