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HENRY COUNTY, GA – Dr. Aaron Randall district Coordinator for Social Studies, was presented the Outstanding Supervisor Award by the Georgia Leadership Association for the Social Studies (GLASS) during the yearly Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) state conference.

This award is given to the social studies leaders who best exemplify the leadership role and hold supervisory responsibilities for K-12 Social Studies programs.

Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Services, Aaryn Schmuhl, noted in his recommendation letter that the job Randall does is challenging, but he makes it look easy.

“Dr. Randall not only epitomizes the characteristics necessary to be an outstanding leader, he also epitomizes the characteristics of an outstanding teacher,” said Schmuhl. “Dr. Randall’s passionate support and activism for high quality social studies instruction is second only to his belief that we teach children through content to be good citizens who are critical and creative thinkers.”

Dutchtown High School Principal Dr. Terry Oatts shared, “Dr. Randall is an invaluable resource for teachers, administrators, support personnel, and ultimately students as he has clearly committed to providing optimal support to ensure the success of our Social Studies programs in Henry County.”

Dr. Randall was the second Henry County Schools’ employee to receive recognition at the conference, the other was Eagle’s Landing Middle School teacher Heather MacKenzie, earning the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator Award.

As a school system, Henry County Schools Elementary Integrated Curriculum received recognition for one of two programs earning the Program of Excellence Award for 2013.

Henry County Schools Elementary Integrated Curriculum’s goal is to integrate social studies content with common core literacy instruction and to improve the relevance, integrity, and achievement of both.

To earn a Program of Excellence recognition, programs have to cover multiple grade levels, encourage articulation, balance content, incorporate a variety of teaching strategies, and involve multiple groups of teachers, students, and the community.

When speaking about the program, an elementary teacher in the county, Lynn Lupo-Hudgins, stated, “Regarding impact on students, I am already pleased to see how combining the areas of curriculum are allowing for interdisciplinary connections for our students which, in turn, results in deeper understanding. Over time, I am confident that this will result in more robust student performance on academic measures such as the CRCT, in both curricula.”

Presenters from Henry County providing Professional Instruction at GCSS state conference were:

Aaron Randall, Henry County Schools: Assessment: From Diagnostic to Growth Model. How it informs Instruction.

Heather MacKenzie, Eagle’s Landing Middle School and Kent Booth from Eagle’s Landing Middle School: Double-Dipping Done Right! Integrating Literacy & History for Common Core

Amanda Cavin, Unity Grove Elementary, with Charles Elfer of Clayton State University and Scott Roberts of Central Michigan University - From Tomatoes to Town Halls: Exploring the Potential for Long-Term Projects, Technology, and Local Study

Margaret Duncan, Woodland High School - Gaming 101: How to Effectively Incorporate Tabletop Games into the Classroom

Melanie Hendrix, Luella Middle School - Bringing It All Together: How to Meet & Exceed Expectations Using Multiple Resources

Nina Kendall, Eagle’s Landing High School - Players of the Past: Using Art, Drama, and Primary Sources to improve Understanding

Regina Holland, Union Grove Middle and Heather MacKenzie, Eagle’s Landing Middle School - Investigating Famous Bloodlines: Following the Paper Trail (A workshop sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council)

You can find out more about the Social Studies department and Henry County Schools here.

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