Kathy Fields

Communicating with Families: Planning for Meaningful Partnerships

September 18, 2022
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Now that the school year has commenced, you may be thinking of ways to improve communication with families in an efficient and proactive way! When and How? Knowing when to communicate with families is key to a strong home/school partnership. In general, it is important to start the school year or semester off with strong…

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Care Before Curriculum: Advice from Xavier Adams, 2022 North Carolina Beginning Teacher of the Year

August 23, 2022
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 Photo:  Terri Clark Photography As an instructional coach, I have never worked with someone that has a harder time accepting a compliment than Xavier Adams.  From my first visit to his class (via zoom during August 2020), he pushed me to give him more constructive feedback – it was clear he did not want to…

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May Spotlight: Recipe for Reflection

May 16, 2022
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2 parts teaching                                                                                     3 parts layers of support 1 part students 1 part instruction 1 part data A dash of creativity, hard work, and determination Blend together. Marinate for 180 days.  Enjoy! Like a recipe, school years can be complicated, challenging, and a little different each time you put the ingredients together. At Zeb-Vance Elementary…

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An Off-ramp to the End of the Year: Support for Before, During and After Testing

May 2, 2022
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The final weeks of school are upon us. You will be waving goodbye to your students for the final time this school year before you know it. As you exit into summer, keep in mind all the ways that you can ensure high engagement for the final weeks of instruction.  Preparing for final exams, tests…

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September 20, 2021
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Teachers across the state spent the days leading up to the school year attending Professional Development sessions presented by NC NTSP  coaches. Coaches will continue to provide these opportunities for learning throughout the year, sharing information focused on the areas of planning, instruction and assessment, while allowing time for teachers to collaborate with others. It…

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September 7, 2021
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The first weeks of school are a pivotal time for you, as you work to develop a respectful classroom learning environment, and learn about resources and strategies for classroom management! Before the school year even begins, you are hard at work creating dynamic learning spaces for students!  As you continuously work on your space, keep…

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