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 Teaching and Learning


  • Aligning Literacy State Policies and Practices: Connecting the Georgia Literacy Act (H​B538), Georgia's K-12 English Language Arts Standards, Georgia's Early Intervention Program (EIP) and Georgia's Dyslexia Efforts (SB 48): Aligning Literacy State Policies and Practices – Updated Guidance
  • LEXILE CERTIFICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE AT NO COST FOR GEORGIA EDUCATORS: The Georgia Department of Education is offering a high-quality professional development opportunity to educators for the 2023-24 school year. Georgia educators now have access to MetaMetrics’ Lexile Educator Academy at no cost. This consists of a 10- hour, self-paced professional development course that provides a blueprint for matching students with leveled resources and individualizing student goals. For additional information, check out t​his Flyer and Video. Click here to access registration for GA Educators. This training is provided to support strategic literacy work but is not intended to meet the professional learning requirements of HB 538.
  • GaConnects​ provides access to GaDOE learning resources, standards, data, GaDOE Community and professional learning opportunities for all content areas. 
  • Listen to the latest Classroom Conversations podcast

Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction 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.

Innovative Programs and Research

Innovative Programs and Research (IPR) provides the analysis, research, and tools to facilitate informed decision-making at the Georgia Department of​ Education. IPR’s work supports the GaDOE’s dedication to the provision of high quality service and support to ultimately ensure that students in Georgia’s public schools graduate ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead. 

Educator Support and Development​

Educator Support and Development impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effective​ness that include the following: Title II, Part A grant awards; te​acher and leader effectiveness systems; and professional learning.​

The goal of the division is to promote and support teacher and leader effectiveness to improve student learning in every classroom in the state. 

  • Manages effective use o​f Title II, Part A funds at the state and local level.
  • Promotes effective use of professional development funds and activities to support school improvement.
  • Maintains current data to Ensure Equitable Access to Effective Educators.​​
  • ​Supports the Teacher Keys Ef​fectiv​eness System and Leader Keys Effectiveness System – Georgia’s teacher and leader evaluation and professional development processes.​

​​Ann​ual Report​


 Contact Information

April P. Aldridge, Ed.D. 
Deputy Superintendent ​

Laura Peace, Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (470) 510-7251
Teaching and Lear​ning Staff

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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, continuous improvement framework to ensure that these efforts are aligned across all agency divisions, departments, and programs. The Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement framework focuses on the systems and structures (the “what”) that must be in place for sustained improvement in student outcomes. It also utilizes a problem-solving model (the “how”) to provide a clear process for identifying improvement needs, planning for improvement, and implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the improvement efforts.

Our Professional Education Organization Partners

Georgia Association of Education Leaders (GAEL)

Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instruction Supervisors​