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 GaDOE Library Media Update - April 2018


Table of Contents

  • Statement from Superintendent Richard Woods on Proposal to Fully Fund Georgia’s Schools
  • Statement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods on SR 935, Creating the Senate School Safety Study Committee
  • Georgia Department of Education Provides $1.1 Million for CTAE Labs in Rural Schools
  • National School Library Month
  • Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally in School Libraries Program
  • Learning Literacy for Life: Creating a System for Success
  • Literacy for All Offers Grants to Support Family Literacy
  • GALILEO Library Resources Survey
  • Spelman College Life Images from 1887 to the Present Now Available
  • GPB Education Brings the Swamp to the Classroom!
  • Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
  • Join the Hive: Become a Britannica Educator
  • Digital Public Library of America Announces New Primary Source Sets
  • Be a Part of the First NASA Mission to Touch the Sun!
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Statement from Superintendent Richard Woods on Proposal to Fully Fund Georgia’s Schools

“Thank you, Governor Deal for your proposal to fully fund QBE in the FY19 budget. This is great news and would be a historic investment in Georgia’s schools and students.”

Statement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods on SR 935, Creating the Senate School Safety Study Committee

"I strongly support Senator John Albers' Senate Resolution 935, which would establish a Senate Study Committee to ensure schools are prepared to curb incidents of violence on their campuses. Absolutely nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and we must do everything possible to make sure there’s a safe, secure, and positive learning environment at every Georgia school. I appreciate Senator Albers' leadership and the partnership of the Georgia General Assembly in this work." 


Georgia Department of Education Provides $1.1 Million for CTAE Labs in Rural Schools

FastTrack grants fund equipment-ready labs for high-demand fields

The funds – awarded to schools in Dougherty, McIntosh, Pierce, and Tift counties – will support the implementation of 15 CTAE labs. Each lab will provide immersive learning experiences in high-demand fields like healthcare sciences, mechatronics, distribution and logistics, film, and agriculture.

“Schools need hands-on, out-of-the-box, up-and-out-of-the-desk learning if they’re going to be prepared for the jobs of the future – and if our communities are going to have the workforce they need to thrive,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Education is an essential piece of the rural renaissance our state so desperately needs. These funds support a rapid-response education system that expands opportunities for middle and high school students, and is swiftly responsive to local industry needs. It’s our job to make that happen for every student, in every school.”

National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month! School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's learning.

The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library. The official hashtag for this year's celebration is #AASLslm. Add the hashtag to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with the 2018 #AASLslm Twibbon

Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally in School Libraries Program

Fully Funded Opportunities Available!

The Rural Engagement to Advance Learning In STEM Digitally (REALISD) in School Libraries will provide a four-day face-to-face professional development workshop for school librarians working in the rural areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The workshops will provide school librarians the knowledge, skills, and abilities to support STEM education efforts in their school through digital tools and resources.

The face-to-face summer workshop will be held at the University of West Georgia July 15-19, 2018 and will be followed by an online module in the Fall in which participants will work with other participants and project personnel to explore further topics on supporting STEM efforts and to ultimately create a final STEM in Practice Plan for their local school.

By participating in this program, participants will earn 3-hours of graduate course credit, with all tuition and fees paid for by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal agency supporting the REALISD Program. If selected as a participant, all other expenses for participating, such as travel, lodging, and meals for attending the face-to-face workshops, will also be fully funded by the REALISD Program.

Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa P. Johnston (mjohnsto@westga.edu​)

Learning Literacy for Life: Creating a System for Success

Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley is Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Georgia Department of Education and a full Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department at Georgia State University. Dr. McMunn Dooley will discuss the framework she and other Georgia leaders have developed for achieving the shared expectation that all children in Georgia will be reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Speech School, Love Auditorium

Literacy for All Offers Grants to Support Family Literacy

Literacy for All, a Georgia-based community literacy fund, is offering grants to organizations to support new and existing programs, projects, or efforts that address family literacy from a multigenerational perspective. The proposal deadline is Friday, April 13.

This grant opportunity is open to the entire state of Georgia. Previous applicants/grantees are eligible to apply. Contact Britta Hallberg at bhallberg@literacyforallfund.org with questions.

GALILEO Library Resources Survey

GALILEO is conducting a survey to assess the value of GALILEO library resources. The survey will be open until April 20th. If you have any questions please contact John Stephens at GALILEO (John.Stephens@usg.edu).

Spelman College Life Images from 1887 to the Present Now Available

The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center is pleased to announce that the first group of materials from the Our Story project are now live on Digital Commons. Included are over 600 photographs from project partner Spelman College Archives, their first foray in online digital collections. Images in these series date from 1887 to the present and document Spelman’s presidents, commencement ceremonies, campus building and grounds. Also featured are images from Spelman’s Department of Drama and Dance from the 1930s to the present. 

Spelman College Photographs Collection, Theatre and Dance

The photographs in this series feature images of productions and performances of the Spelman College Department of Drama and Dance from the 1930s to present.

Spelman College Photographs Collection, Buildings and Grounds

The photographs in this series trace the development of the Spelman College campus from the 1880s to the present.

Spelman College Photographs Collection, Commencement

The photographs in this series depict Spelman College commencement ceremonies from 1887 to 2005.

Spelman College Photographs Collection, Presidents

The photographs in this series trace the leadership history of Spelman College from its founding in 1881 to present day.

GPB Education Brings the Swamp to the Classroom! 

On May 3 at 10 AM/ET, discover one of the last frontiers of true Georgia wilderness with GPB’s live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp. Uncover the beauty of the untamed wetland, witness the power of the mighty alligator, and interact with swamp experts during this live streaming event. 

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

The New Georgia Encyclopedia recently published an article on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer by Donnie Summerlin of the University of Georgia Libraries. The Ledger-Enquirer is among the oldest newspapers in the state and has earned two Pulitzer Prizes for public service.

Join the Hive: Become a Britannica Educator

Britannica Digital Learning is inviting you to become a B.E. - a Britannica Educator, and to #JoinTheHive, their new Facebook group specifically for educators. The goal of this community is to provide a dynamic and inclusive space for educators to collaborate and interact with Britannica and other educators to foster knowledge-sharing, professional development, and fun.

While group members will be in the loop for BDL events and news, the Hive, most importantly, will help Britannica tailor content and products more than ever to the needs of the instructors and institutions they serve.

Digital Public Library of America Announces New Primary Source Sets

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty-one new Primary Source Sets. These sets provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike. Explore new topics representing women's history, African American history, migration experiences, and more.

Be a Part of the First NASA Mission to Touch the Sun!

This summer, NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe where it will plunge through the Sun's atmosphere. This probe is designed to get closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft and collect new data on solar activity and its effects on Earth;

Be a part of the first mission to touch the Sun, by submitting your name and it will be included in a memory card that will fly aboard the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018.

Worth Sharing

Going Social

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Thank you,

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