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Federal Programs
School Improvement

Barbara Lunsford
Associate Superintendent
1854 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 651-7277
 (404) 657-0546

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Key Resources

About School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement supports and facilitates efforts in all schools to increase student achievement by providing quality teaching; assisting schools in developing, implementing, and monitoring school improvement plans; building the capacity of local schools to support effective leadership at all levels; and providing professional learning to design and support meaningful student work. In addition, the Office of School Improvement coordinates a statewide system of support for all Georgia schools and provides resources and intensive support for schools not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Honors Programs Alternative Education Program and Magnet Schools
  • Alternative Education Program - Program designed to provide some program flexibility at the local level for students in grades 6-12 who are more likely to succeed in a nontraditional setting.
Needs Improvement Schools and Statewide System of Support
  • Provides a statewide system of support and coordinates the work of the following agencies: Georgia Department of Education, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRSs), Education Technology Centers (ETCs), the SACS/CASI Partnership, and college and university representatives to provide support for all Georgia schools through regional support and training.
  • Coordinates the monthly meetings and work of the five (5) Regional Support Teams (RSTs) across the state to plan, implement, and monitor the work of the Statewide System of Support in providing direct services to schools based on identified areas of academic need.
  • Provides a school improvement specialist in each Title I school at Needs Improvement Levels 1-11.
  • Provides training to schools in the Georgia Keys to Quality.
  • Provides mandated and voluntary GAPSS reviews to Georgia schools.
  • Coordinates support and conducts reviews of school systems in Needs Improvement status.
  • Provides graduation support to middle and high schools.
Professional Learning
  • Provides leadership, technical assistance, resources, and consultative services to the Georgia education community in order to improve student learning through organizational development and professional learning (staff development).
  • Professional Learning Unit Credits (PLUs)
  • Application and Credit Program Approval (Comprehensive Plan for PLU Credit)
Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
  • Impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effectiveness that include the following: Title II, Part A grant awards, CLASS Keys and Leader Keys evaluation systems.

SI Planning
School Improvement Plan Template 2011-2012

School Improvement Fieldbook 2011-2012

Graduation Counts Video Learning Modules
Teachers-As-Advisors Video Learning Modules

SACS CASI Partnership Memorandum
FAQs for MOA between Georgia SACS CASI and the GaDOE

Looking at Student Work from the Annenburg Institute of School Reform
What Works Clearinghouse
U.S. Ed. Non-Regulatory Guidance

School Improvement Regions Map with RESAs

ESEA Documents
  No Child Left Behind Act
  No Child Left Behind Executive Summary
  Interventions and Responsibilities
  No Child Left Behind Toolkit for Teachers
  School Restructuring Under No Child Left Behind: What Works When

Secondary Math Consortium November 2010