In North Carolina, Positive Change Amidst the Learning Challenges


Last week, curriculum leaders across North Carolina came together to connect with colleagues and attend a variety of relevant and timely academic sessions at the virtual NCCAT Curriculum Leaders Conference. As an unprecedented school year filled with uncertainty begins, these North Carolina education leaders gathered to discuss the myriad challenges school districts face that have either been the result of or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The issues addressed included topics at the forefront of all educators’ minds: equity in the classroom, strategies for remote learning, student engagement, and moving instruction forward this school year. In one session, a panel of speakers discussed how, despite the challenges, the pandemic has also brought positive change, including a purposeful focus on social and emotional learning, new partnerships with community constituents, and an era of collaboration among educators. After a number of insightful sessions, workshops, and thought-provoking discussions, it was clear that the group was filled with innovative and enthusiastic educators with a passion for their students’ success, working to lead change in a challenging time.

As in years past, Certica was pleased to serve as a sponsor for the Curriculum Leaders Conference. Many of the participants were our North Carolina district partners, who use Certica’s proven CASE Assessments to measure student progress and provide teachers with data to make impactful instructional decisions, guide interventions, and personalize the student’s learning experience. We are proud to work with educators across the state to better understand and use data effectively to help each student succeed.

While we missed connecting with our district partners and friends in-person at the Curriculum Leaders Conference this year, we were thrilled to support NCCAT as they continue to provide inspiring academic content virtually. Dr. Todd Wirt, a longtime North Carolina educator, principal, and former superintendent, recorded a message to his colleagues attending the Conference. Check it out below!

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