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Innovative Grants at Work at Shuford


Newton-Conover City Schools awarded over $30,000 worth of Innovative Grants to teachers, students, and other staff members this year.  Winners were selected based on the creativity of their applications and innovative approaches to teaching the curriculum.  Cierra Parker, a fifth grade teacher at Shuford Elementary, is introducing Makey-Makeys to her class.  Mrs. Parker’s students were learning about conductors and insulators and.

As they continued experimenting with other items, they began to realize that all items did not work with the Makey-Makey.  This brought up a discussion about conductors and insulators.  Here is the anchor chart they created as they held the discussion.



She was able to purchase Makey-Makeys through an NCCS innovative grant.  Learn more about NCCS Innovative Grants by clicking here!

Check out last year’s winners here.



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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