Teaching & Learning- 9/23/20

Mount Airy City Schools- Volume 27

MACS Board of Education Teacher Grants

We are excited to announce this fabulous, annual opportunity.

The MACS Board of Education Teacher Grants 2020-2021 are now open!!!

Our team, with the support of our wonderful BOE members, are eager to see your innovative grant proposals start rolling into the system. Please check the link below for the details and access to the Google form for the submission of your proposal. As a note, this is open to all teachers and administrators. If you have any questions please reach out to Penny Willard.

Submission deadline: Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Grant winner announcements will be made by Oct. 23, 2020.

MACS Board of Education Teacher Grants 2020-2021

Zach Smith Grants

Mount Airy educators can now apply for teaching awards from the Zach Smith Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation, which was created in 2009 with gifts made in memory of Zach Smith from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and his family and friends.

The Zach Smith Fund provides grant awards designed to improve the quality of education in Mount Airy, NC and may be given annually to educators and/or administrators employed by the Mount Airy City Schools or local charter schools. Grants will support projects that provide professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators with priority for those that encourage and enrich:

  • principal or teacher leadership

  • student and/or teacher-originated activities in civic education, environmental education, local and state history, economic literacy, and leadership development

  • student and/or teacher-originated arts and humanities projects

Funds will not be used to provide college scholarships or to support athletic teams.

Approximately $17,000 is available for the committee to distribute in 2020, and the minimum grant request amount is $250. The selection committee seeks a wide variety of applications for grant support that will improve the educational quality in Mount Airy. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • the way in which initiative, creativity, and imagination are demonstrated in projects

  • proposed project's potential impact on students

  • strategic relationship between the proposed project and individual professional growth

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM. For additional information and to apply online, visit wsfoundation.org/teacher-grants or contact April Durr at (336) 725-2382 or adurr@wsfoundation.org.

Upcoming MACS STEAM Institute- Oct. 26

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 is planning for a fantastic day that will allow for professional learning and student support. Please see the information below:

  • The busy day will fit into the 8:00 am to 3:15 pm schedule with adjustments made for those attending CRT at their school. This information will be shared out with principals for school-specific requirements when we begin to advertise for the event.
  • The day will kick off at 8:00 am with a virtual Keynote Speaker for ALL of MACS
  • We will offer at least 25 virtual sessions for educators to select their personal learning needs
  • All sessions will be led by our very own MACS family members, as we continue to prioritize building our own capacity for professional learning.
  • We still need presenters- Do you want to lead learning??? Are you willing to share your expertise with your colleagues and teach them about a new resource??? We need you! Click here to sign up as a STEAM Institute Presenter.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)- Part 2 will be held for the following schools and we welcome Dutchess Maye back to our district for this amazing professional learning experience. Again, for these schools, the STEAM Institute attendance requirements will be adjusted and communicated with school specifics.

  • Mount Airy High School 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • BH Tharrington Primary School 12:30 to 3:00 pm

Quick Reads

Integrating SEL Across the Curriculum- Awesome PD Opportunities

We are excited to share the following Webinar Series Program for our upcoming NCDPI Webinar Series: Integrating SEL in the Content Areas.

This webinar series is designed for educators who want to learn more about integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into their classrooms and standards-based curriculum. An overview of North Carolina’s SEL initiatives will be shared, including the work of the NC SEL Implementation Team and the five CASEL competencies and Core SEL Practices. The new SEL Standards Mapping documents will be explored, along with other resources that can support implementation of SEL into any PK-12 learning environment.

The first broadcast, Introduction to the Series: Integrating SEL across the Curriculum, will be on Thursday, October 8 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. This session is recommended for all content areas, including Guidance.

Here is the schedule for the Content Areas, which is also on the attached Webinar Series Program flyer. Registration forms are linked on the flyer and on the dates in this message.

Presentation and choice fuel accessibility — in-person or remote

Growing Success for ELs Fall PD Series from our partners at NCDPI

The NCDPI ESL/Title III team is pleased to announce the "Growing Success for ELs" Fall PD Series #NCELs. As our population continues to grow, it is critical for us to develop and strengthen our skills, processes, and resources to teach ELs. We have planned interactive sessions to share some of the many resources available to educators, students, and families of ELs during blended and remote instruction. We hope these resources will help us all continue our journey as life long learners as we navigate this unique situation together.


  • Registration: When you register, the system automatically sends you your personal login information for the webinar. Please check for that email to be sure you have the link. If the email is not in your inbox, please check your ‘junk’ and ‘spam’ folders.
  • Cancel Registration: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration via the link in your acceptance email. You can cancel your registration up to 24 hours before the first session begins. Registrants who do not cancel the registration and who do not attend may be unable to register for future offerings.


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Vetted Resources to Support Your Professional Learning

Accessing MACS Resources- 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

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.

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

Brittany Branch, Digital Learning Coach