Innovation in Teaching Competition

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 promotes excellence in the classroom through two main goals: (a) recognizing and rewarding educators from across our state who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement, and (b) making videos of the winning teachers, along with their unit plans and supplementary materials, available on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s website. Since 2013, the Innovation in Teaching Competition has recognized 41 educators from across Georgia.

GOSA announces winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition

GOSA today announced the five winners of this year’s Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who utilize innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on one of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education, blended and personalized learning, innovative practices to close the achievement gap, and birth through age eight language and literacy. The competition is available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program. 

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

Chandra Brandel
Sixth grade, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Visual Arts
Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education
Coleman Middle School
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Tara Perryman
Fourth grade, English Language Arts and Social Studies
Blended and Personalized Learning
New Hope Elementary School
Henry County Schools
Erica Louise Richards
Third – fifth grades, Computer Science, English Language Arts, and Mathematics
Blended and Personalized Learning
The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward
Atlanta Public Schools
Angela Sisk
Second grade, Physical Science
Birth through Age Eight Language and Literacy
Kennesaw Elementary School
Cobb County School District
Beth White

Ninth – twelfth grades, Engineering, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Visual Arts
Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education
Charles R. Drew Charter School Senior Academy
Atlanta Public Schools
Read descriptions of the winning unit plans here.