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Moonshot Thinking!

At the beginning of the year, I asked everyone in our district at the opening convocation to consider moonshot thinking in our schools and classrooms this year. If you’ll recall, I shared how some of our country’s greatest discoveries and accomplishments resulted from individuals and groups thinking outside of the box and taking risks. I encouraged each of you to be willing to do spectacular things this year, even if some of them were way outside the traditional approach taken in most classrooms. The challenge was to do what you think would be ideal if there were no restrictions or roadblocks keeping you from doing so.

This year we’ve seen amazing results from your moonshot thinking. From huge community engagement in our middle school through STEM nights, to a cultural fair at North Newton that was shared online by educators throughout our country, to amazing innovative grant projects, to outdoor classrooms, to redesigned learning spaces – the list goes on and on with the outstanding ideas you’ve cultivated this year. I’ve seen students grow as leaders, I’ve seen teachers rekindle their love for the profession, and I’ve seen schools making long-term differences in so many students’ lives.

As the testing season approaches, please do not stress or dwell on a moment in time assessment of content. You have taught your curriculum, but that’s a small part of what you’ve done. You’ve cultivated thinkers, you’ve sparked the love of a new passion with many students, you’ve expanded horizons,  and you’ve developed leaders and creative innovators. A simple written test can’t measure your impact or worth. What we want to measure is the destinies changed and lives enriched through your relationships, expertise, and compassion.

I’m proud of what you’ve done in our district and am excited to see what lies ahead as we continue to lead by example!motivation-721821__340

About David Stegall

Dr. David Stegall is the Superintendent for Newton-Conover City Schools. He previously served Newton-Conover as the Associate Superintendent, and previous to that as the Director of Elementary Curriculum, ESL (English as a second language) and AIG (academically and intellectually gifted). In February, 2012 he was named the Outstanding Young Educator for North Carolina by NCASCD and was a National Finalist for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award. In 2016 Dr. Stegall was named a National Superintendent to Watch by NSPRA. Dr. Stegall joined the Newton-Conover City School system from Iredell-Statesville Schools in July 2007. He has presented at the state, national and international levels on professional learning communities and teacher empowerment. Dr. Stegall received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a master's degree in education from Gardner-Webb University; an education specialist degree in education administration from Appalachian State University; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from ASU.

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