January 2019

Class is back in session and so is Georgia's legislature! To help students--and adults--better understand state government, GPB is launching a new digital mini series, " Peach State Politics."  

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler is covering the legislative session and lawmaking process for the first time, and he needs your help learning the ins and outs of state government. Each week during the session, Stephen will be answering questions you may have about what goes on at the Georgia Capitol, like "Who's in charge of taxpayer money?" or "What's all the fuss surrounding Georgia's voting machines?"  Stephen will answer one question a week during the legislative session, with a new video posted every Tuesday.

It's time to sharpen those pencils! GPB invites Georgia students in kindergarten through third grade to create a great story, illustrate it, and enter it in our PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The contest will begin January 14, 2019 and the deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019. 

Stories can be fact or fiction, poetry or prose, and will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, and integration of illustrations. A first, second, and third place will be chosen from each grade level. Additionally, four stories (one from each grade level) will be selected for the STEAM Award if their story effectively incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. 

Every year on the third Monday in January, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This holiday provides teachers and parents the opportunity to talk openly with kids about America's history, the values Dr. King and other civil rights activists fought for, and how we can continue to strive for and promote equal rights. While these are heavy topics to tackle with young learners, picture books offer a simple and engaging approach to help children understand Dr. King's role and the purpose of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Beginning January 1, 2019, teachers and students across the country will be able to turn their classrooms into production studios, their assignments into scripts, and their ideas into sound. Winning podcasts, one from grades five through eight and another from grades nine through 12, will be featured in segments on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered later in the spring of 2019. 

Questions or feedback? Email us at education@gpb.org