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Appreciation, Cheer and Innovation Encompass January Board Meeting

The January 2016 Meeting of the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education was the perfect occasion for members of our community to convene following a snowstorm that kept adirondack chairmany in our area indoors for a few days.

At the opening of our presentations and recognitions, a special, off-agenda recognition of the Board was made by Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent.  Speaking to how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated, supportive and progressive leadership team on our Board of Education, Dr. Stegall presented them with premium adirondack chairs to thank them for their service to our schools and district.  We are incredibly thankful for our Board!

DSC_0937Following the Board Appreciation, Dr. Stegall highlighted the winners of our Annual Holiday Card Artistry Contest.  Our winners were Liam Poteet (N-CHS; Overall Winner), Maggie Martin (N-CHS; High School Winner), and those winners unable to attend were Jordan Henze (Shuford; Elementary Winner), and Eduardo Pegeuros (Conover School Winner).  We are thankful for the chance to have shared their artwork with hundreds of community and state leaders!  Students from across our district submitted several pieces, and while it was very difficult to decide which to incorporate into our holiday card, we are so proud of all of our students who submitted their artwork for consideration!

Digital learning is also a priority in K-12 education today; as one of our Board Members whose son recently graduated from N-CHS put itsauceda canvas, we are doing our students an injustice by not introducing them to technology-infused teaching and learning, because we are not adequately preparing them for what they will experience with technology in college and career.

Mrs. Emily Sauceda (2nd Grade Teacher at Shuford Elementary) shared her Canvas course, and how she uses the Station Rotation model of Blended Learning to provide her students with instruction that is individualized for them.

DSC_0944Mr. Diego Mureno (6th Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher at Newton-Conover Middle) shared his Canvas course, which walked us through how he uses the Station Rotation model to duplicate himself through different videos and assignments for students at different stations within the classroom.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. David Schouweiler (Science Teacher at Discovery HighDSC_0945 and Lead Tech Team Member), shared how he is using Canvas to allow students to individualize teaching through screencasts and online practice materials with instant feedback, as well as “fail forward,” allowing his students to demonstrate mastery in different ways or on multiple occasions to ensure their success.

Above all, with these dedicated teachers, our Tech Team members, and beyond, teachers and students in classrooms district-wide are rising to prepare our students for jobs and futures we cannot yet predict.  To learn more about Canvas and how its use is allowing K-12 teachers to personalize learning for students internationally, please click here.

We are thankful for the progressive nature that is present within our schools, and for the leadership of those who help us continue to move forward — from our Board, to our students and teachers alike!

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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