Thirteen Newton-Conover teachers were selected to participate in a year-long leadership program designed to identify teacher leaders and provide them with both professional development to strengthen their leadership capacity and the opportunity to lead by identifying a problem of practice to address during the 2017-18 school year. The group meets several times throughout the school year to explore the concept of leadership and their roles as teacher leaders. During the week of November 7, 2017, the group traveled to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee to take part in a four-day seminar as part of their professional development experience.
The cohort is comprised of each school’s 2017-28 Teacher of the Year and one or two additional teachers selected by the principal of the school. 2017-18 Teacherpreneurs are: Conover School: Rochelle Medvec, North Newton: Ashley Arndt & Tara Ramsey, Shuford: Mischele Glover & Emily Sauceda; South Newton: Sara McCall & Heather Reynolds, Newton-Conover Middle School: Kelly Cannon & Jordan Moore, Discovery High School: Jody Dixon, Newton-Conover High School: Greg Hardy, Betsy Holland, & Caroline McCrary.
Teacherpreneurs completed a book study this fall of the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave. While at NCCAT, they engaged in dialogue around the book, they presented their problems of practice to the group using the Critical Friends Protocol, and they received training on the following topics:
- Defining Leadership and Types of Leaders
- John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership
- Group Dynamics
- Policy Leadership
- Teacher Leadership Competencies
- Leadership & the North Carolina Educator Evaluation Rubric
- Public School Budgets
Facilitators include Dr. Bill Miller, NCCAT Facilitator & former superintendent; Dr. Robert Sox, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent – Newton-Conover City Schools; Dr. Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer – Newton-Conover City Schools; Dr. Amanda Bridges, Assistant EC Director, Newton-Conover City Schools; and Angie Sigmon, Instructional Coach and NT3 Improvement Lead – Newton-Conover City Schools.
Teacherpreneurs will be recognized at our Staff of the Year Banquet in the spring and will be presenting their Problems of Practice implementation plans and findings in April.
The opportunity was made possible through the National Board Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) Grant. Newton-Conover has committed to continuing the Teacherpreneurs program and looks forward to watching these amazing teacher leaders grow while selecting new Teacherpreneurs each year.
For more information on the Teacherpreneurs program, please contact Dr. Heather Mullins – email@example.com