Braxton Craven teachers selected for NC Digital Learning Coaches Network
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Friday, December 09, 2016
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BCMS Lead Teacher Sarah Allred & Media Specialist Amy Caputa Selected for Innovative Blended Professional Learning Program

As quickly as technology evolves, we are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this evolution for our students. We entrust instructional technologists, coaches, and media coordinators with this responsibility, but it can sometimes seem impossible without networking and support. To better meet the needs of these change agents we rely on, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has developed the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN), this year two cohorts will form across the state for professional learning beginning Oct. 27, 2016 in Raleigh and November 14, 2016 in Asheville.

Development supported by Project Tomorrow and with continuing support and partnership from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES), the DLCN was developed to assist schools and districts in the process of digital learning transitions, and to cultivate local capacity by providing support to those in coaching roles, as coaches are essential to leading and supporting student-centered digital learning and teaching.

In giving these coaches an opportunity to learn and network with other educators who are in similar roles, we are helping to build a support structure that will ultimately have a positive impact on student learning experiences,” said Nancy Mangum, project lead at the Friday Institute.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Allred and Amy Caputa were selected for this unique opportunity, and will join 194 other digital learning leaders from across North Carolina for the next eight months. Along with their new network of peers, Mrs. Allred and Mrs. Caputa will receive ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities to build their capacity in digital and personalized learning. They will also acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in leadership and supporting stakeholders at Braxton Craven Middle School in Randolph County.

This year’s cohort will be mentored by 23 members of last year’s inaugural cohort. Many of those participants are currently in the process of implementing digital learning initiatives in their own schools and districts.

“We are honored to have been selected for this wonderful learning opportunity.  Sarah is returning as a mentor, while I am participating as a new member of the digital coaching group,” said Amy Caputa.

This blended learning experience, built on the North Carolina Media Coordinator, Instructional Technology Facilitator & Coaching Evaluation Instruments, will help participants grow as educators, coaches and leaders while assisting them in building strong professional learning networks. The core components of Leadership and Culture, Effective Coaching, Content and

Curriculum, Sustainability and Evaluation, and Being a Connected Educator are woven throughout all components of the DLCN experience.

For more information on this project visit the project website: go.ncsu.edu/dlcn

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The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the North Carolina State University’s College of Education conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-makers, all centered on innovations that will help prepare K–12 students for college, a career, and citizenship in the global information age. http://fi.ncsu.edu.


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