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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.

Dr. Bridges Selected by National Board to Serve on Standard Setting Panel

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Dr. Amanda Bridges was selected on behalf of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, to join the standard setting panel for her certificate area, ECYA/Exceptional  Needs Specialist: MMD. Only a few NBCTs in her certificate area were selected from the nation. Standard setting is a research-based process for establishing a performance standard that indicates accomplished teaching on those items. This process ... Read More »

DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Tanner Abernathy – Amateur Radio’s Place in the Modern World

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Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world.  Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue.  Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight ... Read More »

DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Liz Hornick – Cosmetics and Self-Esteem

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Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world.  Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue.  Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight ... Read More »

It’s That Time of Year Again…

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The end of the school year is an exciting time for students and educators alike.  It’s graduation – the end of one phase and the beginning of another for many of our students.  Parents prepare for transitions – from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to college or the workplace.  It is ... Read More »

Free Code.org Summer Workshops for Teachers

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STEM West and NCCET are hosting TWO Code.org summer workshops! Choose the date below and register for this free 3-hour training by the wonderful Dr. Sharon Jones in CS Fundamentals. Training is open to K-12 teachers, scout leaders, after-school providers, librarians, etc. July 17th: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1973/enroll July 31st: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1974/enroll Read More »

NCDPI Seeks Educator Feedback on Professional Learning in North Carolina.

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As we look to the future of professional learning in North Carolina, we see an opportunity for transformation. The Professional Development Coordinators in the Educator Effectiveness Division of NCDPI are envisioning ways to build professional development capacity within districts and charter schools. By focusing on the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, we can re-imagine the way we learn as ... Read More »

The Summit Expands – 2017-18 Cohort Anticipated to be NCCS’s Largest Yet

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When NCCS district leaders collaborated with CVCC to develop The Summit at Newton-Conover, the goal was to provide more opportunities for our college-bound students to experience the rigor of college-level courses will receiving both high school and college credit.  Thanks to the College and Career Promise articulation agreement among high schools, community colleges, and all of the state’s public universities, ... Read More »

DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Amber Miller – Living with PTSD

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Name: Amber Miller   Driving Question:  How does living with PTSD sociologically neurologically affect the family?   Why I selected the project:  I selected this project because I’ve known many people with PTSD throughout my life and  I never truly know what it meant to live with PTSD nor to live with someone who has it, so I just had to ... Read More »

DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Olivia Martin – The Psycho-physical Effects of Music

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Name: Olivia Martin Driving Question: What are the psycho-physical effects of music? Why the student selected the project: I selected this project because music has always had a strong presence in my life. I wanted to know how and why it affects us so much. One paragraph description of the research/conclusion and the product: My research suggested that music has numerous ... Read More »

Is this movie appropriate for my child? Turn to Common Sense Media

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Today, kids can watch movies or videos anytime from their phones.  With platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, new content is constantly available.  If you, as a parent, or an educator, are concerned about whether or not content is appropriate for your child or students, consult Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media gets to the heart of what parents ... Read More »