Governor's Office of Student Achievement

October Monthly Update

FY 2016 Innovation Fund Grant Award Winners Announced

On October 5, Gov. Deal announced 12 Innovation Fund award winners for fiscal year 2016. The Innovation Fund invests in public education entities that aggressively develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and tackle our state’s most significant challenges in education. The winners for fiscal year 2016 are:

Planning Grants
Baldwin County Board of Education
Read Baldwin County

Decatur County Schools
Building Personalized Learning Communities in Decatur County

Forsyth County Schools
Let’s Get Personal: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Rome City Schools – Elm Street Elementary
STEM in 3D – Dream, Design, DO!

Rome City Schools – North Heights Elementary
Growing Up Green

Whitfield County Schools
Beyond the Classroom

Implementation Grants
Carroll County Schools
Step into STEM

Charles R. Drew Charter School
21st Century Literacy in the Making
Lowndes County Schools
BLAST – Boosting Learning Through Authentic STEM Teaching
Morgan County Charter School System
STEAM N-RG (Network-Resources for Georgia)

Scaling Grants
Atlanta Public Schools
Read Right from the Start

Bibb County Schools – Westside High School
Westside Flexible High School and Modular Scheduling for Personalized Learning

For more information regarding Georgia’s Innovation Fund click here.
For more information regarding FY 2016 Innovation Fund winners 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.

Grant Opportunities:

Innovation in K-8 Mathematics and/or K-12 Computer Science/Coding Professional Learning Grants

E-bulletin: Measures of Student Poverty

Measuring the impact of poverty or low-income status on educational outcomes is vital for the creation and evaluation of education policy. Historically, student eligibility for free/reduced-price lunch (FRL) served as a proxy for individual student/family income status. However, due to the recent expansion of the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), FRL is no longer an accurate measure of student income status. This e-bulletin provides an evaluation of FRL as a measure of student poverty and discusses alternative measures of student poverty for the purpose of data analysis and policy evaluation.

To read the e-bulletin, click here.
Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs) Report
GOSA recently published its first evaluation report of the Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs).  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.
GHP Volunteer Opportunities
Individuals who are interested in volunteering for the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) may now fill out the GHP interest form to receive updates about volunteering for the GHP interview events, and employment opportunities.
GHP is a residential summer (mid-June to mid-July) 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. It is designed to provide students with the academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

To fill out the interest form, click here.
For general information regarding the Governor’s Honors Program click here.
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