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Innovation in Teaching Competition

The Innovation in Teaching Competition: Beyond the Textbook began as part of Georgia’s Race to the Top plan to create and support highly-effective teachers. The competition promotes excellence in the classroom through two main goals: (a) recognizing and rewarding educators from across our state who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement, and (b) making videos of the winning teachers, along with their unit plans and supplementary materials, available to all Georgia educators. Since 2013, the Innovation in Teaching Competition has recognized 36 educators from across Georgia.

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Educator Spotlight

The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes excellent educators from across Georgia. These teachers represent a variety of grade levels and use a variety of innovative strategies, from applied learning to differentiated small group instruction to creative classroom management techniques.

Unity Grove Elementary
Amanda Cavin is currently a first grade teacher at Unity Grove Elementary in Locust Grove, Georgia. She holds a B.A. from... See Unit Plan
Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary School
Ms. Frazier is currently a 1st grade teacher at Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary School. She is the 2015 Savannah Chatham County... See Unit Plan
Floyd County College and Career Academy
Dr. Brian Swanagan is currently a 9th-12th grade Mathematics teacher at the Floyd County College and Career Academy in Rome... See Unit Plan
Clark Creek Elementary
Jennifer McIntosh is currently a 5th grade teacher at Clark Creek Elementary in Acworth, GA. Ms. McIntosh holds a Bachelor... See Unit Plan