Governor's Office of Student Achievement

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement recently announced the three winners of the 2018-2019 Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for Georgia teachers who utilize innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on the blended and personalized learning and applied learning with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education priority areas. The competition is available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program.

“The winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition are model educators for teachers both in Georgia and across the country,” said Rebecca Ellis, Director of Innovation at the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. “We are excited to honor them for their continued dedication to the art of teaching and to their students’ academic achievement, as well as share their resources with educators across the state.”

Each teacher will receive a $5,000 stipend, and each teacher’s school will receive a $10,000 grant to support innovative instructional strategies. In addition, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film each winning educator highlighting and discussing effective instructional strategies, management techniques, and the winning unit. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement will make these videos, along with the unit plans and supplementary materials, available online to other educators, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders. The videos, unit plans, and supplementary materials from former winners of the competition are available on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s website.

The three winners along with the grade level(s), priority area, and subject area(s) of each winning unit are listed below.

Amy Crandall
Fifth grade, Social Studies and Computer Science
Blended & Personalized Learning
Marietta City Schools
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
Kathleen Lanman
Seventh grade, Life Science
Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education
J.C. Booth Middle School
Fayette County Public Schools
Terra McMillan
Sixth grade, Earth Science
Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education
Thomson Middle School
Houston County Schools
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