Friday, August 24, 2007

The 2007 - 2008 Irasshai School Year Begins!

The Irasshai office is smoking hot as the dog days of summer quickly approach. That's because GPB's Japanese language and culture distance learning program is gearing up for its 12th season of operation. Early registrations for 2007-2008 have reached a record high; more than triple the enrollment from this time last year. Read about Emmy-award winning distance educator, Tim Cook-sensei and more about the program at Registration materials are available on the website under "how to register" and can also be completed online or printed out and faxed to the Irasshai office.

Irasshai will also have a presence once again at JapanFest, which will be held at the Gwinnett Center Convention Center on September 29-30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (see for directions, schedules and more). Join the ten thousand-some-odd other guests and experience the excitement of Japanese culture firsthand. Get into the festival spirit and stop by the Irasshai booth!

New and exciting changes are also in the works for Irasshai this year. DVD sets and hardcover bound textbooks are just two examples of upcoming additions to the program.

PBS TeacherLine Fall Courses

Start the 2007-2008 school year with PBS TeacherLine, the premier resource offering professional development courses online to individual PreK-12 teachers and districts. Find over 100 top-quality, standards-based courses that span the entire curriculum: Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Instructional Technology and Instructional Strategies.

Coursework can cover a complete sequence of study or address a specific requirement, depending on a teacher's or district's needs. The courses can be used for re-certification, pay upgrades and Professional Learning Units. Graduate credit can also be earned for an additional fee.

PBS TeacherLine's courses are developed in collaboration with the following leading national educational organizations: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and The Concord Consortium.

Why Choose PBS TeacherLine Courses?

* Convenient, Flexible, Affordable and Easy to Use
* Direct Classroom Applications
* Collaborative Learning Environment
* Engaging, Top-quality Content
* Lead to professional recognition

To enroll in a PBS TeacherLine course, visit the Course Catalog main page on the PBS TeacherLine website, find a course that fits your needs and click 'View Details / Enroll.'

Current Courses Offered:

Instructional Technology:

TECH522 Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching - 45hr
TECH400 Capstone Introduction - 6hr
TECH325 Searching and Researching on the Internet - 30hr
TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12 - 30hr
TECH160 Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start - 30hr
TECH195 Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration - 30hr
TECH300 The Computer for Personal Productivity - 30hr
TECH320 Introduction to a One-Computer Classroom - 30hr
TECH335 Publishing on the Web - 30hr
TECH410 PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone I - 45hr
TECH415 PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone II - 45hr

Reading/Language Arts:

RDLA125 Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write (Grades K-6) - 30hr
RDLA152 An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8) - 45hr
RDLA200 Facilitating Oral Language Development (Grades PreK-3) - 30hr
RDLA130 Teaching Reading in Science - 30hr
RDLA135 Teaching Reading in Mathematics - 30hr
RDLA150 An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8) - 30hr
RDLA155 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (Grades PreK-3) - 30hr
RDLA162 Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Emergent Readers (Grades PreK-K) - 45hr
RDLA170 Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge (Grades PreK-2) - 30hr
RDLA210 Effective Writing Instruction (Grades 1-3) - 30hr
RDLA220 Teaching Writing in the Content Areas (Grades 6?12) - 30hr
RDLA340 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas - 30hr
RDLA345 Early Literacy Learning (K-2) - Part 1 - 30hr
RDLA363 Supporting English Language Learners: Oral Language Development (Grades PreK-3) - 10hr

Instructional Strategies:

INST320 Connecting Family, Community and Schools - 30hr
INST120 Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles - 30hr
INST180 Differentiated Instruction (Grades 6-8) - 30hr
INST300 Curriculum Mapping I by Heidi Hayes Jacobs - 30hr
INST325 Using Assessment and Evaluation - 30hr
INST335 Constructing Learning Centered Environments - 30hr


MATH120 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Discussion, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Math (Grades 1-5) - 30hr
MATH160 Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades 4-8) - 30hr
MATH165 Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class (Grades 4-8) - 30hr
MATH181 Math in Everyday Life for Grades K-5 - 15hr
MATH196 Shaping Up: Teaching Geometry Using Technology in Grades 3-5 - 15hr
MATH216 The Odds Are Good: Probability for Grades 6-8 - 15hr
MATH221 Count on It: Number Sense for Grades K-5 - 15hr
MATH250 Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3 - 30hr
MATH280 Understanding Counting and Numbers (Grades K-2) - 30hr
MATH415 Seeing Math?: Transformations of Linear Functions - 30hr
MATH440 Seeing Math?: Transformations of Quadratic Functions - 30hr
MATH455 Seeing Math?: Data Analysis - 30hr

SCIE120 Scientific Inquiry and Field Work: Discovering with Technology for Grades 6-8 - 30hr
SCIE125 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Science (Grades 1-4) - 30hr
SCIE504 Plants and Animals - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades K-5 - 30hr
SCIE514 Regulation and Behavior - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades 6-8 - 30hr
SCIE522 Inquiry in Science Education - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades 9-12 - 30hr
SCIE546 Understanding Heat Transfer - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades 6-8 - 30hr
SCIE556 Building Understanding - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades 9-12 - 30hr
SCIE566 Earth in Time and Space - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston - Grades 6-12 - 30hr

TIE Network Updates

GPB Education's Technology in Education (TIE) Network kept busy and grew significantly during the summer months! If you were at NECC, then you probably saw the bright green TIE Network t-shirts everywhere! This field of brightly colored t-shirts could only mean one thing - TIE Network had plenty of events and activities happening during NECC. Events included a gathering at the Braves game, an Advisory Board dinner, a "Birds of a Feather" session, and several presentations by TIE Network members.

The TIE Network, which empowers Georgia's educators by connecting them with other educators throughout the region, holds events and sessions throughout the year. If you would like to become a member of this growing network of educators, then please visit TIE Network

Below you will find details of TIE Network events during NECC and a TIE Network Recap.

TIE Network Events during NECC

TIE Network Birds of a Feather session at NECC: TIE Network recapped the first 6 months of the TIE Network and used MP3 recorders to document our experiences with TIE and the importance of integrating technology into the classroom.

TIE Network Advisory Board Dinner: Planned for next year. Our focus will be on creating user-generated content and spotlighting student-created work.

TIE Network statewide event at the Braves Game: Networked and used MP3 recorders to share our NECC experiences.

Seven TIE Network members presented at NECC: Holly Boykin, Jeff Giddens, Amber Hoke, Helen Maddox, Brent McBride, Shaun Owen and Daniel Rivera

TIE Network 6-month Recap

Regional events: Georgia Southern University in March, Dalton State ETTC in April, Albany State ETTC in May, Pioneer ETTC in June and Valdosta State ETTC in July

Membership: 368

Participating districts: 72

Participating ETTCs and RESAs: 13

Uploaded Content in the Resource Center: 151 items

What is Datacasting?

GPB Education is pleased to announce that we are moving to a more efficient and effective distribution model for our educational content. During the 2007-2008 school year, we will begin transitioning to a statewide datacasting model in order to expand the distribution of education, training and emergency management information to every corner of the state.

Datacasting, also known as "data broadcasting," is the broadcasting of data over a wide area via radio waves. While we will continue to distribute our content via satellite during this school year, we will have the datacasting solution in place for the 2008-2009 school year. This change will not impact the content GPB Education delivers. You will continue to receive updates so that you are prepared to make a seamless transition to the new model.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Understanding Early Learning

If you have been looking for the gap to be closed between scientific research and how to use that information in everyday situations - look no further! Georgia Public Broadcasting has partnered with KCTS Television and the Talaris Research Institute to offer families and early learning educators in Georgia Parenting Counts: A Focus on Early Learning.

With the knowledge obtained from years of research and recognizing the existing gap between what scientists know and what is being practiced in early learning and brain development, the Talaris Research Institute developed the Parenting Counts education program to deliver messages and understandings of how children think, feel and learn to the people who could use this information the most - parents and all who have a role in the development of a child. The Talaris Research Institute believes that once the basis of a child's development is understood, a child's opportunities to live a fulfilling life are significantly improved.

The Parenting Counts program can be found in the form of "video prompts,"printed materials and in-depth workshops. "Video prompts" sharing real life parenting moments focused around the topics of parent/child communication, emotions, exploring and emergent literacy will air on GPB television spots beginning this Fall. In-depth workshops conducted throughout the year provide a better understanding of early childhood social, emotional and cognitive development, as well as supportive, practical tips for enhancing the parent-child relationship.

To schedule a Parenting Counts workshop, contact Carol Veatch at or Laura Miller at

For more information about Parenting Counts, please visit GPB's Family Literacy webpage or the Talaris Research Institute website.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

GPB Education Resources Available for Download from unitedstreaming

GPB Education is currently in the process of making resources available on unitedstreaming, a digital video-based learning resource that has been scientifically proven to increase academic achievement. Currently, The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill becomes a Law, GPB Education's animated short film intended to be used as supplemental material for eighth grade social studies (Georgia Performance Standard SS8CG2c), is available for educators to download from unitedstreaming. Look for the following content in the fall: GPB Classroom: Chemistry and Physics.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


GPB Education has made a new edition to Pipeline - the Program Deletion List. It is a listing of expiration dates for our satellite delivered programming. Programming needs to be deleted from your media centers as soon as the expiration date passes because our rights to air those programs have expired. The list starts from June 2006 and goes into 2008.

The Program Deletion List can be found in the Broadcast Schedule section of Pipeline. Simply click on the Program Deletion List link and you'll find a spreadsheet of all of the programs that have expired.

Programs to Look for in August

French in Action

This series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz's proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and backgrounds. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman's adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz's on-camera instruction. The series is also appropriate for teacher professional development.

Check the GPB Education Schedule for air dates and times.

Arts in Every Classroom: A Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

This video workshop is comprised of eight one-hour programs that provide new ideas about working with the arts for K-5 classroom and arts specialist teachers. During the programs, Learner Teams - teachers, principals and arts specialists - work through a curriculum unit based on a multi-arts performance piece by Cirque du Soleil. Classroom segments show students engaged in the same lessons.

Check the GPB Education Schedule for air dates and times.

Where We'll Be

GPB Education will be at the following conferences. Stop by our exhibit booth and learn about all of our educational resources!

September 29 - 30
Gwinnett Center
Duluth, GA

October 17 - 19
COMO Conference
Jekyll Island Convention Center
Jekyll Island, GA

October 18 - 19
GCSS Conference
Classic Center
Athens, GA

October 24 - 26
Family Connection Conference
Classic Center
Athens, GA

November 14 - 16
Georgia International Convention Center
Atlanta, GA

November 16 - 18
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Meet the Staff

Since we began serving the Georgia learning community in 1994, the Education division of Georgia Public Broadcasting has continued to expand the programs and services we provide. We have grown from a small department operating a single ITV channel to a resource-rich organization providing programming and training through multiple satellite channels, open air television, and the Internet. In order to ensure that we are meeting the needs of teachers and students, GPB has assembled a team of professionals with the experience and expertise required to understand those needs and provide solutions. Take a moment to read about each member of our staff below and learn who can assist you with specific questions you may have about GPB programs and services.

The Leadership

Mike Nixon - Director GPB Education
Mike served as the Director of GPB's Information Technology Division for four years before assuming the directorship of GPB Education. His background in information systems and distance learning technology enables him to develop unique solutions for Georgia educators that maximize GPB's technological infrastructure while providing high quality resources for use in the classroom. Under his leadership, GPB Education has continued to expand our video streaming and webcasting capabilities, which provide video resources to schools via the Internet without the need for a television or VCR. Additionally, he has solidified partnerships with the Georgia Department of Education and a number of other education entities that have resulted in the development of programs and resources that impact not only classroom teaching, but also professional development for educators. You may contact Mike at or 404-685-2256.

Patrice Weaver - Manager, Education Services
Patrice came to GPB after 15 years in the classroom. Before getting her master's degree in Instructional Design and becoming an award winning social studies teacher, Patrice worked as a Chief Executive Officer and Fiduciary Accountant for 10 years. Both of these skill sets serve her well as the Manager of GPB Education Services, where she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the division including the budget, broadcast and streaming services, client services, and supervising the other Education Project Managers. She has been Executive Producer on a variety of education multimedia projects and continues to conduct professional development trainings statewide. Patrice actively cultivates partnerships with other state organizations in order to serve the needs of Georgia educators. You may contact Patrice at or 404-685-2563.

The Administrative Staff

Markisha Gray- Unit Service Financial Analyst
Before joining GPB, Markisha worked in many different industries as an accountant for five years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Livingstone College. Markisha's current role with GPB Education is the Unit Service Financial Analyst where she tracks, develops and analyzes budgets and statistical reports to show the department's financial position. In addition, she reviews and approves accounts payable and procurement transactions. She also monitors income and expenses for all GPB Education activities and Revenue Funded Production projects. Overall, she serves as the financial liaison for the department. If you should need any financial assistance, you may contact Markisha at or 404-685-2558.

Jascenda Pasley - Administrative Assistant
Jascenda has been with GPB Education for four years, during which time she has become an indispensable part of our team. She is the person you speak with when you call the main GPB Education phone number, and she can assist you with placing orders for GPB original programs, finding the technical assistance you need for your satellite or video streaming equipment, and locating the appropriate GPB staff person to answer your content-specific questions. Jascenda also inputs all of the program information you find in our online program guide and assists the project managers in preparation for conferences and trainings. You may contact Jascenda at or 404-685-2413.


Meghan Morris - Digital Communications
Meghan earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from Georgia State University. While attending Georgia State University, she also received a certificate in Tradeshow and Event Planning. After graduating, Meghan joined the GPB Education team as an Apprentice and is now the Digital Communications Coordinator. Currently, she produces the monthly Pipeline e-zine, web highlights, marketing materials and many other communication materials. She also helps to create awareness among Georgia's educational community about GPB's products and services. You may contact Meghan at or 404-685-2534.

Content Development

Barbara O'Brien - Senior Education Project Manager
Barbara works with members of the Content team to create curriculum-based resources for educators, students and parents. Additionally, she facilitates partnerships between GPB and other organizations to support the learning community in Georgia. Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools, C-47: Georgia Short Film Showcase, Graduation Counts! and Road Trip are the results of recent partnerships. Barbara is also the point of contact for Fine Arts Projects. In addition to a wealth of personal experience as a dancer and choreographer, Barbara has a M.Ed. in education with an emphasis in dance. She has taught fine arts in classrooms from the pre-K through postsecondary levels, served as an artist-in-residence for various educational programs, and worked with such noteworthy Georgia organizations as the Fulton County Arts Council, the High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences Woodruff Arts Center. You may contact Barbara at or 404-685-2545.

Deborah R. Grayson - Social Sciences
Deborah comes to GPB with a Ph.D. in American Studies and over 15 years of classroom experience at the college level where her areas of expertise included Biomedical Ethics and African-American Literature and Culture. She has received awards for excellence and achievement for her work as an educator and literacy volunteer in various church and community organizations. Deborah is also a painter, quilter and doll maker who regularly exhibits her work. A recent addition to the GPB family, Deborah serves as an Education Project Manager with a concentration in social sciences. Her current projects include overseeing programming and evaluating content for the social sciences. She also is developing and maintaining the extensive Georgia Stories website. Further, Deborah facilitates partnerships between GPB and other organizations throughout the state to serve Georgia educators and learners. You may contact Deborah at or 404-685-2418.

Digital Content

Katherine Aiken - Digital Distribution and TIE Network Manager
For seven years, Katherine taught middle and high school language arts in metro-Atlanta. Outside of the classroom, she also worked with educators by facilitating workshops, developing educational broadcast programming, and working with school districts across the country to deliver community-based initiatives. Katherine recently rejoined the GPB Education team after leaving Discovery Education where she managed the Georgia and Alabama DEN. Katherine's combination of teaching background and events planning experience enable her to collaborate with Georgia's ETTCs and RESAs to offer unique networking and professional development opportunities for Georgia educators. Katherine also coordinates the datacasting distribution project for K-12 schools across the state. You may contact Katherine at or 404-685-2338.

Rod Berry - Programming
Rod came to GPB Education from the world of database maintenance, where he worked to keep track of GPB's membership database for five years. Now that he's part of the Education team, Rod serves the crucial function of scheduling the programming that airs on Channels 410, 420 and 430. Rod is also in charge of seeking out new programming from vendors across the nation. If you have questions or concerns about the broadcast schedule, you can contact Rod. Also, if you would like to see more programming in a particular subject area, please let Rod know and he will do his best to acquire it for broadcast. You may contact Rod at or 404-685-2649.

Family Literacy

Carol Veatch - Coordinator
Carol comes to GPB with over 30 years experience in the education field. She earned a dual bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, in Elementary Education and Special Education and a M.Ed. from Georgia State University in Interrelated Special Education. Carol's educational experience includes classroom teacher, curriculum developer, grant writer and manager, teacher trainer, program developer, and researcher. In addition, Carol has partnered with universities to develop adult literacy programs. As Family Literacy Coordinator at GPB, Carol is dedicated to initiating and supporting quality children and adult literacy programs through literacy events, partnerships, production and Ready To Learn. If you have questions or would like more information regarding GPB Family Literacy, you can contact Carol at or 404-685-2555.

Laura Miller - Ready to Learn
Laura came to GPB from WGBH in Boston, where she served as a member of the team that piloted Ready To Learn (RTL), public broadcasting's answer to the call for all children to begin school ready to learn. Laura has a master's degree in Education, with an emphasis in English, and experience working in various educational settings within the K-12 arena. Since joining GPB, Laura has served the Ready To Learn needs of the entire state through workshops for educators, parents and caregivers. Additionally, she evaluates programming and oversees professional development in the areas of early childhood education, adult literacy and family literacy. Laura further serves the needs of these communities through the facilitation of partnerships with other organizations to develop initiatives such as the Department of Education's Reading First project. You may contact her at or 404-685-2521.


Lisa Hannabach - Administrative Assistant for Irasshai
When you call the Irasshai Hotline (1-800-883-7444 or 404-685-2811 in the Atlanta area), chances are Lisa's will be the first voice you hear. Although she has a bachelor's degree in Japanese Language and Culture from the University of Hawaii and has lived in Japan for ten years, she promises to answer your Irasshai-related questions in English. As the Administrative Assistant for GPB's Japanese language and culture distance learning program, Lisa provides support to the Irasshai staff, acts as liaison between staff and enrolled schools, and facilitates the day to day operations of the Irasshai office.

Kathy Negrelli - Program Manager
Kathy comes to GPB with a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Georgia and more than 20 years of teaching experience in Japan and in the United States ranging from elementary to university level. She has served on the team of Irasshai - GPB's high school distance learning course in Japanese language and culture - since its inception in 1995. She was an integral member in helping develop the Audio Interaction component of the course, as well as playing critical roles in the creation of Irasshai Explorer, the middle school course and i-irasshai, an interactive CD-ROM supplement to Irasshai. She currently acts as liaison between GPB and Irasshai subscribers across the nation, and is the editor of the Irasshai Shinbun, a newsletter devoted to providing information and activities to facilitators and students of Irasshai.

Katsumi Suzuki- Program Coordinator of Irasshai
Katsumi came to the United States as a college student to major in English at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. Her original plan was to stay in the United States for a few years until she graduated. During her last year of college, she went to visit a Japanese class at the University of Georgia. She was so excited to see American students learning Japanese, and she dreamed about becoming a teacher herself. She was encouraged to go to graduate school at UGA, where she studied Foreign Language Education and taught Japanese in undergraduate classes for six years. She is one of the original staff who has been working for the Japanese distance course, Irasshai, since it piloted in 1996. She completed her Ph.D. in 2001 and is still enjoying teaching Japanese and coordinating the Irasshai program.

Sakiko Suzuki- Program Coordinator of Irasshai
Sakiko is originally from Kyoto, Japan and moved to the United States in 1997. She earned her master's degree in Languages and Cultures from Kansai Gaidai University and in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia. She has been serving as a Program Coordinator of Irasshai since 2000 after having taught elementary school, middle school, and university both in Japan and in the United States. Since 2000, she has been helping high school students across the nation learn Japanese language and culture. Her 13 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings make her unique in her role as Distance Education Specialist in GPB's Education and Technology division. She hopes that more students in the United States will broaden their worldview through learning the Japanese language and culture.


Bix Doughty - Coordinator
Bix has been with GPB since 1987 and has been a part of GPB Education since the division was formed. While at GPB, Bix has played an important role in numerous projects, including initiating GPB's first online service, the installation of satellite dishes in K-16 schools throughout Georgia, and streaming educational content online. He has also been involved with the production of Salsa, Irasshai, Georgia Stories and many other GPB Education original productions. Currently, Bix focuses on GPB Education production projects for satellite and internet delivery, building the Apprentice Program, and coordinating the activities of the Apprentices at GPB. You may contact Bix at or 404-685-2566.

Jonathan Harris - Apprentice Program
Georgia Public Broadcasting's Apprentice Program Coordinator, Jonathan Harris, is an industry professional who has taught film and video production and post-production within the Department of Communication at Georgia State University for the last three years. Jonathan holds a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking and Art from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Davidson College. He is the Director of the documentary, Treasure Hunters, which screened at more than a dozen film festivals nationwide, won Best Documentary Short at the F4 Film Festival in Massachusetts, and received three other nominations. He was most recently the Writer and Co-director of the feature-length musical, Last Ride, which also appeared at film festivals nationwide. He worked as Post-Production Supervisor on The Adventures of Ociee Nash (distributed by Twentieth Century Fox) and has appeared as a panelist at the Atlanta Film Festival. Jonathan currently oversees all of the Apprentice Program's activities. You may contact him at or 404-685-2589.

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Broadcast Schedule

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  • Channel 410 features educational programming appropriate for elementary students and educators
  • Channel 420 features educational programming appropriate for middle and high school students and educators
  • Channel 430 features post-secondary and adult education programming
Program Deletion List

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