Five members from Georgia participated in the Talent for Turnaround: Support for Systemic Change meeting held June 15-17 in Houston. Will Rumbaugh, director of School and District Effectiveness, GaDOE, was one of four panelists in the Initiating, Implementing, and Sustaining School Improvement Efforts at the State Level session. Also participating in the convening were School and District Effectiveness staff members, Deborah McLlendon and Lois Moran; Teacher and Leader Effectiveness staff, Karen Wylder; and Special Education staff, Susan Brozovic. During the team work sessions, the group planned to better coordinate the work of the various divisions in the SEA to more effectively support improvement and equity efforts across the state.
In addition, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and Rumbaugh participated in the Conversations with Innovators, League of Innovators discussions sponsored by the Center on Innovations in Learning in Philadelphia on June 22–23. The group heard presentations from six authors of the newly completed Handbook on Personalized Learning for States, Districts, and Schools, and were able to discuss ideas in their chapters with them. Topics included personal competencies, student voice and choice, and technologies to advance teaching and learning. This was the third convening of this group.