Saturday, December 7, 2013

NC Educators Support #NCed

The #NCed team and Innovative School Partners recently recognized 25 North Carolina educators to follow on Twitter. These 25 educators were nominated and chosen by their peers for their contributions to improving education for students and teachers across the state. To recognize this accomplishment and thank them for sharing their passion and knowledge with others through social media, Innovative School Partners and the #NCed team sent t-shirts to these 25 educators. Now, it's time to see those shirts! Derek McCoy was the first to tweet us a picture of him sporting his #NCed shirt. As other NC educators share their photos, we'll post them here.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

#NCed and ISP Announce 25 NC Educators to Follow on Twitter

#NCed and Innovative School Partners are excited to announce the selection of 25 North Carolina educators to follow on Twitter. Nominations for candidates were submitted from across the state and span the full spectrum of experience, philosophies on education, and positions in education. Read more about these 25 exceptional educators who are impacting education across the state. 

Steven Anderson is an Educator, Speaker, Blogger, #Edchat Co-Creator, #140Conf Character, Edublogs Twitterer Of The Year, and ASCD Emerging Leader. Steven made the list of the Top 50 Innovators in Education and is a Bammy Award Winner. Steven currently serves as Director of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. @web20classroom

Dr. June Atkinson is the first woman elected State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina and has served in this position since August 2005. She has received numerous awards over the years including recent accolades such as the Champion of Children Award from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, the State Policy Maker of the Year Award from the National Association for State Educational Technology Directors, and the North Carolina Association of Educators Inclusive Leadership Award. In addition, Dr. Atkinson has held many professional offices and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Chief State School Officers. @drjuneatkinson

Ann Carlock is a K-12 social studies consultant at NCDPI. She loves to learn from fellow expert educators! @anncarlock

Dr. Jeff Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Education at Elon University where he teaches aspiring high school teachers. He taught high school and middle school English and ESOL for 10 years in Japan, Honduras, Massachusetts, Virginia, and North Carolina before moving into higher education. He tweets on a wide variety of education-related topics and has several on-going research projects on the use of social media in education. @doccarpenter

Melissa Edwards has a passion for combining past experiences as a classroom teacher along with a focus on literacy. She enjoys finding and sharing ways to connect learning, creativity and technology! @mwedwards

Jessica Garner has been a professional development lead for the NC Department of Public Instruction since 2011. She was a classroom teacher for 13 years, and her experience spans 4th grade through 12th grade, as well as teaching online graduate courses. She is a National Board Certified teacher who received her B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages from James Madison University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was named the 2009-2010 NC Teacher of the Year. @jessicacgarner

Cindy Geddes serves as the Director of Accountability and Technology Services for Newton-Conover City Schools in Newton, NC. Previously, she served for a year as the district's Instructional Technology/ Staff Development Coordinator and an elementary teacher for thirteen years. Mrs. Geddes was recently renewed as a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a co-founder/moderator of #NCed chat. Mrs. Geddes recently co-authored an article, Growing Technology Leaders, that was featured in the magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology. @cindygeddes

Lucas Gillispie is an instructional technologist, geek, and gamer working in southeastern North Carolina. His passion is leveraging popular video games like World of Warcraft and Minecraft to increase student engagement and learning. When not leading professional development to build an army of edu-geeks, he's an infrequent blogger on games and education at @lucasgillispie

Jennifer LaGarde is an Educator on Loan for the NC Department of Public Instruction, She is a nationally board certified educator with over 17 years experience. In 2011, her work was recognized by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. And in 2013 she was a Bammy Award finalist. Jennifer is also the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl. @jenniferlagarde
Jayme Linton is Instructor & Elementary Program Coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory and proud mom of two. Jayme is a doctoral candidate in the Teacher Education and Development program at UNC-G. She was recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" for 2012-13 and was selected for ISTE's Making IT Happen Award by NCTIES in 2013. Jayme is a co-founder of #NCed and also co-founded #edteach, a bi-weekly Twitter chat for pre-service teachers. @jaymelinton
Don Lourcey has been married for 23 years to the love of his life, Michelle, and has a 10 year old, brilliant daughter, Elizabeth, who also has his heart. He has been educator for 21 years, and is currently serving as the Director of Professional Learning for North Carolina Virtual Public School. Don is a National Board Certified teacher, since 2001, in AYA/ELA. He is passionate about Jesus Christ, his family, his small group ministry, teaching and learning, and the Florida Gators. @dlourcey

Stacy Lovdahl is passionate about bringing her love of science to middle school students in Catawba County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and has worked in manufacturing, environmental management and education for 30 years. Stacy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational technology. Her students use BYOD technology in the classroom every day creating, collaborating and leveraging the power of technology to enhance their education. @braveneutrino
Nancy Mangum is a Digital Innovation Coach at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State. In her job she works with school and district leaders as they implement digital initiatives in their school and districts. She believes that it's not about the tools, it's how you use them, and she is passionate about helping teachers transform instructional practices! @nmangum

Dr. Kim Mattox is the Assistant Superintendent in Alleghany County Schools. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC-Charlotte, a master's degree in Educational Leadership and a second master's in Athletic Administration - both from Appalachian State University. She holds a bachelor of arts from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Mattox was a Principal Fellow at ASU. She is passionate about equity and access for all students. @kimimattox

Derek McCoy is the principal of Spring Lake Middle in Cumberland County Schools. He is committed to improving learning and teaching and uses his PLN, social media and innovative practices to make it happen. He co-moderates several Twitter chats and leads efforts to help #edleaders connect and grow. He thanks God for his wife, two great kids and famly and friends who inspire and support him. @mccoyderek

Heather Mullins is a NC Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She is NBCT in AYA ELA (2002) and holds M.Ed. in AIG from UNC-Charlotte. She has served as a Curriculum Specialist, an adjunct professor, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools and is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through WCU. She is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat and is passionate about innovative practices, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. She is the proud mother of one son, Jackson. @carolinablondie

Jennifer Northrup currently serves as the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Region 8 Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant. She has previous experience as a classroom teacher and school library media coordinator. On Twitter her tweets tend to focus on the integration of technology, school libraries, and innovative practices. Jennifer is also an active member of the North Carolina School Library Media Association. She resides in Hendersonville, NC with her husband, three dogs, and a cat. @candidlibrarian

Dr. Jason Parker is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Gardner-Webb University. Jason completed his doctoral work at GWU in 2012 and currently teaches education courses, supervises student teachers, and advises undergraduate and graduate students. @drparkerjl

Dayson Pasion is currently in his fourth year teaching. He has taught middle grades science at Graham Middle School in Graham, NC and is now their STEM teacher/coordinator.  He loves using Twitter and has found many innovative ideas from his PLN like flipped learning and gamification. Dayson is the cofounder and co-moderator of #levelupED, a chat on Twitter about gamification in education. You can follow their adventures here: or on his personal blog @mrdpasion

John Robinson taught high school English and middle school language arts for 16 years. He has served as an administrator 7 years with 1 year as an instructional technologist. He enjoys blogging, tinkering with tech, and reading. @21stprincipal

Craig Smith is the Assistant Principal of Ashbrook High School, located in Gaston County, North Carolina. He earned his M.A. from Gardner-Webb University in School Administration and his B.A. from Western Michigan University. Before entering administration, Craig was a high school math teacher, teaching various math classes over his career. Craig is deeply involved in education, school leadership, prep athletics and physical fitness. He is the Co-CEO of #NCADMIN and is a successful former Head Men's Tennis Coach. Craig is happily married to a high school English teacher and they have a daughter, born in June of 2012. @csmithgoblue

Dr. David Stegall is the proud father of two. He currently serves as Superintendent of Newton-Conover Schools. He has co-authored publications on Teacher Empowerment and on Common Core State Standards' 8 Mathematical Practices and the TPACK model. Dr. Stegall was selected as the North Carolina ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award in 2012. He is a Co-Founder/Moderator of #NCed chat and is excited about connecting with educators to improve education across our state. @davidstegall

Andrew Thomasson teaches high school ELA and web publishing at Forestview High School in Gastonia, NC. He is a national Flipped Classroom leader, and co-moderates the #flipclass Twitter chat on Monday nights at 8 EST with his collaborative partner, Cheryl Morris, an English teacher in the Bay Area of California. The two collaboratively plan all six different preps they collectively teach and co-edit the Flipped Learning Journal ( We believe in student-centered pedagogy and the fact we are all #bettertogether. @thomasson_engl

Jill Thompson is an Instructional Technology Specialist. Jill graduated from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in English. She went on to obtain an AIG licensure at UNCC and at Winthrop University obtained her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Thompson is a weekly blogger who looks at the changes taking place in education that redefine classroom learning. Her blog is: Inside The Classroom, Outside the Box. @edu_thompson

Steven Weber is a former classroom teacher, assistant principal, curriculum director, and state Department of Education consultant in Arkansas and North Carolina. He is the principal of Hillsborough Elementary School (NC). Recently, he was selected to participate in the 2013-2014 PDK Emerging Leaders Program. Connect with Weber on the ASCD EDge® social network or on Twitter. @curriculumblog

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall 2013 Chat Schedule

#NCed Fall 2013 Chat Schedule

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Parent Communication Recap

The September 17 #NCed chat focused on the topic of Parent Communication.  Understanding how to build partnerships with parents is such an important component of educating the whole child.  Although most #NCed Chat participants are proponents of using technology to connect with parents, most overwhelmingly agreed that face-to-face contact is best when possible. However, during the chat Tuesday, some amazing online resources and innovative ideas were shared.  Here are a few of those ideas:

·         Jessica Luby in Newton-Conover City Schools uses Facebook to connect with parents, to provide a platform for questions, and to address concerns.

·         Cheryl Rhea in Hickory City Schools uses Edmodo as a secure platform that only the teacher, students, and parents can access. 

·         Dayson Paison in Alamance-Burlington Schools uses Twitter, Instagram, and Vine to connect with parents.

·         Ashley Hurley suggested hosting a parent edcamp.

·         Chris Casal from the New York City Department of Education shared he is getting ready to use Google Hangout for parent conferences and does Twitter PD with parents.

·         Jeannie Smith in Jones County Schools shared that one of her colleagues uses QR codes to share video podcasts (created with Voc-A-Roo) that her students record with parents.  She also shared Teacher Kit app for iPad.

·         Angie Sigmon in Newton-Conover City Schools uses Remind 101 to send text reminder to the parents of her second grade students.

·         Jill Thompson in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools shared this resource which includes several digital platforms by which to connect to parents.

·         Raymond Giovanelli is a principal in Charlotte who does coffee chats, video records them, and uploads them to YouTube for parents who cannot attend.

·         David Schouweiler in Newton-Conover City Schools has created a Google Community for parents to connect with him.

A variety of non-tech strategies to connect with parents were also provided.  Some participants send greeting cards and letters to the homes of students to share positive behaviors or notes of welcome.  Others do tea and cookies with parents quarterly.  Jan King, Regional Lead for Regions 7 & 8 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shared that it is important to take the educational jargon out of our conversations with parents.  The concept of building strong, quality relationships was prevalent throughout the chat.  Building trust and compassion and following-through with ongoing communication are keys to developing a partnership with parents.

If you would like to check out the Tuesday, September 17, 2013 full #NCed chat, click here to access the archive.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

National Board Chat

Amid all of the unfortunate legislation in North Carolina, one bright spot is the decision to continue National Board pay for teachers.  The process of self-analysis and reflection as well as the emphasis on classroom instructional design and pedagogy are second to none in terms of educator growth.  In 2001, I began the National Board process because the 12% pay increase was appealing.  I had no children, and it seemed like a great time, six years into my career, to pursue this certification.  What I did not expect was an incredible, eye-opening learning experience that changed the way I thought about my students, my teaching, and my instructional choices forever. I have heard many NBCTs share the same sentiments about the process.  The design of the entries, the pouring over video footage of my own instruction, and the deep analysis of my instructional choices were eye-opening.  I honestly believe that my National Board journey was the first step in my evolution as an instructional leader.

Tonight's #NCed Chat will feature Beth Edwards, former NCDPI National Board Coordinator.  Beth still works for NCDPI as a Professional Development Consultant in Region 1, and she still works with National Board to support teaching and learning in North Carolina.  I have had the distinct honor of working with Beth for the past few years, and she is passionate about National Board and committed to serving educators across our state who seek this prestigious certification.  Currently, Beth is enrolled at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington - seeking an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

During our August 6, 2013 chat, we will share and solicit information from North Carolina National Board Certified Teachers about how the process affected teaching and learning in their classrooms, structures in place for support for NBCTs across our state, and resources available to support candidates.  Join us at 8 pm as we explore the world of National Board Certification.

Resources and Websites
National Board Website
NEA National Board Resources
Guide to Understanding National Board

National Board Online Support Groups

Middle Childhood Generalist-

Support Contacts
Dr. Sonja Brown, North Carolina NCDPI NBC Coordinator
Karen Garr, North Carolina NBPTS Teacher Engagement Director
Elic Senter, NCAE Center for Instructional Advocacy 

Suggested Reading
Accomplished Teaching: The Key to National BoardCertification by Bess Jennings, Mary Ann Joseph, and Frank Orlando

By Bobbie Faulkner

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Problem-Based Learning: A Platform for Student-Centered Inquiry

#NCed will be on break the week of July 4th and will resume on July 16th with a relevant and sure-to-be engaging conversation facilitated by John Robinson, Principal of Discovery High School in Newton-Conover City Schools and Ann Carlock, NC Social Studies Consultant for NCDPI. Join John and Ann, along with other educators from across the state, to discuss ways to implement PBL in your own setting.

If you're interested in moderating a future #NCed chat, or would like to suggest topics for future chats, please visit our Get Involved page. Also, be sure to sign our Guest Book. We hope you'll join us on July 16th!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Google+ Hangout on Air - Technology Integration

Tonight, moderators Dayson Pasion and Jayme Linton will facilitate a conversation about how NC educators are integrating technology in their classrooms. A panel of NC educators with experience in technology integration will chat live via Google Hangout while the Twitter chat is taking place. Chat participants will have options for how to join the conversation:

  • Participate in the Twitter chat as usual by responding to questions from the moderator, using TwitterTweetdeckTweetchat, or another site.
  • Watch the Google Hangout on Air as panelists bring the Twitter conversation to life.
  • Participate in the Twitter chat and watch / listen to the Hangout on Air to get the full effect.
  • If there is space available, join the Hangout on Air as a panelist.

Friday, May 17, 2013

#NCed Folks Talk Tech Integration on Air

Join us Tuesday, May 21st at 8:00 pm EST for the first ever #NCed Twitter chat Google Hangout on Air. Moderators Dayson Pasion and Jayme Linton will facilitate a conversation about how NC educators are integrating technology in their classrooms. A panel of NC educators with experience in technology integration will chat live via Google Hangout while the Twitter chat is taking place. Chat participants will have options for how to join the conversation:

  • Participate in the Twitter chat as usual by responding to questions from the moderator, using Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tweetchat, or another site.
  • Watch the Google Hangout on Air as panelists bring the Twitter conversation to life.
  • Participate in the Twitter chat and watch / listen to the Hangout on Air to get the full effect.
  • If there is space available, join the Hangout on Air as a panelist.
If you're interested in watching / listening to the Google Hangout on Air, it will be posted to the #NCed blog at the start of the Twitter chat. You can listen in while participating in the chat. Moderators will keep the connection going between those on Twitter and those on the panel. 

We hope you'll join us for this exciting hour of learning and sharing! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

#NCed Chat Reaches Beyond State Line

Last night's #NCed chat was full of powerful insights and useful resources from educators from across North Carolina, the United States, and around the world.  For our fifth consecutive chat, #NCed chat trended on Twitter, and educators from seven states, Canada, and New Zealand shared their perspectives on PLCs - what makes them work, what makes educators buy in, and how to improve their quality. 

Dr. David Stegall, Associate Superintendent in Newton-Conover City Schools, and Amber Humphrey, Instructional Coach in Newton-Conover City Schools posed questions an honest and knowledgeable group of stakeholders who shared some of the following sentiments:

"PLCs are not meetings. They are communities of educators working together consistently to help students and educators alike. " - @WPrettyman

"The difference to me between PLC & other meetings revolve around action research/improving your craft while helping teammates improve." - @davidstegall

"PLCs should make practice public. #nced teachers should move beyond polite chat about teaching & dig into what happens inside black box." - @doccarpenter

"More than I can say, PLC have made me a better educator, I learn new ideas all the time - My best PLC is #nced and #21stedchat." - @EduThompson

"PLCs provide a place and time to say 'I need help.'" - @WilfongBrittany

"All begins with people & not programs. Spend time building trust so everyone views the Ss as everyone's responsibility to succeed." - @mattwachel

Our chats are becoming richer each week, and we are so excited to build our PLN with so many educators from around our state and beyond.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Get the #NCed mobile app!

Heather Mullins, one of the co-founders of #NCed, has developed an app to make staying connected with NC educators even easier! Use the app to view topics for upcoming chats, access the mobile version of the #NCed blog, provide feedback to the #NCed team, and more. You can download the app by visiting on your mobile device. We'd love to hear your feedback on the app. Feel free to leave a comment below or send us a message through the app by clicking on "More" and "Feedback".

If you're interested in suggesting topics for #NCed chats or moderating a future chat, please visit the Get Involved page to connect with us. Be sure to stop by the Guest Book to let us know you were here. Thanks for your interest in North Carolina education!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Moderator's Perspective: Reflections on our First #NCed Chat

Co-moderating the inaugural #NCed chat on Twitter with Andrew Thomasson @thomasson_engl was quite an honor for me and exhilarating beyond words.  In my role as a Regional Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, I have been charged with the great responsibility of serving educators across our state and providing them with resources, information, and support they need to meet the needs of all students.   
Several educators joined us for the Tweetup at the Koury Convention Center at #13CCSA.  Many thanks to @jenniferlagarde and @mcdh109 for your support at the Tweetup.


As I worked with my #NCed team to prepare for our first Twitter chat, I couldn’t help but grow more and more excited about our goal to provide a platform for teachers across our state to grow their personal learning networks (PLNs), to share best practices and resources, and to provide opportunities for support and guidance.  Not only was I excited about the chance to connect virtually with educators across our state, but I was genuinely touched by the excitement around the chat.  

One of the greatest accomplishments of #NCed is that it is truly a collaborative effort among public school leaders, leaders in higher education, and leaders from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  We know that to meet the needs of our teachers and leaders, it takes all voices to gain perspective and to provide the best resources available.  Tuesday, March 26 was just the beginning!  We plan to continue to support NC educators through building this PLN to meet their needs.

If you missed our chat, here are some of my favorite Tweets.  

If you want to revisit more of the conversation, visit the March 26 archive to review the discussion.

Several educators have shared with me that they want to get involved but need more support about how to use Twitter.  If you would like to review more resources to support you as you use Twitter to build your PLN, you can review this self-paced Twitter professional development resource.  

As we continue to learn and grow as an #NCed team, our goal is to support you – educators in North Carolina – by providing topics that are meaningful to you.  Please share our Smore and our blog with your colleagues.  Take a moment to complete share topics you would like to explore with us on our Get Involved page. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

First #NCed Chat a Success!

Last night was the first ever #NCed Twitter chat. The conversation was rich! One hundred nine educators from across the state and outside the state actively participated, and several others lurked and learned. We had such great participation, in fact, that #NCed was the number 1 trending topic on Twitter last night around the world! If you missed the first chat, you can read the archive here. Participants shared tons of great ideas and resources for teaching the 4 Cs of 21st century learning: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Some of you may be wondering about how the #NCed chat originated. The idea for #NCed first came up in a Google chat conversation between Dr. David Stegall and Jayme Linton, who are both strong believers in the power of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and advocates for Twitter as a tool to build a PLN. They've worked to connect with other educators and districts face-to-face through conferences, meetings, and professional learning communities, but this networking is limited by time and distance. A PLN removes those barriers and allows us to connect with educators around the world. Through Twitter, their group of go-to educators changed from a handful of local folks to hundreds of exceptional educators around the world, most of whom they would never have had the opportunity to interact with otherwise.

The co-founders of #NCed often participate in Twitter chats that are targeted to specific populations and felt that there was a need to connect practitioners across the state of North Carolina. David and Jayme are both regular participants in #ncadmin, a bi-weekly chat for North Carolina educators, and they've experienced the power of connecting with others across the state. They wanted to do something similar and include educators at all levels - classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, teacher educators, pre-service teachers, and state-level educators - in order to broaden the scope of connections and conversations that are already happening in many districts. #NCed is all about building collective capacity across the state.

In Google chat on January 29, 2013, the idea for #NCed was born. Soon after, David and Jayme reached out to Heather Mullins and Cindy Geddes to be part of the #NCed team. Through Heather, the #NCed team was able to get the support of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. NC DPI has been instrumental in advertising for the chat across the state.

If you enjoy participating in #NCed, visit the "Other Chats of Interest" to find other great educational Twitter chats you may be interested in joining. Mark your calendar for the next #NCed chat on April 9th at 8:00 pm EDT.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome to #NCed Twitter Chat!

Welcome to the site of the #NCed chat, a bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators. #NCed Chat will provide an opportunity for North Carolina educators to grow and develop their personal learning network (PLN) by connecting to other NC educators throughout the state .  The chat will create a forum for North Carolina educators to come together once every other week in a public Twitter conversation around topics that pertain to their work and connect with other educators with similar interests. The chats will be primarily moderated by school and district level practitioners. By incorporating the NC Department of Public Instruction into the chats, NCDPI can receive real-time feedback from educators across the state on issues that they are facing and best practices that are yielding positive results. Additionally, incorporating NCDPI into the chats will allow NCDPI to provide expert insight into issues, strategies, resources, etc. that are being shared and discussed in the chat. The chat is not intended to be a NCDPI responsibility, but instead it is intended to be a peer sharing approach for NC educators that NCDPI can supplement.

Here, you can find topics for upcoming chats, archives of previous chats, and resources shared by #NCed participants.

If you're an #NCed participant, please sign our Guest Book by visiting the tab at the top of the page.

If you're interested in getting involved with #NCed or would like to leave feedback for the #NCed team, please visit the Get Involved tab.

     Photo by Flickr user Jeff Kubina