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 GaDOE Library Media Update - March 2019


Table of Contents

  • Superintendent Woods Names 2019 AP Honor Schools
  • Georgia AP Pass Rates Continue to Increase
  • Reader of the Year
  • Picturing History: Using Great Children’s Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies
  • An Introduction to Digital Preservation - Free Webinar
  • Live Virtual Field Trip to Georgia Tech’s Invention Studio
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Superintendent Woods Names 2019 AP Honor Schools

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named 230 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2019.

“It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I congratulate the educators and leaders who worked to create strong AP programs in these 230 Georgia schools, ultimately connecting students with high-level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credit.”

​Georgia AP Pass Rates Continue to Increase

Five districts named to College Board’s AP District Honor Roll 

Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 has the sixteenth-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board today.

In Georgia, 23.2 percent of public school students in the class of 2018 earned a 3 or higher on an AP exam – compared to 23 percent of the class of 2017, and 22.4 percent of the class of 2016. Overall, 41.3 percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took an AP exam while in high school. This is the 13th-highest AP participation rate in the nation.

“I’m incredibly proud of Georgia’s public-school teachers and students, who are showing the nation what we’ve long known: Georgia is a state that’s on the move in education,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “When I look at these numbers, I’m pleased to see them increasing but more than that, I’m pleased when I think about the thousands of individual student stories these numbers represent. We’re talking about tens of thousands of kids entering the next phase of their life after high school with solid preparation and a head start on the kinds of coursework they’ll encounter in college. That is great news for the future of our state.”

Reader of the Year

Do you have avid readers in your classroom? Consider nominating a student for Reader of the Year! This award is offered to all students in the state of Georgia in grades K-12. 

Teachers are to nominate one reader per class, per school based on the following:

  • the quality of reading
  • variety of genres
  • quantity of reading
The 2019 Reader of the Year Guidelines are now available! Submissions are due no later than March 15. For additional information about the award, contact Julie Walker at jwalker@tiftschools.com​.

Picturing History: Using Great Children’s Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies

June 20-21
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Young Harris, Georgia

Learn why content literacy is SO important and how this retreat can build inquiry skills and historical thinking, along with pumping up content vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to think critically.

Why YOU want to be there!

  • to hear from great children’s book authors and illustrators about their own journey of inquiry and their recent and beloved titles
  • to inspire, instruct, and implement quality children’s literature in social studies inquiry, K-12
  • to introduce and extend your repertoire of titles and techniques for using these books
  • to inspire, instruct, and innovate the use of read alouds/children’s literature in social studies inquiry
  • to introduce or extend our repertoire of titles and techniques
  • to spark student insight and understanding of how writers and illustrators think like historians in their work
WHO should attend?

Teachers, district and RESA curriculum leaders, literacy specialists, academic and literacy coaches, department chairs, media specialists and public librarians

This conference is purposely capped at 250 to allow maximum interaction with keynote and other speakers, and provides ample opportunities to network, add books to your collection, and READ in a beautiful getaway setting.

An Introduction to Digital Preservation - Free Webinar

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) and Georgia HomePLACE are offering "An Introduction to Digital Preservation" webinar March 28 at 2 p.m.

During this webinar, Elizabeth La Beaud of the Mississippi Digital Library will introduce attendees to the basic concepts and considerations for starting out with digital preservation or for enhancing local efforts. Structured using the six modules of digital preservation as developed by the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program, this workshop will walk through how to:

  • Identify - the types of digital content you have.
  • Select - what portion of your digital content will be preserved.
  • Store - your selected content for the long term.
  • Protect - your content from everyday threats and emergency contingencies.
  • Manage - and implement requirements for long term management.
  • Provide - access to digital content over time.

Live Virtual Field Trip to Georgia Tech’s Invention Studio

Calling all thinkers, tinkerers, and inventors! GPB Education will be live streaming from Georgia Tech’s Flowers Invention Studio in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, May 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. This live virtual field trip will offer students an inside look into one of the nation’s leading makerspaces as they learn about the engineering design process, hear from Georgia Tech students, and see ideas transform into inventions. The program is aligned to Georgia standards and targets an audience in 3rd-8th grades.

The exploration will be live streamed on gpb.org/invention and will be televised on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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
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