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Lilburn Teacher wins NFL's "PE Teacher of the Year"

Lilburn Teacher wins NFL's "PE Teacher of the Year"

Lilburn, GA --  During NFL Draft Week in NYC, Atlanta was not only rewarded with a great WR, Julio Jones,  but one of our own teachers was named NFL Network's "PE Teacher of the Year".

NFL Network’s Keep Gym in School campaign named Dana Griffith the first-ever “NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year.”

Griffith will receive a $10,000 award as well as a $10,000 grant for the PE program at Berkmar Middle School in Lilburn, Georgia.  Griffith was chosen out of over 2,000 nominations and close to 200 online applications.

She was honored in a ceremony during the NFL Draft week in New York City. 

“Ms. Griffith epitomizes the dedicated teachers we want to recognize and applaud. Her hard work and commitment to educating children about health, nutrition and physical fitness both inside and outside of the classroom sets an example for her fellow educators as well as parents about the importance of fighting childhood obesity by teaching healthy habits at a young age,” says Dena Kaplan, senior vice president marketing, NFL Network.

Dana Griffith teaches Physical Education and Health at Berkmar Middle School as well as Science of Nutrition at the University of Phoenix. 

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Gwinnett Students Compete for the Academic Worldquest Title

Gwinnett Students Compete for the Academic Worldquest Title

Gwinnett County --  (submitted by Gwinnett Schools)  Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will represent the state of Georgia during the upcoming Academic WorldQuest 2011, a national competition which tests students’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, culture, and current events. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) students will represent Georgia during the national event to take place at the Georgetown Conference Center on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2011.

The school district earned the spot to compete at the national level after three teams from two different Gwinnett schools earned top finishes during the Metro-Atlanta Academic WorldQuest Competition which was held earlier this spring. During this local event, GSMST took Georgia’s top spot for the third year in a row. A second GSMST team earned third place, while a team from Parkview High placed second.

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

Gwinnett County, GA --  The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors have been selected as 2011 National Achievement Scholarship winners. The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides a one-time $2,500 scholarship to outstanding Black American high school students, considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The 2011 Gwinnett honorees are:

Berkmar High:

·     Dina A. Hassan

   probable career field: International Relations/Diplomatic Service

Brookwood High:

·     Joel A. Owen

    probable career field: Veterinary Medicine

·     Dania A. Roach

   probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

·     Aida J. Syrkett

   probable career field: Statistics/Information Technology

Dacula High:

·     Patricia E. Ekpo

   probable career field: International Non-profit Management

Grayson High:

·     Brianna I. Edghill

   probable career field: Non-profit Management

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

·     Wesley Mitchell

   probable career field: Engineering

·     Amarachi O. Nnakwe

   probable career field: Pediatrics

Parkview High:

·     Tiffany A. Agard

   probable career field: International Relations

South Gwinnett High:

·     Jamal B. Gaddis

   probable career field: Biology

·     Kadeem J. Yearwood

   probable career field: Business Management

These 11 GCPS students join more than 700 outstanding Black American high school seniors across the nation who will receive scholarships totaling more than $2 million dollars as part of the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 100 Achievement Scholars are recipients of the corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards.

Each One Teaches One

Each One Teaches One

Picture this… a classroom full of seven and eight year old second graders… a second grade English/language arts curriculum requiring these students to become proficient in a vast array of concepts and skills ranging from nouns and verbs to imperative and interrogative sentences.  How do teachers move from teaching a rigorous curriculum to students who may or may not be cognitively ready to learn these skills to mastery? How do teachers guide their students toward teaching themselves to take full ownership of their learning? The answer is actually quite simple.   Teachers must learn to differentiate their instruction to match the learning needs of the students they are entrusted to teach!  Differentiation merely means to vary the instructional approaches to meet the individual learning needs of the children in a class.  Through a differentiated approach called “jigsawing,” my students took ownership of the English/language arts curriculum, and they literally became grammar experts in the process!