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GOOD NEWS: Social studies department welcomes Pulitzer nominee

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Public Schools social studies department invited staff, students and community members to a presentation last week that featured a Pulitzer Prize nominee.

On Wednesday, Robert Dallek of Boston University, a Presidential Historian, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee, gave the keynote address on "Presidential leadership in the 20th Century--the Making and Unmaking of American Presidents."

The event, which was held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, marked the beginning of the third year of GCPS' Teaching American History Grant.

The Georgia Council on Economic Education recently awarded Gwinnett County Public Schools the Program of Excellence distinction for the district's efforts in promoting economic education through an American history grant.

The council presents the award periodically to school systems in Georgia to recognize outstanding and effective economic education programs.

In recognizing the district's efforts, David Martin, GCEE executive director, said "it is the council's privilege to partner with Gwinnett County Public Schools in supporting this outstanding program. We are proud to honor their commitment to teaching economics."

The Teaching American History grant, presented to GCPS in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education, has allowed for the district to create and launch a staff development program for its 150 U.S. history high school teachers.

Parents, community can participate in curriculum reviews

SUWANEE -- Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools have invited parents and members of the community to join GCPS staff members by participating in a review of proposed curriculum materials.

Parents may provide input on the proposed materials by participating in the public review. GCPS 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.

During the reviews--scheduled to run from Sept. 17-28 -- GCPS staff and members of the Gwinnett community will examine non-fiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for grades K-8 language arts and advanced placement Latin materials.

Reviews are scheduled as follows: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17-28; 5 to 8 p.m., Sept. 20; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. All reviews are held at the Instructional Support Center, Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee.

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

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.