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Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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.

New Hire Spotlight: Jordan Caldwell – North Newton Elementary

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Jordan Caldwell is currently serving as the Digital Learning Facilitator at North Newton Elementary.  Jordan received his B.A. in History and B.S. in Social Science Education from Western Carolina University.  He is currently enrolled in the MA in Ed. in Instructional Technology program at East Carolina University. Most recently, he served for seven years as a Social Studies Teacher at ... Read More »

Solution Station – Promoting Student Learning by Relinquishing Control

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When Deborah Kellogg’s high school math students have a question, their first inclination is not to raise their hand and ask the teacher but to try to troubleshoot for themselves.  Ms. Kellogg has implemented a “Solution Station” into her classroom. What is a “Solution Station?”  Simply put, the teacher provides the complete solution for every problem students are asked to ... Read More »

Conver-Stations – A Discussion Strategy

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Are you looking for a discussion strategy that includes movement and ensuring students interact with a variety of their peers?  Then, Conver-Stations might be a strategy for you. Directions Start with a discussion topic. 1. With a partner, discuss prompt. 2. Find another set of two and continue the discussion as a group of four. 3. Two people from the ... Read More »

Teacherpreneurs Engage in Leadership and Learning at NCASCD

Teacherpreneurs at NCASCD

Select NCCS Teacherpreneurs from Cohort #1 had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) Conference in Pinehurst earlier this month.  Check out their collaborative notes here.  (Collaborative notes are only available for viewing for staff in Newton-Conover City Schools.)  During the conference, these teacher leaders had an opportunity to learn from national and ... Read More »

Compass Points Instructional Strategy


The purpose of Compass Points is to help learners flesh out an idea or proposition and eventually evaluate it. Directions Give participants time to reflect on the task, the content, or the tool. Students can either put comments on their own compass paper or on stickie notes to build on others thinking. E = Excited:  What excites you about this ... Read More »

10 Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

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Exit Tickets rose in popularity among teachers in the early 2000s. However, recently, more emphasis has been placed on what we ask students to do on that exit ticket.  With new research emerging about the importance of reflection and growth mindset, these 10 reflective questions are sure to foster some feedback to help you and your students grow.  Think about ... Read More »

Preparing Juniors for the ACT

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For high school juniors, there is a lot riding on a February 27 assessment – the ACT.  For many adults, understanding the ACT is a challenge because in North Carolina, prior to just a few years ago, the SAT was the college entry exam that most of us recall having nightmares about before trekking to a testing site – usually ... Read More »

S3 Visits Give Schools the Opportunity to Share Problems of Practice, Solutions, and Support Needs with Administrators

Deborah Kellogg presenting

When Newton-Conover City Schools developed the Systematic School Support (S3) process and protocols, the goal was to provide schools with the tools, time, and occasion to 1) reflect deeply on their areas of need; 2) evaluate these areas of need through an intentional protocol, and 3) share support needs with district leadership.  S3 teams are comprised of district leadership, principals, ... Read More »

Getting to Quadrant D

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The Rigor/Relevance Framework® is a tool developed by staff of the International Center for Leadership in Education to examine curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Rigor/Relevance Framework is based on two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement. The Rigor/Relevance Framework has four quadrants. Quadrant A represents simple recall and basic understanding of knowledge for its own sake. Quadrant C represents ... Read More »

Beginning Teachers Engage in Team Building Activities

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Dr. Sylvia White led our NCCS first year teachers through a series of fun, active, team-building activities this week.  If you have ever been a classroom teacher, you know how challenging that first year is with developing lessons, learning the processes and procedures of a new school, meeting so many new adults, and building relationships with students.  During monthly BT ... Read More »