MESSAGES 2015 :: FEBRUARY 23, 2015

FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

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February is Career Technical Education (CTE) month and, to celebrate that, CTE students from across North Carolina will visit the General Assembly building tomorrow to host displays and to demonstrate CTE projects they have completed. A big thanks to the following districts for sending students to showcase how CTE prepares young people for career and further education after graduation: Cumberland, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Lenoir, Wake, Wayne and Yadkin. It is important for lawmakers to see the variety of ways public schools provide real-life learning opportunities to benefit students and also economic development in our state. As a reminder, North Carolina students earned 115,000 business and industry credentials through CTE courses in 2013-14.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Feb. 19, 2015
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HB update
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. RttT Closeout Webinars Scheduled
  2. State Board of Education's Special Committee on Digital Learning Meets Wednesday
  3. Legislative Webinar Cancelled
  4. AIG Coordinators' Institute Scheduled for March 4
  5. Global Ready Schools Designation
  6. Global Educator Digital Badge Archived Webinars
  7. March 13 is Digital Learning Day
  8. March 6 is Last Day to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
  9. Webinar URL Correction

RttT Closeout Webinars Scheduled

NCDPI staff reviewed the process for closing out the RttT grant during the NC Association of School Business Officers' meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19. You can review associated slides online at

Staff also will hold two webinars covering the same information for district and charter school RttT Leads and any finance officers that were unable to attend the Thursday meeting. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The second webinar will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 3 p.m. You only need to attend one webinar session. Please use the links below to register.

March 17 Webinar:

March 19 Webinar:

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Thanos, RttT project coordinator, at 919.807.3705 or

State Board of Education's Special Committee on Digital Learning Meets Wednesday

The State Board of Education's Special Committee on Digital Learning, chaired by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, will meet Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Committee members will discuss the digital learning progress rubric. The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at

Legislative Webinar Cancelled

The Legislative Webinar scheduled for this Friday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. has been cancelled. The next Legislative Webinar will be held Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m.

AIG Coordinators' Institute Scheduled for March 4

The 5th Annual DPI AIG Coordinators' Institute, "Developing a High Quality AIG Program," will be held Wednesday, March 4, from 12:30-5:30 p.m., prior to the NC Academically Gifted and Talented Conference, at the Winston-Salem Marriott & Embassy Suites. An optional technical assistance session with DPI staff will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The free Institute is intended for AIG District leadership. Institute sessions will focus on strengthening the AIG program and developing a "highly qualified" AIG program. The sessions include: Learning from an Administrator Perspective with a Superintendent and Principal Panel, AIG Think Tank focusing on Student Identification, and Sharing Innovative Solutions for Growing and Serving your AIG Students. Registration is now open and information has been sent to district AIG District coordinators. Please contact Sneha Shah-Coltrane at for more information.

Global Ready Schools Designation

The State Board of Education approved the Global-Ready Schools Designation Rubric at its January meeting. This designation fulfills one of the action items from the SBE Task Force on Global Education final report, and provides the measure for the SBE strategic plan objective to track the number of schools designated as global ready. The application process for schools wishing to attain this designation will be available March 2015. For a copy of the Global Ready Schools Designation Rubric, please visit

Global Educator Digital Badge Archived Webinars

The principal and teacher archived webinars presented in January on the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers are now posted. One can access the webinars along with the Implementation Guide and FAQS on the process at

March 13 is Digital Learning Day

Help make a difference in education by joining the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Digital Learning Day nationwide celebratory event on March 13. This nationwide celebration started in 2012 is a great way to highlight innovative teaching and learning. In today's interconnected world, the way students learn is increasingly reliant on digital technologies. This doesn't just mean having the newest resources and gadgets, it means fully integrating digital learning throughout the entire educational experience. In order to fully prepare students for success in college and career, schools and libraries need to embrace digital learning. Help us build the wave of innovation this March 13 by ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn in an innovative, digital environment. In addition to the national celebration of Digital Learning Day, the NCDPI has once again partnered with the North Carolina School Library Media Association and the North Carolina Technology in Education Society to offer a statewide NC Digital Learning Day Contest to highlight innovative digital learning in schools across the state. We are looking for examples of innovative digital learning. All approaches, grade levels, subject areas, geographic locations and levels of expertise are welcome. To find out how you can participate, visit NCDPI's Digital Learning Day wiki page. All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 6.

March 6 is Last Day to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

March 6 is the last day to submit comments to specific sections of Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities (Policies) pursuant to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The amendments are available for review at the NCDPI Exceptional Children Division office (Education Building, Raleigh), and on the web at When submitting comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting (e.g., NC 1504-2.9); and provide comments in the form of statements. Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Carol Ann Hudgens or Lynne Loeser, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.

Webinar URL Correction

In the Feb. 16 Weekly Message to Superintendents, the wrong webinar link was inadvertently provided for the High Quality, Free Instructional Resources webinar scheduled for March 25. The link should have read