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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Monthly Update
April 8, 2013

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Monthly Update

April 8, 2013
Contacts: Pam Smith, Director ( or (404) 463-4141

Randy Lee, Program Specialist ( or (404) 656-0476

Table of Contents
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Cover Sheet

Table of Contents

State Board of Education Meeting Updates

Common Core GPS

Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE)

English Language Arts


Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Georgia Virtual School

Gifted Education

Health & Physical Education

Home School




Math Science Partnership (MSP)



Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Social Studies

Special Education

World Languages and International Education


ACCEL & Move On When Ready (MOWR)

College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)

College Readiness

Dual Enrollment

Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Governor’s Honors Program (GHP)

HIV/AIDS Prevention (CDC Grant)

Jimmy Carter NHS Education Program

Learning Resources/Textbooks


Response to Intervention (RTI) and SST

Safe and Drug Free Schools

School Counselors

Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)

Striving Readers Grant – Literacy

Young Georgia Authors


State Board of Education Meeting Updates

Contact:  Pam Smith (
SBOE Rules:

On April 5, 2013, the SBOE adopted the amended Rule 160-5-1-.15 AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT AND ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER CREDIT AND/OR GRADES.

The Rule, Guidelines, and a Decision Making Rubric for Students with Disabilities will be posted for use in the 2013-2014 school year. Additional communication will be forthcoming via face-to face sessions across the state, webinars, GaDOE Website, and e-mail. A document with frequently asked questions will be available in a few weeks and will be posted to the Standards and Curriculum Website

An electronic copy of the amended Rule and Guidelines are attached with this newsletter.

On April 5, 2013, the SBOE granted permission to post the following two rules for 30 days of public review and comment.

  1. Note: This rule is being initiated again because of additional course changes.


  1. Proposed Amendments to State Board of Education Rule 160-4-5-.02 LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE: PROGRAM FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS (ELs).

Please contact Pam Smith ( if you need additional information.

SBOE Posted Courses:

On April 5, 2013, the SBOE approved the following course standards.

  • Environmental Physics - (Post AP science option - prerequisite - completion of AP Physics)

  • Materials Chemistry - (Post AP science option; prerequisite - completion of AP Chemistry)

  • Engineering Calculus - (prerequisite - completion of AP Calculus BC)

These courses were submitted by the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) via the Race to the Top (RT3) initiative. These courses were developed in order to meet the needs of students who will pursue STEM related careers and will be included in the list of state-funded courses beginning for the 2013-2014 school year. The courses will be offered in an online format through the Georgia Virtual School and will provide students with additional fourth year options in the areas of mathematics or science.

Contact Sandi Woodall (, Mathematics Program Coordinator, or Juan Carlos-Aguilar (, Science Program Manager, if you need additional information.

CTAE Foundation Courses:

On April 5, 2013, the State Board of Education approved the standards for 22 CTAE Foundational courses.
Note: Based on public review and feedback, six of the 28 CTAE Foundational courses were revised. The State Board of Education granted permission to post the Georgia Performance Standards for the following 6 Foundational CTAE courses for 30 days of public review and comment.

  1. Introduction to Consumer Relations

  2. Introduction to Culinary Arts (FCS – ICA)

  3. Introduction to Graphics and Design (ACCT-IGD)

  4. Introduction to Mechatronics – DC Theory, Pneumatics Systems, and PLCs

  5. AC Theory, Electric Motors, Hydraulic Systems

  6. Semiconductors, Mechanical Systems, and Pump and Piping Systems

Use the following survey link to provide feedback for the course standards for each CTAE course via a drop down menu within the survey. The public review questionnaire will be available from April 8, 2013 through May 7, 2013. A review committee will review the questionnaire results and edits will be made before the courses will be brought before the State Board of Education on May 9, 2013.

Please click on the link below to participate in the online questionnaire for the State Board of Education Board Rule public review process:

Should you have any questions and/or concerns regarding this questionnaire, please contact Dwayne Hobbs, Program Manager,

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

Contact:   Sandi Woodall (

Please find below recording links for recent CCGPS Implementation Update webinars.
CCGPS Implementation Update: Focus on Universal Design for Learning
CCGPS Implementation Update: Focus on Struggling Learners  

CCGPS Implementation Update: Focus on English Learners
CCGPS Implementation Update: Focus on CCGPS Assessment

The GaDOE CCGPS team is gearing up for 2013 spring and summer professional learning. The team will facilitate sessions at the following conferences:

April 30, 2013 Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals

May 9-10, 2013 Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors

June 3-6, 2013 IDEAS 2013 Conference

June 19-20, 2013 11th Annual Titles Program Conference

June 25 – July 24, 2013 School Improvement Summer Leadership Academies
Plans are underway to provide Summer Academies/Institutes for K-12 ELA and mathematics educators. Please find specific information in the ELA and Mathematics sections of this newsletter.
RESA ELA and mathematics specialists were recently engaged in the Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP) collaborative hosted by Achieve in partnership with the GaDOE CCGPS Curriculum Team. EQuIP teams learn how to use tools and processes to review the quality of materials (tasks, lessons, units, modules) for the purpose of receiving critical feedback for improvement and to ensure alignment with CCGPS. The specialists are able to share the tools, training, and processes with ELA and mathematics teachers in your district to identify and/or develop quality CCGPS instructional materials. Please contact your RESA specialists to schedule professional learning in the use of quality review tools.

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)

Contact: CTAE Director, David Turner (
Microsoft IT Academy

Contact: Misty Freeman (

The Georgia Department of Education and Microsoft have teamed up to provide Georgia high schools learning materials and software to help better connect our schools and students to the latest technical education requirements to promote college and career readiness. Skills that enable students to collaborate, communicate, and be critical thinkers, innovators, problem solvers and citizens of a global economy. Through the statewide initiative, Georgia high schools have access to the Microsoft IT Academy.
Microsoft IT Academy Benefits include:

  • E-learning courses aligned to industry recognized credentials!

  • Professional Learning-- Educators can use E-Learning to expand their own professional skills and to explore ways to improve classroom learning—online and FREE!!!!

  • PLU Credit offered to high school faculty for completing Digital Literacy (1PLU) and Teaching with Technology (2 PLU) online courses with assessment!

  • DreamSpark Software licenses your school to distribute development and design software products across your school’s labs (using lab licenses) AND to all students and faculty for installation on their personal PCs. Al high school students will be able to download software at home to complete projects that integrate the technology!

There is math software included for download and use! Check it out! Here is quick view into the software….Use Microsoft Mathematics to solve equations step-by-step while also gaining a greater understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry and calculus. Microsoft Mathematics also includes a full-featured graphing calculator that works just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another and solve systems of equations.

  • Digital Textbooks for over 15 courses!

  • College Credit opportunity for students who earn MOS certification

  • Access to over 700+ E-reference Books

  • Office 2010 Software provided for Business & Computer Science Class labs

The Microsoft IT Academy is a HUGE resource for Georgia high schools. Many resources are available for ALL high school students to access! For questions on access, resources, or use, please visit for updates, information and resources. For additional questions, please contact Misty Freeman, Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education, or

English Language Arts (ELA)

Brenda Schulz, Ed.D (, Gail Humble (, Susan Jacobs (, and Daniel Rock (
ELA Program Webpage at:
CCGPS ELA Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities at:
Content Literacy Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities at:

High School Wiki:

Middle School Wiki:

Elementary School Wiki:

Twitter: @gadoeela
As we have in prior years, the ELA Department will host a series of networking and professional learning opportunities during the summer. This year’s summer institutes are entitled "Partners in Progress: Creating a Culture of Literacy in Georgia Schools" and will feature a series of presentations on collaborative instructional models pairing ELA teachers with another teacher, administrator, or coach. This could include such partners as the ELA teacher with a media specialist, an administrator, a special needs teacher, and ESOL teacher, gifted teacher, or any other teacher with whom the ELA teacher has collaborated with to differentiate learning, integrate literacy standards, or to just enhance the instruction in the classroom. We have scheduled the events around the state:
July 10, Georgia Southern University Campus, Statesboro

July 12, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw

July 16, Macon State College, Macon

July 17, University of Georgia Extension Campus, Tifton
Registration will be limited to 250-300 attendees (depending upon the venue) and will open in May. Further details on registration, agenda, speakers, travel, and more will be published in upcoming ELA Reporters and CIA newsletters.
Please Note: We are currently interviewing Georgia educators who are engaging and informed presenters to share their stories of collaboration in the successful implementation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. If you know of a team within your school or district that has partnered in an exemplary way, please fill out a brief application and statement of interest at Teams are welcome to apply to present at more than one of the geographic locations noted above. Honorariums for services will apply.

ELA Sample Unit Frameworks - A revision and precision review process will occur in May and June. We have received recommendation and application packets from hundreds of Georgia educators and are presently putting together a team of highly qualified educators from a variety of districts. The new and improved units will be available in July.

ELA New Sample Lessons - Teachers are also invited to submit individual lessons to be included in a resource bank from which unique units can be constructed. Instructions are forthcoming regarding how to submit these lessons.


Our newest professional learning resources, the Common Core Tools Webcasts, are available for viewing on our GSO landing page (see link above). These webcasts feature Georgia educators from all grade levels discussing their instructional strategies and feature authentic student work along with all resources necessary to implement the lessons discussed. The webcasts can be watched at the viewer’s convenience and each features 5-8 short videos that can split into shorter sessions as desired. New webcasts for grades 5, 9, and Kindergarten are now available!

Archived Webinars from January now available for viewing:

GALILEO to the Core: Leveraging Digital Resources for Literacy in CCGPS Classes


Middle School

High School
Media Specialists Workshops

The Georgia DOE ELA department has for the last several months offered extensive collaborative workshops highlighting the essential role of Media Specialists in Common Core implementation. This series recently concluded. Materials from the workshop including the PowerPoint, Prezis, and handouts are available on the ELA Wikis if you wish to redeliver the information locally. If you have any questions about this series or these materials, contact Susan Jacobs at


Contact: Carol Johnson ( or Cori Alston (

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)

Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS)

Contact: Laura Evans, Standards Coordinator ( or 404-656-4711

GELDS Project Overview
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) began an alignment study and revision of the Georgia early learning standards for children birth to five years in 2010. The new standards, Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS), will replace the Georgia Early Learning Standards (birth through three) and Georgia’s Pre-K Content Standards in the fall of 2013. The revision process stemmed from a need for higher-quality standards for children birth to age 5 and a need for better alignment with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for K-12. Top researchers in early childhood education conducted the alignment study that examined content, rigor, and age-appropriateness.
These new early learning standards, which will be finalized by June 2013, reflect Georgia’s commitment to prepare young children for success in K-12 and beyond. They address all areas or domains of children’s learning and development and will provide linkages between age groups that will help children effectively transition to Kindergarten. The GELDS will be a resource not only for Special Education Preschool teachers, but also all K-12 teachers. DECAL is working with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and Georgia State University’s Best Practices to develop webinars and training that will target all groups of stakeholders, including Kindergarten teachers. Roll out of the GELDS will occur in phases over the next two years. For more information, please visit It will serve as a portal for resources and support surrounding the GELDS roll out and, eventually, will be linked to

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS)

Contact: Christina Clayton (, Johnice McRae (, and/or

Leslie Houck (

Congratulations to GAVS student Katrina Winnett, who recently took first place in the state FBLA competition in the Client Services category, and will travel to the national competition in Anaheim, Ca. this summer. This is the first year that GAVS has offered a chapter of FBLA to students. The whole story and updates will be on the GAVL blog.

Teachers are some of the most creative people we know! We are excited to have launched a Pinterest account to showcase virtual learning ideas in Georgia and around the country. Come pin with us, and share your creativity! 

Don't forget to follow these and all our updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Gifted Education

Contact: Annette Eger (

Health and Physical Education

Contacts: Therese McGuire, Program Specialist (
Fitness Assessment Data : All student scores must be entered into FITNESSGRAM by April 30, 2013.

The number of students with data should reflect the number of students enrolled in physical education this past school year. All students in physical education should be assessed one time per year.

The Georgia Fitness Assessment is a requirement as outlined in OCGA § 20-2-777 Annual fitness assessment program; reporting and compliance and State Board of Education Rule   160- 4-2 .12.

Resources: Physical Education : Fitness Assessment Webinars: Recordings (one hour per session)
The series of webinar sessions were led by two outstanding Georgia educators, Dr. Shannon Williams, Georgia State University and Dr. Brian Mosier, State University of West Georgia.   

Please share this information with the physical education teachers in your school systems.

Recorded Sessions

  1. Understanding your Fitnessgram reports and data

2 Aerobic Capacity: What does it mean and how to provide instruction and activity for your students (including how to increase validity/reliability and MVPA)

**Please note recording starts of this at the 3:27 minute mark

  1. Muscular Strength and Endurance: What does it mean and how to provide instruction and activity for your students (including how to increase validity/reliability and MVPA)

  2. Flexibility: What does it mean and how to provide instruction and activity for your students (including how to increase validity/reliability

  3. Body Composition: What does it mean and how to provide instruction and activity for your students (including how to increase validity/reliability)

Elementary and Middle School Grant -$100,000 in school fitness center- Share with ES and MS Principals

  • The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is currently accepting nominations from elementary and middle schools in Georgia to receive a fitness center grant.  See the attached documents for details.

  • The NFGFC will select three Georgia schools based on their commitment to promoting physical fitness and wellness to their student body.

  • These schools will be named ‘National Champion Schools’ and will receive fully-funded, state of the art fitness centers.

  • School nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 3, 2013.

  • Schools are self nominated by submitting an application(Nomination form below)

**These three documents will be included in an email from Mr. Lee

Home School

Contact: Patrick Blenke (

Effective July 1, 2012, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) now has the responsibility of collecting home school Declaration of Intent forms (DOI) and yearly attendance reports. All responsibilities for the 2011-12 and previous school years are that of the local district. When a parent decides to enroll his/her child in home school, please direct them to the link below:

The GaDOE does not provide home school curriculum, resources, standardized testing, or progress monitoring forms for home-school students.

If a student decides to return to your school, there is not a withdrawal form from the GaDOE. The indication that the home-schooled student wants to return to or enroll in your pubic school is the only notification you need to enroll them in your school/system.
Awarding credit and grade-level placement is a local school district decision. Each school district is required by State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.15 to have procedures regarding the enrollment of students transferring from a home school or non accredited institution.
Rule: 160-5-1-.15 (b) Each local board of education shall adopt a policy for validating credit for courses taken at a non-accredited elementary or secondary school or home study program.
All Home School records prior to June 30, 2012, must be maintained by the local districts. Parents or students wanting information pertaining to this time period should be provided assistance at the local level. Systems are still responsible for alerting the Department of Family and Children Services, Juvenile Court, Social Workers, and related service providers in matters of suspected neglect or abuse by Home School parents.

Additionally, because work permits are required by businesses in accordance with both the law and Department of Labor guidelines, the Declaration of Intent (DOI) will be the document that parents present to the local high school for the issuance of a Work Permit.

The Georgia Department of Education will provide a Declaration of Intent (DOI) for the parent/Department of Driver Services (DDS) and will assist districts by providing Home School DOI files which have been electronically submitted through the GaDOE website. Many DOI forms are mailed, faxed, and e-mailed and must be manually loaded into the database. DOI forms received in this manner require a considerable amount of additional time to process.

GaDOE does not have a formal home school withdrawal process. Therefore, students who withdraw from home school and are between the ages of 6-16 must be enrolled in your system if they meet your residential requirements. If a parent withdraws their student from your school, please have them complete the on-line DOI form using the link below. The school should maintain a copy.


Contact Gary Mealer (

  • JROTC curriculum is a national, SACS approved curriculum and must be taught in the JROTC programs.

  • Perkins Funds cannot be used for the JROTC program but local, state funds or fundraising dollars are allowed.

  • End of pathway assessment does not apply to JROTC

  • JROTC instructors cannot teach non-JROTC courses as part of their teaching day


Contact:   Pam Smith (


Contact: Sandi Woodall ( or Brooke Kline ( )
Please visit the Mathematics Program Webpage at:

CCGPS Mathematics Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities are posted at:
2013 GCTM Summer Mathematics Academies

You are invited to participate in one of the two-day Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) Summer Mathematics Academies to be hosted at four Georgia sites in June and July, 2013. GCTM, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, will provide academies including breakout sessions for individual grade levels K – 11. They will also provide breakout sessions for high school support courses, high school accelerated courses, and for grades 9 and 10 Statistics content. The cost for these professional development opportunities is $50 for GCTM members and $60 for GCTM non-members. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for all participants. For more information regarding the GCTM/GaDOE Mathematics Summer Academies, please see the attached flyer or visit .

If you have questions regarding the academies, you may call the GCTM phone line at 1-855-ASK-GCTM, extension 4, or you may contact the academy director at .

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Peggy Pool Brooke Kline

GCTM Vice President for Regional Services Mathematics Lead Program Specialist

Director of Academies Georgia Department of Education
STEM Online Courses

The Georgia Department of Education in partnership with the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) is now offering free self-paced online STEM courses for middle and high school teachers in Georgia. For more information and to register please see attached flyer or visit . Courses currently offered are: Applied Genetics, Human Cell Biology, Middle School Algebra, Mathematics of Industry and Government 1, Introduction to Technology Integration, and Introduction to Technology Teaching Standards. Registration begins April 1.

New courses being added this summer include: Middle School Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Introduction to Geology, and Physical Science – Motion and Force. Check back after April 28th on for information on summer course registration.
Career-Based Mathematics Task Challenge

As part of the continuing implementation of CCGPS in the year 2013 - 2014, the current GADOE mathematics frameworks and units are being reviewed, revised, and augmented. We are offering an opportunity for educators to assist in this critical process.

The challenge:

Create a career-based mathematics task using guidelines provided to supplement and/or address gaps in the existing CCGPS frameworks units.

If your task is selected for addition to a unit, you will receive a $200 honorarium per task. All work is to be original using support structures provided by the Georgia Department of Education Mathematics Team.
If you are interested in participating in this challenge, please view the task creation guidelines at, and get started! Task submission period begins now and closes May 1, 2013. We look forward to seeing your tasks.
Request for Student Work Samples
As part of the continuing implementation of CCGPS in the year 2013 - 2014, the current GADOE mathematics units are being augmented. We would like your assistance with this critical process.

Student work samples are a vital component of the frameworks which only you can provide. If you have been using the GADOE frameworks and have student work which you would be willing to share, please send it our way. We will remove any identifiers, and include selected student work samples in the revised frameworks which are slated to be released July 1, 2013. If your student work sample is selected for inclusion we will notify you of its placement in the units via email.

Submission guidelines:

  • Attach the work sample(s) to an email in any format. Whatever works for you, works for us.

  • Indicate the grade level, unit, and task in the body of your email, and on the work sample in the upper left corner.

  • You may cover any student/school identifiers if you wish, and we will do the same if any remain.

  • Send the email with student work attached to the appropriate team member below.

  • To be considered for inclusion, work samples must be submitted by May 17, 2013.

We look forward to seeing your students’ work.


Georgia Department of Education Mathematics Team

Turtle Toms

Elementary Mathematics Program Specialist

Brooke Kline

Mathematics Program Lead Specialist

James Pratt jpratt@doe.k12

Secondary Mathematics Program Specialist

Math Science Partnership

Contact:  Amanda Buice (  Phone: 404-657-8319 or Fax: 404-656-5744

Migrant Education and Refugee Programs

Contact:  John Wight ( 404-463-1857
Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX)

Is there a way to get quick access to the academic records of migrant students?  Yes!  The Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX) is the technology that allows States to share educational and health information on migrant children who travel from State to State and who as a result, have student records in multiple States' information systems. MSIX works in concert with the existing migrant student information systems that States currently use to manage their migrant data to fulfill its mission to ensure the appropriate enrollment, placement, and accrual of credits for migrant children nationwide.

In order to obtain an MSIX User Account, you must complete the online training at the link below.  You will need to score a 70 or higher on the quiz at the end of the webinar.  Print a copy of quiz showing a score of 70 or higher.  Fax your quiz to Susan Joyce-Stone, MSIX State User Administrator at 229-546-3251.  Include your name, school district, work phone, and work email address.  Susan will create your user account and email you the information needed to log in to MSIX.
Link to MSIX Online Training:
For additional information about MSIX, please use this link:
Refugee Youth and Children

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugees and immigrants so that all newcomer children and youth can reach their potential. Please visit this website for a variety of resources to support these children and youth.

Follow the Migrant Education Program (MEP) on Twitter: @georgiamep

For information on the Migrant Education Program, please visit our website:


Contact: Juan-Carlos Aguilar (

Next Generation Science Standards

Georgia has been selected as one of the 26 states that will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a state-led effort that will clearly define the content and practices all students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, a non-partisan education non-profit.

The first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released in May of 2012. The second public draft will be released towards the end of this year. The final version of the standards is schedule to be released on the week of April 8, 2013. The standards were developed based on the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, published last year by the National Research Council (NRC). We encourage all science teachers and administrators to become familiar with this document. You can download the Framework free from The National Academies Press website at
Georgia will be putting together teams to update our current science Georgia Performance Standards based on the NGSS. This process will begin towards the end of April 2013. If you know of a great teacher, administrator, curriculum director, parent, business partner with expertise in Science education and that is very familiar with the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy please send me their name and e-mail address so I can include them in one of the review teams.
Please contact Juan-Carlos Aguilar ( if you have any additional questions.
Professional Learning via Georgia Public Broadcasting

Science teachers can now view two live-streaming sessions that focus on the integration of the literacy standards for reading and writing into science instruction. These sessions provide guidance to answer the questions:

  1. How can students’ work in literacy support their understanding of science?

  2. How can their work in science actually improve literacy skills?

These sessions are archived on the web site at the following link:
Educational In Nature

Georgia Pacific is announcing the launch of its series “Educational In Nature”, an environmental education curriculum designed to foster understanding and environmental awareness in the classroom for grades 4-5. “Educational In Nature” lesson plans provide teachers, parents, and student/education group leaders with additional ideas and activities that can be incorporated into lesson plans or the study of a specific topic. Materials for this series can be found at

Fish Watch Lessons and Activities

NOAA Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently published online the Fish Watch Lessons and Activities. This set of 16 teacher tested, science standard correlated, lesson plans challenges high school students and their teachers to use the NOAA Fisheries Service's FishWatch website to locate, manipulate, and analyze data to make informed decisions about sustainable seafood consumption. These lessons can be found at

Laboratory Safety Resources

To support the work of high school chemistry teachers in your district, the American Chemical Society has created a free resource that provides guidance and ideas on safety, instructional methods, the use of technology, assessment, and more. Titled the “2012 ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for Teaching High School Chemistry,” this resource reviews best practices while also suggesting sources of further information, making it appropriate for new and experienced chemistry teachers alike.

For more information, visit the ACS High School Guidelines website where you can download the guidelines or view them in full text.
Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG)

The Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia in partnership with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia is offering a professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators based on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence.

The ATEEG Program encompasses three core courses, thirty hours of specialization training, and an independent study project. All courses are held at Charlie Elliott Conference Center in Mansfield, GA. Participants have three years to complete the program and can earn two Professional Learning Unit (PLU) credits for each course completed. Scholarships are currently available for educators in South Georgia through the Murray H. Gaskins, Sr. Fund.
For more information about this professional certification program and to register for the Core Courses, visit Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia. If you have specific questions, please contact Susan Meyers, Program Administrator, directly at
Physics Olympiad Team

The American Association of Physics Teachers and the Center for Excellence in Education are proud to announce a partnership to sponsor the 2013 U.S. Physics Team. The 2013 U.S. Physics Team is a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the 44th Annual International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 7-15, 2013. The mission of the physics competition is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.

All high school physics students are encouraged to participate in the Fnet= ma contest.   The contest initiates the selection process for the 2013 U.S. Physics Team and is administered in schools nationally.  The physics competition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to enhance their physics knowledge, as well as their creativity, leadership, and commitment to a goal. To learn more about the IPhO and to register your school, please visit
Race to the Top: Professional Development Courses

The Georgia Department of Education in partnership with the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) is now offering FREE self-paced online STEM courses for middle and high school teachers in Georgia. The courses focus on STEM best practices (using academic language, technology integration, problem-based inquiry learning), robotics, statistics, calculus and new 21st century STEM areas, such as genetics/biotechnology, climate science, and nanochemistry. For more information and to register please visit

Self-paced courses: The self-paced STEM online courses for teachers include interactive strategies designed to help increase content knowledge and application of best practices in unit plan development and classroom instructional delivery. Registration begins April 1st.

  • Introduction to Human Cell Biology

  • Applied Genetics

  • Middle School Algebra

  • Mathematics in Industry & Government I

Facilitated courses: Facilitated online courses are being offered through the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network. Each course lasts 4-6 weeks. Participants will receive Continuing Education or Professional Learning Units from Georgia Tech for successfully completing each course. The courses will be offered in a cohort model, in which a group of teachers or STEM coordinators will move through all classes and phases together. For Pre-enrollment application and course information please visit: 

  • Project Based Inquiry Learning

  • Robotics

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway was launched in November 2010 as a new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC,CIRESNOAA, and SERC. CLEAN builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science. CLEAN's primary goal is to steward a broad collection of educational resources and foster a supporting community to help facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate and informed about "the climate's influence on you and society and your influence on climate." You can access the CLEAN collection at
The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy

The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program. New this year, we have opened the program up to 2nd through 5th year science educators teaching middle school or high school. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2013.

This FREE program provides each participant with:

  • An e-pedagogy mentor and an e-content mentor. These mentors work with the new teacher on a weekly basis.

  • An opportunity to participate professional development web seminars with their cohort group from around the country throughout the school year.

  • The opportunity to attend the 2014 NSTA National Conference in Boston to meet face-to-face with their cohort colleagues, their e-mentors, and experience the National Conference.

  • Full membership to the NSTA (all expenses covered by the Academy).

For more information please contact Kate Falk at (703) 312-9211.

AP Biology Leadership Academy

BSCS and NABT are excited to announce the second cohort of their AP Biology Leadership Academy. The goal of the Academy is to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education who

  • understand the AP Biology Curriculum Framework,

  • are able to design and teach a course that exemplifies the framework, and

  • can help others understand and implement the new framework.

The Academy is designed to be a specialized professional development experience that gives you the

opportunity to

  • strengthen how you teach AP biology so students learn more-meaningful biology and are more interested in studying biology in the future,

  • experience the practices of science as articulated in the new framework,

  • analyze and enhance your current curriculum materials to better reflect the new framework,

  • learn to use formative and summative assessment information to examine what your students understand, and

  • develop and increase your leadership capacity and advocacy skills to expand the AP Biology community.

Applications are due by 19 April 2013. Please visit the AP Biology Leadership Academy website ( to see the commitment guidelines.


TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of free global education resources. Resources cover grades PK-12 and are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages). The lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to Water and Sanitation. For more information on these resources please contact Betsy Root at (404) 239-3296 or visit the UNICEF site at

Exploring Forestry and Wildlife in Georgia

The Georgia Forestry Foundation is pleased to announce its 9th annual Teacher Conservation Workshop: ‘Exploring Forestry and Wildlife in Georgia’, to be held June 17-21, 2013.

The workshop focuses on conservation topics related to the benefits of forestry, including the cycle of growing trees, utilization of trees for products, and how trees are managed for wildlife habitat.  We will be teaming up with the Georgia Forestry Commission, UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division to host the event at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Conference Center in Mansfield.  Participants will be certified in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET upon completion. Three (3) PLU’s will be available. As the event is underwritten by sponsors, all field trips, lodging, meals and teacher resource kits are included in the $50 registration fee.


Registration is limited to 30 participants. For more information and the application please visit the Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop website ( or contact Carla Rapp at (478) 992-8110; ( or Rusty Garrison at (770) 784-3059 (


Contact: Gilda Lyon ( or (404) 463-1977
May 3rd is STEM Day in Georgia

The DOE is partnering with the Technology Association of Georgia to offer STEM activities for all classrooms in Georgia on STEM Day.

Go to to register your class.
There is a new protocol for school districts to use when you have schools that are interested in STEM Certification.


  • Have superintendent or designee contact Gilda Lyon @

  • Convene all school administrators for an informational session from the state.

  • Create a STEM team within your district to guide schools and let the state know when they are ready for certification

Go to for the complete protocol.
STEM Georgia Webpage

The STEM Georgia webpage is available at

Information is included on the webpage regarding STEM Certification, funding opportunities for STEM programs, summer workshops & conferences, student opportunities, teacher resources, and STEM competitions.
Follow STEM Georgia on Twitter

Immediate updates on grants, workshops, competitions, scholarships, and STEM resources:
Webinar on the STEM Certification Process

Dr. Gilda Lyon will host two webinars on the STEM Certification process on Apr. 23rd and May 13th from 3:30-4:30 pm. To join the session April 23rd session, go to:

The link for the May 13th session is

Social Studies

Contact:  Shaun Owen (


Division for Special Education Services and Supports

Director:  Debbie Gay (   Telephone: 404-657- 9959

Contact:   Kimberly Simmons ( Telephone: 404-463-0411


Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) 2013   Hold the date for the summer conference for teachers offered by Division for Special Education Services and Supports in partnership with Georgia Tools for Life and Georgia Council for Exceptional Children and Georgia Sensory Assistance Project.

June 3-6, 2013

Epworth by the Sea

St. Simons Island, Georgia
Reminder: GaDOE Special Education Services and Supports is now on Twitter!

Do you Twitter?  Do you know what Twitter is?  It’s a free micro-blogging service!  At the very core of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet may be no longer than 140 characters long. Don’t let the size fool you – you can get a lot of information in a little space! 

Not on Twitter? You can sign up at Want to know more about Twitter and how to use it? Here are some links: 

  • What is Twitter?

  • The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

  • 12 Reasons to Start Twittering

World Languages and International Education

Contact: Jon Valentine (


Contact: Tony Eitel (
The following state-mandated assessment windows are on the State Testing Calendar for the months of April and May 2013:

- Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) (April 1 – May 3)

- Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests - Modified (CRCT-M) (April 1 – May 3)

- End of Course Tests Spring Administration (EOCT) (April 22 – May 31)

- Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) (Closes May 10)

- CRCT & CRCT-M Retest Administration (May 13 – July 26)

The following ordering windows are open in April/May 2013:

- Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) and Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) for summer 2013 (April 15 – 26)

The following reports will begin to arrive in local systems as noted below in late April/early May 2013:

- Grade 5 Writing Assessment (April 29 – May 3)

- Grade 3 Writing Assessment (May 6 – 10)

- Georgia High School Graduation Test (May 6 – 10)

- ACCESS for ELLs (May 6 – 10)

- CRCT & CRCT-M Electronic PL1 Reports & Class/School Rosters (After representative sample is reached and dependent upon local system testing windows)

- EOCT (Dependent upon local system testing window)

- GKIDS (Available after May 10 closing of testing window)

ACCEL and Move On When Ready (MOWR)

Contact: Pat Blenke ( 404-463-1765

College and Career Ready Performance Index and ESEA Waiver

Contact: Joanne Leonard ( and Becky Chambers (

College Readiness Unit

Contacts for College Readiness Programs: ACT, AP, PSAT, SAT

  • Bonnie Marshall , ,Telephone (404-656-6854 )

  • Georgia Haygood McSwain ,Telephone (404-657-9799)

  • Becky Chambers (, Telephone (404-463-5098)

  • Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC): GACIS is sponsoring a 2 day training event in Savannah (Savannah Marriott) on May 9 and 10. GACIS will provide lodging, mileage for one vehicle, and registration fees for a 3 person system team. For details and registration go to There are a few registration spots open, Act Soon!

Dual Enrollment Update

Contact: Gary Mealer (

  • Counselors must complete a sign-off form with parents and students before participation

  • Dual credit grades could have a negative or positive effect on a student’s GPA and/or class ranking

  • Students can lose all their credit if they withdraw during the semester

  • HOPE updates should be available soon since the legislative session is over

Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Contacts: Pam Smith (
Updated Rubrics aligned with the Common Core for the 2013-14 school year for both ELA and Mathematics will be posted by Tuesday, April 9, 2013, on the Standards and Curriculum Web site by clicking the EIP link as listed below.
Thank you to the following teachers in Columbia County for submitting draft K-5 ELA and Mathematics rubrics for review and revision to share across the state: Trish Brower, Mary Nell Johnston, Tami Roy, Michele Sherman, Jennifer Shoenholz, and Kim Tierman.

Governor’s Honors Program (GHP)

Contact: Dale Lyles ( (404) 657-0183

GaDOE HIV/AIDS Prevention Program

Contact: Mike Tenoschok (
HIV/AIDS Laws & Policies
Below are HIV/AIDS related policies that impact local school systems. Please distribute them to appropriate staff members.

Jimmy Carter NHS Education Program

Contact: Annette Wise ( or (229) 824-5843

Learning Resources/Textbooks

Contact: Randall N. Lee ( (404) 656-0476
2013 Georgia Learning Resources Advisory Committee

Grades K-12 English Language Arts/Reading

(Approved by the SBOE on April 5, 2013)

Congressional District





Tina Moseley

Wayne County

Reading/ELA Specialist


Cassandra Sampson

Dougherty County


Secondary ELA


Michelin Springer

Carrollton City

Assistant Principal Curriculum


Mary Felton

Rockdale County

K-12 Literacy Coach


Isaac Sparks, Jr.

Atlanta Public Schools

K-12 Literacy Coordinator


Kamaria Shauri

DeKalb County

ELA Teacher

Middle School


Jennifer Williams

Forsyth County

Instructional Lead Teacher Elementary School


Liz Conner

Pulaski County

High School Literacy Coach


Lana Jones

Habersham County

Academic Coach


Cheryl Marrett

Jasper County

Assistant Principal Elementary School


Kimberly Poe

Cartersville City

ELA Dept. Chair

Middle School


Pam Thornton

Richmond County

ELA Teacher

High School


Lisa Cherry

Cobb County

ELA Dept. Chair

High School


Ronda Ware

Floyd County

K-12 Literacy Coach
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