Teaching & Learning- 1/8/21

Mount Airy City Schools- Volume 32

Happy New Year 2021!

We hope all of you had a wonderful first week back in school for the second-half of our extremely innovative and challenging, yet rewarding school year! Our MACS students are blessed to have such a committed group of educators dedicated to their success. Please review the resources shared below and let our team know if you need additional support.

Check out the sessions below to help address COVID fatigue

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Applications Open - New Educators of Excellence Institutes with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

This announcement is being sent on behalf of Megan Davis. If you have any questions please contact Megan at Office: (919) 707-9905 or emai: megan.davis@naturalsciences.org

Calling all future Educators of Excellence!

Are you a classroom teacher (or admin or environmental educator that works closely with students in schools) with at least 3 years of teaching/supervisory experience that plans to still work in or with NC schools next year? Do you have an active interest in the natural sciences and love to bring innovation and hands-on learning to your students? Are you ready to spend long, exciting days outside learning from local scientists and experts in the field, and then enjoy a campfire and sleeping in a tent at night? If you said "YES" to all of these questions, then we have a fabulous opportunity for you this coming summer.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Educators of Excellence Institutes with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. You might have heard of our Yellowstone or Belize Institutes (sadly the global pandemic has put those destinations temporarily on hold), but new this year is our Blue Ridge Institute--- right here in our beautiful state of NC! Join us as we:

• Immerse yourself in the wilds of western North Carolina
• Hike to waterfalls and balds
• Snorkel a mountain stream
• Sleep under the stars
• Learn from scientists and experts

Participating educators will study and experience the wonders of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Join us as we traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherry Lane to Cherokee, exploring the wonders of this incredibly biodiverse region of North Carolina. Learn from scientists and other experts about the ecology, geology, history, and culture of the Blue Ridge. Connect with nature, gain experience in outdoor leadership, and build camaraderie with other outstanding educators as we camp at multiple sites during our adventure. Discover strategies for bringing the natural history of North Carolina to life in your classroom. During the trip, participants will provide daily updates to students in North Carolina via a blog.

Dates: This Institute will be offered twice:

July 8-16, 2021 (A mandatory orientation meeting will be held either in Raleigh or virtually on March 13, 2021. A mandatory post-trip session with be held in Raleigh on November 6, 2021.)
July 29 – August 6, 2021 (A mandatory orientation meeting will be held either in Raleigh or virtually on March 20, 2021. A mandatory post-trip session with be held in Raleigh on November 6, 2021.)

Group Size: Limited to 8-9 participants.

Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous including camping most nights, walking and hiking on uneven terrain, and swimming and snorkeling in mountain streams.

Apply now: https://naturalsciences.org/learn/educators-of-excellence-institutes#apply

Application and recommendation deadline of February 15!

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Click below to read more about Resiliency in Children

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NCDPI English Language Arts Team Shares the Latest

Free Teacher Resources for Grades 4-12

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is happy to offer loaner boxes for educators within the state of North Carolina. These loaner boxes will allow you to bring a little bit of the wild into your teaching space with no associated cost for teachers. Please see loaner box options below:

Magnificent Mammals - Grades 4-8

Materials included:
3 carnivore, 3 herbivore, & 3 omnivore skulls
Laminated lesson plan
Laminated skull diagrams
Laminated species profiles for skulls included
Return shipping label
All materials for lesson plan included in loaner box

Dove Decoy – Middle & High School Sciences

Materials included:
28 dove decoys
Return shipping label
Most materials for lesson plan included in loaner box

If you wish to request a loaner box, or would just like more information please email wrceducation@ncwildlife.org with your requests.

Please also see attached file.

Professional Learning for Serving Multilingual Learners

The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team and WIDA are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to participate in professional learning designed for educators of multilingual learners.

Uncovering and Leveraging Students’ Home Literacies in the Classroom

The purpose of this eWorkshop is to create an online Professional Learning Community that supports participants’ collaboration and fosters ownership of their learning. Over the course of 15 weeks, participants engage in 6 modules that each consist of 3 sections: Explore, Make it Work, and Share. They select ideas to try out in their classrooms and share their experiences with colleagues in online discussion boards and one online meeting. The estimated time needed to complete the eWorkshop is 20 hours.

The self-paced workshop runs January 19 - April 30 with a LIVE Webinar on March 29 from 3:30 - 4:30.

Register not later than Monday, January 11, 2021.

Please contact xatli.stox@dpi.nc.gov with questions

MACS Teaching and Learning

Dr. Phillip Brown, Chief Academic and Human Resources Officer

Penny Willard, Director of Innovative Programming and Federal Programs

Scott Dollyhite, Director of Exceptional Children and Student Services

Olivia Sikes, Director of Career and Technical Education and Student Accountability

Polly Long, Workforce Initiatives Coordinator

Kini Brindle, Social & Emotional Learning and Exceptional Children Compliance Coordinator

Jodi Cox, Family Liaison

Brittany Branch, Digital Learning Coach