Martha Venn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Jennifer Rutledge, Associate Vice Chancellor for Healthcare and Policy

The University System of Georgia (USG) shares and promotes the Campaign’s four-pillar framework with the 28 public colleges and universities in its network while also reaching out to colleagues in the state’s independent colleges and universities. All of these institutions advance efforts to promote literacy and ensure that graduates have the evidence-informed skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to meet the literacy needs of each child in a developmentally appropriate manner.

USG is closely aligned with the Campaign’s teacher preparation and effectiveness pillar, working to make sure that Georgia’s future educators know how to support children in building literacy and numeracy skills from birth through third grade—and beyond.

Serving on the Cabinet enables USG to align its efforts with those of the Technical College System of Georgia, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Department of Education, and others who are seeking to build the capacity of our state’s educators.

In preparing the educators of tomorrow, USG lifts up the importance of Language Nutrition and the impact it can have on brain development in the early years, as well as engagement and social-emotional development throughout a child’s educational career, from birth through high-school graduation. This student engagement contributes to positive learning climates where students build strong relationships with peers and teachers.

To learn more about USG, visit their website.