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Class Notes: Gainesville teacher named to Ga. Master Teacher list
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Michelle Masters, a teacher at New Holland Knowledge Academy with the Gainesville City Schools, was named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the 2013 Master Teacher list.

She was one of 58 Georgia teachers on the list, named to it based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth for the year.

“I am proud of Georgia’s Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state’s goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom,” said Deal. “Georgia continues to make tremendous strides in improving educational opportunities for our students, and I am unwavering in my support of the critical link between effective teachers and student achievement.”

Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, documentation of student growth and exemplary professional practices, superior teachers are designated as “Master Teachers” for a period of seven years.

They are eligible to automatically renew their teaching certificates as long as they continue to qualify for ‘Master Teacher’ status.

State Board of Education to meet Thursday-Friday

The State Board of Education will meet Thursday and Friday, with committee meetings take place Thursday and the official meeting beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

Agenda items for the Friday meeting include contract renewals for Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End-of-Course Tests, determining allocations for various grants including agricultural and special education grants, and personnel action.

Complete agendas for the Thursday and Friday meetings can be found on the state’s website at Both meetings will take place at 2070 Twin Towers East in Atlanta.

Georgia DOE develops courses for Career Clusters/Pathways

The Georgia Department of Education has developed the foundational courses for its Career Clusters/Pathways, a new high school model that will begin with this fall’s freshman class.

The courses are part of a law passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2011, authorizing Georgia to follow the Career Clusters Framework. Under the new model, students choose a pathway in one of 17 Career Clusters. The state board of education finalized the courses in a May meeting, courses that were developed after months of research and input from business.

Pathways include architecture and construction, human services, manufacturing and marketing, among others. Sample plans can be found on the state DOE’s website, at

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