Superintendent Woods met with his Teacher Advisory Council -- made up of over 90 teachers representing areas across grade levels, content, and regions throughout the state.
Photo credit: Traci McBride
Superintendent Woods and DOE staff have partnered with CBS 46 and nonprofits to collect and donate over 500,000 books over the course of the past two years.
These books will be delivered to schools, media centers, and family-focused charities across the state.
Over 140 Education, Business, Policy, and Community Leaders Convene
The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education co-hosted a Solutions Summit to address the challenges faced by chronically underperforming schools on Friday, May 5.
The summit brought together stakeholders from all invested groups – members of the education, business, policymakers and faith communities, as well as families – to have candid conversations about the issues these schools face and develop a shared framework for improvement.
“There is no simple, one-step solution for every school that’s struggling to improve student achievement,” Superintendent Woods said. “We must look at a holistic approach to educating students in underperforming schools, and that must include the communities. More than identifying just the problems, we must develop real actionable solutions that engage stakeholders around the common challenges facing these schools.”
Dr. Steve Dolinger, president of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, reinforced Woods’ comments. “The summit presents a unique opportunity to do more than talk about problems many of our schools face. We must move past talking to action,” he stressed. “Key education, business, community and government leaders will have the chance to leverage their collective will to make a collective impact.”
The summit will include an overview of efforts to support chronically underperforming schools, along with panel discussions on the opportunities and challenges facing districts, communities, and state agencies as they work to provide that support. There will be comprehensive data available for chronically underperforming schools, allowing attendees to examine and discuss student achievement, school climate, demographics, turnover rates, discipline rates, attendance, and other related community data.
These discussions will be followed by a time of candid conversations and brainstorming, and an opportunity for attendees to commit to an action framework to support underperforming schools.
The summit will be co-chaired by Dr. Mary Sue Murray, a retired State Board of Education member with more than 30 years of education experience, and Stephanie Johnson, principal of Maynard Jackson High School and a 2017 National Principal of the Year finalist.
I applaud Secretary Perdue’s leadership in making common sense changes to the nation’s school lunch policy.
Georgia’s cafeteria and school food service workers are deeply dedicated to providing our children with tasty and nutritious meals, yet their flexibility to meet that mission was held back by federal overreach.
The changes announced today address the concerns that I have been raising for years by empowering schools and communities to make decisions that best serve their students.
April 26, 2017 – Today, State School Superintendent Richard Woods launched his re-election campaign. Superintendent Woods has delivered real results for Georgians and has brought proven leadership to the position.
He has led the charge for child-focused and classroom-centered policies that support our children and strengthen our state. Superintendent Woods also has the educational and business experience needed to continue leading Georgia’s schools.
Together, we’ve accomplished so much for Georgia’s children. There’s more work to be done to ensure that strong class-focused and classroom-centered policies are supported across the state. I’m running for a second term for State School Superintendent so that I can continue being that voice and fighting for us!
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.
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