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September 2011


September is a busy and important month for Georgia students who are settling into a new routine with new teachers and classmates.  Since September is also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, add in some new activities as well.  You can read more about encouraging health in your students with the Department of Natural Resources, featured in Professor Ridley Recognizes.  For more classroom content on supporting health in children, check out for information on healthy living from GPB's Georgia Weighs In Summit.

We are continuing to add resources based on your request!  Make sure you check out the What’s New section for a new program designed to support Georgia Studies as well as several new theme pages.  In Partners and Promotions, you’ll find additional opportunities and materials to bolster student interaction inside and outside the classroom.

- The GPB Education Team

Explore What's New

Parents Section – Browse our new For Parents section that gives parents examples of how to be active and involved, including a message from the Kratt brothers.

DEN Back to School Membership Season  Contest –Show your team spirit by signing up for the Discovery Educator Network Back to School Membership Season Contest.   Register for free, then tell us how you’re using the digital education portal. You could win the grand prize – 1 DEN Football Jersey.  The winner will be announced at the Fall Virtual Conference on October 22.

Today in Georgia History
, a new multimedia -- radio, television, web, education -- collaboration between GPB and the Georgia Historical Society highlights people, and events significant to Georgia History. Each day, visit the site to download educational resources like daily activity sheets, vocabulary words and further reading on important moments and individuals in Georgia History.

Ridley Celebrates
Professor Ridley Recognizes

GA State Parks’ Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge Turns to Nature to Address Health and Fitness Issues

When it comes to making better lifestyle choices and healthy changes, it’s a lot more fun to hike, paddle or geocache in a Georgia State Park than to walk on a treadmill or go to a gym. That’s what the new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge is all about.

The program recognizes the balance between healthy outdoor recreation and eating healthy with nutritious, locally grown foods. Events, programs and recipes are available on site and online at, offering choices that are fun to do and fun to eat.

On the web site you can ask questions of a personal trainer and nutritionist and log personal and group progress in body measures and activity levels. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and a great time to log on and sign up your class as a group to become more active and healthy together.   You can read more aobut Georgia State Parks' Tons of Fun program in their news release.Tons of Fun

Tech Tip

How to find the newest content in the digital education portal:
Here is how you can find the freshest content to complement your classroom lessons: Login to GPB Digital Education  from our homepage. Type in a search term in the Curriculum Standards Search box. Click on Search.

Your search results will then appear. Look for the Sort by section on the gray bar above your search results. Then click on the Recently Added button. This will bring up the newer content.


On-air and Online

September 11 Theme Page –
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Visit our theme page that assists in teaching how these events have impacted our history and current events. 

Fall Stream-a-thon September 14, 2011 - We’ve got a full day of information-packed sessions on how to integrate DE streaming and the newest online technologies used by today’s media-savvy students into classroom instruction.  Register for it now.

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards Livestream Orientation Event
September 21, 2011 at 3 p.m.-4p.m.
Georgia joined with 44 other states and territories to develop a set of core standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics.  Join Superintendent John Barge and Department of Education staff in the first of a series of live streamed professional development events that explain what the new standards mean to you. Watch the stream  live at The video will be archived there too. Subsequent professional development sessions will air starting in January 2012.

The People v. Leo Frank  - September 6 on GPB at 10 p.m.
The 1913 murder of 13-year-old factory worker Mary Phagan and the resulting trial and 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, the factory's superintendent, are recalled via dramatic re-creations with actors Seth Gilliam and Will Janowitz and documentary segments.  For more information on Leo Frank, visit

GPB Sports
Football Fridays
continues each Friday at 7:50 with a live football preview, followed by the game of the week live 8:00 to 10:30, followed by GPB Sports Central til 11:00 PM—all running weekly through the state championships in December.  View online or on-air.


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Enroll now in PBS TeacherLine October Courses -
Some of the courses offered include: Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles and Raising Readers: Ready to Read and Write with Digital Media.

Economic Education Workshop for Middle School Educators - Sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education, this workshop for sixth and seventh grade teachers focuses on economic concepts like economic systems, economic growth and development and international trade. The workshop is free and takes place November 8 from 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Register now.



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Partners and Promotions


Educational In Nature

Educational in Nature is a resource-rich website for Educators provided by Georgia-Pacific.  It meets Georgia Performance Standards in Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Math, Vocabulary, Reading, Listening, Viewing and Speaking for 4th and 5th grade students.  This resource will make environmental education part of your curriculum with fun lesson plans.  For example, you'll find activities that directly reinforce GPS science standards around simple machines and energy.  Visit to learn more.  .



Superintendent Barge Seeks Student Advisors

INTERESTED STUDENTS: Weston Burleson: (404) 657-1340 or

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Student Advisory Council.

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet two times during the school year with the State School Superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent Barge will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," said Superintendent Barge. "We want to make education work for all Georgia'
s students and what better way to do that than to hear directly from them."

All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. Meeting dates are: November 4, 2011 and March 7, 2012 (dates are subject to change). Applicants should be able to attend both meetings.

To be eligible for the Council, applications must be received by September 6, 2011.



Celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2011!

September 12 – 18, 2011

September 12-18, 2011 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! Recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and supported by the National Coalition for Literacy, this annual dedication raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy and leverages resources to assist adults in need of adult basic education, adult secondary education, or English language learning services. 
Resources to Help You Prepare 
See the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit for new resources, the latest fact sheets, sample press releases, and commemoration ideas for program directors, instructors, and partner organizations to raise awareness. Follow NCL’s social media venues for resource updates. Leverage the attention of International Literacy Day, September 8, to build momentum for attention to your program.

Passport to the West

Booth Museum Passport West

Thursday, October 20, 2011
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Held during the Booth Museum’s 9th Annual Festival & Symposium, Passport to the West brings history to life for students in grades 2-12. Teachers may choose from four performance times to see living history performers Jim Sawgrass and Little Big Mountain present a program on Native American culture. Demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, beading, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, and life at a trading post provide students with a unique perspective of early life in the West. Admission is $5 for students; $3 for adults; and free for teachers. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group.



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