Doing School Better
March - April 2017 Innovation ECPS News
Innovate With Us: Opportunity Culture Positions Open March 1st!
West Edgecombe Middle School: Where Everyone Succeeds Together
And according to the students and parents, that's just what is happening at WEMS. Skyler Hodge, 8th grader and student government president, describes Principal Archer as someone who makes sure he's on track with academics and with life outside of the classroom: "If you need somebody to talk to, he's there." 6th grader Malena Chapman says that WEMS is a place where "we can be ourselves." And Mr. Frank Reynolds, father of a 6th grader, appreciates that the WEMS staff sees the potential of his son and feels that they are "on a mission" to help him grow as a leader.
In the years ahead, WEMS team members are planning to channel their innovative spirit into helping their scholars develop the "soft" skills necessary to succeed in college and their careers. WEMS scholars have an advantage already - they see these skills modeled for them every day by the collaborative, caring families and school staff that surround them.
Envisioning the Future of ECPS
Students, parents, educators, business owners, faith leaders, community activists, and others are invited to attend a series of three town hall meetings and school visits this spring. Through these shared conversations and experiences, stakeholders will develop a vision for the success of all ECPS scholars and recommend priorities for the district's new three-year plan. Read the EdNC article about the kickoff to this work, and join future discussions!
Town Hall Meetings (open to the public):
Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30 PM, North Edgecombe HS: Focus - Educational Equity
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 PM, Tarboro HS: Focus - Human Capital
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 PM, SW Edgecombe HS: Focus - Educating the Whole Child
School Visit Series dates and locations are listed below. Please email Erin Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Preparing for Life after High School
Tarboro HS students and staff talk with community visitors at the first ECPS School Visit Series panel. Freshman Taeveon Howell (far right) shared his plan for his HS years: to hone the "mental structure to do anything I want to do."
From planning ahead, to working together, to solving problems under pressure, these Foods I students at Tarboro High School are learning the skills that all colleges and employers are looking for.
A team from North Edgecombe HS visits Cummins to learn about the career opportunities available to their scholars, and the key skills they need to help students develop now.
Innovation Around ECPS
- Autism Learning Community: The ECPS Exceptional Children's Department has created a unique Professional Learning Community (PLC) specifically for educators serving children with autism. Autism PLC members meet every 6 weeks to develop their skills and discuss innovative approaches to helping their students soar.
- Edgecombe Early College Scholar Teachers Program: The new ECPS Scholar Teachers Program will provide outstanding high school students in Edgecombe County who desire to become teachers with the most advanced preparatory program currently available in eastern North Carolina. Program themes include service learning, social justice, and the power of place. Students will complete all prerequisite courses required for entry into the College of Education at any university in the UNC system. Any rising junior or senior in Edgecombe County with a strong interest in an education career is invited to apply! Applications are due March 20, 2017.
- Video Game Design & Coding: Students at Martin Millennium Academy and Pattillo Middle School are putting the 4 C's - critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity - into action every day! Through popular clubs, STEAM classes, and Career and Technical Education courses, students are learning the technical skills and the "soft" skills needed for success in video game design and coding. Scholars throughout the district can participate in quarterly Technology Nights focused on these skills, as well.
- #AMPLIFYECPS: Teams from across the district met for the second time in February with staff from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to #AMPLIFY their instruction. They articulated a new vision for teaching and learning built around the 4 C's. See the inspiring example below!
Students in Ms. Amerson's second-grade class at G.W. Bulluck Elementary School enjoyed the beautiful weather while practicing their fractions using sidewalk chalk!
Pattillo Middle School teacher April Baek instructs a group of parents in the same math concepts that their 7th graders are learning, so that they can support their children at home.
The Phillips Middle School Opportunity Culture Design Team designed an innovative master schedule that allows for teacher leadership, more staff collaboration, and increased student choice!
Innovation ECPS in the News
Opportunity Culture in ECPS
- Edgecombe County Public Schools Joins Opportunity Culture (Public Impact)
- Teacher Leadership Roles Come to Edgecombe County (EdNC)
- Edgecombe Schools Seek Opportunities (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Student Ownership & Empowerment
- P.O.W.E.R Lunch Offers Options to Students (Rocky Mount Telegram)
- What Learning Can Look Like in the Wake of Disaster
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