If you are not finished
with student classes just yet, then you soon will be. By now you are lining up
professional development courses to complete this summer and finalizing vacation plans. During your break we invite you to
tune into the premiere of “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” June 30 on GPB at
8 p.m. It’s the most ambitious documentary about the author yet. (More in On-Air
We asked for input on
creative summer projects that help you stay fresh and relevant for students and
got this inspiring response from Sarah Barfield of
Shirley Hills Elementary School.
"Each summer my goal is
to read as many “hot books” as I can. I listen to the students talk about the
books they’re reading, which ones they want to read, and what they’re
recommending to their friends… If there is a series or a particularly
interesting title that I haven’t added to our school’s collection, I add it to
my “fall wish list” for the media center.
"I made a book trailer
[using Microsoft Photostory 3] for Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven, and I shared it
with my 4th and
5th grade classes in
April. It was an instant hit, and all the kids were begging to read the book as
soon as the video was over." Sarah Barfield, Media
Sarah plans to make more
digital book trailers this summer about some of the “hot books” her students
We would like to commend
each of you in your diligent, creative efforts to make learning engaging and fun
for your students. Congratulations to all of our Georgia Educators on
completing another school year! We hope you continue to check in at www.gpb.org/education for updated education
news, blogs, and resource pages to keep you informed all summer
On-air and Online
Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel Premieres June 30 on
This GPB original documentary delves into Margaret Mitchell’s complex
life and the legacy of her enduring book Gone with the Wind.
to these Georgia educators who were selected to take part in prestigious
programs by Siemens.
Haynes,the Career Academy Coordinator and
technology instructor at Hubert Middle School has been selected to be a
Siemens STEM Institute Fellow! Haynes joins 50 educators from across the state
at Discovery Communicationsheadquarters to experience a week-long professional
development. Fellows will be
exposed to leading scientists, thought-leaders, personalities and innovators
whose work acrossSTEM disciplines shape and define our world
Georgia teachers were chosen to take part in the Siemens
Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program.
Jen Forsyth from Woodstock High
School and Diana Kennen of Rockdale
Magnet School for Science and Technology will attend a two-week professional
development program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Along with 20 other
teachers, they will engage with top scientists and researchers on short-term
research projects about current topics of national interest that are related to
ongoing research at the laboratory.
Tech Tip of the Month
you know that you don’t have to miss popular Discovery Education Network (DEN) webinars? That is because they
are archived on the DEN Blog Network site. Spend the summer catching
up on the webinars you couldn’t attend. And bookmark the link for future
Explore What's New
New to Science Central: EcoSense for Living is a new half hour series that investigates
ways to live an environmentally friendly life. From green jobs to green
shopping and buildings, it shows students how to conserve.
In case you missed
it: Discovery Education joined forces with the White House to present a
live discussion on Osama bin Laden. Ben
Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
spoke and took student questions. Watch
an archive of the webinar here.
Fellowship - This is
a professional development program that provides emerging leaders in education
and related fields with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues
of education policy. The deadline to apply is June
Technology and Tools to
Promote Teaching and Learning - Georgia Virtual School is offering a free professional learning
opportunity on Thursday, June 16th
at the Kennesaw State Continuing Education Center, focusing on 21st
century skills. Register here.
PBS/NASA Global Climate
Change Education for High School Course Preview - PBS TeacherLine is looking
for 40 teachers to evaluate a new online graduation course:STEM417: Global Climate Change Education for High
School. Find out more.
Wanted: Teachers to Evaluate a New Biology Game – Immune Attack is a 3rd
person game where players activate proteins and locate cytokines using a ray gun. Fifth –Twelfth
grade teachers are needed to test and evaluate the game. Register here to participate.
As summer break is settling in, we know many of you continue to
develop lesson plans and find creative, engaging ways to educate your
students. We'd love to hear from you about your special summer
projects! Share them with us at email@example.com.
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initiative with Georgia Public Broadcasting and other fantastic organizations
promoting health and wellness resources for Georgia’s children and adults,
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Beginning June 2, and every
Thursday night until August 11 from
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area for a night of FREE roller skating! We are offering Georgia
family’s quality healthy time together. Together, we can begin to a healthy
regime to get families on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
Prevent the "Summer Slide"
The article below is a segment from a letter from Deputy State Superintendent Martha Reichrath, Ph.D. Many of you have seen this from your principals or media specialists, but we thought it was worth mentioning again.
As the end of the school year approaches, we all become concerned with the “summer slide”. The summer slide is an alarming trend in which students who do not read on a regular basis during the break fall behind in reading achievement. The Georgia Department of Education has launched READ GA to help prevent this ‘summer slide’ and to keep our students reading and learning.
According to a recent Harvard research study, if students are encouraged to utilize summer hours to read between five and eight books that interest them and that are on their Lexile level, the effects will be the same as going to summer school. Let’s make sure our students have a good book in their hands when they are not in the classroom.
The end of the school year is a busy time, but it is important to do all we can to make sure young people continue to learn and challenge themselves. We appreciate you joining our efforts to help students “Find-a-Book” and increase their reading skills.
Martha R. Reichrath, Ph.D. Deputy State Superintendent Georgia Department of Education Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
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