Curriculum and Instruction
Lawanda Gillis
The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth. – Dan Rather, Broadcast Journalist.

This year of change is coming to an end.  Teachers and administrators delved into a new teacher and leader evaluation system called Teacher Keys Evaluation System for teachers and Leader Keys Evaluation System for Leaders. You will probably hear teachers and leaders refer to them as TKES and LKES. The evaluation instruments are standards based and designed to affirm that teachers and leaders are meeting the needs of every child in their classrooms.

Student Learning Objectives, or SLOs,  made their debut into the lives of our teachers and students this year. In Dodge County, we have renamed our SLOs as DAPs, or Dodge Assessment of Proficiency.  The Dodge Assessments of Proficiency are a state requirement and are administered in every content that does not have a state developed test in grades Pre-K through 12. DAPs or SLOs are administered two times during the course. A pre-assessment is administered at the beginning of the course and a post-assessment is administered at the end of the course. SLOs or DAPs are locally developed and are content-specific, grade level learning objectives that are measurable, focused on growth in student learning, and aligned to curriculum standards. As a measure of teachers' impact on student learning, DAPs give educators, school systems, and state leaders an additional means by which to understand, value, and recognize success in the classroom. The primary purpose of DAPs is to improve student learning at the classroom level. An equally important purpose of DAPs is to provide evidence of each teacher's instructional impact on student learning. 

Schools in Georgia bid farewell to the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test in Spring 2014.  The CRCT was replaced by the Georgia Milestones End of Grade test in grades three through eight and the Georgia Milestones End of Course Test in specified contents at the high school level.  The Georgia Milestone tests will require our students to think more deeply  than the former CRCT required, but are designed to measure if our students are on track to be college and career ready when they graduate from high school. 

Dodge County teachers and administrators are working harder and longer than ever before and remain dedicated to providing the best education for your child.

 As we bring the 2014 – 2015 school year to a close, we remain Dedicated to Our Desire to Graduate Everyone.
To our parents, guardians, business leaders, and other stakeholders, thank you for your support.  Parents and Guardians, thank you for entrusting us with those closest to your heart. We cannot be successful without your partnership. We value your input and welcome your presence in our schools.

Lawanda Gillis, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum & Professional Development