SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: MARCH 30, 2015

MARCH 30, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 30, 2015

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We have received many inquiries related to the NCDPI Wireless Request for Proposals and the related e-rate and RttT funding. We are preparing a Frequently Asked Questions document to be issued very soon. We also are holding a webinar for you on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. where we can further explain the process and answer any questions you may have. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/150427849828158210.

Also, last week other chief state school officers and I met with President Obama, Secretary Arne Duncan, and Congressional leaders about the reauthorization of ESEA. Our primary message was that Congress needs to pass legislation soon that will allow for flexibility and innovation while having accountability for results. I will share more details as I meet with you at upcoming regional meetings

June Atkinson
State Superintendent


March 26, 2015
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meets This Week
  2. No Legislative Webinar This Friday
  3. Statewide Convenience Contract for Canvas Learning Management System
  4. Highlight Your District Teacher Leaders Participating in the Governor's Teacher Network
  5. Global Languages Endorsement
  6. Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers Archived Webinars
  7. Global Ready Schools Designation
  8. NCVPS Middle School Catalog Expanding
  9. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online


State Board of Education Meets This Week

The State Board of Education will meet this Wednesday and Thursday, April 1-2, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Board action items include approval of Race to the Top Wireless Infrastructure Initiative allocations, Healthy Responsible Students' policy regarding athletic injury prevention and management of athletic practices and games, State Board Appeal Panel recommendations regarding charter revocation for three schools: Children's Village Academy, Dynamic Community and SEGS Academy, and Charter School Advisory Board recommendations regarding PACE Academy. The Board also will receive presentations on options for differentiated pay, Concussion Reporting and Master Literacy training sessions. The Board's full agenda and supporting executive summaries are available online at https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Index.aspx?S=10399 by clicking on the Meetings tab.


No Legislative Webinar This Friday

There will be no Legislative Webinar this Friday, April 3.


Statewide Convenience Contract for Canvas Learning Management System

The NCDPI is pleased to announce a statewide contract with Instructure, Inc., for its Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) service. The contract provides a vehicle for LEAs and charter schools to take advantage of the state's negotiated pricing to purchase Instructure's Canvas LMS service. At $3.74 per account, this LMS contract will provide districts and charter schools with significant savings over the $10+ per account with some of the current contracts across the state. This price point also will allow many districts to afford to purchase a full LMS with many additional features that will enable them to deliver personalized learning to all students. Please see the memo sent on Friday, March 27, for additional details on the statewide contract and how to participate.


Highlight Your District Teacher Leaders Participating in the Governor's Teacher Network

Teachers across the state are developing curriculum units and conducting action research that will be housed in Home Base. Action research projects will become online learning modules in the professional development system. Instructional resources will be "live" in Home Base this fall. Many of you have highlighted your GTN teachers on your web pages, at local conferences and educator meetings in your district. Your teachers are doing phenomenal work that can be shared with all of your teachers in your schools and districts. Take advantage of their learning so that others may learn from them. Many participants have stated "this is the best professional development I have encountered." Please talk with your GTN teachers about their projects. A number of them are presenting at CCSA and other conferences across the state. If you have questions, please contact GTN Director Angela Jackson at angela.jackson@dpi.nc.gov.


Global Languages Endorsement

The Global Languages Endorsement is available for the 2014-15 school year. The Global Languages Endorsement is one of five High School Diploma Endorsements that a student may earn as outlined in SBE Policy GCS-L-007. The purpose is to provide a way for students to show their multi-literacy in English and at least one World Language by meeting the following: English/Language Arts: four required courses and a 2.5 GPA or above in those four courses.
World Languages: One of the following three options will allow students to meet this requirement. Students may add as many languages via these three options for which they qualify.

  1. an external test: list of DPI approved assessments (in forthcoming FAQs) with ACTFL scale aligned scores at Intermediate Low or higher;
  2. four high school level courses in the same World Language and 2.5 or higher GPA, which will be recorded on Endorsement as Intermediate Low (some of the four courses may be taken in middle school and only the courses taken in grades 9-12 will be counted towards the GPA); or
  3. credit by demonstrated mastery at Intermediate Low or higher.

Should a student also be identified as Limited English Proficient they will need to meet the ELA and World Language requirements and a minimum requirement based on their most recent ACCESS score. FAQs will be available in early April inclusive of requirements for tracking and reporting the Global Languages Endorsement in PowerSchool this year. For more information, please contact Helga Fasciano at helga.fasciano@dpi.nc.gov.


Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers Archived Webinars

The principal and teacher archived webinars presented in January on the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers are now posted. You can access the webinars along with the Implementation Guide and FAQS on the process at www.ncpublicschools.org/globaled/actions/item1-2.


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 spring 2015 application and a presentation on the application process for schools wanting to attain this designation are posted. For a copy of the Global Ready Schools Designation Rubric, the application and the presentation, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/globaled/actions/item4-2.


NCVPS Middle School Catalog Expanding

The NCVPS middle school catalog is expanding to include the following four middle school courses next year:

  • Middle School Creative Writing
  • Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle School Art
  • Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle School Discovering Photography
  • Middle School Success 101

Each course will have approximately five hours of work each week. Students will have access from school and at home. Middle school students will still have access to high school courses, but these four courses are designed with middle school curriculum and will be taught by certified middle school teachers. To see the course descriptions, please visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LPSGAM6E5wRmJOnMe-RowSo8sEyr97zjPMv2Qw9AVyo/edit?usp=sharing


Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The March 27 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: Charter School Maximum and Allotted ADM 2015-16, Bud Batch Denials, PRC 158 – Performance Based Bonus – Lowest Achieving Schools, Cash Management and MSA Training (Charter Schools Only), Cash Management and MSA Training (LEAs only) and New Learning Management System Memo. 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.