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 Division of School and District Effectiveness


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.​​ Click here.

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 superior system of statewide support to districts and schools in Georgia to advance school improvement efforts that positively influence student learning.


Our role in getting to the future we envision:  To increase collective leadership capacity to understand what effective schools and districts know and do, and to support the leaders to own their improvement work on organizational systems.

The Work

The work of the Division of School and District Effectiveness is to engage with and support schools and districts in their improvement efforts, providing helpful tools, resources, and professional learning.  The Division of School and District Effectiveness also collaborates with other entities within the Georgia Department of Education and external agencies such as the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), and colleges and universities to provide district and school support. While the Division of School and District Effectiveness works with all Georgia schools and districts, the primary focus is on schools experiencing achievement challenges. 


 Contact Information

​​Stephanie Johnson, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent of School Improvement
Phone: 404-651-7277
Fax: 404-657-0546
Email: ​​

Ketris Williams
Administrative Assistant

Faya Paul, Ed.D.
Division Director


Amy Alderman
Division Program Manager 
Phone: 404-308-2503
Email: ​​

Nancy Walker 

Phone: 404-657-9971

Jo Johnson
​Interim North Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-326-7556
Email: ​

Susan Patrick
Metro Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-656-2638

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

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D 
Alternative Education Program Manager
Phone: 404-657-7155

Patty Rooks, Ed.D.
SIG 1003(g) Program Manager
Phone: 404-576-4213

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