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Introducing the Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators

The Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators are a new initiative in North Carolina this year.  The NC Department of Public Instruction has developed a set of standards for both teachers and leaders which will measure their mastery of digital-age learning mindsets and skills.  These standards can be reviewed for teachers and administrators on this website.

Over the course of the next several years, N-CCS will be implementing the DLCs for Teachers and Administrators in a staggered approach, beginning with the Content and Instruction Canvas Module for Teachers and Administrators, with administrators also completing the Vision and Strategy competency this year.

N-CCS plans to support its staff with monthly professional development opportunities for both teachers and administrators, as well as through asynchronous work in an online Canvas course on the DLCs.  Teachers and administrators will all develop artifacts that demonstrate their capacity to be a digital-age teacher or leader.

Supporting our district this year are our Digital Learning Facilitators. A Digital Learning Facilitator is an instructional technology coach who works with school staff in developing, enacting, and assessing the implementation of vision and strategies for digital teaching and learning.  These individuals have been instrumental in leading the implementation of the Digital Learning Competencies, spending a lot of time preparing for the year this summer.  We are so fortunate to have such a strong and capable group of instructional leaders to support personalized learning with technology for all students in our district.

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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