CCS Staff In the Know
Tech Updates

Please make sure you have the latest operating system on your MacBook. If not, several programs and functions may not operate properly.
As of 07/06/2020, you should be running macOS Catalina 10.15.5 on your MacBook. To find the version of your operating system, go to the Apple Toolbar and select “about this mac”......and then check for your version and an available update:
(If you don’t see the option to update your operating system, you’ll have to go to the Apple Store to download Catalina.)
College Foundation of North Carolina - Updates!

1)    CFNC/NCSEAA is hosting three virtual workshops in July. Here are quick links to registration….and descriptions for each workshop are listed in the attached PDF . Hope you can join us for any or all!
Finish the FAFSA: Counselor Perspective .1 CEU (July 14 at 10) If you’re new to the Finish the FAFSA database, here is a recorded training from June 2020 as an introduction to FtF. Reminder that Finish the FAFSA is available to public school staff; this includes all participating districts and participating charter schools.
2)    Join my CFNC/NC529 Regional Rep colleague, Timeka Ruffin, for a FREE five-webinar series this month that will cover everything you need to know about the NC 529 Savings Plan and Paying for College. No prior registration required, just click “JOIN NOW “ at the date and time listed. See the attached PDF .
3)    Davidson College is hosting Summer Intensive (July 13-17), a week of workshops designed to prepare students for the college search and application process. They have partnered with high school counselors and other colleges to cover topics ranging from essay writing to how to craft a college list. All workshops are free and students can attend as many as they like, though space may be limited. Registration is now open here If you or any of your counseling colleagues are interested in attending any of our evening workshops or panel discussions, please register here.
4)    The Countdown to College, C2C, video is now on the CFNC YouTube page: . Share away! The C2C website will go live soon! Stay tuned.
5)    If you’re familiar with CFNC’s fabulous financial literacy course, Financial Basics for High School and Beyond ( ) , here are a few new features that we implemented at the start of 2020:
- Spanish translation for the high school version.
- A new Career Explorer tool with nearly 1,000 fields including career descriptions, videos, and job outlooks for both NC and the nation as a whole. 
- Calculators have been refreshed and expanded.
- Teachers/counselors now have a very easy way to identify and export list of certified students from their homepages.
K-12 Science Summer Institute Virtual Professional Development

The K-12 Science Section is conducting the 2020 Science Summer Institute virtually. The series focus is to address gaps in instruction due to COVID-19 and consists of 4 recorded webinars each with a corresponding coaching session. Time is allotted in between coaching sessions to allow for districts and teams of teachers to work on classroom materials for the upcoming year.
Intended audiences include, but aren't limited to the following: District science leaders and specialists; Science teacher leaders (where district support is unavailable). CEUs will be awarded for those who attend.
Title and Description
Part 1: Deep Curriculum Mapping: Planning for Acceleration - This session will examine why Curriculum Mapping matters and how to maximize your mapping process.
Part 2: Communicating Clear Learning Targets - This session will focus on communicating clear learning targets with an emphasis on developing learning targets for the upcoming school year.
Part 3: Planning for Formative and Summative Assessment - This session will focus on providing district leaders with a rationale to refocus efforts of school improvement on using formative assessment to accelerate student learning.
Part 4: Mastery Learning and Standards Based Grading - This session will focus on mastery learning and standards-based grading with an emphasis on strategies teachers can employ to implement both for the upcoming school year.
The sessions will be pre-recorded and available after July 9 on the Science Summer Institutes page of the K-12 Science Google Site
Coaching Sessions - These coaching sessions are to support district leaders with reflections of each session as well as addressing concerns, needs, ideas and related resources. 
July 27 (10:00am-12:00pm) Deep Curriculum Mapping
July 30 (10:00am-12:00pm) Communicating Clear Learning Targets 
August 3 (10:00am-12:00pm) Planning for Formative and Summative Assessment
August 10 (10:00am - 12:00pm) Mastery Learning and Standards Based Grading
NSTA Summer Professional Development Opportunities

NSTA's STEM20: Virtual Event will feature an engaging array of sessions, panels, and presentations focused on the latest developments and insights on the most important topics and issues affecting the STEM education community today.
Canvas for Arts Educators
As part one of our "Making Lemonade" PLC series, Pam Bachelor, NCDPI Digital Learning Systems Consultant, will be sharing how Arts Educators can best utilize the Canvas learning management system (LMS) for their courses in the fall. A musician herself, she recognizes the challenges of being an arts teacher online and is excited to assist the field in conquering those challenges.
Join us Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:30pm!

When Life Gives You Lemons...
In the feedback surveys from the June "Afternoon Pick-Me-Up" PLCs, there was a strong call for platform-specific PLCs: Google Classroom, Canvas, Flipgrid, Google Sites, Google Meet, Zoom, etc, so that teachers can discuss their ideas, successes, and challenges when facing blended or remote learning in the 2020-2021 school year. The NCDPI Arts Ed team will be able to more deeply explore how specific these platforms can be best utilized to support the dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts standards in meaningful remote learning. 
Come ready with:
a cup of lemonade (or your favorite iced beverage)
your questions
a successful lesson you taught on the specified platform (if applicable)
Click Here for the NCSCA Summer Reading and Self-Care Information
National Webinar:
Back to School: Aligning Structural and Instructional Practices to Promote English Learner Success During the 2020–21 School Year 

Engaging English Learners in any instructional setting requires alignment of classroom level, school level, and district level practices. This coherence becomes even more critical when schools need to pivot between a variety of possible scenarios of school operation. In preparation for the fall opening of schools, during this 90-minute webinar, panelists will review the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA) in the context of EL education; present a theory of action (TOA) that reflects both the legislative context and foundations for EL education; present a sample of evidence-based instructional practices for ELs that support rigorous teaching and learning; and address systemic actions and leadership strategies that participants may use to support educators within their contexts. Join presenters from Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Regional Education Laboratories (REL) West on July 23, 2020, at 3:00 pm ET for a discussion on administering EL programs and instruction in the upcoming 2020–21 school year.
A certificate of completion will be available to registered attendees who participate in at least 90% of the webinar time.

Join July 23 for this interesting discussion!

Register Now
Registration Instructions
Register for the Zoom Webinar through the link provided above.
Instructions to Join the Webinar
After registering you will receive a confirmation notice with information about joining the webinar.
Plan to join 5–10 minutes early to complete the sign-in process.
Join the webinar with computer audio.
If you do not have a microphone or your computer audio does not work, you can join through phone (follow instructions below).
Call the number in the confirmation notice.
Enter the Webinar ID.
If you experience any issues with registering or joining the webinar, please send an email to

Dear Early Childhood Colleagues,  
As we continue to plan for schools reopening, we are contemplating what transitions into kindergarten will look like for children and families this year. Please join us for a live webinar, where we will discuss considerations, suggestions, and potential strategies for planning smooth transitions for children and families as schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.  
Please click a link below to register for one of these events. Feel free to share this with other relevant stakeholders.
NCDPI-OEL - Supporting Smooth Transitions to Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 School Year  
Thursday, July 16 from 9:00-10:00 click here   
Tuesday, July 21 from 2:00-3:00 click here   
The NCDPI Office of Early Learning Team 
In an effort to streamline and continuously improve our district's prior approval process for professional development, we will begin using online forms in place of paper templates for both "District Activity Requests" and "Independent Studies Requests" during the 2020-21 school year. At this point, Out-of-District Proposals will still go through SeaSystem for prior approval. 
These changes have been updated on our district's Staff Development page: .  
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Melody Howell. 
With the start of the school year just around the corner, Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op (CCEC) is reminding local K-12 teachers to submit their applications for a 2020-21 Bright Ideas education grant. Teachers who submit their applications by the early-bird deadline of August 15 will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. CCEC is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers for creative and innovative classroom projects. Teachers can apply for a grant up to $1,000. The final deadline to apply is September 15. Last year, the co-op, with additional funding from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation awarded more than $23,000 to fund 33 projects at 18 schools. 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. Teachers can apply individually or as a team. More information and applications are available at 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. The Bright Ideas grant program is part of CCEC’s ongoing commitment to community and education. To learn more about this and other community outreach efforts, visit and click on the myCommunity tab.
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