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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 →

Structuring the Environment


As a teacher, I remember often making a decision in the first five minutes of a meeting on whether or not that meeting was going to be successful. Many times that split-second decision had little to do with the content or the facilitator; it was often about what I saw when I walked into the... Continue Reading →

Do I Trust You? Do You Trust Me?


  "It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."  This observation from Charles Darwin is just as applicable to the world of education as it is to the natural world. Collaboration has at its core the word ‘labor’- a labor... Continue Reading →

Intentional Dialogue Around Data


Nearly every day we sit in rooms with data in front of us and we ask ourselves if our children are successfully reaching proficiency.  We say “error analysis is the answer”, “they missed that standard”, and “let’s remediate and test again”.  We talk across the table for hours postulating on the fact that “they just... 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 →

Expanding the Pathways


My bride sent me a text message in October with a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of the most amazing teachers she knows.  In the post, the teacher was looking for a 2nd job to take care of new family needs - daycare for a new baby. I thought, why on Earth would... Continue Reading →

Auld Lang Syne


Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?   The phrase "for auld lang syne" basically means "for (the sake of) auld times". The song originated as a Scottish poem in 1788 by Robert Burns, who penned the words he heard from an older... Continue Reading →

Got DRIVE?


Drive - it’s what gets us out of bed in the morning instead of sleeping in, it’s what keeps us going in good times and in bad, and it’s what can make or break a school system. In his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, author Daniel Pink points out that “We... 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 →

Let’s Give Thanks


Here in Pitt County Schools, we are blessed to have many amazing educators throughout the county that we are SO very thankful for. And so we thought that with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we would give those educators a chance to share what they are thankful for. Recently, I reached out to many of... Continue Reading →

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