Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
June 22, 2005
Plains- State School Superintendent Kathy Cox shared with teachers ways students can use the internet to help identify government leaders.
Nineteen middle and high school teachers from across the state participated in a workshop focusing on the Social Studies part of the new Georgia Performance Standards.
"Teachers feel like this finally is a document that they understand, that's reasonable, that allows students to go into depth," says Cox.
Cox says this is the first time the state has completely overhauled it's entire curriculum, a huge endeavor she and teachers agree will likely have some kinks to work out at first, but will be worth it.
"Teaching has basically just been along the lines of basic recall. Right now, we're trying to help these young folks become analytical thinkers," says Marilyn Cascio of Coffee High School.
All week, social studies educators will review the Georgia Performance Standards and develop sample tasks for students that will gauge whether they have mastered specific elements.
"Some of the tasks that we're coming up with, again, they're real world. They're hands on to get kids engaged, anything from debates, analyzing primary source documents, simulations, activities things like that," explains Cathy Powell of Statesboro High School.
The teachers have also come up with situations to challenge students like determining where to put a landfill and how to respond to a tsunami. Cox says testing experts fear new curriculum years will show dips in test scores, but she's confident that won't happen in Georgia.
"This curriculum that we're doing is going to be so much better, and it's going to be such a better road map for teachers. If we align the tests properly to the curriculum, then what the teachers have taught all year is what's going to be tested," says Cox.
It will be what's tested by teachers and hopefully what's learned by students.
The new curriculum will be rolled out in phases. Cox says it will take a total of six year to implement the entire Georgia Performance Standards in all grades.