Fall Principal Ready Dates Released

Join fellow principals for the fall Principal READY Session, which kicks off the 2017-18 NCEES Professional Learning Series.

This series of professional learning events is designed to utilize the teacher observation and evaluation process to support school improvement. Using the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES), during the fall PREADY, staff will take a deep dive into the teacher leadership expectations of Standard 1, and explore a coaching protocol to create more robust post observation conferences that offer tools and strategies (including teacher directed feedback conversations) to support teacher growth and instructional improvement.

The fall session will be the first presentation in a series of learning events designed to support school leaders to deploy the evaluation process with greater fidelity to the performance expectations of the NCEES rubric. Click here to reserve your seat. Please contact NCEES Consultant Robert Sox for specific questions.


Fall Webinar Series Released

The start of a new school year brings new Tuesday topics from DPI’s professional development consultants. Whether its support for new administrators using the NCEES tool, a flipped learning experience on teaching standard/executive standard I and II, or the much anticipated webinar on professional standards for school counselors, staff have you covered. For a detail description of all webinars or the link to register for each webinar, please click here.

Certificates of participation will be available for those who participate in the flipped learning webinars. For specific questions about the webinar series, contact Cynthia Martin with Educator Effectiveness.


Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Update

NCDPI’s NC Healthy Schools Section is planning a dynamic year to support district Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (Whole Child) work. Many resources are available to LEAs; following are just a few:

  • An assessment tool has been developed for LEAs to track various measures within the 10 Whole Child components. The tool allows districts to input data unique to their community and to track academic measures. Staff are available to help populate the data. If you have questions with this tool, feel free to reach out. An action planning template also has been developed. After reviewing your data in the assessment tool and seeing important priorities in which to focus your work, you may use the action planning template to keep your work moving along.
  • One-hour webinars have been scheduled. Our team is excited to provide professional development around the Whole Child model and how to use it to ensure every child reaches their full potential. Registration information for the first three is below. All webinars will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. Please forward this to appropriate staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Langston with NC Healthy Schools.


Social Studies Professional Development Opportunity

Through a partnership with The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, NCDPI’s K-12 Social Studies staff will host a professional development seminar in Marion on Saturday, Sept 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Origins of the American Idea will help teachers gain a greater understanding of the ideas surrounding the founding of the American republic.

In order to attend, teachers will need to meet certain requirements outlined on the registration form. Teachers will receive 0.8 CEUs from the Ashbrook Center for attending. Upon completion of the Canvas course and submission of their Inquiry, teachers will receive another 1.2 CEUs.

Teachers willing to commit to attending the seminar, completing the Canvas course, and creating an Inquiry, may register by clicking on this link. Although there is no registration fee to attend, teachers will need to pay travel expenses. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact NCDPI K-12 Social Studies Consultant Tom Daugherty or 919.807.3862.


NCVPS Celebrates a Decade in Online Learning

The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) is turning 10, and staff are celebrating a decade in online teaching and learning by inviting you to its 10-Year Anniversary Symposium on Oct. 21-22. Come to connect, share and learn about online and digital learning as well as commemorate the past ten years and the future of learning.

Registration is available online. Please visit the 10-year Anniversary web page for information and updates. If you have any questions, please contact NCVPS Director of Outreach and Support Mia Murphy.


Fall Holocaust Teacher Workshops Scheduled

The North Carolina Holocaust Council will hold fall Holocaust Teacher Workshops for middle and high school social studies and English/language arts teachers (although any teacher may attend).

The free, one-day multi-county workshops will include sessions on how to teach the Holocaust, a conversation with a Holocaust survivor, and in-depth exploration of the Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, Propaganda or Resistance.

All workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and teachers will receive .6 CEU’s upon completion. Substitute pay will be provided. Registration opened Sept. 8. Space is limited so prompt registration is encouraged.

Additional information on the Holocaust Council is available online. Questions may be directed to the Holocaust Council’s Director of Teacher Workshops Audrey Krakovitz.


Global Education 2017

  • Global Educator Digital Badge Implementation Guide
    The new 2017 Global Educator Digital Badge Implementation Guide is now available. The Guide includes updated information regarding the process for teachers, principals, central office staff and district superintendents wishing to earn state-level recognition.
  • Global-Ready Intent to Apply Deadline
    Schools and districts that want to apply for the Global-Ready Acknowledgement or Designation status in 2017-18 should complete the Intent to Apply form. This ensures that interested applicants receive resources and updates to assist them through the application process. District applications are due Dec. 1, and school applications are due April 6, 2018.
  • Global Educator Digital Badge
    Educators pursuing the Global Educator Digital Badge are reminded that they must turn in the completed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to NCDPI. Once the MOA is received, the educator will be enrolled in the Online Management Forum where they will find resources and forms for the process. The MOA has been updated for 2017 -18 and can be accessed here (docx, 19kb).

If you have any questions, please contact Special Assistant for Global Education Helga Fasciano.


Registration Open - 67th Conference on Exceptional Children

Prescriptive Instruction: The Key to Proficiency is the theme of the 67th Conference on Exceptional Children, North Carolina’s largest gathering of educational professionals and parents of children with disabilities.

Registration and additional information may be found online.


Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund Application

The application for the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund is now available. The $30 million new fund was provided by the General Assembly in this year’s budget to assist lower-wealth counties (development Tier 1 and Tier 2) with their critical public school building capital needs. Grant funds must be used for new capital projects only, and cannot be used for real property acquisition or for operational lease agreements, unless the lease agreement was executed on or before June 30, 2017.


NC Superintendent’s Forum on Gifted Education

In conjunction with the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) annual forum, we are hosting a day-long NC Superintendent’s Forum on Gifted Education on Nov. 9 in Charlotte. Please see the memo for more information and how you as a superintendent can contribute to a discussion about how to develop the most effective AIG programs to meet the needs of our students, including those we have traditionally under-served. There is no cost to this event, as it is sponsored by the NAGC as a service to our state, but you will need to register here.