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Why Education?

Why Education As A Profession?

Mark your calendars for the 2024 dates: * March 28 * April 18th All sessions start at 11:30 AM and end at 12:30 PM in a virtual setting. You can register now for more information.

Welcome to WHY EDUCATION?, a site for future educators and those who support them! Our goal is to provide encouragement and support to educators and school district professionals who recruit and engage with teachers across the Metro RESA service area. Register today using our online registration system. A direct link for the course can be found in the Metro RESA course catalog, or at

March 2024 Webinar Session

Investment From the Top: Higher Ed State Investment and Collaboration with K-12 Districts for High Impact ROI on Retention.

March 28, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Keynote: Dr. Laura May, Associate Dean for Academics and Enrollment Management, Georgia State University.
District Guest: Rockdale County Schools

Thinking outside the box is necessary in today’s professional market to retain and attract quality educators to support student learning in all communities. Georgia colleges and universities are stepping up to the plate to offer innovative pathways to teacher credentialing. In this session, we will explore Georgia State University’s Pathways to Teacher Credentialing Project which has created partnerships between the university and several metro Atlanta school districts.  Currently, Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools, the Newton County School System, and Rockdale County Public Schools are coming together to support this meaningful, long-term professional development program that will prepare educators and support district initiatives to retain teachers.


  • Share insights into the challenges with teacher retention and how Georgia State is supporting metro area school districts.  
  • Explore how Rockdale County’s current collaboration with Georgia State University provides degree program support through Georgia State’s Pathways to Teacher Credentialing Project.

Learn more about the partnership with Gwinnett County Schools.

  • Explore the process to support district objectives for retaining educators through similar partnerships with local colleges and universities.


April 2024 Webinar Session

What Teacher Vacancies? How to Future-Proof Your Human Capital Strategy.
April 18, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Keynote: Shaily Baranwal, CEO, Elevate K12
District Guest:
District Guest, Michelle Ruble, Douglas County Associate Superintendent of General  Administration

 With the ongoing teaching challenges stemming from the nationwide teacher shortage and evolving needs among educators, the traditional teaching profession is changing. However, this transformation doesn't mean students have to suffer; some districts are using it as a chance to innovate. Explore how Douglas County School District has embraced the changing educational landscape to turn teacher vacancies into remarkable learning opportunities for their students. Through partnering with Elevate K-12 to add LIVE teaching to their schools, Douglas County is future-proofing its talent management and unlocking new opportunities for student success.


  • Share insights into the challenges with persistent teacher vacancies.
  • Explore how Douglas County embraced the changing educational landscape to turn teacher vacancies into remarkable teaching opportunities for their students.
  • Self-assessment exercise so participants can explore how to align their human capital strategy with their district’s unique objectives.