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2011-2012 NWRESA News

Ann McColl Speaks to Superintendents
August, 17, 2011

Curriculum & Instruction Directors Meet
August 26, 2011

Northwest RESA Receives Title V Grant

Meet Our Region 7 Outstanding PD Leads
Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons

Common Core and Essential Standards
August 1, 2011

Teacher Evaluation Process PD/Support
September 7, 2011

Common Core and Essential Standards
September 8, 2011

Math Common Core
September 12, 2011

Process Support
September 13, 2011

Curriculum & Instruction Directors Hold
Virtual Conference with NCDPI Team

September 23, 2011

Western Region Fall Leadership Conference
September 27, 2011

Teacher Effectiveness/New Accountability
Model Meeting

September 28, 2011

NWRESA Board Meets
September 28, 2011

Neill Kimrey Addresses Superintendents
October 19, 2011

K-2 Assessment Writing
October 20, 2011

Curriculum & Instruction Directors
October 21, 2011

Regional Principal Phase II
October 25, 2011

Principal's Council
October 26, 2011
District-Level/Charter Team Fidelity Checks
November 3, 2011
Dr. June Atkinson Calls Meeting
November 8, 2011
English/LA Common Core
November 14, 2011
NWRESA Welcomes Dr. Lynne Johnson
November 16, 2011
Process Support for English/LA
November 15, 2011
Kudos to Dee Hanlin, Northwest RESA
from Buncombe County Schools !!
Jack Hoke  Recognized at NCSBA Convention
November 15, 2011
Principal's Council Welcomes
JoAnne Honeycutt as guest speaker
December 7, 2011
Dr. June Atkinson addresses
Superintendent's Council
December 11, 2011
What Should a Common Core Math
Class Look Like?
January 12, 2012
NCDPI - Science PD
January 19, 2012
NCDPI - Process Support for Science/Soc.St.
January 20, 2012
Principal's Council Welcomes Dr. Philip Price
January 25, 2012
Curriculum & Instruction Directors Meet
January 27, 2012
World Language
February 2, 2012
High School Math Curriculum Alignment
February 13, 2012
PLAN Diagnostic Assessment Interpreting Data
February 15, 2012
Superintendent's Council
February 15, 2012
Dr. June Atkinson Addresses Principal's Council
February 22, 2012
Curriculum & Instruction Directors Meet
February 24, 2012
Teacher Effectiveness and New Accountability Model
February 29, 2012
Negotiating with Parents in the IEP Process
March 2, 2012
Northwest RESA Board Meets
March 7, 2012
K-12 Healthful Living Process Support
March 8, 2012
K-12 Healthful Living Essential Standards PD
March 9, 2012
District Level/Charter Team Fidelity Check
March 14, 2012
Mary Watson, EC Director, NCDPI
March 21, 2012
K-12 Social Studies PD
March 22-23, 2012
Examining the Holocaust
 
March 26, 2012
Dr. Lynne Johnson, Curriculum Director, NCDPI March 28, 2012
Leadership Academy for Aspiring Building Level Administrators
April 17
, 2012
Superintendent's Council
Joanne Honeycutt, CTE Director

April 18
, 2012
Curriculum & Instruction Meeting
April 20
Aspiring Superintendents and District Level Administrators
April 26
Health Care Professionals in an Educational World
April 30
ELA/Math Common Core PD
May 3, 2012
ELA/Math Common Core Process Support
May 4, 2012
Text Complexity, Informational Texts, Text Based Questions, OH MY!
June 12, 2012
Visual Art: Learning in a New Dimension
June 14, 2012
K-8 Music and Integration
June 14, 2012
Creativity is a 21st Century Skill
June 15, 2012
Science + Hands-on Activities + Multimedia Resources = Literacy and 21st Century Skills for K-5 Science Teachers
June 18, 2012
Science + Hands-on Activities + Multimedia Resources = Literacy and 21st Century Skills for 6-12 Science Teachers
June 19, 2012
Teaching from the Core: Lessons and Strategies for Middle Grades English/Language Arts
June 19, 2012
Weaving the Strands Together: ELA Unit Planning From the Core
June 20, 2012
Math 1 Common Core
June 20, 2012
Creative Reading Methods to Encourage Informational Text Comprehension
June 21, 2012
 
     

 

 

Creative Reading Methods to Encourage Informational Text Comprehension
June 21, 2012

 

Target Audience:  PreK-5 Teachers

Presenter, Susie Wilde, served as lead writer in the NCDPI/NC Museum of Art project that produced the book What Can a Small Bird Be?   She is an artist in residence with the NC Arts Council, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for “Connecting Reading and Writing Methods through Story.”  Through this program, Susie spent a week working with fourth graders last Sept. at Wittenburg Elementary in Alexander Co.  Susie reviews children’s literature for newspapers as a freelance writer and offers literacy training through Meredith College’s Continuing Education program.

Her workshop focused on Common Core State Standards which requires that informational text serve as 50 percent of reading in elementary schools.  Teachers seeking creative ways to increase their students’ comprehension of informational text welcomed this child-centered approach.  This hands-on seminar introduced useful strategies  easy to implement and encouraging thought and discussion.  Using engaging new non-fiction children’s books, teachers practiced techniques to aid retelling, distinguishing main idea and supporting details, and understanding how to link reading and writing experiences. 

Each participant received a packet that included materials and a bibliography of tested new non-fiction titles and opportunities to win free books.

 

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Math 1 Common Core
June 20, 2012

 

Target Audience:  8th Grade and High School Math Teachers

Presenter: Christy Propst, Instructional Coach, Burke Co. Schools

In this session, teachers experienced activities and investigations applicable to NC Math 1 Standards.  Teachers explored exponential growth and decay, graphical representations, mathematical models and geometric relationships such as surface area and volume.  Teachers walked away with many activities and while designed with Math 1 in mind, these activities could easily be adapted to multiple levels and implemented in the classroom next year.  Participants will receive additional web, print, and manipulative resources.  Teachers will also look at cross curricular connections between math, science and literacy strategies.

Please bring a battery charged laptop – the hotel has wireless internet connection only.  (Be sure you know how to connect to wireless network other than your own school network). 

 

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Weaving the Strands Together: ELA Unit Planning From the Core
June 20, 2012

 
ELA Teachers, Grades 6-8, enjoyed Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba Co. Schools, who presented Weaving the Strands Together: ELA Unit Planning From the Core. Ms. Lamb told participants with new Standards and expectations for learning, creating new units may seem overwhelming to them. However, participants in this workshop learned methods for creating dynamic, thought-provoking units that embodied the Core Standards without completely abandoning novels and literature they love to teach.  

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Teaching from the Core: Lessons and Strategies for Middle Grades English/Language Arts
June 19, 2012

 

ELA Teachers, Grades 6-8 enjoyed presenter Martha Lamb,  Curriculum Specialist, Catawba Co. Schools, as they acquainted themselves with the ELA Common Core State Standards and getting ideas for teaching them to fidelity.  Lessons that integrate multiple strands and standards were demonstrated along with teaching strategies that facilitated deep reading, writing, and thinking.

 

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Science + Hands-on Activities + Multimedia Resources = Literacy and 21st Century Skills for K-5 Science Teachers
June 18, 2012

 

Dottie Hayes presented this exciting workshop for both  K-5 Science Teachers (Monday, June 18, 2012) , and 6-12 Science Teachers (Tuesday, June 19, 2012)

Teachers explored and evaluated multimedia instructional resources used to promote Literacy and 21st Century Skills for all learners.  During this session, teachers had many hands-on activities, and were shown open source (a.k.a free) instructional resources and Web 2.0 tools to design lesson plans.

Materials were provided for teachers to create a variety of sample models, used to help students understand the Interconnectedness of the NC Science Strands and Essential Standards.

 

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Creativity is a 21st Century Skill
June 15, 2012

 

Presenters: Dottie Hayes and Dee Hanlin
K-5 Teachers engaged
in active, hands-on learning while they explored the creative connections between 21st Century Skills, Literacy and the new standards of Visual Art.  Integrating a variety of content areas, each project is aligned with the Common Core and Essential Standards.

Although the projects focused on elementary standards, each project can be easily modified and adapted to use with higher grade levels.

 

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K-8 Music and Integration
June 14, 2012

 

Tonya Allison from Yadkin CountySchools, presented to Music Educators Grades K-8, giving them  new ways to engage students through music.   Participants left motivated, with new lesson plans, and exciting new ways to integrate reading, poems, stories, etc., into  lessons.

 

This workshop  reviewed the close relationship of the NCSCOS to the newly adopted Common Core/Essential Standards of Music Education.  Teachers participated in several hands-on cross-curricular, multi-grade level music lesson plans such as Marbling, Analyzing Song Lyrics, Sound Analysis and Australian Dream Weavers.

 

Explored were LEARN NC and the resources put together for Music Ed.  The NCSCOS and the new Common Core/Essential Standards were compared.  LEARN NC was explored to show it has simplified how to find other curriculum standards that music teachers can write into their lesson plans for cross curricular lessons.

 

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Visual Art: Learning in a New Dimension
June 14, 2012

 

Penny Freeland, 19-year veteran, art teacher with Yadkin County Schools, conducted a practical, fun-filled day with fellow art educators in Grades 6-8. She will inspired them with ideas and lessons galore, and connected  to websites and opportunities for teachers to use in the classroom.  Teachers were shown how to build their instructional repertoire with integrated lessons and instructions using the new “NC Essential Standards.”

Each teacher was asked to bring three lesson plans that they taught,  saved electronically, and including any pictures of examples. With this preparation  done prior to the workshop, each participant received 1.0 Art or Reading CEU.·        

·         Each lesson was expected to correlate to the new “NC Essential Standards.” and presenter Penny Freeland then burned a CD for each. Anyone wishing to contact Penny may do so at: penelope.freeland@yadkin.k12.nc.us

Teachers  experienced abbreviated art lessons, (about 10 minutes each); allowing them to go back to school with more than 100 new lessons that correlate with the new “NC Essential Standards,” as well as the examples to go with those lessons.  This was definitely a day of training that teachers would enjoy!

 

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Text Complexity, Informational Texts, Text Based Questions, OH MY!
June 12, 2012

 
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (9:00-3:00)
Presenter Lora Drum, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba Co. Schools presented to K-5 Classroom Teachers a session on Text Complexity, Informational Texts and Text-Based questions. Educators searching for some new teaching ideas in transitioning to the ELA Common Core Standards enjoyed a fun packed day of new ideas and strategies designed to help them make this transition. Ms. Drum explained just as any journey begins with a map, transitioning to the Common Core cannot be done all at once or all alone. Participants were able to take a journey along the “yellow brick road” and discover some practical ideas, along with some make-and-take materials to take back with them. Attendees received 0.5 Reading Renewal credit for their participation.
 

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ELA Common Core Process Support Session and the
Math Common Core Process Support Session
May 4, 2012

 

This Process Support session provided  Summer Institute Professional  Development Leadership teams with an opportunity to work on the math professional development roll out plan.  Participants continued to work on math Common Core State Standards roll out during this session.  Educators earned 0.6 Math or Reading Credit for their participation.

 

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ELA Common Core Professional Development Session and the
Math Common Core Professional Development Session
May 3, 2012

 

On May 3, Teachers/Leaders Responsible for ELA PD along with Teachers/Leaders Responsible for Math PD attended a Professional Development session for ELA intended to guide participants through the work of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Participants received recommendations regarding key strategies for discussing Common Core ELA resources and planning for instruction. Participants also received specific strategies for making the professional learning community concept a powerful staff development approach for implementation of the Common Core ELA standards.

Participants created text complexity placemats and were asked to bring an informational text commonly used at their grade level, along with one literary text. Educators earned 0.6 Math or Reading Credit for their participation.

 

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Health Care Professionals in an Educational World
April 30, 2012

 

This session  was for the target audience of K-12 Principals and Assistant Principals and focused on assisting school administrators in leveraging the expertise of school psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists in the service of students with disabilities within their schools; including a discussion of the possibilities for integrated IEPs. 

Presenters addressed principals’ concerns regarding physicians and other providers who “prescribe” educational services, offered practical advice on clarifying roles, and discussed advantages of building relationships with professionals in the community. Participants earned 0.5 Administration credit.

 

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Leadership Summit for Aspiring Superintendents and System Level Administrators
April 26, 2012

 

Northwest RESA hosted a summit is for educators aspiring to hold district-level positions with the purpose of gaining practical knowledge and experience that may not be taught in graduate school programs. The summit was held on April 26, 2012 with the target audience of practicing administrators and Central Office Personnel. Those presenting for this summit were:Mr. Glenn Barger, Dr. Randy Bledsoe, Dr. Jeff Cox, Dr. Bill Gummerson, Dr. Stewart Hobbs, Dr. Wanda Hutchinson, Dr. Trish Johnson, Dr. Richard Jones, Dr. Alvin Proffit, Dr. Travis Reeves, and Dr. Barbara Todd.

The panel of school superintendents and other administrators discussed a variety of topics including:
·         “So You Want to Be a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent?”
·         ”Critical Elements of Dealing with Boards of Education”
·         “Organizing a District-Level Team”
·         “Qualities for a District-Level Administrator”
·         “Balancing Your Personal and Professional Life” 

The participants earned 0.5 Educational Leadership credit for their attendance.

 

 

 

 

Joanne Honeycutt Address Northwest Superintendents
April 18, 2012

 

 

 

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Leadership Academy for Aspiring Building Level Administrators
April 17, 2012

 

Northwest RESA, with the support of member superintendents, provided an academy for aspiring administrators who wish to have a variety of information about the role of a building-level administrator.

A panel of practicing school administrators were available to discuss a variety of topics including:
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“So You Want to Be a School Administrator?”
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“Politics in Education”
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“School Finance and Resource Management”
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“Nurturing Your Employees”

The Academy was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at no cost to NWRESA member LEAs with participants earning 0.5 Leadership credit. The esteemed panel of presenters included Nora Baker, Kelly Byrd-Johnson, Cary Cash, Dr. Bill Gummerson, Scottie Houston, Diana Jones, Dr. Kim Matthews, Sheila Richardson, Nan VanHoy, Jodi Weatherman, Dr. Pete Yount, and finance officials Kerry Crutchfield, Jan Zachary and David Johnson.

 

 

 

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Examining the Holocaust
March 26, 2012

 

Northwest RESA invited middle and high school social studies and language arts teachers to attend a multi-county Holocaust teacher workshop at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilkesboro. Featured speakers were Morris Glass, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, Hank Brodt who was imprisoned in several forced labor camps, or Alfred Schnog, whose family escaped from Nazi Germany on the morning after Kristalnacht.  Holocaust scholar, Dr. Karl Schleunes, Chair of the History Dept. UNC-Greensboro and author of The Twisted Road to Auschwitz and Legislating the Holocaust: The Nuremburg Laws. This workshop was of particular interest to social studies teachers teaching American history or world history and sixth-grade teachers teaching about Eastern Europe as well as language arts teachers teaching the Diary of Anne Frank in the middle grades or Elie Wiesel's novel about the Holocaust, Night or other literature of the Holocaust at the high-school level. All workshop participants received copies of the resource guide The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teachers' Resource, published by the N.C. State Department of Public Instruction in cooperation with the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.  Participants received 0.6 Social Studies or Reading Credit.

 

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K-12 Social Studies Professional Development Session
March 22-23

 

Four (4) participants from each LEA  including their instructional leader, attended this two-day training session designed to assist Social Studies educators in developing their local curriculum around rigorous, meaningful and engaging units of instruction to support the new K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards.  During this workshop, participants  collaborated to design a sample unit that can be used to train other Social Studies educators in their district or school.  Ultimately, this training session will help Social Studies educators make more informed decisions about what students should understand, know, and be able to do according to the NC Social Studies Essential Standards. Participants received 0.6 Social Studies Credit (per day).

 

 

District Level/Charter Team Fidelity Check 3.14.12
March 14, 2012

 

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, NCDPI  conducted the District-Level and Charter Team Fidelity Check to decision-makers and team leaders (“drivers”) of each district/charter PD Leadership team who attended Summer Institute. The session was held to facilitate follow-up sessions with local leadership teams that will gather information on their progress with their implementation plan as well as provide continued support for their district leaders. Those attending received 0.6 credit.

 

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K-12 Programs and Healthful Living Essential Standards Professional Development
March 9, 2012

 

One participant per LEA from K-5 and 6-12 for Art and Healthful Living attended a day of professional development for Arts Education, Healthful Living, World Language and ESL on March 9, 2012.

Arts Education leaders continued training on the NC Arts Education Essential Standards, designed to provide more in-depth implementation strategies in preparation for full implementation of the standards in the 2012-13 school year.  The newest instructional tools, including graphic organizers were discussed that will assist with implementation of the common clarifying objectives aligned with social studies content, and other support tools. Opportunities for collaboration and sharing of implementation strategies and plans were provided.
 
PD for Healthful Living extended and built upon the initial kick-off 2011 Summer Institutes.  The physical education topics included motor skills, movement concepts, and health related fitness.  Health topics included nutrition, mental/emotional health, personal/consumer health, and interpersonal communications and relationships.

For World Language and  ESL, the professional development focused on the sharing of information, resources, and activities that can be used locally to help educators teach and assess for proficiency in the classroom.  Research-based presentation materials, online training resources, and assessment tools were discussed and program-specific adaptations explored.

ESL  professional development provided an overview of WIDA’s Guiding Principles of Language Development which have guided the development of the 2012 edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards.  ESL discussed the new elements added to the strands of model performance indicators and the changes in the Performance Definitions, and Speaking and Writing Rubrics.  In addition, connections with the English Language Development Standards (ELD SCS) and the Common Core State Standards were continued. Participants earned 0.6 renewal credit.

 

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K-12 Programs and Healthful Living Essential Standards Process Support

 

On March 8, 2012, Region 7 Professional Development Leads, Heather Mullins and Kimberly  Simmons, provided instructional leaders and teachers in K-12 programs an opportunity to share resources, plan professional development, and create instructional tools and units to support implementation of the NC Essential Standards in K-12 Programs and Healthful Living. District/Charter PD Leadership Teams from Region 7 enjoyed an informative day of support.

 

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Northwest RESA Board Meets 3.7.12

 
The Northwest RESA Board of Directors met Wednesday, March 7, at the RESA offices in Wilkesboro. Dr. Sinclair gave updates on the NWRESA partnership with the NC Race to the Top Initiative while staff member Carla Leslie provided an informative presentation on past and upcoming training and events conducted by NWRESA. The 2012-13 budget was presented and approved and the board complimented each staff member for their work, dedication, and contributions toward education.  

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NCDPI - EC Division
Negotiating with Parents in the IEP Process
 March 2, 2012 

Principals and Assistant Principals gathered for this session highlighting the role of the LEA representative in facilitating meetings that engage parents appropriately.  Important concepts included tips on IEP meeting facilitation, helping connect parents to resources, and coaching parents for effective advocacy.  In addition, negotiation literature by Roger Fisher & Daniel Shapiro (directors of the Harvard Negotiation Project and authors of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate) were used to consider the powerful emotions in play during IEP meetings and the opportunities to use those emotions to map out goals and services that are optimistic, ambitious, and also reasonable. Those attending received .5 renewal credit for their participation.

 

 

 

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Teacher Effectiveness and New Accountability Model 2.29.12
February 29, 2012

 
This training was a repeat of the September 2011 session with the purpose of bringing together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies. Also discussed was the proposed new school accountability model, and why it is believed that it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina.  

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Curriculum and Instruction Directors Receive Matrices
February 24, 2012

 The Curriculum and Instruction Directors met at the Northwest RESA offices for their monthly meeting on February 24, 2012. Directors were presented the K-2 Assessment Bank, as well as the K-5 and Middle School Common Core and Essential Standards Matrices by Dee Hanlin, NWRESA Math Consultant, and Karen Lowe, NWRESA Library/Media consultant. The matrices were the culmination of months of work by the Northwest RESA team and were made available to the membership LEAs that Northwest RESA serves.

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Northwest RESA Welcomes Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, NCDPI
February 15, 2012

 
Northwest RESA welcomed Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the NC Department of Public Instruction, to the Superintendent's Council meeting on February 15, 2012. Dr. Martin provided a business/address card with her contact information and noted that she also wanted to take any questions/input the superintendents may have back to her department for discussion. She indicated that she will also be sharing those questions with Region 7 & 8 Professional Development leads Heather Mullins, Kim Simmons and also with  Keith Eads, and her superiors and content colleagues at NCDPI. She spoke from a document provided to the group outlining duties within the C & I Division at NCDPI, then conducted an informal open discussion of issues. She addressed the work ongoing in the curriculum department including high school math and sequencing questions, indicating her department is at the heart of the work right now for common core and math.

She asked everyone to continue to refer to Wiki spaces which has resources, information on IIS, more standards documents, and benchmarking tools. There are also links that connect to resources with other states including student data.

 

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PLAN Diagnostic Assessment Interpreting Data
February 15, 2012

 
Principals, Guidance, Data Coaches, and District Curriculum and Instructional Leads gathered for the PLAN Diagnostic Assessment Interpreting Data session on February 15, 2012. Hosted by NCDPI, in collaboration with ACT and the NWRESA, the half-day session provided guidance to district and school staff on how to effectively interpret the PLAN student report in order to communicate to students, teachers, and parents areas for academic improvement and career planning.  Time was also spent reviewing aggregate reports that schools will be receiving.  All information presented supports the goal of improving student’s college and career-readiness.
 

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High School Math Curriculum Alignment
February 13, 2012

 
Dee Hanlin, NWRESA Math Consultant, hosted a session designed to align the high school math curriculum. Representatives from northwest districts already using programs such as Investigations, Math Connections,  etc. were asked to bring what they had; thus, serving as a good starting point. The productive collaboration resulted in getting much accomplished in a day which will better serve membership LEAs in the Northwest RESA region. Participants received .05 Math Language credit.
 
 

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World Language Essential Standards Content Session
February 2, 2012

 
World Language Teachers attending this session experienced an exciting day with Ann Marie Gunter, NCDPI K-12 World Language Consultant.  The session provided a great opportunity for teachers to network and collaborate and focused on the sharing of information, resources, and activities that can be used locally to help educators teach and assess for proficiency in the classroom.  Research-based presentation materials, online training resources, and assessment tools were discussed, and program-specific adaptations explored.  Participants received .06 Foreign Language credit.  

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Curriculum & Instructor Council Meeting 1.27.12
January 27, 2012

 
Dee Hanlin, Chairperson for the Northwest RESA Curriculum and Director's Council, hosted the January 27, 2012 meeting with district curriculum leaders. Each director gave an update of where they are with the Race to the Top initiatives  

 

 

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NCDPI - Process Support Session for Science & Social Studies
January 20, 2012

 

Up to 13 District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members per LEA were provided with time to synthesize the information presented on January 19.  The morning consisted of working with grade-level/content-area groups to collaborate in order to create  templates, curriculum maps, lesson/unit plans, or resource compilations.  During the afternoon, participants had the opportunity to work with members of their LEAs or continue to work with their morning breakout groups.  Each participant submitted a resource to be posted on the Region 7 regional wiki.

 

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NCDPI - Science and Social Studies Professional Development Support
January 19, 2012

 

LEA's selected one participant from K-5 and one from 6-12 to attend the professional development for Science which focused on North Carolina’s Transition to the new NC Science Essential Standards. This training was intended to extend and build upon the initial kick-off 2011 Summer Institutes.  The purpose of the follow-up training will be to delve deeper into the Science Essential Standards by engaging in dialog and activities assisting LEAs with refining and implementing their transition plan to the new Science Essential Standards. Participants earned a .6 Science renewal Credit for this training.

Each participant was asked prior to the training to have an understanding of the major structural changes of the new Essential Standards, viewing Module 2 and taking a look at the resources on the social studies wiki site: http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home)
Have perused the unpacking documents for their grade span (or at least one grade level in their grade span), they were asked to have an awareness of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT), and assess the Intel Group for assessment provided via a link sent by DPI prior to the session.
   

The Social Studies professional development also included one participant per LEA from  K-5 and one from  6-12.
The Social Studies educators who attended the summer institute and/or content experts considered to be the one responsible for, or assisting with, developing local curricula for social studies, were asked to attend.  Participants with a strong background in social studies were emphasized as they engaged in activities requiring an understanding of social studies content, concepts, etc. Also recommended was that if someone who attended any one of the previous unit development sessions, likewise, attend this session, as it is a continuation of that discussion.  The session focus was aligning classroom assessment to the K-12 Essential Standards. 

 

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What Should a Common Core Math Classroom Look Like?
January 12, 2012

 

Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant for Northwest RESA, presented the "What Should a Common Core Math Classroom Look Like?", to Administrators, Assistant Principals, and Curriculum Coaches, on January 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Wilkesboro, NC. The 8 Mathematical Practices were stressed as the “Rigor” element of the common core mathematics curriculum, as well as what lending their coherence across the K-12 curriculum means. Ms. Hanlin maintains that teaching familiar topics with traditional pedagogy will no longer meet this rigor and focus on College and Career Readiness. Therefore, her session was designed to immerse administrators in the 8 Practices through summarizing, critiquing a lesson, participating in a lesson from a student perspective, and ties to assessment. Each participant left with a “hands on” and “minds on” understanding of this new curriculum element, essential to Common Core Mathematics K-12 and earned 0.5 Math credit for their attendance.

 

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State Superintendent June Atkinson Speaks to Superintendents
December 11, 2011

 

Northwest RESA welcomed State Superintendent June Atkinson at its December meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilkesboro. Dr. Atkinson discussed a variety of topics with Superintendents including the school calendar, feedback regarding ideas relating to the North Carolina School for the Deaf, teacher effectiveness, the accountability model, and feedback from superintendents regarding common core and professional development. The next meeting will be a joint session with Region 7 & 8 superintendents joining Dr. Atkinson in Marion, NC on January 18, 2012.
 

 

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NWRESA Principals' Council Meets
December 7, 2011

 

The monthly meeting of the NWRESA Principal's Council was held at the Holiday Inn Express on December 7th, with an attendance of eighteen principals. The guest speaker was Ms. JoAnne Honeycutt, CTE Director for NCDPI. Her one hour presentation included information about 1) Career and College Promise, 2) Work Keys, 3) CTE Essential Standards, and 4) the High School Accountability Model. Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons followed her presentation with a general update on DPI initiatives.

 

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Dr. Lynne Johnson Speaks to Superintendents
November 16, 2011


Dr. Lynne Johnson, Director
Educator Recruitment and Development, NCDPI

The Northwest RESA was pleased to welcome Lynne Johnson, Ed.D, Director of Educator Recruitment and Development for the NC Department of Public Instruction, as guest speaker for the November Superintendent's Council. Dr. Johnson shared many guiding tools as well as critical questions for professional development implementation. She also provided the top ten things to know about teacher effectiveness policies in North Carolina to superintendents and discussed the evaluation process. The planning phase document was made available, which included planning phase outline for priority 1,2,3 goals, key action steps to be taken, key stakeholders, resource implications, and networking capabilities. The professional development implementation guiding tool was also discussed, which included the following: What questions are addressed? How will information be gathered? What is measured or assessed? How will the information be used? Dr. Sinclair, as well as all Superintendents attending expressed to Dr. Johnson their appreciation for all that she and the department are doing to make education in North Carolina the best in the nation.

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North Carolina SBA Convention
November 15, 2011

 

On November 15th, 2011 Jack Hoke, Superintendent in Alexander County, was recognized at the North Carolina School Board's Association Convention as the Region 7 Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Hoke was among seven outstanding superintendents from around the state who were honored at this special event. Dr. Diane Frost, Superintendent of the Asheboro City School District, was chosen as the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. Congratulations to Jack Hoke!

 

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Years Later, ARMS Partnership Still Delivering

 

When Dee Hanlin, a Northwest RESA Math consultant (who is also a TI³ National Certified Instructor for Texas Instruments) completed her duties as Director of the Appalachian Region Math and Science Partnership in 2007, little did she know the far-reaching effect the partnership grant would have. Dee, along with Karen Lowe, ARMS project evaluator, listed among their goals for the 2004-2007 ARMS Partnership that the grant would have a lasting effect on teachers within the 7 school districts that participated. Not only did those teachers receive intensive training from skilled professionals throughout the nation, but each were also provided with TI calculators and other classroom peripherals, including the Navigator series, CBRs and CBLs. Today, Dee still gets reminded of just how much sustainability  that project has when she hears from former participants.  

Sheila Brookshire, a Buncombe County Instructional Coach and Lead Math Teacher during the ARMS partnership, recently notified Dee that she was hoping for good news about a new grant she had submitted for new TI Inspires CX and Navigator to use in Buncombe’s low income schools as well as the 7th grade EC inclusion classes in those schools.  

An excited Ms. Brookshire notified Dee recently that Buncombe’s “grant proposal had been fully funded for $75,000!”, adding, “you (Dee), are indirectly responsible for that with the opportunities you provided for me!” 

Developing teacher leadership updates was another goal of the project for participants. Here are some examples:       

  • Carol Moore – Science teacher and ARMS participant, is currently serving as curriculum coach in Catawba County. Carol has written/received/managed several of her own grants in recent years.

  • Cynthia Townsend – math participant, served as a regional lead teacher for 3 years working with elementary teachers in another grant, the Mountain Valley Partnership (MVP) projects.

  • Dottie Hayes is currently working on her Ph.D. while serving as curriculum coach in Burke County.

  • Ellie Wilson was selected as Hickory City Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

  • Dr. Cliff Mansfield – continued studying nationwide including at the National Nuclear Science Laboratory in Idaho and the American Meteorological Society. He shared what he learned through NWRESA workshops in areas such as nuclear energy, astronomy, measuring the universe, and project atmosphere; he wrote a letter to the NSF on the importance of the ARMS project.

  • Tim Hawig was also selected as Grandview’s Teacher of the Year. He has presented science workshops for NWRESA, including one in which we will never forget the “glowing pickle”!

Congratulations to Sheila Brookshire in Buncombe County and kudos to the other grant participants who demonstrate the great sustainability of the ARMS partnership!

 

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Process Support Session for English/Language Arts
November 15, 2011

 


This session for up to 13 District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members,  provided your Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team with an opportunity to work on their professional development roll out plan.  Participants were asked to bring any or all members of their team that attended Summer Institute.  At minimum, districts were asked to bring their ELA leads to continue the work on the ELA Common Core State Standards roll out.

 

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English/Language Arts Common Core
November 14, 2011

 

This session targeted a maximum of 4 teachers/leaders per district responsible for professional development – K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

This professional development for English/Language Arts focused on the Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy in the Common Core State Standards.  Brief segments of videos explaining the shifts were shared with time for group discussions of each shift.  Consultants offered follow-up with suggested resources, “Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts” by Kimberly Hill Campbell and “Deeper Reading” by Kelly Gallagher.

 

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State Superintendent Calls Regional Meeting
November 8, 2011

 

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson met with selected superintendents from the Northwest and Western school districts on November 8, 2011, in Marion, NC. The purpose of the meeting was to obtain feedback regarding recently proposed state initiatives that are presently being considered at the state level that affect all school districts. Dr. Atkinson heard from all superintendents in attendance and felt that the meeting produced positive results.

 

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District-Level and Charter Team Fidelity Checks
November 3, 2011

 



District/School PD Leadership Teams met for the purpose of facilitating  follow-up sessions with local leadership teams to gather information on the progress of their implementation plan as well as providing continued support for district leaders.  District/Charter PD Leadership Team were allowed to send up to 6 participants and were awarded .6 renewal credits. Lunch was provided
 

 

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NWRESA Principal's Council
October 26, 2011

 

The Northwest Principal's Council met on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Ms. Kelly-Byrd Johnson, Principal at East Bend Elementary School, Yadkin County Schools, serves as chairman of the council. Guests speakers from the NC Department of Public Instruction included Mr. Neil Kimrey, Instructional Technology Director and Mr. David Tillman, representing Exceptional Children. Mr. Kimrey shared a variety of technology updates and Mr. Tillman discussed issues regarding the Exceptional Children's Division. School administrators attending the session were very interested in these and other topics. The next scheduled principal's council meeting will be December 7, 2011.

 

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Common Core and Essential Standards Updates (Phase II)
October 25, 2011

 

This training, intended for school-based administrators, focused on instructional leadership for rolling-out the new standards. The half-day session included opportunities for collaboration, an update on assessment, a look at available resources, and activities designed to assist administrators in knowing next steps for building-level implementation. This session was facilitated by Regional PD Leads and Regional Leads.

Principals and Assistant Principals were the participants in this session and could be the same participants who attended Phase I.  All attendees had an understanding that they would return to their local district/school prepared to share the information and knowledge with their colleagues based on district needs.

 

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Curriculum & Instruction Director's Meeting 10.21.11
October 21, 2011

 

Deanna Hanlin, NWRESA consultant, coordinated the October meeting for the Curriculum & Instruction Directors council on October 21, 2011, held at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro. A conference call with James M. Kroening, Lead Testing/Accountability Consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction, provided a means for attendees to get answers to their questions regarding testing and accountability changes. A roundtable discussion followed with a variety of issues being discussed. The next C & I Director's meeting will be November 18, 2011.

 

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Superintendent's Meet

Neill Kimrey, Instructional Technology Director for the NC Department of Public Instruction, presented a technology news update for Northwest RESA Superintendents on October 19, 2011. Many changes were discussed along with implementation changes for teachers and administrators expected within the upcoming months. Dr. Sinclair gave an update regarding Northwest RESA activities and training. Dr. Keith Eades, Regional 7 Lead for School Transformation, NCDPI, spoke to those present and stressed that he was there to help them, would continue to visit their districts and could provide resources through the NC Department of Public Instruction. He also asked for feedback to take back with him regarding several issues involving the views of school superintendents. Also addressing the group was a representative from NCASA who shared many opportunities for school involvement including Glee clubs and challenges. Mr. Jack Hoke gave a State Advisory Board update and also asked for feedback from Superintendents to assist in representing them. A roundtable discussion followed and the next meeting was scheduled for November 16, with guest speaker Dr. Lynne Johnson, Educator Recruitment and Developmental Director from NCDPI.

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NWRESA – K-2 Assessment Writing
October 20, 2011

 

Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant for Northwest RESA, coordinated this session for K-2 Teachers and Curriculum Coaches to come together and write Common Core Assessment items for grades K-2. With some school districts having already moved into Common Core this school year at K-2, others will need new assessments next year. Unsure of what the state will provide for K-2 and rather than each LEA doing all the work, Northwest RESA decided to get representatives from their LEAs together – sharing both the work and the end product. Different groups worked on K-math, 1st math, 2nd Math, K- ELA, 1st – ELA, and 2nd –ELA. Districts already using programs such as Investigations, Math Connections, Letter Land, etc. were asked to bring what they had; thus, serving as a good starting point. The productive collaboration resulted in getting much accomplished in a day which will better serve membership LEAs in the Northwest RESA region.

 

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NWRESA Board Meets

Members of the NWRESA Board of Directors heard updates and were given information regarding the training and activities of the NWRESA staff during recent months. Dr. Sinclair discussed a variety of topics including the RESA's role in North Carolina's Race to the Top Initiative.

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Teacher Effectiveness/New Accountability Model Meeting
September 28, 2011

 

Lynne Johnson, Director of Educator Recruitment and Development, along with Jennifer Preston, Top Project Coordinator for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness and Eliz Colbert, Lead Professional Development Consultant, presented to the Educator Effectiveness Focus Group at the Northwest RESA offices on September 28, 2011. Region 7 Leads Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons also were in attendance.

The purpose of this training was to bring together groups of teachers and leaders to learn about the State’s educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as provide feedback on proposed policies.  The proposed new school accountability model was discussed and why it is believed it will lead to better outcomes for students in North Carolina.

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Dr. Sinclair presents for Western Region Fall Leadership Conference
"Fitness Tips to Improve Your Life"

September 27, 2011

 

 Dr. Joe Sinclair was a guest speaker at the 2011 Western Region Fall Leadership Conference in Asheville, NC on September 27, 2011. Dr. Sinclair along with Gladys Wiles, a fellow educator and distance runner, shared fitness tips and ways to de-stress with those attending. Dr. Sinclair answered a variety of questions, offered nutrition advice, and covered proper attire and equipment needs for anyone interested in creating a plan for personal fitness. Dr. Sinclair has completed 40 marathons in one year, a human endurance achievement that has been successfully accomplished by only a select few.

 

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Curriculum & Instruction Directors Receive NCDPI Updates
September 23, 2011

Curriculum and Instruction Directors as well as Staff Development Coordinators received a virtual update with Julie Joslin, ELA Section Chief and Fay Gore, Social Studies Section Chief, on Friday, September 23, 2011, at the NWRESA offices in Wilkesboro. Dee Hanlin, NWRESA consultant and coordinator of the C & I meetings, arranged a Q & A session via Skype for those in attendance. Many questions/concerns were addressed during the session. The next C & I meeting will be November 18, 2011.

 

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Process Support
September 13, 2011

 

 

District/Charter PD Leadership Team Members attended this session to provide those who attended the Summer Institute Professional Development Leadership team an opportunity to work on their professional development roll out plan.  Participants were asked to bring any or all members of their team that attended Summer Institute, as well as the Math teachers to continue to work on the Common Core State Standards roll out.

 

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Math
September 12, 2011

 

Professional Development for Mathematics was held at the Northwest RESA offices and focused on specific content from each of the 4 grade bands.  Content lessons were modeled with participants being the students.  After debriefing the mathematics  participants examined the lesson structure used.  Connections were made to Van de Walle’s Before, During, and After Lesson Plan.  Additional connections to the Common Core State Standards For Mathematical Practice, 21st Century Skills, New Teacher Evaluation Standards, Universal Design for Learning, Professional Learning Communities, English Language Learners, and Exceptional Children were emphasized.

 

 

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Common Core and Essential Standards
September 8, 2011

 
Principal Common Core/Essential Standards Professional Development  was presented  September 8, 2011. This training, intended for school-based administrators, focused on instructional leadership for rolling-out the new standards. The half-day sessions included opportunities for collaboration, an update on assessment, a look at available resources, and activities designed to assist administrators in knowing next steps for building-level implementation. This session was facilitated by Regional PD Lead Keith Eades and Regional 7 Leads, Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons.  

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Teacher Evaluation Process PD/Support
September 7, 2011

 
 
Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons, NCDPI Professional Development Leads for Region 7, conducted this training to a large number of administrators on September 7.  The training was designed to provide principals and assistant principals with a conceptual perspective of each of the NC Professional Teaching Standards.  Participants explored how to:
  • Describe how the elements of a 21st Century classroom relate to the NCPTS.
  • Use data to distinguish among the ratings.
  • Organize the evaluation process and/or assume their role in the process.
  • Apply coaching strategies to help teachers grow in their effectiveness.

An Affinity Diagram was discussed whereas individually administrators were asked to consider the challenges/issues in using the tool with fidelity. The Principal's responsibility to manage, know, identify, ensure and supervise was focused upon as well as the process overview for the NC Educator Evaluation Process: Step 1 - Training and orientation, Step 2 - Self Assessment and Goal Setting/Pre-Conference, Step 3 - Observation Cycle, Administrative and peer, Step 4 - Summary Evaluation and Goal Setting. The NC Professional Teaching Standards were discussed:

  • Standard I:   Teachers demonstrate leadership
  • Standard II:  Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
  • Standard III: Teachers know the content they teach
  • Standard IV: Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
  • Standard V:  Teachers reflect on their practice.

At the end of the training, participants were able to:
1. Describe how the elements of a 21st Century classroom relates to the NCPTS; 2. Use data to distinguish among the ratings; 3. Organize the valuation process and/or assume their role in the process; 4. Apply coaching strategies to help teachers grow in their effectiveness.


Resources

•Online manual for principals http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/profdev/training/online-evaluation/principal-directions.pdf

•Online manual for teachers http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/profdev/training/online-evaluation/teacher.pdf

•Online manual for superintendents http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/profdev/training/online-evaluation/superintendent.pdf

Coaching document 1,      Coaching document2      Coaching document 3      Coaching document 4      Coaching document 5

Other resources may be found at:
Wiki: www.rt3region7.wikispaces.com
Blog:
www.mullinshe.wordpress.com

 

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Curriculum and Instruction Directors Meet

 


Above left Dee Hanlin and Karen Lowe. At right, NWRESA Consultant Dee Hanlin, explains to Dr. Kim Mattox the development of curriculum alignment documents that will assist districts in implementing the common core standards

 

August 26, 2011 - The first Curriculum & Instruction Director's meeting of school year 2011-12 took place at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro, NC with Guests Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons, NCDPI Professional Development Leads for Region 7 and  Elaine Boysworth from Lincoln County, in attendance. Each director discussed how their district is planning and implementing plans for the Common Core and Essential Standards. Dee Hanlin, NWRESA consultant, announced that she, along with NWRESA consultant Karen Lowe, are developing curriculum alignment documents to assist with the implementation of the common core strategies and will make this available to all NWRESA members.

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Northwest RESA Scores Outstanding PD Leads in Heather Mullins and Kim Simmons

 

Meet Your PD Leads!

Heather Mullins, Professional Development Lead – Region 7

Heather Mullins has taught, led, and served the teachers and students of North Carolina for over 16 years.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher who taught for twelve years as a high school English teacher.  During her tenure in the classroom, Heather provided professional development to English teachers around the state.  She also served for four years as a Curriculum Specialist where she served as a mentor, professional development coordinator, and consultant for district administrators, principals, and teachers.  She has provided professional development for the Northwest RESA for many years on topics such as:  The Vertical Alignment Process, The Paideia Method, Clear Learning Targets and Essential Questions, Vocabulary and Literacy Strategies, The Power of Formative Assessment, The Hero’s Journey, and Sheltered Instructional Strategies.  Heather also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is currently working with the Department of Public Instruction as a professional development consultant for region 7.  Heather has a graduate degree in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and an undergraduate degree in English Education from Western Carolina University where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.

Kim Simmons, Professional Development Lead - Region 7

For the past 17 years, Kimberly Simmons has served the Northwest Region as a teacher and administrator.  She taught middle school language arts and social studies before beginning work in administration in 2003.  Having served as an administrator at both the elementary and middle school levels, she developed a passion for empowering teachers and students through implementing the work of Bill Daggett.  Her focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships helped her build a culture of trust and security with her teachers, students, and community.  In 2007, while serving as assistant principal at Ashe County Middle School, Kimberly presented at the 2007 Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Bill Daggett.  In addition to serving as a teacher and principal, Kimberly also trained teachers throughout the Eastern United States in Middle School Success.  She also served as a Teacher Academy trainer and provided mentor training to teachers across North Carolina.  Kimberly was the Ashe County Principal of the Year in 2009-10 and 2010-11.   She is currently working with the Department of Public Instruction as a professional development consultant for region 7.  Kimberly has a master’s degree in School Administration from Appalachian State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education from Appalachian State University.

Contact Information

Heather Mullins, Professional Development Consultant, Region 7
heather.mullins@dpi.nc.gov
828.244.8759

Kimberly Simmons, Professional Development Consultant, Region 7
kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov

828. 406.9237

Wiki: www.rt3region7.wikispaces.com
Blog:
www.mullinshe.wordpress.com

 

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Northwest RESA receives Title V Grant

 

The NWRESA has been awarded a three year Title V Grant  to provide professional services in the area of Health Education.  Member systems which are also participating include Alleghany, Ashe, and Caldwell Counties. The Northwest RESA will assist NC Healthy Schools in implementing several key activities funded through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), by providing professional services, quality staff development, and support for our educational community in order to make a positive difference in student learning in those selected LEAs.

 

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Ann McColl Addresses Superintendent's Council

 

August 17, 2011 - The first Superintendent's Council meeting of school year 2011-12 took place at the Northwest RESA offices in Wilkesboro, NC, with guest speaker Ann W. McColl, the Legislative Director for the North Carolina State Board of Education. Ms. McColl discussed a number of legislative items with the large number of school superintendents present and provided insight as to the upcoming legislative agenda. Dr. Keith Eades, Region 7 & 8 Lead and School Transformation Representative for the Department of Public Instruction also gave an update on the upcoming common core training. Other information was shared by  Mr. Jack Hoke, Superintendent of Alexander County Schools who serves on the State Superintendent's Committee.

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Principals


 

Principal Common Core/Essential Standards Professional Development
August 1, 2011

Holiday Inn Express, Wilkesboro, NC

Keith Eades, the NC Department of Public Instruction Regional 7 Lead for District & School Transformation, along with Heather Mullins and Kimberly Simmons, Professional Development Leads for Region 7, conducted these sessions focusing on the administrator's role in implementing the Common Core State Standards. The presenters defined the Common Core and Essential Standards content, practices, and assessment processes which included terminology and distinctions from the current Standard Course of Study. They also outlined the benefits and challenges within the context of school leadership. Also addressed were issues and items which require principals' attention and focus, leadership practices and processes for meeting teacher needs, and management structures that support implementation. Those included:: Department head/grade leader focus on instructional leadership, ensuring opportunities for effective functioning of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and shared decision-making and distributed leadership. Additionally, transitions and implementation planning along with a timeline were discussed as well as collaborating with and utilizing district implementation teams for interface with school staff. The use of DPI staff/resources/tools to support school faculties and staffs was explained.

 

 

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Get Out (Outside That Is!): Introduction to Using GPS Devices

 

March 24, 2010 - Gina Barrier, Western Outreach Coordinator, The Science House, NC State University asked participants to reflect on the following questions: Are you tired of doing the same old thing in your classes?  Are you ready to spice things up and try something new?  How would you like having GPS devices brought to your classroom when you requested them? 

Teachers enjoyed a day of training, courtesy of The Science house of NC State University using GPS devices to explore new and exciting ways to teach science concepts.  Participants had the opportunity to investigate many types of caches, how to incorporate the technology into your existing lessons, and also have time to create new lessons.  (No previous experience with GPS units required). This workshop was beneficial for teachers, grades 6-12 (especially wonderful for integrated lessons).  Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science and Biology content were addressed and aligned to the NCSCOS.

 

 

Creative Ideas, Instructional Strategies and Hands-On Learning Projects

 
March 23, 2010 - Jennifer Beck, Jane Bradley, Dottie Hayes and Heather Puhl, Instructional Coaches, Burke Co. Schools presented visual, spatial and kinesthetic activities used to tap into the creative side of learning for teachers and students.  Fun art-based projects to promote higher order thinking and increase vocabulary skills were shown how easily they can be used to adapt to fit any content area.  Presenters demonstrated a variety of hands-on projects to inspire participants and get their creative wheels turning.  Teachers were asked to bring EOG/EOC sample questions, textbooks, vocabulary word lists and copies of their NCSCS Goals and Objectives in order to design unique projects for their students.   

 

Fundamentals of Grant-Writing (Level I)

 
March 11, 2010 - Karen Lowe, Media and Grantwriter Consultant, NWRESA, conducted this workshop as an introduction to grant-writing, covering the basics of submitting a grant proposal including: Components of a grant proposal, gathering needed data and documentation, tips for writing a basic proposal, and introduction to funding sources.  This workshop was designed for those with little to no experience in grant-writing who wanted to learn how to get started.   

 

Numeration – Teaching the Concept of Number in the Primary Grades

 
January 29, 2010 - Michelle Wise Capen, Math Teacher, Caldwell County Schools showed participants how to connect memorization of math facts with a concept of number in grades K-2.  Using a combination of math games, hands on activities and story problems, this workshop helped teachers assist students in gaining a strong concept of “how much” and “how many” – otherwise known as Numeration!  Participants learned how to identify math misunderstandings in young learners and how to create early interventions using research based methods.  

 

Alphabetica: Thinking Creatively

 

January 27, 2010 - Deanna Hanlin, NWRESA Consultant and Sheree Sloop, Creative Memories Consultant presented this make-it-take-it workshop beginning with a personal word wall book, using words that are significant to you, new words you’ve learned in your personal or professional growth, etc.  Participants were shown by creating their own personal “word wall,” how it would give unique ideas for ongoing projects for students.

Participants brainstormed prior to the workshop to come up with their word lists for each letter of the alphabet – keeping a word journal.   Connections were made to the new Rubric for Evaluating NC Teachers and the NC Professional Teaching Standards.  Presenters, Dee and Sheree, got the participants started, then they could spend the day working their own personal book.  
Participants were asked to collect and bring cut out letters, words, and/or phrases, pictures of things that made their heart sing!  Old magazines, etc. were also ideas provided to share.
  Participants were asked to "Think collage!"

 

 

North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process Training

 

January 26, 27, 2010 - John Caldwell, NWRESA Consultant, and Principals’ Evaluation Instrument Trainer conducted this two-day training as an in-depth study of the five standards including clinical observations (videos) using the evaluation rubric. The new instrument is to be implemented in all systems during 2010-2011 school year.  Full implementation to be completed by July 1, 2011. 

 

 

Constructing Number Sense

 

December 15, 2009 - Martha Turner and Julie Little, Teachers, Blue Ridge Elementary, Ashe County, presented activities  in this session  designed to enhance students’ reasoning and overall understanding of mathematical concepts.  These problem based lessons provided an overview of the 2009 Essential Standards in mathematics with an emphasis on fractions. Participants were given various activities that develop number sense, explore fractional representations, and relate fraction and decimal concepts.

 

 

Beyond Collage- Create, Recycle and Combine Media

 
December 9, 2009 - Vae Hamilton, Artist, taught teachers how to explore new dimensions and freedom in their art work. This workshop  introduced  new and experimental ways of using paint and collage with water-based acrylics.  Participants explored the use of various design formats and the ways they aid in creating paintings with good composition. Participants worked from transparent to opaque with color and value,  and explored the use of watercolor and acrylic application, gel mediums and gesso.  They also employed transfers, texture techniques, computer generated images, stamping, “found” materials, and make “road rust”. The techniques used were child and adult friendly. 

The day included several demos and time for participants to work. Vae has been teaching workshops in the Southeast for 15+ years and 13 years at ASU.  Her current work is displayed at Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk and Seven Sister’s in Black Mountain. Vae has worked with Katherine Chang Liu, Wolf Kahn, Carrie Brown, Ernesto Velardi, Carol Barnes and Fran Larsen and has attended the prestigious Springmaid Mills Watermedia workshops for 15 years. She is featured in Gerald Brommer’s book, “Collage Techniques” and created the cover art for “Branches, Volume 10”, receiving the 2001 “Editors Choice Award”. Her paintings  appeared on the cover of “Art of Wellbeing” Magazine, fall 2002. She placed and was published in the National Ohio Grand Exhibition 2000. Hamilton is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the Society of Layerists in Multimedia.

 

 

NC Principals’ Evaluation Instrument and Process Training

December 3 & 4, 2009 - John Caldwell, Principals’ Evaluation Trainer and NWRESA Consultant conducted this two-day session  for newly appointed principals, superintendents and/or principal evaluators.  This training  reviewed the seven standards and the evaluation process of the North Carolina Executive Evaluation for principals.

 

Implementing Inquiry Based Instruction in the Math Classroom

 
December 2, 2009 - Teachers who attended this workshop learned how to turn that natural inquisitiveness of students into a positive, valuable learning experience.  This workshop gave objective and specific ideas for implementing inquiry-based instruction into the math classroom.  Participants created lessons that can be used in the classroom to foster inquiry-based instruction.  

 

Vertical Alignment and Curriculum Mapping

 
December 1. 2009 -- Heather Mullins and Jennifer Griffin, Curriculum Specialists, Hickory Public Schools presented to District-level administrators, school-level administrators, and teacher leaders on how to plan effectively for district-wide alignment and curriculum mapping using research-based strategies.  A step by step process, examples, and resources were shared.  Methods of facilitation and specific potential roadblocks were also addressed.   

 

What’s HOT?: Higher Order Thinking Skills

 
November 30, 2009 - In this workshop participants learned from Lora Drum, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools. many creative ways to make their classrooms HOT!  Through Higher Order Thinking skills and strategies, students will stretched their thinking and became more engaged in learning.  Ideas and ways to help make your students become better critical thinkers and problem solvers were explored.  This workshop proved to be a day filled with ideas for teachers to take back and utilize in their classroom.  

 

Essential Questions and Clear Learning Targets

 

November 18, 2009 - Presenter Heather Mullins, Curriculum Specialist, Hickory Public Schools, cited that Wiggins (2007) defines an essential question as, “…important, vital, at the heart of the matter – the essence of the issue.”  Overarching essential questions requires students to use prior knowledge, new information and individual research/experiences to formulate a response.  Overarching essential questions require students to apply, evaluate, judge, and create.  Participants explored how to move from “stepping-stone questions” to overarching, high-quality essential questions as well as the relationship between essential questions and clear learning targets.  Teachers brought a unit outline or materials to develop materials on site.

 

 

Guided Math for the K-5 Classroom

 
November 17, 2009 - Alycen Wilson, Math Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools introduced ways for teachers to keep students engaged in math instruction. New strategies were discovered to keep students active and involved, while meeting the individual needs of all students.  Teachers left with ideas of how to manage small group instruction while keeping the other students engaged and on task.  This was a make-and-take workshop with grade level specific activities ready for implementation.  

 

Comprehension Strategies

 

Joan Huffman, Retired Instructional Coach, Wilkes County Schools and currently a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, demonstrated to  teachers ways to improve their students’ comprehension skills.   Participants learned comprehension strategies to make students stars in reading.  Strategies included summarizing, comparing and contrasting, main ideas, learning logs, and literacy skills. 

 

 

Books R 4 Boys 

November 10, 2009 - Tericia Summers, Instructional Facilitator, Caldwell County Schools and Bobbi Faulkner, Draughn High School, Burke County Schools presented ways to engage and entice boys in literacy giving them choices in reading materials and their teacher choosing to embrace their home literacy practices.  This workshop was designed to provide Grades 6-12, ELA teachers with surefire strategies for engaging reluctant male (and female) readers.  Strategies included reading young adult novels that embrace positive male archetypes, bringing in local male role models to share  reading experiences and reading to the class (firemen, policemen, local politicians, etc.), and reading multigenre novels that develop plot through chat room sessions, emails, texts, conversations, etc. ( Sharon Draper’s Romiette and Julio was used as the literary model). Other strategies included introducing the classics through alternate genres such as the graphic novel and comic books, using class blogs to foster discussion (and to augment classroom journals), using reader’s autobiographies to help students explore their lives as readers, including when (and if) they stopped liking to read, and using the learning log as a tool in the language arts classroom.  Teachers were asked to bring in their most engaging literacy units, preferably those that embrace 21st century technology, to share.

 


 

Literacy and Science: Connections That Spark!

November 3, 2009 - Joan Huffman, Retired Instructional Coach, Wilkes County Schools, and currently a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University provided connections to literacy and science through experiments, read alouds, science journals, connecting comprehension to content, using the Scientific method, and many more literacy connections.  Participants learned to experiment, enjoy, and make connections that will “spark” their students’ interest.

 

 

Interpreting 101 - What You Need to Know

November 6, 2009 - Ashleigh Lassiter, Interpreter & Mentorship Coordinator, North Carolina School for the Deaf discussed the complex requirements to become a credentialed/licensed interpreter in North Carolina at this workshop held on November 6. 

Addressed were the various settings, expectations and opportunities available to potential interpreters (i.e. educational, community, religious, etc.).  This training was not intended to teach persons how to interpret information, but rather how to take the information and needed skills to become a working professional.  Topics discussed were state requirements, national certification, roles and responsibilities, ethical dilemmas, and the RID Code of Professional Conduct.  Also addressed were the EIPA and NIC certifications.  The course benefited persons seeking to become an interpreter, interpreter supervisors/coordinators as well as those desiring to increase their awareness of the role and responsibilities of interpreters.  Upon completion, participants obtained the knowledge needed to begin or further their professional development as an interpreter. 

NCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  This Professional Studies program was offered for .5 CEUs at the selected Content Knowledge Level.

 
   

Vocabulary and Adolescent Literacy Strategies

November 4, 2009 - Presenters Heather Mullins, Curriculum Specialist, and Donna Murray, Instructional Technology Specialist, Hickory-City Schools provided participants with over forty strategies and just enough theory for application on the topics of facilitating vocabulary instruction and fostering adolescent literacy for students in grades 6-12.  Technology tools, sheltered strategies, research-based literacy and vocabulary strategies were presented. Participants received copies of the strategies as well as examples of how they can be used in class. Teachers used their laptops to explore the resources presented.

 
   

 

Want to Make Your Students Hungry for Words?

Presented by Lora Drum, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools

October 1, 2009 - This session  “dished up” a plateful of ideas for turning students into Verbivores (a species that lives off words.)Participants collected “recipes” to help their students become vocabulary connoisseurs and shown ways to fill students’ gigantic appetites with words, leaving them hungry for more. 

This session also offered opportunities for differentiating vocabulary instruction.  Creative ideas and activities were shared to engage and motivate students in developing and expanding their vocabularies.  Participants were provided with strategies to integrate vocabulary instruction throughout their curriculum. 

 

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The Mountain Valley Partnership Project has begun its final year of Math Investigations instruction for hundreds of participants from Alleghany, Ashe, Elkin City, Hickory City, Wilkes and Yadkin County Schools. Deanna Hanlin, Director of the 3-year MVP grant, says that the primary goal of the project is to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics as measured by End-of-Grade tests, increase teacher mathematics content knowledge, and develop a sustainable partnership with the mathematics departments higher education, seven school districts, and the Northwest Regional Education Service Alliance in Wilkesboro, NC.  Investigations in Number, Data and Space will be implemented during the project as a standards-based curriculum to enhance the ability of elementary teachers to understand and use the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Professional development will also be provided to administrators to develop instructional leadership in mathematics, understand the role of teacher learning and observing in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

   

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Climb Aboard the Reading & Writing Express

 

September 24, 2009 - “ALL ABOARD!”  Lora Drum, Title I/ESL/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for Catawba County Schools, took her participants on a fast-paced ride through a literacy adventure.  This hands-on workshop offered participants multiple strategies for differentiating instruction designed to excite and motivate students in reading, writing and vocabulary development. Participants created many make-and-take samples to use in their classrooms.

 

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Getting to Know the WIDA Standards

 

Angela Garcia, ESL Teacher, NBCT, St. Stephens HS,  Catawba County Schools, gave an information session that began with an overview of the WIDA standards and the WIDA Standards Resource Guide. This document is a valuable resource as educators begin to incorporate the standards into daily classroom activity.  Participants gained an understanding of the meaning of the standards as applied to educating English language learners in North Carolina. A copy of the WIDA Consortium Resource Guide was provided for each participant. 

Participants also worked in grade-level cluster groups and practiced using the standards to create learning objectives for ELLs and discussed ways to bring the standards into their classroom practices. 

 

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Integrated Math Core Plus Training

July 6-10, 2009

July 6-10, 2009 - The Integrated Math 5-day training provided an overview of the Core-Plus Mathematics curriculum with sessions modeling classroom instruction and providing hands-on experience with the materials. Discussions included assessment strategies, facilitation of collaborative-learning groups, and program implementation and participants experienced using graphing calculators and CPMP-Tools software with the curriculum. Instructors also shared pacing guides correlated to the NCSCS for Integrated Math. A student text and single manipulative kit was also provided to all participants.

NWRESA is pleased to offer this and other quality staff development opportunities at no cost to our member systems!

 

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July 22-23, July 28, & August 4, 2009

Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills for Assistant Principals

                                                                                          

 

This four-day leadership training featured three outstanding educators in North Carolina, Linda Suggs, Ric Vandett and John Caldwell.  Mrs.  Suggs has served as the Legislative Director for the NC Department of Public Instruction and also served as Human Resources Director for Wake County Schools. Dr. Vandett has served in many important administrative roles and most recently has served as Superintendent of the Hickory City School System.  John Caldwell has served as a NWRESA Consultant and is a trainer for the Principals’ Executive Evaluation, the NC Teacher Evaluation Process and is a mentor trainer. 

Among the topics  discussed: How to work with politics at the local and state levels, working with School Boards, the importance of contacting legislators and elected officials, why spending time looking for the right person to hire; how to find good applicants; and essential administrative skills necessary for success.  Also discussed,  what do 21st Century skills look like in the classroom using mathematics as a framework?  A special reference was made to the new NC Teacher Evaluation Process.

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Quiltbooking

Participants of the popular “Art and Mathematics of Quiltmaking” workshops requested an encore!  So, for all of our artist and mathematicians, NWRESA offered “Quiltbooking,” integrating the arts of scrapbooking and quiltmaking. 

Participants received an 8x8 coverset and materials to make 6 quilt/picture pages.  They also learned to make templates for the blocks to be made of fabric by adding ¼ inch seam allowances. Lots of precision measurement was needed as  these art forms were combined.

Participants brought their creativity and some photos - while being supplied with other needed materials for an enjoyable day of skills application. 

 

 

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2008-2009 News Articles
Dr. June Atkinson Principals Council "Comprehension "What?"
Tools for Teaching Weather Math Investigations Principals Evaluation Training
Using Technology for 21st Century Writing Who Was LULU The Goat? Writing Across the Curriculum
NWRESA Hosts DPI Roundtable Advisory Principals Advisory Council Meets Leadership Summit for
Aspiring Superintendents and System Level Administrators
"Spelling, Phonics, and Word Sorts, Oh My!" "Middle School Science Behind CSI:
The Case of the Missing Champion"
2008-09 Leadership Academy for Building-Level Administrators Begins
Math Investigations Begins Year 2 Integration of Mathematics and Science John Caldwell Conducts NC Executive Evaluation Training
Executive Evaluation Training Sessions Visual Journaling  

 

 

Principals Council

 

A distinguished panel of North Carolina School Superintendents including Dr. Marty Hemric, Watauga County Schools, Dr. Ric Vandett, Hickory City Schools, Dr. Don Martin, Winston Salem School Superintendent along with Dr. Joe Sinclair, NWRESA Executive Director, addressed a large group of Principals with questions concerning the budget crisis during the recent Principals Council meeting.

 

NWRESA Consultant Dee Hanlin and co-presenter Sheree Sloop

Art and Mathematics teachers participated in an encore of the popular “Art and Mathematics of Quiltmaking” workshop. All artists and mathematicians we not disappointed as NWRESA Consultant Dee Hanlin and co-presenter Sheree Sloop offered the art of “Quiltbooking,” integrating the arts of scrapbooking and quiltmaking. 

Participants received an 8x8 coverset and materials to make 6 quilt/picture pages and also learned to make templates for the blocks to be made of fabric by adding ¼ inch seam allowances. Lots of precision measurement is needed as we combine these art forms. 

 

"Comprehension "What?"

Carol Sutherland,  K-5 Language Arts Consultant, NCDPI

Carolyn Southerland, K-5 Language Arts Consultant, NCDPI, presented an informative workshop entitled "Comprehension "What?"  which allowed teachers to gather important and unique ways to help students comprehend written text.  This technical assistance session included ways to motivate students to read and become independent life long readers.  Good literature selections were discussed and correlated to strategies that students use when learning to comprehend text. Participants learned good strategies to help students with comprehension and also have fun with “Make and Take” activities.

 

Principals' Evaluation Training

John Caldwell, Principals' Evaluation Trainer and NWRESA Consultant, addresses Principals during the two-day session for superintendents/evaluators and principals. The training reviewed the seven standards and the evaluation process for the new instrument.  

Dr. June Atkinson, NC State School Superintendent

  North Carolina State School Superintendent, Dr. June Atkinson, recently attended the Northwest RESA Superintendent's Council meeting and responded to many questions superintendents had regarding how the stimulus money may be used for education within their school districts. Retiring Hickory City Schools' superintendent, Ric Vandett, was also honored with a surprise birthday cake for his 64th birthday.

 

 

 

Karen Lowe addresses Math Investigations Content Groups on how to pursue grant opportunities.
 

Math Investigations Training

  Dr. Betty Long from Appalachian State University, along with co-presenters Tina Higgins, Wilkes County Instructional Coach, and Cynthia Townsend, have conducted 6 sessions for teachers participating in the Math Investigations Content groups. The Green and Yellow content groups are made up of 30 teachers randomly selected from Grades 3-5 who are already participating in the Mountain Valley Partnership Project. The content group sessions focus on how the training connects from one grade level to another.

 

TOOLS FOR TEACHING WEATHER



Dr. Cliff Mansfield

Dr. Cliff Mansfield, retired chemist and teacher with WS Forsyth County Schools, presented an informative workshop on March 19, 2009.

Cliff is a long-time weather buff, and recent attendee at the National Weather Service Training School. 

Participants explored activities available from the American Meteorological Society and NOAA for teaching weather and left this training with fun, hands-on exercises to promote interest and understanding of the weather. 

 

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

 

Patricia Chalmers and Phyllis Blue, DPI Language Arts Consultants, addressed content area teachers in Grades 5-9 as well as Literacy Coaches and Administrators, during their Writing Across the Curriculum workshop held February 19, 2009. NWRESA hosted the regional workshop sponsored by the NC Department of Public Instruction. The workshop was designed to help teachers in all content areas, grades 5-9, with learning how to incorporate writing into their teaching of the SCOS. Strategies were provided to encourage students to develop as writers. Teachers were given a document that guided through the development of the writing process in all disciplines.

 

Patricia Chalmers and Phyllis Blue
DPI Language Arts Consultants

 

During the final Curriculum and Instructions Directors meeting for the current school term, Northwest RESA bid farewell to Directors Marsha Woodard, Gail Ford, and Susan Pollpeter, all of whom are retiring.

 

 

Using Technology for 21st Century Writing

 

 
Teachers enthusiastically enjoyed exploring writing and technology skills used to create podcasts, wikis, and blogs by listening to presenter Carol Baldwin, author of Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8. Carol shared her writing and technology skills with teachers on February 11, 2009.  Using their laptop computers, teachers experienced hands-on fun possibilities of the 21st century writing. Writing and sharing lesson plans concluded the session, addressing North Carolina's Language Arts and Computer Technology Standards. Teachers left with numerous ideas that they wanted to implement in their classroom immediately.

 

 

LULU - We Miss You!

 

 

 

Leadership Summit for Aspiring Superintendents and System Level Administrators

 

The two-day summit was held for educators aspiring to hold district-level positions.  The purpose of the summit was to gain practical knowledge and experience not taught in graduate school programs.  Panels of superintendents and other administrators were featured discussing such the following topics:

  • So You Want to be a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent?
  • Critical Elements of Dealing with Boards of Education
  • Organizing a District-Level Team
  • Qualities for a District-Level Administrator
  • Balancing Your Personal and Professional Life

 

 

 

 

Dee Hanlin

 

  Stephen Martin, Director of Elementary Education for Caldwell County Schools, recently  expressed his appreciation to NWRESA consultant, Deanna Hanlin:
 

Dee:  I wanted to take a moment and share with you a comment I heard today while visiting with a 5th grade teacher who attended your workshop in October. She said that before the workshop, she had recently taught quadrilaterals to her students. Many did not "get it." She came back to school and told the class to scrap their recent work and they were starting over. She used the "quad squad" and the students all did wonderfully. She said it "clicked" with them all and it was great! She teaches at Hudson Elementary School. She has already shared with her fellow 4th and 3rd grade teachers at HES about how meaningful, practical, and useful the activities were that you taught at the 5th grade session. She encouraged them to go to the upcoming sessions as well.

I've had other positive comments throughout the district as well. Just wanted to give you a compliment and say that I'm looking forward to the January sessions. I also told Dr. Sinclair when I saw him last week that your session was fantastic! Thanks for all!
-- Stephen Martin

 

NWRESA has one of the most active regional Principals Advisory Councils in North Carolina. The council meets on a monthly basis during the regular school year.

 

 

 

 

DPI Roundtable Advisory Panel Meets at NWRESA

 

 

 2008-09 Leadership Academy for Practicing “Building-Level” Administrators Begins

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Dr. Joe Sinclair has assembled an expert panel consisting of Linda Suggs, Cathy Tomon, Deborah Jones, Hank Hurd, Steve Moree, and various panels of NWRESA Superintendents to assist principals in meeting the following mandate:  

“Effective July 1, 2007, school administrators shall earn at least five renewal credits during each renewal cycle that focus on the principal’s role in teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluations, teacher support programs, teacher leadership, teacher empowerment, and teacher retention.”(GS 115C-12(9)a)

To assist administrators in this process the Northwest RESA (with the support of member superintendents) has begun its exciting and innovative academy for practicing administrators in northwest North Carolina.  This academy will focus on the above mandate: teacher recruitment, teacher empowerment, and teacher retention.

Topics will include: Interviewing Skills for Administrators, Nurturing Your Employees, Politics in Education, The Principal’s Role in Teacher Retention, Effective Resource Management, Instructional Leadership and Monitoring, and Data Driven Decision Making.  Participants will also have related reading and one page summary to be submitted before November 20thThe Academy will consist of seven sessions and will conclude in March, 2009 

 

"Spelling, Phonics, and Word Sorts, Oh My!"

October 2, 2008 - Cathy Marlow, a Curriculum Coach and National Board Certified Teacher from Caldwell County, presented to fellow educators ways to use word sorts to teach the spelling and reading of word patterns.  Creative “memory tricks” were shared to help participants reach their struggling students who may be having difficulty learning the sounds and rules for phonics and spelling.  Participants had a great time learning new ways to teach spelling and phonics! 

 

 “Middle School Science Behind CSI: The Case of the Missing Champion”

 

October 2, 2008 - This unique hands-on workshop used a case study of a crime scene to explore the science behind various forensic techniques. The Case of the Missing Champion provided a crime scene and clues to the disappearance of a championship dog. Forensic techniques of fingerprint analysis, blood spatter patterns, hair and fur microscopic analysis, and chemical analysis of ink types and drug types were used to solve the case.

 

 

“Integration of Mathematics and Science: Developing Student Understanding of Important Measurement Concepts”

 

October 1, 2008 - Tim Hawig, Presenter and teacher from Hickory City Schools, conducted this workshop that demonstrated how measurement, as a curriculum strand, is common to both the NC mathematics and science curricula and serves as an ideal strand for integration of content. In his workshop, he introduced student-appropriate activities to unpack important measurement concepts, develop measurement vocabulary and definitions; and consider issues of accuracy and precision of measurements. Special attention was given to building on students’ everyday experiences with given attributes (e.g., mass and weight).

 

Mountain Valley Partnership Begins Year 2 of Math Investigations Training
 

 

 

The Mountain Valley Partnership Project kicked off its second year of Math Investigations instruction for hundreds of participants from Alleghany, Ashe, Catawba, Elkin City, Hickory City, Wilkes and Yadkin County Schools. Deanna Hanlin, Director of the 3-year MVP grant, says that the primary goal of the project is to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics as measured by End-of-Grade tests, increase teacher mathematics content knowledge, and develop a sustainable partnership with the mathematics departments higher education, seven school districts, and the Northwest Regional Education Service Alliance in Wilkesboro, NC.  Investigations in Number, Data and Space will be implemented during the project as a standards-based curriculum to enhance the ability of elementary teachers to understand and use the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Professional development will also be provided to administrators to develop instructional leadership in mathematics, understand the role of teacher learning and observing in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

 

NC Principals' Evaluation Instrument and Process Training

 

September 19, 2008 - NC Principal's Evaluation Trainer John Caldwell conducted an additional session for principals in September. The session was to present the North Carolina School Executive Standards which were developed as a guide for principals and assistant principals as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as leaders throughout all of the stages of their careers. These standards are to serve as an important tool for principals and assistant principals as they consider their growth and development as executives leading schools in the 21st century.

 

 

Visual Journaling a Hit!

July 31, 2008- Mindy Essic, Art Teacher, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, returned to present the popular Visual Journaling workshop on July 31, 2008. Participants who may aspiring to be an artist were introduced to the scope of visual journaling, a way for artists, non-artists, students, teachers or anyone to combine both visual and written elements for creative processing. Ms. Essic pointed out that both Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo were visual journalists and kept sketches and notes as a way to record, plan, reflect, explore and create.  She demonstrated how the same creative process can be used across the curriculum with math, science, art, social studies, literacy, or just to sketch and journal for fun.  Teachers were shown ways to incorporate visual journaling by sharing their own journals and explorations with various art materials. Participants learned to use collage, drawing, painting, writing, mixed media, printmaking and related tools to embellish their journals.  Poetry, guided imagery and “getting started with a sketchbook,” were a few topics that were explored.  As Ms. Essic concluded, "Anyone can visually journal through written and visual personal expression."

Northwest RESA Hosts Executive Evaluation Training Sessions  
 

NWRESA welcomed hundreds of principals to Wilkesboro for the Executive Evaluation Training during June and July 2008. The training was mandated by the Department of Public Instruction and to meet the new NC Standards required for School Executives. In addition to the summer sessions, NWRESA consultant John Caldwell will  present a two-day session (a repeat of the summer training for superintendents/evaluators and principals), on September 18 and 19, 2008 at the Holiday Inn express in Wilkesboro. This training will review the seven standards and the evaluation process for the new instrument.

North Carolina Standards for School Executives
As Approved by the State Board of Education
December 7, 2006
 

Public education’s changed mission dictates the need for a new type of school leader – an executive instead of an administrator. No longer are school leaders just maintaining the status quo by managing complex  operations, but just like their colleagues in business, they must be able to create schools as organizations that can learn and change quickly if they are to improve performance. Schools need executives who are adept at creating systems for change and at building relationships with and across staff that not only tap into the collective knowledge and insight they possess but powerful relationships that also stir their passions for their work with children. Out of these relationships the executive must create among staff a common shared understanding for the purpose of the work of the school, its values that direct its action, and commitment and ownership of a set of beliefs and goals that focus everyone’s decision making. The staff’s common understanding of the school’s identity empowers them to seek and build powerful alliances and partnerships with students, parents and community stakeholders in order to enhance their ability to produce increased student achievement. The successful work of the new executive will only be realized in the creation of a culture in which leadership is distributed and encouraged with teachers, which consists of open, honest communication, which is focused on the use of data, teamwork, research-based best practices, and which uses modern tools to drive ethical and principled, goal-oriented action. This culture of disciplined thought and action is rooted in the ability of the relationships among all stakeholders to build a trusting, transparent environment that reduces all stakeholders’ sense of vulnerability as they address the challenges of transformational change.

In addition, these standards will serve other audiences and purposes. These standards will:

  • Inform higher education programs in developing the content and requirements of school executive degree programs;

  • Focus the goals and objectives of districts as they support, monitor and evaluate their school executives;

  • Guide professional development for school executives;

  • Serve as a tool in developing coaching and mentoring programs for school executives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHIVED 2007-2008 News Articles
Forensic Science Workshop NWRESA & USA TODAY Practicing Leadership Academy 2007-08
January 7, 2008 Meeting JASON Workshop Appalachian Region Math & Science Partnership Grant
Visual Literacy The Mathematics of Quilt Making NWRESA Principal's Council
Altered Books Workshop 2007 NCAEE Conference Literacy in a Bag
Critical Stance Science Matters Workshop MVP Grant
AIMS Workshops Science Safety Training Library Media Conference 2007
The Impact of Globalization:
Spanish for Educators
Milkin' the Mornin' and Squeezin' the Afternoon Leadership in the 21st Century
Put Pizzazz into your Students’ Writing: Using Fiction Techniques to
Write Grab-You-by-the Collar Expository Essays
Hands-On Science Experiences:
Efficacy in Selection, Design and Assessment (Grades 3-4)
Everyone is a Storyteller - Kerry Madden
A "Thank You" from Texas Instruments Writing on Demand Creative Teaching with an After-Christmas Budget
Reaching All of Our Students Just Say Poetry Writing on Demand
Reading, Writing and Social Studies Strategic Reading 6-12 Strategic Reading in 3-5 (Mardy Brown, NWRESA Consultant)
 Creative Teaching with an "End of  the Year" Budget   Visual Journaling
     

 

Strategic Reading 6-12

Knowing effective reading strategies builds confidence and enhances reading comprehension.  Mardy Brown, K-12 Language Arts Consultant for the Northwest RESA, presented a workshop filled with helpful strategies, interesting selections, and valuable resources.  This well-paced workshop provided helpful ideas to motivate students.

Participants shared the following comments:

  • “Multiple, useful strategies were shared!”
  • “I got some great ideas and samples I can use…also, time flew by…I was never bored and did learn a great deal!”
  • “Great ideas! Great presenter!”
  • “Join Mardy for another workshop!”

 

 

 

 Visual Journaling

Artists and non-artists alike were given the opportunity to explore visual journaling with practicing art teacher, Mindy Essic of Winston Salem, North Carolina.  Mindy provided an inspiring, hands-on day using cross-curricular strategies to enhance learning.  Participants found a wonderful modality to enrich their teaching and enhance student learning.  

 

Mindy will return July 31, 2008 to repeat an initial visual journaling workshop and again September 26, 2008 to do a follow-up training.  Watch for registrations on the Northwest RESA website. (www.nwresa.org

 

Read what teachers had to say about their day::

 

  • “I got just what I expected and MUCH, MUCH, More!”
  • “The examples were great!  I loved the Iguana idea, watercolor and written word, the portraits, and bookmaking.”
  • “…information, ideas, motivation, and laughter!”
  • “I look forward to another workshop with Mindy!”

 

 

 

 


2007-2008 Leadership Academy Schedule
 

July 26, 2007
August 8, 2007
September 12, 2007
September 25, 2007
October 9, 2007
November 13, 2007
December 4, 2007
March 4, 2008

Location:  Holiday Inn Express, Wilkesboro, NC

 


 


 


 

 

 

2007-2008 Practicing Leadership Academy Begins

Dr. Joe Sinclair, Director of NWRESA, welcomed over 40 school officials to the 2007-2008 Leadership Academy for Practicing Administrators which began on July 26, 2007 and will continue through March 2008 at the Holiday Inn in Wilkesboro.  Some of the top educators in North Carolina are on tap to present and the purpose is geared toward providing school administrators with ideas and strategies designed to benefit them professionally.  At the conclusion of the Academy, participants will have earned 54 hours of intense instruction and 5.4 renewal credits.  This satisfies the new mandate:  "Effective July 1, 2007, school administrators shall earn at least five renewal credits during each renewal cycle that focus on the principal’s role in teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluations, teacher support programs, teacher leadership, teacher empowerment, and teacher retention.”  (GS 115C-12(9)a)

“There was much preparation in organizing an event of this magnitude,” stated Sinclair, “as well as an immediate need to provide training to satisfy the new state requirements, mandatory for school administrators beginning with the 2008 school term.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a wide array of experts from all over the state of North Carolina to assist with this endeavor.”

Linda Suggs, a former Legislative Director for the North Carolina State Board of Education and ranked by the NC Center for Public Policy Research as one of North Carolina’s most influential lobbyists, presented intense sessions on Interviewing Skills for Administrators and Politics in Education. Ms. Suggs earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude at Meredith College and holds a master's from Duke University, with postgraduate work in curriculum and supervision at NC State University. She also is now working as an education consultant with her chief client being the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Also presenting for the academy was Jack Hoke, now in his 7th year as Superintendent of Alexander County Schools and a 31 year veteran in education. In August 2007, he was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to serve on the Professional Teaching Standards Commission to represent the 115 state superintendents. He also completed the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, served on the State Superintendents Advisory Council, the Board of Directors for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and served as Chairman of the NWRESA Board of Directors. His most recent honors include the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2007 Superintendent of the Year and the Northwest RESA Superintendent of the Year in 2006.

In addition to Linda Suggs and Jack Hoke, other important topics pertaining to teacher recruitment and retention will be presented by some of the top state leaders in education including Hank Hurd, Doris Jones, Gordon Millspaugh, Steve Moree and Alisa McLean.

During the 2006-2007 school year, the first Leadership Academy, which was also organized by the NWRESA, produced very positive results. Due to the high demand and limited space availability for the second academy, registration had to be limited.

LITERACY IN A BAG

A popular session for K-2 teachers has been “Literacy in a Bag.”  This “Make and Take” workshop gave teachers the opportunity to create high-interest, book bag activities to integrate into the curriculum. Workshop presenter, Tori Wise, T.O.Y. for Moore Magnet School in Winston Salem, NC is currently teaching kindergarten. The workshop has been a favorite and repeats have been requested.

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Strategic Reading in 3-5
Mardy Brown, Presenter
 

Knowing how to use effective reading strategies in the classroom builds confidence and enhances reading comprehension.  Mardy Brown, K-12 Language Arts Consultant with the Northwest RESA, gave teachers a day filled with helpful strategies, interesting selections, and valuable resources.  New ideas were shared as participants explored “hands-on” activities. 

Here are a few comments from participants:

  • “Excellent presentation!”
  • “The day went by fast due to the presenter making it so interesting. I feel energized in going back to the classroom with new ideas.”
  • “It was phenomenal!  I plan to take more workshops with Mardy.”

 

 

 

“Reading, Writing, and Social Studies”
March 7, 2008

 


Media specialists, classroom teachers, and instructional coaches gathered on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Express/Northwest RESA to hear Joyce Hostetter, renowned author of Blue and Healing Water, share her research and writing expertise.  Joyce’s selection, Blue, has been recognized by Parents’ Choice- Silver Honor, IRA Children’s Book Award for Intermediate Fiction, and Best Children’s Book of the Year-Bank Street College of Education.

 As Mardy Brown, Language Arts Consultant shared, “It is not very often that you have the chance to have a real author spend the day with you to share the makings of a novel!”

 Polio and leprosy instilled great fear and tangled emotions for many during troubled times.   However, President Roosevelt focused on his abilities rather than his disabilities as he confronted the challenges of polio.  Students face many obstacles today.  Much can be learned as both teachers and students examine President Roosevelt’s remarkable life.

 An integration of themes took place throughout the day.  A luau took place in the afternoon!   Participants sampled an array of Hawaiian goodies!

What a delightful day with Joyce!

 


 

 

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Just Say Poetry
January 25, 2008

 


Colleen Dixon, Ashe County Schools, and Mardy Brown, Language Arts Consultant, NWRESA brought “poetry to life” in this fun-filled workshop. These two, energetic ladies provided practical lessons, integrated activities and a wealth of resources. Genres were explored and modeled! 

Participants made the following comments:

·         “I received wonderful ideas and am not afraid to write poetry with my students!

·          I wish this had been a two-day workshop instead of one!”

·         “I got more than I ever expected…new ideas, literature, and wonderful presenters!”

 

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Texas Instruments

 


Barbara Simpson - Texas Instruments Regional Representative

Congratulations to Dee Hanlin

Deanna "Dee" Hanlin is Northwest RESA's Math Consultant and a Texas Instruments T³ National Instructor. We congratulate her for the many math contributions she has made to educators throughout North Carolina!

 

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Leadership in the 21st Century
presented by Dr. Alisa R. McLean

Dr. Alisa R. McLean presents at the
Practicing Leadership Academy on October 9, 2007.

Dr. Alisa McLeanAlisa R. McLean, M.Ed., with the Center for School Leadership Development, Principals' Executive Program at UNC Chapel Hill, presented at the Practicing Leadership Academy on October 9, 2007. Dr. McLean shared with principals the importance of leadership, leadership skills, and having essential leadership characteristics. She also discussed types of leadership as well as leadership in North Carolina. Principals focused on the difference between management and leadership. "Leaders", said Dr. McLean, "can step 'out of the box' - know how to think about boundaries, and the basic assumptions which support them. It is not the 'big picture', but the ' picture behind the picture' that is essential to the exercise of leadership."

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Hands -On Science Experiences: Efficacy in Selection, Design and Assessment
(Grades 3-4)

Dottie Hayes, a teacher with Hickory City Schools, presented this informative workshop on November 2. Participants learned ways to allow their students to experience science through real world connections. Each increased their awareness of science content relative to the North Carolina SCOS by integrating the unifying themes of the National Science Standards into lesson plans. Participants designed a learning sequence including identification of learning targets, selection of the best investigations and various forms of assessment.

 

Fall Media Workshop
 “Sailing into the Future: The Next Generation Reads!”

 

Karen Lowe, Media Consultant for NWRESA, organized and offered free of charge to membership schools, an annual day of staff development for media coordinators and other media personnel. The event was held at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College.


Sessions included: graphic novels, internet safety and misuse, the IMPACT model, assessing student learning in the media center, NC Children’s Book Award nominees, book reviews, and NCDPI presentations from Frances Bradburn, John Brim, Gerry Solomon and other media specialists.

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Milkin' the Mornin' and Squeezin' the Afternoon

Highlights from the Milkin' the Mornin' and Squeezin' the Afternoon with Deborah Dees, a National Board Certified Teacher from Fayetteville, NC


Deborah Dees, a National Board Certified Teacher, from Fayetteville, NC, recently presented a colorful presentation to a capacity crowd of educators at the NWRESA location in Wilkesboro.

Ms. Dees focused on how a teacher's instructional “time” is an extremely, precious commodity!  The workshop showed, not "told" how to effectively and creatively manage, integrate, and deliver instruction that is rigorous and relevant while forming academic and social relationships!  Participants experienced: The Magnificent Morning Graph, The Morning Meeting, Conversation Logs, Morning Routines that SET UP successful days, “Ditties” for everything, Probes, Author’s Chair, Learning Centers, and many other effective tips.

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 The Impact of Globalization:
 Spanish for Educators


Ryan McCreary, a teacher in Hickory City Schools,  recently participated in the World View Conference conducted by Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, and shared a dynamic presentation with fellow educators on September 21, 2007. 

As Ryan  merged  global awareness and skills in teaching Spanish, his presentation addressed the world's interconnections via world trade and the Internet, and focused on how educators must have an understanding of the global issues facing them today.

Participants became aware of the progress being made worldwide, and developed strategies that will allow North Carolina students to become leaders in an internationally-competitive job market.

Ryan truly values the importance of developing and maintaining strong student relationships.
 

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FORENSIC SCIENCE WORKSHOP

Experts from Ward Scientific led teams of math and science teachers as well as members of the local law enforcement through a fascinating day of investigating forensic science on July 11, 2007. Presentation techniques allowed participants to follow the path/trajectory of a bullet from weapon to victim or surface using 30, 45, 60, and 90 degree angles. Using simulated blood from Ward Scientific, participants learned how to safely and realistically demonstrate blood spatter analysis techniques to their students. allowing them to investigate the relationship between the height blood is dropped from and the diameter of the drop on impact. Students will also learn to recognize vertical blood drops on a variety of different textured surfaces and differentiate between high and medium velocity spatter such as from a gun shot or blunt force trauma.
Participants explored the techniques used by forensic anthropologists to determine the approximate age, race, height, and sex of a juvenile skeleton by assessing and measuring specific skeletal traits.  This workshop allowed participants to become actively engaged in the integration of math and science and was made possible by the Mountain Valley Partnership Grant, Deanna Hanlin, Director.

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     The Mathematics of Quilt Making

Participants of this unique workshop were treated to a historical background of quilt making and shown skills one requires for precision measurement and an understanding of geometry concepts. Candy St. Laurence, a quilt teacher and appraiser with a degree in Art History along with Dee Hanlin from the NWRESA staff, provided participants with an activity-filled day creating paper fabric quilts, designing tessellations, learning facts and folk tales about quilting, exploring many literature connections, from picture books to novels and making connections to the NC Standard Course of Study for mathematics, grades 3-8. Due to a heavy response, a second workshop is in the planning.

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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
What is it and how will it affect you?

The State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the N.C. Center for 21st Century Skills and other key partners, are developing an action plan to support the vision that all students will graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed for success in a 21st century, global society. Their work is based on the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a unique collaboration of leading business, education and government groups which believes that states can use the convergence of nationwide urgency, public and private consensus for significant school improvement, and federal requirements to develop visionary state education policies. Their work will likely impact the development of strategic plans and school improvement plans as adopted by boards of education and schools across our state. Melissa Bartlett, the 2002 State Teacher of the Year, and current member of the State Board of Education, has been named by Governor Easley as Director of the NC Center for 21st Century Skills.  

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LENOIR RHYNE HOSTS MEETING FOR SCIENCE SUPERVISORS

The Lenoir Rhyne School of Education, the Northwest RESA, and the Center for Inquiry-based Learning have partnered to provide an enrichment program for educators in northwest North Carolina. This opportunity will soon be offered to NWRESA members.  Now that science is tested in grades 5 and 8, many North Carolina school districts are thinking about improving science teaching in their schools.  Upgrading science system-wide is expensive and complicated.

It’s hard for teachers and administrators to learn enough early in the process when they need to make hard decisions.  To help districts get started, the Center for Inquiry-based Learning (CIBL) provides professional development and temporary use of science kits to help teachers and administrators get their feet wet before investing large amounts of time and money.  With a $5.3M grant from the National Science Foundation and large-scale corporate support, CIBL is helping more than a dozen school districts, some of which are now fully implemented.  CIBL is offering a half-day session to orient curriculum specialists in the NWRESA to the issues, concerns, and successful strategies from their experience since 2000.

An informative meeting was held on January 7, 2008 on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne College for all K-8 Curriculum Directors and Science Coordinators.   

The Center for Inquiry-based Learning is a group of scientists and science educators who are developing programs to assist teachers in the use of multi-disciplinary, hands-on, minds-on discovery methods for teaching science.  During the program on January 7, the CIBL staff will demonstrate how to enrich science instruction by making science more accessible and interesting to students of varying skill levels and educational backgrounds.

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NWRESA Assists in Developing Program for USA TODAY


July 7, 2006

Dear Dr. Sinclair: 

I would like to extend to you the appreciation of USA TODAY Education for helping us develop a new Math and Science Professional Development program.  The pilot program that we have implemented through the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance (NWRESA) for North Carolina teachers will benefit educators and students across the country.  We have already received requests from Miami Dade School District, Arlington School District in Virginia, and Los Angeles School District in California for this program.   

It has been helpful to have two professional experts assist us in the development, review and implementation of the program.  Both Deanna Hanlin and Martha Brown who work at NWRESA have been instrumental in the development of the USA TODAY Education Math and Science Professional Development.  This program will assist teachers who are required to teach reading across the curriculum.

We are grateful for the support of NWRESA in developing and piloting this important program.  There will continue to be a national and state focus on improving instruction in math and science.  Due to your support and efforts USA TODAY will continue to be an important partner in improving students’ performance. 

I look forward to continuing to work with you and your staff.

Sincerely,

Joyce L. Winterton, Ph.D.
Director of Education Programs

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MOUNTAIN VALLEY PARTNERSHIP GRANT IS FUNDED

A three-year instructional grant submitted by the Northwest RESA has been funded. Deanna K. Hanlin will serve as Director of the project entitled "The Mountain Valley Partnership for Elementary Mathematics" (MVP). MVP is a partnership formed between three institutions of higher education (Appalachian State University, Catawba Valley Community College and Surry Community College), seven school districts (Ashe, Alleghany, Catawba, Elkin City, Hickory City, Wilkes and Yadkin), and the Northwest RESA for the purpose of providing staff development to teachers in standards-based mathematics curriculum so that students will ultimately achieve better on end-of-grade tests.

Two teachers per grade level from fifteen schools in seven school districts have been selected to participate in staff development training in the Investigations in numbers, Data and Space curriculum. Professors from the mathematics departments from ASU, CVCC and SCC will provide the staff development training throughout the grant period. The teachers in grades 3-5 will be randomly assigned into one of two groups, a control group and a treatment group. The control group will receive the Investigations training, along with a professional development package called Bridges to Classroom Mathematics. They will participate in follow-up training in vertical groups of K-5 teachers to ensure the flow of the curriculum, common use of terminology, etc.

Training began on October 4, 2007 and will continue throughout the end of the 2007-08 school term.

 

Science Safety Training provided by ARMS grant

Deanna Hanlin announced that the ARMS grant would fund training for membership LEA's at a rate of $2250 per registered participant to attend the Science Safety Training. Linda Stroud of Science & Safety Consulting Services conducted the two intense science safety trainings with Level 1 being held in Raleigh and Level 2 in Wilkesboro during July 2007.

Since school science programs are integral in the development of young minds and important in the mastering of skills and
disciplines which will serve students throughout their lives, the training and reference material required to ensure a safe
laboratory experience cam become scattered through countless and sometimes obscure sources. These circumstances make it extremely difficult and complicated to achieve a consistent and diligent level of safety in the school laboratory with set
protocols and responses. All science programs have inherent dangers. In an environment where students are in contact
with chemicals, electricity, water, unfamiliar pieces of equipment, open flames, and a variety of biological materials, the
potential for an accident is apparent to everyone. These potential hazards can be readily addressed with the proper attention
and instruction.

With those goals in mind, participants left with an understanding and familiarity of the legal requirements and nuances vital to the proper administration of their school science program.

 

 

2007-2008 NWRESA Principals' Council


The Northwest RESA is pleased to host the Northwest Principal's Council for the 2007-2008 school year. Meetings begin in October and end in April, with guest speakers discussing important information about administrative matters. Last year, topics included school law, student accountability, school finance, gang violence in schools, public relations and how to deal with the media, personnel issues and other administrative topics. Joe Sinclair coordinates the council which is made up of one administrator from each member system.

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Visual Literacy:  News Photos, Comics, Political Cartoons and More

      
      

Sandra Cook, Certified Reading Teacher and Newspaper in Education Instructor, NC Press Foundation, and Jock Lauterer, Lecturer, UNC-Chapel Hill (with support from Carole Ireland,  W-S Journal entertained participants who explored the meaning and significance of photography in communication and discuss the ethics of photojournalism with Jock Lauterer, a professional photographer and lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Participants learned how to analyze news photos, comics, political cartoons, ads and other graphic content found in newspapers and received print and web-based curricula to support their use of those features in the classroom.  Participants were shown how varied content in a newspaper could be used to appeal to students with different interests and abilities to allow them build on what they know.  It was shown how thoughtful analysis of a newspaper’s visual elements encourages and requires reading and writing as well as integrates different subjects.

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AIMS Workshops Benefit Hundreds of Teachers
Deanna Hanlin, Director of the Appalachian Region Math and Science Partnership grant, made possible six 4-day workshops for teachers during June and July 2007, which provided hands-on content and management strategies, aligned to NCSCS.  The AIMS Model of Learning provided a practical method for differentiating ionstructional strategies to meet the diverse needs of all students and promoted conceptual understanding. The workshops focused on a different content strand each day and provided teachers with relevant publications and/or manipulatives. The registration fee of $405 per registered participant , was covered by the ARMS grant.

Kay Kent Returns for K-2 Math and Science Sessions

 

Kay Kent, an nationally certified AIMS Instructor, returned for a 2-day session to benefit teachers in K-2 (one day Science/one day Math). Participants received science training that addressed Life, Earth and Physical Science and engaged in hands-on activities to help student's gain conceptual understanding. NC Science goals were also addressed.

Math participants received a hands-on, minds-on, learning experience to help engage their students while teaching the concepts addressed in the NCSCS for Math. Teachers went away with plenty of K-2 math ideas to rev up their classrooms!

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Science Matters

         

To help “spark an interest” in science, Dottie Hayes, Hickory City, and Mardy Brown, NWRESA, co-presented “Science Matters: Action Science and Literacy” on June 13, 2007.  This interactive, hands-on session provided the opportunity for teachers to explore various stations and to conduct investigations. The workshops were made possible by the ARMS grant.

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Altered Books Workshop

Can one turn a tired, old, discarded book into a “work of art?”  Heidi Wicker, Art Specialist and NC Elementary Art T.O.Y. helped teachers do just that! 

Altered books are currently displayed in art museums across the United States.  The results from this session were worth “showcasing!”

 

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Critical Stance Workshop

Having the necessary skills to read analytically is critical.  Mardy Brown has conducted numerous sessions both on-site and regionally with “Strategies for Success with Critical Stance.”  She will present this training for the Burke Staff Development Day on August 15, 2007 and the Hickory Staff Development Day on August 21, 2007. This training will allow participants to explore author’s craft through strategic reading strategies using various genres and real-world selections.
   

 

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How does the JASON Professional Development program improve instructional practices and increase teachers’ science and math content knowledge?

Teachers get results! & become skilled and confident instructors through the JASON curriculum.  A recent SRI International evaluation showed teachers participating in the annual JASON professional development program reported significant gains in classroom inquiry practice, expanded teaching techniques, access to new resources, increased comfort with the Internet, and increased confidence in themselves as teachers.

JASON can help you meet your science and math instructional goals!

To learn more visit www.jason.org

NASA recommends Mysteries of Earth and Mars curriculum as “outstanding.”

As part of the Appalachian Region Math and Science Partnership,  Project Director Deanna Hanlin joined with Appalachian State University in presenting the second year JASON curriculum entitled "Mysteries of Earth and Mars".   Over 100 attended NWRESA's JASON Workshop at ASU conducted by Dr. Rob Sanders, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.  Dr. Sanders, along with 10 assistants, provided the day-long training which included 10 break-out sessions: It's Alive!, Properties of Salt and Freshwater, Extreme Adaptations, Safe Landing, Take Off!, The Facts of Friction, Get the Signature!, Modeling Martian Craters, Martians Among Us, and Team JASON online.

Dr. Sanders  has conducted years of research in the area of interaction and collaboration in virtual learning environments and has been involved in the JASON Project for four years. He began when JASON X asked that he provide training for teachers in the Southwest region of Ohio. He subsequently worked with JASON for the next three years, conducting training for JASON and supervising trainers to offer additional training workshops. He also served on the board for JASON-Ohio, a committee of JASON PINS Coordinators and Trainers from Ohio.

The latest JASON EXPEDITION: MYSTERIES OF EARTH AND MARS is designed to allow students to accompany Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists who will take middle-grade students and teachers on the trip of a lifetime - to Mars! Working with partner organizations such as NASA, as well as research and academic institutions around the world, students will conduct investigations and make discoveries that will help unravel the Mysteries of Earth and Mars. JASON expeditions are science-centered supplementary educational products for middle grades, featuring experienced-based, multimedia curriculum materials developed around real research by real scientists.

A NASA review panel that includes five educators and two scientists recommended the Mysteries of Earth and Mars curriculum with an overall rating of “outstanding”, the highest rating possible.  

Research conducted by the Center for Children and Technology (CCT) indicates that “JASON students consistently scored above average and out performed non-JASON students.”

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Nationally Known Speaker Presents for NWRESA

Dr. Tate pictureDr. Marcia Tate, a national educational consultant that has presented to over 75,000 administrators, teachers, parents, business and community  leaders throughout the United States,  was the guest of NWRESA on October 5, 2005 for the first of her popular workshops  entitled "Classroom Management".   During her 30-year career with the district, Dr. Tate served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director.  Her first book. Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain, has become a best-seller.   The ARMS Partnership project sponsored Dr. Tate who presented a second workshop for NWRESA, Worksheets Don't Grow Dentrites.

Classroom Management examined a wide array of student behavioral problems.  Dr. Tate's presentation covered student's behavior patterns when traveling from one classroom to another and exhibiting different behaviors depending upon teacher expectations and management techniques.  While we know that not all brains are the same, Dr. Tate suggests, there are teachers who consistently meet the needs of various brains in a well-managed, proactive classroom.  Participants learned the secrets of how to maximize instructional time and minimize disruptions by being introduced to a variety of ways to help with managing students including:  Establishing rituals and routines for a well-managed, proactive classroom environment; developing a classroom management plan which addresses unique student needs; Learning strategies for managing students who provide teachers with exceptional behavioral challenges, e.g., learned helplessness, attention deficit disorders, oppositional disorders, and conduct disorders.

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APPALACHIAN REGION MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP GRANT
 PROVIDES MANY BENEFITS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance provided its expertise toward identifying and assisting the number of middle school mathematics and science teachers who did not meet the Federal guideline requirement as being highly qualified, which became a key concern for North Carolina school districts attempting to meet the No Child Left Behind legislation. 

Thus, evolved the creation of the Appalachian Region Math & Science Partnership, a regional union consisting of 13 school districts, two universities and the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance, established exclusively to meet the needs of teachers who may lack full certification in the area of math or science.

Over a three year period, the ARMS partnership has provided scholarships and support to middle grade teachers who will complete a rigorous program of university courses and other teacher enhancement activities that has resulted in a masters degree, full certification, or both. The Partnership assisted participants to achieve their expectations by having the ARMS mentors provide sustainable, professional staff development at the local level and support for the ARMS scholars and other mathematics and science teachers in their schools. 

Participants of the Appalachian Region Math & Science grant received training from nationally known instructors, grant-writing workshop opportunities and thousands of dollars worth of equipment and educational materials.   In addition, the ARMS project has been of significant benefit to the local economy by purchasing much of the equipment and materials from local businesses as well as hosting dozens of workshops/trainings at its facility and in turn, encouraging participants to shop, dine and purchase gas while participating through the past 3 years.

The Appalachian Region Math Science (ARMS) Partnership was a 3-year project and focused on the improvement of math and science instruction at the middle school level.  Training for "highly-qualified" middle school math and science teachers began in the summer of 2005 and continued through June 2007.

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