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Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb host back-to-school 'Back At It' event

Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb host back-to-school 'Back At It' event

ATLANTA -- School is almost back in session and to kick off the season, Simon Property Group, Inc., a leading global retail real estate company, will host a series of “Back At It” events geared towards ‘tweens and teens’ at approximately 55 malls across the country.

Simon®’s Back At It activities will be greatly enhanced this year by an exciting collaboration with Teen Vogue’s 2nd Annual ‘Back-To-School Saturday’ initiative.

Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb will hold their Back At It festivities on August 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., inviting students and their families to get back into the rhythm of another school year. Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb’s Back At It events will also take place on Georgia’s Tax-Free Weekend, allowing everyone to make the most of the cost-saving shopping opportunity.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Cobb County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

ATLANTA -- Simon Property Group, Inc., is holding a special celebration to help young students and parents across the country ‘make the grade’ even before the school year begins. Families are invited to score an “A+” in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club®’s annual Back-to-School event at three Georgia malls:

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Cobb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 94.06
Math: 82.07
Science: 83.01
Social Studies: 87.76

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

KSU selected for AAC&U summer institute on student success

KSU selected for AAC&U summer institute on student success

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 3, 2013) - Kennesaw State University is one of 48 colleges and universities selected to participate in an American Association of Colleges and Universities summer institute designed to help institutions develop plans to improve student success.

A team of five Kennesaw State administrators and faculty will develop an action plan to improve student retention, progression and graduation during the "High-Impact Student Practices and Student Success Institute" June 11-14 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The institute, one of three AAC&U offers during the summer, is designed to help campuses and systems develop institution-wide change strategies, especially ambitious goals for improving completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams address barriers to student success and devise integrative plans to strengthen student learning.

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Five high school seniors from Cobb County have received the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The award, which covers four years' worth of tuition and fees for any college or university in the country, is awarded annually to some of the best and brightest minority students in the U.S. Money for the program comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Cobb County's Gates Millennium Scholars include:

Campbell HS
Queentela Benjamin

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Jayson Toweh

South Cobb HS
Brittany Davis
Halimo Hasaan
Nnennia Magazwu

(CCSD CobbCast)