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Free Teacher Workshops on the Holocaust

Children at a concentration camp

The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, and agency of DPI, offers free one day, multi-county teacher workshops on the Holocaust throughout the state and the Council reimburses for public school substitute teachers. The workshop is designed for Social Studies,  Language Arts and Media Specialist teachers working with grades 6-12. All NC teachers are encouraged to attend. These workshops are ... Read More »

Are you Ready to Become an Accomplished Teacher??

Research Shows Impact of Board Certification: The National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center recently completed an evaluation of the impact of NBCTs on K-3 student literacy achievement in Mississippi. The results, similar to that of studies in other locations, show a statistically significant positive impact for students with NBCTs in their classroom.— Come attend an informational session about perusing your National Board ... Read More »

What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? This one-page fact sheet provides essential information about dyslexia. You can read the fact sheet online, or print it out. Click on the download link below to print the fact sheet.  Dyslexia Fact Sheet (View Full Size / Download) Explore an overview on dyslexia, which includes a video with an expert and inspiring personal stories. Find out what ... Read More »

EC Teacher of the Month for May/June

Olivia Kowalewski

Olivia Kowalewski is a first-year Exceptional Children’s teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. Upon arriving, it did not take her long to make a positive mark on both school and district leadership. Her interactions with parents and staff are always professional, she meets every deadline given to her, and her instructional techniques are geared, first and foremost, to the individual needs ... Read More »

NCCS Supports Autism Awareness Month

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and to assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. ... Read More »

April Exceptional Children’s Teacher of the Month – Katie Bearfoot

Katie Barefoot - Teacher at South Newton Elementary

Katie Barefoot is an Exceptional Children’s Resource Teacher and she loves being a part of South Newton! Her goals as a a teacher are to teach, help, and encourage her students to reach their academic and functional goals and to be successful inside and outside of the classroom while exhibiting the 7 Habits of Happy Kids!  Her personal mission statement ... Read More »

Class DoJo Used for Communication and Teaching Empathy

About 90% of K-8 schools in the US are using communication app ClassDoJo with students and parents. The app recently added video content, and teachers at South Newton Elementary are using a the series on empathy to teach students about compassion and understanding. Teachers in Newton-Conover use the free ClassDojo mobile app to communicate with students and parents and to compile ... Read More »

Argument Writing Components

The first standard of the Common Core Writing Standards is devoted to argument writing. Sometimes argument writing seems very similar to informational writing (Common Core Writing Standard #2). They both incorporate information, and they have similar basic text structures: They must begin with an introduction that states the topic and end with a conclusion. However, their aims are different and ... Read More »

March EC Teacher of the Month

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Ms. Sandi Blevins is an outstanding member of the Conover School team. She serves as a speech therapist for the school, but also has occasional work-related duties that take her to other schools throughout the district. She is part of the School Improvement Team, the Autism team, and she is also part of the schools PBIS team. She is regularly ... Read More »

Set and Keep High Expectations for All Students

Set high expectations that challenge students to be their best. One expectation should be, is that our students do not line up at the door to wait for the bell because we are too busy making them the best!   5 Ways To Set and Keep High Expectations: Be clear and specific about your expectations. Don’t leave gray area and ... Read More »