Our NCCS district focus should come as no surprise as it fully embraces the philosophy that has served as the underpinning of our district’s success in recent years. During our 2013-14 school opening at NCMS, Dr. Stegall shared our district focus with all staff. As you vote on your School Improvement Plans, you are certain to see elements of our district focus aligned with your school goals.
- Serve: It is the prerogative of NCCS to be a service provider to all students and their families. Our belief is that our
students deserve the very best teachers, instruction, and opportunities we can provide.
- Utilize Technology to Improve Instruction: Newton-Conover is known throughout the state for the strength of our instructional technology in terms of devices, support, and vision. This year, we will work to provide more comprehensive support in terms of the TPACK model (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge). Having a deeper understanding of when, how, and why to use a specific type of instructional technology will maximize our ability to improve classroom instruction.
- 4Cs: You have most likely already received some professional development, during PLCs, professional development, or faculty meetings, in regard to strategies for implementing the 4Cs of 21st century learning. We will continue to focus on the 4Cs in our newsletters throughout the year.
- Celebrate Accomplishments and Each Other: We will continue to work to celebrate accomplishments to support the important work teachers and principals do with our students every day. We have much to celebrate in NCCS. We hope to continue to use The Compass, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and our Quarterly Newsletter to share celebrations.
- Engage Students: Research shows our students are visual learners who need hands-on experiences and opportunities to connect and interact. We will focus on ways to ensure our students are engaged in learning.
- Enrich the Lives of Students: The ultimate goal of education is to provide students with experiences that enrich the their lives. Building relationships and providing opportunities for students to connect to school through extra-curricular activities and athletics as well as academics are ways to ensure we enrich students’ lives.
- Differentiate based upon Individual Needs: Although the word is very popular among educators, understanding how to differentiate in terms of content, process, product, and learning environment is sometimes an elusive task. This year, we will focus on how to ensure quality differentiation K-12.
Over the course of the 2013-14 school year, look for tips, updates, and support related to our district vision in future editions of The Compass.