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 GaDOE Library Media Update - March 2018

Table of Contents

  • Literacy Champions: Georgia K-8 Media Specialists to Receive Signed Carmen Deedy Book
  • AdvancED and Georgia Department of Education Form Partnership for Continuous Improvement
  • Georgia Ranks 15th in Nation for Percentage of Students Passing AP Exams
  • GeorgiaLearns - Partnership for Professional Learning
  • Georgia Library Media Association Awards
  • Georgia Library Media Association Summer Institute 2018
  • Attend Picademy 2018
  • Play GASHA GO!
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Literacy Champions: Georgia K-8 Media Specialists to Receive Signed Carmen Deedy Book

In January, K-8 Media Specialists began receiving an autographed copy of award-winning Georgia author Carmen Deedy’s book, “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.” Carmen Deedy has signed 1,355 copies of “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.” The Georgia Department of Education is sending one copy of the book along with a Literacy Champions poster and a letter from Superintendent Woods to every K-8 Media Specialist.

This gift is part of the Georgia Department of Education's Literacy Champions campaign: to have kids to read, write, and communicate in all possible ways. The state of Georgia believes all students can become literacy leaders as they share stories through words, music, or drama. Media Specialists can participate in this exciting literacy campaign by sharing their Literacy Champions stories and adventures on social media and with the GaDOE. Share on social media using #LitChampsGA or send photos to

AdvancED and Georgia Department of Education Form Partnership for Continuous Improvement

GaDOE Partners with AdvancED for Common Continuous Improvement Framework 

AdvancED has formed a partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to reduce duplication of school improvement processes for Georgia schools, focus continuous improvement efforts statewide and facilitate equity for all Georgia learners. Through the partnership, AdvancED and GaDOE will provide Georgia learners, educators, and institutions with improvement tools, resource guidance, and support services that are aligned with a common continuous improvement framework.

“This partnership with AdvancED will help us serve districts more effectively and more efficiently, reducing duplication between schools’ accreditation processes and GaDOE’s school improvement work,” said Richard Woods, State School Superintendent. “This is a request we’ve heard from districts and we’re so grateful for the continued partnership of AdvancED. Together we will create, implement, and sustain a common framework for continuous improvement that is supported and enabled by common terminology, shared communications, training, and aligned tools, resources, and support systems.”

AdvancED and GaDOE have previously worked together to strengthen the quality and reduce the duplication of school improvement planning, training and related activities. This new partnership is an opportunity to further reduce duplication for schools and districts, create a shared understanding of data collection systems, and assess opportunities for improved collective data gathering, reporting, analysis and utilization.

Georgia Ranks 15th in Nation for Percentage of Students Passing AP Exams

Georgia Moves up in National Ranking as Participation Increases

Georgia ranks 15th in the nation for the percentage of students passing AP exams, according to data released today by the College Board. 
Georgia’s percentage of students scoring 3 or higher increased this year, with 23 percent of the class of 2017 scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school – compared to 22.4 percent last year, and 22.8 percent nationally. Georgia is one of just 16 states to exceed the national average.
“We continue to hear loud and clear from Georgians that they have an expectation of opportunity for their students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These results show us yet again that it pays off for students when they have opportunities like AP. I commend every student and educator whose hard work has made Georgia’s stellar AP program what it is.” 

GeorgiaLearns - Partnership for Professional Learning

GeorgiaLearns is a partnership for professional learning. It was developed by the Georgia Department of Education’s Georgia Virtual Learning to support online professional learning for educators and learning stakeholders, GeorgiaLearns offers a dynamic learning platform to promote diverse and personalized professional learning courses and resources. Participants select from foundational courses such as Cyberbullying Awareness to robust learning pathways like the five course series, Striving Readers. GeorgiaLearns also hosts the Effective Online Teaching Course for educators who wish to pursue employment at Georgia Virtual School. Participants earn badges and build meaningful credentials.

Georgia Library Media Association Awards

Library Media Specialist of the Year

Are you the LMSOTY for your school district and have three or more years of experience? The application for regional LMSOTY is now available. Deadline: March 16, 2018.

Exemplary Library Media Program

Applications are open for the Judy Serritella Exemplary / Exceptional Library Media Programs for 2018 designed to honor programs that empower students. Deadline: March 16th, 2018.

Georgia Library Media Association Summer Institute 2018

The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) will be hosting their annual Summer Institute in Peachtree City, Ga. June 11-12, 2018. Duchess Harris, author and professor of American Studies at Macalester College will be the opening keynote speaker. In her book, “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA,” Dr. Harris details the story of her grandmother and other African-American women who provided the mathematical calculations that enabled astronauts to safely venture into space.

Attend Picademy 2018

Jump-start your digital making journey this summer at Picademy, a free two-day professional development program created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

Picademy is for all educators: classroom teachers, librarians, technology coaches, after-school club leaders, and beyond. If you’re interested in bringing digital-making and computing to your learners, then this program is for you!

By becoming a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, you'll become equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to teach computing with confidence, creativity, and excitement. Check out this video from the Picademy 2017 season.

Picademy will be at CEISMC @ Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia for the following dates:

July 16 – 17
July 19 – 20


K-3 Students Build Number Sense with New Math Game

GPB recently launched a new math game GASHA GO! for kids in kindergarten through third grade. The game leverages engaging characters and fun math challenges to build kids' number sense - a sense of what numbers mean and their relationship to one another.

The game is aligned to Georgia's latest math standards and Georgia elementary math teachers were included in the development process. GASHA GO! is designed to work across web and mobile platforms.

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