Construction teacher honored for building classroom success

A Maxwell High School of Technology construction teacher was recently honored by the Construction Education Foundation for Georgia during the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators conference.

Tony Shore reported the most Contren modules per capita - on average, eight module completions per student during the 2008-09 school year - and received an award for most modules reported.

Shore's construction program has held industry accreditation since 2001. The Contren curriculum is the industry standard in training and education, and teachers who report Contren modules on behalf of their students give these students a portable credential issued by the National Center for Construction Education and Research to take to a job site, technical college or four-year university.

Construction Education Foundation of Georgia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting careers in construction and addressing the industry's skilled worker shortage. The Foundation's mission is to attract, train and motivate the next generation of construction professionals - designers, builders and mangers.

Local educators graduate from teacher academy

Mill Creek High teacher Amanda Dominy, Suwanee Elementary teacher Kandra Oldham and Berkmar High teacher Kate Secor completed graduation requirements for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Teacher Academy.

They were members of a cadre of teachers who participated in the two-year Academy designed to enhance the skills of a teacher with fewer than four years experience who show great promise.

Elementary, middle and high school teachers from across the state were endorsed by their district leaders for positions in the Academy. Funded by PAGE, the Academy provided the educators with a series of learning opportunities over the two-year period. Teachers attended eight two-day working sessions and four PAGE conferences throughout the two years, and received instruction in areas such as use of technology, teacher leadership, data analysis, the Georgia Performance Standards and realities in the classroom.

"This program gave exceptional new teachers further opportunities to excel," said Ann Stucke, PAGE director for Teacher Academy and Professional Learning Institutes. "We highlighted the areas of professional learning that research suggests novice teachers will most benefit from and anticipate that these teachers will build lasting professional networks across the state."

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.