MESSAGES 2014 :: SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

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In September 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state's effort to produce globally competitive graduates ready to live, work and contribute in an interconnected world. Based on its findings, the Task Force made a number of recommendations that would help to ensure that public school students are well prepared. One opportunity coming out of the Global Education Task Force work was the creation of criteria and a process for teachers to earn a Global Educator Digital Badge. In September, NCDPI staff presented to the Board a framework in which a candidate for the Global Educator Digital Badge would work with his or her principal to create a professional development plan focused on embedding global education in instruction. Candidates for the badge would be required to complete 100 hours or 10 CEUs of global educational professional development and meet a Capstone Project requirement within two years (including acceptance into Home Base as a statewide resource). When the teacher met all requirements, a digital badge would be issued at the state level and the designation would be documented in the Home Base Educator's Professional Development Profile. The State Board of Education will consider this process for approval at its October meeting. If approved, the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers would be available beginning in January 2015. For more detail, please visit NCDPI's Global Education website at

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Sept. 18, 2014
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HB Biweekly Update
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2014-15 Presidential Scholars Program
(pdf, 190kb)

Presidential Scholars Nomination Form
(doc, 36kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Accessing Additional 2013-14 Student Performance Data
  2. NCVPS Provides Solutions for Student Scheduling Needs
  3. 2014-15 Professional Development Opportunities
  4. Character Education Workshop Scheduled
  5. NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey Data, Resources and Training Available
  6. The A+ Schools Program to Host Regional Information Meetings
  7. 2014-15 Presidential Scholars Program
  8. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  9. Search Underway for Nation's Top Youth Volunteers

Accessing Additional 2013-14 Student Performance Data

Accountability directors have been sent additional data regarding student performance on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests and other indicators from 2013-14. This information should provide you and your leadership team with details you need to make important policy and instructional decisions for your schools and district. Access to this information has been provided through the password-protected Testing News Network (TNN) portal that your accountability/testing director can access. If you have additional questions, please contact the NCDPI Accountability division at 919.807.3769.

NCVPS Provides Solutions for Student Scheduling Needs

Let NCVPS be part of your HR plan. Scheduling for individual student needs can be complicated. The NCVPS provides out-of-the-box solutions for homebound students, hospitalized students, alternative environments, drop-out prevention and mobile/traveling students. In addition, we can help with the unexpected loss of a teacher. The NCVPS often has the capacity to assume instruction of all of the teacher's courses, even in the middle of the semester. One of our instructional leaders will work with the school's leadership team during this kind of transition, and our tech team will help the school meet the necessary technology requirements. The NCVPS assists schools that are in these situations a number of times each year. Let the NCVPS know how they can help by emailing

2014-15 Professional Development Opportunities

NCDPI's face-to-face professional development calendar has been differentiated based on stakeholders' input to meet each region's needs. In partnership with the Regional Education Service Alliances (RESAs), NCDPI has over 250 offerings spanning Educator Effectiveness, Curriculum & Instruction, Home Base and Data Literacy. All sessions can be viewed at Please register today. For more information, contact Cynthia Martin at To access all online professional development in Home Base, please visit For more information, contact Geetanjali Soni at

Character Education Workshop Scheduled

NCDPI staff invite school administrators to attend a free workshop on Character Education. Participants will learn how to use the 11 principles of effective character education to evaluate their character education program and how to become a State School of Character. The workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in Room 150 of the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. To register, please visit For more information, please contact Ann Carlock at

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey Data, Resources and Training Available

In addition to survey data, there are a variety of tools and resources available on the NC Teacher Working Conditions website at The resources include activity guides, presentations and facilitator notes to support discussions among school district leaders and staff on whether certain teaching conditions are present in their district (or school) and to ensure data is used in district (or school) improvement planning. The materials suggest specific strategies to help address and improve identified teaching conditions.

The New Teacher Center is available to provide regional trainings on using survey results to support school improvement planning at the regional, district, and/or school level. These trainings (one hour to full day sessions) can be arranged through NCDPI staff. Training feedback has been positive and the data shared has proven to be beneficial. For more information, please contact Yvette Stewart at or your corresponding Regional Education Facilitator at

The A+ Schools Program to Host Regional Information Meetings

The A+ Schools Program, the nation's longest-running, most successful arts-based whole school reform model, is hosting three informational meetings for schools interested in joining the A+ Network. The meetings will be held

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Kinston Community Council for the Arts, Kinston;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh; and
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Burke Arts Council, Morganton.

These meetings will offer information to school and district representatives about the A+ Schools Program and the process for becoming a part of this highly successful, nationally recognized network of creative schools. To RSVP to attend one of the meetings or for more information, please contact A+ Schools Program Director Michelle Burrows at or 919.807.6503.

2014-15 Presidential Scholars Program

Please open the attached memorandum and nomination form from State Superintendent June Atkinson regarding nominations for the 2014-15 Presidential Scholars Program. LEA nominations must be submitted to the State Superintendent's office by Oct. 20.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The Sept. 19 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: Object 129 Payline Gross, Teacher to Assistant Principal Clarification, Days Missed Due to Inclement Weather Survey – Past Due, LEA-Based Calendar Waivers Due to Inclement Weather – Past Due, Children with Disabilities Head Count Transfer System Now Available, and Summer Reading Camp PRC 016. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.

Search Underway for Nation's Top Youth Volunteers

Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is sponsoring its 20th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. Students must complete the application, which is available online at, by Nov. 4 and then submit it for certification to a middle or high school principal. Schools will then select the top recipients in early November and submit those names for state-level judging. The middle and high school recipients for each state will be named on Feb. 10. The top middle and high school candidates in each state receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events scheduled for May 2-5. Ten national honorees will be named and among other things, will receive an additional $5,000 in awards. North Carolina's top youth volunteers for 2014 were Molly Paul (Saint Mary's School, Raleigh) and Leanne Joyce (Grey Culbreth Middle, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools). ​