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Social Studies teachers participated in Project BESST at GSU

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Posted: July 19, 2007 5:55 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Seventeen social studies teachers from southeastern Georgia recently participated in a Project BESST workshop at Georgia Southern University.
    Project BESST (Becoming Engaged in Social Studies Teaching) is a collaborative partnership between area schools, the Georgia Southern Museum and University faculty. Through a series of week-long workshops, the project develops a high-quality, activity-based instructional program for elementary and middle school teachers.
    Bulloch County teachers who took part in Project BESST were: Jane Wood from Brooklet Elementary; Melody Waters from Mattie Lively Elementary; and Lisha Shackelford and Jennifer Williams from Nevils Elementary School.
    Participating teachers received instruction from Georgia Southern faculty and two local teachers on social studies content and teaching methods. They also learned to use activities contained in interactive kits that Project BESST will provide to them during the upcoming school year. Lessons plans in these kits are correlated to the state’s professional standards.
    Project BESST was divided into three separate workshops: one for kindergarten teachers, one for first-grade teachers and one for second-grade teachers.
    The project is funded by the federal Teacher Quality Grants program and a gift from the Greene-Sawtell Foundation. This summer’s workshops included teachers from Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Johnson, Liberty, Long and Toombs counties.
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