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4 President’s Letter 7 KNOW How To: Elections and Voting www.gae.org | 3 Want to save some serious $$$$? We’ve got an app for that. Introducing the very new and incredibly cool on-the-go mobile app from ACCESS. It connects the best deals and savings straight to your smartphone. Save money wherever you roam! CONTENTS SPRING 2015 Volume 13 Issue 1 SPRING 2015 Volume 13 Issue 1 Sid Chapman president Charlotte Booker vice-president Lisa Morgan secretary/treasurer Chris Baumann executive director Tracey-Ann Nelson director of government relations and communications Herby Agnew editor Kevin Pearson public relations Postmaster ISSN:1543-8724 KNOW is published quarterly as a service to all members of the Georgia Association of Educators, 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084, 678-837-1100 or toll-free 1-800-282-7142, know@gae.org. Periodicals’ postage paid at Tucker, Georgia and additional mailing offices. Postmaster! Please send changes to: GAE, 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084-7050. Advertisers Advertising contents should be addressed to the Editor. Advertising rates are available upon request. Advertising is printed as a service to readers and publication does not imply Association endorsement. The Association reserves the right to refuse any advertising. 5 KNOW & TELL GAE/ODE member snags a Grammy nomination GAE member from Decatur county gets high education honor Special tribute to remember fallen GAE leaders 8 MEET THE NEW STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT From supporting a full 180 days of instruction to better teacher evaluations, new State School Superintendent Richard Woods lays out his vision for Georgia’s public schools 12 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ESP Learn how the developing roles of non-certified school employees help ensure public schools’ ability to provide a quality education for students 18 EQUITY IN EDUCATION Read up on how the Federal government is attempting to find more equity in education for both students and educators 14 ROAD READERS She’s not “just a bus driver!” Read how one ESP and GAE member, Deborah Lazarus engaged her young passengers with a reading program that’s sparked a joy for literacy, civility, and community participation 22 GAE RETIREES GAE-Retired President encourages every educator to lobby for public education 365 days a year. Find out how retired GAE members plan to help make a difference. 28 GAE ELECTIONS It’s time to cast your vote! Checkout this year’s list of candidates and choose who will represent GAE.


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