On 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.”