Strategic Plan - Team


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The Best Place To Teach, Lead, and Learn



There are two types of employees in Cobb Schools —teachers and those who support those who teach. Our students continue to learn more than their peers across the metro, state, and nation because of our staff’s commitment to individualized instruction for all students.

Chris RagsdaleKeeli Bowen
Chief Human Resources Officer 

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Hire the Best

Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn. The District uses this as a guide to intentionally recruit and hire diverse educators and other professionals with proven performance as evidenced by Cobb’s top-performing schools.

Offer Competitive Salaries

Cobb’s competitive salaries, including historic raises of 8-12.6% in 2019 and 8.5-13.1% in 2022, catch the attention of young professionals as well as highly experienced professionals looking for a new community to call home.

Partner with Universities

Partnerships with strong and competitive university systems provide a reliable pipeline of highly effective new hires.

Focus on Areas of Need

By offering teacher contracts early—oftentimes the earliest in the metro-Atlanta area—the recruitment team can focus on areas of critical need and hard-to-fill positions, enabling principals to plan for a successful school year.

Professional Development Encouraged

For educators looking to advance and strengthen their skills, there is no short list on the available opportunities including the Microsoft Innovative Educator Training, summer learning institutes, the Cobb County Gifted Endorsed Program, and a variety of leadership and training conferences.

Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), Empowering Teachers

The digital teaching and learning environment designed by Cobb is a one-of-a-kind, industry-leading learning management platform that helps teachers develop curriculum, deliver instruction, and communicate with families. CTLS provides opportunities for students to access core content, assess their mastery, and collaborate with peers while parents can monitor progress, provide support, and engage with the school. Thanks to this innovative system, teachers, students, and families share in the learning experience to ensure student success at all levels. 

Create Connections

From New Teacher Academy and school-based instructional coaches to offering a way for teachers to share peer-to-peer best practices, Cobb educators mentor and motivate each other, working as a team to help students achieve success.

Preparing Leaders

The District engages in succession planning to forecast replacement needs for school leaders; identifies, recruits, and prepares individuals to assume leadership roles through the following cohorts: Aspiring Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Academy, Executive Coaching; and partners with universities to assist individuals seeking leadership certification.



Why They Stay

Cobb invests in its employees by providing competitive compensation and benefits packages; innovative educational and technology resources; state-of-the-art facilities; a balanced calendar; staff recognition programs; and a host of professional development programs.

Living up to the Reputation

Cobb Schools has a reputation for being one of the best places to teach, lead, and learn, and the educators on our team know it. That’s why Cobb has such a high retention rate and Forbes Magazine has named Cobb Schools One of America’s Best Employers in Georgia four years in a row.

Strong Partnerships

As evident by the strong community support of Cobb Schools, the District has strong partnerships with local universities and businesses. The District leverages these relationships to support the mission of student success.

The Future is Today

Cobb schools and classrooms are state-of-the-art and are equipped with the latest technology to keep students safe all the while preparing them to be future ready. Whether students are full remote or face-to-face, there is learning everywhere thanks to the District’s innovation and educators trained on the latest digital learning tools.