Craven Early College High School had the honor to host Mr. Mark Johnson, State Superintendent of North Carolina, during one of his listening tour stops. He was joined by members of Craven County Schools district leadership team: Dr. Meghan Doyle, David Hale, and Jennifer Wagner.

Principal Todd Bradley and School Counselor Erin Blalock served as guides, providing an opportunity to observe the personalized learning environment that is facilitated by teachers each day. The State Superintendent visited several classrooms and observed integrated subjects; blending of learning; and integration of technology, challenging students to demonstrate deeper thinking. The World Dynamics class demonstrated how two early colleges could collaborate, twenty miles apart, via technology to integrate a co-teaching model with three curricula: Earth and Environmental Science, World History, and English I. Mr. Matthew Ipock and Mr. Daniel Kownacky were seen co-teaching 9th grade students across two campuses.

A second example of powerful teaching and learning through an integrated setting was in Mrs. Angela Kitchin’s classroom. This class is called Systems of Analysis, and it blends English III with American History: the Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics. The innovation here is the 3D Gamelab learning management system platform that students are able to use to navigate and earn XP points towards their grade. One of Mr. Johnson’s last stops was in Mrs. Erin Miller’s and Mrs. Kathi Whitfield’s Biology classroom. Students are exposed to a flipped classroom setting where students are expected to prepare for the content before that class day. This allows more opportunities for differentiation and one-on-one support for students if they do not grasp certain concepts.

The State Superintendent’s last stop was with our fabulous student ambassadors who helped with the student panel. The students who were involved in the panel included Luke Bradley, Gabe Duncan, Theresa Hill, Noor Nasser, Erin Phifer, and Sally Sanneh. This panel was a great culminating event that allowed our students to meet with our State Superintendent, interact with him, and answer his questions. Our students really enjoyed the listening tour and relished the opportunity to showcase our outstanding school by celebrating our students, teachers, staff, school community, and Cooperative Innovative High School Network.