May 13, 2016

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Back to School

8/15-19: New teacher orientation

8/22 Teachers’ 1st day back

8/23 Canvas Training

8/26: Job alike

8/29 Students’ 1st day back

Reminder-Curriculum Guides Feedback

Please click here to provide feedback on the 2015-2016 Curriculum Guides

Teacher Opportunities/Personal Learning Networks

MS ELA Teachers Participate in Text Set Project

NCDPI ELA Middle Grades Section Text Set Project:Celebrating the Expertise from Middle School Teachers Across North Carolina The NCDPI ELA Section is collecting middle grade text sets developed by teachers across the state. We want to showcase the text sets created by educators in grades 6-8 for teachers to access for instructional use during the 2016-2017 school year. We are collecting text sets until May 19th and will begin uploading to our DPI ELA Wiki beginning May 27th. If you are interested in participating, please use the attached template as you develop your text set. You may also consult the guide and sample text set to inform your work. We greatly appreciate your participation and hope you will contribute to our state bank of text sets. Please send text sets to for consideration. For participation in this project, the ELA Section will send you the instructional resource titled 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective: Supporting Text-Centered Instruction.

Journalism Education Fellowship provides tuition-free, graduate-level interactive media course for teachers

N.C. Scholastic Media Association will offer a short-term summer course for North Carolina journalism teachers and journalism/media advisers. Please help us spread the word.

Journalism teachers and publication/media advisers can receive three hours of graduate credit — free of charge. JOMC 491, "Teaching Interactive Media in the Secondary School," will be offered July 10-16. The course will be taught in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Current journalism teachers and publication/online media advisers -- and those who may soon find themselves teaching journalism -- are encouraged to apply.

NCSMA’s Journalism Education Fellowship Program allows teachers to enroll in a short-term summer course. N.C. journalism teachers and media advisers can apply for free in-state tuition, free lodging and free books on a first-come, first-served basis. (These fellowships are valued at $1,230 each.)

The course in teaching interactive media will be taught by Professor Steven King, photojournalism and multimedia faculty at UNC-CH.

NCSMA offers this free in-state tuition opportunity through its NCSMA Teacher Fellows Program. To inquire about fellowships covering tuition, residence hall accommodations and books, contact Monica Hill at 1-888-562-6276 or [][NCSMA <>][] Act soon. Fellowship application deadline is May 15.

N.C. Scholastic Media Association also invites teachers and students across the state to the annual Summer Institute, June 13-16 at UNC-Chapel Hill. For registration information, go to

From one of I-SS’ very own: Using teacher videos to increase student learning

Check out the I-SS and CCTL ‘15-’16 Teacher of the Year, Brooke McCurdy’s presentation on student learning, feedback to students, differentiation, and continuous improvement. She was hosted on a webinar on using teacher videos to enhance student learning and feedback to students, plus a plan for differentiation. Click on the link to watch her webinar

Professional Development


Study and Act should be completed, AFTER the lesson plan activities are completed. You study (analyze) your data, then act (made decisions based on the data) to inform your planning for the next cycle.
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Food For Thought


  • Resources for math & ELA teachers (pretty amazing (not sure if you already have it, been around a while), click “Classroom Resources” here

  • Resources for Common Core ELA MS Educators: click here

  • Canvas & SAMR (fast track series): This was also in the 411. Also notice the tabs across the tab (Home; Analyze & Plan; Design & Develop; Deploy.

  • 4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement:

  • ELA, Math, Science short instructional videos...might be great for pre-EOG/C review (yes, this resource is on the Update twice!)

  • ELA Resource from NCDPI: good resource with everything needed

  • Future Engineers Camp (Middle School) see this doc

  • Free Canvas PD in I-SS!:

  • TNL #12947 @ ADR SD2: June 16, 20, 21, 28, August 3, 23, 3 hour sessions: 8:30-11:30 and 1:00-4:00

    • Customizing Learning with iTunesU NL #12932 May 10 @ ADR SD2 3:30-5:30 (one session only!)

    • iBooks Author (make up session) May 24th3:30-5:30 @ ADR SD2

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