S.T.E.M. Central is our new
headquarters for science, technology, engineering and mathematics content. Its
goal is to support teachers in preparing students for the 21st
century workplace. It's packed with videos, games
and multimedia. Visit it today and tell us what you think.
2012 National S.T.E.M. Video
Game Challenge This contest seeks to
motivate interest in S.T.E.M. learning among youth by tapping into their love
for making and playing video games. The
deadline is March 12, 2012. Learn more about it at gpb.org/stem-contest.
Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free
interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The brand-new
second game, "Flight to Freedom," puts the
player in the role of Lucy, a young slave on a plantation outside of Lexington,
Kentucky. The adventure begins in the summer of 1848 and grapples with
immigration, industry, and expansion, as well as slavery.
Professor Ridley Recognizes
The Georgia Afterschool Investment Council (GAIC) released the first
ever Georgia Afterschool Quality Standards in December 2011. The standards serve as a framework to help
afterschool providers assess their programs and provide opportunities for children, youth, and
families to identify areas of strength and in need of improvement in their programs.
These standards are the first in the nation to align to the
Common Core State Standards, which enables connect what is done during afterschool hours to the school day as we
create strong habits of mind in our young people for the greatest success in
The standards emphasize high
quality programming across the following areas:
and engaging learning
to the school day and the Common Core State Standards
nutrition, and physical fitness
(indoor and outdoor space)
culture, and diversity
volunteers, and professional development
These standards serve as a symbol of Georgia's
commitment to provide children, youth, and families access to a diverse range
of programming that will enrich and support the positive development of young
people across the state.
If you are a teacher or a principal, the Georgia Afterschool
Network encourages you to reach out to your local afterschool programs and
share this standards document with them. When you do that, keep us posted
on the progress of these conversations.
If you would like more information on the Georgia Afterschool Quality
Standards, please visit GAIC's website or contact Katie
Kross at email@example.com.
Professional Learning Sessions Online – Bookmark this link: www.gpb.org/education/common-core
and save the dates! Online training on the new Common Core Georgia Performance
Standards continues this month and lasts through May.
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This Tech Tip is also true when you are using the GPB Digital Streaming resources.
On-air and Online
The Inventure Prize at Georgia Tech – on GPB March 13 at 7
p.m. Join New York Times technology columnist and NOVA television host David
Pogue in finding the next superstar inventor. Take part in our live blog and
viewer’s choice vote online during the show at www.gpb.org.
National Nutrition Month - March is National Nutrition Month. You can find fitness tips and healthy eating advice on our website GPBwell.
Women’s History Month
Did you know that Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell took part in the
women’s suffrage movement as a child? Or that the Girl Scouts were founded by a
southern “tomboy?” Visit our Women’s History month theme page to get little known
facts about Georgia
women who made a splash.
You can also find videos and podcasts onGeorgia Stories about famous women in Georgia History, including the first woman elected to the United State Congress.
3/13 5thGrade English Language Arts 10
a.m. 9th& 10th Grade English Language Arts 2 p.m.
3/14 8th Grade English Language Arts 10
a.m. 1st Grade English
Language Arts 2 p.m.
Registration for the 43rd Annual Children's Literature
Conference, to be held in Athens GA, on March 23-24, 2012 at the Georgia Center
for Continuing Education, is now available.Click here to register.
of PBS TeacherLine’s new and most popular courses are starting on Wednesday,
February 29th, with the option to enroll through Friday, March 2nd. See some of the courses available below and find out more with the full course list online.
a Native American princess who may have rescued John Smith and helped his
For a STEM twist, take a look at career
profiles featuring women working in a diverse range of disciplines.
We're Looking for a Few Good Bloggers!
you blog or have you always wanted to? We’re looking for guest bloggers to
contribute to our Passion for Learning blog. All topic areas are welcome. If
you are interested in being a GPB Teacher Blogger, send us your name, email address, topic of
expertise and blog link (if you have one) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Partners and Promotions
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle would like to welcome everyone to Be
Healthy Georgia Day on Saturday, March 10.
This event will kickoff the 2012 Healthy Kids Georgia Week, a week
creating awareness to encourage Georgia’s families and kids to live healthier
lifestyles. Be Healthy Georgia Day will
begin at 8 am with the Kilometer Kids Fun Run and includes special guest
appearances from Georgia’s
team mascots in the Nike+ Mascot Trot!
There will be tons of activities for all ages so be sure to register for
this FREE event at www.healthykidsgeorgia.org.
Zoo Atlanta welcomes
educators and their families to Educator Appreciation Day on Saturday,
March 10. Educators enjoy FREE admission (ID required) and $2 OFF admission
for each guest. Learn about special activities just for educators and register
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 GPB.org/education to learn more.
Immerse your child in a
hands-on learning adventure at Fernbank Museum’s Homeschool Day
programs, designed for different grade levels and
correlated to Georgia Performance Standards, will be available. You can also
enjoy a chance to socialize with other homeschool parents, experience the new
special exhibition, Wildlife
Rescue, or see an IMAX® film (additional ticket). Space
is limited and advance registration is required. Visit Fernbank Museum’s websitefor full event details, including special homeschool pricing.
404.929.6400 to purchase Homeschool Day tickets. Please note: space
is limited and advance registration is required.
HERWORLD HAS MOVED TO
Bring the young women at your high school
to an event developed especially for them. Juniors and seniors are invited
to work in group activities with girls from all over the state and hear from
women leaders in the community. They will learn about exciting career
opportunities they may never have imagined. Your participation is
Date:Thursday, March 29,
2012 Time: 8:00
am - 2 pm Location: Marriott
Courtyard Formerly the Holiday Inn Conference Center Downtown
Decatur 130 Clairemont Avenue Decatur, Georgia