Thursday, August 7, 2003

Executive Director's Message

Welcome back to PeachStar and Georgia Public Broadcasting as you begin another new school year. We have made good use of the summer months through training opportunities around the state as well as developing new resources we hope you will find useful in your classroom and that we believe can have a positive impact as you work with students.

PeachStar's third annual Educator In Residence program took on a different shape this year, making use of regional training facilities and emerging technologies to expand our reach to include a greater number of educators in need of professional development. By including webcasting in our training repertoire, we are now able to provide professional development to an infinite number of educators around the state, live and via archived sessions you can access on demand. The article on page INSERT has more information about the program.

You will notice a significant change as you browse through the Listings section of this back-to-school issue of Pipeline. In response to repeated requests by educators, we have revised our approach to elementary program scheduling to reflect the scope and sequence of classroom instruction. We have shifted the program descriptions and copyright information to the website to allow for an expanded broadcast schedule. Descriptions are now presented chronologically and represent the actual breadth and flow of instruction, making it easier for you to incorporate PeachStar resources into your lesson plans. Middle and high school programming is organized into a daily schedule by subject area, and detailed course listings, as well as a tutorial, may be found online to assist you with the selection of videos appropriate to the courses you teach.

Our well-established services such as video streaming, video on request, and face-to-face trainings will continue throughout the school year as well, combining with our newly developed resources to provide you with the highest quality support for your endeavors on behalf of Georgia's learners. As always, we value your input and remind you that your feedback is crucial to shaping the development of our programs and services. Please contact us with any comments or concerns at

As the school year begins, GPB will be involved in two new initiatives that we hope will support and reinforce your efforts in the classroom. We will be working with Georgia's First Lady, Mary Perdue, on a statewide effort that begins with the First Lady's Summit on Our Children, which we will host at our headquarters facility in Atlanta and broadcast to selected sites around the state on Wednesday, August 27. The goal of the Summit is to build corporate, legislative and community resources for abused and neglected children. Also, Mrs. Perdue has designated September as Children's Literacy Month and will be working with GPB to encourage parents and care givers to read to their children. You will be getting more information from both Mrs. Perdue and from GPB about these initiatives.

All of us here at Georgia Public Broadcasting look forward to continuing our partnership with Georgia educators to bring our students the best in educational technology. Best wishes for a great school year.

James M. Lyle
Executive Director