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Genius Hour – Enrichment that Centers Around Student Interest

Genius Hour is a program that provides students with protected time during or after the school day to pursue “passion projects.”  This is based upon Google’s platform for providing their employees with an hour of uninterrupted passion time each week (from where 50% of their actual initiatives emerge).  The content of the projects can be related to a teacher’s curriculum, a school initiative, or be completely comprised of any given student interest.  The unit of time spent is typically an hour, though this is not mandatory; some teachers and schools build more or less time in as needed.  Click here for more information on the Genius Hour Wikispace.  

Genius Hour. Creativity. Passion. Wonder.” by Gallit Zvi

 

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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