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NCAE North Carolina Association of Educators

News Bulletin

March

2019

Vol. 49, No. 7

Welcome to the 49th Annual NCAE Convention, Where We Will Celebrate ...

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NCAE...We Are the Gatekeepers of Public Education! Welcome to March! During this month, the Association is gearing up for many events and activities, including Read Across America, the 49th Annual Convention and Representative Assembly, and our continued work with the General Assembly. A lot has happened since Mark Jewell last year this time. We President successfully coordinated and orchestrated the largest march and rally the South has seen in years. What began as a New Business Item calling for a dedicated statewide advocacy day, grew into a movement that has you as members, your colleagues, education advocates, community leaders, and parents engaged and involved in taking our public education system to greater heights. It’s been exciting to see the development of new partnerships and the rekindling of others. It’s great to see how when like minds come together, new ideas form. It’s great to see and experience how when people organize and unite around a common cause, what seemed impossible becomes possible! March also signifies the beginning of spring, a time for new beginnings. As we prepare for longer days and warmer weather, let’s also prepare ourselves to think differently about how we do this work that we love. I know that each of us wants the best for our students, regardless of where in life they find themselves. Whether it’s a child from a prominent

family, one from an immigrant family, one from a middleclass family, or one whose family has no place to call home. Each of them deserves the same chance at success. Not only are our children deserving, you as educators are deserving as well. Let’s be mindful of the things you need and should have to do your job more effectively than you’ve ever dreamed – adequate resources, safe schools, professional compensation, school funding – all priorities that are part of our legislative agenda. For years, you have done more with less, oftentimes without complaining because that’s what educators do. But the tide has turned, and as the legislative session moves forward, know that NCAE is at the table to ensure our priorities are being heard and considered by the lawmakers who represent you. Just remember, you play a pivotal role as well. The supermajority may no longer be in power but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remain focused on what happens on Jones Street. Your personal stories of why you chose this profession, the great things that are happening in your school, and why public education makes a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s children are still very relevant and important and should be shared. Much work is still left to be done and we can’t rest on our laurels. As long as needs exist, there will be gains to accomplish. So as March sometimes does, makes its entrance like a lion (weather reference), let’s do the same, with a roar that can be heard and revered by the masses. And like the mighty lion who proudly takes his place as king of the jungle, we will proudly claim and keep our place as the gatekeepers of public education!

The Incredibles...North Carolina’s Teacher Cadets! The NCAE auditorium was filled to capacity Feb. 15-16 with 140 high school students from across the state who have dreams of becoming educators. The 2019 Teacher Cadet Conference boasted the theme “The Incredibles…North Carolina’s Future Teachers,” where students donned capes in recognition of the superpowers they will someday possess. The students heard from their state Teacher Cadet leaders, participated in concurrent sessions on various topics, and received words of encouragement from guest speakers in the education arena. Attendance by students in several Tier 1 counties was made possible by a $25,000 grant to the Foundation supporting the Foundation’s efforts to expand Teacher Cadet program in those counties where teacher turnover rates are highest.

The Teacher Cadet Officers

These aspiring educators listening to a guest speaker.

Robert Doreauk presents a check for $25,000 to the Foundation’s Executive Director Marca Hamm.


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Superhero Readers Celebrate Read Across America Day It was all about “Super Readers” during the 2019 celebration of Read Across America Day. NCAE hosted programs for students at Northwoods Elementary in Onslow County and Comfort Elementary in Jones County, as well as co-sponsored an event with the Brier Creek Shopping Center in Raleigh. Highlighting the events were some of today’s most well-loved superheroes – Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Super Girl, and Captain America. Students channeled their own super hero powers as they donned red capes provided by NCAE imprinted with the quote “Reading Is My Superpower!” Each school received books for their media center as well as a set of grade-appropriate books for each classroom.

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1) President Jewell reads to students at Northwoods Elem. 2) Students at Comfort Elem. quietly listen as VP Moore reads “Grandma Says Our Hair Has Flair.” 3) A sea of red capes. 4) These students at Northwoods Elem. were especially excited about a visit from the superheroes! 5) First Lady Kristin Cooper was a guest reader at Comfort Elem. 6) Captain America poses with one of his fans. 7) A teacher at Comfort Elem. 9 beams about the books for her classroom. 8) Member Vanessa Rogers of Spaulding Elem. in Durham Co. was a guest reader at the Brier Creek event. 9) Member Jasmine Lauer of Pine Hollow Elem. in Wake Co. was also a guest reader.

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Candidates Running for NCAE State Office Positions To read more about each candidate, please click on the member’s name. Remember that days allocated for voting are March 23 beginning at 7 p.m. through March 28 ending at 11:59 p.m.

Region 6 Director

Region 2 Director

Carla Fassbender

Charles “Sandy” Young

Region 4 Director

John Bryant

Tamika Walker-Kelly

Region 7B Director

April Lee

Elizabeth Hackney

Saletta Urena

Chris Meek

Region 5 Director Laura Prince

Danisha Williams Bryan Proffitt

Jameel Williams


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Candidates Running for NCAE State Office Positions (Continued from page 4)

Student Services Division

Michelle Burton president

Randolph Frierson president

Principals/Administrators Division

Sammah Daniels president

Michael Putney vice president

“Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right.” -- Ban Ki-moon

Symone Kiddoo Region 5 director

Carrianne McClellan Region 6 director

NCAE Welcomes to the Staff.... NCAE welcomes new staff member LaAlice Hopkins, instructional advocacy and policy specialist in the Center for Instructional Learning. An educator for 20 years, Hopkins worked as the principal of Warren County High School before joining the Association staff. Her career in education began as a pre-school teacher, and she also taught at the elementary level, and worked for a non-profit as a advocate for children up to 5 years old. Hopkins said her children were the reason she was drawn into the profession. As a parent, she wanted to know how she could best advocate for her son, who has ADHD, and daughter, who has ADD, when they were in school. Also, in her family, there were basically two career paths from which to choose – education and law enforcement. A native of North Carolina, she was educated in Beaufort County public schools. She received a bachelor of science degree in birth through kindergarten from East Carolina University, and earned master’s degrees from Capella University (education) and N.C. State University (K-12 school administration). Although she has hit the ground running, Hopkins has had an opportunity to set a few goals for herself, one being to increase membership. “When I was a principal and teacher, I didn’t realize all that the Association did. I want to share this knowledge with educators about the importance of belonging and being involved in an organization that is truly focused on their well-being and what they do in our schools every day. And, I want to encourage more administrators to join. When you have an administrator who is a member leading a school where the educators are members, I feel stronger relationships can be built.” Hopkins is married and has two step children in addition to her two biological children. She is also the proud grandmother of five grandchildren.


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Conferences Provide Learning Opportunities for New Educators and ESPs February 22-23 was a weekend of learning and sharing ideas for new educator members and Education Support Professionals. Both groups were in Raleigh to attend, respectively, the New Educator Weekend Conference at the Doubletree Hotel and the ESP Conference at the NCAE Center. The NCAE New Educator Conference was developed to help meet the needs of educators with five or less years in the classroom by providing professional development resources, hands-on learning, and networking opportunities with their colleagues. Members participated in breakout sessions on a variety of topics, got to know each other better through energizing ice breaker activities, and heard from dynamic speakers who shared tips that can be used in their everyday work and to strengthen and grow their local affiliates.

ESP Conference

ESP President Karen Slade welcomes the group.

Right: T-shirts sporting a new ESP Division logo were a big hit! Below: Jameel Williams and Sarah Bailey test their listening skills.

“Family” was a resonating theme throughout the conference.

New Educator Conference LaTanya Patillo, the governor’s teacher advisor: “Teachers are the foundation of all other professions and should be treated with respect. There is true power in that.”

Freebird McKinney, the 2018 NC Teacher of the Year, said his fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Velasquez, “gave a bunch of broken kids like me a voice.” Left: Quincy and Kadrien participate in an activity. Below: Floyd Cox, far right, an organizational specialist with NEA, leads a session on the importance of community partnerships.

More than 50 new educators signed up for the New Educator Conference.


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NCAE OPERATION COOPERATION 2019 OUTREACH PROJECT

FAST NC (Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina) is an initiative led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools struggling from the impact of Hurricane Florence. NCAE and the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children are two of many partnering organizations. ITEMS NEEDED: New School Supplies (paper, pens, crayons, notebooks, tissue, etc.) Delegates are asked to bring these items to the NCAE Convention in Raleigh. Collection bins will be available near the Registration Area. Monetary donations can also be made by visiting www.ncpublicschools.org/fastnc/.


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Governor's Educator Discovery Award

Application Tips and Tricks

Upload your video to YouTube and provide the link on the application. The more detail provided on your application, the higher your application will score. Use NCBCE's new Navigator platform to find professional development opportunities https://wblnavigator.org Do not submit a video longer than three minutes. Make clear connections between the professional development opportunity and classroom integration.

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Governor's Educator Discovery Award The Governor's Educator Discovery Awards recognize the value of quality professional development for teachers at all phases of their careers. The program will provide a grant award of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing.

Professional Development Teachers can use the grant award to attend a workshop or conference that deepens their subject area knowledge, such as a coding workshop for computer science teachers, or a session on how to create a project-based learning experience for students. The program aims to grant six to 12 award during the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to the First Cycle Winners Seth Hardison- Visual Design Educator- Green Hope High SchoolCary, NC Amanda Hoke- Music Educator- Forest Hills Global Elementary School- Wilmington, NC Emily Warnke- Elementary General Education- Winget Park Elementary School- Charlotte, NC

Eligibility To be eligible for the Governor's Educator Discovery Awards, teachers will complete an online application that includes details about their teaching experience, work-based learning engagement and the professional development activity they wish to pursue.

Visit experiencemorenc.com/educator-discovery-award/ to apply


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DEALS

2019

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World Book Day Daylight Savings Time Begins Good Samaritan Involvement Day National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence First Day of Spring World Day of Theatre for Children International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination National Crayon Day

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Child Life Month Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science Month Music In Our Schools Month National March Into Literacy Month National Women’s History Month

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