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Everyday Education: Leadership And Innovation Recognized Statewide

 

January 15, 2018

Courtesy photo

Pisgah Forest Elementary fourth-graders using Google Goggles travel virtually to the North Pole, including a "Santa run." IT facilitators help teachers like Claire Gasperson create an immersive experience of Arctic glaciers, polar bears and Arctic ecosystems, along with survival skills and how explorers would prepare for travel to such remote places. Teachers guide the experience and even track where students are looking throughout the lesson. (Photo by Cathy Zandecki, IT facilitator)

There's a saying in education: You don't prepare students for your past; you prepare them for their future. It's a daunting goal, one that Transylvania County Schools superintendent Jeff McDaris takes very seriously.

Since McDaris became superintendent in 2009, he's been committed to this challenge, one that involves overseeing a digital learning initiative that has been instrumental in his recognition as one of seven innovative rural superintendents by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Awards like this are not earned in isolation, McDaris...



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