The purpose of the Teacher Leader Academy is to build teacher and/or academic coach leadership skills, K-12 content-area expertise, innovative instructional practices and effective professional learning designs to impact student learning and achievement. Teachers will be chosen based on this comprehensive and competitive application process focusing on grade-level expertise, district needs, potential for teacher leadership, and principal recommendation. Dr. Russ Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande will be guiding the sessions in conjunction with content area supervisors to increase Teacher Voice and Student Voice in the TLA classroom. Sessions will include understanding the dynamics of student voice and aspirations, voice and vision: using data to inform decisions and directions; ensuring a sense of self-worth for your students; cultivating engagement; and having a sense of purpose and teacher voice. Teacher Leader Academy Graduates from 2015-2016 are asked not to apply in order to expand the outreach of this group.
Participants are making a commitment to attend all of the following dates: 5/31/16, 6/6-6/9/16, (and will be paid a total stipend of $500 for their off contract work during the summer) 9/08/16, 11/17/16, 02/08/17, and May 2017 (exact date TBD). With the exception of a 1/2 day class on 5/31/16 and May, 2017, all classes will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. During school days, the district will pay for substitutes if needed.
Elementary Science Fair Winners
We had a successful Elementary Science Fair with 101 competing projects. Congratulations to these overall 1st place winners for each grade level:
5th Grade: Annika Mehta, Madeline Ambery, Katie Swanson (Keheley ES)
4th Grade: Carmen Yeager (Varner ES)
3rd Grade: Tari Baker (King Springs ES)
2nd Grade: Ava Kornegay (Kennesaw Charter)
1st Grade: Jackson Berger (East Side ES)
Kindergarten: Kessa Chatterjee (Cheatham Hill ES)
Elementary students participate this Saturday at Walton High School in the Science Fair and Science Olympiad. The events run from 8:30 am - 1 pm. Visit our Science Events page for more information.
The Science of Making Workshop
This workshop is in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival and will be held this Saturday, March 19 from 10 am-12 pm. The title is “The Science of Making” and it is targeted towards teachers and parents interested in incorporating “making” into science education. There will be time for attendees to get hands on experience with tools, materials and equipment typically used in Maker Spaces.
The cost is $10 per person (for materials) but there is a discount code for Cobb teachers – (discount code COBB) that gives a 50% discount.
The workshop will be held at the Kell Robotics Center in Kennesaw. Details are on the Eventbrite page – link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-science-of-making-tickets-22239698537?ref=ebtnebtckt
Spring/Summer STEM News from GaDOE
Zoo Atlanta Teacher Workshop
Free Teacher Workshop at Zoo Atlanta!
The Pittulloch Foundation has awarded Zoo Atlanta with a grant that will sponsor a limited amount of educators to attend a K – 12th grade STEM-themed Teacher Workshop, at no cost!
These scholarships will be awarded individually on a first-come, first-served basis. K – 12th grade educators must apply online.
Our next K – 12th grade STEM-themed Teacher Workshop is:
March 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paws on STEM
Bring hands-on activities, cross-cutting curriculum, and an appreciation for animals to your classroom with these exciting STEM experiences. Lesson plans and activities to use for your students are included!
You can earn a:
If accepted, you will be contacted by Zoo Atlanta staff to process your reservation.