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What happens when a whole school district adopts an innovation mindset? Take a look.

In rural Rowan County, a unique school district has been getting national attention.

The Renewal School System was established in Rowan-Salisbury Schools in 2018 by House Bill 986. Under this model, the entire school district has charter-like flexibility, with the local board of education making decisions usually left up to the state.

The former superintendent, Dr. Lynn Moody, visited four schools with us in October 2020. She shared her thoughts and reflections about the renewal experience — and lessons learned over the whole of her career.

Take a look at our exit interview with Moody and hear why mindset matters most.

Behind the Story

Mebane Rash and Robert Kinlaw visited the Renewal School System on October 8, 2020. This video was filmed, edited, and narrated by Robert Kinlaw. It includes photos by Alex Granados, Rupen Fofaria, and Rowan-Salisbury Schools; a graphic by Kaidyn Radford; and audio recordings by Mebane Rash and Alex Granados. Dr. Moody retired Dec. 31, 2020.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at