EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Georgia College selected for summer institute

Georgia College was selected to take part in one of the Association of American Colleges and Universities three regularly scheduled 2015 summer institutes.

Georgia College was selected to take part in the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma. Georgia College will be sending a team of six faculty members: Cynthia Alby, Kimberly Cossey, Cara Meade, Julia Metzker, Amy Sumpter and Nolan White.

They will attend the institute to expand their cultural understandings, organizational constructs, digital creativity and pedagogical approaches.


Howard Middle School has entered an application for Farmers Insurance’s Thank America’s Teachers grant contest.

The school seeks to begin a world drumming class, the first music class at any middle school in Bibb County to focus on world music.

If funded, students will learn to play in small and large groups, compose and improvise their own music and be taught traditional drumming techniques. World drumming will help all students explore music of different cultures and help students develop a sense of pride and respect for African and Afro-Cuban cultural and musical heritage.

Voting for the grant contest will take place throughout June on the website


Georgia College has been named a College of Distinction for the third consecutive year.

Recognized for exemplary commitment to the four distinction areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes, Georgia College was designated as a 2015-2016 Public College of Distinction, one of only two public colleges and universities in the state named to the list.

College counselors from high schools, college administrative members and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominated each institution.

To compile the list, Colleges of Distinction uses information from college admission experts around the country. They also interview senior administration, faculty, alumni and current students at each nominated college. Feedback is gathered from administrators at other colleges and high school counselors across the country. The team also visits each college to get a feel for student engagement and quality of teaching as they compile the list.

The website www.colleges is a free service for college-bound students, counselors and parents offering information about colleges across the country.


Amy Fouse, coordinator of English Language Arts, World Languages and Title III/ESOL in Houston County, was one of 20 graduates of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

The Fellows Class of 2014-2015 graduated May 21 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Classmates selected Fouse to give the traditional closing address.

EPFP is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership that provides knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education offers this professional development program to education, business, civic and government representatives.

Staff writers Jeremy Timmerman and David Schick contributed to this report.