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Orange County Schools Leaders Selected for Innovative Professional Learning Program

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 30 OCTOBER 2016- Orange County Schools is pleased to announce that four leaders from the district were selected to join 194 other digital learning leaders from across North Carolina for the next eight months in the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN) at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The representatives from Orange County Schools are: Michelle Fournier (New Hope Elementary), Elizabeth McCue (Grady A. Brown Elementary), Olivia Brice (A.L. Stanback Middle School), and Erin Bradley (Cedar Ridge High School).

Along with their new network of peers, the district's representatives will receive ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities to build their capacity in digital and personalized learning. Additionally, they will acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in leadership and supporting stakeholders at their schools and throughout the district.

“The experience of being able to delve deeper into our practice and to collaborate with other leaders is something that I’m looking forward to,” offered Michelle Fournier, Digital Learning Coach at New Hope Elementary School. “Our work will have a direct impact on student learning, and that’s exciting,” said Ms. Fournier.

This year’s cohort will be mentored by 23 members of last year’s inaugural cohort of the DLCN. Many of those DLCN participants are currently in the process of implementing digital learning initiatives in their own schools and districts.

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, Effective Coaching, Content and Curriculum, Sustainability and Evaluation, and Being a Connected Educator are woven throughout all components of the DLCN experience.

For more information on this project visit the project website:

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.

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