The State Board considered a recommendation to edit the name of the Civics and Economics course that all North Carolina high school students are required to take for graduation so that it reflects the course’s inclusion of standards related to the Founding Principles. The new course name would be: American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics. This change would make it clear that students receive instruction in all three topics during this required course. North Carolina law explicitly requires students in high school to study the Founding Principles. Students are required to take Civics and Economics, United States History and World History in order to graduate from high school. While the Founding Principles information is woven into US history courses, students directly study the principles during the civics course as they learn foundations for American democracy and the United States system of government. The Board considered this change after hearing information about the AP US History standards during a special conference call meeting on Dec. 1. In that meeting presentations were made by College Board Executive Director for AP Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development John Williamson and retired teacher and author Larry Krieger. The Civics course change would ensure that all students receive ample instruction in the Founding Principles before moving on to US History I and II or to Advanced Placement US History. Action is expected on this change in January.
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.