On August 3, Matt Jones, GaDOE chief of staff, requested assistance from SECC in collecting feedback from Superintendent Woods’ Advisory Councils (superintendents, parents, middle school students, high school students, and teachers). In preparation for this role, Beth Howard-Brown, SECC director, and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, participated in the first Regional Feedback Session in Clayton County and recorded notes from the discussion in two of the five groups.
The first group, Superintendents Advisory Council, met on August 30, when Copeland and Catherine Jacques, AIR, facilitated the two-hour session with 20 superintendents who provided input on the five topics that their ideas are requested to assist the writing teams in crafting Georgia’s ESSA plan.
On September 11, Jacques and Tara Zuber, AIR researchers, conducted feedback sessions for 40 parents and for 40 middle grades students. On September 12, they facilitated a session for 40 high school students.
The teacher feedback session will be held on October 11. SECC also will provide individual reports of the feedback sessions and will provide a summary report from all sessions, including the eight regional sessions conducted by the Education First group.