Tag: Student Achievement

Putting College in Students’ REACH

By Benita M. Dodd In a week highlighting more disappointing actions among so-called leaders at the national and state level, in a climate where good corporate citizens are often demonized, a shining beacon was celebrated June 11 at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion: the REACH scholarship program. REACH Georgia – for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen – was launched in February 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal, who continues to champion the privately funded program. It’s a remarkable, comprehensive, needs-based scholarship program, using private funds to target young students who otherwise couldn’t dream of going to college and who may not even reach high school graduation. The program was introduced to Georgia by Dr. Howard Hinesley, current superintendent of Cartersville City Schools,… View Article

Friday Facts: May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013  It’s Friday! Tuesday is the registration deadline for the Foundation’s June 6 Leadership Breakfast, “Customize The Class,” 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of the education practice at the Clayton Christensen Institute, will share how innovation can disrupt the factory-based education system and transform learning into a student-centric approach where all students can achieve their full potential. ($25.) Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/okoy4ad; register at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Quotes of Note “The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.” – John S. Coleman, address to the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 1956 “Let’s count the flaws in the View Article

Education Reform: Chalk It Up to Technology

By Benita M. Dodd It’s big. In fact, “massive” is a more apt description of the change overtaking education in Georgia. Some are hanging for dear life onto the “old school” ways, but technology is dragging them, kicking and screaming, into approaches that will forever disrupt the class. In just the month of May, even as schools closed for the summer break, three “massive” announcements shook the education establishment:  Georgia Tech, one of the nation’s top research universities, announced that in the next semester its College of Computing will offer the first online Master of Science degree in computer science that can be earned completely through the “Massive Open Online Course,” or MOOC, model. The degree’s cost is expected… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 22, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050  Foundation Marks Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day July 11 In Athens with National School Choice Expert Jay Greene  Atlanta – You are invited to join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Athens Country Club for a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon keynoted by national school choice expert Jay P. Greene to celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day,   Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day is an annual celebration marking the birthday of the late Milton Friedman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and a longtime contributor to free market causes who championed school choice. Friedman’s 101st birthday would have been July 31. In… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 21, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Education Innovator Michael Horn Keynotes June 6 Foundation Event Atlanta – When is disrupting class a good idea? When you’re trying to disrupt the current factory-based education system to transform learning into a student-centric approach where all students can achieve their full potential. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of the education practice of the Clayton Christensen Institute, knows just how to do that. Horn will keynote, “Customize The Class,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The co-author of the book, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 20, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Turnaround Expert Sajan George Keynotes May 23 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – George Washington Carver said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Register by Tuesday (May 21) to hear Sajan George, one of the nation’s leading experts in unlocking that door for struggling students. George discusses, “The Future of Education,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Sajan George George is CEO and founder of Matchbook Learning, a unique blended model of school launched nationally in 2011 to initially target the bottom 5 percent of under-performing public schools and to eventually deliver blended… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 16, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Education, Education, Education: 3 Upcoming Foundation Events! Atlanta – The world is changing fast, but we seem to be standing still when it comes to educating our children. How do we personalize the learning experience? How do we enhance academic performance? Is the solution more money, more teachers or smaller class sizes? Will technology replace the teacher? The questions are numerous. To help answer them, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has scheduled a trifecta of national leaders in education innovation to keynote Foundation events over the next three months: May 23: Sajan George, Atlanta-based national education entrepreneur and turnaround expert, keynotes, “The Future of View Article
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of May 12, 2013, political columnist Jim Galloway addressed the growing controversy over the Common Core Standards. His article hinted at one possible solution to the problem, pointing out that Scott Johnson, a newly appointed member of the state school board, has asked the Georgia Public Policy Foundation “to examine Common Core this summer and separate truth from fantasy.” “I want an honest broker to look at this thing,” Johnson said. “I’d be satisfied with that.” Read more: http://tinyurl.com/cnlpu4c. View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE April 30, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Sajan George Highlights, ‘The Future of Education,’ at May 23 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – The world is changing fast, but we seem to be standing still when it comes to educating our children. How do we take advantage of the opportunities to personalize learning for every student? How do we enhance academic performance? Is the solution more money, more teachers or smaller class sizes? What role does technology play? Find out what’s wrong, what’s right and what to do with the three Rs from education entrepreneur Sajan George, founder and CEO of Matchbook Learning, at, “The Future of Education,” a Georgia… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT April 24, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Sajan George Highlights, ‘The Future of Education,’ at Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – The world is changing fast, but we seem to be standing still when it comes to educating our children. How do we take advantage of the opportunities to personalize learning for every student? How do we enhance academic performance? Is the solution more money, more teachers or smaller class sizes? What role does technology play? Find out what’s wrong, what’s right and what to do with the three Rs from education entrepreneur Sajan George, founder and CEO of Matchbook Learning, at, “The Future of Education,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership… View Article

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