New Hanover County Schools




NHCS Educators Join Digital Leaders Coaches Network

NHCS is proud to announce the following educators have been accepted to the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network (NCDLCN) with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation:

Christine Sawyer - Teacher at Bradley Creek Elementary
Jennifer Booher - Instructional Coach at Alderman Elementary
Melanie Rhyne - Reading Specialist at Sunset Park Elementary
Maureen Hill - Instructional Coach at Murrayville Elementary
Allison Wine - Behavior Specialist at Howe PreK
Delandrus Seales - Media Coordinator at Codington Elementary
Deborah Bernhard - Media Coordinator at Anderson Elementary
Gretchen Parker - Media Coordinator at Forest Hills Elementary, serving as a mentor

As quickly as technology evolves, schools are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this transition to digital and personalized learning for their students. Many school districts entrust instructional technologists, coaches, media coordinators, and lead teachers with the responsibility to guide and support teachers as they continue to improve instruction. To better meet the needs of these change agents, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is pleased to announce a new cohort of the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN).

Funding to facilitate DLCN is possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The DLCN was developed with initial funding from Project Tomorrow, NSF, and North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) to assist schools and districts in the process of digital learning transitions, and to cultivate local capacity by providing support to those in coaching roles, as coaches are essential to leading and supporting student-centered digital learning and teaching.

“In giving these coaches an opportunity to learn and network with other educators who are in similar roles, we are helping to build a support structure that will ultimately have a positive impact on student learning experiences.”  - Nancy Mangum, The Friday Institute, Associate Director of Digital Learning Programs

In its fifth year, the DLCN brings together a group of passionate and committed education leaders including instructional coaches, media coordinators, and instructional technologists and lead teachers from across North Carolina. As a cohort, this network of innovative educators will receive ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities to build their capacity in digital and personalized learning. Participants will also acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in coaching, adult learning, leadership, and supporting stakeholders in their schools and districts. October 2018 will serve as the start date for participants.

This blended learning experience, built on the North Carolina Media Coordinator, Instructional Technology Facilitator & Coaching Evaluation Instruments, will help participants grow as educators, coaches, and leaders while assisting them in building strong professional learning networks. The core components of Leadership and Culture, Instructional Improvement, Effective Coaching and Advocacy, and Being a Connected Educator are weaved throughout all components of the DLCN program experience.

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the North Carolina State University’s College of Education conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-makers, all centered on innovations that will help prepare K–12 students for college, a career, and citizenship in the global information age. For more information on this project, visit the project website:  

NHCS Teachers join Digital Leaders Coaches Network

A Professional Learning Opportunity for Instructional Technologists,
Instructional Coaches, Media Coordinators, and Lead Teachers