MESSAGES 2014 :: MAY 5, 2014

MAY 5, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, May 5, 2014

Following the news of the proposed legislation concerning the Common Core State Standards, we have heard from teachers who are worried about what they will be teaching in the fall and whether they need to re-tool their lesson plans and curriculum decisions between now and August. Please share with your principals and teachers that the proposed bill has not been introduced yet and that the content of the bill focuses on studying the content standards that should be in place in North Carolina. That means that our current Standard Course of Study will be used until a new one is developed and approved. Since standards form the foundation for all facets of learning including student growth calculations, formative assessments, testing, professional development, textbooks and lesson plans, the State Board of Education has consistently honored at least two years of preparation for new standards. For example, new standards were developed in 2010 with implementation in 2012.

Many surveys that have been conducted about the standards show that our teachers like the standards, but need more resources to teach, as well as professional development. To date, over $22 million from state RttT funds and $44 million from local RttT funds have been spent for professional development. Please see 13 Things to Know about Common Core State Standards in North Carolina available online at that can be downloaded and distributed to parents.

Also on the topic of legislation, Legislative Director Rachel Beaulieu will hold a webinar on Wednesday, May 7, to preview the upcoming session. That webinar begins at 11:30 a.m. We also have invited local public information officers or communication directors to participate in this webinar. Feel free to include any of your leadership staff so that they have the opportunity to be up-to-speed on what is ahead. You may register at

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

May 1, 2014
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. Intel® Teach Helps Teachers Engage Students in Digital Learning
  3. Register Now for Free NCSSM Videoconferencing Courses
  4. Mooresville Principal Named 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year
  5. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At last week's State Board of Education meeting, members approved the Charter School's Advisory Board recommendations regarding the charter application fee, various charter school requests, LEA and charter requests for Standard Six flexibility, and Course for Credit policy revision recommendations. Members also heard presentations on the Digital Learning Assessment Plan and implementation of the State Board's Healthy Active Children Policy. Under new business, Board members discussed a Memoranda of Understanding with Pune, India, and Lille, France to promote student, teacher and administrator exchanges. A summary of Board actions is posted online at

Intel® Teach Helps Teachers Engage Students in Digital Learning

Intel® Teach helps K-12 teachers of all subjects engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. Intel® Teach professional development empowers teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students' problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are precisely the skills required in the high tech, networked society in which we live. Intel® Teach Elements are free, just-in-time professional development courses that can be used to provide now, anytime, anywhere professional development. A series of courses provides deeper exploration of 21st century learning concepts and focuses on the roles of both the classroom teacher as well as the student in the classroom. Through the NCDPI Digital Teaching and Learning division, trained facilitators can offer free online training through Home Base's Professional Development system. The Intel® Teach Elements courses can be delivered in flexible formats: facilitated online or a blended approach. Each course provides five hours of e-learning with 10-15 hours of application work. Facilitated courses range from 30-45 hours. Trainers can meet with district leaders to determine which course(s) best meet their needs and customize the delivery of those courses to meet district goals. For more information about the Intel® Teach program, visit If you are interested in providing this opportunity in your districts and schools, send requests via email to Deborah Goodman, NCDPI Intel ITA Coordinator, at

Register Now for Free NCSSM Videoconferencing Courses

Registration is now open for tuition-free interactive videoconferencing courses from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). Over 20 LEAs used NCSSM courses this year to offer high-quality courses in hard-to-staff subjects such as AP Calculus, Aerospace Engineering, Genetics and Biotechnology, and Physics. With two-way videoconferencing, students from schools across the state can collaborate in project teams and whole-class discussions, developing the skills required by business and industry. NCSSM teachers work with the class in real time, assessing student learning and ensuring that students engage with the course materials and with each other. To download the 2014-15 NCSSM catalog and begin enrolling students, visit

Mooresville Principal Named 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

Mooresville Middle School Principal Carrie Tulbert on Thursday was named the 2014 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The Mooresville Graded Schools' principal succeeds Southside High School Principal Dale Cole (Beaufort County Schools). In addition to implementing the school's 1:1 Digital Conversion (in which every student in grades 4-12 has a laptop), she implemented another schoolwide program called Capturing Kids' Hearts that focuses on preparing students to be productive citizens. During Tulbert's time as assistant principal and principal, Mooresville Middle has seen an increase in students' end-of-grade tests performance composite from 72 percent (2007-08) to 87 percent (2011-12), a decrease in suspensions by approximately 60 percent in three years, and a doubling of Algebra I enrollment with a consistent 98 percent to 100 percent proficiency. To read more about her selection and what she receives as Principal of the Year, please visit and click on the appropriate link under "News."

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The May 2 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: School Bus Garage Inventory Levels and School Allotments FY 2013-14 Year-End Reminders. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.