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 GaDOE Library Media Update - April 2019


Table of Contents

  • 2019 GaDOE Summer Literacy Conference: Literacy and the Whole Child
  • Georgia Department of Education Encourages Districts to Wear Purple in Support of Military Children
  • Downloadable Poster Celebrating School Library Month 2019
  • Rural Engagement to Advance Learning in STEM Digitally in School Libraries Program
  • Cobb Schools Awards Tritt Elementary School Library Learning Commons Certification​
  • National Poetry Month
  • Newest Printable Social Studies Poster and Postcard from the Digital Library of Georgia
  • Howard Moore Added to the New Georgia Encyclopedia
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

2019 GaDOE Summer Literacy Conference: Literacy and the Whole Child

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Literacy Conference, an event that will include a variety of sessions and formats featuring literacy experts from across the state and country. This year's theme is Literacy for the Whole Child. Presenters will offer Georgia educators various professional learning opportunities to improve literacy instruction for all students. Tapping into the wealth of knowledge, research evidence, and collective wisdom of our literacy partners across the state will be a transformative experience for Georgia teachers and leaders!

Important Details

When: July 9-11, 2019
Where: Macon Centreplex, 200 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA
Who: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, School/District Leaders, Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Paraprofessionals, Informal Learning Practitioners, Family and Community Partners​

Georgia Department of Education Encourages Districts to Wear Purple in Support of Military Children

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to celebrate and honor the sacrifices and experiences of military children.

On Wednesday, April 10, State School Superintendent Richard Woods suggests that each local school district have their faculty, staff and students wear purple to honor and show support for the children of military families in Georgia’s public schools.

“As the child of a military family myself, my staff and I remain committed to providing the support military families need for their children’s well-being and success while serving our country,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I recognize the resilience military children have developed and the experiences they may face as a family and we are here to support them.”

Schools and districts can share photos and updates from their Month of the Military Child recognitions using the hashtag #GAMilitaryChildMonth, or send them via email to social@doe.k12.ga.us.

Downloadable Poster Celebrating School Library Month 2019

April 1 marked the start of School Library Month 2019! The Digital Library of Georgia and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to provide a new, downloadable poster celebrating School Library Month 2019.

The photograph in the poster, courtesy of Pine Mountain Regional Library System, features a group of African American teenage girls, who formed a local school library supervision group in Manchester, Georgia in 1953.

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 15-18, 2019 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 three 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. The deadline is April 30, 2019. Email questions to Dr. Melissa P. Johnston.

Cobb Schools Awards Tritt Elementary School Library Learning Commons Certification

Tritt Elementary School's Library Learning Commons welcomes students like a Starbucks for kids, minus the coffee. The engaging space with flexible seating includes the traditional books but so much more. Digital tools and technology help students collaborate. The library media specialists not only guide students as they select which book will take them on their next literary adventure: they also conduct lessons focused on the curriculum the students are learning inside their classroom. 

“In our Library Learning Commons, students can stretch their thinking, ask questions, build research skills, design new concepts in makerspaces, and collaborate with their peers,” said Holly Frilot, Cobb County Schools supervisor of Library Media Education. “The library media specialist cultivates lessons to spark curiosity, teaches how to research effectively, and guides students to present their new knowledge with digital tools.”

National Poetry Month

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets declared April National Poetry Month. In honor of the event, you can sign-up for a new poem to be sent to your e-mail inbox every day in April. A poetry celebration is not complete without Shel Silverstein​. Visit his website to watch exclusive Shel Silverstein videos and read his poetry.

Newest Printable Social Studies Poster and Postcard from the Digital Library of Georgia


The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is sharing the eighth in a series of printable posters and postcards for K-12 educators and students, based upon the Georgia 8th Grade Social Studies Standards of Excellence (GSE). The latest poster is for the SS8H9 module, Describe the role of Georgia in WWII, which includes a photograph of first shift workers exiting the J. A. Jones Construction Company Shipyard, Brunswick, Georgia, 1943-1945.

Howard Moore Added to the New Georgia Encyclopedia

The New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE) recently published an entry on attorney Howard Moore Jr an Atlanta native who represented prominent civil rights activists in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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