SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: MARCH 17, 2015

MARCH 17, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 17, 2015

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I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the Superintendents' Quarterly meeting. Our agenda includes new information about kindergarten entrance assessments, our move to a new learning management system, the wireless initiative and an update on the testing proposal being considered. As usual, there will be time for conversation and sharing ideas as well. Thursday's celebration marking North Carolina's 175th anniversary for public schools will be a highlight of next week. Thank you to NCASA for their leadership with this celebration. I am looking forward to participating and marking this milestone in our state's history and progress.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent


March 12, 2015
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March 12 Web Highlights
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Legislative Webinar Reminder
  2. Work Ready Communities
  3. Public Notice for Participation and Comments on the North Carolina Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2014
  4. Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Public Schools of Robeson County
  5. Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet
  6. NCVPS Offers Intro Videos
  7. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  8. NCDPI Sponsors Second Annual ELL Support Conference
  9. NC ABC Commission Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative


Legislative Webinar Reminder

As a reminder, the next Legislative Update webinar will be held this Friday, March 20, beginning at 11 a.m. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8745386108999121409. Once registered, you will receive an email with participation instructions.


Work Ready Communities

As part of the state's comprehensive workforce development efforts, NCWorks, North Carolina is launching a statewide initiative to certify communities and counties as NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities. The Department of Public Instruction is partnering with the Governor's Office, the NC Chamber of Commerce, the Community College System Office, and the Department of Commerce to recognize counties that demonstrate a highly qualified labor pool. The NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community initiative is based on the achievement of Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) by citizens in a county and the businesses that recognize the CRC when hiring. Teams of community leaders create strategies to help counties reach their goals and showcase their talent. Applications are due March 31 for spring participation. You can learn more about the initiative at ncchamber.net/foundation/ncworks-certified-work-ready-communities/ or by contacting Jo Anne Honeycutt at joanne.honeycutt@dpi.nc.gov.


Public Notice for Participation and Comments on the North Carolina Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2014

The NCDPI is making available its annual state application for receiving a grant award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004. The proposed application is available for public review through May 6. Comments will be accepted March 23 – April 24. A copy of the state application is available on the NCDPI Exceptional Children website at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov under Hot Topics. Also, each local school district will receive a copy of the state application for public review. In making comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting; and provide comments in the form of statements. Interested citizens may submit comments via email to IDEAGrant2015@dpi.nc.gov or by U.S. mail to: NCDPI, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Tracy Riddle/Carol Ann Hudgens, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.


Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Public Schools of Robeson County

The Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in the Public Schools of Robeson County School District. The application deadline is April 22. An electronic version of the application is available by going to the N.C. School Board Association's website at www.ncsba.org and clicking on the appropriate link. Inquiries and requests for applications also can be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, PO Box 97877, Raleigh NC 27624-7877, telephone 919.841.4040, fax 919.841.4020, e-mail aschafer@ncsba.org. All inquiries will be kept confidential.


Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet

The Driver Education Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, March 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Agenda items include the upcoming state driver education assessment (May 3-8), a review of NC driver education self-assessment responses and driver education funding. The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/.


NCVPS Offers Intro Videos

Do you have new principals and counselors who are not aware of NCVPS? NCVPS offers two great videos that explain what it is and how it works. Please share these resources with school leaders, parents, and students who may be interested in NCVPS classes.
- NCVPS Animated Short. This 90-second video gives a quick overview of NCVPS with the basic facts of who we are and how we work. media.ncvps.org/media/What+is+NCVPS+-+An+Animated+Short/1_bi14ru2s/20966571
- A Day in the Life of an NCVPS Student. This three-minute video takes a closer look at what students do in NCVPS courses. See both sides of NCVPS classes as students and a teacher share the experiences of their online workday. media.ncvps.org/media/A+Day+in+the+Life+of+an+NCVPS+Student/1_cawcbg8z


Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The March 13 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: Summer Reading Camp Funding Draft, Cash Management and MSA Training (Charter Schools only), Cash Management and MSA Training (LEAs only), FY 2015 Title I Spring Institute, RttT Wireless Infrastructure Initiative and Web News. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs and click on Resources, then Newsletters.


NCDPI Sponsors Second Annual ELL Support Conference

- NCDPI's Second Annual ELL (English Language Learners) Support Conference, "Growing Success for ELLs," will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Embassy Suites Airport, Greensboro. The conference offers concurrent three-day training events. Participants will choose one event for the full three days of training. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions are offered. Session information is available online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/curriculum/esl/invitation.pdf. There is an $80 registration fee and you may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELLConference2015. Hotel reservations may be made by visiting tinyurl.com/2015ELLConference or by calling 336. 668.4535 (Please reference the NCDPI-ELL Group Event). Space is limited.


NC ABC Commission Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative

The NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has officially launched its "Talk It Out" campaign, a statewide initiative to raise awareness about the problem of underage drinking. Spearheaded by Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, and ABC Commission Chairman Jim Gardner, the campaign is designed to reduce underage drinking by encouraging open, honest and frequent conversations between parents and their children. The Department of Public Instruction has partnered with the Initiative to help spread this important message across the state. To learn more about the "Talk It Out" program and how you can get involved, please visit www.TalkItOutNC.org.