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Superintendent Richard Woods recognized as one of 100 most influential Georgians

January 24, 2020 – State School Superintendent Woods has been recognized by Georgia Trend as one of the 100 most influential Georgians. The annual list recognizes “people who prepare, work hard, and have contributed to making life better for Georgians.”

“Woods’ priorities for his second term as state superintendent include expanding educational options for students and increasing students’ reading and math skills, especially in grades K-5,” Georgia Trend’s profile reads. “In October 2019, Georgia got a boost in those efforts in the form of a nearly $180-million federal grant to support literacy efforts in its K-12 public schools.”

The grant the magazine refers to is the federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant, which will fund a second round of Georgia’s Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) initiative. L4GA aims to improve literacy outcomes for students from birth through grade 12.

Superintendent Woods, who has led the Georgia Department of Education since 2015, has more than 25 years of Pre-K through 12th grade experience in public education. In his time as superintendent, he has focused on creating a culture of collaboration and innovation at the Georgia Department of Education, and expanding opportunities for students in areas such as fine arts, world language, computer science, STEM and STEAM, and more. He is a strong believer in educating the whole child and preparing students for life.