About SSTAGE

Mission Statement
The Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators provides leadership through collaboration, learning, and advocacy to enhance educator effectiveness and student success.

Vision Statement
Effective solutions matched to student needs.

We believe in

  • embracing the Georgia Student Achievement Pyramid of Interventions as a framework for improving student performance and outcomes
  • intervening early to address student’s needs
  • utilizing a collaborative, team approach that reaches across disciplines and engages students, parents/families and educators
  • harnessing the power of a data-driven problem solving process to effect positive change for students and educators
  • pursuing deep and continuous professional learning
  • creating networking opportunities to build capacity at the school, system and state levels
  • advocating for legislative and regulatory action to ensure necessary resources

What is SSTAGE?
We are hundreds of Georgia education professionals, of all types, who have joined together.  We have a vested interest in seeing that Student Support Teams (SST) and the Response To Intervention (RTI) process are used to their best effect to maximize the success of school children and youth.

Where did SSTAGE come from?
The year 2009 was the 25th anniversary of the birth of Student Support Teams (SST) in Georgia, mandated after a federal court case, Marshall v. Georgia.  Yet, with only a basic state board rule on SST, local control of the process and no state funding, schools had been perennially in need of leadership and training opportunities.  Scattered SST consortia were insufficient to meet this need.  A diverse group of forward looking educators met regionally for six years, finally discerning that compelling conditions throughout Georgia called for a statewide SST association.  In February 2007, SSTAGE, the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators, was created and incorporated.