Tuesday , 17 October 2017
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Instructional Core Highlighted in S3 Visits

During the fall of 2016, six school received their fall Systematic School Support (S3) Visit.  During those visits, classrooms were visited, and teachers took part in either formal focus groups or provided feedback through informal conversations.  One of the many highlights of visiting our schools was seeing first hand how well the implementation of the Instructional Core is going.  We saw incredible examples of high-quality aligned learning targets that students understood and could share with us, the use of anticipatory sets, and essential questions that were broad and open-ended.  In the teacher focus groups, teachers at almost every school brought up the Core, learning targets, and a-ha moments they had as we learned about the Instructional Core in our district-wide professional development.  Students at several schools commented on how much they liked having targets and questions to help them gauge their own learning.   Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in implementing the research-based practices that make up our Instructional Core Framework.

To learn more about S3 Visits, click here.

About Heather Mullins

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. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. 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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