Columbus, GA- The Varkey Foundation recently announced its annual list of finalists for the Global Teacher Prize. The award recognizes exceptional teachers across the world and provides a one million dollar prize to the winner. Eric Crouch, a fifth grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School, was announced as one of fifty finalists on December 13, 2018; four from the United States have been selected.
Individuals deemed eligible for the Global Teacher Prize are judged on a rigorous set of criteria to include evidence of:
1. Employing effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally
2. Employing innovative instructional practices that address the particular challenges of the school, community or country and which have shown sufficient evidence to suggest they could be effective in addressing such challenges in a new way
3. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom
4. Impact in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others
5. Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a values-based education that equips them for a world where they will potentially live, work and socialize with people from many different nationalities, cultures and religions
6. Improving the teaching profession through helping to raise the bar of teaching, sharing best practice, and helping colleagues overcome any challenges they face in their school
7. Teacher recognition from governments, national teaching organizations, head-teachers, colleagues, and members of the wider community or pupilsThe winner will be selected by the Global Teacher Prize Academy, which consists of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.
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Columbus, GA- The 2018 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools Greatest Gains and Highest Performing Award winners were recently announced by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). Two District schools were listed for this achievement. In addition to the SSAS awards, GOSA released the list of schools designated as “Beating the Odds.”Twenty District schools were included in that listing.
“I am very pleased with the tremendous work being done by these school communities. This recognition distinguishes them as leaders within schools having similar characteristics throughout the state for which they and we, as a community, can and should be very proud,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.
| School Name || Greatest Gains Award || Highest Performing Award |
| Britt David Magnet Academy || Silver || Platinum |
| Columbus High || Bronze || Platinum |
| School Name |
| Aaron Cohn Middle School |
| Carver High School |
| Clubview Elementary School |
| Columbus High School |
| Double Churches Elementary School |
| Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy |
| Early College Academy of Columbus at Waverly Terrace |
| Eddy Middle School |
| Fox Elementary School |
| Gentian Elementary School |
| Hardaway High School |
| Lonnie Jackson Academy |
| Mathews Elementary School |
| Midland Middle School |
| Richards Middle School |
| Rigdon Road Elementary School |
| South Columbus Elementary School |
| St. Marys Elementary Magnet Academy |
| Veterans Memorial Middle School |
| Waddell Elementary School |
WHEN: Wednesday, December 5 | 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Carver High School
3100 8th St.
Columbus, GA 31906
WHAT: The Carver High School Fine Arts and Theater program will host a workshop for area high school students to prepare for the August Wilson Monologue Competition—a national scholarship program presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. The workshop will feature acting lessons and one-on-one sessions with the competition’s coordinator, Nikki Toombs, Director of Education, True Colors Theatre Company. Following the workshop, Carver High will host a citywide competition on February 1, 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with the national preliminary rounds held for the Atlanta area.
The competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which chronicle the African American experience through the 20th century. The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler.
“The goal of this workshop is to make a competition of this magnitude accessible to all of our students who are interested in pursuing unique scholarship opportunities,” said Tamara Curry-Gill, Fine Arts Chair and Theater Teacher at Carver High School.
Gill added that she is excited about the students’ opportunity to work with an experienced actress and accomplished educator. Toombs has performed in several theatres across Georgia and Alabama.
Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue of his or her choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. The selection can be a written speech or dialogue taken from one character within a scene, but should include a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.
The three finalists from each regional city will compete, and the top contestants will be chosen to perform on the August Wilson Stage at the National Finals. The top three contestants from the national competition are awarded college scholarship opportunities in addition to monetary awards and the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, the runner-up a $750 cash prize and the honorable mention a $500 cash prize. Each of the winners will also receive college scholarships of $1,500, $1,000, $500, respectively.
Registration for the 2018-2019 competition is currently open and will end on January 18, 2019.
For more information, please contact the True Colors Theatre Company education department at email@example.com, (404) 532-1901, ext. 214.
Columbus, GA- The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced Columbus High School as one of six schools selected as a winner of the new Military Flagship School Award today. The Military Flagship School Award recognizes schools for going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. All schools were eligible to apply for the Military Flagship School Award; applications were evaluated by a committee including active members of the military, School Liaison Officers, school district staff, and members of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.
According to GaDOE, every school selected as a winner includes excused absences for students during their parents’ overseas deployment departure or deployment arrival day, online or phone registration for incoming military members from overseas Department of Defense military bases, and a military buddy system linking incoming military students with other military students during the first weeks of school.
In particular, Columbus High was noted for their:
Columbus, GA- The 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and School Climate Star Ratings were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The newly-revised CCRPI framework used for the 2018 results was implemented for the first time this year. However, several District schools demonstrated marked improvements according to the School Climate Star ratings, which is the only comparable year-to-year component of the data set.
| District CCRPI || 2018 |
| State || 76.6 |
| MCSD || 71.7 |
| Elementary CCRPI || 2018 |
| State || 77.8 |
| MCSD || 72.8 |
| Middle CCRPI || 2018 |
| State || 76.2 |
| MCSD || 68.0 |
| High CCRPI || 2018 |
| State || 75.3 |
| MCSD || 72.6 |
| School Name || 2017-2018 School Climate Star Rating |
| Aaron Cohn Middle || 4 |
| Allen Elementary || 3 |
| Arnold Magnet Academy || 4 |
| Baker Middle || 1 |
| Blackmon Road Middle || 4 |
| Blanchard Elementary || 5 |
| Brewer Elementary || 3 |
| Britt David Magnet Academy || 4 |
| Carver High || 4 |
| Clubview Elementary || 4 |
| Columbus High || 5 |
| Davis Elementary || 1 |
| Dawson Elementary School || 4 |
| Dimon Magnet Academy || 4 |
| Dorothy Height Elementary || 3 |
| Double Churches Elementary || 5 |
| Double Churches Middle || 4 |
| Downtown Magnet Academy || 4 |
| Eagle Ridge Academy || 4 |
| Early College Academy || 5 |
| East Columbus Magnet Academy || 3 |
| Eddy Middle || 2 |
| Forrest Road Elementary || 4 |
| Fort Middle || 3 |
| Fox Elementary || 3 |
| Gentian Elementary || 4 |
| Georgetown Elementary || 3 |
| Hannan Magnet Academy || 4 |
| Hardaway High || 3 |
| Johnson Elementary || 4 |
| Jordan High || 2 |
| Kendrick High || 3 |
| Key Elementary || 4 |
| Lonnie Jackson Academy || 3 |
| Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary || 3 |
| Mathews Elementary || 5 |
| Midland Academy || 4 |
| Midland Middle || 4 |
| North Columbus Elementary || 4 |
| Northside High || 4 |
| Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts || 5 |
| Reese Road Leadership Academy || 3 |
| Richards Middle || 4 |
| Rigdon Road Elementary || 3 |
| River Road Elementary || 4 |
| Rothschild Leadership Academy || 2 |
| Shaw High || 3 |
| South Columbus Elementary || 4 |
| Spencer High || 3 |
| St. Marys Magnet Academy || 1 |
| Veterans Memorial Middle || 4 |
| Waddell Elementary || 3 |
| Wesley Heights Elementary || 3 |
| Wynnton Arts Academy || 4 |