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Governor’s Teacher Network

gtnGood teaching motivates students to learn.  Good teachers inspire each other when they share their most innovative and creative practices.

With this in mind, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has established the Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN).  This initiative, funded by the state’s Race to the Top grant, will provide a statewide platform for teachers to share their best work around instruction and professional development and help advance Race to the Top (RttT) funded educational remodeling efforts across the state.

Through the GTN, approximately 450 outstanding teachers from across North Carolina will be selected to serve for one year as instructional and professional development experts and facilitators. Network Teachers remain in their current roles but will also work to gain a deeper understanding of the State’s RttT-funded work in one of two “pathways,” both related to the establishment of Home Base.

Network teachers will be selected through a rigorous application process; will receive specialized training related to their projects, and support from NCDPI staff over the course of the year; and will be paid $10,000 for their work. Beginning in summer 2014, these teachers will serve for one year developing projects that support key RttT initiatives (professional development and digital instructional resources for Home Base) in their schools and districts. Network teachers will remain in their current roles, but will also design and deliver individual projects that address needs in the classroom, school or LEA level.  These projects will fit within one of two pathways:

  • Pathway 1: Professional Development 
    Teachers will create professional development sessions and materials (face-to-face, webinars and online modules) to address classroom instructional needs and  increase the PD offerings in the state-wide Professional Development system in Home Base.
  • Pathway 2: Instructional Resources
    Teachers will create instructional sequences for Home Base that are aligned to the N C Standard Course of study and that consist of unit plans,  lesson plans that seamlessly integrate the formative assessment process in daily practice, at least one benchmark assessment/quiz , and a final classroom summative assessment.

 

DATE DESCRIPTION
April 21, 2014 Applications due
May 30, 2014 Teachers will be notified of selection no later than May 30, 2014

 

Governor’s Teacher Network Info Sessions

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Governor’s Teacher Network Info Session

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About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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