The Innovation in K-8 Mathematics and/or K-12 Computer Science/Coding Professional Learning Grants are designed to support the development and implementation of engaging, technology-enabled learning experiences that lead to an increase in student achievement and success in mathematics, Computer Science, and coding. These grants are focused on improving instruction in the areas of mathematics and Computer Science/coding through targeted, intentional professional learning and will increase the availability of high-quality mathematics instruction and Computer Science/coding opportunities for students. These professional learning grants will also focus on innovative ways to increase the number and quality of application-based models that incorporate skills in coding and programming into mathematics and science classrooms or which foster application-based, authentic learning opportunities for students.
The Georgia Innovation Fund is committed to dramatically advancing student academic achievement throughout Georgia. It began as a $19.4 million fund under Georgia’s Race to the Top plan. During Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund provided 23 grants to programs focused on providing applied learning opportunities, creating teacher and leader induction programs, growing the teacher and leader pipeline, or developing or expanding charter schools.
To continue the Innovation Fund’s Work beyond Race to the Top, Governor Deal has appropriated state funding in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. With this funding, GOSA administers grants to organizations focused on planning, implementing or scaling programs aligned with the Innovation Fund’s priority areas.
The Innovation in Teaching Competition began as part of Georgia’s Race to the Top plan to create and support highly-effective teachers. The competition has two main goals. First, to recognize and reward educators from across our state who are using innovative strategies in teaching the CCGPS. And second, to make videos of the winning teachers, along with their unit plans and supplementary materials, available to all Georgia educators.
Connections for Classrooms is a grant program joining multiple state agencies around the common goal of ensuring Georgia schools and classrooms have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. It is investing more than $65 million in state funds to build out network infrastructure in Georgia districts and state charter schools.
The Georgia Rural AP STEM Initiative is the result of a partnership between GOSA and College Board that is designed to create a vertical pathway to success in AP STEM courses in high-need, rural districts throughout Georgia. The program’s goal is to strengthen the teaching of three AP STEM courses – AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Statistics – in order to (a) build enrollment and (b) increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying (3 or higher) scores on these three AP exams. This grant opportunity will support pre-AP and AP teacher professional learning for AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Statistics. Grant funds will provide personalized teacher development and support in developing rigorous Pre-AP and AP courses.