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April Team of the Month: The RtI Team

DSC_0460This year, N-CCS has started an initiative in which staff members nominate ​a team who they feel is deserving of being named ​Team ​of the Month. With special thanks to our sponsor Prodigy Voice and Data, this ​team​ will be awarded with district recognition and a $100 stipend. Throughout the month, ​teams are nominated through a Google form, and a committee votes on the winner of the ​Team​ of the Month on or around the 15th of each month.  In April, the team that the award goes to is the Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) Team!

The Newton-Conover City Schools RtI Team serves as a model for what servant leadership looks like in our schools and our state.  For no additional incentive, the RtI Chairs have taken up the task of implementing the RtI Framework to ensure that every student receives the support and services that he or she needs to be successful in their educational experience.  The N-CCS RtI Team is composed of four team members.  The Team Members are:

Stacey Mrazek, Shuford Elementary
Ashley Arndt, North Newton Elementary
Amanda McRary, Newton-Conover Middle
Julie Bowman, South Newton Elementary

​Among the many accolades that they all received, one individual said, “These four women are the voice for the students who need it the most. They work hard after school and over the weekends to ensure that the students who are struggling academically and behaviorally and are in the Responsiveness to Intervention process have the best interventions that are possible and that the classroom teachers feel supportive. They manage their school based team to make sure that all the components of the process are getting completed.”

Another note shared that, ​“Their attitude about this extra work is always so positive as they are there to assist their fellow teachers and many times provide the needed interventions to catch up these students who are struggling. After school meetings, meetings during planning to discuss progress and maintaining the paperwork is lot but they do it with a smile and the students in our system are better because of them. They deserve to be recognized for making our system a better place for our kids.”​

​On behalf of N-CCS, we congratulate the Newton-Conover City Schools RtI Team on a phenomenal job this school year.  Thank you for being a voice for the needs of our students!

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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