Richard Woods, Georgia’s School Superintendent
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Thank You Letter to Georgia’s Families
By Richard Woods
State School Superintendent
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) works to serve students, families, and local school
districts to provide high-quality programs that improve teaching and learning across the state. All
GaDOE-sponsored programs share a common goal of offering Georgia’s students an education that
affords them the opportunity to move on to college, the military, or directly into a meaningful career.
Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each
other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The message to all of
us in the research is clear: educational programs are more effective when parents are actively engaged
in them. Engaged parents and family members give students the support they need to be successful.
The importance of parental support is highlighted during the month of November as Georgia
celebrates Family Engagement Month. Schools across the state plan special events to honor the crucial
role that parents play in students’ education. In addition, November 17 is National Parent Involvement
Day, a time for all parents to reflect on ways they can get more involved in the education of their
children. Also on November 17, I invite you to follow the Parent Engagement Program on Facebook
(GaDOEParentEngagement) to view and “like” the video campaign schools and districts submitted for
the Family Engagement Month video contest.
To support you with best practices in November and year-round, the Georgia Department of Education
has an array of materials for Title I schools and parents. You can download brochures, school
transitional materials, and other resources on the Information for Parents webpage at
On behalf of our schools and school systems, I want to personally thank all the parents and families
who have taken on the significant role of engaging in their children’s education. The importance of
your support is immeasurable; schools simply cannot succeed without you.