TEACHING AND LEARNING CONTENT
NCDPI has explored ways to gather, vet and align content for placement in Home Base, including new content developed around and existing content aligned to the Common Core and the NC Essential Standards in North Carolina's Standard Course of Study. To that end, NCDPI has contracted with the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) at North Carolina State University. The CUACS team works with NCDPI staff to find and align quality resources for Home Base.
As of January 2014, more than 11,000 items have been reviewed and tagged by the CUACS team. Our goal is to have resources available for grades K-12.
In addition, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson invited school districts to join a Resource Consortium which aims to help districts collaborate to share and develop content. The Resource Consortium is an advisory group and a forum created to encourage collaboration and promote the sharing, in accordance with licensing agreements, of instructional and learning, assessment, professional development and talent management/educator evaluation content resources among all NC public school educators.
As of June 2013, the Resource Consortium is made up of 74 members representing over 47 LEAs and charter schools that come together at least once a month to share resources and to discuss best practices for vetting, aligning and including resources in Home Base. The Resource Consortium focuses on four areas of content and resources: Instruction/Learning, Assessments, Professional Development, and Talent Management/Educator Evaluation.
Some of our open education resources come from organizations such as Britannica Digital Learning, Thinkfinity, the Ohio Resource Center, PBS Teacher, LEARN NC, the OER Commons, SAS Curriculum Pathways, NASA’s Spacelink, Students at the Center, the Khan Academy, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, and many more!