The DEEL Reel – How Flexible Are You?

Photo by Saketh Garuda on Unsplash No, not the bendy kind of flexible - I mean, the kind of flexible when you consider other people's perspectives, when you're open to new ideas, and when you're willing to consider many options for solving a problem. When you're facing complex problems and feeling frustrated, confused, tired, or stressed, the habit... Continue Reading →

The DEEL Reel – Imagine the Possibilities

As children, our imaginations could take us anywhere and could solve any problem. We could dream up hundreds of creative solutions and ideas. Then we grew up, and for some of us, our creative, imaginative, and innovative spirits got pushed aside for more realistic and logical reasoning. Right now, our world looks completely different than... Continue Reading →

The DEEL Reel – Is it Worth the Risk?

How do you move forward when you’re stuck? How do you find options when you don’t know what your next step should be? We often find ourselves faced with uncertainty - especially now while the world is facing such a dynamic health crisis. As educators, learning to support our students and colleagues in new territory... Continue Reading →

Introducing TLI 2020

At the heart of every school you’ll find teacher leaders. They serve on the School Improvement Team, they are coaches, they lead PLCs, they organize community events, and they are mentors; these teachers serve their schools and their students selflessly. Their passion and determination push them to better themselves and better their schools. Because teacher... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Key BTs

The Key Beginning Teacher (Key BT) Program began in the 2014 - 2015 school year as a way to engage and empower beginning teacher leaders. Since its inception, approximately 190 beginning teachers have participated in the Key BT program. The Key BT program is designed to work with highly effective Beginning Teachers to train and... Continue Reading →


Drive - it’s what gets us out of bed in the morning instead of sleeping in, it’s what keeps us going in good times and in bad, and it’s what can make or break a school system. In his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, author Daniel Pink points out that “We... Continue Reading →

Let’s Give Thanks

Here in Pitt County Schools, we are blessed to have many amazing educators throughout the county that we are SO very thankful for. And so we thought that with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we would give those educators a chance to share what they are thankful for. Recently, I reached out to many of... Continue Reading →

Got Data?

The world of education is filled with “buzz” words. Perhaps one of the most used (and potentially abused) “buzz” words is the word DATA; what it lacks in size, it makes up for in its usage in daily conversations about student learning. Schools are data-rich: state test scores, daily attendance, parent surveys, graduation rates, student... Continue Reading →

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