Here is a touching example of how teachers can make a difference in a child's life. Children will likely be excited about learning if they feel valued, respected, and understood. Great article.
The 2018 Georgia General Assembly created several House and Senate Study Committees. The following includes the study committee reports related to education. Legislation during the 2019 General Assembly Session will include many of the recommendations from the committee reports.
House of Representatives Rural Development Council Final Report
House of Representatives Study Committee on School Security Final Report
Senate Study Committee on School Safety
Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia
Senate Study Committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and Use of State and Local Government Right of Way Policy Modernization
Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems
Good afternoon world language professionals,
Below are some updates that I wanted to be sure to share with you. As always, thank you for all you do!
Session Proposals can be made until Jan 2nd via this link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB4G2ZX9nxwrMQ2Gy02ybdHRETEw4q33yTXNCXRs_U9OeBaA/viewform
Good afternoon World Languages Teachers,
A quick CULTR update:
Call for Applications now open for Georgia Tech's new M.S. in Global Media & Cultures and M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies! Priority Deadline Jan 15th / Final Deadline March 1st. See below for details.
Thank you for all you do in support of world language education in Georgia!
M.S. in Global Media and Cultures M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies The MS-GMC and MS-ALIS offer targeted preparation for emerging 21st century careers, from media and international business to non-profit, international education, and smart technologies. These degrees build on the rapidly growing media industry in Atlanta, the No.1 location in the U.S. for film production and home to over 2000 multinational businesses. Through internships, study abroad, multimedia projects, and advanced business-oriented language training, students build a professional portfolio that positions them for success in a global career. 1-year M.S. in Global Media and Cultures Chinese | French | German | Japanese | Russian | Spanish The MS-GMC is a joint degree by Georgia Tech's School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication. It offers targeted bilingual preparation for careers in media, international business, and global leadership. We provide experiential training in media studies, cross-cultural communication, and advanced competence in a high-impact language and region. Students build a bilingual portfolio through internships, media production, research, and leadership opportunities. 1-year M.S. in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies Focus in Spanish, 2019 | French and German in 2020
The MS-ALIS trains you in the real-world applications of language for a wide range of career paths, from communications and non-profit to business, engineering, and medicine. As a student, you will gain professional-level language training and hands-on experiences through internships, study abroad, and creative projects, positioning you to pursue leadership roles in a range of industries. All courses in this program are in the target language.
*MS-GMC and MS-ALIS are BOR approved and pending SACSCOC approval.
Priority Deadline: January 15th Final Deadline: March 1st
Language proficiency will be evaluated via online interview after applications have been submitted. Students are encouraged to submit information about previous proficiency scores from official testing services to provide additional context for assessment. Students may apply to more than one program. Students must apply to each program separately to be considered for both programs. International students are encouraged to apply by the January 15th deadline. This program has been approved by the USG Board of Regents and is pending approval by our accrediting body SACSCOC. Applications are being accepted at this time. However, offers of admission will be made only after SACSCOC approval is granted.
Dual Language pptx.pdf
Georgia Department of Education
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives
Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Programs
During the last 4 years, DLI programs have seen an explosion of popularity in Georgia and particularly in the Atlanta Metro Region but expanding in recent years to Dalton City Schools, Clarke County Schools and this coming year to the Savannah-Chatham School system with the addition of two programs. (1 in Spanish and 1 in Chinese). During the last few years, we have seen the growth go from 3 schools at the start of the 2012-2013 school year to 53 programs.
In Georgia, students in dual language immersion schools receive instruction for half the school day in English and the other half in another language. The immersion programs in Georgia include German, French, Spanish, Chinese and in 2018 Japanese with plans to expand to more languages in the future. Typically, the immersion student starts the program in kindergarten and then expands their knowledge with each grade level. Science and math are taught in the target language, immersing the student in the second language while they simultaneously study two of their core subjects.
The Dual Language Immersion Model is a state approved ESOL delivery model and is mentioned in the State's ESSA Plan. (See page 10). Substantial research has confirmed the efficacy of the model for all learners. (See research by Thomas & Collier.) This past year, the Georgia Department of Education launched several new Professional Development opportunities to support immersion teachers and administrators, such as the Dual Language Immersion in a Day Professional Development programs as well as the annual summer Georgia Dual Language Immersion Institute (GADII) which will be held for the 5th consecutive year in 2018. This past year also saw the awarding of grants in support of DLI programs through a partnership with the Georgia foundation for Public Education. The GaDOE Video DLI Diary project visited several DLI programs and interviewed students, parents and administrators about the DLI model and their experiences.
For more information on Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Programs please visit our webpage: Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Initiative.
Mr. Patrick Wallace
Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives
Office Phone: 404-651-8373
Mobile Phone: 404-694-4633
Facebook: Georgia Department of Education World Languages
Data-based individualization (DBI) is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying
interventions for students with severe and persistent learning and behavioral needs. The process integrates
evidence-based intervention, assessment, and strategies using 5 interactive steps:
We are excited to announce that a new DLI Dashboard is available and has been linked to our Dual Language Immersion page at GaDOE. You can view the dashboard via this link.
Special thanks to our friends from Kennesaw State University for helping supply this useful tool for stakeholders wishing to locate these programs.
Good evening world language professionals,
I am working toward a more comprehensive upcoming GaDOE WL Update but wanted to share with you some of the latest developments to keep you informed.
I certainly want to wish you all a great upcoming week and much success in your classrooms and organizations.
Georgia Department of Education launches Partnership for Rural Growth, dedicating an additional $1.6 million to education in rural Georgia
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October 24, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Education is launching the Partnership for Rural Growth, an initiative to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.
"More and more Georgians are recognizing the importance of a 'rural renaissance' to the future of our state – and K-12 education must be a driver of that," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "As a longtime resident of rural Georgia, and a former South Georgia principal and teacher, I want to make sure every single student – in every part of our state – has access to opportunities that will prepare them for a successful future. Through the Partnership for Rural Growth, we're working to eliminate the resource gaps our rural schools and districts often face, and to make sure K-12 education is spurring renewal in rural Georgia."
Major components of the Partnership for Rural Growth include:
Grants to establish or expand fine arts programs
The fine arts are a critical component of a well-rounded K-12 education. GaDOE is providing $10,000 stART grants to 35 rural school districts to assist them in expanding the fine arts opportunities available to their students. In each selected district, the funding will be used specifically to create new arts education programs or expand existing programs.
STEM and STEAM coordinators in Southwest and Southeast Georgia
More than 1,150 Georgia schools have expressed interest in pursuing STEM or STEAM certification. To assist rural schools in expanding and improving their offerings for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, GaDOE is funding STEM/STEAM coordinators based in Southwest and Southeast Georgia.
Workshops to increase access to AP, Dual Enrollment, and Gifted coursework
GaDOE is partnering with the College Board to offer free workshops for eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade teachers in 14 rural districts. The two- and three-day workshops are designed to help teachers prepare their students for accelerated opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, and Gifted courses. ELA, math, science, and social studies teachers will be equipped with engaging resources for their students and meaningful feedback to show them where each student needs additional support and focus. The goal is to significantly increase the number of students in each target district who can access and complete college-level work before leaving high school.
Grants to help schools teach entrepreneurship
GaDOE is providing up to 40 $11,000 Entrepreneurship, Enterprise & Education (E3) grants to rural school districts. The grants are designed to support entrepreneurship education – lessons and curriculum that prepare students to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities after high school. The funding can be used to plan, develop, and implement lessons and curriculum; provide content-specific professional development for teachers; and purchase equipment needed to support entrepreneurship education – for example, computer software, creative supplies, and devices like 3-D printers.
A network for school improvement for school and district leaders in rural Georgia
GaDOE is establishing the Rural Education Leadership Network, which will connect school- and district-level leaders in rural school districts. Through the network, the Southern Regional Education Board will work with education leaders to identify common needs and strategies to address them, then provide training and expert assistance, at no cost to the schools or districts.
It is a core priority of the Georgia Department of Education to provide students with a well-rounded education, including opportunities like fine arts, STEM and STEAM, advanced coursework, and career tech. Through the Partnership for Rural Education and other key initiatives – including L4GA grants to support literacy learning, funding for wraparound services, FastTrack grants for career education labs, grants for computer coding courses in underserved areas, and more – the Department is working to bridge resource gaps and ensure those opportunities are available to every student, in every part of the state.
-------------------------------------------- Meghan Frick Director of Communications Georgia Department of Education 2062 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
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