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www.gae.org | 7 years. However, out-of-state educators who have met or exempted the content assessment requirement but have not yet met the Exceptional Child requirement are able to obtain their first Georgia certificate. They will have to complete the Exceptional Child requirement before renewing or converting their initial certificate. • GACE content exams have 2 different passing levels: Induction and Professional. However, any Induction level passing score on a GACE exam taken before July 1, 2017, will be considered equivalent to a Professional level passing score. • Some new certification assessments are being introduced: - The Educator Ethics Assessment will ensure that certification applicants are aware of the Georgia Code of Educator Ethics. As of January 1, 2015, Pre-Service certificate applicants will be required to attempt the exam before receiving their certificate, and most Induction certificate applicants will be required to pass it. Out-of-state applicants will be able to receive an Induction certificate after January 1, 2015, without passing the Ethics Assessment, but they will have to pass it before conversion to a professional certificate. - On September 1, 2015, a passing score on a content pedagogy assessment such as edTPA or the Praxis Pedagogy assessment will become a requirement for Induction applicants who have completed student teaching in Georgia. Out-of-state applicants with no teaching experience who receive an Induction certificate on or after September 1, 2015, will have to pass a pedagogy assessment before conversion to a professional certificate. • Out-of-state applicants holding Special Education or Middle Grades certificates will no longer be able to add Academic Content Concentrations based on evaluation of transcripts. An out-of-state applicant who was not required to take content exams in these fields will be required to pass the appropriate GACE to receive Special Education Academic Content Concentrations or Middle Grades fields in Georgia. For the complete information paper go to: http://www.gapsc.com/Commission/policies_ guidelines/Downloads/2014EducatorCertificationRule Changes.pdf A Tip from: A HyperStudio Book Report Project Colleen Thatcher, sixth grade language arts and computers skills teacher, C. L. Jones Middle School, Minden, Nebraska The sixth grade reading teacher and I collaborate so that our students read the book ‘From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,’ do vocab, and discuss the story in her reading class, while we do follow-up or extension activities in English. Near the end of the book, we do a HyperStudio project that would also work for PowerPoint. Fortunately, I can teach mini-lessons on HyperStudio when I have the students in computer class before we do this project. The topic of the project is famous artists in history, since several artists are mentioned in the book AND the children hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each student draws the name of an artist from a hat and researches that person. After compiling and organizing the information in complete sentences and paragraphs, we start putting everything together in HyperStudio. Students must have a title card with his/her name and the artist’s name, artist personal info card, artwork info card, and a bibliography card - with a minimum of 4 cards. We scan in pictures of the artist’s artwork to be included on the required cards or on additional cards. Students must add captions about the artwork. The cards must also have a contrasting color theme that is used on every card (dark background/light text or vice versa) that is easy to read. Sounds and animation can be used as long as they are appropriate and do not distract the viewer. When the projects are finished, each student must present his/her project to the class. While watching and listening to the presentations, the other students each list 3 facts presented about every artist. During our spring conferences, students also show their parents their artist projects when they visit one of the computer labs. Subscribe to e-newsletter at: www.nea.org/tools/31965.htm Works4Me is an online clearinghouse of classroom tips from members and colleagues across the country. You can also join other educators in our discussion forum, where you can trade your best classroom tips and strategies or ask your fellow educators for help in solving your classroom dilemmas. The 2014-15 Master Teacher Project Sharon Wilson, a member from Clayton County and a biology teacher at Mundy’s Mill High school in Jonesboro, was selected as one of 65 educators to participate in the 2014-15 National Education Association Science Master Teacher Project. The science portion of the Master Teacher Project follows similar math and English/language arts programs, and are designed to produce more than 15,000 free lessons and tools for use by teachers nationwide through the BetterLesson collaborative. GAE Newest Master Teachers Congratulations goes out to our members Lori Taylor in Griffin-Spalding and Anne Scrudato in Gwinnett County for attaining their Master Teacher Certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. “This next level of preparation will not only help their students be better, but also the other professionals around them,” said President Chapman. He notes that the Master Teacher concept is one that has been long embraced by GAE. “We have felt that it has always been a sustainable way to help our teaching professionals attain a level of knowledge and confidence that would transcend to their classrooms and students.” Register now for the 2GAE St0uden1t Con4ference OCTOBER 17-18, 2014 HOLIDAY INN, ATHENS, GA Speakers include: Amanda Miliner – 2015 GA teacher of the Year and Dr. Sid Chapman, President of the Georgia Association of Educators Conference fee: $50 Housing and Meals: Hotel room (double occupancy), meals and materials included Registration open until Oct. 10. Register at: http://pv.gae2.org/content. asp?ContentId=4214 For more information contact Jessi Rush at jessi.rush@gae.org


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