DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County school had a special visitor from the state on Friday. State Superintendent Richard Woods stopped by Morningside Elementary School. He spoke to WALB about the upcoming state testing.
It was a surprise visit.
Woods was in the area and wanted to stop by one of the first schools he attended as a student.
"It's kind of a nice walk down memory lane to come in," said Woods.
As Woods walked into Morningside Elementary, stories of his own education flooded his memory.
"It's very heartwarming to come back," said Woods as he looked around. "It makes me appreciate the education I did receive."
As Woods recalled his experiences in public education, he looked into the future, speaking about changes he's hoping to make, starting with the relationship he has with school system leaders.
"Our job primarily is to support the schools here," said Woods. "They know what their kids need. We cannot micromanage from Atlanta, and I think we have to realize that and make the necessary adjustments."
Read more: http://www.walb.com/story/35213847/ga-state-superintendent-visits-albany-talks-state-testing
"Our job primarily is to support the schools here .They know what their kids need. We cannot micromanage from Atlanta..."
-- Richard Woods, Georgia's School Superintendent
Schools across Georgia responded to Superintendent Woods's request to purple up to recognize children of military families.
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WABE | Georgia now has its first STEAM school, and it's right here in metro Atlanta, at Henderson Mill Elementary in DeKalb County.
The school meets science, technology, engineering and math requirements for STEM certification and is the first school to officially add the arts to that mix.
STEAM certification is just one way state Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods has been trying to expose more students to classes like choir and theater. Last month he won an award from the National Art Education Association.
Woods spoke with WABE's Amy Kiley about his work.
One-hundred and eighty-three graduating seniors from schools across Georgia have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars, the Georgia Department of Education announced today.
Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to each of our 2017 Georgia Scholars,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “These students have exemplary academic performance but they’ve also gained soft skills by taking on leadership roles within their schools and communities. I am confident we will hear great things about their accomplishments in the near future.”
Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
View Georgia Scholars List
Henderson Mill Elementary is the first Georgia school to earn STEAM certification (view here) with Drew Charter School earning the state's second STEAM certification (see below) within the same week.
“Our new STEAM certification is all about recognizing schools that are doing an exemplary job integrating the fine arts with STEM subjects."
-- Richard Woods, Georgia's School Superintendent
WSAV | The 2016 Georgia and Savannah Chatham Co. Teacher of the Year took a flight of a lifetime with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Wednesday. You can see them this weekend at the Wings Over Golden Isles air show.
“Every school that made the necessary improvements to exit Priority or Focus School status deserves to be commended,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The ongoing work of these schools, coupled with supports from GaDOE staff and RESAs, continues to move the needle and prove that underperforming schools can improve, even when they face difficult odds.”
As part of Georgia’s ESEA waiver, which granted flexibility from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, the GaDOE was required to identify Priority and Focus Schools. Priority Schools represent the lowest-performing 5% of Title I schools based on achievement data, plus schools with a graduation rate below 60% for two consecutive years. Focus Schools represent the lowest-performing 10% of Title I schools based on achievement gap data. That data examines the gap between a school’s lowest performing 25% of students and the state average, and the extent to which that gap is closing.
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Good News: Six school districts in Georgia have been recognized as one of the best for music education
AP | Six school districts in Georgia have been recognized as one of the best for music education.Three metro Atlanta school districts in Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett county were among the districts given recognition from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/2o24x6V) reported. Baldwin, Clarke and Putnam school districts also won the distinction.
Eastside Elementary School in Douglasville also received a SupportMusic Merit Award for its exemplary music education program.
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Georgia's School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 24 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio