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Angie Sigmon Attends Forum as a Teacher Ambassador

The Institute for Emerging Issues held it’s 29th annual forum on February 10th and 11th.  This forum provides North Carolina’s citizens a chance to come together and discuss emerging issues in education.  Speakers at the forum included June Atkinson, Governor Pat McCrory, Karyn Dickerson, and Ron Clark.   Angie Sigmon, was selected from over three hundred applicants to participate in ... Read More »

Shuford Elementary 2nd Graders Host a Wax Museum

     To truly know a person, sometimes you must become them! That is exactly what the second grade students at Shuford Elementary School did this week. The students at Shuford Elementary School captured the magic and mystery of historical characters today at their Wax Museum! Students researched facts, prepared speeches, and wore costumes to become famous Americans for other students ... Read More »

Organize your World with Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a grid of icons that link to various web addresses that you create, organize, and share. Use Symbaloo to organize and share the best of the web with your students.  Teachers can create a Symbaloo for an individual unit or lesson to provide students with links they will visit to find information or engage in learning. Symbaloo can keep ... Read More »

Regional Grant Provides $380,000 for Digital Learning

Eleven districts from around Region 7 met in December to write a collaborative grant to bring high-quality technology and digital learning professional development to our region.  The eleven districts participating in the grant are:  Alexander County Schools, Alleghany County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Hickory City School, Mt. Airy City Schools, Newton-Conover ... Read More »

Discovery Quiz Bowl Team Heads to Chicago

Every Tuesday after school a group of students gather in Jody Dixon’s classroom at Discovery High School to answer questions, study, and train for their trip to compete at The National Quiz Bowl Championship in Chicago this May. Quiz Bowl is a team academic competition placing schools in head-to-head competition against each other in a question and answer format slightly ... Read More »

My Favorite “No”

My Favorite “No” is a great formative assessment strategy to use as a bell ringer or a ticket out the door.  No matter your subject area, this strategy is a great way to combat misconceptions about content and to see exactly where students need support.  Watch this short video to learn more.     Read More »

NCDPI Shares High-Quality Math Resources

At the NCDPI state-wide Curriculum Summit on February 20-21, NCDPI leaders addressed concerns from across the state.  One of the topics was secondary math, as well as math in general. Lessie Anderson, NCSU Math Consultant, shared how to dig into Home Base to find high-quality math resources to support math teachers in the following areas: Curricula Instructional Units Lesson Plans ... Read More »

NCMS Introduces Musical Mondays

After discovering that many NCMS students had little to no exposure to musicals, the NCMS Drama Club, under the direction of Mr. David Bozza, decided to sponsor “Musical Mondays.” On designated Mondays, the Drama Club selects a classic musical to be shown in the NCMS auditorium. All NCMS students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students that attend “Musical Monday” ... Read More »

GIST: Teaching Summarizing Skills in a Strategic Way

When you ask students to summarize, has this ever happened?  1) Some students copy verbatim the first and or last sentence.  2) Students write summaries that are actually longer than the original text!  3)  Students create summaries and leave out some of the main ideas. If you have had any of these experiences, it may be time to use GIST ... Read More »

District Leaders Present Digital Tools at State Conference

Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent, Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, and Cindy Geddes, Director of Accountability and Technology presented to a group of 130 district and school-level administrators at the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) Conference on February 6, 2014. Their presentation, From Overwhelmed to Overly Productive, explored how to put digital tools to work for leaders. The ... Read More »