As NCCS shifts from the Instructional Consultative model to Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI), the goal was to find an RtI expert who could lead our district through the transition. Brian Smith has not only been an RtI Coordinator at the district level, but he has also had opportunities to lead at the area, regional, state, and national levels. In addition to his background in exceptional children, autism, and literacy, Brian is in his second year of being a Scholastic Reading Club Teacher Advisor. “I was one of three kindergarten teachers chosen from around the country to participate in this partnership in 2013 and was invited back (only the 2nd time in the history of the company that they invited back previous Teacher Advisors) for 2014.” Brian was able preview and share books that Scholastic may love. He has offered to help anyone in the district who needs help with the Scholastic Club order. If any of the elementary schools need a Reading Club Coordinator for their school, Brian will be more than happy to help.
Brian also writes a weekly blog for Scholastic. This is his second year blogging for them. His blogs go live on Mondays. Access to his blog posts are available in the header menu of The Compass. Look for some Newton-Conover faces on Brian’s blog. He will be partnering with Leah Hayes at South Newton this year! Check out his blog here: http://www.scholastic.com/
teachers/teaching-ideas/brian- smith. Brian was featured in the September issue of the K Reading Club catalog! He was also recently named to Scholastic’s National Advisory Board and helps with piloting new ideas and webpage updates. The latest project is their Month-by-Month which is a great resource! http://monthbymonth.scholastic.com
In addition to Scholastic, Brian has an extensive background in mental health, exceptional children, autism, and literacy. Brian will work primarily with elementary schools this year. Our middle and high school folks who are working on their National Boards will have an opportunity to work with Brian as well. He will be providing our district-wide support for National Boards this year.
Please welcome Brian to the NCCS Family!