Dr. Grant Rivera and Dr. Noris Price represent the GSSA and are applying the Get Georgia Reading framework in their role as superintendent while also helping the Campaign reach other leaders and communities. Find out more about their commitment to Get Georgia Reading.

“I am motivated by the simple glimpse of watching the lightbulb that comes on in a child’s mind as they realize the power of reading. It is that moment when our children become empowered to reach new levels as they transition from learning to read toward reading to learn. I am honored to be a part of the great work of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign because it is an opportunity for me to encourage and promote literacy not only for students in my district, but also for students statewide.”

Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent of Marietta City Schools

A critical priority for Marietta City Schools is to foster early learning with a focus on literacy, beginning with pre-K instruction and continuing throughout students’ years of enrollment with the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center, a program that addresses the non-academic needs of high-school students so they can focus on learning and, specifically, reading.

The district has invested in an Early Learning initiative that is focused on developing community relationships, offering parent trainings, partnering with instructional experts in the area of early learning, and implementing a systematic phonics instruction at K-2. The district is building a pipeline for high-quality early learning educators through its paid student-teacher internship program, offering a pathway for high-school students to prepare to become preschool teachers.

Marietta City Schools recognizes that children must have access to nutrition food and educational supports as they focus on learning to read. The district offers free breakfast as well as free and reduced lunch. The district also stocks food pantries for families at two schools and is piloting a free dinner program at Park Street Elementary.

The district bolsters the Campaign’s positive learning climate pillar through efforts to support student engagement and success. Marietta applies Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a framework to ensure children feel safe, welcome, and supported in school. The district also partners with the Marcus Autism Center in training educators in Social-Emotional Engagement-Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS), building their capacity to employ instructional practices that keep all students engaged.

“I’m incredibly excited about the work we’ve been doing, and will continue to do, as part of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign that’s helping to provide us the opportunity to improve the quality of education our students receive and thus improve the quality of the workforce our community will later inherit. Through strong community partnerships, Read Baldwin County supports the Campaign by assisting families, caretakers, and teachers of young children in providing optimal learning experiences for school success and for productive and fulfilling adult lives. The focus of assisting students to read on grade level by third grade presents an exciting opportunity to change life trajectories, improve futures, and provide students with college and career options.”

Dr. Noris Price, Superintendent of Baldwin County School District

The Campaign’s four pillars serve as a framework for action in Baldwin County by focusing programs in a way that ensures they are providing the conditions necessary to support grade-level reading for all children. Last year, with the assistance of a planning grant from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the Baldwin County School District implemented the Read Baldwin County program, applying the Campaign’s four pillars using a layered approach that involves educators, community agencies, and families.

The Read Baldwin County Transition Network forms the basis of this effort, offering an open forum for early childhood educators four times a year addressing the topics of Language Nutrition, positive learning climates, public health needs, and the importance of access to critical resources and social services.

These programs are made possible by a collaboration between preschool and kindergarten educators, child care center staff, and private preschools, along with Georgia College faculty. From collaborations in this network, preschool educators and kindergarten teachers observe each other’s classrooms and discuss language programs and learning opportunities to help youth prepare for success when transitioning to grade school.

Read Baldwin County includes a reading support program in four elementary schools and three after-school programs at community centers. The program provides direct early reading support to help struggling readers in grades K-3 become proficient readers. Additionally, a weekly summer enrichment program at three community centers ensures children who face barriers in getting to the local public libraries have access to learning opportunities throughout the year.

Baldwin County’s Literacy in Neighborhood Communities (LINC) includes outreach programs developed by Georgia College and district professionals that extend the four pillars into child care and preschool programs, community centers, and families of young children. Through four interactive sessions, LINC addresses the topics of early language development, social and emotional development, positive learning climates, and access to nutrition, public health, and social services that strengthen families and early learning experiences.  

Read Baldwin County also promotes Get Georgia Reading’s common agenda in middle Georgia and the state through membership in several regional and state organizations focused on literacy as well as work on several grants including a Striving Readers Grant and a Birth-to-8 GOSA Grant.

To learn more about GSSA, visit their website.