CCS Staff In the Know
Technology Updates:

HotSpots:
We know that many schools are still in need of wireless hotspots. Efforts are being made to seek additional devices. Please know that the devices are designed to improve connectivity but do have some limitations. For equal access, each device has a daily data allotment. When that threshold is reached, the device becomes inactive until the next day. Again the devices are used to improve connectivity and provide basic Internet activity. It will be difficult to rely on these devices for heavy web traffic such as lengthy video conferencing, streaming music or tv. 

We are working with our hotspot provider to monitor our data usage and to make improvements as needed.  

iPads:
We are having conversations about processes for iPads. Topics of: device collection, accountability, and device needs for next school year are all being discussed. As we get more information we will provide you with updates. 
EducationNC and The News and Observer are sponsoring a Virtual Town Hall on Education and COVID-19 hosted by POY TABARI WALLACE and TOY Mariah Morris. Here is the link to register for the town hall scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 3:30pm.
Digital Library
GOOD NEWS!! Craven County Schools has partnered with the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library to set up accounts for our students to have access to the NC Kids Digital Library.
NCDPI + Friday Institute Instructional Frameworks for Remote Learning
To provide further support to school leaders and teachers, the Department of Public Instruction partnered with the Friday Institute to develop two guiding documents, with each document having an corresponding one-pager to summarize. The documents, Recommendations for Instructional Leaders and Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching and Learning , are attached below:
 
Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching and Learning
The Instructional Principles for Remote Teaching & Learning are designed to provide guidance for student learning across North Carolina when a crisis impedes students from learning in their regular school setting. In NC K-12 public schools, remote learning is defined as learning that takes place outside of the traditional school setting using various media and formats, such as but not limited to: video conference, telephone conference, print material, online material, or learning management systems. These Instructional Design Principles are overarching and intended to apply to a range of learning environments and contexts with the acknowledgement that students and teachers have different levels of access to devices and the Internet.

  Please feel free to contact Brandon Roeder , NCDPI K-12 Music and Theatre Arts Consultant, to discuss how these frameworks can be used in the Arts Classrooms.
Student Support Services
Reassignment and Release Forms are now available on the Craven County Schools Website under “Parents”, “Reassignments and Releases”. Forms may be emailed to Melody Howell  melody.howell@cravenk12.org or Debbie Hodges debbie.hodges@cravenk12.org or sent to the Craven County Board of Education.
The children of teachers are eligible to attend Craven County Schools if they live out of county without paying out of county tuition. Teachers may also request reassignment of their children to be closer to where they work or to ease childcare issues.  Reassignments are due June 1, 2020.

Homeless
If you become aware of students who become homeless during these difficult times, please alert your school counselor so they can complete the homeless form found at https://www.cravenk12.org/Page/11004 and send a copy to Debbie Hodges debbie.hodges@cravenk12.org
Homeless includes living with others due to economic hardship. You will need to get a general idea (date) of when they became homeless and their night time living situation such as:  
  • Staying in shelter (homeless, domestic violence, or FEMA Housing)  
  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, similar reason; doubled-up. 
  • Living in a car, park, campground, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing or similar. 
  • Temporarily living in a motel or hotel due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason.

CEU credits 
Those in attendance at the “Understanding Grief” and “A Child’s Guide to Coping with Disasters” trainings offered on April 21 and April 24 will receive CEU credits. Attendance has been submitted for CEUs for all sessions EXCEPT for the session on Tuesday, April 21 at 9 am. If you attended the session “Understanding Grief” on Tuesday, April 21 at 9 am, please email debbie.hodges@cravenk12.org in order to get credits.
EC Corner
Social Thinking Resources:
At Social Thinking, we continue to seek to provide practical, useful, and accessible information. Make sure to take a look at our Free Stuff portal as it is your gateway to easily access the many free resources available from Social Thinking.
Video Lessons There are also several free articles ,
NCDPI Resources:
This is a great resource for teachers. The resources are categorized by subject area. Exceptional Children Website

Center for STEM Education at ECU is offering its 2020 Advanced Placement Summer Institute on June 22-25 online this year. We are excited about our course selections and excited about providing the latest information with the new redesign. 

Courses offered for this summer are:
  • AP Art and Design
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History
The deadline to register is May 29, 2020. The link for registration is https://bit.ly/3c2KigS  The expense would have to be paid personally or by your school with principal approval. We would like for you consider enrolling at ECU’s AP Summer Institute and share with your school/system about the training. We hope to have you join us this summer for an enriching experience!
Even though the 2020 North Carolina Science Festival public in-person events are cancelled, we still want to evoke the spirit of our mission - to provide the opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings.
 
Check out these FREE resources from the 2020 North Carolina Virtual Science Festival
CRAVEN LIVE-Special New Learning Opportunity for our Rising 9th Graders
Craven LIVE is accepting applications!
Students may now apply to Craven County Schools' new blended learning program. Please listen to the presentation to learn more about this opportunity for rising 9th graders. Applications are being accepted until May 1st. You can also visit the Craven County Schools' website to view the presentation, obtain the application, and submit questions at https://www.cravenk12.org/Page/13909

CCEC ACCEPTING BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATIONS
Educators can apply for grants up to $1,000 to fund innovative projects

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op (CCEC) is accepting applications for a 2020-21 Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.

For more than 25 years, CCEC has partnered with local educators in Carteret County and Havelock to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators from Carteret County and Havelock can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. More information and applications are available at  www.ncbrightideas.com < http://www.ncbrightideas.com/ >.

“I expect that many educators are already coming up with innovative teaching ideas while engaging in virtual learning with their students during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Some of those ideas might be just perfect for funding from Bright Ideas for the coming school year.”

CCEC expects to award more than $23,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team. Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 15. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at  www.ncbrightideas.com < http://www.ncbrightideas.com/ >.

Bright Ideas grants are available through each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including CCEC. In 2019, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively set a record by awarding more than $716,000 in Bright Ideas funding for 660 projects – the most awarded in a single year in the history of the program.

Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and approximately 2.5 million North Carolina students have participated in 12,359 Bright Ideas-funded projects.
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