Saturday, June 1, 2002

Letter from the Director

Dear Educator:

We have had quite a year here at PeachStar for 2001-2002. This year we expanded our satellite offerings to three separate channels programmed by grade level in order to provide more content and make recording easier for media specialists became Georgia's exclusive resource for Ready to Learn trainings and support materials brought character education into Georgia classrooms through our CONNECT! video series brought you SmARTistic: Experiencing Academics Through the Arts, a video created in conjunction with the Georgia Council for the Arts designed to help teachers integrate arts into the curriculum helped to change the face of technology in the classroom with the advent of our video streaming capabilities developed a multimedia distance learning program in Interrelated Special Education that allows certified teachers to add-on certification in special education in as little as one year redesigned our website, transforming it into a phenomenal resource for Georgia teachers and students.

We anticipate surpassing this outstanding record with an even better 2002-2003 school year! To begin with, we look forward to seeing many of you this summer as you visit us in Atlanta to participate in one of our many professional development offerings as part of our Educator-In-Residence program. Last year's Teacher-In-Residence program was such as success, that we decided to expand our summer offerings to include all educators, including media specialists and staff development coordinators. See the article on page X for more information about each of the workshops being offered.

PeachStar will be printing a special August issue of Pipeline to help Georgia educators start the school year right with important information about how to use PeachStar resources to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

PeachStar thanks all Georgia educators for their hard work and commitment over the last academic year. We eagerly await the opportunity to continue working with you in the Fall to further enhance the use of educational technology in Georgia classrooms.

C. Blaine Carpenter, Ph.D