Friday, February 29, 2008

March Satellite Broadcast Schedule

Click the links below to view the schedule for GPB Education's Satellite Network: Channels 410, 420 and 430.
Program Deletion List

2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists Named

Congratulations to all of the Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists!!! State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced the 10 finalists for 2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year this month. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 141 applicants that were selected as the Teachers of the Year in their school districts. The 10 finalists were chosen based on the scores of the essays on their applications and will be interviewed and observed at their schools over the next month. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 9, 2008 at the Georgia Aquarium.

The 2008 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Ms. Emily Jennette, Sawyer Road Elementary School. Learn more about Ms. Jennette and the Georgia Teacher of the Year program at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Announcing a New Resource for Educators from GPB Education

GPB Education is proud to announce the new educational materials available to you on our website. We partnered with Atlanta’s Fernbank Science Center, known statewide for K–12 excellence in science education, to produce hands-on training workshops for high school science teachers that accompany the latest installment of the National Public Radio award-winning series The DNA Files. Lesson plans, lab protocols and much more are available along with the workshops. Take a look at them today!

To view the educational videos and resources, please visit

Pictured: Chris Showalter, Ornithologist, Fenbank Science Center during one of three workshops for high school schience teachers.

GPB Education at GSTA: A Success!!!

GPB Education headed to Athens, GA for the Annual Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference February 13 -16. We exhibited and Joan McMullan (our Science guru) presented GPB Classroom: Chemistry and Physics series and resources to conference attendees. We also unveiled a new resource for educators -- The DNA Files III workshops and resources made in partnership with the Fernbank Science Center, which is all available online at We are delighted to say GPB Education had another successful conference!

(Pictured is Joan McMullan with GPB Classroom: Chemistry and Physics flyer and CD -- both were a huge hit! (photo credit: Barbara O'Brien)

Share Your Successes and Challenges with GPB Education

Georgia Public Broadcasting is gathering stories, interviews, as well as video and audio clips that reflect the journey that middle and high school students make towards the goal of high school graduation. We know that one story may not look like another and all are welcome.

The final product will be available to all educators, students and parents in a variety of new media formats, including the GPB Education Blog.

If you have a completed media project, story to share, or if you have questions contact: Barbara O’Brien at or 404.685.2545

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has released its annual “Top Ten (Education) Issues to Watch” for 2008. The official release of the report came at the organization’s second annual Media Symposium held at GPB on January 23.

This year’s list covers a variety of topics:

  • Poverty, Diversity, and the Reality of Georgia’s Demographic Changes
  • Zero to Five: Critical Needs for Critical Years
  • Georgia’s Still Unfinished Business in Teacher Quality
  • Charter Schools and Vouchers: Weighing Georgia’s “Options”
  • The Turbulent Debate Over School Funding in Georgia
  • No Child Left Behind:The Federal Landscape and Georgia’s Lingering Achievement Gaps
  • Great Expectations: Increasing the Rigor of High School Education
  • The Crisis of High School Dropouts and Unskilled Graduates
  • Measuring What Matters:Building a Better Information System
  • Replacing Random Acts with a Deliberate Educational Plan

Each subject area is broken down into three sections – an issue overview, the political context of the issue, and what’s next for Georgia.

“As well as presenting the topic,” explains Susan Walker, the Partnership’s Policy and Research director and the author of the report,
“we present analysis based upon our thorough research which makes the report even more valuable to education stakeholders across Georgia.”

This is the fourth year for the report that continues to grow in popularity.
Georgia Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger says, The Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2008 provides a unique and compact look at areas of focus that Georgia’s educational, business, and community leaders as well as citizens are addressing or will address in the coming months.”

The report is available on the Partnership website at Hard copies are available by e-mail request to or by calling 404-223-2280.