Governor's Office of Student Achievement

October 2013 Latest News Update


Innovation in Teaching Round Two Winners Announced

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced two winners in round two of the Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies. Deal also called for educational leaders around the state to submit nominations of innovative and effective teachers for round three of the competition.

The two winners in Round Two are listed below.

Deborah Goodman
Kindergarten
Shallowford Falls Elementary School
Cobb County Schools
 
Tara Dougherty
First Grade
Kingsley Charter School
DeKalb County Schools

Today, GOSA also posted a nomination form for round three of the competition. For this round, GOSA is calling for nominations of effective and innovative educators throughout the state. GOSA will review the nominations and follow up with select candidates for more materials, including, but not limited to: (a) a unit plan, (b) supplementary materials, and (c) a two-minute video demonstrating their presence on camera.

School administrators, instructional coaches, district staff, or GaDOE staff serving a teacher’s school can submit nominations.

Click here to nominate a teacher or learn more about the competition.

Nominations for round three are due by Nov. 21, and winners will be announced by Jan. 10.

Click here for the full press release.
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.

Innovation Fund Applied Learning Grants Increase Student Interest in STEM

During 2012-13, the Findings Group administered the Applied Learning Student Questionnaire (ALSQ) to 928 students in the 6 Innovation Fund Round 1 and 2 applied learning grantee programs. The survey found that programs produced statistically significant increases in students’ intrinsic motivation, self‐management/self‐regulation skills and intent to persist in STEM studies.  For example, before the program, less than 55% of students indicated that they derive value and see the importance in learning about STEM; now, more than 77% report that they are intrinsically motivated to tackle STEM‐related tasks and projects.  Access the full report here.

Governor and Mrs. Deal host 50th Anniversary Governor's Honors Program Gala

On Saturday, October 19, Governor and Mrs. Deal hosted a Gala at the Governor’s Mansion for over 300 guests to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a summer residential program for high-achieving high school students. Guests included GHP alumni from 1964 to present. The Gala was both a fundraiser for and celebration of the program. With sponsorship from the Georgia Lottery Corporation, Technical College System of Georgia Foundation, Board of Regents Foundation, and Georgia Student Finance Commission and ticket sales from attendees, the Gala itself raised over $50,000 that will go directly towards supporting the Governor’s Honors Program. All proceeds from the event will be used to support GHP as it begins its next 50 years.  Click here for photos and video of the Gala.

Update on the Reading Mentor Program

Forty-four schools in twenty-two school districts from around the state signed on to participate in year two of Gov. Deal's Reading Mentor Program (RMP), which is housed at GOSA.  Reading mentors provide teachers in grades K-3 with professional development focused on attaining the state’s long-term goal of all students reading on grade level by the end of third grade.  This year, GOSA provided participating schools with iPad minis for paperless administration of DIBELS, an assessment tool that measures student proficiency in reading skills foundational to reading on grade level.  MClass, the electronic administration tool being used, allows teachers to view student assessment data more quickly and progress monitor students in order to better tailor reading instruction.  GOSA also set growth targets to move the percentage of the program's students "at benchmark" on DIBELS from a baseline of 55% to 70% by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  For more information on RMP, click here.

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