SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: JANUARY 22, 2015

JANUARY 22, 2015 - Principals' Biweekly Message

Beginning this spring we are going to have our next round of principal READY meetings for you. These training sessions will continue to focus on instructional leadership, strategic and cultural leadership. These meetings are part of the state’s READY work, and funded through Race to the Top. The feedback we have received from many of you indicates that professional development opportunities of this type are valuable. We hope that North Carolina lawmakers will agree and help up sustain similar efforts in the future.

Regards,
June Atkinson


In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. NCDPI Transitioning to Automated Licensure System
  2. READY Regional Principal Training: Spring 2015
  3. NCVPS Offers Resources to Assist with Closure and Opening of Semesters
  4. Webinars Focus on Cross-District Strategic Solutions
  5. Caldwell County Principal Receives National Award
  6. Regional NC Teachers of the Year Announced
  7. School Bus Driver Appreciation Week is Feb. 9-13
  8. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Nominations Open
  9. NC Reading Conference to be Held in March
  10. Register Now for Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement


NCDPI Transitioning to Automated Licensure System

This summer, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will be transitioning to a new automated licensure system. The Department’s goal in automating the licensure system is to increase access to information for all key stakeholders, including individual teachers, local school districts, and colleges and universities. Licensure is a key service that we provide educators and the school community to ensure that quality individuals are in public school classrooms. Staff anticipate that the new system will expedite the processing of licensure requests and simplify and streamline the submission process. We will update you on our progress over the coming months.


READY Regional Principal Training: Spring 2015

Principals attending READY meetings for the spring of 2015 will engage in a tiered analysis of data and practice to address performance of their school, PLCs and individual teachers. Sessions will focus on EVAAS, Teachers Working Conditions (TWC), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). These meetings provide administrators with a unique opportunity to work in groups, discussing the standards and classroom observations. Principals will collaborate with colleagues and DPI staff to support instructional capacity through a strong, consistent implementation of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System.

Meeting dates by region are as follows:

  • Region 1, April 22
  • Region 2, April 21
  • Region 3, March 12
  • Region 4, March 10
  • Region 5, April 14
  • Region 6, April 13
  • Region 7, March 24
  • Region 8, March 25

To register, please visit http://bit.ly/1GtVTi9. Register for the date and location most convenient for you.


NCVPS Offers Resources to Assist with Closure and Opening of Semesters

The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) is closing out its fall 2014 semester and opening its spring 2015 semester. Staff have identified a number of procedures and tips that will help districts and school with this transition:

If schools should have any questions or need additional help, please visit the NCVPS virtual support center at http://www.help.ncvps.org/.


Webinars Focus on Cross-District Strategic Solutions

Looking for feedback from your peers? Districts or individuals may participate in Cross-district Strategic Solutions statewide topic based forums. The purpose of Cross-district Strategic Solutions sessions is to build a problem-solving, solution-generating Professional Learning Network of educators open to district leaders, administrators, teachers, counselors and coaches across the state.

During the forum sessions, district teams, individual teachers, administrators and other educators may introduce or acquaint others with a challenging issue and receive feedback from other participants across the state by asking clarifying questions and sharing strategies for success. Each forum session will be facilitated by Professional Development Consultants from the NCDPI, using a consultancy protocol. To view an example of a Cross-district Strategic Solutions forum, visit http://bit.ly/virtualmodeling1030. To download the protocol, visit http://bit.ly/cdssprotocol.

Following is a schedule of webinar topics and registration links. Each webinar is scheduled from 3:15-4:30 p.m.:

Should you have any questions, please email Heather Stewart at heather.stewart@dpi.nc.gov.


Caldwell County Principal Receives National Award

Congratulations to Caldwell Early College High School (Caldwell County Schools) Principal Candis Hagaman for recently receiving the 2014 Terrel H. Bell Award. This award, which is named for the second Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding leadership by National Blue Ribbon School principals. She is one of eight principals nationally to be recognized.


Regional NC Teachers of the Year Announced

Congratulations to the following nine teachers who were recently named 2015 North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the state title:

  • Region 1: Jami Dickerson, Eastern Elementary (Pitt County Schools);
  • Region 2: Joshua Gaskill, Pamlico County High (Pamlico County Schools);
  • Region 3: Jeremy Tucker, James B. Hunt High (Wilson County Schools);
  • Region 4: Mariel Barker Sellars, East Columbus High (Columbus County Schools);
  • Region 5: JoAnna Massoth, Chatham Middle (Chatham County Schools);
  • Region 6: Jennifer Whitley, Forest Hills High (Union County Schools);
  • Region 7: Keana Triplett, Ashe County High (Ashe County Schools);
  • Region 8: Randy Pressley, Tuscola High (Haywood County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Elizabeth Padgett, Lake Norman Charter (Mecklenburg County).

The 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced on April 7 during an awards luncheon to be held in Cary. The recipient will succeed the state’s 2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, James E. Ford, a World History teacher at Garinger High (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools).


School Bus Driver Appreciate Week is Feb. 9-13

Feb. 9-13 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week in North Carolina. Please consider doing something to recognize the important contributions of our school bus drivers in the educational process. During that week, North Carolina Public Schools also celebrate LOVE THE BUS. While elementary and middle School principals received a separate memo about Love the Bus, all schools should consider incorporating LOVE THE BUS with School Bus Driver Appreciation Week activities. More information is available online at www.ncbussafety.org/lovethebus


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Nominations Open

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a U.S. math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Nominations are now open for the 2014-15 award year. To submit a nomination for an exceptional grades 7-12 teacher, please complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website, and submit the teacher’s name, email address and school contact information. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit multiple nominations. The 2014-15 nomination deadline is April 1, and the application deadline is May 1.Teachers also may apply directly at www.paemst.org. If you have additional questions please contact Kitty Rutherford kitty.rutherford@dpi.nc.gov.


NC Reading Conference to be Held in March

The annual NC Reading Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center March 15-17. This year’s conference focuses on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and North Carolina Essential Standards, evidence-based practices in literacy education, integration of standards, and practical strategies for all students. Teachers earn up to 1.5 reading CEUs. Program information with a preliminary list of sessions and additional conference and registration information are available online at http://www.ncreading.org. For more information contact ncra.execassist@gmail.com.


Register Now for Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

Online registration is now open for the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement, “Champions Engaging North Carolina in 21st Century Teaching and Leaning.” The conference will be held March 30-April 1 at the Sheraton Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center, Greensboro. Event details, including registration, are available at www.ncpublicschools.org/academicservices/conference/.