Thursday, December 5, 2002

A Letter from PeachStar's Director

Dear Educator:

As the first semester of the 2002-2003 school year comes to a close PeachStar is proud to look back on what we have accomplished together with you so far this school year. We launched the pilot of PeachStar Classroom's physics and chemistry courses in three school systems across the state. Be sure to read the article for more information about how the implementation is progressing. We brought the Cobb County Alcohol and Drug Awareness program to middle schools across Georgia as well as hosting Congressman Johnny Isakson and the Youth Talkback Live program as they discussed important issues of concerns to Georgia students today. Be sure to check the January issue of Pipeline for photos and more information about both of these exciting events.

Even though the first semester is not yet over, PeachStar has already begun planning for the second and we are pleased to tell you that we have a great deal in store for you when you return in January. All fall we have been working to improve the way we broadcast programming in order to best meet the needs of classroom teachers. In January we will offer the culmination of our efforts in the form of a broadcast schedule arranged by course and a new online support resource that offers educators lesson plans and ideas for integrating the videos into classroom instruction.

We will be launching a new online menu of training options for Georgia Educators in January. This allows you to choose from a pre-scheduled list of PeachStar trainings to be held at locations around the state or to request to host a training at your school. PeachStar is dedicated to supporting the entire Georgia learning community regardless of geographic location and by offering a general menu of trainings in locations across the state, we will better be able to serve educators in outlying areas.

With these and other initiatives in progress, PeachStar staff feel confident that next semester will be a great success. Congratulations on successfully completing the first half of the school year; we look forward to working with you to make next semester an even greater success.


C. Blaine Carpenter, Ph.D.
Director, Education Services