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 80 percent of the association’s 97,000-plus members are classroom teachers. PAGE members serve in schools in every city and county school system throughout Georgia.
The 2019-2020 PAGE president is Nick Zomer, an assistant principal at Creekland Middle School in Cherokee County. 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 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.
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 15 membership service representatives and four college services representatives (most are veteran educators) who provide hands-on, localized support to educators and emerging educators and to K-12 schools and colleges throughout Georgia.
With more than 95,000 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.