MESSAGES 2015 :: APRIL 21, 2015


Give Five-Read Five Program Helps Students Maintain Reading Skills
The NCDPI is sponsoring the Give Five-Read Five campaign again this spring to provide students with at least five books to take home and read over the summer. To learn more about this program, which helped schools collect over 270,000 books last year for North Carolina elementary school students, please visit

EC Summer Institutes for 2015 on the Web
The list of 2015 Summer Institutes for Exceptional Children staff is available on the Exceptional Children website at The sessions begin June 29 and continue through August 3. The Summer Institutes are designed for teachers and related-services personnel.

Teacher and Student Featured in Home Base “Teacher Spotlight”
The latest Teacher Spotlight features Kym Smyth and 5th grade student Molly Smyth from the American Renaissance School in Statesville. Kym Smyth discusses how she uses the tools in Home Base to create assessments and Molly Smyth discusses how she uses Schoolnet to help her prepare for tests. To view this and other Teacher Spotlight videos, please visit If you’re a classroom teacher with an innovative SchoolNet instructional strategy that you would like to share, send an email to

ESEA Flexibility Request Renewal Documentation for 2015 on the Web
The U.S. Department of Education offers each state educational agency the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies, and its schools. This voluntary opportunity provides educators and state and local leaders with flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. The NCDPI’s Flexibility Request Renewal for 2015, and the approval letter from the U.S. Department of Education, are available at

Webinar Updates Educators on Teacher Evaluations, Home Base, Assessments
The READY V webinar for teachers and principals provided updates on the Educator Effectiveness program, online teacher tools, a tentative timeline for reviewing the Standard Course of Study, student assessments, and more. To view the webinar and accompanying transcript, please visit

New Instructional Video on the Web for NC School Report Card
Check out the latest addition to our collection of instructional resources for the NC School Report Card – A Closer Look at Data Objects in a School or District Report - at The short video shows you how to view a data object in a report and drill down for more information.

Educator Effectiveness Matters to Students Presentation Now Online
Teachers play a significant role in the success of students, but how significant is this role? Dr. Tom Tomberlin, director of District Human Resources for the NCDPI, shared his analyses of the impact of teachers on students over time during a series of regional READY IV meetings across the state. A video of Tomberlin’s presentation is available on the Educator Effectiveness Model website at


Featured Publications at NCDPI

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

“North Carolina Read to Achieve – What Every Parent of a Third Grader Needs to Know”
Are you familiar with Read to Achieve? Do you know how the program will impact your third grader? Have you heard about reading camps or portfolios? "North Carolina Read to Achieve - What Every Parent of a Third Grader Needs to Know," is a brochure designed to educate parents of third-grade students about the Read to Achieve program. The brochure provides answers to frequently asked questions and links to additional resources so parents can help their children at home. (50 per pack)
CM195, $8, 2015

Certificate of Honor
Students like to be recognized for their academic achievements. Show them how much you value their efforts by presenting a Certificate of Honor award. The certificate is designed to recognize students who made the honor roll. (100 per pack)
A-3, 2005, $10

Certificate of Award
Do you have a group of students that deserve special recognition? Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work by presenting a Certificate of Award. This certificate is designed to honor students, and may be completed by the teacher or principal. (100 per pack)
A-4, 2005, $10

Certificate of Appreciation
Pay it forward for special people in your school by presenting them with a Certificate of Appreciation. This general certificate is appropriate to present to staff when you want to recognize a job well done. (100 per pack)
A-5, 2005, $10

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