MESSAGES 2015 :: MAY 5, 2015

MAY 5, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, May 5, 2015

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Last week you received a message from NCDPI's Chief Financial Officer outlining key elements of Gov. Pat McCrory's expansion budget request and additional items recommended by the State Board of Education. We know the process of developing a final budget is young, and there is a long way to go before all the priorities and dollar amounts have been established. That's why this is the time for you to express your views about what your top budget priorities are for your district and your schools.

None of the items outlined in the Governor's proposal or in the State Board of Education's proposal is "fluff." In fact, each of the items in these requests is focused on classrooms, teaching and learning and fundamental supports. Funding Home Base, providing classroom technology, turning around lowest performing schools, professional development, teacher salaries, textbooks – all are worthy goals. Please take the time to speak to your lawmakers and let them know how fundamental these items are and how critical it is to provide these things to our schools and districts. Describe for them what your teachers and students have to work with today and what they need to thrive.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

HB Update
(pdf, 424kb)

DL Progress Rubric
(docx, 1.2mb)

DL Rubric Instructions
(docx, 2.1mb)

RttT Cloud Enterprise Services
(pdf, 245kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. RttT Cloud Enterprise Services: AS/400 Migration Update
  2. May 15 is Deadline for NC Digital Learning Rubric Responses
  3. NCDPI Q&A on Global-Ready School Application Process
  4. Pitt County Principal Named Principal of the Year
  5. Summer Opportunities 2015: Facilitated Online Courses

RttT Cloud Enterprise Services: AS/400 Migration Update

Please read the attached memo regarding the opportunities for the AS/400 iSeries migrations to be funded with Race to the Top funds if the LEA opts in before July 1 regardless of when the migration occurs. This is an important opportunity for the districts that have not yet made this migration.

May 15 is Deadline for NC Digital Learning Rubric Responses

During its March meeting, the State Board of Education requested that all districts and charter schools complete the NC Digital Learning Rubric by May 15. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, and other partners, is developing the North Carolina K-12 Digital Learning Plan ( to accelerate the state's progress in providing the personalized, digital-age education K-12 students need to be successful in college, careers and as productive citizens.

As part of this plan, the Friday Institute has produced the NC Digital Learning Progress Rubric, to serve as a roadmap to support North Carolina's educators and communities in the transition to digital-age teaching and learning. As an update of the NCLTI rubric, this rubric is designed to help district or charter teams reflect on their current stage of development in digital learning and track their progress moving forward.

Attached are the NC Digital Learning Progress Rubric and Instructions for Use. These resources also are available online at Please submit rubric responses online at If you have any questions, please contact Jeni Corn at

NCDPI Q&A on Global-Ready School Application Process

Join us for a webinar today, May 5, at 4:30 p.m., on the application process for obtaining the Global-Ready School designation. NCDPI's Office of Global Education is hosting the webinar to provide more in-depth understanding of the application process. Dr. Kathy Spencer will be joining us for this information session to provide a district perspective on the evidences to support your self-rating. This webinar is designed for the school teams and district staff working on the current cycle application that is due on May 15. You may register online at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. It will be helpful to preview the presentation and application guidance document located at

Pitt County Principal Named Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Pactolus School Principal Steve Lassiter who last Friday was named the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. State Superintendent June Atkinson commended Lassiter on his selection saying, "Steve makes a special effort to celebrate all of his teachers' accomplishments and consistently provides positive affirmation to students so that they make good choices and work hard toward academic success. As a result, students and teachers look forward to coming to school each day." As Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, Lassiter will receive $3,000 for personal use and $3,000 for his school. He also will receive a scholarship for a 10-day educational tour of China thanks to Education First Tours, and a custom-made NC Principal of the Year signet ring and pendent thanks to Jostens, Inc. For the next year, he will serve as a member of the State Superintendent's Principals' Advisory Committee, and as an advisor to the State Board of Education and the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum. The Pitt County Schools' principal succeeds Mooresville Middle School (Mooresville Graded Schools) Principal Carrie Tulbert.

Summer Opportunities 2015: Facilitated Online Courses

Looking for high-quality professional development and the opportunity to interact with peers? Summer is a great time to take online courses at your own pace. Below is a list of facilitated online courses offered this summer. Registration opens June 1. Courses start June 22. For a full description of the courses and associated CEUs visit

  • Digital Literacies in the Classroom (seven weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 1 (five weeks) 0.5 CEU
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 2 (seven weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Introduction to Data Literacy (five weeks) 1 CEU
  • Data Literacy in Action (six weeks) 1.5 CEU
  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (four weeks) 1CEU
  • Universal Design for Learning: Part 2 (four weeks): 1 CEU
  • Connecting with our 21st Century Learners (five weeks) 1 CEU
  • North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (six weeks) 2 CEUs
  • Building and sustaining PD (six weeks) 1 CEU
  • Responsibilities of the 21st Century Educator (seven weeks) 1.0 CEU

These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Registration is limited to 35 participants per course. To register, follow the instructions below to log into Home Base to self-register for a course.

Contact Geetanjali Soni at if you have any questions.