SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2014

MESSAGES 2014 :: MARCH 10, 2014

MARCH 10, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

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I look forward to seeing many of you this week at the Superintendents' Quarterly meeting on Wednesday (agenda attached) and, for those of you in Region 4, at the first READY IV regional meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Cumberland County Education Resource Center. Because of scheduling issues on Tuesday, we will not be holding the weekly Home Base webinar this week. In order to view progress over the past week on the project, please go to www.ncpublicschools.org and look under Highlights.  

I hope those of you in Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have registered for the READY IV meetings in your area. It is not too late to RSVP. Below are the meeting dates, times and locations for each region.  Please RSVP to Joyce Myers, joyce.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, 12:30-3:30 p.m. - Washington Civic Center
  • Region 2 – Monday, April 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m. - Wilmington Convention Center
  • Region 3 – Wednesday, March 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center
  • Region 5 – Wednesday, April 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - The Event Center at Summit Square, Winston-Salem
  • Region 6 – Thursday, March 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - North Carolina Research Center, Kannapolis 
  • Regions 7 and 8 - Thursday, April 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - DoubleTree Asheville
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June Atkinson
State Superintendent


HB Weekly Update
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Superintendents Agenda
(doc, 86kb)


In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. Weeks Named Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer
  3. State Comprehensive Reading Plan and Reading Interventions/Strategies
  4. Comment Now on the NC Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the IDEA as Amended in 2004 for Federal FY 2014
  5. Review Team Meets to Assess NC STEM Recognition Applicants
  6. Topliff Named 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year


State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At last week's State Board of Education meeting, members approved the Low Wealth and Small County Non-Supplant requirement, implementation of Corporal Pruitt Rainey Brass-to-Class Act report, new academic achievement levels and descriptors, the 2014 invitation to submit textbooks for evaluation and adoption in North Carolina in the area of mathematics, and waiver of the clock hour requirement for course credit for the 2013-14 school year. Members also heard presentations on the state's progress toward implementing the Race to the Top initiative and the Healthy Active Children Policy Report for 2013. A summary of Board actions is posted online at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/minutes-actions/sbe-actions/2014-actions.


Weeks Named Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer

Former North Carolina Virtual Public School Executive Director Tracy Weeks was named NCDPI's Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer at last week's State Board of Education meeting. Weeks is a former high school math teacher, instructional technology specialist and adjunct assistant professor at the university level. She has strong experience in collaborating with teachers on integrating technology and online learning into their classes; leading teams in developing and implementing online curricula; and managing and organizing the business, financial and instructional aspects of the NCVPS. She has a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in instructional technology and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University. In her new role, she will lead the department's Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Digital Teaching and Learning, and Exceptional Children divisions, NCVPS and Home Base support and development.


State Comprehensive Reading Plan and Reading Interventions/Strategies

One component of the Read to Achieve legislation was the development of a state Comprehensive Reading Plan (http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/NjAxNTE0Ng==). This plan was completed last September with input from parents, teachers, principals, curriculum coordinators, literacy experts and representatives from higher education across North Carolina. Throughout the document there is reference to a listing of research-based interventions and strategies. This listing of reading strategies that are separated by the National Reading Panel's five pillars of reading instruction also is available online at http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/NzU1NjI5Mw==. For more information, contact Carolyn Guthrie at Caroly.Guthrie@dpi.nc.gov.


Comment Now on the NC Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the IDEA as Amended in 2004 for Federal FY 2014

The NCDPI is making available its annual state application for receiving grant award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004. The proposed application will be available for public review until May 7. Comments will be accepted March 24-April 24. A copy of the state application is available on the NCDPI website at http://ncpublicschools.org/publicnotices and http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov under Hot Topics. Also, each local school district will receive a copy of the state application for public review. Interested citizens may submit comments via email to IDEAGrant2014@dpi.nc.gov or by U.S. mail to: NCDPI, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Valerie Herndon/Ira Wolfe, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.


Review Team Meets to Assess NC STEM Recognition Applicants

A review team comprised of state and local educators will meet Wednesday, March 19, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 21 T.W. Alexander Drive, RTP, to review applications for NC STEM Recognition. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative developed the NC STEM Recognition to identify and recognize exemplary North Carolina STEM schools and programs. Elementary, middle and high schools and programs have the opportunity to submit an application highlighting their distinguished approaches to leading and learning. Schools and programs self-assess their STEM programs using rubrics built around critical strengths and the 11 "Attributes" of a high quality STEM education. The State Superintendent and the State Board of Education will recognize applicants selected for NC STEM Recognition. For more information, please contact Tina Marcus, STEM Education and Leadership, at tina.marcus@dpi.nc.gov.


Topliff Named 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Occupational Course of Study teacher Maria Topliff who was named the 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year. Prior to joining the NCVPS where she teaches OCS Blended English 2 and is one of the instructional leaders for American History, Topliff taught for six years in the Onslow County School System. She said her top priority is making a difference in the lives of her students. "I believe that teachers have far more influence in our students' lives than we can imagine." She will now represent North Carolina in the National Online Teacher of the Year competition. The previous three state winners were finalists for the National Online Teacher of the Year Award; and NCVPS's Leslie Fetzer was the 2012 national recipient.