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 start up 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.
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, RC6 provides dynamic support within key initiatives: the Georgia Whole Child Initiative, Dyslexia Pilot Initiative and a project to train School Improvement Coaches.
Support for Georgia’s Whole Child Initiative —addressing students’ non-academic barriers to learning
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.
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, RC6 helps GaDOE learn from experiences at the pilot schools.
Support for the Georgia Dyslexia Pilot Initiative
RC6 will support 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.
RC6 will provide a “Descriptive Implementation Analysis”report in fall 2020 encompassing the planning and implementation experiences in eight pilot districts as they moved forward with the required dyslexia policy components. RC6 will also respond to questions from the GaDOE and pilot districts about how other states and districts across the country are handling screenings for dyslexia or implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support(MTSS) processes.
TIFPI Training for Georgia School Improvement Coaches
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 experience “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.
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.
Building capacity to address High-Leverage Problems (HLPs) drives much of the work of the Comprehensive Center Network and its 19 Regional Centers. 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, RC6 builds capacity within the GaDOE to better understand and address big-picture challenges (poverty and early learning difficulties) at state and local levels.
Statewide Support to Low-Performing Schools-
Emphasize collaborative work across SEA units to deliver evidence-based programs to CSI and TSI schools.
Building capacity to address High-Leverage Problems (HLPs) is integral to the mission of the Comprehensive Center Network and its 19 Regional Centers. The Region 6 Comprehensive Center (RC6) addresses HLP 1 in Georgia by enhancing training to School Improvement Coaches in low-performing schools.
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.