The Georgia Vision Project began in 2009 as a collaboration between the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia School Boards Association. These groups realized an urgent need to critically examine the components of Georgia’s educational system, identifying an exciting opportunity to establish principles and offer recommendations which will transform the current system into one that is relevant for today’s children and youth. To date, The Project has grown to include over 50 partner organizations, agencies and groups.
Igniting Public Education in Georgia
The Georgia Vision Project
The Georgia Vision Project initiative strives to ensure public education in Georgia will provide all children an equitable and excellent education that prepares them for college, career, and life. Download the Executive Summary to learn more about the project’s key issues, guiding principles, promising practices, and more.
Understanding the Vision
Learn, Discuss, Act
Learn: Go to gavisionproject.org to learn more about the work of the Georgia Vision Project. Discuss: Use the Vision Project’s key issues, guiding principles, promising practices and 42 recommendations as a framework for community engagement and staff professional development. Share your successes with your community and your elected public officials. Act: Align local strategic improvement plans at district and school levels with the Vision recommendations. Develop a local Vision for Public Education that is aligned with the Georgia Vision Project framework. Use the Georgia Vision Project’s “Spark” marketing campaign toolkit to promote your successes in your schools.
The first five years of life are critical to a child’s lifelong development. Young children’s earliest experiences and environments set the stage for future development and success in school and life.
The future of education in Georgia will demand curricula, assessments, and instruction that reflect advances in technology, the exponential growth of knowledge, and the type of student that has emerged from a culture of instant gratification and constant stimulation.
Information age economics and market considerations are combining forces to generate radical rethinking and redesigning of this thing called “school”.
No matter how modern the facility, how savvy the technology, or how abundant the teaching supplies, the expertise of the teachers and leaders has the greatest impact on the quality and extent of student learning.
At each of the levels – federal, state, and local – various governing entities have the authority to enhance educational programs that schools and school districts provide, or they can create conditions that preclude the delivery of an adequate education to every child.
All organizations have a culture and a climate. A proactive approach to making them both as positive as possible will provide Georgia’s educational system the greatest opportunity to achieve a high level of organizational efficacy.
As transformational changes advanced by the Vision Project are considered for implementation, state-level policymakers will need to determine whether to incorporate them into a statewide plan for strengthening public education, and if so, to identify the cost and commit to securing the needed financial resources.