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Newton-Conover to Pilot Blended Learning Classroom in Conjunction with L-R

blendNewton-Conover is excited to announce an innovative blended learning initiative that will be piloted at North Newton Elementary School during the 2014-15 school year.

Expected Outcomes for the NCCS Blended Learning Academy:

  • Provide a flexible, self-directed, individualized learning environment for students.
  • Maximize the affordances of technology to increase learning for each student.
  • Provide growth and leadership opportunities for teachers.
  • Partner with Lenoir-Rhyne University to provide professional development and support for teachers.
  • Provide choices for students and parents.
  • Grow the blended learning academy to build capacity in teachers and improve teaching across the district.
  • Provide a model learning environment for the district, state, and country.
  • Students will develop competencies using a variety of learning devices (iPads, Chromebooks, and desktop computers) to prepare for college and career.

What will the blended learning academy look like?

  • The teacher will use assessments to determine students’ strengths and needs in order to plan individualized instruction accordingly.
  • Each student will receive both face-to-face instruction and online instruction every day.
  • Students will access various devices everyday (iPads, Chromebooks, and desktop computers).
  • The classroom learning environment will be flexible, allowing the teacher and students to use all materials (digital and non-digital) in the best way to support learning.
  • Project-based and problem-based learning will be utilized as a model for differentiating learning and promoting collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Faculty and students from Lenoir-Rhyne University will provide frequent and ongoing support for teaching and learning in the blended learning academy.
  • The blended learning academy teacher will complete graduate coursework from Lenoir-Rhyne University to advance his or her skills and competencies with blended learning.

Teachers interested in applying  for the blended learning classroom should hold current K-5 certification.  The selected teacher will be required to collaborate with faculty and students from Lenoir-Rhyne University as well as pursue a graduate certificate in blended learning from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Interested applicants should be willing to create a model classroom environment where educators can visit to learn more about blended learning.

Please review the information below to learn more about this opportunity.  If you are interested in applying for this position, click here.   Applications will be accepted until May 23, 2014.

Parents interested in having their children in the blended learning classroom may complete this online form at

To learn more about the NCCS Blended Learning Academy, please contact the following NCCS district leaders.

Heather Mullins – Chief Academic Officer,

Cindy Geddes – Director of Accountability and Technology,

Tammy Brown – Director of Elementary Education,

Office:  828.464.3191



About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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