Georgia Charter Schools Association Plant a Charter. Grow a Kid. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:12:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GCSA 2014 Bus Tour – Register Now Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:07:53 +0000 Announcing GCSA’s 2014 Bus Tour
Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Curious about what goes on inside a public charter school? Still not sure what a charter school is? On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) invites you to “Get on the Bus” and visit two high-performing Metro Area charter schools in one day:

See first-hand how these tuition-free, community created, and highly accountable public schools are innovating and improving student achievement.

There is no charge to attend. Participants will depart from the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Two Decatur Town Center, 125 Clairemont Avenue #235, Decatur, GA 30030. To sign up, go to:


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Andrew Hunt: 2014 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:48 +0000 Andrew Hunt charter school questionnaire Hunt (2)

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Nathan Deal: 2014 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:33 +0000 DEAL GCSA GA gubernatorial questionnaire 2014 (1) (1)

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The Main Street Academy – Fifth Grade Teacher Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:31:04 +0000 Fifth Grade Teacher


  • Demonstrated Elementary experience with a passion for teaching Science is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or incorporation of instructional technology, technology integration, and innovative projects.
  • GA certification in Early Childhood Education is preferred, but TAPP-eligible candidates will also be considered.
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with a Gifted Endorsement.

To apply, please email with your LAST NAME and TEACHER VACANCY in the Subject line. Please attach a cover letter, current resume, and a copy of your GA teacher certification.

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State Charter Schools Commission Approves Three New Schools Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:55:37 +0000

Atlanta, GA – At its September 24 meeting, the State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) approved three new public charter schools. All three schools were given an extra month at the Commission’s August meeting, in order to provide additional information for the SCSC.

Dr. Tony Roberts, President and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association expressed his pleasure at the approvals, which will bring new charter school options to Middle Georgia, Valdosta and Clayton County. “The addition of these three charter schools will provide more parents and children with quality options in public K-12 education. We applaud the thoughtful consideration by the SCSC staff and Commissioners working together with community leaders and educators to establish these new charter schools.”

The three new charter schools are:

Cirrus Academy Charter School | Attendance Zone: Statewide |Grades: K-12

Cirrus Academy Charter School, based in Bibb County, but open to students statewide, is founded on the theory of multiple intelligences and established curricular pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts (STEM + Arts). Beyond required core courses within each academic area, students participate in a science and technology based curriculum where they will explore seven creative and performing arts classes: ballet, visual arts, French, instrumental, creative writing, science, and vocal music.  

Du Bois Integrity Academy | Attendance Zone: Clayton County |Grades: K-5

Du Bois Integrity Academy’s mission is to prepare college and career ready scholars who are confident and inquisitive lifelong learners. The academic program has two pillars that support substantial achievement improvement — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) combined with Blended Learning. The program embeds a nationally-renowned STEM curriculum and development model that is aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS). 

Scintilla Charter Academy | Attendance Zone: Lowndes County/Valdosta City |Grades: K-5

The mission of Scintilla Charter Academy is to increase student achievement and develop social responsibility through educational innovations in a safe community of involved families and educators. The school will guide locally underserved and underperforming students in reaching their educational potential with a strong focus on Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service Learning (SL). It will also emphasize collaborative teaching across subjects, with subject-specific teachers from first grade upwards. The school will integrate looping, foreign language, keyboarding, extended school day, and technology into its academic design.

Speaking on behalf of Cirrus Academy Charter School, which will serve Bibb and six adjacent counties, Board President Pamela Brown thanked the Commission for their approval and said, “Your request for additional information actually made us sharper and stronger. We now have formalized partnerships with four local universities. Voting for charter schools was one of the best votes I have ever cast as a citizen,” Ms. Brown added.

Asked about the name of his school, Scintilla Charter Academy Board President Zachary Cowart explained that the word scintilla means a tiny spark that creates a bigger fire.  Commissioner Tony Lowden expressed the hope that all three new schools will be sparks to inspire new charter school petitioners.












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Hapeville Charter Middle School – Middle Grades Spanish Teacher (8th grade) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:40:04 +0000 Hapeville Charter Middle School is currently looking for teachers in the following areas: Middle Grades Spanish 8th grade
The job will begin October 6, 2014
Hapeville Charter School is looking for professionals in the educational field to help promote the rigorous academic standards at our school. We wish to invite applicants whom currently hold a teaching certificate from the GAPSC in middle grades education or working towards a certificate to apply to our wonderful school.
  • a bachelors degree from an accredited college
  • experience teaching middle grades, or comparable experience
  • an enthusiastic/collaborative attitude
  • Innovative teaching practices
All interest applicants must send a resume, and cover letter to Principal Marcia Lowe at
In the subject line, please put the subject area you are applying for. We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your interest.
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Gubernatorial Candidates Support Quality Charter School Growth Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:07:55 +0000 Atlanta, GA, Sept. 18, 2014 –  The growth of public charter schools remains an issue in the upcoming Georgia elections. Two of the three gubernatorial candidates, Governor Nathan Deal (Republican), and Andrew Hunt (Libertarian) expressed support for expanded charter school options by completing a questionnaire fielded by the Georgia Charter SchoolsAssociation (GCSA).  

Asked about the role of independent public charter schools in K-12 education in Georgia, Governor Deal said, “Innovation, flexibility and accountability are fundamental building blocks to driving student achievement in K-12 education, and charter schools are catalysts for improvement and reform within a system that has long been burdened by bureaucracy and inflexibility due to top-down control.”

On the same question, candidate Andrew Hunt said, “I believe charter schools are the key to Georgia becoming a top-20 state in education. Any school system operating at 75% or lower in graduation rates needs massive change. These underperformers can be rapidly improved just like the New Orleans turnaround in education, by a complete changeover to a charter school system. With self-governing schools we can cut administration costs by over 80% and these savings can go into funding a long school day and year.”

Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, (Democrat) has not returned the questionnaire.  GCSA continues to reach out to his campaign team about the request.

“Families with children want to know that there will be quality education options like public charter schools made available to them,” said Tony Roberts, President & CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association. “We hope that these surveys will better inform the public about the level of support for such options from the gubernatorial candidates in Georgia.” 

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The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the charter school membership organization for all of Georgia and is the only entity in the state whose sole purpose supporting and advancing Georgia’s charter school sector. The mission of the Georgia Charter Schools Association is to improve student achievement and promote educational choice by serving and advocating for public charter schools in Georgia.

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A New Blog for the Charter School Community Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:54:11 +0000  


We’re excited to announce the launch of CharterConfidential, a new blog by and for the charter school community in Georgia. CharterConfidential was created by charter school supporters who wanted a blog reflecting the voice of all the people whose lives are touched by charter schools.

We are teachers, principals, students, parents, community leaders, ordinary citizens, advocates and activists. We work in charter schools, raise kids who attend charter schools, and we care deeply about charter school quality. Some of us serve on charter school governing boards. Some of us are trying to launch new schools in under-served places. We want to see more and better public school options for families all over our state.

Why a blog? Simple. Most online discussion of charter schooling in Georgia is shaped by professional media in places like the AJC’s “Get Schooled,” or by “Peach Pundit,” and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s “Forum.”

It’s time that we in the charter school world begin proactively talking about charters rather than reacting to what others, pro and con, are saying about us. CharterConfidential is a place for our personal stories and perspectives on chartering, or as we say on our masthead: The Inside Story From the People Who Live It! Contact Nina Rubin, if you’d like to submit a blog post.

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The Intown Academy – Math Coach (APS) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:36:29 +0000


Math Coach

  • Job Tracking ID:  512648-476893
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Location : Atlanta, GA
  • Date Updated: September 11, 2014  
  • Job Level:   Any
  • Years of Experience:   2 – 5 Years
  • Level of Education:   BA/BS 
  • Starting Date :   ASAP 

The Math Coach, in conjunction with the Leadership Team, will support student achievement by providing direct support for teachers and students. The Math Coach will provide opportunities will provide and oversee academic support opportunities for students K-8. The Math Coach will also collect and analyze data in order to provide teacher support. Such support could include the modeling of lessons, interpreting data, and collaborative planning across all grade levels.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Serve on the leadership team
  • Work directly with teachers to provide classroom-based demonstrations, collaborative and one-on-one coaching.
  • Facilitate teacher inquiry and related professional development
  • Focus on enhancing teachers&rsquo: abilities to provide instruction that builds students’ math skills through academic rigor
  • Address the curriculum standards and framework in order to enhance every students’ sense of engagement in their learning
  • Serve on the leadership team to collaborate with administrators as well as teachers to align their work with Intown Academy’s priorities

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 2-3 years teaching experience: preferably math instruction.
  • Demonstrated effective math instruction preferably in grades 3 or higher
  • I.B. Certification preferred
  • Knowledge of various instruction and teaching methodologies
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills
  • Proficient at documentation and report writing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.


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The Intown Academy – Kindergarten teacher (APS) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:32:52 +0000

Kindergarten Teacher

  • Job Tracking ID:  512648-476908
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Location : Atlanta, GA
  • Date Updated: September 11, 2014  
  • Job Level:   Any
  • Years of Experience:   2 – 5 Years
  • Level of Education:   BA/BS 
  • Starting Date :   ASAP 

The teacher will be responsible for communicating knowledge to students in an interesting, stimulating and effective manner. He or she will use a variety of instructional methodologies and curriculum resources to present material to students. The teacher will work as a team member, sharing common planning, professional development, curriculum design, and teaching and supervisory responsibilities. Teachers will administer different forms of student assessments, communicate with parents and other team members about student progress and plan for further instruction. They will be reflective about their own practice and act as a coach for their team members when necessary. Teachers will work to integrate technology into their teaching and professional activities. 
The teacher will:

  • Implement school and district policies and procedures
  • Implement the appropriate standards for their grade level and/or subject area
  • Collaborate with others on curriculum and student needs
  • Create a culture of ongoing communication with parents
  • Work on curriculum development, in addition to implantation Serve on at least one building committee
  • Attend at least 3 extra-curricular events each semester
  • Attend at least 1 board meeting each semester
  • Integrate technology into instructional program and demonstrate professional use
  • Act as a coach to other teachers in the areas of personal expertise and professionalism
  • Mentor students as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the administration

Experience and Skills:

  • Ba,BS degree, preferably in a specific subject area (i.e., mathematics chemistry, literature, history, etc).
  • Appropriate teacher certification
  • At least two years of classroom experience (preferred) with a satisfactory rating
  • Willingness to specialize in a subject area
  • Positive recommendations from several individuals who know the candidate well

Job Benefits:

Teachers are eligible for full medial, dental and vision plans


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