CCS Staff In the Know
DRAFT 2021-2022 Traditional Calendar Options
We want your feedback! We are in the process of developing the 2021-22 traditional school calendar. The Board of Education will receive information on the calendar along with the community feedback to take into consideration. Use the link below to review the calendar options and details, as well as information on the calendar law that we are required to follow. The feedback window will be open from February 19-28.
Click HERE to complete the survey.
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Coming Soon From Technology!
We’ve been working very hard to get our new tech request system in place. Teachers and DLMCs around the schools have been testing it out and it should be fully implemented in the next few weeks. Before then, we will have some very easy to follow instructions.
The site is available at 
Digital Learning Day is February 25, 2021! 

Digital Learning Day became a national annual event ten years ago to highlight effective digital teaching and learning and to share promising practices. This year, Craven Digital Learning Day (#CravenDLDay and #NCDLDay) will be an opportunity to celebrate and honor our educators! From now through #CravenDLDay on February 25 (and beyond!), the Craven County Schools Digital Learning Department invites you to join the celebration! 
Visit to learn more. 

  The employee transfer list is now open through June 15, 2021. Before placing your name on the transfer list using the link below, an employee MUST inform his/her present supervisor of the desire to transfer to another location/department. Principals/Supervisors will have immediate access to the transfer list and will make contact if interested in scheduling an interview. 
   Any employee interested in transferring to another site/position should plan to attend the Virtual Recruitment Fair in March. All administrators and supervisors will be there to meet potential employees and discuss opportunities for next year. After June 15, 2021, transfers can only occur with consent of both administrators. Keep in mind, administrative transfers can occur at any point and there is a chance that we may transfer teachers based on changes in allotted positions.
   After speaking with the principal/supervisor, an employee may add his/her name to the transfer list. All principals are able to view the transfer list at the following site:
   Feel free to contact HR with questions regarding the transfer process.
6 Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can use panoramic photos and videos of locations all around the world to make lessons more engaging 
NCCSS Virtual Conference 
Theme: Contemporary Voices 
March 1st - 3rd, 2021 (5 pm - 7 pm) 
The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS) is an organization which brings together professional educators from pre-kindergarten through college level in the interest of preparing our students for their role as 21st century citizens. Each February/March, these educators come together to network and learn best practices. This year, they would like to make sure every teacher in NC that would like to be a part of NCCSS has that opportunity. 
The NCCSS is offering a virtual conference for only $10. Teachers will receive: 
CEU hours for attending, 1-year membership to NCCSS Access to the Members Only section on our website which includes: Networking with other teachers around the state. Opportunity to take part in PD with a variety of professionals. Apply for different awards and recognitions. Opportunity for leadership with NCCSS elections If you are interested in any of the above, please visit their website for more information:
2021 Virtual Teachers Summer Institute - The Civil Rights Movement 
July 6-23, 2021 
Times: 11:00 am-1:30 pm and 2:30 pm-6:30 pm 
Deadline: March 1, 2021 
Grade Levels: 5-12 
Stipend: $2,850 
Duke University will host a virtual NEH Teacher Summer Institute, "The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives." This institute is designed by a collaborative team of scholars, veterans, and educators from Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project (collaborators on the SNCC Digital Gateway), and Teaching for Change. Participants will learn the bottom-up history of the Civil Rights Movement and receive resources and strategies to bring it home to their students, so that they can see themselves in this history. Teachers will have the unique opportunity to learn from people who were key organizers in the Civil Rights Movement, and from leading scholars of that era. 
Teachers will receive a stipend of $2,850 in order to defray expenses. For more information and to access the website, please visit Any questions can be sent to
19th Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust” 
The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University invites secondary school teachers from across the United States and abroad to join the 19th Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust”. The symposium endeavors to provide teachers with the most current research on the Holocaust in tandem with teaching strategies and plans needed by every educator to tackle this urgent topic in an informed and successful manner in a classroom setting. 
This year will center on the overarching theme of “Children in the Holocaust.” The Symposium will be held from July 18 until July 23, 2021, as a virtual program hosted by Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. There will be a slate of speakers and symposium faculty members, including many esteemed and widely renowned experts who are looking forward to working with the participating teachers. 
Teachers can apply for book scholarships and will receive a range of educational materials in the mail before the start of the symposium. They will also be given full access to all programs and education credit for thirty to forty contact hours (which assumes different forms, depending on the state/country, in which they teach). The application form can be found on the website and submitted electronically, here. Many programs are also open to the public and teachers can register, participate, and get credit for those events without a scholarship. 
Register here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center at
Celebrate Literature with the Black History Read-In 
Celebrate literature and hear from North Carolina authors with the 4th Annual Black History Month Read-In! The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, in partnership with the North Carolina State Capitol, the State Library of North Carolina, the Richard B. Harrison Community Library, and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, is presenting the Read-In virtually for 2021. Throughout Black History Month, the Commission will highlight individual Black North Carolina children’s book authors.  
This year’s event will be entirely online to ensure the safety of authors, guests, and staff. Each week a video will be released highlighting a different NC children’s book author. The videos will include an interview with the author and an excerpt from one of their books. You can watch these videos on-demand any time by visiting the YouTube channel of the NC African American Heritage Commission. 
New Career and College Promise (CCP) Advising Resources 
The Joint Advisory Committee is excited to announce the release of new CCP advising resources for Students and School Personnel.  
These resources are intended for North Carolina students and school personnel to promote and support the success of students interested in taking dual enrollment courses through the CCP program. 
These resources are offered by the Joint Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, and the NC Independent Colleges and Universities. 
If you have questions about these resources, please contact Isaac Lake
NC Museum of History: Civil Rights and North Carolina 
Audience: Groups, grades 6–12 and adults 
When: This free virtual tour will be offered during February, March, April, and May via Zoom or Demio.  
Description: How did World War II launch a social movement on the US home front? How did the actions of four young college students inspire an activist network dedicated to education, integration, and black enfranchisement? How does the work of the Civil Rights Movement continue today? Find out as this interactive virtual tour examines the history and legacy of the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina. 
To book a tour or inquire about details, contact 919-814-7044 after Jan. 15. 
Removing Barriers for Student Success 

Craven County Schools CTE has scheduled a required professional development event for all CCS CTE educators. This PD will provide information regarding student rights, how to serve special populations students, and removing barriers for students so they will be successful in our schools and our classrooms. Principals, EC staff, and Counselors are invited to participate.  
This event, "Removing Barriers for Student Success", is scheduled for March 17, 2021, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm via zoom. The zoom link will be shared prior to the event. 
The host is Mrs. Shannon Baker, NC DPI Education Consultant, who oversees Special Populations, Civil Rights, and Equity, for the Division of Career and Technical Education. 
Please complete the following short survey prior to attending the session so that she will have time to review and research any specific questions that you may have. Please complete the survey no later than March 10, 2021.
This week's Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, February 19th.
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