CCS Staff In the Know
Face Covering Exception Process Update

Please see the process for Student Face Covering Exceptions below. Parents will complete the Parent Face Covering Exception Form and have their medical provider complete the Medical Provider Certification Form. Both forms need to be submitted to Debbie Hodges, Student Services Director. 
Families in the Know-The first edition of Families in the Know, our electronic newsletter, was distributed on Friday, October 9th to all CCS families through email and text message. To view this publication click here.
Employee’s Children on Plan B 
Craven County Schools continue to be committed to providing supervision of children for our employees. School principals have been asked to secure a substitute that will provide the children of our staff members supervision on days they are not scheduled to attend school face to face. Please contact your school administrator for more information. 
EC Training

Student Transfer of Rights & Guardianship, October 15, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 
  SEA System number: #4-528
Teaching Math to Young Children

This announcement is being sent out by Heather Bronson. If you have any further questions please contact Heather Bronson at (919) 513-8512 or email: heather_bronson@ncsu.edu  
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
National Geographic Elementary Social Studies Program

Deadline to Apply is October 16th! 
  
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 experience focussed 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 attached invitation 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
  
Invitations: 
2020 CONFERENCE 
Now FULLY VIRTUAL! 
ONE MONTH left to register! 
November 8-13, 2020 
Southern Pines, NC 
Presented by Moore County Schools through a grant provided by the North Carolina Digital Teaching and Learning Initiative. Learn practical ways to embed flexible problem-solving skills that incorporate design thinking, digital learning, and the 4 C's into the classroom. Our yearly elementary conference has officially expanded from K-5 to K-12, with sessions targeted to incorporating engineering and design thinking across all grade levels and content areas! 
And, because we are now virtual, we've lifted *all* attendance caps this year- unlimited availability to all sessions! 

FREE Registration - made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Digital Teaching and Learning Initiative 
Visit k12engineers.org/2020-conference for more information. 
Attachment below: 
Professional Learning Opportunities for Plan B Instructional Models

As we plan for our transition to Plan B, the Curriculum and Instruction Division is providing professional learning to support blended teaching and learning. To start, sessions are being provided on the two blended learning models that most schools are planning to implement: Flipped Classroom and Station Rotation. Please review this spreadsheet to sign your school up for a professional learning time as applicable. There will only be one school per time slot. Principals are expected to attend with their staff.
If you have any questions, please do contact Mrs. Kelly Williamson by email or phone (514-6396).

Below are two important webinars for Kindergarten teachers
regarding the Early Learning Inventory (ELI).

10/22/20 - NC Early Learning Inventory: Preliminary Levels
Intended Audience: Kindergarten Educators

This support update will provide information for making decisions about the developmental levels that represent a child's knowledge, skills, and abilities based on the documentation collected during instruction. Due to the pandemic, the due date for setting preliminary levels has been extended to November 6.

10/22/20 @ 3:30
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11/19/20 - NC Early Learning Inventory: Checkpoints
Intended Audience: Kindergarten Educators

This support update will provide information for making decisions about the developmental levels that represent a child's knowledge, skills, and abilities based on the documentation collected during instruction. Due to the pandemic, the due date for setting checkpoint levels has been extended to January 22.

11/19/20 @ 3:30
First Tee Golf Fundraiser 

Do you love to play golf? Consider supporting The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas by participating in the Tom Hagan-Taco Bell Future Generations Golf Tournament to be held at The Emerald Golf Club in New Bern on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The proceeds will benefit the First Tee Programs at our elementary schools and in the community. The First Tee – Where kids and character meet!
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