Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Rm. 605



SESSION ABSTRACT


Refocusing on the middle school model aligns instructional practices with the unique developmental needs of students ages 11 through 15. Teaming, Advisory, and Content Integration enable teachers to leverage the talents of adolescents. This collaboration strengthens teacher leadership, builds student-teacher relationships, and fosters critical conversations around teaching and learning.


PRESENTER INFORMATION


Dr. Vanessa Howerton
With a total of 29 years in education, Vanessa Howerton has served middle school students as a teacher and an administrator. Before moving into administration, Howerton taught band and orchestra for nine years in High Point City Schools (presently Guilford County Schools). She earned her BME (Bachelor of Music Education) and MSA (Master of School Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Western Carolina University. Howerton has served as principal at Grandview Middle School for the last 15 years.

Stephanie Dischiavi
Stephanie Dischiavi has served both elementary and middle school students for the past 16 years in Hickory Public Schools. She began her educational career teaching first grade students for five years. As a North Carolina Principal Fellow, Dischiavi received her Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After 14 years of elementary experience, Dischiavi began her middle school career at Northview Middle School where she has served as principal for the past two years.


RACE TO THE TOP PRIORITIES


Supporting struggling students
Improving school-level conditions for reform and innovation
Improving collection and use of data to improve the teaching process


TARGET AUDIENCE


6-8 teachers and Administrators


OBJECTIVES / LEARNING TARGETS


1. Identify key components of the middle school model.
2. Understand the benefits of the middle school model for the young adolescent.


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