In The Know

GSC Education Department Newsletter: April, 2015.

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@ArmorOfGod: When the Bible says "watch and pray" it doesn't mean "watch and criticize," "watch and gossip" or "watch and judge."



Kindergarten classrooms nationwide have changed dramatically since the late 1990s and nearly all of these changes are in the direction of a heightened focus on academics, particularly literacy, according to researchers from EdPolicyWorks, the center on education policy and workforce competitiveness at the University of Virginia.

In a working paper titled “Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? The Changing Nature of Kindergarten in the Age of Accountability,” U.Va. researchers Daphna Bassok and Anna Rorem posit that increased emphasis on accountability led to meaningful changes in the kindergartener experience.

“In less than a decade we’ve seen the kindergarten experience essentially transformed,"....TO READ MORE GO TO



April 23, 2015

Learning A-Z Resources (Grades K-8)

Presented by Ann Crawley, NAD sales representative for Learning A-Z

Join us for a Webinar on April 23. In the classroom, Learning A-Z's teacher and student resources can be used in a variety of ways. Printable worksheets and other learning materials at 27 levels can be distributed to students, who can then use the resources for in-class instruction and at-home practice. Projectable resources, complete with built-in interactive tools, can be used for small and full-class instruction, while online interactive materials and activities can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on demand! And with a wide range of genres, levels and resource types, Learning A-Z is just as flexible — and powerful — for intervention and other educational situations.

Learn how Learning A-Z's affordable, easy-to-use teacher and student resources fill the gaps left by many Reading, Writing, and Science programs. In this webinar, we will explore our different product websites and see why Learning A-Z is being used in more than half of the school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 165+ countries worldwide. During the webinar, Ann Crawley, Regional Director for Learning A-Z, will highlight the Reading Solution, Headsprout, Science A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z and the ALL NEW Writing A-Z which now includes interactive student writing tools in addition to a greatly improved teacher website.

TITLE: The "just right" learning resource for every situation
DATE: Thursday, April 23, 2015
TIME: 6 - 7 PM CDT

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now »

NOTE: Can't wait until next year to start using the resources? Special pro-rated 5-month pricing is available NOW for new subscribers.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


Free Software for Developing School Emergency Operation Plans

Sharing this resource as passed along by the Office of Education at the Southern Union.

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center recently released a free, web-accessible software application EOP ASSIST to help school administrators, including those in private schools, and emergency management personnel create or revise their Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs).

This user-friendly application walks school and district emergency management personnel through the six-step planning process for creating a customized school EOP recommended in the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.


2015 MidSouth Reading and Writing Conference

This comes highly recommended by the Education Department at SAU for those of you who might be interested. It's in Birmingham and you can get more info by clicking here:

Midsouth Reading and Writing Conference 2015 joins with The Red Mountain Reading and Writing Project to bring together nationally recognized literacy researchers, practitioners and authors to offer professional development opportunities for K-16 audiences—teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, administrators, media specialists and teacher educators. The presenters cover a wide range of relevant topics that include reading and writing in content areas, literacy instructional strategies, technology, children’s and young adult literature, reading and writing process, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

The 26th annual conference promises to be one of the best, as participants pay tribute to Dr. Maryann Manning who devoted her life to improving the literacy lives of children and their families. Under her leadership the conferences have attracted 600+ participants across the southeast annually. As noted by a long-time friend and colleague, Ken Goodman— We owe it to Maryann to renew our own commitment to carry on where she left off. The best tribute we can give her is to try to fill the void she left with our own hard work. MidSouth 2015 is one means of continuing her legacy.


Ambassadors for Adventist Christian Education

In case you missed it last month, I wanted to repeat this information about this new organization.
AACE Launch Video


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Diplomas for Graduation

A reminder from Kelsey: Diploma order forms are online. Since this event is just around the corner, we encourage you to get those in ASAP so that you have them for the graduation exercises.

Summer Classes

Kelsey has been forwarding you emails regarding all the latest options. Our March, 2015 newsletter included the link to Southern's online options which now include 25 courses that you can take from home.

GSC Campmeeting at Bass Memorial Academy

I've been asked to serve on the Platform Team and with the Communication's Team this year. Our Education Ministry booth will feature a large map with each school's location identified as well as some photos of Education Fair, Outdoor School, etc. In addition, we will have a supply of pens, pencils and things of this nature for those who wish to use those promotional items. Hope to see you there.


Is your certification current or expiring this summer? Now is the time to check with Luberta Biggs ( if you have questions. And don't forget to submit your NON-ACADEMIC CREDIT form when you come to Teacher Convention in August.

Teacher Convention at Bass Memorial Academy

Monday, August 3 late afternoon registration followed by Keynote address at 7:00 p.m. with meetings continuing to Wednesday, August 6 at noon. More information in the May, June, July newsletters.

Head Teacher/Principal Retreat at Camp Alamisco

Friday evening September 25 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 27 will be a time of spiritual inspiration and professional collaboration and development. More information on this in the months ahead.
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Educator Birthdays -- MAY

Happy MAY Birthday to Lena Nappi (11th, BMA); Sonya Grice (30th, Hoover Christian School)
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