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To-Do List: Professional Learning Community

To-Do List: Professional Learning Community

When was your last Professional Learning Community (PLC)? More specifically, how much effort did it require to schedule it and how convenient was it? And are you wondering how in the world can PLCs…
“Learn, do, teach” through summer externship

“Learn, do, teach” through summer externship

As a teacher, maintaining the status quo means falling behind as our understanding of living things has grown exponentially in what seems to be a few short years. During my June externship at t…
Teacher externship showcases power of collaboration

Teacher externship showcases power of collaboration

I have a confession: I am a complete science nerd. I embrace the label with pride.  So as the school year ended, my teacher friends packed up their rooms for the summer and chattered about trips t…
Graduates: Continue to Be Trailblazers

Graduates: Continue to Be Trailblazers

As I began thinking about what to say to you this evening, I thought it would be important to recognize that this week marks the 60th anniversary of the May 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decis…
NYC Study Visit: College & Career Ready

NYC Study Visit: College & Career Ready

The bright lights and fast-paced lifestyle of New York City are not what this Southern girl is used to seeing every day. I was so excited when my principal asked me to travel with North Carolina New S…
Revamped Meetings Make School a Learning Organization

Revamped Meetings Make School a Learning Organization

A colleague recently forwarded me a blog that posed the following question: “Is your school a learning organization?”   My initial thought was how could a school not be a learning organization…
Student Voices: Observing Innovation in Virginia

Student Voices: Observing Innovation in Virginia

[NC New Schools recently took a group of North Carolina students and educators on a study visit to Henrico County, Virginia. See more photos from the trip on our Facebook page.] As a student on…