Georgia's Innovation Fund: Profiles of Innovation Fund Grantees

July 28, 2015

During Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund provided 23 grants—across three rounds—to programs focused on providing K-12 applied learning opportunities, creating teacher and leader induction programs, growing the teacher and leader pipeline, or developing or expanding STEM-focused charter schools. Highlighted are promising practices that emerged from five round one and round two grantees: (1) KIPP Teachers Fellow Program, (2) UGA/GAEL Early Career Principal Residency Program, (3) Morehouse College Student Applied Learning, New Teacher Induction and Staff Leadership Program, (4) Gwinnett STEM Targeted Educational Program (STEP) Academy, and (5) Tift County Mechatronics Partnership. Though it is too early to assess the long-term effects of these programs, we hope that these profiles can serve as a framework for other Local Education Agencies (LEAs) looking to implement, expand, or replicate innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

In August 2010, the United States Department of Education awarded a $400 million grant to Georgia to implement its Race to the Top reform plan. As part of the reform plan, the state created the Innovation Fund, a $19.4 million competitive grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). The Innovation Fund strives to dramatically advance student achievement by investing in public education entities that aggressively develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and to tackle our state’s most significant challenges in education.

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