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We hear that Tri-County Early College needs to hire a Spanish teacher interested in Project-Based Learning and rural education. The employment page for Cherokee County Schools can be found  here:

More information about the open RFP from Schools That Lead:

Schools That Lead, in partnership with the NC General Assembly and the NC Department of Public Instruction, is excited to announce it will launch its North Carolina Networked Improvement Communities this fall for traditional public and charter schools seeking to improve learning outcomes for their students.

 Over the last four years, we have partnered with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to grow practitioners’ capacity to use improvement science. In our work, principals and teachers learn to use improvement science to articulate their theories and assumptions, select change ideas and measure impact over time as they work to solve a common problem. 

 Thus, Schools That Lead will convene and lead K-12 networked improvement communities for teachers and principals in up to 60 North Carolina public schools to address problems of practice using improvement science. We will facilitate three cohorts of schools, each working to solve a shared problem as a network to accelerate learning across schools.

       1) High schools:  Increasing on-time graduation rates; 

       2) Middle schools: Reducing 9th grade retentions; and 

       3) Elementary schools: Reducing the number of students with early warning indicators in course failures, absences and discipline.

 Each of the 60 participating schools will have teachers and principals deeply immersed in ongoing professional development over the course of three years. To that end, Schools That Lead provides:

 Teacher leadership: A curriculum for two teachers from each school to develop the requisite skills to use improvement science in their classrooms and lead others in their schools to do the same that spans 14 days over three years. Teachers have the option to earn micro-credentials and to be certified to lead improvement efforts.

  1. Principal leadership: A second curriculum for principals develop the requisite skills to use improvement science in their schools by setting aggressive student learning goals and supporting the work of their teachers that spans 10 days over three years
  2. Improvement facilitators: A third curriculum for another teacher from each school to develop the requisite skills to act as improvement facilitators, bridging the work between teachers and administrators and across their cohort of schools, that spans 10 days over three years
  3. Coaching: Bi-weekly coaching calls for each school
  4. Data management: An online resource for all participants to share their change ideas and improvement data
  5. Summer convenings:School teams gather to share their learning and learn from others in the network

 The total three-year membership fee is $6,000 per school, payable to Schools That Lead in $2,000 increments each year of the three-year program, or by other mutually agreeable terms. Cognizant of the timing of the release of this RFP, payment for year one can be delayed until the summer of 2019 and the new fiscal year. Schools should also budget for the costs of travel and substitute teachers for the professional learning sessions. 


  • Proposals are due September 5, 2018.
  • Schools will be selected by lottery and notified of selection by September 14, 2018. The lottery will be weighted in favor of schools with NC Report Card grades of C, D, and F.
  • The first convening of selected schools will be held in Raleigh on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

 The RFP should be completed by the school principal and should take no more than 30 minutes.

 For questions please email: [email protected]

 Access the RFP here:

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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