“We’re excited to see that this work has gained so much collaborative support from multiple state agencies, nonprofits, and other state and community organizations. With this level of cooperative leadership and support, the state is making great strides, establishing itself as a leader in the nation, and, most importantly, securing more positive and successful futures for Georgia students. GOSA is proud to be able to contribute to this work as a Campaign partner and Governor’s agency.”

Martha Ann Todd, Executive Director

Governor Nathan Deal has made the goal of having every Georgia student reading on grade level by the end of third grade the first priority among his education goals for the state. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) supports the achievement of this goal through the projects in their agency and through their participation in and support of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign.

There is strong alignment between the Get Georgia Reading Campaign’s four-pillar common agenda and three of the Innovative Literacy programs offered by GOSA: the Reading Mentors Program, Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Growing Readers grant, and Innovation Fund grants.

The Reading Mentors Program provides on-site language and literacy specialists to assist teachers and administrators in building capacity to effectively provide best practices in reading and literacy instruction in K-3 classrooms. This work is grounded in supporting teacher effectiveness and encouraging a positive learning climate.

RESA Growing Readers focuses on providing high-quality professional learning in literacy instruction for teachers in schools with struggling populations. Two of the learning targets for the yearlong professional learning and coaching framework center on implementing successful conferencing strategies with individual students and using data to identify and execute successful intervention strategies to support literacy development.

One of the Innovation Fund’s priority areas is Birth to Age 8 Language and Literacy. GOSA utilized the Get Georgia Reading Campaign’s four pillars to write the definition of this priority area and asked applicants to explain how their proposed programs would address the pillars. GOSA currently has four Innovation Fund grantees focused on Birth to Age 8 Language and Literacy that focus on the pillars.

The agency promotes the four pillars as a framework for action across the state by embedding them into Innovative Programs work with teachers, school administrators, and district-level administrators as they serve schools to improve teacher practice and student achievement.

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