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Chief Academic Officer Presents to Legislature and State Board of Education

legislatureOn June 4, 2014, Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, spoke with members of the North Carolina Legislature and State Board of Education about the implications of the Professional Development System in Home Base for districts.  Other speakers included Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools; Sharon Allen, Director of Accountability in Hoke County Schools, and Sandy Kinzel, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Currituck County Schools.  Each of these district leaders discussed a particular component of Home Base to stress the importance of this integrated system and the need for funding to support LEAs moving forward.

Newton-Conover City Schools is participating in the PD System pilot that began in May 2014 and will continue through July 2014.  Through this pilot, NCCS leaders will have an opportunity to create district-level professional development within the PD System that is housed in Home Base.

“The goal of these two meetings, ” said Mullins, “was to inform our state leaders and lawmakers about the amazing tools we have and to ask for their support so that our teachers and our students have what they need.”  Legislators were given an opportunity to log into Home Base to learn more about parent, teacher, and student functionality.

“This was a great experience, and I think we were well received, ” said Mullins. ” It is not often we, at the district level, have an opportunity to talk with such a large group of key decision makers.  I am honored to have been selected to represent both Newton-Conover and districts across our state.”

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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