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The ED Hour: What it takes to Remove Barriers from Education



A discussion about removing the educational barriers that students may face in any school system. Joining your hosts Alan Kaplan and Rico FIgliolini are Eric Thigpen, Pamela Jemerson and Dr. Kimberly Bennett from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Three Scholarships Available to High School Seniors




Peachtree Corners Students Eligible, Deadline is March 15th

The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA) is offering a Community Service Scholarship for High School Seniors who reside in Peachtree Corners.

This year, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have made the commitment to volunteer outside of school hours during their high school years.

A 300-word essay and a community service listing, along with an application, is the requirement. See the application below for more details.

The deadline is March 15, 2019. For questions, email scholarships@upcca.org

The applicants should return:

  1. Completed scholarship application
  2. Essay on his/her community service work that had the greatest influence on them and why. This should be on a separate sheet or email.
  3. A community service listing of all activities he/she participated in while in high school.

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Four Upcoming School Plays



school plays

Plays from Duluth and Norcross High Schools and from Greater Atlanta Christian School and Cornerstone Christian Academy

Les Miserables
March 7, 8 & 9
Greater Atlanta Christian School
1575 Indian Trail Road, Norcross 30093

King’s Gate Theatre players perform this epic classic that showcases the fight for justice, love, freedom, and redemption. In impoverished and diseased France, Jean Val Jean is haunted by his past convictions and hunted by Javert, a man with a vendetta.

Disney The Lion King Kids
March 22 & 23
Cornerstone Christian Academy
5295 Triangle Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092

The African savannah comes to life on the Cornerstone stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
APRIL 12, 2019 @ 7 PM
APRIL 13, 2019 @ 7 PM
​APRIL 14, 2019 @ 3 PM
Duluth High School
3737 Brock Road
Duluth, GA 30096-2724
(770) 476-5206

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical
April 25-28 and May 4 & 5
Norcross High School Auditorium
5300 Spalding Drive, Norcross 30092

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage as the Norcross High School Players present this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. The show is perfect for family night or a fun sing-along with friends. Tickets are $7 for students and children, $10 for adults and $15 for premium.

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Dual Language Japanese-English State Charter School Accepting Applications for August 2019



International Charter Academy

International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICA Georgia), a new dual language Japanese-English charter school, will start accepting applications for August 2019 on January 10, 2019. Applications will be available online at www.internationalcharteracademy.org.

As a statewide charter school located in Peachtree Corner, GA, the school is open to any K-5 student residing in the state of Georgia. ICA Georgia uses the Dual Language Model for Japanese and English instruction, which is supported by a wealth of research and recommended by experts in dual language acquisition. In this innovative model, 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 will be taught in both languages, exposing students to a wide range of content learning areas in the target language and enhancing academic achievement in general.

The school will employ a number of other state-of-the-art techniques to further enhance students’ education. English and Japanese teachers will use a team teaching approach, and pull out classes will be available in both languages to ensure the success of non-native speakers. Hands-on inquiry based learning and a student-centered environment conducive to lifetime learning and open-mindedness will be hallmarks of ICA Georgia’s program. A special emphasis will be placed on writing in all grades, particularly research paper writing. Effective use of IT will further enhance cooperative learning and differentiation.  A high level of Japanese will be attained by using the Japanese Ministry of Education curriculum in the Japanese department.

Beyond learning the Japanese language, ICA Georgia students will also be exposed  to Japanese school life, including Japanese physical education, music, haiku, cultural events, healthy Japanese food (recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO), and Japanese calligraphy.

School days begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday, with Friday’s dismissal at 2:00 pm. After school care is available until 6:30 pm from Generation in Focus (www.generationinfocus.com). To balance the academic benefits of the year-round calendar for students while at the same time maintaining the convenience of the traditional calendar for parents, the school will have 190 school days per year.

ICA Georgia aims to broaden the horizons of students in Georgia so that they may become global citizens who promote peace around the world. ICA Georgia students will be expected to contribute to the local and global community through various service learning projects, and ICA Georgia will promote parental involvement and build a community that learns from one another.

According to Georgia State Representative Tom Taylor (District 79), “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, “We are excited to see the progress in the preparations for the opening of International Charter Academy of Georgia. 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.”

Chenyi Zhang, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Georgia State University, states, “In recent years, given the trend of globalization and international collaboration, supporting children’s early foreign language learning has become an important educational issue in early childhood and elementary education. ICA Georgia employs a unique dual language immersion approach to promote children’s foreign language skills through environment exposure and adult-child interactions without interrupting typical English early literacy development…In short, ICA Georgia will provide an early learning experience that is valuable for preparing future generations of ‘global citizens.’”

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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