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Jim Merrill from Wake County Schools has been selected to be one of four finalists for AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year. More information is available at http://www.aasa.org/. The program is co-sponsored by Aramark, VALIC and AASA, the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education, March 2-4, 2017, in New Orleans, La.
We have a great bunch of superintendents in the CCRESA, and Dr. Merrill will be an excellent representative at the state and national level. This is the third time that Dr. Merrill has been named a state Superintendent of the Year, twice in North Carolina and once in Virginia. As the 2017 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Merrill will compete on the national level for Superintendent of the Year at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education, to be held March 2-4, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.
The fifth and final session for this year of the Mission Critical: Preparing District Teams to Support the Digital TransitionÂ programÂ was held on Thursday, May 19th at the Friday Institute.Â During this session, participating districts reviewed their recently updated Digital Learning Rubrics and were introduced to a template for creating a plan of action for their districts. Participating districts will reconvene next year on October 4th to share their success stories and the plans that they have developed.
On December 10-11th, Laurie Fowler and Jason McCormick, consultants with Pearson, worked with teams from 10 districts on how to successfully implement a Personalized Learning Environment. You can link to their resource-filled Padlet by clicking here.
This month we concluded the math PD offered by Lisa Ashe, Joe Reaper, Kitty Rutherford, and Denise Schulz from DPI’s math section, headed up by Jennifer Curtis. School-based elementary and secondary teams from several districts attended separate full-day sessions in October and December. The PD was based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ book, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.
MISSION CRITICAL: Preparing District Teams to Support the Digital Transition is a full-year program offered by the CCRESA in partnership with the Friday Institute. The first of five sessions was held on September 22nd. Fifteen districts sent teams composed of high level decision-makers. Teams spent much of the first day discussing leadership issues around student learning, with a focus on how technology can enhance the learning environment and opportunities for students. The next session, on October 30th, will focus on C&I and professional development issues. in the meantime, the Friday Institute facilitators have asked district teams to meet at their sites to continue the discussion and planning that began on September 22nd.