SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: JANUARY 29, 2015

JANUARY 29, 2015 - Teachers' Biweekly Messages

On Feb. 5, the State Board of Education will receive the first School Performance Grades (A-F) for all schools with grades 3-12. On that day, the grades also will appear on the new 2013-14 North Carolina School Report Cards (www.ncpublicschools.org/src). The School Performance Grades are required by North Carolina law to provide another performance measure for parents to consider in evaluating schools. The grades are weighted 80 percent for student proficiency and 20 percent for academic growth and are on a 15-point scale. The NCDPI staff have been working with your superintendent and his or her team on communicating these grades in a way that explains what they measure and what they do not measure.

While a grade can’t possibly reflect all of the things happening in a school, likewise we should remember that a student is more than a single grade as well. I know that teachers more than anyone recognize this; and I encourage you to communicate with your parents about the activities and progress of your students that may not be reflected in a school-wide letter grade.

Regards,
June Atkinson


In this Biweekly Teachers' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meets Next Week
  2. NCDPI Transitioning to Automated Licensure System
  3. School Performance Grades Communications Materials Online
  4. Read to Achieve Livebinder Reminder
  5. Regional NC Teachers of the Year Announced
  6. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Nominations Open
  7. Seize the Data: Empowering Teachers to Create and Use Assessment and Measurement
  8. Register Now for Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement
  9. World View Offers Seminars that Support Global Education


State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. The Board’s action agenda includes approval of Teacher Observation Requirements, the 2013-14 School Performance Grades, New Licensure Areas for Institutions of Higher Education, the 2014-16 State School Technology Plan, Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring in 2015, and Virtual Charter School Pilot Recommendations. The complete agenda including supporting executive summaries are available online at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/.


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.


School Performance Grades Communications Materials Online

The School Performance Grades Background Brief and FAQ are availble online. You can access the link to these documents under Highlights on the NCDPI home page, www.ncpublicschools.org. Teachers may want to refer parents to this website if they have questions regarding the School Performance Grades.


Read to Achieve Livebinder Reminder

The Read to Achieve livebinder, available online at http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/850102, offers the most current information about the legislation and lists many resources that can be used to enhance literacy instruction in the classroom. There also is a Read to Achieve Livebinder for Parents (http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1326906) that includes sample third-grade portfolio passages that parents can use at home, released EOG forms, web resources for parents, literacy activities for students and much more! Please take advantage of these valuable resources. If you have questions regarding Read to Achieve, please contact Carolyn Guthrie at carolyn.guthrie@dpi.nc.gov.


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).


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.


Seize the Data: Empowering Teachers to Create and Use Assessment and Measurement

Due to such high interest in the Seize the Data: Empowering Teachers to Create and Use Assessment and Measurement course, NCCAT will be offering an additional opportunity to take this course. In this course, teachers will gain a basic understanding of data literacy principles and be able to reflect on and improve existing classroom assessment practices and classroom data collection. Weekly assignments are classroom-embedded and designed to help teachers reflect on the importance of data and how they collect, analyze and use it in their instruction. (4.0 CEU) [Syllabus] Anyone wishing to take this course is encouraged to sign up through NCCAT at http://www.nccat.org/programs/nccat-online/registration-form-seize-data. For the very last question on the registration form, select “13797 Seize the Data! Open Enrollment Feb. 20-May 22.” The course is free of charge, online, and taking the course through NCCAT will not be a factor in determining your eligibility for attending NCCAT programs. The course starts Feb. 20.


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/.


World View Offers Seminars that Support Global Education

World View has two upcoming programs that may be of interest to educators. Both seminars provide content and best practices for integrating global education in all areas of the curriculum and across all grade levels. CEUs will be given upon completion. Visit worldview.unc.edu and click on Our Programs for more information, including registration, on Latin America and North Carolina scheduled for March 24-25 and The Modern Middle East scheduled for March 25-26. There is a registration fee.