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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 »

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 »

AIG Students Take 3rd Annual Lees Duke Water Plant Competition by Storm

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AIG students have been working to construct model water towers in order to compete at the Lees Duke Water Plant 3rd Annual Competition.   The objective of the competition is to make participants aware of the importance of reliable drinking water and the rewarding opportunities available in the water profession. The competition does this by having students develop an idea ... Read More »

Doing a Breakout on a Dollar Tree Budget!

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Using Breakouts are all the rage right now with teachers and students. A Breakout kit allows students to use teamwork and critical thinking skills to solve challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box. Teachers are coming up with all sorts of creative ways to use this engaging resource in the classroom. The problem is that one Breakout EDU kits ... Read More »

Letter of Support and Resources on 13 Reasons Why

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May 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians, I am writing to inform you about a new Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why and its possible impact on our students. 13 Reasons Why is gaining popularity and we have concerns that the series may increase thoughts of suicide among students.  All three school systems in Catawba County have collaborated to put resources in the hands ... Read More »

Innovative Resources within DESMOS and GEOGEBRA

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No matter the name – Learning Labs, Stations, Centers, etc. – these collaborative, and quite often kinetic, learning opportunities provide students exciting variation for learning opportunities. Many folks already use Desmos and Geogebra as powerful online calculators, however, an even greater component of these two resources lies within the classroom activities built on both websites: DESMOS CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES  and  GeoGebra. ... 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 »

Dr. David Stegall named Northwest North Carolina Superintendent of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dr. David Stegall named Northwest North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Newton, NC — May 10, 2017 — In a unanimous vote of the Northwest Superintendent’s Council, Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent of the Newton-Conover City School district in Newton, North Carolina, has been named the Northwest Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Northwest Regional Educational Service ... Read More »