Wednesday , 21 February 2018
Breaking News

New Professional Learning Initiative, NewConQuest, Launches in N-CCS

newconquest13 members of the Newton-Conover City Schools community came together in ncq2February for the first meeting of the inaugural NewConQuest cohort.  NewConQuest is N-CCS’ Digital Teaching and Learning Academy, developed to extend the opportunity for individualized professional learning related to digital teaching and learning in N-CCS. Participants will complete four face-to-face meetings and participate in an online component between those meeting dates.

ncq 1At the first meeting, participants oriented themselves with one another, got an introduction to the program and online portion of the Academy, and rotated through stations to increase their capacity related to Digital Learning.  Following this, participants put what they had learned into action through an interactive activity related to the TPACK, (Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge) Framework (pictured).  David Schouweiler, Stacey Mrazek, and Jamie Frye, NewConQuest facilitators, guided participants through the activity.

It is our belief that modeling expectations is one of the most vital components of a successful professional learning experience. As such, the goal of NewConQuest is to provide a…

ncsq3ncq6Novel Experience, with
Engaging Content, sparking a
Wanderlust for Learning, that is
Objective-Based, and
Necessarily Disruptive
Quest — in a Personalized, Gamified format.

By engaging in a digital learning academy that is designed to rely less on learning about theory and more on the practical application of theory, participants will emerge strong and purposeful digital leaders with a repertoire of skills to integrate technology effectively into the curriculum (or coach others)!

If you have any questions related to this initiative, please contact Jamie Frye, our Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer, at jamie_frye (at)

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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