Thursday, February 12, 2009

Georgia Partnership Announces 2009 Top 10 Education Issues List

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has released the fifth edition of its annual “Top Ten Issues to Watch” report. The 2009 list covers a variety of topics:

• Federal Education Landscape: Is Change Coming?
• In Dire Straits: Education Funding and Economic Crisis
• The Resurfacing Debate on School Vouchers
• Growing Our Supply of Effective Teachers
• Striving for School Board Excellence
• Early Learning: Our Work Must Continue
• The Vanishing Middle
• Grave Disparities in Student Achievement
• Five Georgias: Connecting Education and Community
• The Future of Public Education

Each subject area is broken down into three sections – an issue overview, the political context of the issue, and what’s next for Georgia. According to the report’s author, the Partnership’s Policy and Research Director Susan Walker, the value of the report is in its analysis of the issues and how they impact the state. “The report is based on thorough research of various state and national sources and provides non-partisan analysis of topics that will undoubtedly impact our schools and students in the coming year.”

This is the fifth edition of the “Top Ten” report. Georgia Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger says it has gained in popularity each year. “We distributed more than 4,000 copies last year and there were thousands of downloads from our Web site.” He added, “This is a document that can be used by every education stakeholder in Georgia as they inform themselves on the key issues facing us.” Legislators, college professors, educational leaders and businessmen and women regularly use the report as they do their parts to improve education in our state.


Dolinger stressed the value of the report to the general public. “Whether we have children in school or not, we are all education stakeholders. Education directly impacts the economic prosperity of each and every community in our state. We must be better informed and do all we can to make Georgia’s school system the best in the nation.” He continued, “We want to get this into the hands of as many Georgians as we can.”

The report is available on the Web site at The Partnership will provide up to two copies for free upon request. Postage costs will be charged for orders of more than two. Contact the Partnership at 404-223-2280 or by E-mail at

Founded in 1990 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education. Working to be Georgia’s foremost change agent in education, the non-partisan, non-profit organization takes lead roles in efforts to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement. More information is available at

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Georgia Student Media Festival 2009

Georgia Student Media Festival 2009

It's time to start planning for the Georgia Student Media Festival 2009! This is an amazing event that is designed to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. All students and schools K-12 are encouraged to participate!

Festival activities progress through three successive levels: building, system and state. Entries must be evaluated at each level and receive a superior rating in order to proceed to the next level. Private schools are responsible for contacting the public school system in their geographic area for information on system or state level judging.

Building and system festival locations will be determined by the schools and counties. The state student media festival will be held at Georgia Public Broadcasting on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Dates and Times Recommended for Festivals:

· Building (school) festival - recommended to be held prior to Friday, February 28, 2009 in order to have time to send winners on to the system festival.

· System (county) festival - recommended to be held prior to Friday, March 29, 2009 in order to have time to send winners on to the state festival.

· State festival - Registration database and contact information must be submitted to Joni Jones, Rockdale County Schools, by e-mail before April 10, 2009 ( (770) 860-4213.

· Projects must arrive at the Clayton State University Library on or before April 17, 2009.

It's never too early to begin planning your media festival projects!
Find tips for great projects, GSMF 2009 forms, previous festival projects and further information about GSMF 2009 here.

For information about the Media Festival or if you have questions about conducting a local Media Festival contact:

Deborah Gray (678) 301-6428
Michelle Lenderman (
478) 779-2296

Gordon Baker (678)466-4325

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teachers' Domain News - September 2008

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Teachers' Domain Has Expanded!
Just in time for back to school, Teachers' Domain has expanded resources in Science, Math, Social Studies, Art, & English Language Arts for grades K-12. We have also added a Teachers' Domain College Edition, which includes resources in science and engineering for higher education, and VITAL New York, K-12 resources for NY state educators. Click here to read the full story press release.
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Teachers' Domain @ MTA Conference

Last month we visited the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) conference in Williamstown, MA. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth and shared your stories about Teachers' Domain in the classroom.

Our featured teacher of the month is Brockton High School Science Teacher Eleri Merrikin (pictured below) who said:

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Youngshin Gittings will be the featured "Child Care Provider of the Week" on the Emmy nominated programs, A Place of Our Own and Los Niños En Su Casa on July 18, 2008.

The episode will air on a Friday which always features the “Week in Review.” Communicable Diseases will also be a topic covered on the July 18th show entitled:

Week in Review (Preventing Communicable Diseases) – A Place of Our Own

5:00AM on GPB

Recuento Semanal (Enfermedades Contagiosas) – Los Niños en Su Casa

4:30 AM on GPB

“Child Care Provider of the Week” is a national recognition featuring:

  • Child Care Providers nominated by someone through a PBS station (in this case, GPB) or the program’s website.
  • Youngshin Gittings was chosen after a careful review of all nominations received nationwide.
  • A television crew traveled from KCET in Los Angeles to Youngshin’s house to capture her nurturing environment and record her marvelous work with children.
  • In addition to being featured on the July 18th program, Youngshin will travel to Washington, DC to receive further recognition by members of the legislature.
  • GPB and all of Georgia are proud and honored to have Youngshin Gittings recognized for her excellent work as a Child Care Provider.

Monday, June 9, 2008

TeacherLine Online Professional Development

PBS TeacherLine online courses offer the standards-based professional development opportunities that teachers need, in an accessible, online format that makes learning fun, flexible, and collaborative.

Why TeacherLine?

Online Course Delivery is Convenient and Flexible

§ Learning online is as easy as sending and retrieving email

§ No scheduled login requirements for weekly assignments

§ No travel or books to buy!

Courses Directly Impact Your Classroom and Student Outcomes

§ Courses incorporate assignments and activities to use in your classroom right away

§ Learners acquire new technological tools and strategies ready to integrate into their lessons

Collaborative Learning Environment

§ Learners benefit from the best practices and practical knowledge of course peers

§ Trained facilitators guide discussions, encourage participation, and provide ongoing feedback

Professional Development Credit Available

§ Approved for re-certification PLU credit by GA State Department of Education

§ Graduate credit is available

§ Ask your administrators for reimbursement!

Regional Courses Running June 18 – July 29, 2008

RDLA157.23 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (PK-3) – 45hr

Bring the ideal balance of oral language, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, and written language to your language arts instruction. Study the stages of literacy development and practice assessing the performance of budding young readers. Learn to design instructional activities that strengthen students' skills in phonemic and phonological awareness.

TECH160.156 Putting Technology to Work in the Classroom: Where to Start (K-12) – 30hr

Gain a better understanding of key issues surrounding technology integration, such as how to meet technology standards and choose the most suitable technology for a specific purpose. Identify lessons or concepts in your classroom that may benefit from technological enhancement. Learn to devise a strategy for integrating technology into your lesson plans.

RDLA152.18 An Intro. to the Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (K-8) - 45hr

Meet NCLB's requirements for research-based literacy and reading instruction by analyzing in-depth studies of the use of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition to develop the skills required for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to expand vocabulary, improve comprehension and fluency, and gain independence.

SCIE520.8 Teaching High School Biology (9-12) 45hr

Learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching standards-based science topics, including genetics, evolution, and cell biology. Gain practice using multimedia to explore novel learning environments and methodologies that foster student interest, involve them in the research process, advance their critical thinking skills, and develop their conceptual understanding. 1-800-277-0829

Online Professional Development for K-12 Educators

Cost and Credit Information

Course Hours

Regional Course Cost

National Course Cost

GA PLUCredits

Graduate Credit

After using $100 discount promo code

Regular price






1 credit for additional $65






2 credits for additional $130






3 credits for additional $195

* Regional courses are for SC, NC and GA learners; national courses are open to anyone. The course content is the same from both providers, however the courses offered regionally by TeacherLine Southeast feature a regional facilitator and allow for a more regional emphasis.

National Courses Running June 25 – August 5, 2008

SC, NC & GA Educators: Save $100 off the nationally offered courses listed below!

Enroll using this promo code: “ZP8TLSE”

* All courses listed below are 30hr courses, except as noted.

Instructional Strategies Courses:

▪ Differentiated Instruction ▪ Using Assessment and Evaluation

▪ Curriculum Mapping I by Heidi Hayes Jacobs ▪ Improving Learning Through Collaboration

▪ Curriculum Mapping II by Heidi Hayes Jacobs ▪ Connecting Family, Community and Schools

▪ Utilizing Technology in Creating a Problem-Based Curriculum

Reading/Language Courses:

▪ Integrating the Internet into the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum ▪ Teaching Reading in Science

▪ Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write ▪ Teaching Writing in the Content Areas

▪ Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Beginning and Transitional Readers, 45hr ▪ Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

▪ An Intro to Underlying Principles & Research for Effective Literacy Instruction ▪ Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, 45hr

Math Courses:

▪ Making Comparisons with Data Analysis for Grades 6-8 ▪ The Concept of Function for Grades 9-12, 15hr

▪ Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class ▪ Math in Everyday Life for Grades 6-8, 15hr

▪ Rational Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents in Grades 6-8, 15hr ▪ Developing Algebraic Thinking in Grades 3-5

▪ Understanding Numbers & Operations: Addition & Subtraction in Grades PK-3 ▪ Seeing Math™: Linear Functions

▪ Seeing Math™: Linear Equations ▪ Seeing Math™: Quadratic Equations

Technology Courses:
▪ Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start ▪ Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12

▪ Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration ▪ The Computer for Personal Productivity

▪ Using the Computer for Cooperative Experiences ▪ Publishing on the Web

▪ Evaluating and Organizing Internet Resources and Content ▪ Capstone Introduction, 6hr, $25 (no discount)

▪ Collab. on the Internet:Keypal Projects that Promote Cultural Awareness (4-8)
▪ Contemporary Issues - Using Technology for Discussion, Debate, & Problem Solving in the Middle School Curriculum
▪ Online Fac.Trng I: Mastering the Skills of OnlineTeaching, 45hr, $525 (no discount)

Science Courses:
▪ Science and the Living World ▪ Designing Effective Lessons

▪ Motion and Forces in Your World ▪ Understanding Waves

▪ Structure and Function ▪ Structure of the Earth System
▪ Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle School Science 1-800-277-0829

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Arts Integration Workshop for Educators

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)
Across the Disciplines: The Permanent Collection of MOCA GA

MOCA GA is pleased to offer an Arts Integration Workshop for educators.

Available Course: Visual Journaling: Creating, Exploring, Reflecting, through the creative process of visual journaling.

Visual Journaling is turning written word into visual imagery through the technique of collage, printmaking, photography, and artifact exploring. Facilitators and participants will work together to explore various approaches for infusing visual journaling into the classrooms, to create a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Georgia artists will share their artwork to stimulate, and reinforce creative ideas with high school educators. Participants will develop lesson plans based on the permanent collection of MOCA GA as well as the visual, biographical, and historical materials housed in the Museum's Education/Resource Center.

* 3 PLUs will be awarded.

Location: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Dates: June 9-13, 2008

Time: 9:30-3:30

Cost: $100.00

To register, or for more information, please contact Jo-ann Lawrence at or call (404) 367-4542.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer TeacherLine Courses

Ready for summer fun and relaxation? Perhaps you're planning a vacation at the beach or looking forward to more time in your garden. Did you know that you can have your fun and still make progress on your professional development goals this summer? It's true, with PBS TeacherLine summer courses.
Our online courses are flexible so you can garden in the morning and do your coursework in the hot afternoons. Or maybe you're spending your days at the pool, no problem - you can do your coursework in the evenings and/or weekends.
As long as you complete your weekly assignment and participate regularly in the discussion board, when you do your coursework is up to you! You can even go on a week-long vacation and still participate in your course if you have internet access during your trip (hello beach, mountains, Italy??).
Don't forget to ask your school or the district if they'll reimburse you for your course fees; those year-end funds need to be spent somehow - hurry!
Courses running June 18 - July 29, 2008:
* RDLA152.18 [This course qualifies for NC reading credits & the SC PACE program.]
An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction
* RDLA157.23 [This course qualifies for NC reading credits.]
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
* MATH160.28
Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom
* TECH160.156
Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start
* SCIE520.8 (Ends August 26th) [This course qualifies for the SC PACE program.]
Teaching High School Biology

Plus, we have 42 courses running from June 25 - August 5, 2008!!

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