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Cornerstone Physical Education Teacher Appointed to Georgia State Rehabilitation Council

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Swearing in of Austin McDonald by Governor Kemp, with wife, Christine, and their child, Ryelee looking on.

This past week, Governor Brian P. Kemp conducted swearing-in ceremonies for twelve (12) appointments to boards and councils.

Cornerstone Christian Academy Physical Education teacher, Austin McDonald, was appointed by Governor Kemp to the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council.

The Georgia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is a federally mandated council composed of Georgia citizens from across the state appointed by the Governor to represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities and stakeholders. SRC collaborates with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to develop plans for services and make recommendations to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve employment and independence.

Austin McDonald has seven years of experience in both private and public schools, and he has used his time as a physical education teacher to help students overcome their unique barriers and provide encouragement. He lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife, Christine, and their child, Ryelee.

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International Charter Academy of Georgia Graduates First Class of Students

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On June 5, International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICA Georgia), a Japanese-English dual-language immersion charter school that opened in fall 2018 in Peachtree Corners, graduated its first class of kindergarten and fifth-grade students. The graduation ceremony took place from at the school’s campus, located at 3705 Engineering Dr., Peachtree Corners, GA.

ICA Georgia opened its doors at the beginning of this school year as a statewide charter school, open free of charge to any K-5 student residing in the state of Georgia. ICA Georgia uses the Dual Language Model for Japanese and English instruction, in which the ratio of time spent in each language favors Japanese in younger grades and shifts to balance more evenly with English as students age.

All core subjects are taught in both languages, exposing students to a wide range of content learning areas in the target language and enhancing academic achievement in general. English and Japanese teachers use a team teaching approach, and pull-out classes are available in both languages to ensure the success of non-native speakers.

Former Georgia State Representative Tom Taylor (District 79) commented upon the school’s opening, “Our state needs employees who can speak more than one language, and there is no better time for its citizens to acquire language skills than when they are young. This charter school will also be an excellent educational environment for children with parents who come from Japan to do business in Georgia.”

Barbara Kennedy, Ed.D, Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, states, “Multilingual education is a research-validated approach to promoting second language acquisition among students of various language backgrounds. Additionally, multilingual education can provide opportunities for the promotion of cross-cultural understanding among students, who, in turn, develop important lifelong skills that enhance their ability to interact effectively in our increasingly globalized world.”

The US State Department designates Japanese as a Critical Language, and there are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia. Yet despite the increasingly globalized nature of our society, research indicates that Global Literacy is low in American youth (Council on Foreign Relations, 2016). Studies show that immersion students develop greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills compared to their peers. (See Lindholm-Leary, Dual Language Education. (2001)). ICA Georgia’s mission is to provide the students of Georgia with the skills they need to succeed in our increasingly globalized society.

For further details about the school, visit www.internationalcharteracademy.org, call 770-604-0007, or email info@internationalcharteracademy.org.

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Stevie Bramble’s journey to promote Norcross High School’s IB program [Podcast]

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Norcross High School grad Stevie Bramble joins host Rico Figliolini to discuss her Norcross High School project and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profiles you’ll find in the school’s commons.

the IB Learner Profiles as displayed at Norcross High School, in the common area.

According to Gwinnett County School:

International Baccalaureate (IB) schools International Baccalaureate (IB) is a well-known, rigorous curriculum with a global perspective. The IB Primary Years Programme is taught at Peachtree Elementary School; the Middle Years Programme is used at Pinckneyville Middle School and Summerour Middle School.

Norcross High School offers the IB Diploma Programme. Students can earn an IB certificate or diploma. Many colleges will grant sophomore status to incoming students who hold an IB diploma.

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Bites, Beverages, and Books with Mary Kay Andrews

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Join us for a book talk and signing with Mary Kay Andrews. She is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels and a cookbook, and she has been nominated for the prestigious Edgar, Macavity, and Agatha awards. Her latest novel is Sunset Beach.

Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library, Mary Kay Andrews will appear in the Community Chest Room at the Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The entrance to the Community Chest Room is located on the north side of the building. Look for directional signs guiding you to the side entrance.

For questions send an email to anobles@gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

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