June 2014

Education Matters

What's New
37 Weeks
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Sherman's first foray into our state. Georgia Public Broadcasting, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, will observe that significant date by sharing a 37-part series, bringing to life Sherman's devastating journey through Georgia, week by week. 
On Air

Georgia Greats: Dean Rusk - At the Heartbeat of History tells the story of America's second longest serving secretary of state who was destined to play a key role in the 1960s during the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Born into poverty in Cherokee County, Georgia, Rusk rose to the ultimate halls of power but never forgot his roots. Premieres Tuesday, May 27th @ 7:30PM.  


Dean Rusk: Behind the Scenes
Dean Rusk: Behind the Scenes

Freedom Riders: American Experience - Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson gives us access to the courageous band of integrated college students who rode a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South to break the color barrier. Tuesday, June 17 @ 8PM.


Freedom Summer: American Experience - During the summer of 1964, the nation's eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation's most segregated state. Tuesday, June 24 @ 8PM.  



Georgia Outdoors


Sharon Collins gets up close and personal with black bears. Friday, June 27 @ 8:30 PM.
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A Short Guide to Professional Development Opportunities


Summer time is your time - to improve your skills, try something new, or take time off. We'd like to help you do the first two with this short list of professional development opportunities:


2014 Summer Institute on Teaching the Holocaust at the BremanFive days of in-depth seminars on topics central to understanding the Holocaust. Teachers may earn an optional 5th PLU by creating a lesson plan for their classroom. Top three lesson plans will earn teachers a Special Recognition Award. June 16-20, 2014 at the Breman. Contact Terri Zuckerman, tzuckerman@thebreman.org  or call 678-222-3707.

Summer Workshops for Teachers - Check out this blog post from guest teacher blogger Charity Kineer that recommends taking workshops at the National Archives, Georgia Council on Economic Education and the Georgia State Bio Bus. Read the full article.


PBS Learning Media 



Art School is a K-13 web video series (by PBS station KQED) that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. 


*For full access to the rich resources across grade and subject areas, create your login.


PBS Teacherline Southeast Summer Classes - check out the full course offerings. 


Need a refresher on how PBS Teacherline works? Read this blog post on how to get your PLUs through this convenient online service. 

*Use the promo code "GATLSE" when you register to get Georgia credit.*

Teacher Tip

PBS Innovator Shares Professional Development with Peers

Each summer as teachers leave their classrooms for that much needed summer break, many head for the solitude of a long vacation, a vacation combined with learning, plan a "staycation," or look for some Professional Development opportunities that look interesting as well as informative.


The summer of 2014 is no different and for teachers looking for some interesting PD I would like to share some of the choices that I have seen recently that offer a variety of learning.



Save the Dates!


Of the PeopleOf the People: White House Science Fair - LIVE

Virtually transport students to the fourth annual White House Science Fair, a celebration of the student winners from a broad range of STEM competitions.  Register online for the free event.  May 27 @1 PM.


Georgia 2014 Summer Reading Challenge

The Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with MetaMetrics®, is coordinating a national, state-led summer reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement during summer break. Encourage students to find a book through the Find the Right Book Lexile website

The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation Summer Learning Series

June 3rd - August 2 experience summer theater programs, spanish classes, junior engineering and astronomy classes. Visit the Carnegie Library website for the full schedule



The Story of the Jews National High School Essay Contest

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, WNET Education is launching an essay contest to
encourage high school students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. The deadline for the contest is Friday, June 13, 2014


Get Outdoors Georgia Day

Hosted by Sweetwater Creek State Park just west of Atlanta, the celebration encourages Georgians of all ages to sample a variety of outdoor recreation. Visitors can also watch live animal programs and browse environmental booths. The event runs from 10 AM until 3 PM on June 14, and is part of the seventh annual "National Get Outdoors Day" created by Get Outdoors USA.


Summer GALILEO Workshop

The GALILEO workshop will be a full-day immersion in the licensed, authoritative resources in Georgia's Virtual Library. Trainers traveling from close to home and across the country will deliver training on databases.  The cost is $25.00 which includes lunch and a snack. The workshop takes place June 19, 2014 at the GTRI conference center in Atlanta. 
Whales: Giants of the Deep

Fernbank Museum's new exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep is a great fit for students and covers topics in life sciences, social studies and geography. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying school groups. Contact Fernbank for more information on scholarships.  This exhibit runs through August 24, 2014.


We love hearing from you!  
You've worked hard all year!  We know it isn't over when the kids leave because the busy summer of Professional Development starts now. Learn new skills and best practices with PBS Teacherline and PBS Learning Media.  

Stay fresh with tips and stories from other educators with our blog, Passion for Learning!  Want to share your professional development projects with us?  Guest blog your experience to share with your peers.

If you need more content in a particular area, let us know!  We're always happy to hear from our educators at education@gpb.org.   




GPB Digital and Education Team
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