Teaching & Learning- 10/12/20

Mount Airy City Schools- Volume 28

MACS Board of Education Teacher Grants

Our MACS Board of Education has reviewed the proposals for the 2020-2021 school year. We were thrilled to present them with 30 proposals from across the district, which represented all of our schools. This again shows the tremendous dedication our MACS teachers have to advocate and provide innovative learning experiences for all of our learners.

Announcements will be made the Week of October 19. Watch out, the Prize Patrol may be coming to visit you!

Upcoming MACS STEAM Institute- Oct. 26

Stay tuned for the STEAM Institute flyer, coming your way this week with descriptions for each of the 25 sessions. 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 II at their school.
  • The day will kick off at 8:00 am with a virtual Keynote Speaker for ALL of MACS

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)- Part 2 will be held for BHT and MAHS; we welcome Dutchess Maye back to our district for this amazing professional learning experience. Again, for these schools, the STEAM Institute attendance requirements have been adjusted and are listed below.

Attendance Requirements for BHT and MAHS for Oct. 26:

  • Keynote (virtual)= 45 minutes
  • CRT II (F2F) at their school= 2 1/2 hours
  • Office hours for Students/Families= 1 1/2 hours
  • Their choice of 1 STEAM Institute Sessions= 45 minutes

MAHS will have lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Attendance Requirements for Jones and MAMS for Oct. 26:

  • Keynote (virtual)= 45 minutes
  • Office hours for Students/Families= 1 1/2 hours
  • Their choice of 4 STEAM Institute Sessions = 3 hours

BHT, Jones and MAMS will have lunch from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Quick Reads

Unique Opportunities for Teachers

National Geographic Elementary Social Studies Program

Apply by October 16

National Geographic is pleased to invite elementary educators in North Carolina to participate in a new professional learning experience alongside educators in Iowa and Kentucky to learn, create, and share innovative practices in social studies education.

From this fall through the end of the school year in 2021, a cohort of about 90 teachers (30 in each state) will engage in a job-embedded, sustained professional learning experiences focused on improving the implementation of geographic content and skills using an inquiry-based, integrative approach to teaching and learning. In addition to the great connections and resources, selected participants will receive a stipend.

If you are interested and want to know more, please see the invitations for NC Administrators, NC Teachers, and/or visit the NCDPI Social Studies' Google Site. You may also reach out to Fay Gore, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, NatGeo Education at cgore@ngs.org.

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation's free high-quality online professional learning courses for educators are now open for registration for the fall. More than 71,000 educators have participated in these courses so far, which have helped improve their professional practice, discover new resources and learn new skills.

In one of their new courses, Teaching Math to Young Children, participants will develop a deeper understanding of developmental progressions in early math, investigate common methods of progress monitoring and how monitoring intertwines with progressions to inform instruction, and use classroom activities and teaching structures to support young children to view and describe their worlds mathematically.

Learn more and see how you could also be eligible to earn professional development hours for those skills you've learned on their course page here. https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/local/catalog/course.php?id=31&ref=1

Unique Opportunities for Students

United States Senate Youth Program and Scholarship

Apply by December 6

Application materials are now available for the upcoming United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The USSYP provides an educational opportunity for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science to spend a week in Washington, DC meeting senators, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, and officials from various federal agencies and the White House.

Due to the circumstances posed by the current pandemic, the upcoming Washington Week experience will be held online the week of March 15, 2021.

  • Two student winners will be selected to represent North Carolina.
  • These two winners will each attend the Washington Week online program and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

North Carolina application materials can be found on the North Carolina Senate Youth website and questions can be directed to Michelle McLaughlin, NCDPI Social Studies Consultant, at michelle.mclaughlin@dpi.nc.gov.

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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.

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Vetted Resources to Support Your Professional Learning

October 2020- ESL- Title III Update

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