SMITHFIELD, North Carolina– Johnston County Public Schools principals, assistant principals, and central office staff will be in “summer camp” at North Johnston High School today through Wednesday for its annual summer leadership academy. This year’s theme, “Summer Camp,” an ode to the students for whom every employee works, will be focused on taking a deep dive into standards-based teaching and learning and its role in personalized competency-based education (PCBE). PCBE is an educational approach in which time is the variable while learning is the constant. To work towards this, school leadership will explore authentic learning processes and develop how to assess progress within their schools.
Additionally, school and central office staff will process what they have learned at the end of each day of professional development by convening in feeder patterns to create strategic, collaborative plans.
For the past 18 months, the district has aligned its work to the JOCO 2020 initiative, which is a commitment to classroom transformation based upon the tenets of relationships, relevance, and innovation. The alignment process has three phases. Phase 1 began with orienting principals and central office leadership. Phase 2 focused on classroom teachers. Phase 3 will focus on ensuring that students are engaged and poised for success after graduation.
“As we move towards competency-based education (PCBE), we know intentional learning and ongoing coaching around the learning needs of each student to be sustainable,” stated Kathy Price, Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness. “Leadership Academy will entail a deep dive into the first few areas teachers will explore next school year and will include other intentional conversations around how to move staff forward towards PCBE. As a result, this year’s Leadership will look vastly different from years’ past. We’re taking a break from the wide array of professional development options. Instead, we have streamlined the learning and conversation so that we can grow our knowledge and capacity together.”
Summer Camp begins each day at 8 a.m.
About Johnston County Public Schools
We serve more than 36,000 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, in 45 schools, including an Early College, Career and Technical Leadership Academy, and a sixth grade laboratory school. We enjoy consistent growth and strong community support through funding for new schools, partnerships with business and faith based organizations, and parental involvement. Our graduation rate has climbed by more than 13 percent in the past four years, while our dropout rate has fallen by nearly 50 percent in the same period. We are proud to have more than 250 Nationally Board Certified teachers. We are also accredited by AdvancEd, meaning that our graduates are prepared to be accepted into the finest universities and colleges. Our diverse population speaks 66 languages. Through a partnership with The Visiting International Faculty Program, we host teachers from around the world, and we are committed to hiring the best and brightest to ensure excellence in teaching and learning.