MESSAGES 2014 :: MARCH 3, 2014

MARCH 3, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014

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More than 2,000 North Carolina educational staffers came together in Greensboro Feb. 17-19 for the first-ever Home Base Symposium. This transition year from the former NC WISE conference to this new project-wide symposium was packed full of learning, collaboration and problem solving. Ninety NCDPI, Pearson and district-level staff presented 170 sessions on a variety of topics. Pearson hosted a Pearson Hub to give local school system staff an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Pearson staff to solve problems and address local concerns. Thank you for supporting your staff who were able to attend this valuable event, and also for those of you who attended the superintendents' meeting with Pearson executives on Feb. 19. We will provide more information to you about Home Base in the READY IV meetings that begin across North Carolina on March 11, as well as in the weekly Tuesday 11 a.m. Home Base update webinars. As a reminder, the Home Base Weekly Status Updates are updated every Monday, so even if you are unable to make a particular weekly webinar, this list of progress to date and outstanding work to be completed is there for your review.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

HB Weekly Update
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Supplement Funding
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meets This Week
  2. Supplemental Funding Supports Additional School Resource Officers2
  3. Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-8
  4. Students@Work Week is March 3-7
  5. Principal READY II: Coaching Conversations
  6. New Home Base Professional Development System
  7. #NCed Chat March Topics
  8. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

State Board of Education Meets This Week

The State Board of Education will meet this Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Action items on the Board's agenda include the Low Wealth and Small County Non-Supplant requirement, implementation of Corporal Pruitt Rainey Brass-to-Class Act report, academic achievement levels and descriptors, and waiver of the clock hour requirement for course credit for the 2013-14 school year. Discussion items include a report to the North Carolina General Assembly on the Virtual Charter School Study, process for awarding new four-year teacher contracts for each Residential School for the Deaf and for the Blind, LEA and charter schools' requests for Standard Six Flexibility, and the Race to the Top teacher quality distribution baseline. On Thursday, Board members will receive a special report on Part II of the Race to the Top Initiatives Evaluation report. The complete agenda as well as supporting executive summaries are available online at (click on SBE Meetings then Meetings). The meeting is audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen in, please visit the above link and click on the live audio streams link to the right.

Supplemental Funding Supports Additional School Resource Officers

The Superintendents Council, which was designated by the SBE for approval of School Resource Officers (SRO) grants, has approved a final round of supplemental funding in the amount of $1,585,342 to support 43 additional SROs in 12 LEAs and two charter schools. The LEAs and charters receiving the final supplemental funding are highlighted in orange in the attached chart. 

   In December 2013, $5,344,065 in funding was approved and disbursed for 152 SROs. The funds approved in the final supplemental round brings the total approved to $6,929,407 of the $7 million appropriated by the General Assembly under Section 8.36 of Session Law 2013-360. The funding provided support for a total of 195 SROs in 52 LEAs and nine charter schools. LEAs and charters pledged to provide $1 of local funding for each $2 of state funding. For more information, please contact Ken Gattis at

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-8

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared March 2-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, and urges all North Carolinians to be alert to potentially damaging thunderstorms and possible tornadoes that can occur during any month of the year. To rehearse emergency plans, a tornado drill will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., in schools and government buildings statewide. More information on tornadoes and overall emergency preparedness can be found in the ReadyNC mobile app and online at

Students@Work Week is March 3-7

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is pleased to join North Carolina's business community in recognizing March 3-7 as Students@Work Week. The Students@Work initiative is focused on raising North Carolina's graduation rate by offering middle school students a glimpse of future career possibilities. Students@Work is a joint initiative of the NCDPI and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). This year's program involves at least 156 businesses in all 100 North Carolina counties and will affect 24,000 students. To learn more, visit and select the appropriate link under "News."

Principal READY II: Coaching Conversations

Regional professional development sessions for principals are currently occurring in all eight regions across the state. Interactive sessions include coaching conversations for teacher growth and educator evaluation data analysis. Principals will share strategies for providing constructive feedback to teachers. Resources and tools for interactive staff meetings are included in these sessions. For more information, please contact Lynne Johnson, Educator Effectiveness director, at, or Kimberly Simmons, Educator Evaluation coordinator, at

New Home Base Professional Development System

- The new Home Base Professional Development System will be live for all district/charter educators to enroll in state-provided courses beginning April 1. All of our NC Education online modules, including facilitator-led sessions, are included in this system. Our NCDPI module developers are currently creating additional modules based upon district request for release this summer and fall.

   This spring, we will pilot the opt-in functionality of the system with a small group of districts. 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. This is a great opportunity to use one portal for state and local educator professional development transcripts.

   To learn more about this exciting new component and available options, please view the archived webinar held Thursday, Feb. 27, at In addition, regional face-to-face sessions will be held in all eight regions starting March 20. Please see the NCDPI/RESA partnership schedule online at for more information. Human resource and professional development directors, and professional development coordinators and leaders, are especially encouraged to attend.

   For more information, please contact Lynne Johnson at or Robert Sox at

#NCed Chat March Topics

- Engage with state, national and international educators on the following #NCED Chat March topics: Flipped Classroom Learning, Best Practices for 1:1, Digital Footprint and Mentoring. Check out the blog and archived conversations online at You also can download the app by your mobile device. Join this Professional Learning Network (PLN) today!

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The Feb. 28 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: Charter School Membership by LEA, Transportation for Summer Programs, SRO Grants and Web News. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.