MESSAGES 2014 :: MARCH 17, 2014

MARCH 17, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

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It was good to see many of you last week at the quarterly meeting, and I especially appreciated the opportunity to participate in the kick-off of the NC Public Schools: Every Child's Chance, Every Community's Future public relations campaign being spearheaded by the NCASA and the NC School Public Relations Association. It is important that we celebrate and elevate the significant and unmatched contributions of public schools in every North Carolina community. While each of the 175 years of public education has prepared students for life, we are doing more and experiencing more success than ever in our history. Every community needs to be told about that success. I hope you will embrace this effort and support it in the coming weeks. More details will be available online beginning April 4 at

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

HB Weekly Update
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March 13
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March 14 Web Highlights
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Home Base Project Update Webinar Reminder
  2. Speak in Support of the Common Core State Standards
  3. School Resource Officers Survey
  4. NC TWCS Window is Now Open – Your Voice Matters
  5. The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet Via Webinar
  6. March 12 Superintendents' Quarterly Meeting Materials Online
  7. School Bus Transportation Program Receives Clean Air Excellence Award

Home Base Project Update Webinar Reminder

Superintendents are reminded that the next Home Base Project Update Webinar will be held tomorrow, March 18, from 11 a.m.-noon. To register, please visit

Speak in Support of the Common Core State Standards

Supporters of the Common Core State Standards are encouraged to sign up and speak at the March 20 Legislative Research Commission Committee on Common Core State Standards. Individuals will be given two minutes to speak. You can register to speak by either

  1. Registering online at Online registration will be limited to 30 speakers, and will close at noon on March 18. Please note that online registrants will need to check in at the hearing site prior to the start of the hearing. Slots for online registrants who do not check in prior to the start of the hearing will be released to on-site registrants.  OR
  2.  Registering at the hearing site on March 20. If you are unsuccessful in registering online, please come early on March 20 to register in person. Sign-ups at the hearing site will be in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building beginning at 9 a.m. and will close five minutes prior to the beginning of the hearing.  Finally, please email Rick Klein at when you or someone you know has signed up. He is keeping a master list of confirmed speakers. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Beaulieu at

School Resource Officers Survey

The Center for Safer Schools, created by Gov. McCrory last year to serve as a centralized and customer-focused school safety and crisis prevention resource for North Carolina, is tasked with providing an annual census of school resource officers (SROs) assigned to schools. The first step is to identify the pool of current SROs and then gather their contact information. Once it has been determined where SROs are located in the state, additional surveys of those SROs will investigate their experience, level of training, additional training needs and methods for improving SRO interactions with school staff, administration, teachers, students and parents. This information will be used to assist policymakers, school officials and law enforcement agencies in determining where resources and training are needed to improve the state's SRO program. The Center is asking for districts to complete the online survey at by April 28. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Matthews at

NC TWCS Window is Now Open – Your Voice Matters

The 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey (NC TWCS) is now being administered statewide through Friday, April 4. The NC TWCS is an online, anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators that assesses teaching conditions at the school, district and state levels. All NC public school-based, licensed educators and instructional staff, including administrators, are encouraged to take the survey. This includes staff at all charter schools and special schools. Superintendents are asked to please remind your principals to:

  • work with their NCAE leader or other teacher leaders to set up a meeting and distribute letters/codes;
  • not ask teachers to sign anything; and
  • not remain in the room if they set up a time for their staff to take the survey in the school using the computer lab. Also, let the teachers know they can take the survey from any location, anywhere, anytime during the survey window. The computer lab is offered as a courtesy.

There are already a number of schools recording 100 percent participation rates. Let's keep up this pace!  If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Stewart at

The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet Via Webinar

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet via webinar on Tuesday, March 18, from 8-10 a.m. Committee discussion will focus on a review of the application interview protocol. The public is invited to listen to the webinar, but cannot actively participate. To register for the webinar, please visit For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

March 12 Superintendents' Quarterly Meeting Materials Online

If you couldn't make the March 12 Superintendents' Quarterly meeting that was held at the Raleigh Convention Center last week, don't forget that you can access the materials that were distributed online. The packet for this meeting, as well as all other quarterly meetings, is available at under the Quarterly Meetings tab to the left.

School Bus Transportation Program Receives Clean Air Excellence Award

he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation recently selected Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here, for its Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The project, which was a joint effort of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services Section and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality, was selected from among 70 applicants for its impact, innovation and replication. To read more, please visit and click on the appropriate link under "News."