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Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2012-2013

Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2012-2013 are out. If you plan to put together a team for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl next year, these are the books your students will need to read for grades 4-8. Both Follett and BTSB have copies available for purchase. The titles with an (N) have copies available for purchase to be read on Nooks.

  1. Davis, Eleanor Secret Science Alliance And The Copycat Bloomsbury
  2. Greenwald, Lisa My Life In Pink & Green (N)
  3. Holm, Jennifer Turtle In Paradise (N)
  4. Shang, Wendy Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
  5. Bauer, Joan Close To Famous (N)
  6. Carmichael, Clay Wild Things
  7. Connor, Leslie Crunch (N)
  8. Falls, Kat Dark Life
  9. Greenwald, Tommy Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide To Not Reading (N)
  10. Landon, Kristen Limit (N)
  11. Lasky, Kathryn Ashes (N)
  12. Lupica, Mike Hero (N)
  13. Mone, Gregory Fish
  14. Rhodes, Jewell Ninth Ward (N)
  15. Silberberg, Alan Milo (N)
  16. Ylvisaker, Anne Luck Of The Buttons (N)
  17. Magoon, Kekla Rock And The River (N)
  18. Myers, Walter Kick (N)
  19. Reedy, Trent Words In The Dust
  20. Shulman, Polly Grimm Legacy (N)


  • Reeve, Philip Fever Crumb
  • Sachar, Louis Cardturner
  • Sheth, Kashmira Boys Without Names


Karen White
GLMA President 2012

Call for Submissions Video Games: Harmful or helpful?

ISTE’s member magazine, Learning & Leading with Technology (L&L), needs submissions for our Point/Counterpoint and Readers Respond departments! We are looking for arguments on both sides of the question “Video games: Harmful or helpful?”

Video games are undeniably popular among kids of all ages. But are they good for them? The research and opinions on this subject run the gamut, from fears that video games encourage violence and lead to attention problems to claims that they have the power to enhance cognitive skills and get students more engaged in their education. What do you think? Would today’s students be better off without video games, or are they the educational tool of the future?

Point/Counterpoint essays are relatively informal. For an example of what we’re looking for, check out the February Point/Counterpoint. We need one essay of approximately 500 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate, rather than arguing down the middle.

If you don’t have time to write an entire essay on this subject but still would like to weigh in, feel free to post a 25- to 50-word response on some aspect of this issue, and we may choose an excerpt to publish on the Readers Respond page. Please include your name, job title, city, state or province, and country.

And if you don’t have time to write anything but do have an opinion, take part in our Reader’s Poll on this topic on the L&L page of ISTE’s website.

To enter, post your essay on the discussion forum titled “Should corporations run publicly funded schools?” on L&L’s group page on the ISTE Community Ning. Please include some form of contact information if you do not regularly check your ISTE Community Ning message box.

If you’re not already a member of the ISTE Community Ning, you will be prompted to register. Don’t worry—it’s fast, easy, and free. Then go to the Groups page and click on the L&L logo to join our group. As a bonus, you can read our regular content, including updates on the magazine and discussion forums about hot ed tech issues.

If your Point/Counterpoint essay is selected, we’ll contact you for a high-resolution photo and a short (35-word) bio in addition to your 500-word essay. Thanks in advance for a stimulating discussion!

Best regards,

Andra Brichacek

Associate Editor

Georgia Library Day at the Capitol

Georgia Library Day at the Capitol will be held on Wednesday, February 15th. We need your input! Several GLMA representatives will meet on Library day with budget analysts from the House and Senate, as well as (hopefully) a couple of legislators. We would very much like to have stories from around the state to share about the current state of our library media programs – as well as how your school or system plans to approach the implementation of new Common Core Standards in the fall.

Several of you last year shared how the waiver of expenditure controls has impacted your library media programs over the past few years. If you didn’t share your experiences, please do so now! If you could also share how you feel your current collection will – or won’t – meet the requirements of GCCPS, that information will also be very welcomed.

As before, I will not share the names of schools or systems, but will identify only be level (elementary, middle, or high) and region (metro Atlanta, west Georgia, etc.). Please take a moment and email us information on YOUR situation to

Nan Brown
GLMA Advocacy Chair

Tech Forum in Atlanta

Tech Forum Atlanta: Insight & Innovation for Technology Leaders
Friday March 2, 2012 | Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

Join Tech & Learning magazine for a day of networking and professional development.
GLMA members receive a special discount. Register today for $185 per person – that’s a $104 savings! Use code ATL12GLMA

Register here.

Program Information here.

2012 Georgia Legislature Convened Monday, January 9th

The 2012 legislative session convened on Monday, January 9th and there was no time wasted on moving education legislation. On the first day of the session, the Senate passed SB 38 (State Superintendent authority to employ and dismiss employees) and SB 184 (reduction in force criteria).

Thursday, the House Education Committee heard and passed three bills:

  • HB 705 amends the direct classroom expenditure definition in the 65% statute, adding media specialists, guidance counselors, and transportation costs to the categories that count towards direct classroom expenditures.
  • HB 706 repeals several sections of Title 20.
  • HB 713 delays implementation of some career/college readiness initiatives until the 13-14 school year, and expands the Career Pathways statute.

These bills now go to House Rules then to the House floor for a full vote.

Budget Hearings This Week

The House and Senate will hold joint hearings on the 2013 budget this week; Supt. Barge will present the DOE budget on Tuesday. In his state of the state address, Governor Deal highlighted several issues he has included in his budget, such as added funds for training and experience and increased school nurse funding. We will hear more about the Governor’s education initiatives during the hearing on Tuesday.

After the joint hearings, the budgets will move through the committee process, with separate reviews by the House and the Senate. Both the 2013 and amended 2012 budgets have a long way to go before they are adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

Please contact us if you would like more information on education issues or budget items pending this session.  As always, we encourage you to visit the capitol during the session. Let us know if you would like to schedule a visit.

Stay tuned for future updates and alerts.

Lasa & Michelle