Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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When Dave Hinrichs was an elementary classroom teacher, personalized learning was his mantra, teaching method, and philosophy. One might think he is an anomaly, and he’s certainly talented, passionate, and energetic, but in the Johnston County Public Schools, personalized learning is non-negotiable. The purpose behind this method is to encourage and teach students to lead their own learning so that they are engaged and invested in their own work, says Dave, who serves as--newsflash!-- Director of Personalized Learning. So, there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye.
Hinrichs says there are four tenets to personalized learning, which are based on the JCPS philosophy of relationships, relevance, and innovation. Those tenets require teachers to learn his or her students’ individual academic needs, help them track their own learning and own it, choose how they learn, and focus on mastery rather than rote memorization and testing. (Johnston County Public Schools uses an 80%-20% formula, with the larger percentage on growth versus proficiency).
It’s a total re-design of the learning day, says Hinrichs, who by the way, I wish I had had for a teacher in my day. Definitely not a Beuller (reference the monotone teacher featured in the Ferris Beuller’s Day Off movie) teacher, Dave is a rather high-energy and laser-focused on success in incremental steps for his students. He motivates teachers to embrace this practice despite the requirement for traditional pacing. JCPS provides a Personalized Learning Toolkit for teachers in addition to personalized professional development.
As Dave travels the county promoting and teaching personalized learning, his rhetorical question is profound: “If you teach the lesson, does the student learn from it?”
Drop the mic, Dave.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The following is a guest post by T.J. Parrish, Principal of Micro Elementary
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
Thursday, November 9, 2017
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 www.johnston.k12.nc.us/oee or please call: Kathy Price, Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness at 919.934.4082 x4004.
Monday, November 6, 2017
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.
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CTE Concentrators are College and Career Ready
NC secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) empowers students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. JCPS CTE served 21,211 enrollees (grades 6-12) in 2015-2016 by preparing them for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations and further education.
Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Health Sciences Education
Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education
Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Trade and Industrial Education
Industry Recognized Credentials Earned by CTE Students
CTE Graduation Rate
CTE Concentrators in Four-Year Cohort
All NC Students in Four-Year Cohort
Further Education, Training and Employment
Former CTE Concentrators Positive Outcome
Enrolled in a community, technical or junior college
Enrolled in a four-year college or university
Other post-secondary institution
Enlisted in the military
% of CTE Concentrators that Agree or Strongly Agree with the Following Statements:
Career and Technical Education was one important reason I stayed in school.
Earning a credential helped me gain a job, internship or work experience.
Earning a credential helped me earn a better paying job.
Earning a credential helped me in my further studies or advanced training.
Ability to earn postsecondary credit helped me make decisions about my educational path.
Belonging to a Career and Technical Education Student Organization in high school helped prepare me for further education or employment.
* Education status of concentrators who graduated or left school in 2015, surveyed in 2016.
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COMPLETE LIST OF UPCOMING PROJECTS:
New 125 Ton Chiller
East Clayton Elementary
Replace chillers and cooling tower (HVAC)
Four Oaks Elementary
Replace Roof(Butterfly Building)
Pine Level Elementary
Replace Front End & Controllers (HVAC)
Replace Roof (Buildings 4, 5, 6, 8)
Replace Chiller (HVAC)
Demo & Replace Football Bleachers
North Johnston High
Replace Controllers, Hydronic Pipe Insulation & Piping, Gym Equip. (HVAC)
Replace Controllers, Hydronic Pipe Insulation, Coiling Issues (HVAC)
South Johnston High
Replace Roof (Main Building)
Replace controllers (HVAC)
Replace controls (HVAC)