- About Dr. Moody
- A Message from Superintendent
- Strategic Plan - 2017-2020
- Community Schools
- Community Involvement
- Rowan Partners for Education - RPE
- Student Leadership Team
- Teacher Breakfast Meetings
Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody is an accomplished leader in transforming education. She leads a district of over 19,500 students with 63% poverty, 3,000 employees, and a budget of $170 million. Through the district’s aggressive strategic plan focus on literacy and student engagement, Dr. Moody and her team are bringing national and state attention to the innovative practices that are receiving astonishing results for student success. The district was recently ranked in the top 10 nationally for pioneering technology uses; received the national digital curriculum strategy award and the national digital content & curriculum achievement award. In addition, Discovery Education presented Dr. Moody with the ‘Innovation in Education’ award. On a state level under Dr. Moody’s leadership team, the district has been recognized for excellence in educational programs as well as excellence in communication, public relations, and marketing. Dr. Moody received the ‘Friday Medal’ by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the State of NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Dr. Moody serves on a number of local, state and national boards such as ERDI Network, NCHSSA, Responsive Classroom, Schlechty Network, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and United Way.
Under Dr. Moody’s Leadership, there has been Rowan-Salisbury representation on national panels, presentations, and in publications such as the Learning Counsel, Education Talk Radio, Discovery Education, Future Ready Summit, NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association), ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), NCASA (NC Association of School Administrators), ASU-GSV (Arizona State University - Global Silicon Valley), NCTIES (NC Technology In Education Society), Schlechty Center, Digital Promise, and Literacy Today.
Dr. Moody received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from NC State University and her doctorate of education degree from Nova Southeastern University. Before becoming a superintendent, she was a teacher, coach and administrator.
Dr. Moody resides in Landis, NC with her husband Wayne. She is proud of her three children who are all classroom teachers.
Message from…Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody
Just a little over three years ago committees were meeting to discuss the development of a new strategic plan and direction for our district. Now, we are meeting again to plan for the next three years. Literacy and Student Engagement have been our areas of focus.
Representatives from our students, staff, community partners, parents and stakeholders participate in creating our district’s Strategic Plan – the vision to make our students successful in life.
We have experienced many changes to strengthen teaching and learning in our classrooms.
- Deployed iPads and/or Laptops to each student in grades K-12 with take-home devices for grades 3-12
- Created a district-wide Literacy Framework
- Increased bandwidth and infrastructure
- Implemented a Visitor Identification System and adding vestibules in schools
- Opened schools to community visits and upcoming community exhibitions
- Provided recruitment fairs and hiring incentives
- Encouraged “go and see’ opportunities for educators
- Launched Ready Rosie, a free pre-school reading program
- Partnered to Initiate Appleseed, giving pre-school children Tablets containing pre-loaded reading materials and apps
- Created / Implemented an award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum for grades K-12
- Transformed classrooms into collaborative spaces for student learning
- Developed key partnerships with:
- Discovery Education
And the list goes on...
With all these and more additions, instruction has changed in exciting ways. Classrooms are turning into collaborative learning spaces and students are being challenged to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers tackling real-world problems. Learning is fun and engaging for students. Much has happened in a very short period of time and it is so amazing to see how teachers are embracing the different styles, as students become involved learners. We still have far to go, but we are making that turn and on our way.
Thank you to our students, staff, parents, community partners and elected officials for all you do to help us pave the way so our children will have a brighter and more successful future.
- Every child should have personal life goals.
- To achieve their life goals, we need to engage them in innovative learning.
- Innovative, engaged learning results in skills development and academic achievement.
- Skills development and academic achievement helps students meet their life goals.
Where every day, everyone discovers and achieves the extraordinary.
To inspire innovative and engaging learning.
System Indicators/Evidences of Improvement
- Rounds process
- Data team meetings
- State accountability report
- Student data dashboard
- Student exhibitions
- Develop reading skills necessary for children to achieve their personal life goals.
- Implement "RSS Mindset" deeply.
- Provide well maintained school buildings.
- Develop community schools.
- Increase student services.
- Develop Human Resources
- Every child should identify a personal life goal.
- Every child should complete a level-set in Achieve 3000 and set their personal trajectory based upon their career choice.
- Create and set challenges to encourage students to meet their personal trajectory.
- Develop multiple data points that determine student progress in literacy (i.e. Achieve 3000 level set, EOC, EOG, Reading 3D, iOEducation Benchmarks).
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
- Provide professional development for administrators and teachers to understanding how to utilize personalized data.
- Examine student work and design strategies which will support innovative and engaging instruction.
- Develop a data dashboard.
- Identify data that supports the development of a personal goal.
- Implement the utilization of a data dashboard.
- Provide professional development on best-practices of implementing a data dashboard.
- Extend guided instruction practices to mathematics through professional development opportunities for teachers.
Collaboration, Connectivity, Relevance, Personalization (CCRP)
- Focus on personalization
- Support teachers in development and implementation of individual playlists for students.
- Provide professional development on personalization in a year-long menu of options.
- Develop a common understanding and language around the concept of rigor.
- Provide professional development for teachers on how to create rigor in content, process, and product to engage students at high levels.
- Implement Orton-Gillingham literacy strategies in K-2 classrooms.
- Provide professional development on Orton-Gillingham literacy strategies for all third-grade teachers.
Problem Based Learning (PBL)
- Develop district matrix for effective PBLs.
- Host an exhibition of student work in each community area.
- Expand PBL ideas/lessons warehouse.
- Identify model classrooms for blended learning at each grade level in the district.
- Provide opportunities for teachers to collaborate and develop blended learning lessons for students.
- Develop a model for community schools.
- Develop a graduate profile.
- Survey stakeholders to develop the profile of a Rowan-Salisbury Schools graduate.
- Develop goals for opportunities, skills, and knowledge milestones at the 5th, 8th, and 12th grade levels.
- Develop innovative marketing strategies.
- Homeschool students and families.
- Open communication channels by sending postcards and communications to homeschool families.
- Develop and host online courses for homeschool students.
- Analyze staff turnover through district exit survey.
- Develop, complete, and implement the RSS iBook.
- Create and implement high quality professional development experiences for classified staff.
- Succession Develop and implement third cohort of Grow Your Own Leaders assistant principal leadership program.
Inspiring, Innovative and Engaging – this describes the new Community Schools concept that is being implementing across our community.
By now you have most likely participated in or heard about our 6 Community School areas and the events they have sponsored; such as back to school rallies, tail gates, family engagement events, movie nights to name a few examples. There have also been high school students dressed out in their school colors, welcoming elementary students to school.
Within RSS we have 6 community areas: North, South, East, West, Salisbury, and Southeast. We are personalizing the learning experience for children and families through our Community Schools by following your child from Kindergarten through high school. We may all fall under the larger umbrella of Rowan-Salisbury, but we have smaller Community Schools focusing on providing a family-centered environment for giving children the best education possible.
This spring each of the six Community Schools will be hosting a Exhibition to our communities. These events will showcase the inspiring work by our students.
Staying connected with the Rowan County community is vital to growth of Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Dr. Moody continually provides opportunities to connect our schools with our community in a variety of innovative and inspiring ways, such as:
- Developing Community Schools Exhibitions and Events among the 6 area school communities in our district
- Sponsoring Literacy Summits
- Serving on a number of community boards such as United Way, Rotary, and the Chamber
- Providing community lunch and learns with job-alike community groups and parent groups
- Presenting at local community organizations
- Opening schools through Community School Visits
A Brief History – Full Circle
Years ago, a group of dedicated business professionals and community leaders formed the Rowan-Salisbury Education Foundation to provide support and funding for programs that went above and beyond the normal curriculum in the Rowan Salisbury Schools. The name was later changed to Rowan Partners for Education (RPE) to better represent the mission of the organization.
A few years ago, another group of dedicated business and community leaders came together and formed the Rowan-Salisbury Schools IMPACT Fund. This group of hard- working individuals achieved many accomplishments that benefited the students and staff of our district to which we are very grateful.
Moving forward, the name is again Rowan-Partners for Education and dedicated to:
- Provide funding for innovative teaching methods
- Ignite stronger and more positive results
- Recognize the achievements of our teachers & students
- Encourage students to reach higher academic success
- Provide support to push through innovative projects
RPE continues to build on what the original founders saw as such an incredible resource in our community. While RPE will work closely with RSS to help achieve common goals, the mission is to add to and not replace any existing programs.
Jon and Susan Steele co-chair RPE.
Rowan-Salisbury staff and students connect and communicate through a program called ‘Rounding’ based on the practice of grand rounds common in hospitals. Administrative leaders are divided into teams that visit schools to ask about innovative and engaging work, as well as how administrators can offer support.
Rounding offers department staff a first-hand look into classrooms across our community. During these visits, the teams focus on different parts of the school’s campus to gain a wide range of opinions by speaking with school-level staff and students.
Following each round of visits, the teams gather back at the Wallace Educational Forum to share the information from their interviews. Principals are invited to hear the feedback and to see the ‘sticky notes’ on the wall that are displayed in categories like Engaging Instruction, Short-Term Improvement, and Long-Range Improvements.
The data is shared with departments to determine what immediate changes can take place for improvements and how to better implement the strategies of the strategic plan.
This willingness to give everyone a voice and to work together makes it an exciting time to be a part of Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
The Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of highly motivated high school students interested in developing their leadership skills and promoting public education. Working with the superintendent and her team, the SLT meets monthly to “think outside the box” and develop innovative ideas to improve the teaching and learning experiences across our community.
Each year, the SLT presents their innovated ideas in a variety of platforms such as community presentations, exhibitions, and events to local, state and national elected officials, business and community partners, and school administrators.
Communication is important, and Dr. Moody stays connected with teachers across the community in an effort to keep them informed as well as listening to their comments.
Monthly, one teacher from each of our 35 schools joins the superintendent for an informal dialogue while enjoying breakfast prepared by our RSS School Nutrition Department. During this time, educators have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Moody about current topics, and ask questions in addition to providing ideas on the learning environments in our schools.
In turn, these teachers return to their home schools sharing what they have learned and shared with their fellow educators.