NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: SEPTEMBER 4, 2013


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is partnering with UNC-TV to present a highly informative program that parents, educators and community supporters will definitely want to watch. It focuses on the new State Standard Course of Study, testing, parent engagement and more.

Host Shannon Vickery and a panel of educators examine North Carolina Schools and You: What Changes in Our Schools Mean for Parents and Students, Thursday, September 19 at 10 p.m. on UNC-TV, North Carolina's statewide public television network. The program, also featuring NC parents and supporters of public schools, will repeat on Friday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

North Carolina Schools and You – an hour-long show in a "town hall meeting" format – will offer information and discussion around recent important changes in public schools and how parents can be more productively engaged in their children's success. Specific topics include:

  • Teaching and Learning: What Students Are Learning and How;
  • Measuring Performance: New Assessments and Accountability Model; and

  • Parent Engagement: How Parents Can Support Learning.

A studio audience of public school parents will be invited to ask questions of State Superintendent June Atkinson and additional senior officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), a partner in the production of this program.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for parents, educators and business and community supporters of public schools to hear the very latest information about the progress we are making as we go forward with our new State Standard Course of Study and other changes," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "We encourage those groups, and anyone who cares about public schools and North Carolina's future to tune in for this important discussion."

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Viewer's Guide
To assist parents, educators and supporters as they view NC Schools + You, the NCDPI has prepared this Viewer's Guide with supplemental information and links to resources.
(pdf, 5.7mb)

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.