The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) today announced six award winners who will participate in the Innovation Fund Accelerator. The mission of the Accelerator is to build the capacity of traditional public schools, charter schools and districts to develop radically innovative programs that directly and successfully target the root causes of challenging and complex problems.  The Accelerator provides in-person workshops, ongoing coaching and support, and a safe space for schools and districts to dream, create and test new approaches to school.

Award winners will receive a $10,000 grant to support activities directly related to Innovation Fund Accelerator participation. Upon successful completion of the Innovation Fund Accelerator, participants can apply for an additional grant of up to $45,000 to pilot the innovative programs they developed.

Programs supported by the Innovation Fund Accelerator must align with one of the four following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, development and replication of blended and personalized learning school models, birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development, and teacher and leader development for high-need schools. 

The grant award winners and their respective programs are listed below:

Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education

7 Pillars of Mastery Career Academy
Clayton County School System
Math Model Homes to Hold Starent (student + Parent) Built Computers!

Centennial Academy
Atlanta Public Schools
Middle School Pre-College Applied STEAM Leadership & Innovation Program

Paulding County School System
Academy of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hiram High School

Utopian Academy of the Arts
State Charter School
Music MicroC.O.SM

Villa Rica Middle School
Carroll County School System
Resurrection of Villa Middle School through Stakeholder Improvement

Teacher and Leader Development

Douglas County School System
ANALYTICS: Advancing knowledge, Aptitude, and Leadership Yielding Teacher Integration of Computer Science

Read summaries of the proposals.