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 Education of the Whole Child Committee

This committee will discuss social/emotional learning, climate and personalized education in Georgia’s pre-K through 12 education system. Members will examine ways to maximize opportunities and provide an excellent education to all students, recognizing that all children learn at different rates and have individual needs.



  • Title IV Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants focused on:
    • well-rounded education – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), counseling, social studies, fine arts,
    • safe and healthy students – violence prevention, mental health services, dropout prevention, mentoring/training, anti-bullying
    • effective use of technology – personalized learning, resource development, online learning
  • Title IV Part F National Activities
  • Title IX Preschool Development Grants
  • Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act


  • Develop feedback questions for stakeholders for feedback sessions throughout the state
  • Discuss stakeholder input, US Department of Education’s (USED) regulations/guidance, focus areas identified by the State Advisory Committee, and working committee-assigned portions of ESSA
  • Coordinate with other working committees to write Georgia’s draft state plan


Georgia’s ESSA Working Committees report to GaDOE’s ESSA Leadership Team throughout the development process. The ESSA Leadership Team will ensure that benchmarks are being met and working committees are coordinating efforts to produce a cohesive draft ESSA State Plan.


The draft ESSA State Plan will be presented to the Advisory Committee for feedback. There will also be a review period for the public, State School Superintendent, State Board of Education, and Governor’s Office.



Month Purpose
July 2016 Charge, Orientation, Overview and committee-specific information
Aug-Oct Stakeholder feedback will be shared with Working Committees as it is received*
Oct-Nov Draft ESSA State Plan developed*

Presentation to Advisory Committee
Feb-June 2017
Public comment period; Governor, State Board of Education, State School Superintendent review; Overview to the House and Senate Education Committees
June 2017
If necessary, reconvene the Advisory Committee to make revisions
September 2017
Submit Georgia’s ESSA State Plan to USED
Note: Timeline and submission date tentative pending guidance from USED; USED must approve state plan no later than 120 days after submission. *Working Committees have the flexibility to meet as needed via- face-to-face or teleconference.


The members of the Education of the Whole Child Committee can be found here.

 Contact Information

Matt Cardoza

Chief Communications Officer

Georgia Department of Education