Teaching & Learning- 9/3/20

Mount Airy City Schools- Volume 26

Our MACS Teaching and Learning Newsletters

As we prepare to enter Week 4, our team's goal is to continue providing you with a set of vetted resources and information to support your work as a reflective practitioner. Thank you for all you do every day for our students, families and the community.

Strategic Plan Focus Area: Goal- Enhanced STEAM Curriculum

The MACS Strategic Plan has now been published for the 2020-2024 work, click the link above to see the plan in its entirety. In order to meet our goals as a district, we must all see our ability to impact the work and achieve our common goals. This month we are going to focus on the STEAM Curriculum. Listed below are the strategies and actions we will use to make this goal happen for all stakeholders. As you reflect on your role and opportunities within the district, how are you supporting STEAM with your students and colleagues?

  • Create a Science task force for K-12 emphasis on Science

  • Reinvigorate Innovation Block and YES time with enrichment training

  • Develop K-5 interdisciplinary lessons/units in collaboration with STEAM teachers with specific pacing aligned to reading basal text and mathematics pacing

  • Explore curriculum options to support K-5 mathematics

  • Add science clubs at each school (i.e. Science Olympiad)

  • Create intentionality around the arts in each STEAM initiative

  • Engage all educators to develop a deeper understanding of foundational scientific knowledge

  • Increase student access to all components of STEAM (i.e. dance, technology, etc.)

Consistent Collaboration within MACS- STEAM Institute Resources Have Arrived!

Don't forget to check out our resources, developed by our MACS colleagues and shared in our MACS repository. Each day we are also adding resources into our Schoology Group called- Professional Development, including the videos from our most recent, STEAM Institute. See the steps below for accessing

>Log into your Schoology Account

>Choose Groups at the top of the page and then select Professional Development- Teachers

>On the LEFT side of the page select Resources

>Select the pink folder at the top, MACS STEAM Institute (Recent and Historical)

>Select the yellow folder at the top, May 26-27, 2020 STEAM Institute

*In this folder you will have access to recordings from many of our #MACSawesome presentations.


Please follow the steps below to access our Schoology folder designed especially for MACS Teachers preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.

>Log into your Schoology Account

>Choose Groups at the top of the page and then select Mount Airy City Schools

>On the LEFT side of the page select Resources

>Select the blue folder Curriculum

>Select the pink folder at the top, Remote Learning

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NC Wise Owl - K-12 Resources

NC Wise Owl is a highly-vetted online resource for students and teachers, which can support the traditional school and remote learning environments. Our contact at NCDPI has allowed us to share this information widely with all educators in the district, in order to support everyone through another unique school year. The infographics below have both been provided to us from NCDPI and are both working passwords for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Opportunity to Learn More About Culturally Responsive Teacher with NCDPI Partners

Culturally Responsive Teaching

#GoOpenNC is the Open Education Resources initiative in North Carolina, and it’s also the name of the platform where NC educators can become part of the OER community of practice as they find, develop, and share standards aligned instructional and professional learning materials. The #GoOpenNC platform has the ability to design collaborative spaces called “Hubs” that serve to connect resources and users around a central topic.

Throughout Fall 2020, NC educators are invited to engage virtually in the continued development of a Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Hub, which launched in Spring 2020. Culturally Responsive/Relevant Teaching is a way of instruction that values the lived experiences and out of school cultures of all students. This type of instruction situates instructional content and the teaching process within the context of a society that has undervalued the contributions and experiences of black and indigenous people of color (amongst other cultures). When you are being culturally relevant and responsive, you see the culture of all students as bridges to deeper understanding instead of barriers to connection.

In the CRT Hub Academy, participants will learn about OER and #GoOpenNC, work with CRT learning facilitators to strengthen their CRT competencies and share/remix resources with CRT scaffolds to be shared across the state.

If you are interested in participating in the development of the NC CRT hub, join the Hub Academy by applying here! Space is limited, and we will be offering 2 sections. There is NO COST for this professional development and each section is limited to 150 participants.

Applications are open through September 8th. Accepted applicants will be informed on September 10th.

Academy Schedule:

The Academies will be offered twice this Fall. Section One will be September - October and Section Two will be October - November.

Section One

  • Part One - CRT Academy 101 learning

    • Webinar 1: Tuesday Sept. 15th, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 2: Thursday Sept. 17th, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 3: Tuesday Sept. 22nd, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 4: Thursday Oct. 8th, 7:30-8:30 PM

  • Part Two: Share/remix resources

    • Asynchronous engagement on the platform: Sept. 22 - Oct. 9th

Section Two

  • Part One - CRT Academy 101 learning

    • Webinar 1: Tuesday Oct. 13th, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 2: Thursday Oct. 15th, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 3: Tuesday Oct. 20th, 7:30-9:00 PM

    • Webinar 4: Thursday Nov. 5th, 7:30-8:30 PM

  • Part Two: Share/remix resources

    • Asynchronous engagement on the platform: October 20th - Nov. 6th

A deeper exploration of CRT Competencies and applications will happen as a “CRT Academy 201” that will run October 19th - November 13th. If you wish to participate in the 201 section, you must register for “Section One” of the Academy 101, which finishes in time for you to participate in the 201 Academy.

CEU Information:

Part One of the Academy includes (3) 90 minute webinars and 2.5 hours of engagement on the platform, which is 7 contact hours and is eligible for 0.7 CEUs. Part Two of the Academy includes (1) 60 minute reflection webinar and 5 hours of contributing and remixing materials on the platform over a two week period and is eligible for another 0.6 CEUs.

Certificates of participation will be provided one week after the close of each CRT section, upon successful completion of the Academy activities, with alignment to the NC Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers. You will receive one certificate for Part One activities and a second certificate for Part Two activities according to your level of participation. No partial credit will be awarded for either Part One or Part Two activities. Please follow your Public School Unit’s procedures for submitting this certificate for CEUs.

Please direct questions to Pam Batchelor at pamela.batchelor@dpi.nc.gov.

Staying Up-to-Date in MACS

Utilize the following links, all found within our #MACSawesome website, to remain well-informed with our reopening plans and processes. We are so thankful to have our students back in school, where they can continue learning in an environment that is safe and supportive of both students and staff. We are also thankful for a dedicated and hard-working group of individuals that are making good things happen everyday for our kids. THANK YOU for all you do, no matter your role, you are greatly appreciated.

Vetted Resources to Support Your Professional Learning

Check out this critical resource below, which supports our need to address our students' SEL needs with an opportunity to embed into the English Language Arts Standards K-12.

Social Emotional Learning Supports from CASEL

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MACS Digital Teaching Leaders in Our Schools

Thank you to our Digital Teacher Leaders for the 2020-2021 School Year, we appreciate your wilingness to help build capacity throughout the district.

K-12 Support for all- Brittany Branch

BHT- Kelly Johnson, Maria Segura, Patti Bobbitt, and Tara Hill

Jones- Gina Tompkins, Lauren Murphy, Ginnie Deaton, and Jessica Hall

MAMS- Alex Tedder, Stephanie Hutchinson, Dalton Tedder, and Emma Wagoner

MAHS- Bryan Hayes, Melissa Ogle, Livia Livengood, and Becca Fritchey

Accessing MACS Resources for All in Schoology

>Log into your Schoology Account

>Choose Groups at the top of the page and then select Professional Development- Teachers

>On the LEFT side of the page select Resources

>Select the yellow folder at the top, Digital Teaching and Learning Resources

*In this folder we will be loading all of the session recordings from the presentations, as well as any presentations they want to share. All of this will be uploaded by Friday, August 14, 2020.

For those of you that attended, your attendance was documented and CEUs will be added within Linq by September 2020. We appreciate your patience as we try to keep it all going strong to support our schools.

Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC) Opportunities for Professional Development 2020-2021

Please see the document attached below from PTEC regarding their professional opportunities (PD) for the 2020-2021 school year. Our membership in PTEC guarantees that we have a certain number of spots available for MACS employes to attend. We would love for you to take advantage of these opportunities if they will support your professional growth. Please work directly through your school administration to make arrangements for attending PD.

MACS Teaching and Learning

Dr. Phillip Brown, Chief Academic and Human Resources Officer

Penny Willard, Director of Innovative Programming

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