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Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

UWG names new president

UWG names new president

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Kyle Marrero has been named the seventh president of the University of West Georgia.

Marrero is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He will replace Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who announced his retirement in August.

"I am delighted that Dr. Kyle Marrero will be taking over leadership at the University of West Georgia," Georgia Board of Regents chair William "Dink" NeSmith said in a statement. "Dr. Marrero brings a set of unique talents, skills and experience that should build upon the foundation constructed by Dr. Sethna. We look forward to his leadership as he works with the university, the community and the Board of Regents to move West Georgia to a new level of academic excellence."

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has revealed the 10 finalists for 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Several of the finalists are from metro Atlanta. The top teachers were chosen from 155 educators across the state.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," State Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten."

The 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a banquet on May 3. That teacher will succeed 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Lauren Eckman, who works at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

The 10 finalists are:

Tamika N. Ball
Teaches math at D.M. Therrell School of Health Sciences and Research
Atlanta Public Schools

Jemelleh Coes
Teaches English language arts and reading at Langston Chapel Middle School
Bulloch County School System

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

UWG holding preview event for transfer students

UWG holding preview event for transfer students

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will host a preview event for prospective transfer students this week.

The Transfer Preview Day will be held Friday, Mar. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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UWG spokeswoman Elizabeth Stone said the event will allow potential students to tour the campus, walk through residence halls, meet professors and learn all about the areas of study they can pursue.

For more information about Transfer Preview Day, call Crystal Edenfield at 678-839-5235.

Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An anthropology professor at Texas A&M University will lecture on the Ice Age at the University of West Georgia this week.

Ted Goebel's talk, "Ice Age Peopling of the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?" will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the humanities building. It is free and open to the public.

"The Department of Anthropology is proud to bring world-renowned scholars such as Dr. Ted Goebel to UWG," Ashley Smallwood, director of UWG's Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, said in a statement. "It's an opportunity to bring the community and campus together to explore important topics in anthropology."

Goebel is associate director of Texas A&M's Center for the Study of the First Americans. He recently co-edited From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability, a book about some of the first settlers in what is now America.

UWG student attends Enactus summit

UWG student attends Enactus summit

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A University of West Georgia senior is one of only 30 students nationwide invited to participate in this year's Enactus United States Partner Summit.

Brittany Thompson beat out hundreds of her peers to attend the summit in New York City.

"The summit was an invaluable and remarkable experience," Thompson said in a statement. "I had access to a vast amount of networking opportunities at a highly professional level."

Thompson is UWG's Enactus president. During the summit, she attended forums on topics like leadership experience, community empowerment and goal attainment. She also met lots of heavy-hitters in the business world, including Walmart Central Executive VP and President Mike Moore.