Straight From The Source

February 2016 Volume 1, Issue 2

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The Source

Connecting Teachers and Learners (CTL)

We are working to flip the learning environment through video blogs, student artifacts, lesson plans, and helpful tools for teachers while focusing on the content. It is our goal to provide teachers with a road map, giving them step by step directions on how to effectively impact student learning in this digital era. This section will grow as we interview different teachers who effectively leverage technology in the classroom.

Life and Career Readiness

Public safety cadet program in Bertie County Schools

A new program at Bertie County High School will help lead students to a career path in criminal justice. The NC Department of Corrections officials says the program allows high school students to take community college classes starting their junior year.

Successful completion of the high school course work in this cadet program will result in credit toward an associate's degree in criminal justice at area community colleges according to Stephanie Cottle, CTE Coordinator.

Bertie Public Safety Cadet Program Overview

Who is eligible for this program?

High school juniors who have at least a 2.0 GPA.

What will these students experience?

Beginning in the Spring semester of their junior year these students will take face-to-face college courses in criminal justice earning high school and college credits. They will also participate in various experiences that will develop leadership, integrity, responsibility and a sense of community. Upon successful completion of the course work in the cadet program cadets will receive a Criminal Justice Technology Correction Specialist Certificate. Additionally, their earned college credits will go toward an associate degree in criminal justice. Students enrolling in a community college may receive tuition assistance through federal and state grant programs.

What will this cost my family?

Absolutely nothing. College courses completed while in high school are free to the students.

How will we help these students?

Students will be provided a mentor that will work with them one-on-one to guide them through the program. Additionally, the CTE Career Center will be available as a resource for cadets who need assistance.

Why should my student participate?

There are various opportunities for employment in the Dept of Public Safety to include careers such as:

Correctional Officer

Correctional Healthcare Professionals

Probation and Parole Officers

Juvenile Justice Jobs

North Carolina Highway Patrol

State Bureau of Investigation

Alcohol Law Enforcement

State Capitol Police

North Carolina National Guard

Emergency Management

and more

A Message from the Governor of North Carolina

Bertie Cadet Program

Spotlight February: AVIS GRAY One Teacher's Journey From Technological Trials to Triumph

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Hot Tech Tip

What is Thinglink? Thinglink is a platform for creating interactive images and videos. These interactive images are a fantastic tool for students and teachers when it comes to making presentations, introducing a new topic to a class, or creating a school project. Thinglink is FREE (there is a paid version also). Thinglink works on all modern web browsers as well as Android and Apple devices.

See how an English teacher used Thinglink to engage students.

Topic: Argumentive Writing

Spotlight March:

Mr. Gerrad Johnson

Science Teacher at the Middle College at A&T in Greensboro, NC
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Tool of the Month (Thinglink)

Maybe you can be our next Spotlight. Please let us know how you use our tool of the month to enhance your classroom instruction. Share your information using the form below.