Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer TeacherLine Courses

Ready for summer fun and relaxation? Perhaps you're planning a vacation at the beach or looking forward to more time in your garden. Did you know that you can have your fun and still make progress on your professional development goals this summer? It's true, with PBS TeacherLine summer courses.
Our online courses are flexible so you can garden in the morning and do your coursework in the hot afternoons. Or maybe you're spending your days at the pool, no problem - you can do your coursework in the evenings and/or weekends.
As long as you complete your weekly assignment and participate regularly in the discussion board, when you do your coursework is up to you! You can even go on a week-long vacation and still participate in your course if you have internet access during your trip (hello beach, mountains, Italy??).
Don't forget to ask your school or the district if they'll reimburse you for your course fees; those year-end funds need to be spent somehow - hurry!
Courses running June 18 - July 29, 2008:
* RDLA152.18 [This course qualifies for NC reading credits & the SC PACE program.]
An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction
* RDLA157.23 [This course qualifies for NC reading credits.]
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
* MATH160.28
Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom
* TECH160.156
Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start
* SCIE520.8 (Ends August 26th) [This course qualifies for the SC PACE program.]
Teaching High School Biology

Plus, we have 42 courses running from June 25 - August 5, 2008!!

Visit us at TeacherLineSoutheast.org (http://www.teacherlinesoutheast.org)

Monday, May 19, 2008

June 2008 Satellite Schedules

Click to view the schedule for GPB Education's Satellite Network -- Channels 410, 420 and 430.

Program Deletion List

Students in Atlanta Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds tells the story of 5 inner-city students in Atlanta that were given a chance to receive a full scholarship to the college of their choice! All they had to do was graduate and get accepted into college. This may sound simple, but during this honest, candid look into the lives of these students, you will learn that the intervening years were anything but simple.

This documentary will air on GPB, Sunday, May 25 @ 4 PM.

Download a complete Resource Guide for Defying the Odds.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year Named

Congratulations to Leanne Maule, English teacher from Cartersville High School, for being selected as the 2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year! Her selection was announced by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet held Friday, May 9 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Maule will spend the 2008-2009 school year serving as an ambassador and advocate for the teaching profession. She will also be Georgia's entry in the 2009 National Teacher of the Year competition.

Free 5-12th Grade Lesson Plans and Educational Resources Offered With New Touring Exhibition

In connection with its touring exhibit, Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art, the Southern Arts Federation is offering free educational resources developed by the exhibit's education curators Martin Rollins, Isaac Shelby Elementary School, Louisville, KY, and Judy Sizemore, Kentucky Arts Council.

Educators can select from a variety of resources to suit their needs. From one-off presentation slides and classroom activities to complete lesson plans that span an entire semester, these education resources connect to national arts standards and provide cross-curricular connections to vocabulary, math, geography, science, history and social studies as well as an exploration of particular media such as fiber arts, book arts, baskets, wood, clay, glass and metal. Materials can be used in conjunction with an in-person or online gallery visit, or as a stand-alone activity.

Click here to access the Free Educational Resources

Click here to access the Virtual Galleries

Click here to view the Exhibition Tour Schedule
(Georgia Exhibition is
March 1- May 18, 2008 at the Atlanta History Center)

Featuring more than 100 artworks created by masters living and working in the South today, Tradition/Innovation will tour to nine museums throughout the Southeast, January 2008 – Spring 2010. American Masterpieces, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Watch the Future of Teaching in Georgia Forum!

As you may have read in a blog posted earlier this week, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) convened at Georgia Public Broadcasting on Friday, May 9 for an education leadership forum, “The Future of Teaching in Georgia,” to discuss how transforming teaching can meet the learning needs of 21st century students.

You can now watch this forum online!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Emmy Nominee at GPB Education!

Congratulations to GPB Education’s Emmy nominee Barbara O’Brien for State of the Arts - José Limón: A Chance to Dance with the Best. Barbara shares this nomination with Pamela Roberts, Jennifer Houston Wood, and Dan Hodlick of Georgia Public Broadcasting. The nomination is in the Category of News and Program Specialty Excellence: Arts & Entertainment. There are 3 programs competing in this category and the final announcement of the Emmy winners will be made June 21 at the 2008 Southeast Regional EMMY® Awards 34th Annual Black Tie Gala in Atlanta, Ga.

You can check this link to stream José Limón: A Chance to Dance with the Best. http://www.gpb.org/stateofthearts/2007/05

Good Luck to Barbara and all of the GPB Nominees!

GPB’s Emmy Nominees:

Daryl Wattley
Television Crafts Achievement Excellence
Category: 49

Brandon Arnold, Keely Walker Muse
Television Programing Excellence
Category: 31
Georgia Outdoors: Suwanee Watershed

Pamela Roberts, Jennifer Houston Wood, Barbara O'Brien, Dan Hodlick

Television News and Program Specialty Excellence
Category: 13
State of the Arts: José Limón: A Chance to Dance with the Best

Brandon Arnold, Keely Walker Muse
Television News and Program Specialty Excellence
Category: 19DE
Health/Science Program
Georgia Outdoors: Citizen Science

Pamela Roberts, Charlene Fisk, Rickey Bevington, Mitchell Zastrow
Television News and Program Specialty Excellence
Category: 20
State of the Arts: Flannery O'Connor

About State of the Arts:

State of the Arts is an award-winning program that takes viewers on a journey into the vibrant world of art produced in Georgia. In every show, State of the Arts goes behind the scenes to meet artists and performers - from painters and poets to dancers and dramatists – who tell their stories of what it takes to make art. State of the Arts also brings viewers the latest and greatest art exhibits, performances and cultural happenings.

About José Limón: A Chance to Dance with the Best:

One of the pioneers of modern dance was a Mexican American named José Limón. A contemporary of Martha Graham, Limón was the first official cultural ambassador sent by the U.S. State Department around the world to share his knowledge and passion for the art of dance. Before his death in 1972, Limón was famous not only as a dancer but as an innovative choreographer, and “the Limón Technique” became known far and wide for its unique contribution to modern dance.

The José Limón Dance Company survived the death of its illustrious founder and today is under the guidance of artistic director Carla Maxwell in New York City. Recently, members of the José Limón Dance Company came to Emory University, where they shared secrets of the Limón technique with some of Atlanta's best dancers. Working alongside those who had once danced with the great José Limón, the Atlanta dancers were challenged to learn and then perform one of Limón's original masterpieces, Missa Brevis in Tempore Belli, or "Brief Mass in Time of War." To learn more about José Limón, visit his website.

Watch State of the Arts upcoming program:

  • Wed. May 14, 2008 at 9pm
  • Fri. May 16, 2008 at 7pm
  • Sun. May 18, 2008 at 4pm
  • Mon. May 19, 2008 at 1am

Education Leadership Forum Focuses on the Future of Teaching in Georgia

Preparing all students to participate in a knowledge-based economy is a demanding challenge. As pressure is continually placed on teachers to meet this challenge alone, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) convened at Georgia Public Broadcasting on Friday, May 9 for an education leadership forum, “The Future of Teaching in Georgia,” to discuss how transforming teaching can meet the learning needs of 21st century students.

This forum, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, is the first in a series of conversations that NCTAF is holding across the country to call attention to the fact that quality teaching should not be looked at as an individual accomplishment. Instead, there is a need to bring the spirit and power of teamwork to schools – teamwork that builds the capacity to improve performance, increase teaching effectiveness, and close achievement gaps.

“No teacher should be expected to do this job alone,” said NCTAF President Tom Carroll. “Quality teaching results from the collective effort of teachers who join forces to improve performance beyond what any of them can accomplish on their own.”

At the forum, two panels addressed existing challenges and highlighted initiatives and strategies that offer better support for new teachers.
And a range of topics were covered, including pathways to teaching, mentoring and induction, coaches and instructional leaders, collaborative teaching and learning, higher education/K-12 partnerships, strong principal leadership, math and science instruction, closing achievement gaps, teacher compensation, teacher preparation and certification, and workforce pipeline issues.

Donna Lowry, Education Reporter, WXIA-TV 11Alive (NBC Affiliate), moderated both panels. Panelists included: Wheda Acolatse, Teacher, Alonzo F. Herndon Elementary School; Andrew Broy, Assoc. Superintendent, GA Department of Education; Ann Cramer, Director North America, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; Beverly Hall, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools; Carolyn Hall, Principal, Kimberly Elementary School; Bill Haskin, Teacher, Hahira Middle School; Patricia Paterson, Executive Director for the P-16 Office of the University System of Georgia; Jennifer Rippner Buck, Executive Director, The Governor's Office of Student Achievement; and Steve Smith, Superintendent, Lowndes County Schools.

For more information about NCTAF, please visit www.nctaf.org

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Join GPB Education at the Fernbank Museum!

Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Georgia Tech K.I.D.S. Club invite you to a day full of fun and adventure at the Fernbank Museum on Saturday, May 10, 10 AM - 2PM! Enjoy screenings of Design Squad, a hot new engineering show for kids from PBS, meet cast members of the show, and participate in cool hands-on activities! For more information and an admission discount coupon, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

RSVP Today!

The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, MetLife Foundation and Georgia Public Broadcasting invite you to participate in a discussion focusing on strengthening teaching quality in ways that directly impact and address the student dropout rate.

Don't miss your chance to RSVP -- there are only a few spaces left!

WHAT: The Future of Teaching in Georgia

WHEN: May 9, 2008

Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Forum begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Georgia Public Broadcasting

260 14th Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

RSVP: astanley@nctaf.org or 202­-429­-2570