RootEd in WNC


Culminating Conference and Showcase Event – June 17-18, 2022

This year, RootEd teachers will culminate their year of learning and collaboration at Appalachian GEAR UP’s Academic Innovation Conference on June 17th and 18th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville, NC. The conference is focused on bringing educators from across western North Carolina together to showcase innovation. Within this larger theme of collaborative innovation, there will be a series of learning experiences and events specifically designed for current RootEd teachers and others who are interested in connecting students with communities to solve challenges. On Friday, June 17th, the focus will be on educators learning from one another through breakout sessions, and a keynote. In the evening we will have a celebratory RootEd dinner. On Saturday, June 18th, the focus will shift to students, teachers, and community partners showcasing their RootEd projects through a Project Gallery Walk and Student Pitch/Showcase Competition. 

    Friday – Engage in Teacher Learning 

    Friday will begin with breakfast and a keynote, followed by congruent sessions focused on Engaging Snapshots from teachers’ classrooms across WNC. The RootEd strand of congruent sessions will include 4 sessions, each one focused on a core element of a RootEd learning experience. Along side RootEd coaches, RootEd teachers will have opportunities to share how they incorporated one or more of the core RootEd elements into their teaching practice. 

    RootEd Strand of Concurrent Sessions

    Community Connections

    We will look at examples and explore strategies for connecting communities to classrooms. 

    Authentic Work Products

    We will look at examples and explore strategies for creating authentic student work products.

    Collaborative Problem Solving

    We will look at examples and explore strategies for engaging students in collaborative problem solving.

    Student Ownership

    We will look at examples and explore strategies for facilitating student ownership of learning.

    Saturday – Showcasing Projects and Stories

    Calendar & Activities

    Sep 15

    Application Deadline 

    Applicants will be notified for interviews by September 17th.

    Oct 21-22

    Launch Event 

    Teachers meet to kick-off RootEd, and start designing their student challenges.

    Western NC Location TBD



    RootEd coaches will meet with teachers 1-on-1 and in small groups at least 4 times throughout the school year to help teachers design and deliver their projects. Supports and activities include: designing student activities, integrating with standards, co-teaching or modeling activities, and identifying potential partners.

    At Your School & Virtual


    Online Community of Practice

    RootEd utilizes an online community of practice to connect teachers to one another, coaches, tools, partners, and other resources. 

    Mar 18

    Study Visit/Field Experience

    Teachers will visit a location in WNC to see community-connected learning in action.

    Western NC Location TBD

    Jun 18-19

    Showcase Conference: Pitch Competition, Storytelling Event

    Teachers, students, and community partners will share their work, pitch their ideas, and learn from one another.

    Western NC Location TBD

    Apply to the 2021-2022 RootEd Teacher Cohort


     The 2021-2022 RootEd Teacher Cohort is open to Pre-K-16 teachers in western North Carolina.


      Teachers accepted into the 2021-2022 RootEd Teacher Cohort will receive…

      • 1-on-1 and small group coaching 
      • 5 cohort meetings, including a launch, study visit, and showcase event
      • Membership in an online community of practice
      • Networking and collaborative learning with peers, partners, and coaches
      • A $1,000 stipend
      • 50 CEUs
      • Project management support
      • Partnership development support
      • Storytelling support


      Applicants to the RootEd Teacher Cohort commit to the following:

      • Designing and delivering a minimum of one student learning experience focused on a community challenge
      • Completing a challenge design document for their project
      • Creating and maintaining a project website that documents and tells their project story
      • Attending all 3 cohort meetings: launch event, study visit, and showcase event (barring unforeseen circumstances)
      • Meeting with a RootEd coach a minimum of four times per year

      application form (due sep 15)

      Draft your answers here