Deal: Task force will raise student achievement, attract businesses

June 11, 2014

Arts Learning Task Force will work to make Georgia a leader in education innovation, governor says

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the Arts Learning Task Force to improve student achievement through the creation of robust arts learning environments. This task force will provide recommendations regarding the implementation of arts education into k-12 classrooms and conduct an examination of existing model arts education initiatives in Georgia and other states.

“Students need to embrace the power of creative thinking and innovation in order to attain 21st century skills and become globally competitive and culturally literate,” Deal said. “Businesses depend on our education system to produce candidates that are college and career ready, and I am confident that this task force’s recommendation will effectively improve academic achievement and workforce readiness.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts will be the administrative entity for the task force.

The task force names are listed below:

Name

Title

Institution

City/County

Shawn Bender

Principal

Perkerson Elementary School

Atlanta/Fulton

Dr. Amy Duke

Principal

Northwest Laurens Elementary School

Dublin/Laurens

Pam Smith

Director, Curriculum and Instruction

Georgia Department of Education

Atlanta/Fulton

Molly Howard

Superintendent

Jefferson County School System

Louisville/Jefferson

Dr. Thomas Lockamy

Superintendent

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Savannah/Chatham

Charisse M. Williams

Director of Education Advancement and Advocacy

Woodruff Arts Center

Atlanta/Fulton

Pam Beagle-Daresta

Teaching Artist

Teaching Artist

Marietta/Cobb

Atiba Mbiwan

Associate Director

Zeist Foundation

Atlanta/Fulton

Karen Hallacy

Board Member

Georgia PTA, Technology Association of Georgia

Marietta/Cobb

Debi West

Art Teacher and Department Chair

North Gwinnett High School

Suwannee/Gwinnett

Helen Rice

Chair

State Board of Education, Georgia Department of Education

LaGrange/Troup

Gladys Wyant

Council Member; Executive Director

Georgia Council for the Arts; The Arts Council, Inc.

Gainesville/Hall

John White

Council Member; Senior Consultant

Georgia Council for the Arts; The Coca-Cola Company

Atlanta/Fulton

Woody Leonard

Band Director

Cook County Middle School

Adel/Cook

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant

Coxe Curry & Assoc.

Atlanta/Fulton

Lisa Love

Director, Music

GDEcD

Atlanta/Fulton