Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee
Two teachers selected for Governor's committee to study education reform proposals
Posted on 05/11/2016
Major changes are being considered for education in Georgia and two teachers from Floyd County Schools have been tabbed to provide the classroom viewpoint on recommended revisions to policies or procedures.  April Cummings, a gifted program teacher at Glenwood Primary, and Rebekah Nichols, a special education math teacher at Coosa Middle School, have been invited to serve on Governor Nathan Deal's Teacher Advisory Committee. 

In December of last year, Governor Deal received recommendations from the Education Reform Commission outlining changes in Georgia's education system.  During the State of the State address in January, the Governor announced that he would appoint a Teacher Advisory Committee to review and provide input on the recommendations that specifically relate to teachers.  

Specific areas to be studied by the teacher group will include teacher recruitment and retention, assessments and reporting methods to demonstrate children have learned the knowledge and skills expected, and teacher compensation models. "I am very excited and honored to have been selected to represent Floyd County Schools as part of Governor Deal's Teacher Advisory Committee,' April Cummings said. "I look forward to representing educators from our system, and within the state, as we share ideas and have discussions that address the recommendations of the Education Reform Commission."

Rebekah Nichols added, "It is an honor to be selected to serve on Governor Deal's Teacher Advisory Committee and  I look forward to collaborating with fellow colleagues across the state to help navigate the direction of education in Georgia."  The two Floyd teachers will join 88 other educators from across the state selected to serve on the committee.  There were 30 teachers selected from each region of the state including the north, south and metro. The Governor solicited teacher recommendations for service on the committee from RESA directors, superintendents, state educational leaders and legislators.

The entire group of 90 will participate in a conference call on May 25 at 3:30 p.m. to receive the charge of the group from Governor Deal. Teachers will meet as regions to consider the Education Reform Commission's proposals and will not come together as a total group.  The central and south Georgia teachers will meet on June 7 at Perry, Georgia; north Georgia teachers will meet July 19 at Gainesville; and the metro area teachers will meet on September 13 in Atlanta. 

Each group will participate in a follow-up webinar to summarize the area meeting and clarify input from the group.  The webinars will be held on June 28, September 8 and September 20.  A conference call scheduled for October 5 will include all 90 teachers and conclude their participation in the process.

The teachers on the Teacher Advisory Committee will receive a copy of the Education Reform Commission's recommendations for their review by May 26.