Eleven districts from around Region 7 met in December to write a collaborative grant to bring high-quality technology and digital learning professional development to our region. The eleven districts participating in the grant are: Alexander County Schools, Alleghany County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Hickory City School, Mt. Airy City Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, North Carolina School for the Deaf, and Watauga County Schools.
Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, chairs the steering committee for the grant. “We are thrilled about this opportunity for Newton-Conover, ” said Mullins. Out of the 105 slots for participants, NCCS will receive 8. That number is based on the population of each district. Travel, subs, materials, and meals are covered by the grant.
Mullins shared, “It will be an honor to be selected. Participants will have the unique experience to receive high-quality professional development from experts in their fields. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with technology leaders from around Region 7. For a small district like Newton-Conover, this provides us with a wonderful opportunity to grow professionally.”
Mullins encourages all interested teachers, coaches, administrators, and central office staff to complete the application for the Digital Learning Academy. Participants will implement, monitor, and sustain digital teaching and learning professional development. Please click this link to apply. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2014.
“We are really excited that there is a strong possibility that we will be able to fund a trip to ISTE, the International Society of Technology in Education, conference this summer. The conference is in Atlanta, Georgia, so, being able to pay for the registration, travel, and hotel for participants will provide them with something no school district can really afford with such massive cuts to professional development,” shared Mullins.
Participants in the Digital Learning Academy will be expected to attend all sessions. Participants will also be charged with working with their district team and district leaders to develop a plan for sharing content with the district during the 2014-15 school year.
Please keep in mind that travel, subs, and lunch are covered by the grant. If you have questions, contact Heather Mullins – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring the LMS: Exploring Open Class, collaborative tools, and functions of online shared spaces; administering pre-assessment. Presenter: Jayme Linton, Lenoir-Rhyne University
April 1, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Developing High-Quality Assessment Items and Instructional Resources: Creating and sharing instructional resources in SchoolNet/ item writing (Presenter: TBD)
April 17, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Tentative Date)
TPACK/Creating Digitally-Enhanced Content: Developing a deep understanding of Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge to create content and lessons that seamlessly integrate technology. Presenter: Dr. Lisa Hervey, Friday Institute
May 2, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Confirmed Date)
Gaming for Learning: Pursuing ways to incorporate gaming into various content areas; creating resources to share. (Presenter: TBD)
May 14, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Lucas Gillespie, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pender County Schools)
Building Online Courses/Blended Learning Opportunities: Implementing research-based best practices for delivering online content; incorporating tools for flipping; developing asynchronous, synchronous, and semi-synchronous learning options; structuring the online platform. (Presenter: TBD)
May 28, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Tentative Date)
Google Suite of Tools: Building a Plan for Sustainability Reflecting on the consortium, planning for the Region. (Presenter: TBD)
June, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (TBD)