Monday, December 29, 2014

Video Teaser for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show

Test Run before the exciting live premiere (Friday, January 9, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM  until 6:00 PM) of  iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show!  Tune in to be entertained and informed by a diverse group of educators only on Bronco-iRADIO.com!

I have always had a strong impulse to be a talk show host, beginning when I first saw the cartoon version of Oprah Winfrey pulling the Harpo Productions Sign.  I was completely mesmerized by what I saw.


Fast forward 20 years, and my dream has become a reality with the creation of Tar Heel Teachers (an educational panel show). 


Fun on the set of Tar Heel Teachers!

Thus far, we have enjoyed taping two episodes. I am very fortunate to work with a magnetic team in front of the camera and behind!

Click the links below to check out both episodes:

November 2014 Episode 
December 2014 Episode

I have been over the moon shooting the monthly talk show, and the feedback has been wonderful!  Now, I am positively elated because we will now host a weekly radio show!  Ray Thomas (Radio Personality and General Manager of Bronco-iRADIO.com) saw the talk show, and we have determined that there is also a need for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show! The show begins Friday, January 9th (5:00 PM -6:00 PM)!



He was even gracious enough to allow us to momentarily take over his show, RTVS Live (Ray Thomas Variety Show) on December 22nd in preparation for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show. We are beyond thrilled to partner with Ray Thomas and Fayetteville State University on this project!



Granting us access to his show was very Oprah of Ray Thomas! Remember, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz both got their starts on The Oprah Winfrey Show!



Take a look at the pictures and video from the day we first stepped behind the radio mikes for a snippet of iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show!
Marlow Artis (Moderator of iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show)

Ashlee Garrison (Elementary School Representative for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show)

Cassandra Parsons (Special Education Representative for  iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show)

Aritia Smalls (Middle School Representative for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show)

Dia Collins (High School Representative for iTEACH- The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show)

Here is a video teaser for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show: 

We hope that you will tune in EVERY FRIDAY (5:00 PM until 6:00 PM) starting January 9th for iTEACH - The Tar Heel Teachers Radio Show only on Bronco-iRADIO.com with video highlights of each show here on Tar Heel Teachers!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tar Heel Teachers - Educational Panel Talk Show - December 2014 Episode

This month's episode is filled with many teachable moments!  Let's learn together!

During this month's episode of Tar Heel Teachers...
  • 1:00 - During Teacher Talk, the co-hosts discuss criticism of the National School Lunch Act, inappropriate student/teacher relationships that dominate the news, and Mr. Stephon Goode - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Assistant Principal who is making a positive contribution to his community despite his personal trial...the need of a kidney transplant.
  • 9:25 - Community Involvement is important!  Marlow and Dia chat with Randy Hume (Transit Director for the City of Fayetteville) about an exciting new initiative - middle and high school students can ride the public transit for free after school! Watch the interview for specific details!
  • 14:40 - During Tomorrow's Tools, Jamilia Williams (English/Language Arts Curriculum Facilitator for Scotland County Schools) shares information about "Graffiti Journaling" with Marlow and Cassandra.
  • 21:00 - For this edition of Illuminating an Educator, Marlow and Ashlee speak with Craig Wilson (7th Grade ELA Teacher from Mac Williams Middle and Published Author) about his book, The Parable of Tom and the Good Shepherd.
  • 26:40 - The co-hosts also share professional advice during Ask the Teachers.


Please share your opinions of this month's show by posting your comments to this blog.  You can also join the conversation by tweeting us @tarheelteachers via Twitter.  Email is another viable option, write your comments to marlowmartis@gmail.com.

This show nor its co-hosts are perfect!  We hope that you will grow and learn with us!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

CCS' New Dropout Prevention Public Service Announcement!

Cumberland County Schools is determined to continue reducing the dropout rate for our system.

For the second year in a row, Cumberland County Schools is Flipping the Script on dropout prevention.  A short series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) were created that showcase "Dante" struggling with the choice to dropout of school.

I proudly appear as "Dante" in this dropout prevention video/series!



Here is the very first Dropout Prevention Public Service Announcement that was released! 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Tar Heel Teachers - Educational Panel Talk Show - November 2014 Episode


This month's episode is filled with many teachable moments!  Let's learn together! 

During this month's episode of Tar Heel Teachers...
  • :30 - As an icebreaker, the co-hosts introduce themselves to the audience by revealing songs that exemplifies each of them as classroom teachers.
  • 4:35 - During Teacher Talk, the co-hosts discuss the new 10-point grading scale (which will affect high schools next school year) as well as the Asheville Citizen Times Article,  "5 Things that make it harder to teach in NC."
  • 15:00 - During Tomorrow's Tools, Kate Stepp (Media Coordinator for South View High School) and Andrew Metz (Theater Arts Teacher for South View High School) join the conversation to converse about DonorsChoose.org. 
  • 22:25 - The co-hosts also share professional advice during Ask the Teachers.



Please share your opinions of the first show by posting your comments to this blog. You can also join the conversation by tweeting us @tarheelteachers via Twitter.  Email is another viable option, write your comments to marlowmartis@gmail.com.

The show nor its co-hosts are perfect!  We hope that you will grow and learn with us!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tar Heel Teachers: Educational Panel Talk Show - Behind the Scenes!

Taping the pilot episode of Tar Heel Teachers (the talk show) was such a rewarding experience!
I have desired to be a talk show host for a very long time.  I attended UNC-Chapel Hill with the intention of pursuing a full-time career as a talk show host.  


Life intervened and my Communication Studies Degree led me to my fantastic career as a 6th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher! In actuality, I am essentially hosting a daily talk show as I facilitate instruction to my students.


By creating Tar Heel Teachers - An Educational Panel Talk Show (which is a spin-off of my blog), I am able to fulfill my lifelong dream as well as honor my life's calling.  This new talk show perfectly merges my career as a teacher and my ambitions to be a talk show host!


I am so excited to partner with Methodist University on this project. Communications and Education Majors will be able to join the conversation as they work behind the scenes on this show.  A special thank you to Paul Joseph (Department Chair for Methodist's Communications Department) for his willingness to help bring this show to life!



This show is truly a collaborative effort - Aritia Smalls will serve as a producer on the project.


The purpose of this show is to engage teachers and other educational stakeholders in pertinent conversation.  I wanted to expand the conversation that I was having on this blog so I assembled a dynamic panel who will join me every month as I moderate the program!

Elementary School Teacher/Reading Specialist: Ashlee Garrison


Middle School Exceptional Children's Teacher/Instructional Coach: Cassandra Parsons

High School Mathematics Coach: Dia Collins

Let's go behind the scenes of the pilot episode of Tar Heel Teachers:

The complete episode will be published within the next few days at my new website - www.tarheelteacherstalkshow.blogspot.com!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014!

All citizens including teachers should exercise their right to vote!

This campaign season, I have been engulfed in my local school board race.  There are three at-large seats available here in Cumberland County, and I have had the opportunity to interview nearly all candidates.  It has been my pleasure to discuss how each individual will affect change in our system if he/she is elected.



Here are two brand new interviews:

Nolan Hancock

Randy Fredricks


Teachers should be involved in the political process in order to model good citizenship to our students.  However, we should not shove our beliefs down our students' throats!

Make certain that you let your voice be heard by voting!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Interview with Rudy Tatum: At-Large Candidate for the Cumberland County Board of Education

Rudy Tatum is eager to join Cumberland County's Board of Education.
Rudy Tatum is an education veteran who has over 37 years of experience at various levels.  He is determined to bring his background knowledge to the Cumberland County Board of Education.  His tagline is "A Track Record Matters."

Here is our in-depth interview about what he will bring to the table if he's elected:

About Rudy Tatum:



FAMILY AND EXPERIENCE
  • Family: wife, Eleanor, retired teacher and two daughters, Meg and Beth, who attended our county schools and state universities.
  • Member of Salem United Methodist Church.
  • Elementary, Middle, High School, Central Office Experience.
  • Principal, Teacher, Parent Facilitator, Director of Federal Programs and Instructional Specialist.

EDUCATION
  • *Ed.S, East Carolina University
  • *MA, Fayetteville State University
  • *BS, Campbell University
  • *Graduate, Cumberland County Schools

HONORS
  • Recipient of The High Flying School Award.
  • Recipient of The NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.
  • Recipient of The US Blue Ribbon School Award.
  • Recipient of The US Title I Distinguished School Award.
  • Recognized by NC Governor as the top school in NC for working conditions and student achievement.
  • Recognized by SDPI for sustained academic student achievement.
  • Recipient of NC Governor's Instructional Program of Excellence Award.
  • Recognized in Southeast Curriculum Coordination Network Communiqué for demonstrations and research and development on documenting student achievement.
  • Recipient of NC R&D grant to develop and field-test computer software to document student achievement of course objectives. The results were used to develop the Vocational Competency Achievement Tracking System (VoCATS) for North Carolina.
  • Served as member of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Visitation Committee.
  • Selected to represent Cumberland County Schools in the NC Model Instruction Technology Contest.
  • Developed vocational instruction guide recognized by NC instructional review team.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Team Lynx Assessment Portfolio (Weekly)

Each week, my academic team completes standardized assessments with our middle school students.
Assessment is such a major component of the teaching process. 

What I love about working in a middle school setting is the ability to engage in interdisciplinary and cross-curricular tasks.  


Every Thursday, my academic team administers a standardized assessment to all of our students.  The assessment consists of 5 questions for English/Language Arts with a lengthy passage (building stamina and endurance), 5 questions for Mathematics, 5 questions for Science, and 5 questions for Social Studies for a total of 20 questions.


We utilize the results to guide our instruction, remediation/enrichment efforts, and Festive Friday activities.


We want our students to be just as reflective as we are.  Therefore, we have devised a form that allows our students to analyze their own data while observing how they measure to the class average.


Here is what the form looks like:

Team Lynx Assessment Portfolio (Weekly)

Assessment Name/
Number
Team Average English/Language Arts
Team Average Math
Team Average Science
Team Average Social Studies
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9.




My Total Percentage
My English/Language Arts Percentage
My Math
Percentage
My Science Percentage
My Social Studies Percentage
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9.





Reasons for My Results – Beside #1 – Write the reasons for your Week 1 Test Results.  Beside #2 – Write the reasons for your Week 2 Test Results.  Follow the same routine for the other weeks.
1.     ______________________________________________________
2.    ______________________________________________________
3.    ______________________________________________________
4.    ______________________________________________________
5.    ______________________________________________________
6.    ______________________________________________________
7.    ______________________________________________________
8.    ______________________________________________________
9.    ______________________________________________________

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview with Carmela McKeller: At-Large Candidate for the Cumberland County Board of Education

Carmela McKeller, is campaigning to join the Cumberland County Board of Education.

Former Wall Street Business Systems Consultant, Carmela McKeller, is a parent of a 6th Grader who wants to make a positive contribution to her community.  She believes that by joining the Cumberland County Board of Election, she will be able to influence the school system - not just for her child, but for all children.

Here is our honest conversation about what she will bring to the board:


About Carmela McKeller:
  • Born in Fayetteville, NC
  • Married with 2 Children
  • Member of Cumberland UMC
  • Educated in NYC Public School System & Public University
  • 10 yrs. NYC Government as a Business/Operations Analyst
  • 10 yrs. Wall Street Business System Consultant 
  • Community Volunteer
    • In the Schools - Classroom Volunteer, PTA President, School Improvement Team Member, Mentor, and Jack Britt High School Parent Group School Board Liaison 
    • In the Community - United Way of Cumberland County, Habitat for Humanity, and Party with a Purpose
  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Stay tuned for my additional interviews with the other candidates!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Interview with David Booth: At-Large Candidate for the Cumberland County Board of Education

David Booth is a candidate for the Cumberland County Board of Education.
Two-time retiree, David Booth (Special Forces Lt. Colonel & High School Civics Teacher), desires to obtain an at-large seat on the Cumberland County Board of Education.  He believes that he will bring an honest, classroom teacher perspective to the board.  His tagline is "Common Sense + Experience = Better Schools for Our Children."

Here is our comprehensive conversation:


About David Booth:
  • B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University
  • Master's in American History from the University of South Florida
  • Retired U.S. Army Special Forces LTC
  • Retired South View High School Civics Teacher with 18 Years of Experience
  • Part-time Instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Former PTA President at Morganton Road Elementary
  • Member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 

Stay tuned for my additional interviews with the other candidates!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Boss's Day - Interview with Dr. Frank Till (CCS Superintendent)

I spoke with Dr. Frank Till (CCS Superintendent) for National Boss's Day!


Today is National Boss's Day, and I had a chance to sit down with my boss - Dr. Frank Till.  We discussed a variety of topics including what the word "boss" means to him, his tenure as a teacher, why he became an administrator, and his selection as Superintendent of the Year for the Sandhills Region.

Here is our candid conversation:


We would like wish Dr. Till well as he competes for the title of North Carolina Superintendent of the Year!