Thursday, November 16, 2017

EdCamp JoCo a Success!

EdCamp JoCo, a half-day planned for and devoted to personalized learning for educators, was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at West Johnston High School.

It was a huge success. More than 100 educators participated in a day of networking and self-directed, professional growth. Most attendees were Johnston County Public School teachers and administrators. However, there were representatives from neighboring districts such as Wake, Cumberland, and Orange Counties. Visitors remarked upon the organization and success of the event. There was an aura of enthusiasm felt throughout the day.

Since our last EdCamp in March, it was evident that our district has taken a collective step in the right direction. Our capacity has improved. Saturday's conversations were deeper rooted in innovation. Discussion topics included robotics, makerspaces, blended learning, coding, Genius Hour, and helping students develop a passion for reading.

We weren't discussing yesterday's classrooms. We were discussing tomorrow's classrooms. The classrooms of 2020 were our focus. JoCo educators have grown so much in the past few months. Our pedagogy is solidifying. We are not satisfied merely defending the status quo. We are becoming a community of risk-takers, dedicated to building better relationships within our schools. We want more for our students!

It is so encouraging to see how far we've come in such a short time. I cannot wait to see where we go next. If what I saw on Saturday is an indication of our progress as a whole, we are in store for a marvelous journey. See you at the next EdCamp JoCo!

Monday, November 13, 2017

American Education Week and School Start Times Survey

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beyond the Sit & Get

Fast-growing Johnston County Public Schools, located in Johnston County, North Carolina, is a proud leader of high-quality education, serving more than 36,000 students in 46 learning sites and nearly 5,000 employees. Our mission, “to empower our students to enrich their world by facilitating learning through relationships and relevant, innovative experiences,” encompasses our commitment to students to prepare them for the world beyond high school in an innovative environment that encourages a love of learning.

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Beyond the Sit & Get: Principals Inspired to Go Forth and Do Good

Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow is utilizing monthly Principals’ meetings to cultivate leadership for students and those who teach them. Meetings begin with celebrations, personal and professional, then continue with brief leadership development modules led by an energetic and passionate in-house facilitator from the Office of Educator Effectiveness. During this time, the principals are encouraged to interact with each other and engage in meaningful dialogue designed to bring creative strategies forward that remove barriers to learning for students. The meeting—usually slated for a half-day—is designed to empower, encourage, build upon best practices, and promote collaboration and  innovation.

Kathy Price, Executive Director for Educator Effectiveness, leads these powerful units of knowledge-sharing. “We’re trying to change before we have to and be more intentional about that.”
Change what?  For Johnston County Public Schools, it means being in a mode of continuous improvement, re-defining leadership, and promoting teaching and learning with relationships, relevance, and innovation as the basis of the work.

Dana Jernigan, also a Johnston County Public Schools professional learning facilitator, shared with the principals that, “Great leaders affirm worth and potential, clarify expectations and accountability, and are a source of help who remove barriers.”

For more information, visit the Office of Educator Effectiveness at or please call: Kathy Price, Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness at 919.934.4082 x4004.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Veterans Day

For the past decade Johnston County Public Schools has honored our local veterans with a special Veterans Day celebration program.

The 2017 celebration will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, at Smithfield-Selma High School. The program begins at 11 a.m. and takes place in the school's gymnasium.

The event is completely student led and is a joint effort by our high school JROTC cadets, All-County Chorus, and All-County Band. All Johnston County veterans are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 30, 2017