How one Georgia teacher won $25,000!   DECEMBER 2016
2nd Annual Educate Georgia Summit
Event is free and open to all!

Join State Representative Valencia Stovall (D-Lake City) for the 2nd annual Educate Georgia Summit Wednesday, January 11, and Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Georgia State Capitol during the 2017 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. Educators, parents, students, state officials, businesses, and community leaders are invited free of charge.  

This free summit will feature interactive working groups focused on building holistic early education environments; the proposed student based funding formula; best practices for improving failing schools; increasing parent, family and community engagement; and many more topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 12 working group sessions, connect with state officials, explore live exhibits, and participate in Lunch and Learns.

Attendees can register and learn more at
"Technology Superstar" Eric Crouch awarded $25,000 

Columbus, GA -- Double Churches Elementary School teacher Eric Crouch did a double take when he was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly. Crouch started teaching fifth grade at the school this year after having previously taught first-grade and served as first-grade level chair.

During his five-year tenure in teaching, Crouch has already developed a solid track record of helping his students progress. According to anecdotal data, in 2014-15, 100% of Crouch's first-grade students met or exceeded goals in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Many students at the high-need school, which serves primarily military families and sees high rates of transition in the classroom, read above grade level.

Click here to read more about Mr. Crouch and the Milken Educator Award.
Registration deadline is December 16 

Poetry Out Loud is a free innovative program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word. It incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into English and drama classes.
Thanks to The Atlanta History Center and its partnership with Poetry Out Loud, high school students across the state have an opportunity to engage with poetry for a chance to win $20,000.

Visit our blog to register and learn more about the contest. 
Register by December 15 to get started January 15 

In collaboration with Discovery Education, PBS Kids' Design Squad Global allows students to step into the ever-expanding field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and develop real solutions for real problems. From designing emergency shelters to building earthquake-resistant structures, students work together to solve some of the world's biggest issues.

Design Squad Global offers free six- and twelve-week long clubs and organizes global partner exchanges. Each club is paired with one in another country, allowing students to work collaboratively, share design and construction processes, and gain exposure and understanding of other communities.

Click here to read more about DSG and how to register. 
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PBS TeacherLine provides both facilitated and self-paced courses so you can decide how, when, and where you want to complete your professional development. Teachers have many course options from which to choose, including reading,  science, math, technology, social studies, and instructional strategies. Facilitated courses begin December 7Click here for full course listings.
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