Is it June yet?
In 1921, an aristocratic up-and-coming young New York politician, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, contracted polio. Fearing his political future over, and desperate for a cure, FDR journeyed to Warm Springs, GA., on the advice of his friend, George Foster Peabody. There, FDR found the naturally soothing mineral water helpful in his physical therapy. FDR purchased the property and turned it into a polio treatment center. Eventually, FDR reentered politics and was elected, first Governor of New York, then four times President of the United States.
Without question, one of the single most popular and widely-used classroom resources GPB has ever produced are the video lessons in Chemistry and Physics. Year-round, it’s one of the most highly trafficked sections in our entire website. While it is popular, we have also heard from you that it’s dated. We agree. Technology has advanced greatly since these videos were made. We can do more with interactive technology, including delivering to various platforms.
In January 2014, we released the new, digital Georgia Studies textbook. It is the updated, reformatted version of the widely used The Georgia Studies Book: Our State and the Nation published by the Carl Vinson Institute.
Constitution Day is September 17th. A federal law passed as part of an appropriations bill a decade ago mandates the teaching of the Constitution in all schools that receive federal funds. Schools all over the country will observe Constitution Day with lessons this week about the historic document and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. There are a wealth of resources available for teachers on the Constitution from GPB, including the video It's My Constitution.
This week GPB premiers a new documentary series by Ken Burns -- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. It is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary American family.
Georgia has a unique historic connection to Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. A few miles north of Atlanta, in Historic Roswell, is Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of Martha "Mittie" Bulloch, mother of Theodore and grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. Bulloch Hall is where Mittie and Theodore, Sr. were married in 1853.
This week the education headline news focused on the gubernatorial race, the correlation between exercise and student health and provided a meaty preview of the new Ken Burns PBS documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait.
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On Sunday September 14 at 8 p.m., Ken Burns’ spectacular and extensive seven part documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait comes to GPB.
When the school year is in full swing, it is often difficult to find the time and place to rub elbows with your colleagues outside of the classroom. We’re providing you with an opportunity to do that.
Join us and Discovery Education September 18 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. for a back to school networking event at GPB headquarters. RSVP for it here.
I've started a new weekly post curating the top education news headlines of the week. This list will appear every Friday afternoon for your convenience.
This week in education news for September 5, 2014 covers standardized testing, a new grant for science teachers and free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education website.