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Dear Colleague:


Please review these updates from the Division of Federal Programs.

FY21 Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) Webinars

The Georgia Department of Education is required to collect and approve plans that define how LEAs will support their students when accepting federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.  The Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) is the annual plan that outlines how LEAs will coordinate these and other supplemental federal fund sources to meet identified student needs in the district. 
The Division of Federal Programs will provide the following webinars to support the development of the FY21 CLIP.  All LEAs should attend the overview webinar on January 31, 2020.  LEAs should then attend session 2, 3, and/or 4 as applicable.
  1. FY21 CLIP - General Overview
  2. SLDS CLIP Online Application Overview
  3. SLDS Streamlined CLIP Application Overview
  4. Q&A for LEAs Consolidating Funds in Schoolwide Programs
All webinars will be recorded and posted on our website
The FY21 CLIP application in the SLDS will open on March 1, 2020 and will be due on July 31, 2020.
FY20 English Language Arts Summer Literacy Mini-Grant

The Georgia Department of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Division, in collaboration with the Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment program office, is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Application (RFA) for Competitive Summer Literacy Mini-Grants. The purpose of the Summer Literacy Mini-Grant is to allow rural districts to create expanded summer learning opportunities for literacy development through their school media centers. A list of eligible LEAs is included in Appendix F of the RFA.
Deadline for Receipt of Application Package: January 24, 2020 at 5:00pm

Click HERE for further instructions found in the REQUEST FOR APPLICATION.
GCEL Conference 2020

The Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders (GCEL), Inc. 35th Annual Conference, will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, on March 9-11, 2020.  Federal Programs staff from the Georgia Department of Education will be at the conference leading workshops on various topics.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and collaborate!  Register here:
Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading

The Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grant application materials are now available here (see the left side of the page under “L4GA Competition Documents and Grant Application Information”). See the same webpage for further information and ideas, as well as examples of previously funded grant applications. 
Georgia is a proud awardee of the federal competitive Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant. Applicants to L4GA will benefit from the state’s award of over $178 million. The Georgia Department of Education hopes to fund as many systems as possible with these funds. 
The Fluid Review platform will be available for uploading documents by January 15, 2020. Application materials are due for review by February 3, 2020.
Consolidation of Funds Spring Training Opportunities for LEAs Interested in Joining Cohort 5 in FY21

Final commitment to joining Consolidation of Funds in FY21 is due April 2020 – Commit Here
Opportunity for New Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)

REVISED LINK / New Registration Required 

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will be accepting Requests to Participate in APTT Cohort VI for the 2020-2021 school year beginning this month (January 2020).  The Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) model, created by Dr. Maria Paredes of WestEd, is an approach to engaging families that elevates the traditional parent-teacher conference. An overview of the model, the training and support process, estimated costs, and additional information will be provided during a webinar on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  To attend, please register for the online webinar.  
Please be aware that the original link to register for the online webinar is no longer working.  A new link is included here. Individuals who have already registered will have to do so again using this new link.  We apologize for this inconvenience.
A link for the online Request form will be forwarded following the webinar.  The deadline for submission of the Request form is Friday, February 14, 2020.  Title I schoolwide schools, in school systems that have not previously implemented APTT, are eligible to apply.  Due to the limited availability of resources and WestEd-certified Georgia APTT trainers, a selection process may need to be used to review applications and select schools if overall interest exceeds our capacity for support.
For more information about the APTT model, you may also go to the Family-School Partnership APTT webpage or contact Susan Holcomb at or 404-326-4395. For a list of current APTT schools and districts in Georgia, click here.
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