When the North Carolina School Boards Association gather in Greensboro next week for its annual state conference, delegates to the three-day meeting will learn a lot about Lenoir County Public Schools.
Of the 50 breakout sessions scheduled – presentations by education leaders like the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Apple and the Center for Effective Teaching – five will be presented by LCPS staffers about LCPS, about notable work going on in this public school district.
No other public school district was asked to do as many presentations, Superintendent Brent Williams told the Lenoir County Board of Education at its Monday meeting.
Williams will lead the LCPS delegation that will include Associate Superintendent Frances Herring, Assistant Superintendent Nicholas Harvey II, Federal Programs Director Tina Letchworth, Media and Technology Director Charles White, Moss Hill Elementary principal Stacy Cauley and Frink Middle School principal Elizabeth Pierce.
Here are thumbnails of LCPS’s presentations as described in the conference program:
Summer Time Exceptional Magic; Designing and implementing engaging STEM instruction for fun summer learning – Summer Programming for students is essential to continuous and stimulating learning all year round. Through creative planning, grant opportunities and community partnerships, Lenoir County Public Schools is able to offer dozens of STEM themed camps and free Summer School to hundreds of children in the past three years.
For the past three summers, LCPS has offered dozens of STEM camp opportunities for students first grade through middle school, while also including transportation, meals, and a lot of great learning memories! Simultaneously, the district has partnered with Teach for America for the past two summers to host their residential training in Kinston, while also offering free summer school to our elementary students.
iPads and Learning: Make It Happen Every Day for Every Student! – Districts love to proclaim that they are a “1:1” district, but are they really? Shared laptop carts in a hallway, or having an opportunity for every child to use a device once a day, is not a truly integrated 1:1 learning environment. Five years ago, Lenoir County Public Schools made a vow to completely imbed technology into every classroom and in the hands of every single student and teacher. Today, LCPS has a Digital Learning Specialist in every school. The Digital Learning Specialist does not serve as tech support, but rather as a curriculum specialist who works shoulder-to-shoulder with every teacher in the building to create robust and engaging lessons that use the latest Apple technology.
Making Your LEA Competitive – How can LEAs compete with school vouchers, private schools and home-schools? Local citizens have more options for education than ever before, and providing opportunities for students that no one else can offer is a great marketing tool! LCPS has partnered with the local community college to offer multiple career pathways for traditional high school students to earn dozens of hours of college credit. Just this fall, our students are enrolled in 1,065 college classes at Lenoir Community College for the fall of 2017. The mutual camaraderie with LCC has birthed an amazing opportunity for every high school student in Lenoir County — the ability to graduate from high school with semesters of free college credit.
Charting the Course for Positive School System Transformation: One District’s Journey Through District Transformation – Lenoir County Public Schools has been recognized by North Carolina AdvancED for their tremendous efforts to turn their district around in the last 16 months. They share their gritty journey through transformation to help other districts do the same. (This presentation will be made both Monday and Tuesday.)