May 2019 

Growing Readers 

Debbie Callan and Mary Jo Kemp are shown with their certificates in the first cohort of Certified Growing Readers Specialists.

Congratulations on your success
with the Growing Readers
Professional Learning! 

Pictured left:  
Debbie and Mary Jo kicked off this academic year with teachers in Growing Readers PL getting in the game! 

Teachers presenting strategies and plans during PL session.

Shining Moments from this year's work!

GOSA Congratulates First Cohort
Certified Growing Readers Specialists

CSRA RESA is pleased to announce that Debbie Callan and Mary Jo Kemp have been recognized as part of the first cohort of Certified Growing Readers Specialists. Twenty-five Growing Readers Specialists have been certified to facilitate the professional learning for Growing Readers, coach reading teachers, and mentor instructional leaders across the state.

Debbie and Mary Jo will serve an important role in the expansion of Growing Readers at several CSRA schools beginning in Fall 2019. They will share their expertise through guidance and support with K-3 teachers and leaders.

Two million dollars have been funded by the state to continue the Growing Readers literacy initiative for 2019-2021. In addition to the state funds, DOE has allocated an additional two million dollars to implement this literacy initiative with schools that have been identified by the state. Teachers will not only learn how to meet the needs of individual readers through a variety of strategies and techniques, but they will also be given a variety of resources and funds to help build a diverse classroom library to meet the needs of their readers.


A special message from Mary Louise to all and especially for the districts she served including Burke County, Emanuel County, Jefferson County, Jenkins County, Lincoln County, and Wilkes County:

On behalf of all my Hearing Impaired students, their parents, grandparents, families, and myself, thank you for helping to ensure their academic and social success. Teachers and Coaches were exemplary in providing accommodations, modifications, and caring support.
Secretaries were so welcoming and helpful with schedules, boxes, and answering any questions I had. Media Specialists were so helpful with providing quiet rooms and materials. Principals and Assistant Principals were awesome. 

A special thank you to Lois, who always had a smile for me, always had a hug for me, and always blessed me! What a blessing to see my HI students flourish and mature. God bless you.

Yours truly,
Mary Louise Rucker
Deaf Education Specialist

Statewide Education Listening Tour 
Mr. Sullivan, our Executive Director, introduced Joy Hawkins, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Student Achievement, and Matt Jones, GaDOE Chief of Staff, who visited RESA Thursday on their Statewide Education Listening Tour. 

Professional Learning Courses
  • May 23 - SLDS: Using the GSGM to Increase Your CCRPI in the Area of "Progress"
  • June 4 - Technology Camp 

             For more information and to register, please click here.

 Technology Camp
June 4th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join the adventure! Click here to register. 
Visit the Tech Camp website for more information.

Professional Learning with FIP 
Formative Instructional Practices is a blended model of professional learning for GA educators. This resource assists teachers in learning about formative instructional practices (FIP) and their use to improve teaching and student learning. 

These practices are particularly important for educators charged with meeting the needs of diverse learners.

A key expectation of FIP is that teachers develop the skills to guide students to take ownership of their own learning.

According to Georgia FIP website information, more than 140,000 courses have been completed by Georgia educators, supporting their efforts in:
• Creating and using clear learning targets and learning progressions
• Collecting and documenting accurate evidence of student learning
• Using evidence and feedback to increase learning, and

• Fostering student ownership of learning

If you are interested in FIP Resources, please contact our RESA PL department at 706-556-6225, ext. 114, Faith Hopkins or Mary Stout, Professional Learning Director.

Math and Science
Congratulations to Martinez Elementary School in Columbia County. The school recently received STEM certification. State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented their Certified STEM School banner Monday, April 29th. 

Social Studies Leaders PLC
  • To teachers interested in the Social Studies Leaders PLC for 2019-2020:  The focus for the year will be Technology in the Social Studies classroom. Please let me know your professional learning needs by filling out  this survey.


  • For more information and to follow on social media, visit my Social Studies website.
  • To receive daily updates, resources, and news important to K-12 Social Studies in our area, please follow me on: 

                 Facebook: @csrasocialstudies
                 Twitter: @teachSScsra

submitted by Crystal Parten

We are so proud to display beautiful art created by students throughout the CSRA! It brightens our hallways and brings a smile to each and every person who passes by. If your school would like to have student art work displayed in our building, please contact Faith Hopkins at faith@csraresa.org.


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