CSRA Regional Education Service Agency

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Dearing, Georgia 30808
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CSRA RESA Newsletter

August 2016

the Director's Corner

Gene Sullivan, Executive Director

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

I hope this welcome finds you well-rested and eager to meet the challenges that a new school year brings. I can remember my superintendent telling us that we have a unique opportunity to start over each year with a new beginning. We can build on our successes and learn from our mistakes. What other profession allows you to hit the reset button and begin anew?

I am hopeful that this year will usher in a new level of support for public education. The United States Congress recently re-authorized federal expectations for public education with the passage of ESSA transferring more responsibility for its implementation to the states and local schools districts.

The GaDOE will be working with local systems to develop Georgia’s plan. Also with the passage of HB364 you will see significant changes in the TKES/LKES process for evaluating teachers and administrators. Hopefully the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward a more balanced approach to addressing the issues and problems facing education in America.

We at CSRA RESA hope you will have your best school year ever! Please know CSRA RESA will continue to support you as we navigate these “waters” together. Truly, the future “belongs to the educated.”

Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • August 11th & 12th - TKES Evaluator and Credentialing Course
  • August 19th - Successful Beginnings: PD for New or Newer Principals
    August 24th - Gifted Training for AB/IB Teachers
  • August 29th - Microsoft in Education Office365 Training
  • August 31st - Math Design Collaborative for Middle/High Schools
  • September 2nd - Historical Thinking and Engagement

    To register for courses, please click here.

Meet the New Members of the Professional Learning Team!

We extend a warm welcome to
Mary Jo Kemp and Crystal Parten,
new employees at CSRA RESA!

Originally from Sylvania Ga, Mary Jo has spent the last 30 years teaching in Glascock County. She served as the gifted services coordinator and gifted instructor from 1996 until her retirement last year. During her time at Glascock County, she was the head softball coach for 17 years and basketball coach for 16 years as well as the athletic director.

Crystal grew up in Winfield, Georgia in a family of educators. Her grandparents were teachers as well as both parents, who are now administrators. She has been teaching for seven years. After earning a Masters in History, she began her career teaching U.S. History for several colleges and universities including: Gordon College, Georgia College & State University, Fort Valley State University, ABAC and VSU. Crystal began her public school teaching career at Valdosta High where she taught World History, U.S. History, and AP U.S. History. While at Valdosta she also earned her Gifted Endorsement. Most recently, Crystal taught World, U.S., and AP U.S. History at Thomson High School. Crystal is married to Derek Parten, who teaches Math for Warren County Schools. They have two young daughters.

Are you a "Connected Teacher"?

We are currently seeking teachers
to share how technology is used with your students for learning.

If YOU would like to share
your technology-integrated lessons,

please contact us at dgriffin@csraresa.org.

Thank you!

Spotlight on Literacy Lessons

Check out all the lesson plans on the
Literacy Library page at

Please click the image above to learn more about this interactive Professional Learning Series,

Collaborative Conversations on Building a Culture of Writing
Remember to use the SLDS platform
GOFAR, Teacher
Resources and Student Data

Have questions? Ask a RESA consultant for help!

ELA Teachers and Media Specialists

Create a collaborative partnership and sponsor a
TOME Student Literacy Society in your school!

Blend Reading, Writing, Technology and Research.

For more information, click the TOME image.
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