SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: APRIL 13, 2015

APRIL 13, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Apr. 13, 2015

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There is activity underway for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (most recently authorized as No Child Left Behind), and members of the Summative Assessment Task Force received an update on this on Friday from Dr. Lou Fabrizio, federal liaison for the NCDPI. The reauthorization, titled the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, would provide the State Board of Education with more flexibility on key issues such as setting the weights for an accountability system, teacher evaluation flexibility and identification of low-performing schools. ESEA continues to be the key way that the federal government is involved in local K-12 education and the federal government's largest footprint on local public schools. We will continue to keep you updated as this bill is considered. In the meantime, it is available online at http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/S_EveryChildAchievesActof2015.pdf.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent


April 9, 2015
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April 9 NCDPI Web Highlights
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Textbook Commission Agenda
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Cooperative Innovative High School Letters of Intent
  2. NC Textbook Commission Meets This Week
  3. Report Shows Greater Need for Access to High-Quality Preschool
  4. Former NC Governor and First Lady Receive Jay Robinson Leadership Award
  5. Legislative Webinar Reminder
  6. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  7. What the Best North Carolina Teachers Do: A Video Series
  8. Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers Archived Webinars
  9. Global Ready Schools Designation Application Now Available
  10. New Resource for Parents on 21st Century Learning and Citizenship


Cooperative Innovative High School Letters of Intent

NCDPI staff have received over 30 Letters of Intent from LEAs to develop a Cooperative Innovative High School application for submission in fall 2015. The NCDPI and its partners will begin technical assistance opportunities in May. If you are still considering submitting a Letter of Intent, please do so by Friday, April 17.

Following is a list of districts that have submitted a Letter of Intent. If you do not see your district's name below, please re-send to sneha.shahcoltrane@dpi.nc.gov. Districts that have submitted a Letter of Intent are: Alamance-Burlington Schools, Asheboro City Schools, Asheville City Schools, Burke County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Camden County Schools, Caswell County Schools, Chatham County Schools, Columbus County Schools, Cumberland County Schools, Dare County Schools, Durham Public Schools, Elizabeth City/Pasquotank Public Schools, Gaston County Schools, Harnett County Schools, Johnston County Schools, Madison County, McDowell County Schools, Northampton County Schools, Onslow County Schools, Person County Schools, Rockingham County Schools, Rowan Salisbury Schools, Scotland County Schools, Stanly County Schools, Transylvania County Schools, Wayne County Public Schools, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

We look forward to working with you to develop a qualifying CIHS application. Please contact Sneha Shah-Coltrane, director of Advanced Learning, at sneha.shahcoltrane@dpi.nc.gov for more information.


NC Textbook Commission Meets This Week

The NC Textbook Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16, at the Hilton Durham near Duke University, Durham. Wednesday's meeting will be held from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Committee members will deliberate on submitted items then develop a list of recommended instructional materials to be presented to the State Board of Education for adoption. Thursday's meeting will be held from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Members will consider publishers' requests for materials not originally recommended for consideration. The meeting agenda is attached for your information. Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.


Report Shows Greater Need for Access to High-Quality Preschool

 


Former NC Governor and First Lady Receive Jay Robinson Leadership Award

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new report, "A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America," that details the unmet need nationwide for high-quality preschool programs. The report also highlights the need for an Elementary and Secondary Education Act that expands access to high-quality learning opportunities and makes the law preschool-grade 12, rather than K-12. The report is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/documents/early-learning/matter-equity-preschool-america.pdf.


Legislative Webinar Reminder

There will be a Legislative Update webinar held this Friday, April 17, 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.


Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The April 10 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: 2015 Foreign Nationals Tax Compliance Training Curriculum 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.


What the Best North Carolina Teachers Do: A Video Series

Want insight into the strategies and techniques that award-winning North Carolina teachers use in their classrooms? The video series, "What the Best North Carolina Teachers Do," provides you with these insights, straight from the teachers themselves! District, regional and state Teachers of the Year were asked about what makes them successful and their students soar. Among the topics addressed in the series are:

  • differentiation;
  • classroom organization;
  • "hooking" reluctant learners; and
  • advice for new teachers and much more!

To find out more about the project and view the interviews, just participate in the mini-module through Home Base or visit the project website at http://rt3nc.org/ncvideo. If you are interested in sharing your best practices, please contact Educator Effectiveness Web Manager Andrew Horne at andrew.horne@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 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/globaled/actions/item1-2.


Global Ready Schools Designation Application Now Available

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.


New Resource for Parents on 21st Century Learning and Citizenship

P21 has created a free digital toolkit to help parents support their learners in becoming 21st century leaders and citizens. The three-part toolkit was developed with National PTA as a family engagement advisor, and provides an overview of 21st century learning and how citizenship has changed in a digitally and globally connected world, tips and strategies for families, and real world examples of 21st century learning in action. Find out more at www.P21.org/Parents.