The Georgia Teaching Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy program is designed to support the needs of the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)member schools. The program is pathway to certify teachers, hire and retain through an alternative certificate.
The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) is an alternate pathway:
- For teachers holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, in fields of study other than education.
- GaTAPP is a one and half year to three year performance-based, job-embedded teacher preparation program
- Teachers will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions through a blended-model of professional learning and pedagogy seminars.
- Teachers will receive the instructional and professional development support from the GCSA staff, a school-based mentor, and a school administrator.
The Essentials of Effective Teaching is a 80-hour course offered through the Georgia Teaching Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy ( GaTAPP). It is intended to provide Pre-GaTAPP and GaTAPP candidates with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to be effective teachers, especially in the first days of an academic school year. The course is a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Course topics include:
- Creating a Positive Learning Environment
- Understanding of Teaching Standards
- Effective Lesson Planning
- Use of Data to Drive Instruction
- Instructional Strategies to meet the needs of all students
Exceptional Children Course
The Exceptional Children Course is a course for 50-hour Professional Learning Units (PLU) approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission( GaPSC) to meet the requirements of the Exceptional Child course for certification. The course format is a virtual, self-paced sequence of modules.
In this professional learning module participants will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the identification, curriculum modification, and instruction of exceptional children
- Relate the history, philosophy, and psychology of teaching of exceptional children and gifted to their prior knowledge and experiences
- Examine categorical disabilities of special education.
- Apply the principles and pedagogical skills of special education to their professional practice.
Teacher Symposiums are events hosted by the teacher-leaders for new and veteran teachers who are curious about tools and strategies to enhance their professional practice. Topics have included:
- Creating a Culture of Engagement in the Classroom
- The Differentiated Classroom
- Using Pacing to Drive Engagement
- Interactive Technology
- Standards-Based Classroom
In this professional learning module, candidates will be able to:
- Deepen your understanding of the contribution of researcher/theorist to the field of culturally relevant pedagogy
- Identify characteristics of culturally relevant pedagogy in order to reflect on their own current mindsets and practices
- Develop a deeper understanding of the local school community to make relevant connections between curriculum and students’ experiences