Servant Leadership: Georgia Department Of Education Offers Support To Districts In Hurricane Michael Aftermath
The Georgia Department of Education is offering training to assist schools, districts, and communities coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center), training will be provided to address the needs of schools in counties recovering from Hurricane Michael, at no cost to the state or schools. Over the course of two days, REMS TA Center will also provide training to a team of school district staff members and mental health professionals from around the state along with staff from GaDOE and other state agencies.
“We are committed to serving our schools and districts in times of need,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We know that crises and natural disasters have a lasting effect on students, educators, parents and the community. This training will allow us to provide immediate support to our neighbors in South Georgia dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Michael, and to develop a team that can respond to future crises.”
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It was an honor to be present as Governor Kemp signed his first bill today. SB 25 will help to ensure safety as our students load and unload the school bus.
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State School Superintendent Richard Woods supports Representative Woodall's push to provide $30 million to shore up civics education
A federal bill supported by 7th District Rep. Rob Woodall could lead to $30 million in funding to be used for civics education in schools across the country.Woodall recently cosponsored the Civil Learning Act of 2019, HR 849, which was sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat representing Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Woodall said the bipartisan bill would strengthen civics education efforts at the local level and would not be a top-down mandate from the federal government.
“The pilot project aspect of this is really important,” Woodall said. “So often, what divides Republicans and Democrats is writing that giant check and putting a federal mandate out there that you have to run your local school system this way. I reject that model, so this program is entirely optional, voluntary, participatory, designed to find those people that want to succeed in this area and helping them with the money to succeed.”
Georgia State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods, a former social studies teacher, said he supported efforts to “increase awareness of civics to our young people” and liked the flexibility of the proposal.
“I think it allows us to better address needs,” Woods said. “Not being a one-size-fits-all. We have roughly 180 school districts and 2,300 schools. The needs look different going from school to school and district to district, so I think having that flexibility is very welcome, but it also builds upon our civic engagement diploma seal for our high school students as well and really allows us to address some issues at the lower elementary level, as well.”
Read more: https://www.forsythnews.com/local/local-government/with-those-rights-come-lots-of-responsibilities-woodall-cosponsors-bill-to-provide-30-million-for-nationwide-civics-education/
Expanding Opportunities: Parlez-vous Français? Georgia Says 'Oui,' Leads Southeast In World Language Education
In the Southeast, however, Georgia leads the region with 22 percent of students studying another language in school. That's according to the American Councils for International Education.
Patrick Wallace, program specialist for World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education, joined "On Second Thought" to explain how Georgia became No. 1 in language education – and why it matters.
Listen to the recording: https://www.gpbnews.org/post/parlez-vous-fran-ais-georgia-says-oui-leads-southeast-world-language-education
The Brunswick News | Once a year, leaders of gifted education programs in school districts across the state retreat to the Golden Isles for a unique two-day training event, at which they’re able to discuss ways to continue advocating for the students they serve.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods met with the more than 100 gifted education coordinators and discussed how the state Department of Education is working to support gifted programs.
Woods said his department focuses on the “whole child,” meaning attention is paid not only to the tests that need to be administered and the lessons to be taught, but also to the wrap-around services that students of all performance levels and backgrounds need to succeed.
For gifted students, who are the group that performs at the highest levels in schools, teachers must provide high-quality education that meet the group’s specific needs, Woods said.
“So we’re doing things such as STEM and STEAM education. We’re investing in that,” he said. “Those are wonderful opportunities that can support you in the classroom. As we’re looking at the whole child, again, it’s ensuring balanced education, and a strong gifted program is the key to that.”
These programs face ongoing challenges, though. Rural school districts struggle with resource availability, and statewide equality in gifted opportunities is difficult to achieve.
“The metro area, they have a lot of great resources up there,” Woods said. “… And we’re just trying to look at how can we look at quality across the state and provide all of our kids those opportunities.”
The state education department has been able to use federal funds to offer free online gifted endorsements, he said.
“Last year, we were able to fund 33 of the classes and had 405 applicants,” he said. “So we know there’s a need out there. We know there’s an interest out there.”
The state department has also partnered with the College Board to offer free training to teachers in rural schools, Woods said.
Georgia has long been a leader in gifted education, he said, and the 99.33 percent graduation rate for this group of students is a testament to that long-standing quality.
Woods opened the floor up to questions, and many asked about upcoming potential legislative changes. Woods encouraged the educators to inform their state representatives of their needs.
He also urged them to promote the program heavily in their own districts.
“You’re your biggest cheerleaders,” Woods said. “Your parents are your biggest cheerleaders.”
Read more: https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/state-superintendent-speaks-at-gifted-education-conference/article_b59a23c0-77b1-5b19-a70e-c9a6044c27e8.html
The Daily Tribune News | Rep. Matthew Gambill hasn’t been a legislator for two full weeks yet, and he’s already won a state award.
The newly inaugurated state representative from District 15 had barely begun finding his way around the Capitol when he was summoned to the Georgia Department of Education down the street last Thursday for what he thought was a meeting with State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
Instead, he was going there to accept the fourth Superintendent’s Impact Award.
“I was totally surprised by the award and had no idea that Superintendent Woods was planning to recognize me,” Gambill said. “I originally thought I was going to the department to discuss education legislation. When I arrived, my wife [Danae] was there, along with several other friends and colleagues. It was such a humbling moment.”
Gambill, who was inaugurated last week as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, had previously led the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Association, where he advocated for career, technical and agricultural education programs in Georgia.
Woods called the freshman legislator “a great friend” to CTAE programs in the state.
“He understands the impact of these programs on our students’ futures and the health of our state’s workforce and can communicate their value as well as anyone I know,” Woods said in a press release. “Georgia’s CTAE program has seen great success in recent years – including an all-time high graduation rate of 96 percent for career pathway completers – and Matthew has been an integral part of that work. We will miss him as a CTAE leader but look forward to working with him as a member of the General Assembly.”
Gambill, 37, said being honored with the award as a freshman representative “really means a lot, and I will never forget the generosity of Superintendent Woods.”
Read more: http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/gambill-honored-with-superintendents-impact-award,21165
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