MACS STEAM Institute- Fall 2020

October 26, 2020

Join us for our annual fall STEAM Institute

October 26 will be a grand day for professional learning across our district. We also know that this is a remote learning day and everyone will be holding office hours for students and families. Our STEAM team has planned a fantastic day that will allow for professional learning and student/family support.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Requirements for BHT and MAHS for Oct. 26:

  • Keynote (virtual)= 45 minutes
  • CRT II (F2F) at their school= 2 1/2 hours
  • Office hours for Students/Families= 1 1/2 hours
  • Their choice of 1 STEAM Institute Sessions= 45 minutes

MAHS will have lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Attendance Requirements for Jones and MAMS for Oct. 26:

  • Keynote (virtual)= 45 minutes
  • Office hours for Students/Families= 1 1/2 hours
  • Their choice of 4 STEAM Institute Sessions = 3 hours

BHT, Jones and MAMS will have lunch from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Registration in Linq

The registration process in Linq will be set up and ready to go by Friday morning. All of the staff will receive an additional email reminder at this time.
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Keynote Speaker for All at 8:00 am to 8:45 am

We are proud to announce this year's Keynote speaker will be Katalina Eubanks, Mount Airy High School alumni. Click here to read more about Ms. Eubanks and her educational experiences, which led to her current role as a Nurse Practitioner.

The keynote will be virtual and held on Zoom. Click the link below to join us

9:00 to 11:30 am- MAHS Staff exclusive PD

All Mount Airy High School staff will be engaged in Culturally Responsive Teaching- Part 2 with Dr. Dutchess Maye from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This will be held in person at MAHS.

CHOOSE 1- 9:00 am to 9:45 am- Session 1 Choices for BHT, Jones and MAMS Educators

Open Education Resources with Brittany Branch

Dive into vetted resources aligned to your standards by exploring Open Educational Resources. We will explore what OPEN means and how these open resources can be found, used, remixed and how to became an OER contributor yourself. This session is for Pre-K through 12th grade educators.

Click here to join Brittany's session

Breaking Out Creativity with Dalton Tedder

Students are so creative. It is about time we brought that creativity in with the technology we have available. When we spark creativity, we dig deeper into knowledge. This session is designed for all educators.

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The Encouraged Educator with Judy Barbour

This session will remind educators how wonderful they are daily and the difference they make to all stakeholders. Whether someone is feeling overwhelmed, underwhelmed, or just tired in their career I hope to deliver an inspiring message to remind them why we choose this profession.

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SEL: What do you see? with Chelsy Payne and Catherine Dollyhite

Now more than ever we need to attend to our social and emotional wellbeing. If you feel or have ever felt stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, and/or confused, then this session is for you! Come to this session to learn more about Social and Emotional Learning (especially as it relates to perspective). You will leave with resources and ideas that can benefit both you and your students!

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Mindfulness Magic with Alicia Henson

Mindfulness - Being in the present moment and focusing on your body, mind, and spirit in the here and now. Learn some cool ways to not only help students to focus, engage, and relax, but to help you when the concerns of yesterday and tomorrow seem to take over.

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MACS Murder Mystery: A Team Building Event for the Brave! with Nora Santillan and Kasey Martin

Think you and your team members have what it takes to solve a murder mystery? If you are up for the challenge, grab your co-workers and join us on a mysterious adventure that is sure to enhance your leadership and team building skills! Mysteries will be solved, laughs will be shared, and friendship will strengthen as we solve the MACS Murder Mystery!

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BREAK TIME- 9:45 AM to 10:15 AM for BHT, JO and MAMS Educators

CHOOSE 1- 10:15- 11:00 AM- Session 2 Choices for BHT, JO and MAMS Educators

Elementary Arts from a Distance with Meredith Dowdy and Jessica Otten

Participants will learn about how K-5 remote learners have been receiving arts instruction. Join us to hear about how our students participated in the Getty Museum Challenge and how we used resources from Carnegie Hall to learn about songs from around the world. We are excited to share what has worked for us and we would love to know how we can support your classes with the arts!

Click here to join Meredith and Jessica's session

Virtual Field Trips with Brittany Branch

2020 has brought an onslaught of challenges for educators but as always you have risen to the challenge. Let's tackle the challenge of the year with no field trips by finding unique, innovative ways to take our students to amazing places without ever leaving the classroom. This session is for K-12 educators.

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Building Relationships with Kaitlin Teague

A welcoming and nurturing classroom environment is imperative to learning and student success. In this session, educators will explore various ways to create a positive learning environment within their classrooms, while also supporting students' social and emotional needs. Every child deserves a champion and we, as educators, must be intentional about how our behavior, actions, and words, impact and drive student achievement, focus, and decisions. This session is for K-12 educators.

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Power Up Seesaw Activities with Maria Segura

Let's explore examples of elements that can be created in Seesaw to take the activities to the next level. This is for K-2 educators using Seesaw as their learning management system.

Visit and use the nickname bhtsegurak

Building social emotional skills through Culturally Diverse Literacy & Communication with Lynn Brown

Explore how including diverse literature in the classroom builds social emotional skills and relationships. Being intentional about the type of diverse literature used in the classroom is essential for culturally responsive teaching. Diverse literature and possible classroom use will be discussed in an open share & response format . Primarily K-5 literature will be presented but all are welcome to share and discuss the relevance of diverse literature in the class.

To join Lynn's session, visit and use the nick name bhtbrowncrt

It all Begins with You! with Nicole Hooker

Do you feel stressed? Would you like to find ways to relieve that stress? Come to our discussion session where we will share ways to cope with our stress. We must remember that we have to take care of ourself before we can take care of others. This will be a laid back, coffee chat type session!

To join Nicole's session, visit and use the nick name beginswithyou

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM Lunch Break for BHT, JO and MAMS Educators

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Break for MAHS Educators

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM - BHT Staff Exclusive PD

All BHT staff will be engaged in Culturally Responsive Teaching- Part 2 with Dr. Dutchess Maye from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. This will be held in person at BHT.

CHOOSE 1- 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM - Session 3 choices for Jones, MAMS & MAHS educators

Open Education Resources with Brittany Branch

Dive into vetted resources aligned to your standards by exploring Open Educational Resources. We will explore what OPEN means and how these open resources can be found, used, remixed and how to became an OER contributor yourself. This session is for Pre-K through 12th grade educators.

Click here to join Brittany's session

EBooks for MACS Students with Stephanie Hutchinson

We will "walk" through the student process for checking out ebooks to students on various platforms.

To join Stephanie's session visit EBooks for MACS Students" at the following link

PhET Simulations with Dustin Draughn

Students will be engaged using University of Colorado's PhET Interactive virtual labs and demonstrations. Simulations cover a broad area of Math and Science, including Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Mathematics from grades 3-12. With over 150 simulations and uploaded teacher and instructor lesson plans, you are sure to find one that fits your class needs.

Click here to join Dustin's session visit and use the nickname mahsdraughn1

Johnson and Wales University - Culinary Cuisine Demonstrations with Austin Vennetti & Jeff Harris

Admissions classroom representatives will demonstrate a culinary cuisine.

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16 Personalities with Claire Draughn

In this session participants will have the opportunity to take a modified Myers-Briggs personality inventory. Using the 16Personalities site we will learn how personality types influence many areas of our lives. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to be self-aware and work to be the best version of ourselves!!

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Differentiation with the Friday Institute- Patricia Hillard and Laura Albrecht

Every student has different needs. Every lesson should address those needs. In this session, participants will experience the fundamentals of differentiation - content, process, and product.

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CHOOSE 1- 1:30 PM- 2:15 PM- Session 4 choices for JO, MAMS & MAHS Educators

Family and Consumer Science via Remote Learning with Karen Beasley

In this session, you will learn how to complete the following:

  • teach about the home while the students are at home
  • create a YouTube channel for your area
  • motivate students to complete projects virtually.

To join Karen's session visit and use the nickname mamsbeasley1

Giving Manipulatives Digital Life with Lucidchart with Jonathan Carpenter

I will show how I use Lucidchart to convert manipulative that I use in my classroom into digital copies. Students can drag/order/annotate and flow chart. The session will begin with an online brainstorming

Click here to join Jonathan's session visit or nickname lucidcarp

Universal Design to Create Better Learning Environments with Brittany Branch

How can we create learning that combines the 3 principles of UDL: Engagement, Representation and Action & Expression? This educational framework is aimed at meeting the needs of every student by using strategies that allow for differentiation and student ownership. This session is for Kindergarten through 12th grade educators.

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Digital Tips & Tricks to Make Your Teaching Life Easier with Alex Tedder

Want to hear some tips to help you save time or do things differently than the same ways you may have done in the past? I will be sharing different apps, extensions, and other tips that I have learned from following amazing educators on social media platforms throughout this time of digital learning. Some of these include helpful hints and tools about Google Forms, Edpuzzle, Google Slides, Google Docs, and more! This session is for 6th-8th grade educators.

Click here to join Alex Tedder's Google Meet!

NC Science House with Regina Berrier

In this session participants will learn about MACS's partnership with The NC Science House. Regina Berrier will share resources available through NC Science House and provide ideas for hands-on learning opportunities.

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Shortness of Life with Garrett Howlett

We will be doing a coffee shop talk on "On the Shortness of Life". This is an article written by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The article speaks to how long life is if we choose to see it in that manner. We will discuss the article and its relevance to today's society even though it was written in the first century.

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CHOOSE 1- 2:30 PM- 3:15 PM Session choices for JO, MAMS & MAHS Educators

Leaders of their Own Learning with Rebecca Fritchey and Melissa Ogle

A PD on how to set up a Mastery-Based Classroom
This session is for all grade levels and subject areas. We will present 5 easy steps to creating a Mastery-Based classroom, using resources you already have created. We will incorporate lessons we have learned as we have navigated a new way of facilitating learning to our students that has created a classroom environment where our students are engaged, strive to achieve mastery on every learning target, and create meaningful connections and support higher-level thinking and learning skills.

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Meeting ID: 747 2737 0091
Passcode: STEAM2020

SEL- 3 Signature Practices Playbook with Phillip Brown

This session will help each attendee further develop their Social and Emotional Learning skill set by taking a deep dive into CASEL's SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook. Learn more here:

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Schoology for the Elementary Classroom with Lauren Murphy and Kaitlin Kidd

In this session we will discuss various tools and features of Schoology. Come learn how to effectively use Schoology for your students and their families.

To join Lauren and Kaitlin's session click here

Incorporating EdPuzzle into the Classroom with Amy Jessup

EdPuzzle has videos with embedded questions available for teachers. Teachers can also add questions to videos from YouTube or videos of their making. Schoology has the capability of interfacing with EdPuzzle, which means students never have to leave the Schoology site and scores from video questions can automatically appear in Gradebook.

Click here to join Amy's session!

Digital Citizenship with Brittany Branch

What is digital citizenship? Why does it matter? Where does it fit in my curriculum? Let's take a deeper dive into Digital Learning Standards for students Kindergarten through 12th grade so that MACS students can be careful stewards of technology.

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Xello for Student Success with Catrina Alexander, Krystal Tyndall, Kacie England and Caroline Young

See How Xello can empower our Middle and High School students to plan for today AND tomorrow! Assessments, digital portfolios, personalized plans ready-made lessons and course selection tools come together in one place to assist students and staff in supporting every student!

Click here to join Catrina, Kacie, Krystal and Caroline for their session

3:15 PM- Dismissal for ALL

For questions please reach out:

Penny Willard, Director of Innovative Programming, Mount Airy City Schools