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K-5 Teachers Receive Professional Development Through NT3 Grant

Newton-Conover is one of two school districts in North Carolina to receive the National Board NT3 Grant.  This two-year grant provides the district with more than $100,000 to improve teachers’ capacity for deeper understanding of quality teaching.  Resources, coaching, professional development opportunities, and learning experiences are all part of the National Board grant.   Currently, we have 14 National Board Certified Teachers in Newton-Conover Schools.  This year, we have approximately 24 teachers seeking National Board Certification.

Our NT3 team has used implementation science to develop district-wide and site-specific change ideas that include:

    • NCCS Teachers collaborate around Proposition 1

      Teachers discuss Proposition 1 and how they ensure students have access to high-quality instruction.

      Developing a district-wide shared understanding of accomplished teaching through aligning the NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric, the Newton-Conover Instructional Core Framework and the Accomplished Body of Teaching (Structure working opportunities to deepen pedagogical content knowledge./Introduce and reference crosswalk between accomplished teaching body of knowledge & local/state frameworks)

    • Building a vision and support structures to empower accomplished teachers to recognize seeking National Board Certification as a logical next step in their career

To learn more about the NT3 Grant, please contact either Dr. Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer – – or Angie Sigmon, NT3 Grant Implementation Lead –

Angie Sigmon facilitates NT3 professional development session Angie Sigmon facilitates NT3 professional development session

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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