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Are your essential questions REALLY essential?

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In his critically-acclaimed book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen R. Covey said, “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of y our destination.  It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right ... Read More »

North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics 43rd Annual State Mathematics Conference


The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) 43rd Annual State Mathematics Conference will be held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, October 31 and November 1, 2013. Go to to register for the State Mathematics Conference.  43rd State Mathematics Conference Keynote Speakers *Linda Gojak: President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, author, ... Read More »

Understanding PEPs


During the first few weeks of the school year, we do a great deal of assessing where students are so that we can meet their academic needs.  Over these first few weeks of school, undoubtedly, you have learned a lot about your students’ strengths and areas for growth.  It is during these first few weeks of school that it is ... Read More »

Gradebook Support Coming to NCCS


As you know, every third Wednesday has been designated for district-wide professional development from 3:30 – 5:00.  September 21, 2013 will be our first district-wide professional development session.   This month’s topic is:  Powerschool Gradebook: Question and Answers.  Many teachers are already using Gradebook with few problems, while others are struggling with the functionality of this new platform. Expectation:  Any ... Read More »

Welcome to the The Compass: The NCCS Online Curriculum Newsletter


Welcome to The Compass!  Our team will use this site to post the latest information from about curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology, and education news.  Take a few moments to get to know our site. Features:  In this section, you will find articles and information about features in NCCS.  We will highlight classrooms, teachers, students, and innovation in this section. Instructional ... Read More »

Interactive Notes

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Whether students are reading fiction or nonfiction, Interactive Notes provides students with specific “look fors” before, during, and after reading. This literacy strategy provides structure and choice as teachers can choose “some” specific tasks or have students choose tasks from the list. Click here to view a PDF version of Interactive Notes. Read More »