MESSAGES 2014 :: MARCH 24, 2014

MARCH 24, 2014

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

I have really enjoyed seeing many of your leadership teams and you over the past few weeks as we have held the READY IV regional meetings. For those of you who have not had your regional READY meeting, the agenda offers ample opportunity to learn more about the instructional features of Home Base, the critical importance of the teacher evaluation process and updates on implementation of the General Assembly's accountability model. PowerPoint slides from the meetings will be posted soon so that you can share pertinent information with others in your districts. For those of you who are seeking a copy of the materials handed out at the Superintendents' Quarterly meeting held earlier this month, these documents are available online at

Also, on Friday afternoon you were copied on an email to teachers regarding the application process for the Governor's Teacher Network. Through this network, over 400 teachers will be selected to develop professional development sessions and materials and instructional materials for their peers. These materials will be house on Home Base. Network teachers will be paid $10,000 for their work. Application details are available online at Teachers have until April 21 to apply.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Nicolaides Named CIO
  2. NCVPS Registration for 2014-15 Opens March 28
  3. Elementary Math Update Webinar: Ready, Set, Review for CCSS Mathematics
  4. English Language Learner Support Conference Scheduled
  5. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  6. Governor Recognizes Education and Workforce Innovation Commission Award Recipients
  7. STEM Project Grants

Nicolaides Named CIO

Michael Nicolaides has been named the new Chief Information Officer for the NCDPI and will begin work on Monday, March 31. Michael has extensive private and public education experience. He currently serves as Virginia Beach City Schools' Director of Technology where he is responsible for the enterprise application systems and technical infrastructure operations of the school district. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as head of Information Technology and Communications for all Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network companies in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. He has two bachelor's degrees in computer science and electrical engineering and a master's in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University.

NCVPS Registration for 2014-15 Opens March 28

The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) will open registration for the 2014-15 school year on March 28. This will include registration for summer 2014, fall 2014 and spring 2015. The NCVPS offers over 150 different courses including Advanced Placement, Occupational Course of Study, electives, traditional, honors and credit recovery courses that are all taught by North Carolina highly qualified teachers. For more details, please visit

Elementary Math Update Webinar: Ready, Set, Review for CCSS Mathematics

Elementary school teachers may want to participate in this webinar to learn more about effective strategies that will foster mastery and retention of critical mathematics skills and concepts. Instructors will use real teaching in the form of review, formative assessment, and re-teaching using released EOG items as a resource. Help raise achievement, improve instruction and make a difference in mathematics instruction for students. The webinar will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To register, please visit

English Language Learner Support Conference Scheduled

The Inaugural English Language Learner Support Conference, Growing Success for ELLS, will be held Aug. 4-6 at the Greensboro Embassy Suites Airport. This conference will offer ten concurrent three-day training events including ExC-ELL, LinguaFolio, SIOP and WIDA. Participants will choose one event to attend for the full three days of training. The conference includes an opening session where participants will explore the vision for ESL in NC. For more information, please visit and open the "Letter of Invitation" to review course offerings. To register, please visit The registration deadline is May 30.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The March 19 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: FY 15 State and Federal Planning Allotments, FY 14 Summer Camp Allocation, FY 14 Higher of 1st or 2nd Month Adjustment and Statewide Stop Arm Violation Count. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.

Governor Recognizes Education and Workforce Innovation Commission Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following school districts and consortiums for receiving Education and Workforce Innovation Commission grants. Receiving $800,000 grants are Durham; Charlotte-Mecklenburg; Surry; Duplin; Buncombe; Beaufort; Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren; Chatham, Harnett and Lee; and Rutherford. Receiving $350,000 grants are Davidson, Lexington City and Thomasville City - Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy; and Winston-Salem/Forsyth - Kennedy High School. The program is aimed at strengthening successful, innovative education programs that combine academic rigor and skills development with the goal of graduating every student college and career ready. The Education and Workforce Innovation Fund was created in the 2013 legislative session. Grants will support five-year programs.

STEM Project Grants

Duke Energy Foundation recently announced a $75,000 matching gift to to assist teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). According to program guidelines, public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals to When 50 percent of a project's request is funded through citizen donations, Duke Energy will contribute the remaining 50 percent for teachers in the company's North Carolina service areas. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy's matching funds.