Witness signature requirement for completed absentee ballots reduced from two to one for 2020 elections. Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, issued an emergency order mandating a number of modifications to in-person voting in the November 3, 2020, general election.
#GoOpenNC is the Open Education Resources initiative in North Carolina, and it’s also the name of the platform where NC educators can become part of the OER community of practice as they find, develop, and share standards aligned instructional and professional learning materials. The #GoOpenNC platform has the ability to design collaborative spaces called “Hubs” that serve to connect resources and users around a central topic.
Throughout Fall 2020, NC educators are invited to engage virtually in the continued development of a Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Hub, which launched in Spring 2020. Culturally Responsive/Relevant Teaching is a way of instruction that values the lived experiences and out of school cultures of all students. This type of instruction situates instructional content and the teaching process within the context of a society that has undervalued the contributions and experiences of black and indigenous people of color (amongst other cultures). When you are being culturally relevant and responsive, you see the culture of all students as bridges to deeper understanding instead of barriers to connection.
In the CRT Hub Academy, participants will learn about OER and #GoOpenNC, work with CRT learning facilitators to strengthen their CRT competencies and share/remix resources with CRT scaffolds to be shared across the state.
If you are interested in participating in the development of the NC CRT hub, join the Hub Academy by applying here! Space is limited, and we will be offering 2 sections. There is NO COST for this professional development and each section is limited to 150 participants.
Applications are open through September 8th. Accepted applicants will be informed on September 10th.
The Academies will be offered twice this Fall. Section One will be September – October and Section Two will be October – November.
Part One – CRT Academy 101 learning
Webinar 1: Tuesday Sept. 15th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 2: Thursday Sept. 17th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 3: Tuesday Sept. 22nd, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 4: Thursday Oct. 8th, 7:30-8:30 PM
Part Two: Share/remix resources
Asynchronous engagement on the platform: Sept. 22 – Oct. 9th
Part One – CRT Academy 101 learning
Webinar 1: Tuesday Oct. 13th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 2: Thursday Oct. 15th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 3: Tuesday Oct. 20th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Webinar 4: Thursday Nov. 5th, 7:30-8:30 PM
Part Two: Share/remix resources
Asynchronous engagement on the platform: October 20th – Nov. 6th
A deeper exploration of CRT Competencies and applications will happen as a “CRT Academy 201” that will run October 19th – November 13th. If you wish to participate in the 201 section, you must register for “Section One” of the Academy 101, which finishes in time for you to participate in the 201 Academy.
Part One of the Academy includes (3) 90 minute webinars and 2.5 hours of engagement on the platform, which is 7 contact hours and is eligible for 0.7 CEUs. Part Two of the Academy includes (1) 60 minute reflection webinar and 5 hours of contributing and remixing materials on the platform over a two week period and is eligible for another 0.6 CEUs.
Certificates of participation will be provided one week after the close of each CRT section, upon successful completion of the Academy activities, with alignment to the NC Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers. You will receive one certificate for Part One activities and a second certificate for Part Two activities according to your level of participation. No partial credit will be awarded for either Part One or Part Two activities. Please follow your Public School Unit’s procedures for submitting this certificate for CEUs.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan will be extended until at least Sept. 11, keeping coronavirus restrictions in place through the Labor Day weekend.
Cooper said health experts need that additional five weeks to look at trends as schools — universities and K-12 — reopen over the next few weeks.
As Students Return to School, North Carolina to Remain Paused in Phase 2Stabilizing trends are good but fragile, and now is the time to double down on safety measures
RaleighAug 5, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for another 5 weeks as students and staff return to schools, colleges and universities and the state doubles down on efforts to decrease COVID-19 numbers.
(Perhaps until September 11, 2020.)
“Other states that lifted restrictions quickly have had to go backward as their hospital capacity ran dangerously low and their cases jumped higher. We will not make that mistake in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “In keeping with our dimmer switch approach with schools opening, and in order to push for decreasing numbers which will keep people healthier and boost our economy, North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for 5 weeks.”
Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shared an update on North Carolina’s data trends. Dr. Cohen explained that while some of North Carolina’s numbers have mostly leveled, any progress is fragile as other states have shown with sudden and devastating surges in viral spread.
“While overall we are seeing signs of stability, we still have much work to do. Our recent trends show us what is possible when we commit to slowing the spread by wearing face coverings and following those simple but powerful 3Ws,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.
Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is declining, though remains elevated.
Trajectory of Lab-Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of lab-confirmed cases has stabilized but remains high.
Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is stable but still elevated.
Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is beginning to level.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread. These areas include:
While testing turnaround times have improved, the number of tests done has decreased over the past week. Testing is a priority for anyone who has symptoms or those who may have been exposed to COVID-19, including:
Anyone who has attended a mass gathering including a protest.
Anyone who works in a setting at higher risk of exposure such as a grocery store, restaurant, gas station, or childcare program.
People who live or work in high-risk settings such as long-term facilities, homeless shelters, correctional facilities or food processing facility.
We continue hiring contact tracers to bolster the efforts of local health departments. There are over 1,500 full-time and part-time staff supporting contact tracing efforts, including the 615 Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) contact tracers.
Personal Protective Equipment
Our personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.