MESSAGES 2015 :: MAY 28, 2015

MAY 28, 2015 - Teachers' Biweekly Messages

Another school year is wrapping up. End-of-year celebrations, graduation ceremonies and many good-byes are underway. This moment provides the perfect opportunity to reflect back to August when the year began. You see the growth of your students and how they have developed and succeeded. Imagine if you could stand at this moment in the year and look back even farther, to the very first year of your teaching career. What if you could look back and reflect on all the years and all of the students you have taught, guided and developed? Imagine where all of those young people are today. Think of the people they influence, all the ways they serve others, all the productivity that they bring to their community. That’s your legacy. That’s what you leave in your wake every year that you teach in our schools. No other profession can say that. I am proud of each teacher in our schools, of your dedication and accomplishments, and the legacy you leave.

The recently approved House budget includes pay improvements for teachers and other state employees, and addresses eight of the State Board of Education’s budget requests for this year. The budget process now shifts to the NC Senate. So, stay tuned in to the news as the new budget is finalized. We will send you emails throughout the summer when noteworthy milestones are reached.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Teachers' Message:

  1. Public School Educator Effectiveness Data Available
  2. New Collaboration Provides NC Educators a Voice on What Works In Education Technology
  3. Webinar Focuses on Standard 6 and EVAAS
  4. Summer Professional Development Opportunities Reminder
  5. Free Personalized Learning Workshops for Educators: Using Digital Tools to Improve Instruction in your Classroom and Beyond
  6. NCCAT Supports Public School Teachers
  7. Report Give Five – Read Five Book Collection Totals By June 15
  8. Biweekly Message Breaks for the Summer

Public School Educator Effectiveness Data Available

Summary results of teacher and administrator educator effectiveness data for the 2013-14 school year is now available online at It is important to note that the data reported is in aggregate or summary form only. The reports do not include information on individual teachers or administrators. Such data is considered confidential personnel information.

The evaluation results for teachers are presented at the school, district and state levels only. The results for administrators (principals and assistant principals) are presented at the district and state levels only. A minimum of five administrators in one district must have been evaluated on any standard in order for aggregate results to be reported at the district and state levels. A minimum of five teachers in a school must have been evaluated on any one standard in order for aggregate results to be reported at the school, district and state levels.

The online data display is intended to provide a resource that is user-friendly and accessible so that parents, educators and members of the school community can see data reflecting the effectiveness of instruction in the school. This information also can illustrate how schools and districts are using evaluation data to ensure a stronger teaching and administrative staff.

Questions regarding the evaluation reports or for the process for their release can be sent to

New Collaboration Provides NC Educators a Voice on What Works In Education Technology

In order to make the best decisions possible for centralized technology tools, the NCDPI is collaborating with Lea(R)n, a North Carolina based education innovation firm, to empower any educator in the state to share insights on any digital classroom technologies.

The research-backed, online platform at combines educators' rapid insights with multiple data sources to help improve instructional and budget decisions, especially as North Carolina schools, LEAs and the state overall are investing in new digital learning tools. Any educator can access the site and provide feedback about the tools and resources provided to NC educators, including the products on Home Base. Plus, educators also will have access to an online community to share best practices and expand their own professional learning community. While there is no requirement for educators to participate, the more teachers who provide feedback through this tool, the more useful it will be.

The team at Lea(R)n, led by former NC educator and administrator Karl Rectanus, is available to answer technical questions and offer online training/support for educators. A pilot of the Lea(R)n platform with the NC Governor’s Teacher Network last fall found that the Lea(R)n platform provided an efficient and effective way to evaluate learning tools. Insights from educators are automatically de-identified, so that NCDPI team members can make data-driven decisions about technology and related efforts.

Webinar Focuses on Standard 6 and EVAAS

Teachers have requested summer meetings to learn more about EVAAS. Regional sessions for teachers are listed below. Be informed and join us for discussions and Q & A about EVAAS! Lunch is provided. Teachers may register for the session that best fits their schedule. Registration is limited so early sign-up is encouraged.

Monday, June 15: Greenville Hilton Hotel, 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville

Wednesday, June 17: Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Rd., Durham

Friday, June 19: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE, Hickory

To register, please visit

Summer Professional Development Opportunities Reminder

As a final reminder, 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) 1 CEU
  • 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 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.

Free Personalized Learning Workshops for Educators: Using Digital Tools to Improve Instruction in your Classroom and Beyond

Beginning in July, the NCDPI will be able to utilize remaining RttT funds to provide principals and teachers with a series of free, day-long professional learning sessions featuring digital tools to improve instruction in the classroom.

As you continue to make your summer plans, please consider this free, optional learning experience. These sessions will be offered multiple times at various locations across the state. We anticipate hosting these one-day sessions during the weeks of July 13 - 17 and July 20 - 24. Exact locations and dates are forthcoming. Registration will be on a first come-first serve basis. Stipends for participants will be available. For more information, please contact Susan McKinney at or 919.807.3828.

NCCAT Supports Public School Teachers

For nearly three decades the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) has provided high-quality professional development to help teachers make a difference in the classroom. NCCAT offers professional development in a variety of topics including early grades literacy, digital learning, beginning teachers and teacher leadership. NCCAT is a recognized national leader in professional development programming for teachers. NCCAT conducts programs for pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, school administrators, counselors and library media specialists. Other educators who may be eligible for programs are curriculum specialists, lead teachers, mentors, school social workers and school psychologists. Established by the state legislature in 1985, NCCAT is a place where teachers “advance teaching as an art and a profession” through a wide range of learning opportunities.

To view the calendar of programs, please visit or For more information on how to apply, visit NCCAT also provides online programming. Visit to learn more. For information on how NCCAT might be able to work in your school, visit

Report Give Five – Read Five Book Collection Totals By June 15

As the end of the traditional school year approaches, many schools and districts are wrapping up Give Five – Read Five book drives and distributing books to students. Please don’t forget to report your school’s final book collection total by June 15 to Sara Clark at Make sure to include the name of your school, school district, and total number of students at your school when you send in your final collection totals. Schools that collect the most books in three size categories will receive a free one-year school-wide license to one of three outstanding online literacy tools. The statewide collection total and winning schools will be announced before July. Visit to see if your school is included on our final book collection total list!

Biweekly Message Breaks for the Summer

The Teachers’ biweekly e-mail message will take a break for the summer following this issue and will resume its normal biweekly distribution schedule on Thursday, Aug. 27. Using our school information database, we will refresh this email list in August and will hopefully capture all current addresses when the first message of the new school year is sent. If you have any questions over the summer, please don’t hesitate to email Lynda Fuller at