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GaDOE Updates Newsletter: April 11, 2014

Good afternoon! Welcome to the second edition of GaDOE Updates, a new newsletter from the Georgia Department of Education. Every other Friday, we’ll be sending out a roundup of news, information and spotlights on K-12 public education in Georgia. In between, keep up with GaDOE on Facebook and Twitter.


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There’s plenty of good news in public education, and we want to make sure everyone knows about it. To do that, we need your ideas. Know something that should be featured in an upcoming edition of GaDOE Updates? Contact Communications Specialist Meghan Frick at or Communications Director Matt Cardoza at


Healthy kids, healthy minds – an up-close look at school nutrition

In Georgia’s public schools, alongside educators helping children grow in knowledge and competency and skill, others are pushing to ensure that they’re growing in strength and health as well. Each day, School Nutrition staff members work to provide students with the tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle – which, in turn, empowers each of them to turn a nourished and focused mind toward academics. Take a closer look at school nutrition in two districts – Monroe County and Carrollton City. Link here.


Inside a Georgia elementary school working to build a culture of success

Kids filled the auditorium at D.H. Stanton Elementary School last Friday, singing and dancing – and not, it was obvious, just because their teachers told them to sing and dance. From pre-kindergarten on up, students were singing the way only kids can sing: Heads tipped back, eyes wide, on the border between a song and a shout. The songs that floated through the auditorium focused on proactivity, on accountability, on positivity and leadership and success – and they opened a window for visitors to see how things are changing at D.H. Stanton. Link here. More photos here.


Around DOE lately

2015 Teacher of the Year finalists announced


Four schools selected as Family-Friendly Partnership School award winners (Watch Dr. Barge surprise award winners here)


State Board of Education approves rule to implement new teacher and leader evaluation measures


Georgia’s public schools in the news

Barrow County Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel and Gwinnett County Public Schools Executive Director of Leadership Development Glenn Pethel receive awards from the UGA College of Education:


Gone are the days of traditional vocational education in Georgia:


Gwinnett County Schools named finalist for prestigious Broad Prize:


Georgia high school one of 24 in the nation to receive $2.4 million Youth Career Connect grant:


More computers in more hands at Clarke schools:


Lovin Elementary develops partnership with school in Haiti:


Save the date

June 19 and 20: Georgia Virtual Learning’s Professional Learning Symposium (register by May 30; proposals due by April 15)


May 1: One-Day Drive-In Conference for All Elementary and Middle School Leadership 


July 8-10: Safety in Our Schools Conference, UGA Hotel and Conference Center, Athens



Did you miss our live updates from the April State Board of Education meeting? View them all here.​