During the 2016-17 school year, Newton-Conover received a 2 year grant worth over $140,000. The purpose of the NT3 Grant is to develop a greater understanding of accomplished teaching across our district through refocusing on the five core propositions of accomplished teaching, the architecture of accomplished teaching, and infusing these elements into our professional development and the fabric of our support for teachers. A by-product of this work is that we will help teachers develop greater readiness for becoming National Board Candidates.
In an effort to demonstrate our deep commitment to National Board Certification in Newton-Conover, we have created several support structures, both in terms of financial support and content support. Dr. Amanda Bridges heads up our National Board support. She has developed amazing resources, timelines, and support for candidates. You can check out her Edlio page to learn more about support sessions and review valuable resources for getting started.
Angie Sigmon leads the implementation of our NT3 Grant. She also provides coaching support and a wealth of knowledge around National Board. Jessica Fitzgerald, one of our teachers at Shuford Elementary, has also agreed to provide coaching this year.
Teachers who wish to pursue National Board Certification are encouraged to apply for a $500 Lilian Jones Scholarship to help offset the cost. Furthermore, upon successful completion of the National Board process, Newton-Conover City Schools will reimburse teachers up to $450 for their fees.
This year, you will see National Board posters of our accomplished teachers around the district. We celebrate their successes, and we value National Board. If you have questions or want to know more, contact Dr. Amanda Bridges or Angie Sigmon.