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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.

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 »

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STEM West and NCCET are hosting TWO 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: July 31st: Read More »

NCDPI Seeks Educator Feedback on Professional Learning in North Carolina.


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 »

Cast Your Vote for the N-CCS 2017 Inno Awards Winners

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It’s that time of year again.  This year, Newton-Conover funded 11 Innovative Grants. As is our custom, each winner has developed a 3-5 minute video to capture the implementation of the grant.  We ask all faculty, staff, and community members to review the grants and cast a vote for the best grant.  Winners will receive a grant for the 2017-18 ... Read More »

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin Named North Carolina Deputy State Superintendent

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The State Board of Education hired Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, former NCDPI chief academic and digital learning officer and Thomasville City Schools’ superintendent, last week as the new deputy state superintendent at the NC Department of Public Instruction. Pitre-Martin has assumed her new duties. State Board Superintendent Advisor Freddie Williamson praised the selection of Pitre-Martin. “I am extremely satisfied by this ... Read More »

Student Voices Award Nominations Now Being Accepted


State Educational Technology Directors Association is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Student Voices Award are open now through May 15. Each state has the opportunity to nominate up to two schools or districts to present during our Student Voices Panelat the Leadership Summit on October 25, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. SETDA is looking for a school ... Read More »