Sharing the Message


When good things are happening, others notice. In the past three months the work of Pitt County Schools has been recognized by multiple organizations around the country, and I wanted to take a few minutes to share those links with you.  These are all located on our DEEL In the News! page (accessible by clicking... Continue Reading →

Looking Back and Looking Ahead


253.  That's the number of teachers this year who received financial supplements through programs under the R3 umbrella. 56.  That's the number of collaborative inquiry projects that were worked on this year. 89.  That's the number of collaborative inquiry projects we're anticipating will happen next year (which is also the same number of FTs we... Continue Reading →

You Matter


Sometimes it seems like the world is crashing down around us.  Educators are often judged solely by results on standardized tests, students come needing more than we are equipped to provide, and more often than people would like to admit there are more day days in the month than dollars in the checking account. And... Continue Reading →

Teacher Appreciation Week


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. As a way to honor all teachers, our department has decided to specifically talk about and acknowledge specific teachers - both teachers who have influenced us in our educational journey and teachers we interact with and support across this district.  Each day this week a different person from the... Continue Reading →

DEEL In the News


Over the past year the work of the DEEL department has been featured in multiple publications, and we wanted to provide a singular place where people (including us) could locate those publications.  Sometimes they're news stories regarding our work, other times they're articles that have been published by DEEL employees, and other times they're reports... Continue Reading →

MCT & FT Positions for 2018-2019 Announced


We are very excited today to announce that 65 new advanced teaching positions have been awarded to schools across the district. Over the past month district staff have reviewed applications and requests from teachers and schools for Facilitating Teacher, Collaborating Teacher, and Multi-Classroom Teacher positions for the 2018-2019 school year.  Below are the positions that... Continue Reading →

How Do We Know How We’re Doing?


R3 was birthed out of a desire to invest in teachers in our district, in response to a concern we had as a district that too many of our teachers were either leaving the classroom or the profession because they in large part because they felt there were not opportunities to increase their influence and... Continue Reading →

Metaphors… And all that Jazz


Have you ever stopped to consider the presence of metaphors in our every day language?  Have you ever reflected on how they might both reflect and influence your thinking and understanding about important concepts or ideas? A core belief that I have is our words reflect our thinking in very deep ways.  There are reasons... Continue Reading →

Situational Leadership Alignment


Note: this is a multi-week series on Situational Leadership and its roll-out here in Pitt County Schools.  To see read the other posts, please click here. Over the last three weeks we've gotten a general overview of Situational Leadership and also talked about how it might be applied; today I'd like to take some time... Continue Reading →

Situational Leadership in Action (Part 2)


Today's post is a continuation of last week's post, which is embedded within a larger multi-week series on Situational Leadership. Last week I ended by asking you to take time diagnosing people's readiness for a task.  We looked at two key terms.  The first was ability (and contrasting that with capability), and the second was... Continue Reading →

Situational Leadership in Action (Part 1)


Last week I introduced the leadership style matrix and talked about how it provides a framework for thinking about leading differently in different situations (hence the term situational leadership).  Today we’re going to take a look at how leaders know which quadrant to lead from. To answer the question, "How should I lead in this... Continue Reading →

Situational Leadership: An Overview


Today is the second post in a multi-week series on the Situational Leadership model; you can read the first post by clicking here. Last week I suggested that good leaders lead differently depending on the situation, and you may be wondering how that's even possible.  Let's start by looking at things from the perspective of... Continue Reading →

Situational Leadership: Setting the Stage


What makes an effective leader?  Think back over those leaders you have interacted with over your lifetime, whether personally or professionally.  What was it about them that made them effective?  Were they inspirational?  Did they challenge you?  Did they treat you as a person and invest in you relationally?  Did they give you autonomy?  Did... Continue Reading →

Introducing…..


You may have noticed that the last two posts had a different flavor and voice. One of the things we're focused on here at DEEL is continually developing all ourselves in multiple ways, and that includes sharing information on and writing for this blog. This past month Lori Collins, our Teacher Support Coordinator, and Lauren... Continue Reading →

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