Governor's Office of Student Achievement

July 2015 Monthly Update

Connections for Classrooms Grant Opportunities

On July 15, 2015, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement released the Round 3 application for the Connections for Classrooms Grant Program. This round will provide approximately $8.5 million in grants to Georgia local education agencies (LEAs) to support school- and classroom-level network infrastructure. The grants will cover all or a portion of the local matching portion for LEAs that apply for federal network infrastructure funds through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) E-rate Program.

The application includes a description of network infrastructure plans, digital learning implementation, alignment with state and district technology plans, and professional learning plans. In particular, applicants must describe how the increased connectivity will enable them to implement digital learning, defined as "learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path and/or pace," to improve student outcomes. Independent reviewers will score applications based upon the rubric published in the program guidelines.

To access grant guidelines and application instructions documents, click here.

For more information on the CFC program, 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.

Employment Opportunities

Business Analyst-IT Support

Research and Evaluation Intern

Language and Literacy Specialist (East GA)

Language and Literacy Specialists (Southeast GA)

Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities

On July 10, 2015, GOSA opened the application process for  Fiscal Year 2016 Innovation Fund grant opportunities. The Innovation Fund supports local education agencies (LEAs) in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia.  The fiscal year 2016 budget included state funding to provide new grant opportunities.  The funding priorities for these grants include the following:
  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education,
  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models,
  • Teacher and Leader Development for High-Need Schools
Grant applications are due on September 3, 2015, and awards will be announced on October 5, 2015.

Click here to learn more about these funding opportunities.

2015 Governor’s Honors Program

On July 18, 2015, more than 650 rising high school juniors and seniors completed the 2015 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP).  Administered by GOSA, GHP is a four-week residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students.  During the final week of the program, students presented their academic projects and completed the final music, dance, and theatre performances.  The program concluded with a farewell concert, Prism II, performed by the GHP students in Valdosta State University’s Whitehead Auditorium.

Click here to learn more about GHP.

Profiles of Innovation Fund Grantees

On July 28, 2015, GOSA released a report on promising practices from five round one and round two Innovation Fund grantees:
  1. KIPP Teachers Fellow Program
  2. UGA/GAEL Early Career Principal Residency Program
  3. Morehouse College Student Applied Learning, New Teacher Induction and Staff Leadership Program
  4. Gwinnett STEM Targeted Educational Program (STEP) Academy, and (5) Tift County Mechatronics Partnership.
Though it is too early to assess the long-term effects of these programs, we hope that these profiles can serve as a framework for other Local Education Agencies looking to implement, expand, or replicate innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

To read the full report, click here.

To learn more about the Innovation Fund, click here.
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