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Class Notes: Website allows comment on early learning standards
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A website to introduce and get public comment on new early learning standards debuted this week.

The Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards will roll out next school year and should align better with new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in kindergarten through 12th grades, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The standards outline what children birth to 5 years old should know and be able to do.

“From the beginning of this project, it has been our goal to roll out the new GELDS in helpful phases that will ensure all teachers have the knowledge necessary to be successful,” DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle said. “This new website will allow stakeholders to examine the GELDS and make comments. Eventually, the site will serve as a portal for all GELDS information and resources.”

The website will also eventually include lesson planning ideas and parent resources.

“We will be able to attach video clips to each indicator on the website to show what that indicator would look like in action,” said Laura Evans, GELDS standards coordinator. “As we move forward with the GELDS rollout this year, this new website will be a valuable resource for all stakeholders.”

The website can be accessed at, and visitors can comment on specific standards or hit the comment button on the home page to comment on the overall plan.

Brenau honored for role in Norcross

Brenau University President Ed Schrader was given a key to the city of Norcross last week, honoring the university’s role in that community.

Andrew Hixson, mayor pro tem of the Gwinnett County city, presented Schrader with the key and a proclamation.

The proclamation states that Brenau is “a key and valued institution in the city,” and Hixson said the university’s mission of providing students with extraordinary lives is in line with the city’s mission to provide a place to imagine.

The Norcross campus of Brenau, which has its main campus in Gainesville, serves more than 400 students. Schrader hopes to increase that, according to a news release from the university.

The campus offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, including education, business, occupational therapy and interior design.

“The university’s students and staff are more than just in Norcross,” Hixson said. “They work in, serve and are an active part of our community.”


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