March Monthly Update

Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge
Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge is a new Innovation Fund grant opportunity for eligible K-12 public school teachers in Georgia, as well as Innovation Fund Grantees and Innovation in Teaching Competition winners. Selected participants will have the opportunity to pitch an idea for a small-scale teacher and leader development program to a panel of education sharks and win a $10,000 tiny grant. 

At the 2016 Innovation Fund Summit and Technical Assistance Day on June 2, 2016, up to four selected participants will have five to ten minutes each to pitch their ideas to a panel of education sharks (including GOSA staff and other education experts), who will ask questions about each pitch.  Once each presenter has pitched his/her idea, GOSA will award one to four tiny grant(s) to the winning pitch(es) at the event.

The deadline to submit your proposal for the challenge is March 25, 2016.

For more information regarding the Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge, click here.

For general information regarding the Innovation Fund, click here.
Innovation in Teaching Spotlight
Bynikini Frazier
Bringing Vocabulary to Life: Using our Words to Help Homeless Children
Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary School
Savannah Chatham County Public Schools

The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and rewards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement.  Under Bynikini Frazier’s instruction, first grade students embody vocabulary words and practice literacy skills by completing a service learning project.  

To view a video of the unit, as well as access the unit plan and supplementary materials,
click here.

Grant Opportunities:

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

Shark Tank: Innovation Fund Challenge
GOSA Adds District-Level Information to the High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard

GOSA added district-level information to the High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard, originally published in January. This dashboard shows what public high school graduates do after graduation, providing actionable information for parents and educators to strengthen high school and post-secondary collaboration. 

For each graduating class from 2007 to 2014, this interactive dashboard shows:
  • The number of graduates;
  • Where students enrolled in college/universities;
  • The percentage of students working in Georgia;
  • The top in-state and out-of-state colleges/universities by enrollment;
  • The percentage of students who complete a degree or certificate;
  • The highest degree earned after five years; and
  • The percentage of students requiring remediation at Georgia public colleges in English and math.
To view the dashboard, click here.

Click here for more information regarding the dashboard.

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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