Academic Achievement and Programs

Office of Academic Achievement and Programs

The Office of Academic Achievement and Programs oversees curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology, and special programs and is led by Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile. Overseeing the Office of Academic Achievement is Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Hernandez. In her role, Hernandez is responsible for all areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and technology. Supporting this important work are five Academic Coordinators that liaise between the district office and local schools. Mrs. Jill Sims, Executive Director of Academic Programs, is responsible for areas such as: ESOL, gifted, IB, and EIP. Additional personnel in the Office of Academic Achievement and Programs also assist with effective and efficient leadership and support across all district schools. The Office is committed to providing an instructional program that supports academic achievement for all students in the Marietta City Schools’ community.

Academic Notes

Digital Learning Resources

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itslearning
ItsLearning: Learning shouldn't be confined to activities that take place in a classroom between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.. ItsLearning helps extend the school day and facilitate blended learning by allowing teachers and students to supplement in-class instruction with an extensive library of digital content that appeals to a variety of learning styles. ItsLearning allows students to safely access all course materials in one controlled location, with one login.

https://marietta.itslearning.com/index.aspx

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Aspen

Aspen
is the student information system used to post student attendance and grades. E-mail alerts can be set up if parents wish to receive notification of grades that fall below a specific threshold. Parents can access all grades, progress reports, and report cards by logging into the system.

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CompassLearning

Compass Learning/Odyssey:
Students in grades K-9 take the norm-referenced MAP assessment three times during the academic year (fall, winter, spring). Assessment data from MAP is used to drive differentiated instruction in the classroom. The Compass Learning program creates individualized student learning paths that students can complete in class and at home. The learning paths connect to specific areas of student need in an effort to increase academic growth in reading and mathematics.

https://www.thelearningodyssey.com/

  • Student Log in Information:
    Refer to student password help on the Aspen home page for password assistance.

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Discovery Education

Discovery Education:
provides high quality, dynamic, digital content. Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.

https://google.discoveryeducation.com/


  • Student Log in Information:
    Refer to student password help on the Aspen home page for password assistance.

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Google

Google:
All MCS students and staff have access to the G Suite for Education, which includes Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and more. With this productivity suite of tools, students have the ability to access and complete assignments, create, collaborate, and even receive feedback.

https://www.google.com/

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stem

STEM:
Marietta City students participate in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) activities in every school. Students learn to solve real world problems using the engineering design process and investigate engineering career pathways. 
 
Bird House Design Challenge
This website gives a breakdown of what each
component of the engineering design process. http://betterlesson.com/lesson/633884/stem-lab-designing-a-feeder

STEM Georgia
http://stemgeorgia.org/ 
Engineering is Elementary
A great resource with links to curriculum
http://www.eie.org/ 
Teach Engineering
This site has many great engineering design
challenges https://www.teachengineering.org/ 
Design Squad
This is a great place to start teaching about STEM. It has videos and design challenges http://pbskids.org/designsquad/

Best STEM Books from NSTA
http://www.nsta.org/docs/2017BestSTEMBooks.pdf
  EDC Resources

Contacts

Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile
Deputy Superintendent
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-3500 ext. 7268

Dr. Jennifer Hernandez
Executive Director of Academic Achievement
(Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Technology,
Modern Language, STEM, Fine Arts, and Physical Education)
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-3500 ext. 7254

Jill Sims
Executive Director of Academic Programs
(ESOL, Gifted, IB, EIP, CCRPI, School Counselors,
Social Workers, and Media Specialists)
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-3500 ext. 7254

Michael Huneke
Director of Assessment
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Heather Woods
K-5 ELA Coordinator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Franchesca Lane-Warren
6-12 ELA Coordinator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Cathy Barco
K-12 Social Studies Coordinator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Tynisha Robinson
K-12 Math Coordinator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Celis Hartley-Lewis
K-12 Science Coordinator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Donna Harleston
Digital Resource Specialist
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
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