August 2012
GPB Education
Back-to-School 2012
Dear Georgia Educators,
You probably noticed that this newsletter has a very new look.  It's one of the many things we have been working on over the summer to make GPB Education work for you.  Look for other new and improved features as we restructure the GPB Education page for easier use and be sure to check out our blog, Passion for Learning!
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What's New
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Back to School Blog Series:
All week starting August 6 read posts from our team of teacher guest bloggers on how they are preparing to go back to school.

New Online Video!   

Putting the Common Core GPS Into Practice: Visit our new Common Core hub for these professional learning sessions. Dr. Cynde Snider, Professional Learning Specialist from the Georgia Department of Education shares examples of implementation in the classroom.


Are you an experienced teacher interested in training new teachers? This free online multimedia course is a resource for developing mentor teachers and instructional coaches. The modules are designed for professional learning facilitators, teacher educators, and school administrators to educate new teacher mentors and coaches.  


Watch the Corky Kelly Classic August 25, 2012 from 9am to 10:30pm: The 21st Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic returns to the Georgia Dome to open the upcoming high school football season on Aug. 25.
Kick off another great year of Georgia high school football with 14 hours of intense football action on air on GPB television and online

In This Issue
What's New
Pro. Development
GA HS Football
Quick Links
Fast Forward
Keep up with Fast Forward, GPB's new STEM career segments by following the creators' blog.

- the first in a series of quick quizzes to share with students, a great way to pre-/post- test student knowledge.

Fast Forward

PBS TeacherLine offers courses aligned to the Common Core Standards. Enroll by September 11th for the best availability. Classes start September 19.    


View a sample of courses:

MATH181.70 Math in Everyday Life for Grades K-5
RDLA172.18 Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge STEM417.13 Global Climate Change Education for High School

Tech Tip

Give the new Discovery Education portal a test drive. Some of the upcoming features include sharing functions on social networks and the ability to embed video on websites.




We're writing more and covering more topics that are relevant for Georgia's teachers and students and sharing it all with you on Passion for Learning, our blog written by GPB's own education professionals as well as guest blogged by your peers in the classroom around the state.   


Join the Public Insight Network: SED LOGO

Are you a student, parent, teacher, or concerned citizen? The Southern  Education Desk is building a network of listeners who can provide insight into the stories that are covered and help find important stories in the community. Learn how to participate at SED online.

Got an education event or contest you need promoted? We will promote it on our site. Just fill out the announcement submission form.  We reserve the right to approve or reject submissions.
NEW GPB Education Webinar! Digital Media and the Common Core: 

August 23, 2012 at 4 PM.  

How do you navigate through the new Common Core standards and integrate digital media to support them? Join us for a lively and informative discussion on best practices. You will get a refresher on the Common Core standards and learn ways to use GPB's resources and PBS Learning Media vast library.


Daniel Rock - ELA Specialist, Georgia Department of Education  

Heather Neal - Education Coordinator, GPB Education  

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Content Curator, GPB Education

GPB Sports Social Media Correspondent Contest:
Is your student a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr ninja? Then he or she should enter our contest to be a GPB Sports Social Media Correspondent. The winner will cover our football games of the week. Have your most media-savvy students send us a photo and paragraph on why they should be selected to by August 20th.  The winning entry will get a press pass to the games of the week, a GPB t-shirt, a live TV appearance, and a front page blog post on  

Ignite You're Invited to a TV Show Taping: August 14 at 4 p.m at GPB studios. Be a  part of the studio audience of the The IGNITE Show is a new series for and about educators, featuring guest Governor Nathan Deal. RSVP to Anne Ostholthoff at  


Free Community Film Screenings: GPB Media and the Booth Western Art Museum present Frontier Heroes & Heroines: The Stories Behind The Legends.

  • Geronimo - August 25 10:30am - Noon
  • Annie Oakley - September 15, 10:30am - Noon
  • Wyatt Earp - October 20, 10:30am - Noon

    To RSVP: Call 770-387-1300 

Save these dates: 

8/8/12-8/16/12 - Exciting Enhancements to Discovery Education at 7 p.m.
9/8/12 - EdCamp Atlanta - 8:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. 

10/2/12 - Cafeteria Man - supporting healthy, local foods for schools

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We sincerely hope that this year is productive, successful, and positive for you and your students.  Let us know what we can do to facilitate learning along the way. 
The New Media & Education Services Team
Georgia Public Broadcasting