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 Office of School Improvement / Division of School and District Effectiveness

​School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement provides a statewide system of support and process for school improvement. ​

School and District Effectiveness​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
The Division of School and District Effectiveness (SDE) provides a statewide system of supports and processes for school and district improvement. Our work is to engage with and support schools and districts in their improvement efforts, providing helpful tools, resources, and​ professional learning.  SDE collaborates with other divisions within the Georgia Department of Education as well as external agencies such as the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), and colle​ges and universities to provide school and district support. While SDE works with all Georgia schools and districts, the primary focus is on schools identified as needing comprehensive or targeted support and improvement. 

​​​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.​ 

​Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement 
​​​​The Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improv​ement framework focuses on the systems and structures (the “what”) that must be in pl​ace fo​r 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.


 Contact Information

​​Stephanie Johnson, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent of School Improvement
Phone: 678-326-2778
Email: ​​

Ketris Williams
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 470-510-7456

Division Director

​Nancy Walker 
Administrative Assistant 
Phone: 404-803-3419

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

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

Susan Patrick
Metro Area Program Manager
Phone: 404-304-3625

Janie Fields
South Area Program Manager

Phone: 404-272-8796 

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D 
Alternative Education Program Manager
Phone: 404-293-0469​

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

SDE Staff Contact List​
Collaborative Regions Map​​​