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Instructional Core Ensures Shared Understanding Among All N-CCS Teachers and Administrators

Newton-ConoverInstructional Core (3)During the 2015-16 school year, curriculum leaders, administrators, and the N-CCS Curriculum Council – comprised of teachers from every school – analyzed a variety of data sources and scoured research-based frameworks and strategies to develop a plan to strengthen instruction across the district.  This work resulted in the Newton-Conover City Schools Instructional Core Framework.

Over the summer of 2016, members of the N-CCS Curriculum Council attended an all day training and feedback session where they were able to provide input on the framework, the resources, and the plan for district-wide professional development.  All administrators were also trained and provided the opportunity to give feedback.  On August 24, all teachers in N-CCS will receive professional development that will explain the impetus for our Instructional Core Framework.  Teachers will have an opportunity to review district data points and discuss strengths and areas for improvement.  District, school, and teacher leaders will provide an overview of the Instructional Core Framework and communicating learning goals.

Throughout the year, principals, teacher leaders, and district leaders will guide teachers through streamlined, ongoing professional development.  We are excited about the Instructional Core Framework, the support documents all teachers will receive, and working to continue to improve the quality of teaching in N-CCS!


Don’t hesitate to contact your administrators, instructional coaches, Curriculum Council members, or district curriculum team with questions.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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