School Visits for School Leaders

Per your requests, we have decided to once again offer you the opportunity to visit a school in North Carolina that is making a positive impact on student achievement. As in previous years, you will be able to choose from a number of destinations depending on what focused area you wish to learn more about. Principals are welcomed to bring one additional school leader. Due to space constraints, we are limiting this professional development to a maximum of two people per school.

The training will take place in multiple locations from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (Times vary depending on each site's final agenda). In an effort to allow travel time, lunch will be on your own at the conclusion of the professional development.

South Johnston High School - Johnston
SJHS’s "Destination Transformation" models their implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).
Come visit SJHS to experience how the climate and culture build productive relationships between staff and students,
therefore enabling the school to maximize learning for all.
Hillside High School - Durham
To ensure continuous improvement through our transformational efforts, Hillside High School maintains a strong focus
on student learning, positive school culture, and professional development through the following initiatives:
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • Understanding by Design/Learning Focused Lessons
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Strengthen Academy Structures (Freshman Academy, Business & Finance Academy, & International Baccalaureate Program)
Mendenhall Middle School - Guilford
Mendenhall Middle School has created a culture of literacy through a robust use of data, creating a common language
and approach to instruction, leveraging teacher leadership and collaboration, and creating schedules that allow teachers
to serve students well. Participants will consider the successes and challenges of the process and discuss strategies
for making and sustaining change.
Githens Middle School - Durham
Githens Middle School of 1,000 students transformed the culture by focusing on:
  • Effective, organized School Improvement planning process, which involves all stakeholders.
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Support implemented with fidelity.
  • Relentless accountability for students, teachers, and self.
  • Comprehensive Professional Development Plan.
Rock Rest Elementary - Union
Learn foundational practices and structures that lead to high levels of student results with students in poverty,
whose only gap is opportunity NOT achievement. Participate in results meetings, data analysis, walkthroughs,
and collaborative conversations that will impact you and your team immediately.
Inborden Elementary - Halifax
Transforming School Culture: Planting seeds to make a school community "ripe" for learning:
  • *PBIS and Student Support Services Design
  • *Blended Learning Model- Digital content infused with traditional teaching
  • *Portfolios- Livebinders to track academic progress
  • *Addressing the Whole Child- The Arts and Foreign Language
Haw River Elementary - Alamance-Burlington
Haw River Elementary is implementing a Data Team process throughout the school. This process informs the conversation
about instruction and student learning, and has been instrumental in helping teachers focus more tightly on individual
student needs and standard mastery.