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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 →

Welcome Key Beginning Teachers 2018


  Beginning a career in education can be an emotional journey. The road ahead can be overwhelming and often met with challenges. Many new teachers navigate these difficulties with great strides and show success with lessons and build relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the local community. Pitt County Schools is fortunate to have many... Continue Reading →

Introducing TLI 2020


At the heart of every school you’ll find teacher leaders. They serve on the School Improvement Team, they are coaches, they lead PLCs, they organize community events, and they are mentors; these teachers serve their schools and their students selflessly. Their passion and determination push them to better themselves and better their schools. Because teacher... Continue Reading →

Recruiting and Retaining


Fully engaged. Creating a better world, one leader at a time. Empowering leaders to live life on purpose. These are a few slogans used by various companies to attract employees. What I know is that who we are as educators is not a motto, quick slogan, rhyming phrase, or hashtag. And rarely do these catch... 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 →

What They’ll Remember


What will our students remember at the end of the year? Will they remember all the things we taught them? Will they remember all the skills we worked on? Will they remember all this for the test? Perhaps.  We hope. Will they remember the events of the Civil War? Will they remember what causes the... Continue Reading →

Reaching for Greatness


Think of the teachers that had a positive impact on you.  Why might they have been successful?  Certainly effective teaching is going on for the very reason that we can think of those people in our own lives.  There are three teachers I feel had the most impact on my identity as a learner.  Sister... Continue Reading →

Indoctrination to Education


I remember my first year in education: Kindergarten.  As the baby of the family, I was beyond excited to finally be able to board the bus and head to school with my brother and sister.  Back then kindergarten students went to school for a half day. There were morning and afternoon classes, and I was... 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 →

Celebrating Key BTs


The Key Beginning Teacher (Key BT) Program began in the 2014 - 2015 school year as a way to engage and empower beginning teacher leaders. Since its inception, approximately 190 beginning teachers have participated in the Key BT program. The Key BT program is designed to work with highly effective Beginning Teachers to train and... 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 →

Watching Pedagogical Content Experts


The Career Pathways that are part of the R3 Program to recruit, retain, and reward our best educators allows our teacher leaders to learn, explore, and collaborate to tackle instructional problems of practice. I have been thinking recently about what our teachers need to be able to do in order to begin the process of... 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 →

Peering Into a Community of Practice


Over the past year I have had the opportunity to be drenched in happiness while working with Facilitating Teachers in Pitt County, and it has been exciting to watch the transformation of our teacher leaders in this new role.  While there are so many incredible Communities of Practice (CoP’s) at work in Pitt County Schools,... Continue Reading →

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