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Good news from schools: Students to attend forum, visit Holocaust Museum

Buford High School juniors Lacy Grieve, Ehren Harris and Danitra Wansley have been selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's eighth annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 11-14.

The students are part of a group of 10 ethnically, religiously and racially diverse high school students from the Atlanta area who will participate in the mission. The group will convene in Washington to debate and question bigotry and intolerance in America.

The centerpiece of the mission will be a visit to the museum. The student delegations will also have the rare opportunity to hear the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and current civil-rights leaders.

The Anti-Defamation League developed the National Youth Leadership Mission to help confront and overcome racial tension. The mission uses historic and modern examples of moral courage to help motivate students to fight prejudice within their own lives and in their schools and communities.

This year's mission includes 110 students from Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

Gwinnett teachers chosen for Teacher Academy

Suwanee Elementary teacher Kandra Oldham, Berkmar High teacher Kate Secor and Mill Creek High teacher Amanda Dominy have been selected to participate in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Teacher Academy, designed to enhance the skills of teachers with fewer than four years of experience.

Teachers from across the state were recommended by their district leaders for the 30 competitive positions - 10 each from elementary, middle and high school levels. Finalists were chosen by former PAGE leaders, PAGE members and National Board certified teachers who served as peer reviewers.

Ann Stucke, PAGE assistant director for research and professional learning, will coordinate the academy. She said the program highlights the areas of professional learning that research suggests novice teachers can most benefit from.

Teachers will attend six two-day working sessions throughout their two years in the academy, which is funded by PAGE. They will receive instruction in areas such as the use of technology, classroom management, data analysis, Georgia performance standards and building communities of learning at their schools.

Application information for the 2008 class will be online at www.pageinc.org in January.

Wal-Mart funds nursing scholarship program at Brenau University

The Wal-Mart Foundation recently gave a $250,000 grant to Brenau University to establish a scholarship program and academic-support services.

The university will use the grant to help Hispanic women pursuing degrees in health care professions.

The new program, named the Wal-Mart Nursing and Healthcare Scholars Program at Brenau, will help the university recruit and support Hispanic women in nursing or health-related majors.

Working with Hispanic families, the program will assist with the application process, financial aid and follow-up support to help the students succeed academically after they are enrolled.

Brenau University offers several academic programs in health care, including a master's degree program in clinical psychology and a five-year undergraduate and graduate program in occupational therapy. Additionally, its nursing curriculum - offered through the Women's College in Gainesville, the evening and weekend program, and the online-college program - leads to both bachelor's and master's degrees.

The university's immediate plans include offering a clinical doctorate in nursing, perhaps by fall 2008. Further, a study expected by early 2008 will determine whether Brenau should establish a medical school in north Georgia.

The Wal-Mart Foundation's funding will bolster Brenau's overall scholarship program, which contributes about $7.7 million a year in student aid.

High Museum displays student artwork

The High Museum of Art is displaying an exhibit containing the work of 40 state and national winners of the Georgia PTA Reflections contest.

The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 4.

Brookwood High, Chattahoochee Elementary, Craig Elementary, Duluth Middle, Jackson Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Trickum Middle are all represented at the museum.

GAC founder releases book about school's early days

Greater Atlanta Christian founder and chancellor Jesse Long recently signed copies of his new book, "Greater Atlanta Christian School: The Early Days."

The book is a memoir on Long's life as he and others planned and developed Greater Atlanta Christian.

Long created the school with a desire to provide effective Christian education in Gwinnett County. He served as president through the school's first 30 years.

Wesleyan student receives writing award

Wesleyan senior Jeannie Kinnett has been named a winner in the 2007 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing.

Out of nearly 2,000 students who were nominated by their schools, 595 were selected as outstanding writers.

The teachers' council also commended Wesleyan's English program, the English teachers and the administrative planning for a climate that encourages student writing.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.