Region 6 Comprehensive Center


The Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) provides state-level support to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), as well as to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs) throughout the state. As the GaDOE seeks to graduate students ready to learn, live and lead, the RC6 provides dynamic support within key initiatives: the Georgia Whole Child Initiative, Dyslexia Pilot Initiative and a project to train School Improvement Coaches.

TIFPI Training for Georgia School Improvement Coaches

LAUNCH! trainingThe RC6 is providing the GaDOE with LAUNCH!™ Training from The Institute for Performance Improvement (TIFPI) to prepare School Improvement Coaches to work more effectively with assigned CSI, TSI and Promise schools. Many professionals hired for the job of School Improvement Coach to low-performing schools are experienced educators, but not experienced “coaches.” This training ensures these critical positions in low-performing schools have educators with the same understanding and skill set.

The first year of this training will see two cohorts of 30 participants invited by GaDOE with the possibility of more cohorts in North Carolina and South Carolina in subsequent years.

RC6 supports the GaDOE in every step of this process: identifying and inviting cohort participants for the training, help facilitating the trainings and then evaluating the training to improve it and connect it to practice.

High-Leverage Problem 1: Statewide Support to Low-Performing Schools — Emphasize collaborative work across SEA units to deliver evidence-based programs to CSI and TSI schools.

The Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) addresses HLP 1 in Georgia by enhancing training to School Improvement Coaches in low-performing schools.

The RC6 provides the TIFPI LAUNCH!™ Training to ensure those who work with low-performing schools in Georgia have the same understanding and skill set for this critical role.


Support for the Georgia Dyslexia Pilot Initiative

RC6 supports the GaDOE as it gathers and analyzes information from a three-year pilot program focused on identifying and serving students with dyslexia, as directed by Senate Bill 48. Ultimately, results from this pilot program will inform the Georgia Superintendent’s recommendations to the Legislature regarding a statewide mandate beginning in 2024-25. This mandate is for all districts to identify and provide effective reading interventions in support of students in grades K-3 with characteristics of dyslexia and other reading problems.

At the request of the GaDOE, three Rapid Response documents were developed to provide resources to support educators in the Georgia Dyslexia Pilot Program. The Rapid Responses address:

Support for Georgia’s Whole Child Initiative — addressing students’ non-academic barriers to learning

The RC6 supports the GaDOE in piloting wraparound service strategies in collaboration with low-performing schools: Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools, and Promise schools.

The RC6 will provide a landscape/descriptive implementation analysis in fall 2020 outlining how the wraparound services planning and implementation process is progressing at schools. This work is in the context of a state pilot program to support districts and identified low-performing schools in planning and implementing wraparound services that address students’ non-academic barriers to learning. The state pilot initiative is part of a larger, emerging GaDOE Whole Child Initiative.

By providing an objective analysis of how the planning and implementation of wraparound service strategies are evolving across the state, the RC6 helps GaDOE learn from experiences at the pilot schools.

High-Leverage Problem 4: Positive School Climates through Student Supports and Family Engagement — Focusing on the best use and measurement of data to improve student motivation, social-emotional development and behavioral engagement.

The Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) addresses HLP 4 in Georgia by supporting two pilot initiatives addressing students’ non-academic barriers to learning: the Whole Child Initiative and Dyslexia Pilot Initiative.

Through these projects, the RC6 builds capacity within the GaDOE to better understand and address big-picture challenges (poverty and early learning difficulties) at state and local levels.

SEA Principal Liaison

Deb PageDeb Page

Phone: 678.428.2363

Deb Page, CPT serves as the Region 6 Comprehensive Center's SEA Principal Liaison, supporting the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). She trains SEA, Regional Education Service Agency staff and LEA leaders through the intensive LAUNCH!™ School Improvement Performance Development experience. She also supports Region 6 in development and facilitation of a network of Georgia rural high-poverty schools, and a national network of school improvement facilitators.

Deb is a former high school Language Arts teacher with 25 years’ experience in the business sector in Human Capital Development, Human Resources, Continuous Improvement, Performance Management and Business Development, primarily in a Fortune 50 company. She led the startup and development of the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement from 2002 to 2009. She launched the Institute for Performance Improvement in 2009 to train and certify school improvement facilitators in the Certified School Improvement Specialist™ standards. She is the author of the School Improvement Specialist Field Guide from Corwin Press.

This web page is prepared by the Region 6 Comprehensive Center under Award #S283B190055 for the Office of Program and Grantee Support Services (PGSS) within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) of the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro. The content of this web page does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the PGSS or OESE or the U.S.

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