Clayton State University Teacher Education major Marquavius Hardy (College Park) was recently selected to participate in the annual Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) bus trip.
“The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is an organization that recognizes excellent schools in the state of Georgia,” Hardy explains. “Every year, the organization hosts an annual tour bus for educators, government officials, parents, students, etc., to attend a three day tour around the metro Atlanta area. This year, they had a group of high school students come along on the trip with us. These students aspire to be future educators.
“There is a theme for the trip every year. This year’s theme was `greater flexibility, greater focus on results.’”
Hardy is very enthusiastic about his experience.
“It would be nearly impossible for me to sum up the meaning of this trip, for me, in one word,” he says. “It was phenomenal! I am so grateful and humble to have an opportunity to attend seven schools around the metro Atlanta area and see the things that they are implementing that work in their schools!
“The students were outstanding and remarkable. We had the opportunities to visit the Da Vinci Academy, Norcross High School, Sawyer Road Elementary School, KIPP South Fulton Academy, and The New Schools at Carver, Charles Drew Charter School, and Smokey Road Middle School.”
Hardy considers his GPEE bus tour a groundbreaking experience as he prepares to matriculate through Clayton State’s Middle Grades Education Program.
“It allowed me to see the various amounts of differentiated instruction that the teachers implement to meet the needs of the students in their classroom,” he says. “I plan to utilize this experience that I have had the opportunity to be a part of and use these ideas in my classroom as well as my community. This was a phenomenal experience for me, and it is something that I will cherish throughout my educational career. I do plan to attend next year’s trip as well.”
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.