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SAVANNAH, GA – October 10, 2023 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has been chosen to participate in the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)’s new teacher evaluation pilot system, the Georgia Leader and Educator Acceleration and Development System (GaLEADS). They are one of only two charter schools in the entire state of Georgia selected for the program.  

GaLEADS is designed to be a teacher evaluation system that values and elevates educators, instead of devaluing them – with the ultimate goal of supporting teacher and student successes. It will provide clear, personalized paths with supports, expectations, and opportunities every step of the way for teachers to grow as professionals – from beginner teachers to teacher leaders.  

“Savannah Classical Academy is pleased to have been selected for this new pilot program and is an independent validation of the high quality of our faculty,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We always want to give our teachers opportunities to grow, share their strengths, and be recognized for their contributions to the profession. SCA believes that investing in teachers results in positive and more successful student outcomes.”   

GaLEADS introduces a new approach to developing teachers at the classroom, school, and district levels and is one of several steps the State of Georgia is taking to respond to the needs identified by the 2022 Teacher Burnout Task Force. In addition to the Georgia Public Education Employee Assistance Program designed to address teacher wellbeing, the GaLEADS teacher evaluation pilot will give Georgia’s teachers more independence over their own professional growth and development, while giving them the resources to succeed in the teaching profession at every stage in their career. 

Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) was founded in Chatham County in 2013 as a lottery enrollment public charter school. SCA’s mission is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. SCA is committed to developing literate and articulate students who will become active, responsible members of the community and will make a positive contribution to society. 

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