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Educators hone social studies lessons
Charlene Lowry - photo by Photo provided.
Area educators recently participated in Project Becoming Engaged in Social Studies Teaching at Georgia Southern University.
Since 2005, area teachers have been teaming up with University faculty and the Georgia Southern Museum to design activity-based instructional programs. These programs benefit area elementary and middle schools, grades pre-kindergarten to eight.
Educators who participated in this program included Charlene Lowry of Long County's Walker Middle School.
This year's Project BESST was a weeklong workshop for teachers of grades four through eight.
In addition to improving teacher knowledge in social studies, these workshops also provide participants with kits that contain materials for them to use in their classes. These kits include interactive supplies such as costumes, maps, and reproductions of artifacts, as well as lesson plans that correlate with the state's professional standards.
Project BESST is funded by the Federal Teacher Quality Grants program, Georgia Southern University, the Greene-Sawtell Foundation. The counties represented at this summer's workshops include Bryan, Wayne, Emanuel, Long and Toombs.

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