• JCPS Receives $75K Education Innovation Fellowship

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    August 10, 2018

    Five schools in Johnston County Public Schools were among the 20 selected across North Carolina to be a part of the 2018-2019 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship. 

    The project, fully funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is an intensive, collaborative effort aimed at improving literacy among students, pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade.

    The selected Johnston County schools include Micro, East Clayton, West Smithfield, Benson and Four Oaks elementary schools. 

    “Johnston County Public Schools is excited to be a part of the TrueSchool experience,” said Brandon Garland, innovation officer for Johnston County Public Schools. “We believe this opportunity will benefit the students and staff of our participating schools.”

    The TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship provides a $15,000 scholarship per school to cover the full cost of year-long programmatic and coaching support. Only two states, North Carolina and Nebraska, and 20 schools within each of these two states, were selected.   

    Selected schools will each create teams made up of 3 to 6 members, including the principal and at least 2 teacher leaders. These teams, with the assistance of TrueSchool’s specialized program and experienced coaches, will “lead a school-wide innovation effort with a focus on equity, academic achievement, social-emotional support, and 21st century learning” said TrueSchool CEO Amy Vreeland. “Educators working on the ground know their school, student, and community needs best. We provide the time, process, and support to enable their leadership potential to flourish and their bold ideas to come to life.”

    The chosen participants in North Carolina represent a mixture of suburban, urban and rural school districts from across the state. Of the 10,408 students attending these academic institutions, 5,454 are minority students, while 4,954 are white. A majority of students at all but 4 of the chosen schools receive free or reduced lunch.

    The other North Carolina schools selected were: Trent Park, Havelock, A.H. Bangert and J.T. Barber in Craven County School District; Coker-Wimberly in Edgecombe County Public Schools; Bessemer City Central and Hawks Nest STEAM Academy in Gaston County Schools; B. H. Tharrington Primary in Mount Airy Public Schools; Winter Park, College Park, Pine Valley and Murrayville in New Hanover County Schools; E.D. Koontz and Overton in Rowan Salisbury School System; and Walnut Creek in the Wake County Public School System.

    TrueSchool, based in New Orleans, has worked with over 1,500 educators in 108 schools who are effecting change for more than 200,000 students in cities across the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Oakland.

    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930, is one of the world’s largest private foundations. It works with communities around the world to improve conditions for vulnerable children.

    PHOTO1: Jennifer Barber, Media Specialist at East Clayton Elementary, addresses a group of students. East Clayton Elementary was among the 20 schools chosen for the 2018-2019 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship. 

    PHOTO2: Johnston County Public Schools students (from left) Haleigh Boller, Katelin Gronendyke, and Kaylee Pittman participate in the Summer Library Program at Micro Elementary. Micro Elementary was among the 20 schools chosen for the 2018-2019 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship.

    PHOTO3: Benson Elementary students JKevin Olivares (back) and Peyton Cooper (front) use their Chromebooks to research American symbols in Ashley Young’s first grade class. Benson Elementary was among the 20 schools chosen for the 2018-2019 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship. 

    PHOTO4: East Clayton Elementary Logan Hayes works on a project. East Clayton Elementary was among the 20 schools chosen for the 2018-2019 True School Innovation Fellowship.

    Nathanael Shelton, Director of Communication
    919-934-2016 x 1007

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