NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: APRIL 28, 2016


The state’s top teachers will be at the Durham Hilton Hotel tomorrow, April 29, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., to learn more about best practices and social media.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, IBM and Communities in Schools are sponsoring the workshop in response to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Phoenix that found nearly 87 percent of teachers have not incorporated social media into their classrooms. The survey also found that more teachers, 62 percent, said they were reluctant to incorporate social media in their classrooms than in 2013, when 55 percent reported such hesitation.

Social media consultants from IBM will lead the Social Media and Planning Workshop during which teachers will learn how to organize, formulate and plan a social media strategy to help them communicate with their students, parents and school communities. They also will learn how to build social campaigns, create strong identity and engagement, know and connect to their audiences, and understand leading practices with social platforms. Finally, teachers will learn how to become digital champions and social media coaches so that they can take what they learn and share with their fellow teachers, students, administrators and school communities.

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.