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Free Professional Development for Teachers Available in Home Base

Have you had the chance yet to explore the professional development offerings in Home Base? First, you can use Home Base to log in and register for new facilitated sessions this fall by simply clicking on the professional development tab. There’s also an alternate login: For 43 of our 50 modules, Wednesday, Sept. 3, will be the last day for educators ... Read More »

Chief Academic Officer Presents to Legislature and State Board of Education

On June 4, 2014, Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, spoke with members of the North Carolina Legislature and State Board of Education about the implications of the Professional Development System in Home Base for districts.  Other speakers included Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools; Sharon Allen, Director of Accountability in Hoke County Schools, and Sandy Kinzel, Assistant Superintendent of ... Read More »

Journalism Education Fellowship Program provides tuition-free, graduate-level course for teachers

N.C. Scholastic Media Association will offer a short-term summer course for teachers and journalism/media advisers. Please help us spread the word. Journalism teachers and publication/media advisers can receive three hours of graduate credit — for free. JOMC 491, “Teaching Online News in the Secondary School,” will be offered July 6-12. The course will be taught in the School of Journalism and ... Read More »

Hidden Histories: Free Summer Professional Development and Lodging for Teachers

Hidden Histories: What your NC history Textbook Left Out A professional development series to be held throughout the summer at the NC History Museum in Raleigh, NC   North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History ( and the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an ... Read More »

Governor’s Teacher Network

Good teaching motivates students to learn.  Good teachers inspire each other when they share their most innovative and creative practices. With this in mind, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has established the Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN).  This initiative, funded by the state’s Race to the Top grant, will provide a statewide platform for teachers ... Read More »

NCCS Professional Development Smackdown

On Wednesday, March 19, educators across Newton-Conover will take part in the first ever NCCS Professional Development Smackdown!  Every teacher, coach, and administrator who has attended a conference or professional development session this year will be asked to share one big idea, resource, or understanding from the session attended. In the spirit of collaboration and sharing, we will use a ... Read More »

Newton-Conover Educators Share Insights with Global Audience through #NCed Chat

Since the first #NCed chat on March 26, 2013, several Newton-Conover City Schools’ educators have moderated chats and shared their insights and resources.   If you haven’t heard, #NCed chat is a bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators and others who are interested in or invested in education. #NCed Chat will provide an opportunity for North Carolina educators to grow and ... Read More »

Results from District-Wide Professional Development Survey

In December 2013, educators across NCCS were asked to complete both a state-level and district-level survey regarding professional development.  The results of those surveys are now available.  As we plan for the 2014-15 school year, your voice is important to us.  District leaders will use these survey results as part of our spring planning for next year.  Thank you for ... Read More »

Focusing on Gifted Education in NCCS

Several educators in NCCS have had an opportunity to focus on our academically gifted students this year.  With two different training opportunities, sixteen teachers in our district will be learning new skills to meet the needs of gifted students. First, four NCCS teachers, Theresa Roth (Shuford), Matt Mitchell (South Newton), Rebecca Lockwood (North Newton), and Sheridan Summer (NCMS), are attending AIG professional development ... Read More »

Understanding by Design: A Framework to Support Effective Teaching and Learning

If you ask most teachers, they won’t hesitate to tell you that they feel confined by pacing guides and curriculum maps that demand a lock-step, time-bound approach to student learning. When educators first hear that their district or school will be looking at curriculum planning using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework, some immediately think that UbD is simply a ... Read More »