SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2014

MESSAGES 2014 :: FEBRUARY 24, 2014

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

We look forward to seeing your leadership teams and you at the upcoming READY Outreach Regional Meetings.  If you already have RSVP'd, thank you. Region 2 has requested a separate meeting since the last invitation was submitted, so a new session has been added to the schedule.  If you are in Region 2 and would still like to attend the Region 1 meeting, you are welcome to do so.  If you have already RSVP'd for the Region 1 meeting and would like to change it to Region 2, please do so by following the RSVP instructions below.

The work around North Carolina public schools' READY initiative continues, with many successes under our belt.  We are more than halfway through the second year of Common Core implementation; new assessments have been administered; and we continue on the road toward full implementation of Home Base, Educator Effectiveness and more.

As we enter the homestretch of the Race to the Top grant, we are offering a fourth round of READY meetings to update you on priority streams of work, and as always, to provide ample time for feedback.

We know that there have been concerns around the progress of Home Base, and we understand the need for more information and input.  To this end, the READY Regional Outreach Meetings will reserve a significant segment of time devoted to updating you on the status of Home Base across the state and opt-in information for the 2014-15 school year.  In addition, we will provide you with updates on the Educator Effectiveness plan along with the latest on the General Assembly's School Performance Grades, which will be reported in August based on the 2013-14 school year’s results.

There are key leaders in your central office and community whose work is directly affected by the issues we will discuss.  For this reason, we encourage you to please invite the person in the following positions (or an appropriate designee) to attend the READY meeting in your region with you:

  1. Curriculum and Instruction Director
  2. Human Resources Director
  3. Technology Director
  4. Finance Director
  5. Data Manager
  6. Parent Representative, such as a PTA President

Below are the meeting dates, times and locations for each region.  Please RSVP to Joyce Myersjoyce.myers@dpi.nc.gov, no later than three weeks before the date of your meeting (RSVP deadlines are indicated for each region).

Region 1 – Friday, March 21, 12:30 TO 3:30 PM - Washington Civic Center (RSVP deadline, Friday, Feb. 28)

Region 2 – Monday, April 14, 1:30 TO 4:30 PM – Wilmington Convention Center (RSVP deadline, Monday, March 24)

Region 3 – Wednesday, March 26, 9 AM TO NOON - Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center (RSVP deadline, Wednesday, March 5)

Region 4 – Tuesday, March 11, 1:30 TO 4:30 PM – Cumberland County Education Resource Center (RSVP deadline, Tuesday, Feb. 25)

Region 5 – Wednesday, April 9, 9 AM TO NOON – The Event Center at Summit Square, Winston-Salem (RSVP deadline, Wednesday, March 19)

Region 6 – Thursday, March 20, 9 AM TO NOON – North Carolina Research Center, Kannapolis (RSVP deadline, Thursday, Feb. 27)

Regions 7 and 8 - Thursday, April 10, 9 AM TO NOON – DoubleTree Asheville (RSVP deadline, Thursday, March 20)

Again, please DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL, but instead, RSVP to Joyce Myers at joyce.myers@dpi.nc.gov

We look forward to seeing you at the READY Regional Outreach Meetings, and to hearing your thoughts, ideas and concerns as we move forward.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent


Feb. 20, 2014
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Webinar Addresses New Home Base PD Tool Functionality
  2. Local AIG Plan Reviews
  3. Superintendent Vacancies Announced: Caswell and Cleveland County Schools
  4. 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey
  5. Student Science Enrichment Program Grants


Webinar Addresses New Home Base PD Tool Functionality

- The new Home Base Professional Development Tool will be live for all district/charter teachers and administrators to enroll in state-provided courses beginning in April. Likewise, district and charters that opt in to Home Base will benefit from additional local course/catalog creation and enrollment management functionality beginning in the fall. To learn more about this exciting new component and options that will be available, please attend a webinar scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4-5 p.m. Human resource and professional development directors are especially encouraged to participate. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/354048241. The webinar will be recorded.


Local AIG Plan Reviews

Reviews of local Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) plans submitted to the NCDPI in July 2013 in accordance with Article 9B have been e-mailed to your district’s AIG coordinator(s). Paper copies will be mailed the first week in March. Reviews consisted of a letter explaining the alignment of your local AIG plan with NC AIG program standards and more detailed comments per standard. NCDPI is very pleased with the progress of our state towards meeting the needs of our AIG learners. For those LEAs deciding to revise their local AIG plans based on feedback, NCDPI will be available to provide technical assistance and will be setting up times to meet with LEAs. LEAs who submitted their local AIG plan to NCDPI after October will receive their reviews later in the spring. Please contact Sneha Shah-Coltrane, director of Gifted Education and Advanced Programs, at sneha.shahcoltrane@dpi.nc.gov/919/807-3849 if you have additional questions.


Superintendent Vacancies Announced: Caswell and Cleveland County Schools

The Caswell County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in the Caswell County school district. The application deadline is March 27.

The Cleveland County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in the Cleveland County school district. The application deadline is April 2.

An electronic version of the application is available by going to the N.C. School Board Association's website at www.ncsba.org and clicking on the appropriatelink. Inquiries and requests for applications also can be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, PO Box 97877, Raleigh NC 27624-7877, telephone 919/841-4040, fax 919/841-4020, e-mail aschafer@ncsba.org. All inquires will be kept confidential.


2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey

The 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions (NC TWC) Survey will be administered March 10-April 4. The NC TWC Survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators that assesses teaching conditions at the school, district and state levels. All school-based, licensed educators and instructional staff, including administrators are encouraged to take the survey. As in previous years, survey materials will be mailed to each school via USPS to arrive the week of March 3. The packages will be addressed to the NCAE representative in each building or the principal. Teachers and administrators needing anonymous access codes may contact the help desk during the survey window. The help desk will be operational beginning March 10 from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A real-time response rate tracker is available on the TWC website at www.ncteachingconditions.org. Survey results are one component of an ongoing process for collaborative school improvement planning. For more information, please contact Yvette Stewart at yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov.


Student Science Enrichment Program Grants

Burroughs Wellcome Fund is offering grants to support creative, hands-on science and mathematics education activities. Awards provide up to $180,000 over three years to improve primary and secondary students’ competence in science, nurture their enthusiasm for science, and interest them in pursuing careers in research or other science-related areas.  Programs must take place outside of standard school time. The application deadline is April 10. For more information, please visit bwfund.org.