MESSAGES 2014 :: OCTOBER 6, 2014

OCTOBER 6, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Remember that tomorrow afternoon NCDPI will be holding an update webinar to cover a variety of topics of interest to you. As a reminder, you can register for the webinar at After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also, The College Board will release national, state and high school SAT results for 2014's graduating class tomorrow. Your accountability director should have the information from The College Board concerning your district's performance.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Bullying Awareness Messages
(doc, 125kb)

Oct. 2, 2014
(doc, 64kb)

Controlling the Spread of Enterovirus D68
(pdf, 116kb)

HB Update
(pdf, 329kb)

Understanding Language Invite to Apply
(pdf, 132kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers Update
  3. Teacher Leader Specialist Standards and Rubric Approved
  4. Webinar Reminder
  5. State Board of Education's Summative Assessment Task Force Schedules First Meeting
  6. After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program RFPs
  7. Understanding Language Initiative
  8. Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Alamance-Burlington Schools
  9. Controlling the Spread of Enterovirus D68
  10. October is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month
  11. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  12. It's Time for Speak Up in North Carolina!
  13. Registration and Proposal Submission Sites Open for CCSA Conference

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The State Board of Education met last week at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The Board's Thursday monthly meeting followed two days of planning. Items approved by the Board included changes to the 2013-14 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools' report, proposed revisions to the grading scale, Read to Achieve local alternative assessments, report to the General Assembly on the First-Year Implementation of Reach to Achieve Legislation, and the use of Race to the Top funds to help define classroom wireless needs. A complete list of Board actions is posted online at

Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers Update

The State Board of Education approved the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers' policy at its Oct. 2 meeting. Beginning this January, a candidate for the Global Educator Digital Badge should work with his or her principal to create a professional development plan focused on embedding global education in instruction. Candidates for the badge will 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). Upon completion of the requirements, a digital badge will be issued at the state level to the teacher and the designation will be documented in the Home Base Educator's Professional Development Profile. An implementation guide is forthcoming. The full policy and preliminary information about professional development considerations for the badging process is online at additional information regarding the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers and other global education initiatives, please visit

Teacher Leader Specialist Standards and Rubric Approved

The Teacher Leaders Specialist standards and rubric were approved by the State Board last week. These best practice standards were developed based upon superintendents' request for consistent standards for those specialists working directly with teachers to improve student achievement. While many districts have different titles for these positions, these standards serve as a guide to establish such roles with current allotments and also include a rubric for evaluation purposes. The standards and rubric will be posted on the NCEES wiki,

Webinar Reminder

Superintendents are reminded that a webinar has been scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 7, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Staff will provide information on the State Board of Education's strategic plan, clarification on Read to Achieve components, virtual public school funding and other legislative issues. If you have not already done so, you may register for the webinar at After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

State Board of Education's Summative Assessment Task Force Schedules First Meeting

The State Board of Education Task Force on Summative Assessment will hold its first meeting this Friday, Oct. 10, from 1-5 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Subsequent meetings will be held the second Friday of each month through May 2015, unless otherwise noticed.

The State Board created the Task Force to explore options for the administration of state summative standardized tests beginning in the 2016-17 school year. The State Board is to report its decision to the North Carolina General Assembly's Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by July 15, 2015. The General Assembly will ultimately approve the summative assessments, which are to be nationally normed, aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and field tested.

State Board of Education Vice Chairman Buddy Collins will chair the Task Force, and State Board member Olivia Oxendine will serve as vice chair. Task Force members will include State Superintendent June Atkinson as well as local superintendents, administrators, teachers, and testing and accountability directors. Members also will represent charter schools, parents, higher education and the business community. In all, 21 people will serve representing diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences with public education. Questions regarding the Task Force may be directed to the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program RFPs

NCDPI is pleased to announce the After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program 2014-15 Request for Proposals. LEAs and non-profits working in collaboration with LEAs may participate in the After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program. At least 70 percent of students served by the program must qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Grants must be matched on the basis of $3 in grant funds for every $1 in non-grant funds. Matching funds shall not include other state or federal supplemental funding (e.g., 21st Century Community Learning Centers). Matching funds may include in-kind contributions.

An organization that intends to apply for the After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program is encouraged to notify the NCDPI of its intent no later than Oct. 17. Information collected will be used to determine the number of reviewers needed for the application review process. Please note that the submission of this notice is not a prerequisite for application of grant funds, nor does it obligate the organization to submit an application. To access the Intent to Apply form visit

Technical assistance will be provided via a webinar to potential applicants to describe general requirements of the after-school program and required components of the application for funding. The webinar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22. Registration links for the webinar can be found at the above URL.

To develop the organization's proposal, please utilize the Application Guidance and Application Planning Worksheets also available at that web location. The Application Guidance contains important information for organizations applying for a grant under this program. Although using the Application Planning Worksheets is not required and will not be collected, it is strongly recommended to ensure that all necessary information is collected by the applicant prior to entering information into the web-based grants management system, the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP). Only applications submitted through CCIP will be reviewed and evaluated. Applications must be submitted through CCIP by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 14.

Questions may be directed to Donna Brown at

Understanding Language Initiative

NCDPI is partnering with Stanford University to provide training on the Understanding Language Initiative for up to 64 teams of teachers across the state (32 teams in ELA, and 32 in Mathematics). Understanding Language focuses on the critical role of language and learning the language of each discipline in learning content. North Carolina will be the first in the country to pilot this initiative statewide, and teams will include ESL, Exceptional Children, ELA, and Mathematics teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. The implementation begins in just a few weeks and includes regional training and coaching sessions in the fall and spring; a NC-specific customized online course for the teams to be able to create their own units corresponding to the standards; and opportunities for expansion and sustainability through the development of NC-specific lessons in Home Base. Details of the training and a link to the application are included in the attached Letter of Invitation. We hope that one or more teams from your LEA will apply to be part of this initiative. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 17. A link to the application is online at

Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Alamance-Burlington Schools

The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in the Alamance-Burlington School District. The application deadline is Jan. 12. An electronic version of the application is available by going to the N.C. School Board Association's website at and clicking on the appropriate link. Inquiries and requests for applications also can be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, PO Box 97877, Raleigh NC 27624-7877, telephone 919/841-4040, fax 919.841.4020, e-mail All inquires will be kept confidential.

Controlling the Spread of Enterovirus D68

Since mid-August, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been increasingly identified across the country in association with respiratory illness. Severe illnesses have been reported, particularly among children with asthma. EV-D68 can spread from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. Please see the attached document for ways to control the spread of EV-D68.

October is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month

Governor McCrory has proclaimed October as "Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month." Attached is some information to assist educators in helping students understand the issue and address ways to reduce or eliminate bullying in schools. In addition, the NC Center for Safer Schools has kicked off a special month-long effort to shine the spotlight on bullying. The Center offers Bullying Prevention Train-the-Presenter training. This training, which is available to school administrators, teachers and community leaders, is aimed at preparing people to share with their communities strategies on ways to prevent and identify bullying and resources to use when bullying is present. Find bullying prevention materials and links to other resources on the NC Center for Safer Schools' website at You can follow the NC Center for Safer Schools' Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month social media campaign on Twitter @NCSaferSchools (#BullyFreeNC).

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The Oct. 3 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: SS200 Full-Time Personnel Report Due Nov. 2, SS33 Local Salary Supplements Report Due Nov. 21 and 2013-14 State Expenditure Report Due Oct. 15. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.

It's Time for Speak Up in North Carolina!

From Oct. 6-Dec. 19, educators, parents, students and community members will have the opportunity to complete the Speak Up 2014 online survey and share their ideas about education and technology. Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the online survey takes only 20 minutes. Why participate in the Speak Up survey?

  • Speak Up provides the opportunity to gather information from school leaders, teachers, students and parents about key educational topics, including: educational technology, 21st century skills, and schools of the future.
  • Schools and districts that participate in Speak Up receive a free online report with all of their locally collected data – and the national data findings to use for benchmark comparison by February 2015.
  • Speak Up data can be used to engage stakeholders in your strategic planning, budgeting or decision-making processes.
  • Speak Up data is shared with national, state and regional policy makers. Participating in Speak Up ensures that your voice is included in the dialogue about K-12 science, technology and math education. To participate, please visit National data findings will be released during two Congressional Briefings in spring 2015.

Registration and Proposal Submission Sites Open for CCSA Conference

The registration and proposal submission sites for the 2015 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement, "Champions Engaging NC in Transforming 21st Century Teaching and Learning," to be held March 30-April 1 in Greensboro are now open. Visit to access the links to submit your proposal description and to register for the conference.