GAB: UGA seeks teachers for project

ATHENS -- University of Georgia education researchers are looking for fifth-grade teachers in Gwinnett to participate in a $2.9 million project examining the effectiveness of a teaching method. Participating teachers will be paid for their help.

The project aims to improve English language learners' achievement toward Common Core standards.

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, the project examines the effectiveness of the Instructional Conversation method, an evidence-based, regularly-scheduled, teacher-led, small-group instructional strategy. The IC has been shown to improve the academic achievement of all upper-elementary students, but is especially effective with English language learners.

Ninety teachers representing school districts in Barrow, Clarke, Clayton, Colquitt, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Newton and Rockdale counties, along with Gainesville City, are currently participating in the first two cohorts.

Teachers receive compensation from $1,000 to $3,000. Selected teachers receive training in the IC teaching strategy, with weekly coaching and support for a full year in order to master it. There is no cost or work for school administrators but teacher commitment must be for two years.

Any elementary school administrator or third or fifth grade teacher who is interested in participating can contact Marcy Nejat mnejat@uga.edu or Paula Mellom pjmellom@uga.edu by February 15, 2013.

To sign up online go to: www.coe.uga.edu/clase/confirmation-of-interest-form/

Institute sponsors Caregivers Conference

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute is sponsoring a Caregivers Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP there were 4.5 million caregivers in the United States as of 2004. Based on that statistic it is estimated that over 175,000 Gwinnett County citizens are caregivers today. Caregivers are the children of elderly parents, parents of ill children, grandparents raising grandchildren and the many families coping with chronic illness.

In support of these people, the Caregivers Conference will offer speakers about senior care, fall prevention, legal issues, and educational questions.

Keynote speaker will be Maria Green, consultant with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities. Green was the former executive director of the Georgia Council on Aging and the Acting Director of the Georgia Department of Human Resources. She has been a caregiver to her aged parents for more than 12 years.

A $10 registration will include a continental breakfast, a box lunch and many door prizes. Vendors from related organizations will provide information and options. The Caregivers Conference is supported by the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. To register: http://caregiversconnect.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (678) 964-4839.

Lyle receives recognition for Excellence in Instruction

Lawrenceville The National Society Sons of the American Revolution recently awarded Pam Lyle, a member of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville, the runner-up certificate of the Nancy Hart Education Outreach Award.

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR recommended her for the award. The certificate notes her "excellence in the instruction of patriotic ideals to American youth."

President of the Atlanta Chapter SAR and Chairman Georgia Society SAR Education Committee Terry Manning made the presentation during Philadelphia Winn's January meeting.

Lyle is an active member of Philadelphia Winn NSDAR. Among her various activities last year, the Lawrenceville resident engaged seniors at an assisted living center in celebrating a Flag Day event, coordinated events with the Boy Scouts of America to promote the proper procedure for retiring worn American flags, and volunteered in Veterans Day festivities.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. For more about the Philadelphia Winn NSDAR, e-mail philwinndar@gmail.com.

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