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Gwinnett County Public School

Instructional Resources and Support

The Office of Instructional Resources and Support provides schools with core, Board-adopted instructional resources that meet the needs of all learners. 

Instructional Resources

The Instructional Resources and Support Office, in conjunction with each curriculum area office, facilitates the review, pilot, and Board-adoption processes for new core instructional materials, including print and/or digital formats. Each curriculum area’s core resources are reviewed and adopted as a whole following a staggered cycle. A resource review may also be necessary in the event of standards revisions or for the development of new courses. Part of the review process includes an annual public review where educators, parents, and community members are invited to peruse and comment on resources being considered for adoption. If you are interested in learning more about the review process, please email or call 678-301-6828. 

Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS)

The Office of Instructional Resources and Support also facilitates the process of the annual review of curriculum through the Gwinnett Educational Management System (GEMS).  The GEMS Oversight Committee includes community and school system representatives charged with the review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.  After the review, the committee recommends revisions and additions to the Superintendent for adoption by the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The annual review meeting is typically held in October or November.  Several months before the meeting, GCPS will invite parents, community members, and school district employees to apply for the GEMS Oversight Committee.  This office also assists in updating databases that list the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) for all subject areas. Documents listing the AKS by subject, level, and grade are available as downloadable documents from the GCPS website.

Bob Chase, Director

Bob ChaseDirector


Jessica Fernandez

Program Assistant


Instructional Resources Review Update

December 20, 2023 to January 17, 2024 - Vendor Solicitation

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) invited vendors to submit resource materials for 22 different courses in Health (Sex Ed) and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education courses.

February 1, 2024 to February 14, 2024 - Internal Vendor Resource Expo

During this time, internal staff were provided the opportunity to review vendor resources. For Health (Sex Ed), there were 11 different resources supplied by 6 vendors. Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education had 101 different resources supplied by 15 vendors to be reviewed. Digital versions (if provided) were also accessible remotely by staff to review.

February 13, 2024 - Teacher Review Committee Meetings

Teacher experts representing all five districts met to review the resources provided and data collected throughout the internal vendor resource expo. This committee was tasked with identifying the resource(s) that should move forward in the process to be piloted in schools with students. The decisions were based on the selection criteria and the survey data.  Minutes - coming soon.

February 29, 2024 - Instructional Resources Review Committee Meeting (IRRC) - Upcoming

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will be hosting parents and community members for the district’s Instructional Resources Review Committee (IRRC). This group will be charged with evaluating the print and digital instructional resources selected by the Teacher Review Committee. Feedback from the IRRC and teacher reviews will be considered in the selection of resources to pilot in the district. Instructional resources will be reviewed for courses in the areas of Sex Education (grades 5-9) and Career and Technical Education (select courses in grades 9-12).

Community Health Education Advisory Committee (CHEAC) - Upcoming

Instructional Materials containing sex education / AIDS information must be reviewed and recommended by the Community Health Education Advisory Committee (CHEAC) prior to implementation with students.


Upcoming Events

February 29, 2024 - Instructional Resources Review Committee (IRRC)
June 14, 2024 - Gwinnett Educational Management System (GEMS) Applications Open
September 3, 2024 to September 26, 2024 - GEMS Public Review
October 1, 2024 to October 31, 2024 - Instructional Resources Public Review
October 29, 2024 - GEMS Annual Meeting