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 GaDOE Library Media Update - May 2019

Table of Contents

  • Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Foundation for Public Education Award Summer Literacy Mini-grants
  • CLIP & SIP 2019-2020 Now Available
  • GALILEO Annual Conference
  • CEISMC @ Georgia Tech STEAM Leadership Conference
  • Free Onsite GPB Education Professional Learning
  • Free SLDS Training Opportunities
  • Post-World War II Social Studies Poster and Postcard
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Foundation for Public Education Award Summer Literacy Mini-grants

The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, is awarding Summer Literacy Mini-Grants to six Georgia schools. 
The grants of up to $3,600 are designed to support innovative summer literacy initiatives in school media centers. Media specialists interested in designing school- or community-based summer literacy experiences for students were invited to apply. 
Examples of initiatives the grant funds may support are summer access to e-books, providing students with their own “reading kit” for the summer, or partnering with the local public library to offer summer programs for students. 
“We know that students who don’t have opportunities to read and learn over the summer months can lose significant educational ground, widening the academic achievement gap,” GFPE Executive Director Paige Pushkin said. “The Georgia Foundation for Public Education is pleased to provide this funding to help schools stop summer learning loss in their communities.” 
Stephanie Sanders, Program Manager for English Language Arts and Literacy for the Georgia Department of Education, said the grant funds would help districts provide resources to address summer loss. 
“Students still need access to reading materials and educational opportunities when school is out of session,” Sanders said. “This grant funding will help schools encourage and promote literacy throughout the summer months.” 
The mini-grants are one component of GaDOE’s broader commitment to literacy and summer learning, joining initiatives such as the L4GA literacy grants that directed more than $61 million to districts to support literacy, a partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service and Better World books to provide books for students during the summer months, statewide access to summer meals – often paired with learning opportunities – and work with other state agencies to compile information on summer resources in one public-friendly location. 

Grant Recipients

  • Atkinson Elementary School – Coweta County Schools
  • Brantley County High School – Brantley County Schools
  • Crawford County Elementary School – Crawford County Schools
  • Dade Elementary School – Dade County Schools
  • Lucy C. Laney High School – Richmond County Schools
  • Marietta Sixth Grade Academy – Marietta City Schools​

CLIP & SIP 2019-2020 Now Available

The 2019-2020 CLIP Online is now available within SLDS. Many districts have already begun their revisions. Districts have the ability to "Clone" last year's signed off CLIP and make the appropriate adjustments for the new year's CLIP. Those districts using the online version for the first time can begin their new CLIP by entering data. A district's CLIP will be saved and for future years be able to "clone" CLIP from one year to the next. This year, districts only have two CLIP options, the S-CLIP (streamlined) or the Online SLDS CLIP. SIP- School Improvement Plan is also available now. Schools have the ability to "Clone" last year's SIP (if the school used the Online SIP for their 2018-2019 SIP). Last year, many districts chose to use the SLDS Online SIP as a standardized Improvement Plan for their district and schools.

GALILEO Annual Conference

The GALILEO Annual Conference will take place July 11 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. This year’s theme is Reimagining Services, and sessions will feature discussions centered on how the digital world is transforming the work of today’s library. The keynote speaker will be Nikhil Deshpande, chief digital officer for the state of Georgia.
This one-day event is an opportunity for all of Georgia's library community to learn more about GALILEO, touch base with content providers, and network with colleagues across the state. Registration is free and will open in May. For updates and to register, visit the conference webpage​.

CEISMC @ Georgia Tech STEAM Leadership Conference 

We are the Future: Advancing Diversity and Equity in STEAM

As the United States becomes a more diverse and global society, equitable access to educational resources and opportunities is critical in the development of a more diverse STEAM workforce. By being intentional in the design and development of inclusive learning environments, education leaders can transform student learning experiences and spark the interests of the next generation of STEAM leaders. This year's conference seeks to engage these education leaders in thoughtful dialogue focused on how they can create and sustain initiatives for a more equitable STEAM future.
Date: May 10 and 11, 2019 
Location:  Georgia Institute of Technology 
G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
266 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Contact: Tamara Pearson,  

Free Onsite GPB Education Professional Learning

GPB Education provides free professional learning support for all grades and content areas at your location and convenience.
Choose the time frame and format most relevant to your needs, including Getting Started sessions or series, refresher and What’s New trainings, fluency workshops, and advanced certification courses.
There is a variety of sessions exploring topics like virtual and game-based learning, differentiation, literacy and visual literacy, STEAM, college and career readiness, global citizenship, higher-order thinking, student engagement, and inquiry learning, as well as workshops around the core content areas, physical education, world languages, fine arts, CTAE, special and gifted education, and more.

Free SLDS Training Opportunities 

The Georgia Department of Education's SLDS training team provides training on all components of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) free of charge to any Georgia public school. Each session is tailored to suit the audience in attendance and the allotted time frame provided by school or system level personnel. All sessions are designed to be "hands-on" so attendees should have access to computers during the sessions. Once a training request is received through the Training Request Form, a GaDOE trainer will reach out to the requester to discuss training options to meet the needs of the school or system.

Post-World War II Social Studies Poster and Postcard

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to share the ninth 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). These resources provide high quality, standards-aligned materials that help teachers meet the varying academic interests and needs of their students. 
The latest poster is for the SS8H10 module, Evaluate key post-World War II developments in Georgia, which includes "Photograph of Roy Acuff and Governor Melvin E. Thompson on stage at Sylvania Centennial celebration, Sylvania, Georgia, 1947," courtesy of Screven-Jenkins Regional Library System.

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