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Don’t Fear Feedback, or Why I Love Our Instructional Coach

Shiny trinkets are shiny.

When I met our instructional coach, Dr. Barb Chapman, during my first week of work four years ago at Lee Early College, she seemed very nice and helpful. But the moment she said, “When do you want me to come visit your classroom?” I became instantly terrified.

The thought of having other people in my classroom gave me unbelievable anxiety,

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Lessons Learned with Syngenta
by Rebecca Stanley

Lessons Learned with Syngenta

Shiny trinkets are shiny.

In July 2013, I joined with a team of five teachers on a field residency to Syngenta sites in Minnesota, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. After the field experience, participants engaged in a week of sponsored lesson-planning time, allowing teachers to translate their findings into learning activities and curriculum materials for students. Participating teachers represented Atkins Academic & Technology

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Back-to-School Rounds
by Elizabeth Wiggs

Back-to-School Rounds

Shiny trinkets are shiny.

It’s funny how back to school anxiety never goes away. From kindergarten through my fourth year of teaching, I still find myself staring at the ceiling late at night in the days before school starts. My coworkers and I joke about it. We all have the Back-to-School Nightmares: the out-of-control classroom, the lost lesson plan, the forgotten ability to

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“STEM” Is Not a Course Title
by Courtney Harrell

“STEM” Is Not a Course Title

Shiny trinkets are shiny.

The acronym “STEM” — shorthand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a loaded term. For some of my colleagues who also teach in humanities fields, I confuse them when I mention that I am a STEM teacher.

“You teach language arts, yet you call yourself a STEM teacher?”  “Isn’t STEM an acronym for people who teach science and

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Teacher Voices: Summer Institute 2013
by Cyndi Soter O'Neil

Teacher Voices: Summer Institute 2013

Shiny trinkets are shiny.

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend three or four jam-packed summer days with more than 700 of North Carolina’s most innovative educators?

I’ll give you a hint: it’s pretty awesome.

In fact, as a former teacher, I must confess to being a little envious each year as I work alongside the rest of the NC New Schools staff to bring

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