MESSAGES 2015 :: MARCH 2, 2015


Dr. Atkinson Salutes Support Staff in her Latest Blog Post
In her most recent blog post, State Superintendent June Atkinson salutes school support staff including bus drivers, janitors, school counselors, school nurses and front office staff, to name a few, who positively impact students outside the classroom. To read more about these caring professionals, as well as earlier blog posts from Dr. Atkinson, please visit

Chocowinity Primary, North Elementary selected as Title 1 Distinguished Schools
Chocowinity Primary School and North Elementary School have been selected as Title I Distinguished Schools for 2014-15. To learn more about both schools and the Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program, please visit

Rosslyn Waddell Highlighted in Home Base Teacher Feature
Check out our teacher feature in the Home Base Toolbox – short videos that highlight how teachers are using Home Base’s Instructional Improvement System, SchoolNet, in their daily instruction. To view our video from Wilson County’s Rosslyn Waddell, please visit If you’re a classroom teacher with an innovative SchoolNet instructional strategy that you would like to share, send an email to

Publishers’ Questions for Textbook Adoption on the Web
Publishers’ questions regarding the 2015 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina have posted to the Textbook Adoption website at The questions have been posted in two documents:

  • Initial Publishers’ Questions
  • Final Publishers’ Questions

State Equity Plan Ensures Teaching Experience Balanced for All Students
A new page has been added to Federal Program Monitoring that provides materials related to the new State Educator Equity Plan at The U.S. Department of Education requires all state educational agencies to submit a new plan as determined by Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The plan must, among other things, describe the steps state educational agencies 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.”

After School Quality Improvement Grant Recipients on the Web
A list of After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program recipients for 2014-15 is available on the Federal Program Monitoring website at The list includes the name of the organization, or school district, the amount awarded, and more.

Research Summaries for Achievement Gap in North Carolina Now Online
Summaries of research in the NCDPI online documents for the Achievement Gap in North Carolina have been updated as of Jan. 15. A statement by State Superintendent June Atkinson and these 400-plus research texts and articles are listed alphabetically, with and without annotated summaries, and are available at


Featured Publications at NCDPI

To order, please call 800.663.1250, or visit Publications Sales on the web at

Understanding the Developmental Trajectories for Early Childhood Outcomes
This brochure provides an overview of charting the growth and progression of young children using a “developmental trajectory.” In addition, the brochure highlights the five progress categories that are used in the Child Outcomes Summary Ratings. (20 per pack)
KG117, $20, 2015

NC Early Childhood Outcomes Systems
“NC Early Childhood Outcomes System,” highlights the Early Childhood Outcomes System (COS) used in North Carolina’s Exceptional Children Preschool Program. The brochure defines the three child outcomes and summarizes the Likert Rating Scale used to rate the outcomes. A decision tree is also included to help staff facilitate the decision process. (20 per pack)
KG118, $20, 2015

A Family Guide to Understanding the Early Childhood Measurement Process
The brochure provides families with an overview of the NC Early Childhood Outcomes System. It can be used during transition meetings with families when discussing the Early Childhood Outcome Ratings. (50 per pack)
KG119, $25, 2015