Oconee County Schools

Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Department. Our mission is to provide leadership, service and support for Oconee County Schools. We work collaboratively to guide the system’s curriculum, instructional design, assessment practices, and strategic planning to ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning across all grades and courses.

Oconee County Schools believes in the use of aligned acts of improvements guided by a single improvement plan for each school and the system. The district strategic plan revolves around the five strategic goal areas of the school system:
  1. Teaching and Learning
  2. Stakeholder Engagement
  3. Human Resources
  4. Operations and Student Services
  5. Business Services
The OCS Balanced Scorecard is based on the five goal areas and includes performance measures, goals, and outcomes. The OCS Strategic Plan outlines the initiatives and action steps that support the goals.

Georgia Standards contains standards and other resources from the Georgia Department of Education.

Teaching and Learning Staff

Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Claire Miller 
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Federal Programs
Shannon Hammond, Director
Teaching and Learning Secretary
Gina Hernandez

Special Services
Suzanne Korngold, Director

Assessment & School Improvement
Richard Coleman, Director

Special Services Secretary
Dreama Thomas

Elementary Education
Lisa Daniel, Director

Dr. Michael Hale, Director

Secondary Education and
Career, Technical, & Agricultural Educ. (CTAE)

TBA, Director
Technology Secretary
Terresa Alexander


Georgia has adopted the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) along with 47 other states across the nation. The development of national standards for K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics was initiated by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and career. The standards can be viewed on the Common Core State Standards website www.corestandards.org or on the Georgia Department of Education website www.georgiastandards.org. We encourage you to visit the link below and explore the CCGPS resources for our teachers.

National PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success 
The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted.  Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. National PTA created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).
The Guide includes:
  • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
  • Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
Click HERE to access the Guides.   

CCGPS Resources for OCS Teachers

Teaching and Learning Newsletters

Current Edition:  May 1, 2015

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Vision:  Oconee County Schools will be a nationally-recognized leader in academic achievement by ensuring all students receive a rigorous, balanced education that will enable them to compete in and contribute to a global society.

Motto:  Committed to Student Success

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Elementary Standards-Based Report Card