GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GCPS seeks public input on instructional materials

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents and members of the community to join staff members in reviewing and providing input on proposed curriculum materials, including textbooks for new and updated high school courses in the areas of mathematics, science and technical education.

The review is taking place and runs through Oct. 29. All materials can be reviewed at the school district’s in the Building 200 Lobby of the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W. in Suwanee.

The school system holds an extensive review before adopting materials for classroom use. Materials submitted by publishers are reviewed by teachers, administrators and parents for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum. Materials also are piloted in classrooms as part of the review process.

Based on all input gathered from this review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of materials.

Parents and community members interested in participating can review the materials during the following days and times:

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, Oct. 18 to 22 and 25 to 29

• 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23

Gainesville State graduates receive New Teacher

Assistance Grants

GAINESVILLE — Two Gainesville State College graduates recently received 2010 Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grants.

For the past seven years, Georgia Power has awarded exemplary new teachers a $1,000 grant to purchase school supplies. Recent award recipients Maria Harbeson of Gainesville and Lisa Pinner of Loganville are graduates of the college and earned bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.

“This process is very competitive and the recipients have to be nominated from their colleges based on GPA and service to the education program and to the community,” said Maryellen Cosgrove, dean of the School of Business, Education, Health and Wellness. “Both our recipients certainly deserve this recognition.”

Harbeson teaches third grade at Enota Elementary in the Gainesville City School System, and Pinner teaches fourth grade at Bethlehem Elementary in the Barrow County School System.

Georgia Power funded a total of 37 new teachers through the New Teacher Assistance Grants. These grants will assist first-year teachers as they begin their first year of teaching. Without this type of assistance, many new teachers spend a lot of their personal money on school and classroom supplies.

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