Committing to Access to the Arts for Every Child
Shortly after coming into office, Superintendent Woods brought on a Fine Arts specialist -- the first person in twenty years to provide fine arts support to districts and classrooms across the state. For the first time, the Georgia Department of Education is also providing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) certification for schools that will reward schools who integrate fine arts into their instruction and provide high quality fine arts opportunities for their students. Partnering with organizations like the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Department of Education is providing professional learning opportunities to aid teachers in infusing arts across disciplines.
The Georgia Virtual School (GaVS), as part of the Georgia Department of Education, is updating and expanding its course offerings so that every student in the state will have access to the arts. Woods also initiated a much needed update to the twenty-year-old Visual Arts and Theatre Arts standards and created an opportunity for students to earn a Fine Arts diploma seal, signalling a high school concentration in the arts.
In recognition for his deep commitment to arts education, Superintendent Woods was awarded Distinguished Service Outside of the Profession Award by the Georgia Arts Education Association and went on to receive the national award in this area by the National Arts Education Association.
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