MESSAGES 2013 :: APRIL 5, 2013

APRIL 5, 2013 - Principals' Biweekly Message

Congratulations to Dale Cole, Chocowinity Middle School Principal and the new Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. It is always a pleasure to recognize and honor the educators in our state who do so much for students.

Also, this week we welcomed six new State Board of Education members: William Cobey Jr., at large member from Orange County; Marcella Ramirez Savage, at large member from Union County; Rebecca H. Taylor, District 1 member from Pitt County; Dr. Olivia Oxendine, District 4 member from Robeson County; A.L. "Buddy" Collins, District 5 member from Forsyth County; and Gregory Alcorn, District 7 member from Rowan County. The board elected Cobey as its new chairman and Collins as its vice-chairman. I look forward to working with each of these new members, and I appreciate their willingness to serve North Carolina in such an important way.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. State Board Meeting Highlights
  2. Beaufort County Principal Named Principal of the Year
  3. Support Staff Trainings
  4. Regional Principal Councils
  5. 2013 CCSA Conference a Success

State Board Meeting Highlights

At yesterday's State Board of Education meeting, members elected William Cobey Jr., a new at-large member from Orange County, as its chairman and A.L. "Buddy" Collins, a new board member from Forsyth County (District 5), as vice-chairman. Members also discussed criteria for endorsements to high school diplomas, educator effectiveness policies for 2012-13 and salaries for teachers and other certified school personnel. Members approved criteria for Race to the Top bonus payments to certified personnel in persistently low-performing schools and accepted a voluntary charter relinquishment from STEAM Academy of Winston-Salem. A summary of all Board action items is available online at .

Beaufort County Principal Named Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Chocowinity Middle School Principal Dale Cole who yesterday was named the 2013 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year during a luncheon ceremony held in Cary. The Beaufort County Schools' principal succeeds Page High School (Guilford County Schools) Principal Patrice Faison. State Superintendent June Atkinson commended Cole on his selection saying, "Dale understands what it takes to be an effective administrator. His strong understanding of the curriculum, effective teaching practices and the importance of collaboration are all hallmarks of an exceptional school administrator." As Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, Cole will receive an additional $3,000 for his school and $3,000 for personal use. He also will receive a scholarship for a 10-day educational tour of China thanks to EF Education First, a privately-held company that offers a range of education programs from language training, educational travel and academic degrees to cultural exchanges. He will be a member of the State Superintendent's Principals' Advisory Committee, serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education, serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum, and will chair the 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Selection Committee.

Support Staff Trainings

Educator Effectiveness completed the third Support Staff Evaluation (for validation) Training on March 19 in Cary. Jean Williams from Research and Education Associates is leading the validation of the five proposed evaluation rubrics for support staff and has been present for each of the three trainings. LEAs have volunteered to take part in some or all of the validations. This training provided Train-the-Trainer sessions for School Counselors, School Social Worker, Instructional Technology Facilitators and School Library Media Coordinators. School Psychologist sessions were provided at the first two trainings as well. Webinars have been provided for additional support for this process. Support for each of the Support Staff Evaluations can be found online at

Regional Principal Councils

North Carolina principals are leading our schools through numerous initiatives including new standards, curriculum and the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (NCEES). It is more important than ever for principals to feel informed and involved while collaborating across the state. Regional Principal Council meetings for the spring have started. The NCDPI has partnered with some RESAs across the state to develop a Principals' Council in each region. Each LEA from participating regions is invited to have a principal representative. This representative role is acknowledged as a leader of administrator work for North Carolina. The Principal Council works as a PLC to guide the development of necessary information, research, data and practice to support inter-rater reliability. Kimberly Simmons, from NCDPI's Educator Effectiveness division, facilitates this process with updates, current information and resources, and rich conversations. The spring Principal Council meetings will include:

  • CCSSO resource for Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources
  • Video and Guiding Rubrics to support Inter-Rater Reliability
  • Focus on Global Awareness

Information gathered from the meetings is used to inform professional development and support for the evaluation process and other state initiatives. Regional PD Leads also provide professional development to support the findings and recommendations of the Principals Council. The NCDPI values their partnership with RESAs in each region. Each RESA director's leadership expertise is a valuable component to the success of this collaborative effort. For more information, contact Kimberly Simmons at

2013 CCSA Conference a Success

Over 1,800 educators and education advocates from across the state registered for the 2013 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA). The conference featured Dr. Lodge McCammon from NCSU who discussed "Flipping Instruction;" ASCD faculty Eleanor Rodriguez, who demonstrated instructional strategies to engage all students; and the SAS EVAAS Educator Support Team who led demonstration sessions on the new EVAAS Roster Verification process and the powerful partnership of EVAAS and student achievement. District teachers and administrators as well as DPI staff shared their expertise on a gamut of topics ranging from accountability to educator effectiveness and digital teaching to creating a pedagogy of care and hope. Thank you for supporting your staff in attending this conference. We look forward to seeing you and your educators at the 2014 CCSA.