Professional Learning and Academic Innovations

Reading Mentors Program (RMP)

The Reading Mentors Program provides support in literacy instruction for selected K-3 schools. Language and Literacy Specialists (LLSs) are assigned to selected schools across the state for three years to serve teachers and administrators during the school year.  Through formative assessments, coaching, and professional learning, the program strives to increase teacher and leader capacity to deliver high-quality literacy instruction.


The UTeach program was established in 1997 at the University of Texas at Austin as a new and improved way to introduce undergraduate math and science majors to secondary school teaching. By offering compact degree plans, early teaching experiences, guidance by expert master teachers, and financial assistance for undergraduate students, UTeach provides a platform for raising the quantity and quality of mathematics, science, and computer science teachers in secondary schools. Through the Race to the Top grant, Georgia has UTeach programs at Columbus State University (UTeach Columbus), the University of West Georgia (UTeach West Georgia), and Kennesaw State University (OwlTeach).

Project Lead The Way's STEM Programs

GOSA manages the contract that funds K-12 schools that are located in rural RESA areas to participate in a national Project Lead The Way’s STEM programs.  These programs provide K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical sciences along with in-depth teacher professional development.   This contract allows students and educators opportunities to engage in a high-quality STEM-based curriculum.