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NCCS Hour of Code Challenge!

hour_of_codeAccording to Ashley Cronin, Digital Resources Curator, chances are high that computer science literacy will be increasingly relevant for jobs of the future. Some theorists even suggest that the ability to read and write code is a fundamental 21st-century competency. Yet, according to an August 2015 Gallup survey, many students get little exposure to these concepts at school; opportunities are even more limited for low-income students (2015).

From device-led activities to unplugged activities, this December 7th-13th, 2015, the Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week is an opportunity to open that door.  Newton-Conover City Schools is pleased to announce that we are supporting and advocating for the Hour of Code initiative in our district from December 7th-11th, 2015!

We are asking all teachers in Newton-Conover to take the N-CCS Pledge for Coding now for one day between 12/7-12/11!  

Want to get involved?!  You know you do.  Here’s how!:

  • Click here for the 2015 N-CCS Hour of Code Hyperdoc — filled with turn-key coding resources by grade level, and information on the available rewards for you, your students, and your school!
  • Click here to Take the Pledge for your students to do an Hour of Code next week!
  • Click here to see who has taken the pledge (and nudge others in your school to do the same!).
    • Our goal for participation next week is at least 1,000 Newton-Conover students, and we can’t meet that without your help!
Rewards for Teachers:
If you take the pledge and your classroom participates, you will receive a large, exclusive
N-CCS-endorsed Badge of Honor for your classroom door — hand-delivered by Jamie Frye!
Rewards for Schools:
If at least 75% of classrooms in your school take the pledge and participate in an Hour of Code next week, the school will receive a Special Edition, Custom-Designed Hour of Code Banner as bragging rights for their school, and will be entered into the N-CCS Hour of Code Hall of Fame — as well as district-wide and media recognition and coverage for each classroom, with the banner!
Rewards for Students:
There is a link in the hyperdoc above for you to print custom Hour of Code Certificates for your classroom!

Thank you for being an important part of preparing our students for a future we can’t predict.  We hope you will build better students by participating in Hour of Code in Newton-Conover City Schools next week!

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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