The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is an independent, professional education association for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and other school personnel in Georgia. PAGE is the state’s largest organization for professional educators, and more than 90% of the association’s 93,000-plus members are classroom teachers. PAGE members serve in schools in every city and county school system throughout Georgia.
The 2017-2018 PAGE president is Kelli De Guire, a teacher of literature and dual enrollment English at Calhoun High School. Craig Harper is PAGE Executive Director.
The core business of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators is to provide professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement, while providing the best in membership, legislative and legal services and support.
PAGE Professional Learning develops among Georgia educators high-level capabilities in enhancing and sustaining student engagement and transforming school culture. PAGE learning experiences are wide ranging and are open to all Georgia educators at little or no cost to participants. Learning opportunities include:
PAGE High School Redesign Initiative is a school-transformation process supporting volunteering schools regarding the need and urgency to focus on the quality of work provided to students. The initiative is designed to:
• Provide educators with processes and strategies for systemic and continuous change;
• Improve student engagement; and,
• Build capacity in the school’s faculty, community and all stakeholders.
PAGE Assistant Principal & Teacher Leadership Academy — Assistant principals and teacher leaders participate in eight two-day sessions over two years. Year 1 focuses on leading transformational change within a school. In Year 2, the experiences shift to a collective understanding of engagement-focused schools, both supporting and sustaining a focus on students and on the quality of the work provided to students.
PAGE Principal & Teacher Leadership Network — Principals and teacher leaders participate in eight two-day sessions over two years. During this two-year leadership initiative, participants learn from change leaders who are transforming their own organizations. These experiences help the principals and teacher leaders explore ways to design work within their own schools for student success.
PAGE Superintendent Leadership Network — Superintendents who are focused on leading transformational change across their districts participate in this initiative by invitation. Georgia participants are developing a collegial nationwide network of superintendents pursuing high ideals. As transformational superintendents, participants are intent on building value, building community and building relationships to improve schools in their communities.
Coaching for Design II (Schlechty Center) — Teacher leaders learn the significance of instructional design, coaching techniques and strategies. This three-day experience develops valuable teams of coaches who influence the culture and provide tools to build capacity at all levels.
PAGE School Districts Networks — District staff, including superintendents, administrators, teachers, and support staff, collaboratively address district and regional student needs. Active and developing networks include the South Georgia School District Network, the Southwest Georgia School District Network, the Chattahoochee-Flint District Network, the Northwest Georgia District Network and the Northeast District Network.
Code of Ethics Presentations — PAGE staff attorneys provided more than 450 presentations on the Georgia Code of Ethics for Professional Educators between July and September 2015. The presentations and question-and-answer sessions with educators at schools and district events provide an invaluable service to individuals as a reminder of conduct that can result in ethics reports to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
PAGE Teacher Candidates — PAGE Teacher Candidate membership (formerly Student PAGE, or SPAGE) is for college students preparing for a career in teaching. In addition to providing liability coverage and legal services, PAGE supports teacher candidates and their professors by providing pre-service teachers with learning modules on various important of interest, such as ethics training, interviewing skills and more.
Future Georgia Educators — PAGE has redesigned the statewide program for high school students who are exploring a career as an educator. Future Georgia Educators chapters provide high school students in the Early Childhood Education and the Teaching as a Profession career pathways numerous instructional modules, guest speakers and other educational resources. FGE is approved by the Georgia Department of Education as a partner for these critical pathways that supply the pipeline for quality educators across the state. FGE students may participate in one of 10 high school conferences on college campuses this year.
PAGE One magazine, Georgia’s premier journal for educators, highlights the innovative work of quality educators across Georgia and covers significant education issues. PAGE One reaches educators and thought leaders throughout the state five times a year.
The PAGE Membership Department includes 14 membership service representatives and four college services representatives (most are former seasoned educators) who provide hands-on, localized support to educators and emerging educators and to K-12 schools and colleges throughout Georgia.
With more than 92,000 members, PAGE is the nation’s second largest independent teacher’s association. It was founded in 1975 by a small group of educators who believed that a professional educator focuses on the best interests of children, works in a professional manner for positive results and does not resort to militant or adversarial actions. PAGE values the right of every educator to freely choose his or her professional affiliations without coercive control by national or state groups.
PAGE does not endorse political candidates or contribute to campaigns, but works to establish collegial relationships with elected officials to promote positive legislation for education. PAGE members serve on all major education groups, such as the Professional Standards Commission, the Teachers Retirement Board of Trustees and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.