Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 68 eduCatiOn EDUCATION by laurel hyatt The ffth largest school district in North Carolina is Cumberland County Schools (CCS). The CCS is committed to empowering all students to collaborate, compete, and succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. More than 14,000 CCS' students are military/federally connected. The system has a very diverse student population that represents more than 39 diferent countries and 82 diferent native languages. Embracing their cultural diversity, the CCS has achieved many goals to include every school being accredited. The school district exceeds the state average in most subjects. The number of school exceeding growth is signifcantly above the state and school districts of comparable size. During the 2014-2015 school year, the CCS partnered with the United Way of Cumberland County and its community partners to begin a joint-men- toring initiative. This cam- paign encourages community members to get involved in the life of a child because the CCS believes 'Mentoring Works!' For information about how you can become a mentor or volunteer in the school system, visit the Community Volunteer Services' Website at www.cvs. ccs.k12.nc.us. Cumberland County Schools is committed to the development of all children. We have been leaders in working with the Military Child Education Coalition in order to meet the needs of military children. Harnett County Schools (HCS) is one of the top 5 fastest-growing school systems in the state, add- ing around 800 students per year. Ranked 17th in the state for its student-to-computer ratio of 0.96 by the Department of Public Instruction and 1st among dis- tricts of comparable size, five elementary schools are completely 1-to-1 schools (students to mobile comput- ing device) as are ten classrooms at each of the high schools. In fact, HCS supports over 23,000 computing devices including Mac desktops and laptops, PC desk- tops and laptops, iPads, Chromebooks and Netbooks. Harnett truly believes they will be the model of global education in a community environment, inspiring and empowering students to be life-long learners, criti- cal thinkers, leaders and global citizens. Others must believe them too since the Class of 2015 earned over $12.5 million in scholarships! The decision by Hoke County Schools to implement Home Base — a statewide, instructional improvement and student information system for teachers, students, parents and administrators — has resulted in a "home run." Teachers use Home Base to access student data as well as teaching and learning resources. Students access their schoolwork, grades, and learning activities. Parents can also view their child's attendance and progress, and administrators can monitor data on students, teachers and schools. According to Supt. Dr. Freddie Williamson, only by working together can administration, teachers, and parents properly prepare students at every grade level to be Career and College Ready. "For all our students to be College and Career Ready, it depends on an efective teacher in every classroom and efective leaders in every school. North Carolina has expanded the teacher and administrator evalu- ation instruments to include spe- cifc standards focused on student growth. An annual evaluation for each educator that includes feedback on student growth serves as the ba- sis for continuous improvement for all teachers. The state has involved teachers from across NC in eforts to design new measures to capture stu- dent growth data and better refect the excellent work of our teachers," said Williamson. Nearly 10,000 students and 1,200 employees make up Lee County Schools (LCS) where outstanding teachers, welcoming environments, and cutting-edge technology empower the future of every student. Accord- ing to Supt. Andy Bryan, Ed.D., "Given the interconnect- edness and changing nature of the global economy, our students' future success will depend on learning how to think critically, fourish in changing and sometimes ad- verse circumstances, and pursue lifelong learning. Creat- ing the conditions in which students can acquire these skills is the best possible form of economic development for both individual students and our community. Ulti- mately, a school district's success depends on positive relationships and community partnerships. We are for- tunate to have tremendous support from our parents and community." For a deeper look into the school system, check out Inspired – the district's award-winning weekly magazine showcasing their talented teachers, student successes, and innovative programs: http://www.lee.k12. nc.us/domain/1889 >> from kindergarten to graduate studies

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