S'more Stuff...School's Out!

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School's Out for Summer

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This Summer S'more issue will focus on various lazy day opportunities to keep in mind when your toes aren't in the sand!

Rarely do we as teachers find dedicated time during the school year to truly work on our professional development. Summer often provides opportunities for not only well deserved rest but also, for learning new tricks! This issue is dedicated to learning opportunities that are offered over the summer months! Whoever completes the most summer hours will win lunch for themselves and a friend at the new Porsche Experience Restaurant with full class coverage by your IT Specialists when we get back to school in the fall!

Discover the Porsche Experience Center, Atlanta
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So Much to Choose From...Where to Begin?

Engage in Self-Paced Summer Learning Through Constructive Play

With those new schoolwide premium accounts maybe you'd like to engage in the Thinglink virtual summer challenges….


Summer is a time when teachers can enjoy a break from the highly scheduled daily routines of the school year. The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to fit nicely into any teacher’s summer lifestyle because the challenges are flexible and available 24/7.

Weekly challenges will be introduced through the ThingLink Blog. Teachers can visit the blog at anytime, from any location, and find all the resources necessary to complete the challenge. After that, participants can have a bit of fun engaging in constructive play to create interactive images to meet the challenge. Final products for sharing can be submitted at anytime through an easy form right on the blog. Participants can get inspired by the growing channel of interactive images submitted by other participants by revisiting the blog.

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to support learning at all tech comfort levels and there are no rigid deadlines to interfere with your summer plans. So progress at your own pace and enjoy the freedom and time you need to experiment through constructive play.

Connect and Share with a Community of Learners to Build Your PLN

As use of technology in the classroom becomes more prevalent, it can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming to keep up if we are trying to do it all on our own. The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed around the idea that we are all learning together.

One of the of the goals of this professional development opportunity is to connect, collaborate and build on the ideas of others through the use of a personal learning network. The PLN will provide participants with support, motivate us to keep learning, and empower us with the confidence to try something new. The PLN will enable participants to grow professionally, share expertise and discover new and inspirational ways of teaching and learning

Thinglink Summer VR Challenge

Coaches, teachers, administrators and students sign up to Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge this summer. This free, self-paced professional development will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360 panoramic images and virtual reality activities for teaching and learning. Educators will be participating from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge:

Conference Learning Opportunities

1. The 2016 National Teacher Institute will explore the rich and varied Civil War history of Richmond, Virginia, and its environs. Attendees will participate in workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and battlewalks with some of the best historians and teachers in the United States.

The event is free (with a refundable deposit) — and travel scholarships are available!

National Teacher Institute

July 14 - 17, 2016

Richmond, Virginia

2. Celebrating Tradition & Transformation in the Arts, Presented by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art, the third annual Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference will take place June 7-9, 2016. One of Atlanta's most dynamic and collaborative professional learning events, this year’s Educator Conference will investigate and celebrate the relationship between tradition and transformation in the arts and education. Over the course of three days, participants will explore world-class art and engage in workshops led by professional teaching artists and fellow educators in order to reflect upon the essential question: How does my practice honor tradition and foster transformation through the arts?

This is the premiere arts education conference for you! Workshops are designed for Educators (Pre-K through Grade 12), Administrators, Teaching Artists, and relevant practitioners.

Questions? Please contact Liz Davis, Manager of Education Services, at liz.davis@woodruffcenter.org with any questions related to the Educator Conference.

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Griffin Metro RESA Summer Offerings...right around the corner!

GRIFFIN RESA Regional Educational Service Agency Phone: (770) 229-3247

06/01/16 09:00 AM

06/01/16 03:30 PM

Class - Fly Through Singapore Box Diagramming for Grades 2 through 5

06/06/16 08:30 AM

06/07/16 04:30 PM

Class - South Metro Summer Leadership Conference DAY REGISTRATION (No Lodging)

06/06/16 08:30 AM

06/07/16 04:30 PM

Class - South Metro Summer Leadership Conference FULL REGISTRATION (Includes Monday Night Lodging)

06/09/16 09:00 AM

08/18/16 04:30 PM

Class - Teaching of Reading K-12 Blended Online

06/09/16 09:00 AM

06/09/16 03:30 PM

Class - Explaining Science K-12

06/13/16 08:30 AM

06/24/16 03:30 PM

Class - Essentials of Effective Teaching

06/14/16 09:00 AM

06/14/16 03:00 PM

Class - Differentiated Assessment and Grading: What's Fair? What's Equal?

06/14/16 09:00 AM

06/14/16 03:30 PM

Class - Responsive Readers' Notebooks Gr K-5

06/15/16 09:00 AM

08/24/16 04:30 PM

Class - The Exceptional Child

06/15/16 09:00 AM

06/15/16 03:30 PM

Class - Classroom Management

06/15/16 09:00 AM

06/16/16 03:00 PM

Class - Teaching is a Team Sport

06/21/16 9:00 AM

06/21/16 3:30 AM

Class - Send Your Students Home Exhausted : Energizing Lessons for Grades 6-12

06/22/16 09:00 AM

06/22/16 03:30 PM

Class - DI in Math for K-12 Teachers

06/29/16 09:00 AM

06/29/16 04:30 PM

Class - How Do Number Talks Apply To Me? For 6-12 Math Teachers

07/11/16 08:30 AM

07/22/16 03:30 PM

Class - Essentials of Effective Teaching

08/9/16 04:00 PM

9/27/16 07:30 PM

Class - K-5 Math Endorsement: Geometry and Measurement: Content and Pedagogy

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The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library offers a wide array of virtual learning opportunities for teachers for free!

Click Here to browse their catalog!
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Take your next step toward the Gilder Lehrman M.A. in American History

Registration is open for our summer 2016 online courses.

Graduate participants may join live sessions and complete assignments in pursuit of 3 M.A. credits. Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School teachers may watch session recordings and pursue a Continuing Education Certificate for just $15.

Take a look at the course titles below, and click the image for each to learn more. You may also explore the courses at these links:


If you have questions not answered through the links above and below, feel free to email them at onlinecourses@gilderlehrman.org.

Various Other Sites and Sources!

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And Don't Forget About Haiku!

This summer is a great time to look back through all of the various PD sessions that have been offered this year at WA Lower and click on some of those great resource links in our Haiku Dream Classroom. We have also added a section there for learning Microsoft Windows 10 if anyone feels like playing with it a bit this summer. Download version 10 for free on a home device by August 2016!

Dream Classroom Elements

Project Based Learning


Unit Planning

Paper Slide Shows





Windows 10

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Tweet Out How You are Using These and Other Tools in Your Classrooms Using the Hashtag #WALower

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Tweet out what you are doing and you might win lunch on us!!