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 Curriculum, Instruction, and School Climate

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Division of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Climate supports evidence-based instructional practices and strategies for differentiated, innovative, and effective teaching and learning based on the State-adopted standards in support of a balanced curriculum for the whole child​.  

Georgia Standards of Excellence

Georgia K-12 teachers in collaboration with post-secondary educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and educational agencies and organizations work to develop challenging and relevant standards. Georgia standards are reviewed on a regular cycle to stay current with our ever-changing, fast-paced, and technological society. All content area standards, along with sample instructional resources​, are available on GeorgiaStandards.Org.

School Climate​

We recognize that students learn best in schools with positive climates, where they feel socially​, emotionally and physically safe. In schools with positive school climates people are engaged and respected. Simply put, if a child is not physically and mentally in attendance, learning cannot take place. To learn more about the importance of school climate and evidence-based solutions (e.g. PBIS​) to improve climate please visit: School Climate.​​​


    Instru​ctional Resour​ces for Families and Teachers​

    In response to COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Education partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting to launch the Georgia Home ClassroomGeorgia families and teachers can access K-12 resources aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence with ​400,000 views since April 2020: ​
    GaDOE Curriculum, Instruction, and School Climate division also provides many other free instructional resources aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).  These resources were selected by ​GaDOE content area specialists, to be used by Georgia teachers. Please visit: The Essential Toolkit

    Integrated Instructional Supports for All Students

    We have ​​​​​​Integrated Instructional Supports for All Students.  These resources were developed by Curriculum and Instruction Content Integration Specialists (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies).  They work with ​our Special Education Services and Supports Division to inform and coordinate efforts to educate the whole child​. ​

    Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards Process

    First Year Curriculum Supervisors Resources

    • New Curriculum Leaders Webinars
    • Starting in 2020, the GaDOE Fall Curriculum Leaders' Conference merged with GACIS Fall Conference in a virtual setting and was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic. For resources from the 2019 Fall conference please see: 2019 - Numeracy and The Whole Child

    GACIS/GaDOE Webinar Series for Curriculum Supervisors

    GACIS/GaDOE Series: Addressing Learning Loss​​​​​​

    ​Part I Recording: Caitlin Dooley, Ph.D. ​​

    Part II Recording: Deirdre Smith, Katie Landes

    Part III Recording: Brandi Simo​nsen, Ph.D. ​​​

    Part IV Recording: Steve Goodman, Ph.D. 

    Part V Recording: Tara Noe, Ed.S.​

    Part VI Recording: Terrence Wilson, J.D. 

    ​Part VII Recording: Pam Walker

    Part VIII Recording: Carolyn Sykora; Octavia Abell 

    Part IX 12/8/21, 10a: Lauren Gordon, LPC, CPCS, RDT 

    • ​​​​​​Building Resilien​​​ce in School Aged Youth​​

    Webinar Archives​

    Offici​al List of State-funded Courses

    2021 - 2022 S​chool Year

    ​Supplemental Information

    ​Academic Pathways

    Other Programs and Initiatives
    Frequently Requested Information

    Teacher Certification

    Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission regarding certification at (800) 869-7775 or email:  

    Home Schools and Curriculum

    The agency does not endorse or provide a curriculum for home study programs. Visit GaDOE Home School or email​

    Georgia Transfer Articulation Cooperative Services (GaTRACS)

    A partnership of Georgia’s educational organizations whose mission is to make course transfer information available to all Georgia citizens through a web portal.

     Contact Information

    Justin D. Hill, Ed.S.
    Associate Superintendent​
    (404) 567-0728

    Jan Walker
    Business Support Analyst
    (470) 231-3274 


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    Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement 

    The Georgia Department of Education’s strategic plan emphasizes transforming the agency into one that provides meaningful support to schools and districts.  The agency has developed a common, continous improvement framework to ensure that these efforts are aligned across all agency divisions, departments, and programs.