Monday, June 7th

Introductory Speaker

Rebecca Taylor, NC State Board Member

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Rebecca "Becky" Taylor has worked in the field of education for more than 35 years. She began her career as a special education teacher, serving students identified with learning and behavioral disabilities. Ms. Taylor was selected by East Carolina University (ECU) to pilot an innovative, hands-on Science curriculum with middle school students. She also taught in the Department of Special Education at East Carolina where she supervised student teachers. She currently owns and operates five Sylvan Learning Center franchises in eastern North Carolina. As a State Board of Education representative, Ms. Taylor serves as chair of the Leadership for Innovation committee and is a representative on the Charter School Advisory Board.


Keynote Speaker

Dale Cole, Principal - Beaufort County Schools

2013 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year
Download Dale's presentation below.

Tuesday, June 8th

Dr. Robin McCoy, Director for the Division of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

McCoy.jpgDr. Robin McCoy was selected as the Director for the Division of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. Prior to this role, Dr. McCoy was the Race to the Top Program Administrator for Standards and Assessment with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). With over 35 years in education, Dr. McCoy has had a wide variety of teaching and education administrative experiences.

Prior to joining the NCDPI in March 2013, Dr. McCoy was Chief Communications Officer for Durham Public Schools (DPS) where she managed all public communications related to school system matters and community engagement programs and worked with DPS departments and schools to create training and communication materials.

Prior to joining Durham Public Schools, Dr. McCoy was Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services with Chatham County Schools from 2005 – 2012. There, she provided leadership for all instructional services, including preK-12 instructional programs, federal programs, special education, student services, Section 504, gifted education, technology services, testing and accountability, ESL, Race to the Top, professional development, AdvancEd accreditation, and curriculum and instructional resource development.

Dr. McCoy spent many years as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. In addition, she served as Chief Operating Officer for a North Carolina-based educational software company.

Dr. McCoy holds a PhD degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Chapel Hill and Masters and Bachelor degrees in Special Education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. McCoy is married and has two grown daughters.