The Education Commission of the States produced a policy brief in March 2019 about STEAM education. The document highlights statewide efforts in Georgia and South Carolina and considers the practices that support STEAM initiatives, including school and teacher certification, student endorsements, and the implementation timeline.
An infographic accompanies the policy brief. The visual describes the four attributes of STEAM education: creative, experiential learning, inquiry-based, and interdisciplinary.
I recently came across a blog post that synthesized the evidence for social-emotional learning interventions very well.
The post narrates how research on the benefits of SEL contributed to greater interest among educators and policymakers on how to integrate SEL and academic approaches.
Studies of interest include a 2012 meta-analysis of 75 studies and a 2015 study that estimated a 11 to 1 return on investment for six different SEL interventions.
Jobs for the Future produces resources and toolkits for state policymakers and local education leaders. The national nonprofit has released several briefs related to work-based learning. Below, you will find links to three documents, each with a short description.
Work-Based Learning with Small Business (November 2018): The brief provides specific examples of how district leaders could engage the business community. The document explores the benefits of offering early postsecondary opportunities to high school students.
Work-Based Learning System Development Guide (2017): JFF produced a set of resources for districts interested in developing and implementing work-based learning strategies, including self-assessment and learning goals tools, workforce portfolios, and experiences inventory.
Not As Hard As You Think (2015): The document describes strategies for engaging high school students in work-based learning opportunities by presenting case studies from the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Go Alliance provides training and technical assistance to increase postsecondary readiness, access and success. An August 2019 webinar focuses on how to work with students and parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The presenter is an Awareness and Outreach Specialist in the Office of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education.
USED Toolkit for Counselors
The 2012 research brief from the National Endowment of the Arts analyzes data from four longitudinal databases regarding the effect of arts engagement on students' future education and labor market outcomes.
Researchers conclude that disadvantaged children and youth with high arts engagement are more likely to score better on different academic and behavioral metrics than their peers. Also, their analysis indicates that programs that engage at-risk students in the arts could narrow achievement levels between low and high-SES youth.
Senate Study Committee on the Financial Efficiency Star Rating
The 2018 Georgia General Assembly created several House and Senate Study Committees. The following includes the study committee reports related to education. Legislation during the 2019 General Assembly Session will include many of the recommendations from the committee reports.
House of Representatives Rural Development Council Final Report
House of Representatives Study Committee on School Security Final Report
Senate Study Committee on School Safety
Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia
Senate Study Committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and Use of State and Local Government Right of Way Policy Modernization
Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems
Data-based individualization (DBI) is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying
interventions for students with severe and persistent learning and behavioral needs. The process integrates
evidence-based intervention, assessment, and strategies using 5 interactive steps:
We are excited to announce that a new DLI Dashboard is available and has been linked to our Dual Language Immersion page at GaDOE. You can view the dashboard via this link.
Special thanks to our friends from Kennesaw State University for helping supply this useful tool for stakeholders wishing to locate these programs.
Good evening world language professionals,
I am working toward a more comprehensive upcoming GaDOE WL Update but wanted to share with you some of the latest developments to keep you informed.
I certainly want to wish you all a great upcoming week and much success in your classrooms and organizations.
Georgia Department of Education launches Partnership for Rural Growth, dedicating an additional $1.6 million to education in rural Georgia
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October 24, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Education is launching the Partnership for Rural Growth, an initiative to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.
"More and more Georgians are recognizing the importance of a 'rural renaissance' to the future of our state – and K-12 education must be a driver of that," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "As a longtime resident of rural Georgia, and a former South Georgia principal and teacher, I want to make sure every single student – in every part of our state – has access to opportunities that will prepare them for a successful future. Through the Partnership for Rural Growth, we're working to eliminate the resource gaps our rural schools and districts often face, and to make sure K-12 education is spurring renewal in rural Georgia."
Major components of the Partnership for Rural Growth include:
Grants to establish or expand fine arts programs
The fine arts are a critical component of a well-rounded K-12 education. GaDOE is providing $10,000 stART grants to 35 rural school districts to assist them in expanding the fine arts opportunities available to their students. In each selected district, the funding will be used specifically to create new arts education programs or expand existing programs.
STEM and STEAM coordinators in Southwest and Southeast Georgia
More than 1,150 Georgia schools have expressed interest in pursuing STEM or STEAM certification. To assist rural schools in expanding and improving their offerings for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, GaDOE is funding STEM/STEAM coordinators based in Southwest and Southeast Georgia.
Workshops to increase access to AP, Dual Enrollment, and Gifted coursework
GaDOE is partnering with the College Board to offer free workshops for eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade teachers in 14 rural districts. The two- and three-day workshops are designed to help teachers prepare their students for accelerated opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, and Gifted courses. ELA, math, science, and social studies teachers will be equipped with engaging resources for their students and meaningful feedback to show them where each student needs additional support and focus. The goal is to significantly increase the number of students in each target district who can access and complete college-level work before leaving high school.
Grants to help schools teach entrepreneurship
GaDOE is providing up to 40 $11,000 Entrepreneurship, Enterprise & Education (E3) grants to rural school districts. The grants are designed to support entrepreneurship education – lessons and curriculum that prepare students to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities after high school. The funding can be used to plan, develop, and implement lessons and curriculum; provide content-specific professional development for teachers; and purchase equipment needed to support entrepreneurship education – for example, computer software, creative supplies, and devices like 3-D printers.
A network for school improvement for school and district leaders in rural Georgia
GaDOE is establishing the Rural Education Leadership Network, which will connect school- and district-level leaders in rural school districts. Through the network, the Southern Regional Education Board will work with education leaders to identify common needs and strategies to address them, then provide training and expert assistance, at no cost to the schools or districts.
It is a core priority of the Georgia Department of Education to provide students with a well-rounded education, including opportunities like fine arts, STEM and STEAM, advanced coursework, and career tech. Through the Partnership for Rural Education and other key initiatives – including L4GA grants to support literacy learning, funding for wraparound services, FastTrack grants for career education labs, grants for computer coding courses in underserved areas, and more – the Department is working to bridge resource gaps and ensure those opportunities are available to every student, in every part of the state.
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