Media Symposium

Annually convening journalists from the Southeast
to discuss critical education issues in Georgia

2019 Media Symposium

The 13th annual Media Symposium was held at Georgia Public Broadcasting on January 11, 2019.

PowerPoint presentations and the videos of the four parts of the event are also posted below.

Dana Rickman (GPEE) - Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2019

Shannon Flounnory (Fulton County Schools) - School Safety

Allison Timberlake (GA DOE) - State Testing Update

Superintendent Richards Woods (GA DOE) - Public Education in Georgia - A Status Report

Meghan Frick (GA DOE) - Georgia Department of Education Communications Update

Stephen J. Owens (GBPI) - School Funding

Part 1

Dr. Robert W. Gaines, II, Director of Communications, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education - Program Overview
Laura Evans, Director of Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting - Welcome
Dr. Dana Rickman, Vice President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education - Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2019
Dr. Shannon Flounnory, Executive Director of Safety & Security, Fulton County Schools - School Safety

Part 2

Dr. Allison Timberlake, Deputy Superintendent - Assessment & Accountability, Georgia Department of Education - State Testing Update
Richard Woods, State School Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education - Georgia Public Schools – A Status Report

Part 3

Allison Townsend, 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Reflections from Georgia Teacher of the Year
Meghan Frick, Director of Communications, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Education Communications Update
Dr. Stephen J. Owens, Senior Education Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, School Funding

Part 4

Tim Cairl, Director, Education Policy Director, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Quality Early Care Panel Moderator
Elaina Chance, Director, Student Success, Atlanta Technical College, Panelist
Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning, Panelist
Wande Okunoren-Meadows,Co-Director, Early Childhood Program Administrator, Little Ones Learning Center, Panelist
Dr. Steve Dolinger, President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Wrap-Up

Questions about the 2019 Symposium should be directed to Georgia Partnership communications director, Robert Gaines.