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Center for Innovative Teaching

To accomplish our mission statement of “ensuring an exceptional education that leads each student to become a high achieving and responsible citizen," the Barrow County School System intentionally grows its teachers and students by supporting innovations in teaching and learning. 

The nexus of the system’s support for innovation is our Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) located at 84 West Midland Avenue in Winder. Within the CFIT campus, students, teachers, and other stakeholders have access to the school system’s only Black Box Theater and Dance Studio. 

Other innovative spaces at the center include a 1000 square foot makerspace, a robotics lab, dedicated theater and visual arts classrooms, several large meeting spaces, and and our newly-installed Learning Garden supporting in part with grant funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

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A three-year program of job embedded, project based professional development focused on the development of exemplary arts integrated units of study that are delivered with the highest fidelity through collaborative planning and coteaching in partnership with ArtsNow Learning, Inc.



Sixth and Seventh grade students experience arts integration and innovative teaching each day of the school year.  Cohorts of AIM students are selected via lottery from all four of Barrow County School System's middle schools.


The Ed Morrison Makerspace & Discovery Lab is dedicated to the memory of Ed Morrison, former Special Projects Manager of BCSS, whose visionary work in innovative learning has inspired a multitude of students and teachers to be Barrow BOLD. The Makerspace houses over 6,000 sq feet of creative engineering and technology resources and materials.

ArtsNow Partnership

Arts NowArtsNow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming education through arts integration and innovative practices by providing professional development and educational resources. As a nationally recognized leader of innovative professional learning working across the state of Georgia and beyond, ArtsNow has proudly been in partnership with Barrow County School System for a decade.

Now, ArtsNow is in a district-wide partnership with the Barrow County School System to help plan, develop, and lead programs at the Center For Innovative Teaching. To help support this vision, ArtsNow has established regional offices and a professional learning hub at the CFIT.