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Stacey Mrazek Selected for Innovative Blended Professional Learning Program

stacey_ncdlcnAs quickly as technology evolves, we are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this evolution for our students. We entrust instructional technologists, coaches, and media coordinators with this responsibility, but it can sometimes seem impossible without networking and support. To better meet the needs of these change agents we rely on, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has developed the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN), this year’s cohort began Oct. 14, 2015.

Development supported by Project Tomorrow and with continuing support and partnership from the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES), the DLCN was developed to assist schools and districts in the process of digital learning transitions, and to cultivate local capacity by providing support to those in coaching roles, as coaches are essential to leading and supporting student-centered digital learning and teaching.

In giving these coaches an opportunity to learn and network with other educators who are in similar roles, we are helping to build a support structure that will ultimately have a positive impact on student learning experiences,” said Nancy Mangum, project lead at the Friday Institute.

We are pleased to announce that Miss Mrazek was selected for this unique opportunity, and will join 62 other digital learning leaders from across North Carolina for the next eight months. Along with their new network of peers, Miss Mrazek will receive ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities to build their capacity in digital and personalized learning. They will also acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in leadership and supporting stakeholders at Shuford Elementary and in the Newton-Conover School system.

Miss Mrazek is honored to participate in the DLCN .  She stated, “I am thrilled to gain insightful and innovative coaching strategies through this amazing experience!  I’m looking forward to using these skills to help teachers and students excel.”    

This year’s cohort will be mentored by 12 members of last year’s inaugural cohort. Many of those participants are currently in the process of implementing digital learning initiatives in their own schools and districts.

This blended learning experience, built on the North Carolina Media Coordinator, Instructional Technology Facilitator & Coaching Evaluation Instruments, will help participants grow as educators, coaches and leaders while assisting them in building strong professional learning networks. The core components of Leadership and Culture, Content and Curriculum, Sustainability and Evaluation, and Being a Connected Educator are woven throughout all components of the DLCN experience.

For more information on this project visit the project website:

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The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the North Carolina State University’s College of Education conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-makers, all centered on innovations that will help prepare K–12 students for college, a career, and citizenship in the global information age.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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