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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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