Education: Floyd County Schools earns awarded $70,000 to target elementary math. Veteran GHC teacher retiring. Updates on school board meetings next week.

Education: Floyd County Schools earns awarded $70,000 to target elementary math. Veteran GHC teacher retiring. Updates on school board meetings next week.

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, along with the Innovation Fund Foundation, announces that Floyd County Schools as one of four Community Partnership Grant award winners. The competitive grant program provides funding to local education agencies/school districts, traditional public or charter schools, and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to further advance student achievement in Georgia. Jennifer White, FCS Math Specialist is receiving this grant for $69,709 over the next two years to help implement her project– Moving up in Elementary Math for FCS. This program will focus on content and pedagogy in upper elementary math classrooms. In partnership with RESA, teachers will participate in six coaching cycles. These cycles will concentrate on utilizing data-driven and teacher-directed problems of practice strategies to support effective instruction of math standards. Teachers will meet as a cohort to engage in a professional learning session each cycle, followed by in-class coaching or feedback on videoed class segments. “I am elated by the possibilities that this partnership grant affords the stakeholders of FCS,” said White. “Our teachers will work collaboratively in the area of mathematics for third, fourth, and fifth grades to investigate effective instructional strategies, apply those in the classroom, and experience coaching feedback that would not be possible without this grant! We will work hand in hand with Northwest Georgia RESA to enhance the upward trend of mathematical proficiency in our school system.”

Carla Patterson is set to retire from Georgia Highlands College after 25 years of service.  She started at GHC (then Floyd College) in 1993 as a part-time Instructor of Developmental English. She then served as Extended Learning Academic Specialist and as Director of Extended Learning where she started the Georgia Highlands Television station (then Floyd College Television) with George Pullen (former professor of history and founding member of the college), which ran programming 24/7. In 1999, she began teaching again while serving as Director of Extended Learning, and then in 2001, she assumed a full-time Instructional Technology and English position. She earned tenure track status in 2004, was awarded tenure in 2008 and attained Professor rank in 2016.  She was awarded the Wesley C. Walraven Faculty Award from GHC at the 2018 graduation. “I always said that I wish I could be a student my whole life. As I look back at my GHC career, I know I was,” he says. She plans to travel, including trips to St. Louis, Albuquerque, Cumberland Island, and football tailgating weekends at her alma mater of Jacksonville State University.

The Rome City Schools Board of Education will have a called meeting on Friday, Aug. 31, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the Board of Education Administrative Offices at 508 E. Second St., The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, as well as other items.

-Closed meeting (Georgia Open Meetings law allows elected boards to meet outside the public to discuss personnel, real estate and pending litigation).
-Public session includes: Personnel; V3 contract; roofing updates on Rome High, Middle schools; HVAC for RHS; and the REACH Georgia Program.

The Floyd County Board of Education meets Tuesday,  Sept. 4.  The caucus at 5 p.m. in Dr. Jeff Wilson’s office and the board meeting is at 6 p.m. in the board room.

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