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School Improvement

Cindy Smith
School Improvement Specialist
Division of School Improvement

1854 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 463-3456
 (404) 657-0546

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Key Resources

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 1-4.
  • 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 training and support of graduation coaches.

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

SI Regions Map