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October 3, 2010

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October 3, 2010

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is THE source for policy research and influence in Georgia. Our organization relies on GPEE for cutting edge information contained in their top notch publications such as Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2010 and The Economics of Education, Third Edition. Their Education Forums are outstanding, as are their Economics of Education presentations. GPEE is synonymous with quality.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their research publications and Education Forums.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

GPEE is the "go to" organization for education public policy in the state of Georgia. When I was looking for advice about a major public education initiative it seemed all roads led to GPEE. The respect with which its work is held by top education professionals in our state is well earned. The Top Ten Issues report is mandatory reading for anyone wanting to know what is actually going on in public education in Georgia.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

benefitting from the Education Policy Fellowship Program, a year long fellowship sponsored and directed by GPEE for diverse education and noneducation professionals who all desire to become better public education policy advocates in our state.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Georgia is a state that has been struggling with an agrarian past that has left as a byproduct, pockets of disadvantaged student populations impacted by poverty, dislocation, and low achievement. Helping to identify a goal of excellence, striving to rally the general public and government officials to embrace this goal, educating the public on trends, and setting a standard for organizational excellence and management is part of the GPEE story. They are one of a kind in our state, promoting and embodying a standard of true excellence.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending schools that are involved in GPEE programs and reforms.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to see schools around the State that embody excellence; the opportunity to interact with education leaders and learn more about the State's education needs, performance, and opportunities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, very informed, on top of the field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change Georgia education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

I have been a supporter and participant in the activities of the partnership for approximately ten years. Its critical look on issues that effect education and highlighting of the best schools and practices in business across our state is a national model. Skills, knowledge, expertise and wisdom in assisting school communities that strive to build bridges between, home work and school can be found in this organization. They invited me to be on the Coordinating Board that co-developed Georgia's Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI). Through their support and resources GLISI has had a positive impact in over 140 of Georgia's school districts.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization through my work with GA's Leadership Institute for School Improvement, The Annual Bus Trip, Troup County's Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Initiative and participation in EPFP.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their willingness to help build and strengthen bridges with the public/private sector.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional. They have quality personnel in this organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have "mini" GPEE satellite offices across the state of Georgia.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

The GPEE serves my district through the annual Top Ten Issues to Watch. I use this to broaden the perspective of district leadership, benchmark our school system's work in specific areas, and in communicating with parents, citizens and legislators. The GPEE Economics of Education was used to educate community members during our strategic planning process. Each GPEE Forum and meeting is an infusion of new energy in the call for high standards, innovation and effective practices. The shared interest of the diverse participants (business, education, non-profit, government)brings diversity of thought to the issues. The GPEE provides timely and pertinent research. Moreover, the practical use of the research is promoted through the annual bus tour across the state to visit schools where citizens observe firsthand the quality best practices in public education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Application of research and practice in the work done in our schools. Expanding the understanding and appreciation of non-educators who participate in the bus tours each year and observe quality public education taking place throughout Georgia.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to expand capacity to reach more educators and non-educators throughout the state. The staff is excellent, but minimal and therefore limited to the amount of research and communication that can be done.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the focus on quality public education utilizing reasearch, practical application, effective innovative practices and strong communication tools.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly professional, approachable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue and expand its positive impact on education and thus on Georgia and our nation.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to expand the capacity to research, opportunites for collaboration and education of all stakeholders, and development of innovative communication methods.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The GPEE is an outstanding organization that will use additonal funds wisely to enhance educational practice and outcomes in Georgia.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

The GA Partnership for Excellence in Education is a model partnership. While it has a broad, statewide focus, it hasn't lost its ability to be the neighborhood place to go for information, policy, data and cutting edge news. By bringing together all types of organizations with people from all walks of life, the staff is able to plan events that are knowledge building across constituencies as well as interactive so that there is a sharing of different perspectives and an opportunity to hear and understand different points of view. As a newcomer to the state, this organization has been my 'go to' organization.

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Their ability to connect with and provide services to business, not for profits, social service agencies, government entities, and educators at all levels in person, at forums, by phone, and through their easy to navigate, informative website.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone the staff and have there be satellite offices across the state so that the forums could be offered on a regular basis throughout the state.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interactions with staff members as they have been consistently outstanding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, focused on service, focused on making a difference in the lives of the educators and students along with those who support them...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have additional staff to better serve the growing needs of their constituents

Ways to make it better...

I honestly cannot think of how my experience with GA Partnership for Excellence in Education could be any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A big challenge to GPEE is maintaining and expanding a funding level to keep the level of service to match the growing expectations around the state.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Conceptually, the partnership is a good idea. In reality, this partnership surpasses expectations with caring, knowledge, and delivery

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) has a profound effect on those seeking unbiased and strategic information, especially conclusions based on research. As a former principal and superintendent, I found GPEE to be especially helpful in providing knowledge and research that could be applied at the school and system levels. The association among business and educational leaders offers insight to collaborative solutions not always found in other settings. The bus trips have proved especially beneficial because I was able to actually see how other schools maximize resources to obtain superior results. The quarterly meetings are open to the public and provide opportunities to hear about strategic applications for current problems. GPEE has been especially effective in further developing educational leaders in Georgia. It supports other organizations including the state department of education, universities, regional educational support agencies, the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and many others. Most importantly, it provides a forum for all of these organizations to come together on common ground to seek new ways to resolve current issues. I was recently privileged to accompany a state representative-elect to an educational policy forum, and she was most complimentary, intending to utilize GPEE as a primary resource while serving in the General Assembly. If there is an organization in Georgia that works effectively (and often behind the scene) to advance educational quality in Georgia, it is the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

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As a principal and superintendent, I applied much of the research provided by the Partnership. As a private consultant, I now utilize similar solutions to assist other school systems.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I see strategic opportunities at this time to expand the services of the Partnership, especially in the areas of aspiring leader development and fiscal responsibility. More outreach, particularly in south Georgia could greatly benefit this state.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professional association with business leaders throughout the state.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, knowledgeable and anxious to help in answering questions and solving problems, particularly at the strategic level.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do even more to develop aspiring leaders and help children in lower socioeconomic areas of our state.

Ways to make it better...

there were more opportunities and more support, particularly in remote areas of south Georgia.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

sufficient funding to expand its services and outreach, especially to lower socioeconomic areas throughout the state.

One thing I'd also say is that...

ore organizations need to function like the Partnership. With relatively limited funding, it has already made an impact in Georgia. It is a model for non-profit service organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

As an educator, I have found the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education to be an exceptional source for information and leadership regarding education in the State of Georgia. The enormous data base they have amassed provides the data essential for effective decision making about educational needs and necessary directions for educators in the State to be taking. Their synthesis of the data to provide direction and leadership for allocating resources, establishing educational priorities, and implementation plans provides the guidance and vision necessary for impacting the educational practices of the State. Their unbiased but professional approach breaches many differences extant in the State and moves us toward problem solving and effective solutions that will impact our children and communities for years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Availability of data and policy trends that provide direction for development of better and more focused education preparation programs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, inc. provides a wonderful variety of learning opportunities for those in state leadership positions. The organization also helps school systems and school Districts and teachers know that there are good people out there advocating for schools and students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the state legislature when they provide accurate, unbiased information to a committee that is making critical decisions regarding the state of education in Georgia

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I always learn something helpful about improving education in this state.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

terrific and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work more closely with specific schools and teachers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

The Partnership provides a variety of services to education, business, and policy-makers. One of the important activities is the Annual Bus Trip Across Georgia which brings together the three groups above to visit schools that are highly successful in raising student achievement in spite of odds to the contrary. It is a great promotion for public education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gaining information through publications such as the Top Ten Issues; visits to schools as part of the Bus Trip Across Georgia.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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