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A+ School Spotlight: Royal Oaks Elementary

Royal Oaks Elementary in Cabarrus County completed their five-day A+ institute this summer, and the impact is already being felt throughout their school community. Principal Melody Marsh, along with her staff and students, shared their excitement and thoughts on how Royal Oaks is already transforming their learning environment and how A+ has been a "game changer" for their school.

A+ Schools: What led to the decision to become an A+ school and/or the belief that A+ would be a good fit for Royal Oaks Elementary?

A+ School Spotlight: Brevard Elementary

In their first year of A+ implementation, Brevard Elementary has already begun to model what a highly-engaged, deeply-committed A+ school looks like.  Principal April Gaydosh shared with us her thoughts and experiences as a leader of a new A+ school and how her staff, students and school community have embraced their creative learning environment at Brevard Elementary.

A+ Schools:  What led to the decision to become an A+ school and/or the belief that A+ would be a good fit for Brevard Elementary?

A+ Fellow Spotlight: Kristin Smith

Anyone who has experienced a workshop or professional development session facilitated by A+ Fellow Kristin Smith knows that her smile, personality and passion for the arts are infectious! Her knowledge of arts integration is deep and her desire to share it with educators is strong. Kristin’s collective professional experience has made her a perfect fit for A+. Currently, Kristin is project manager for the North Carolina Museum of Art’s NCMA Connects program, a statewide professional development program that helps teachers make connections across subjects through visual art.

A+ Schools of NC to Host Information Meetings for Potential New A+ Schools

A+ Schools of North Carolina is the nation’s longest-running, most successful arts-based whole school transformation model. Newly released research on A+ demonstrates impressive results in school growth, student proficiency and narrowing the achievement gap. And A+ helps schools to build creative, engaging learning environments that allow students to master the state standards while developing their 21st century skills. Want to learn more?  A+ is hosting two informational meetings for schools interested in joining the A+ Network. The meetings will take place as follows:

Congratulations to Lori Cozzi, 2017 Gerry D. Howell A+ Educator of the Year!

Lori Cozzi, Executive Director of ArtSpace Charter School in Swannanoa, was named 2017 Gerry D. Howell A+ Educator of the Year at an A+ Network webinar on Thursday, May 4. Ms. Cozzi has served the ArtSpace community for 14 years — first as an arts integration specialist, then as a program coordinator, and for the past 10 years as the director. The award recognizes an A+ educator who best exemplifies the values of A+ Schools of North Carolina and its philosophies.

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