One | It’s Read Across Georgia Month! Here are a few fun photos of Van Wert Elementary School, Beecher Elementary School, Model Elementary, Jeff Davis County, and Cherokee County celebrating literacy. Check out the #ReadAcrossGA hashtag for more.
Two | A nice example of K-12 and university partnerships: Fannin County High School teams up with the University of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge campus and the Appalachian Studies Center in Dahlonega to bring programs and speakers focused on outdoor learning to high school students.
Three | Gwinnett County Public Schools was named a winner of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Great Districts for Great Teachers. More: “NCTQ announced eight winning Great Districts for Great Teachers out of an original pool of 123 school districts. NCTQ chose these districts after a rigorous 18-month evaluation of data, policies, and teacher input. Each of the eight winners excelled on criteria that research suggests connect to effective teaching. However, GCPS earned additional accolades, capturing the title of ‘Outstanding Great District for Great Teachers.’ GCPS’ high teacher satisfaction and teacher enthusiasm for the district in all areas, as reflected in focus groups and survey responses, far exceeded what NCTQ saw in other districts.”
Four | Students at Murdock Elementary School in Cobb County created and shared 42 inventions for the school’s 2017 Invention Convention. From teacher Sarah Covington, as quoted in the story: “The students have been investigating real-world problems. They kept journals of problems they noticed around them. After noticing problems in the community, they got together and shared ideas and formed common interest groups for problems they were interested in.”
Five | Georgia Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel, a science teacher at New Manchester High School in Douglas County Schools, was named a 2016-17 Life Changer of the Year Grand Prize Finalist by the National Life Group. As a finalist, he has received $5,000 to be shared with his school.
Last week’s posts: Daley Culberson’s We Can Club • Georgia Reader Sam Maloney
Recap of the week at GaDOE: Superintendent Woods’ letter to school social workers • Georgia’s first Biliteracy Seals • New personal financial literacy course • March Library Media Update • Superintendent Woods receives NAEA award
Opportunities & Resources: GPB virtual field trips • Law Day coloring/poster contest • Georgia Virtual School’s 2017 summer course listings • Code.org computer science professional learning here and here • March in Georgia history • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
What’s going on, and going well, in your school? Leave a comment below and let us know, or tweet with the hashtag #GaDOEWeeklyWrap.