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 GaDOE Library Media Update - January 2019


Table of Contents

  • Georgia Department of Education Names Top-performing Title I Schools
  • Georgia Department of Education Dedicates $260,000 to Expand Arts Education in Rural Schools
  • GLMA Summer Institute 2019
  • Getting a “Read” on the Situation
  • Children's eBook Collections on GALILEO
  • 2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest
  • GPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest for K-3 Students
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Georgia Department of Education Names Top-performing Title I Schools

On December 4, 2018, State School Superintendent Richard Woods released the 2018 list of Title I Distinguished Schools – the highest-performing Title I schools in the state. 
 
“In addition to identifying schools in need of additional support, it’s important for us to recognize and applaud schools when they’re doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These public schools are among the very best in the state and are doing extraordinary work on behalf of their students and communities. I extend my thanks and congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, student, parent, and community partner who contributed to their success.”  
 
Distinguished Schools are among the top 5% of all Title I schools in Georgia, when ranked according to their most recent CCRPI score. Schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) support are not eligible.

Georgia Department of Education Dedicates $260,000 to Expand Arts Education in Rural Schools

The Georgia Department of Education is awarding a total of $260,000 to rural school districts to help them expand the fine arts opportunities available to their students, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced on December 18, 2018. 
 
Twenty rural districts are receiving stART grants, which can be used to create or expand arts initiatives that significantly improve students’ access to the arts. The grants are part of the Georgia Department of Education’s broader Partnership for Rural Growth initiative, which seeks to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia. 
 
“Fine arts education is not an ‘extra’ – it’s a crucial part of a well-rounded education,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We continue to hear from parents, teachers, administrators, and other supporters of public education that they want those expanded opportunities for their students. This is a top priority for us at the Department, and we won’t stop until every student in Georgia has access to high-quality arts education.” 
 
Through the stART grants, GaDOE is taking advantage of the flexibility offered within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to use some federal funds to support arts learning and other programs that provide a well-rounded education to students.

GLMA Summer Institute 2019

On June 10th - 11th, 2019 the GLMA Summer Institute will be in Peachtree City, Georgia. Attendees can hear keynote speaker Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods discuss state-wide reading literacy goals and how to best support them. On Monday the KSU MakerBus will be on site for you to tour. This colorful 30-foot bus is a mobile classroom and laboratory that provides access to technology and other educational activities. In addition, there will be an open room during the conference dedicated to MakerSpace innovations from vendors and GLMA members.

Getting a “Read” on the Situation

Screven County Commission Chairman Will Boyd and Sylvania Mayor Preston Dees signed a proclamation of support for the Screven Reads campaign that promotes school readiness and literacy instruction in K - 3 classrooms. Screven Reads has installed Book Boxes, sponsors summer tutoring, and uses its Tech Bus to get resources into the community. Local literacy efforts are making a widespread impact.

Children's eBook Collections on GALILEO

Here are all the children’s eBook collections currently available on GALILEO:

2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of President Kennedy's birth. The top twenty-five essayists receive recognition including a first-place prize of $10,000. The deadline is January 18, 2019.

GPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest for K-3 Students

It’s time to sharpen those pencils! GPB Education invites Georgia students in kindergarten through third grade to create a great story, illustrate it, and enter it in our PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest will begin January 14, 2019 and the deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019. 

Worth Sharing

Going Social

GaDOE Media Mailing List

Do you want to share the GaDOE Media Updates? If so, encourage your colleagues to join the email mailing list by following the directions on this page.

Thank you,​

Tony Vlachakis
Educational Technologist 
Library/Media Liaison
tvlachak@doe.k12.ga.us