MESSAGES 2014 :: NOVEMBER 24, 2014

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

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

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I look forward to seeing you all on Dec. 5 at the Grandover in Greensboro for the Superintendents' Quarterly meeting. Our agenda is packed with topics of interest to you, and we've attached it to today's message so you can see what is planned. I am thankful in this season to have so many dedicated colleagues to help tackle the challenges and opportunities we face.

According to State Board of Education policy, we review standards every five years. Currently we are gathering feedback from teachers and others about the current North Carolina Standard Course of Study in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The survey is available on the front page of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's website, under Highlights. The deadline for completing this survey is Dec. 31, so please encourage your teachers to give us their feedback on this important work. The survey takes 15-30 minutes to complete and teachers can take it twice – once for each subject. Thank you for your support of this.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Nov. 20, 2014
(doc, 79kb)

Equitable Access FAQ
(doc, 278kb)

Internet Safety- 2014 Resource Guide
(pdf, 1.7mb)

NC Educator Equity Profile
(pdf, 164kb)

Web Highlights
(pdf, 96kb)

Supt. Quarterly Mtg. Agenda
(doc, 89kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Dec. 5 Superintendents' Quarterly Meeting Registration Reminder
  2. NC's Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators
  3. Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant 2015-16 Awards RFP
  4. Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide
  5. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  6. Weekly Message Breaks for the Holiday

Dec. 5 Superintendents' Quarterly Meeting Registration Reminder

Monday, Dec. 1, is the deadline to let Communications know if you are planning on attending the Dec. 5 Superintendents' Quarterly Meeting at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. If you plan to attend but have not responded, please fax your registration form to the attention of Joyce Myers at 919.807.3481.

NC's Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators

Superintendents are invited to participate in the Department of Public Instruction's work to ensure equitable access to excellent teachers. The department is to submit a plan to the US Department of Education by June 2015 that describes the steps we will take to ensure that "poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers." Please review the attached documents regarding this work then contact Lou Fabrizio at by Dec. 15 if you are interested in working on this.

Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant 2015-16 Awards RFP

When the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 became law in 2002, a section of the Act allocated money to each state to improve its mathematics and science education. North Carolina has been allotted approximately $4,472,894 for fiscal year 2015-16 to support projects already funded and to begin new Mathematics and Science Partnership grants. The goal of these grants is to improve the mathematics and science knowledge of North Carolina students in high-need school districts by providing professional-development activities to mathematics and science teachers. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with grant awards ranging between $3,000 and $7,000 per teacher receiving at least 80 hours of professional development during the three-year period. Grants will be funded for one year and renewed annually pending satisfactory progress toward meeting established goals and continued funding from the United States Department of Education. Funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for the proposed activities. The NCDPI is responsible for administering this program and for determining funding recipients.

The Intent to Apply is due Dec. 19, with full proposals due Feb. 6. To view the RFP visit

Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide

Recent data has indicated that 15 percent of our North Carolina students have experienced electronic bullying. Some electronic bullying is alleged to have resulted in suicide attempts among our student population. Under the direction of the Children's Safety Network and funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a taskforce was assembled, including several members from North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The attached Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide contains the latest information that we hope you will find helpful.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The Nov. 21 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: MSA & Cash Management Training (LEAs only), Reminder - SS200 Full-Time Personnel Report due Nov. 21 (78 LEAs/Charters Outstanding), Reminder - SS300 Local Salary Supplements Report due Nov. 21 (38 LEAs outstanding), Reminder - Charter School Membership by LEA Survey due Dec.5, and Web News. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.

Weekly Message Breaks for the Holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Weekly Message for Superintendents sent Monday, Dec. 1. Special messages will be sent as appropriate. NCDPI staff wish your family and you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!​