Friday, October 21, 2016

Leadership: "Under Our Watch"

"Allowed to happen under his watch."

Level I Violation for "failing to monitor a member of his staff."

These are the indicated faults of a prominent college basketball head coach, recently announced publicly.  As a Principal, I can't help but examine these indictments and easily transfer the statements to School Leadership.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Student-Led Professional Development for Teachers

October 12th, 2016 was a Teacher Workday/Professional Development for the entire Lake Norman Charter faculty and staff.  Back by popular demand, the highlight was the 2nd Annual Student-led Content-specific tech-based sessions, which occurred for all teachers.

Last year, our Digital Multimedia and Global Citizenship students ("DigCit", for short) provided tech-based PD to our teachers, organized by content-teams, and it was a resounding success.  As a result, our students were able to provide intentional, applicable strategies to their own teachers, based on what they have experienced in their own classrooms.

The students submitted anonymous feedback to our DigCit teachers (@SraMcNeilly@JEllenLord).  The feedback is very interesting and provides insight to what it's like for the "roles" to be reversed.  I have included a few of these short reflections, which includes both positive and constructive, with some Twitter Media from the afternoon:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Oct. 4, 2016 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

For the first time in school history, we successfully streamed the Principal's Coffee Chat live to the public through Periscope.  Periscope is a streaming application that allows any Twitter user to publicly broadcast an event, live:
I believe the best way to view the video is within the tweet itself, rather than in a different window.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Principal's Coffee Chat Innovation - Live Streaming

This year, from the opening meeting and throughout informal conversations, we have encouraged our teachers to take-risks with their instructional design and innovative ideas.  Essentially, we have given teachers a license to take-risks in the classroom.

I acknowledge many parents are simply unable to attend any school event at 8 AM on a Tuesday, especially our Principal's Coffee Chats.  Therefore, I have been reflecting on how to provide opportunities for a broader audience to attend and accommodate more of our Lake Norman Charter High School parents, without negatively impacting those parents who are able to attend regularly.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Philosophy of Teaching - Guest Post by Melissa McNeilly

Guest post by Melissa McNeilly, Spanish and Digital Media & Global Citizenship Teacher, Lake Norman Charter High School

Melissa is in her 6th year of teaching at LNC.  You can follow her on Twitter (@SraMcNeilly) and view her DigCit blog. This essay was included in the Teacher of the Year finalist process.  

Philosophy of Teaching

by Melissa McNeilly

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Colleges & Universities Represented by LNC Faculty and Staff

September 6th, 2016 was the official start of our Spirit Week for Homecoming 2016.  Today's spirit day was "College Day".  As a result, I asked all of our Faculty and Staff to submit the schools they obtained their Bachelor's Degree and any Advanced Degree.  The geographical representation spans from New York to Florida to Michigan to Arizona (to name a few), with the expected large delegation of North Carolina colleges and universities.

The Colleges and Universities represented by the Lake Norman Charter Faculty and Staff (includes current Knights across Elementary, Middle, and High):

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stay Connected w/ LNC This Year through Twitter

Five Twitter accounts to follow and stay connected with Lake Norman Charter HS this year (Twitter handles are hyperlinked):