Time Topic Speaker
10 AM Welcome

Cynthia Robinson Alexander, President

Savannah State University 

10:05 AM Introductions and Overview of Agenda

Scott Johnson, Chair

Georgia Council on Literacy

10:15 AM Savannah-Chatham Schools' Work on Literacy

Cherie Goldman, Literacy Effectiveness Officer

Andrea Burkiett, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

10:30 AM

2024 Georgia General Assembly Recap


  • Amy Jacobs, DECAL - Early Learning Legislation and Budgets
  • Rep. Bethany Ballard and Sen. Billy Hickman - Council and Screener Changes
  • Scott Johnson (facilitator) - Legislator Comments and Challenges for 2025
11:15 AM HB538 School System Inventory and Implementation
  • Lindee Morgan, Executive Director - Sandra Dunagan Deal Center (15 mins)
  • Amy Denty (facilitator) - System Level Implementation - Comments from Educator Council Members (30 mins)
12:00 PM Lunch Lunch provided for Council Members. There are lunch options available in the Student Union for meeting attendees.
12:15 PM State Literacy Plan - Lesson Learned from Florida (working lunch)

Paige Pullen, Chief Academic Officer

Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida

Creating the Georgia Plan - Discussion and Council Goals for 2024-2025

1:15 PM Working Group Updates
  • Educator Professional Development and K-3 Working Groups (15 mins)
  • Community Engagement Working Group - Georgia Reads Community (20 mins); Malcolm Mitchell - Share the Magic Foundation, Cayanna Good - TCSG, Irene Munn - GOSA
2:00 PM Next Steps and Adjournment  


Next Meeting - August 26, 2024, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy

Georgia College and State University

A link to the meeting will be posted at a later date.