History

The Georgia Vision Project began in 2009 as a collaboration between the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia School Boards Association. These groups realized an urgent need to critically examine the components of Georgia’s educational system, identifying an exciting opportunity to establish principles and offer recommendations which will transform the current system into one that is relevant for today’s children and youth. To date, The Project has grown to include over 50 partner organizations, agencies and groups, collectively working to accomplish the following:

1. To transform, and build trust and support for public education in Georgia;

2. To develop meaningful, grassroots engagement between communities and their public schools;

3. To provide each and every student with an equitable, inspiring and rigorous world-class education regardless of their ethnicity or their family’s socio-economic status;

4. To create a single vision with which to improve the education culture in Georgia and actively encourage its ongoing development and practice;

5. To ensure that Georgia’s students have the skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in a dynamic and challenging global economy;

6. To significantly increase the high school completion rate;

7. To significantly decrease the number of students requiring remediation when they enter post-secondary institutions;

8. To significantly increase the number of students inspired and qualified to enter college, the workforce, or technical training;

9. To ensure appropriate, contemporary curricula for each new generation of learners;

10. To inspire learning by making it more exciting and rigorous, and a more relevant experience for each student;

11. To incorporate current and emerging technologies into each classroom throughout Georgia;

12. To provide the most current knowledge, resources and tools that empower educators to be more responsive to students’ individual needs;

13. To address and resolve resource issues;

14. To do what we know needs to be done to support Georgia’s educators, students and families.

Stakeholders continue to join and actively partner in this dynamic effort, effectively participating in The Project’s momentum and vision as it strives to transform public education in Georgia.

  1. Original Planning Team

    The original planning team for the project was composed of thirty (30) local school board members and local school superintendents. The members represented a cross-section of school districts from throughout the state. Small, medium, and large school districts from all regions of the state are represented. Urban, suburban, and rural districts have representation. Districts serving high and low Socio-Economic Status populations, those that are culturally diverse, and those with high and low property wealth are included. Twenty-six school districts are represented on the planning team. These districts enroll approximately 25 percent of the state’s student population.

     

    Members of the original planning team were:

    Albert Abrams, Former Board Member, Bibb County Schools

    Millard Allen, Board Member, Glynn County Schools

    Susan Andrews, Superintendent, Muscogee County Schools

    Carl Bethune, Former Superintendent, Jefferson County Schools

    Shirley Brooks, Board Member, Ben Hill County Schools

    Gayland Cooper, Superintendent, Rome City Schools

    Skip Dawkins, Board Member, Houston County Schools

    Dr. Stanley DeJarnett, Superintendent, Morgan County Schools

    Chris Erwin, Superintendent, Banks County Schools

    Buster Evans, Superintendent, Forsyth County Schools

    James Fleming, Board Member, Jefferson County Schools

    Cliff Hood, Former Board Member, White County Schools

    Ron Hopkins, Board Member, Jefferson City Schools

    Leonard McCoy, Superintendent, Colquitt County Schools

    Ruth O’Dell, Superintendent, Franklin County Schools

    Sharon Patterson, Former Superintendent, Bibb County Schools

    Franklin Pinckney, Board Member, Ware County Schools

    Barbara Pulliam-Davis, Superintendent, Greene County Schools

    Charles Ragsdale, Board Member, Harris County Schools

    Diane Sandifer, Former Board Member, Harris County Schools

    William Schofield, Superintendent, Hall County Schools

    Edwin Smith, Former Superintendent, Troup County Schools

    Ted Stone, Former Board Member, Jones County Schools

    Sylvia Vann, Board Member, Lee County Schools

    William Wade, Board Member, Dawson County Schools

    Lawrence Walters, Superintendent, Lee County Schools

    Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent, Gwinnett County Schools

    Joy Williams, Former Superintendent, Pierce County Schools

    Valarie Wilson, Board Member, City of Decatur Schools

    John Zauner, Former Superintendent, Carroll County Schools