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 Office of School Improvement / Division of School and District Effectiveness

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement provides a statewide system of supports and processes for school improvement. ​

School and District Effectiveness​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Division of School and District Effectiveness (SDE) provides a statewide system of supports and processes for school and district improvement. Our work is to engage with and support schools and districts in their improvement efforts, providing helpful tools, resources, ​and​ professional learning. SDE collaborates with other divisions within the Georgia Department of Education, as well as external agencies such as the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), and c​olleges and universities to provide school and district support. While SDE works with all Georgia schools and districts, the primary focus is on schools identified as needing comprehensive or targeted support a​nd improvement. ​


​​​What we envision for Georgia’s future: Quality leadership resulting in effective instruction and learning for all students in every Georgia region, district, school, and classroom.  


Our Strategy:​ To​ provide a s​uperior system of statewide support to districts and schools in Georgia to advance school improvement efforts that positively influence student le​arning. ​


To provide value-add service and support to every school and district leader to remove the variability of learning among schools and students in Georgia.

​Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement

​​​​​The Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement framework focuses on the systems and structures (the “what”) that mus​t be in pl​ace 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, ​monito​ring, and evaluating the improvement efforts.​​ Click here.
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 Contact Information

Stephanie Johnson, Ed.D.​​​​​
Deputy Superintendent of School Improvement
Phone: 678-326-2778
Email: ​​

​Nancy Walker 
Administrative Assistant 
Phone: 404-803-3419

​Amy Alderman
Division Director
Phone: 404-308-2503
Email: ​​

Shawn Keim
​Division Program Manager 
Phone: 404-272-8796
Email: ​

Anthony Pack
North Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-295-3864

Susan Patrick
Metro Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-304-3625

Janie Fields
South Area Program Manager​
Phone: 404-272-8796 

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D. 
Alternative Education Program Manager
Phone: 404-293-0469​

​Tanzy Kilcrease
School Turnaround
Program Manager
Phone: 404-615-9814