SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: JUNE 8, 2015

JUNE 8, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Jun 8, 2015

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Over the past few years in informal conversations and in formal meetings we have had many discussions about your concerns with the manual licensing system in place for teachers. That is why I wanted to share the good news that we are finally moving away from a manual licensing system to an electronic system. Staff in Licensure and other areas have worked for more than a year to make this much needed transition.

I am excited to announce that the new online Licensure System will go live on Aug. 1 for all users. While the system could go live sooner, we have scheduled the "go-live" date for the new system for Aug. 1 in response to feedback from the Personnel Administrators of North Carolina that districts and charters would prefer to wait until after this school year is completed to migrate to the new system. On Aug. 1, you will be pleased to use the new system and see how the lessons we've learned from many of you have been put into place to improve our licensure process. A link to the new system will be in place at that time on the Licensure website at /www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/.

Specifically, we are most excited about two key features:
1) The new system will automate the collection of the license application, supporting documentation and payment, which will eliminate the time-consuming, manual process that is currently in place. We estimate a savings of at least two weeks per application using this new system.
2) The new system will provide an informative and easy-to-navigate user interface that will allow an applicant to check the status of his/her application and monitor its progress through the approval process.

With the new features that the system offers we expect a significant reduction in turnaround times for all applications moving forward and an improvement in our customer service capabilities with callers.

Thank you for your input and feedback on the licensure process. I look forward to having this new system in place and operational for you and our future teachers.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent


June 4, 2015
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. Legislative Webinar to be Held on Monday
  3. NCEdCloud IAM Update
  4. June 19 is Deadline to Register for NCVPS Summer Courses
  5. NCVPS Expands Middle School Catalog
  6. Personalized Learning for School Administrators: Using Digital Tools to Redefine Instructional Improvement in your Classroom and Beyond
  7. NC Public School Students, Staff Earn 200,000 Microsoft Certifications


State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At last week's meeting, State Board of Education members approved 12 charter schools to begin a planning year and potentially open in the fall of 2016. Members also approved grants from USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for 196 elementary schools across the state, revisions to the annual performance standards under the READY accountability model and the school calendar for the NC Residential Schools for the Deaf and Blind. In addition, Board members discussed changes to policy governing school bus passengers, new licensure areas for Institution of Higher Education programs and Career and Technical Education licensure requirements. A complete list of this month's Board actions is posted at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/minutes-actions/sbe-actions/2015-actions


Legislative Webinar to be Held on Monday

The Legislative Update webinar will now be held every other Monday. The next webinar has been scheduled for Monday, June 15, beginning at 1 p.m. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5398109878130236930. Once registered, you will receive an email with participation instructions.


NCEdCloud IAM Update

The NCEdCloud IAM service will be used for logging into Home Base applications (PowerSchool, SchoolNet, OpenClass, NCEES) starting Monday July 6. In order to ensure the data in the IAM Service most accurately reflects your user population on July 6, districts are requested to update your teacher payroll information by June 29. Please update your teacher payroll information and run your process to extract from payroll, then upload into the UID system by June 29. Instructions for UID staff payroll and non-payroll processes are at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cedars/uniqueid/staff/training/ under the Training Materials section. Questions or concerns related to uploading your teacher payroll information to the UID staff system may be directed to dpi.incidents@its.nc.gov or 919/807-HELP.


Also, please ensure that your staff members' UID numbers are stored within the PowerSchool StatePrID field, also by June 29. Questions or concerns related to the storing the UID within the StatePrID field can be directed to the Home Base Support Center by your PowerSchool data coordinator.


June 19 is Deadline to Register for NCVPS Summer Courses

The NCVPS summer session begins on June 15. Registration will remain open until June 19. Please have your advisors register students as soon as possible. Seating may become limited in certain courses as the start date approaches. Additionally, students who are able to start on the first day of class are more successful in their summer courses.


If you have students enrolled in summer session, your district needs to identify who your summer contacts will be. NCVPS has surveyed the district contacts for that information. Please be sure the district e-learning coordinators have completed the survey online at goo.gl/ESCMTf.


Also note that the allotments for summer enrollments are part of your 2015-2016 allotment totals. Please visit the NCVPS Summer 2015 web page at www.ncvps.org/?p=4488 for more details.


NCVPS Expands Middle School Catalog

The NC Virtual Public School middle school catalog has expanded and will now offer four middle school courses this fall:
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
Middle school students 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. Each course has approximately five hours of work each week. Students will have access from school and home. To view the course descriptions, please visit
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LPSGAM6E5wRmJOnMe-RowSo8sEyr97zjPMv2Qw9AVyo/edit?usp=sharing


Personalized Learning for School Administrators: Using Digital Tools to Redefine Instructional Improvement in your Classroom and Beyond

High quality instructional resources to assist your teachers in delivering standards-based instructional lessons and assessments?
How to maximize the use of the NC Educator Evaluation System to support your teachers?
Professional development modules that will build capacity in your school?
Best practices to get the most out of your Student Information System?
Then you will want to register today for a free one-day professional learning experience designed specifically to assist school-based administrators in using the built-in resources and tools available in Home Base. Session dates and locations are as follows:
July 13- Pisgah High School, Canton
July 14- West Wilkes Middle School, Wilkesboro
July 15- Cox Mill High School, Concord
July 16- North Guilford High School, Greensboro
July 20- Gray's Creek High School, Hope Mills
July 21- Croatan High School, Newport
July 22- John A. Holmes High School, Edenton
July 23- Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount
Registration is limited so first come, first serve. This is a BYOD event. A device will be required to fully engage in the content. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2015pLea.


NC Public School Students, Staff Earn 200,000 Microsoft Certifications

Nearly five years after the launch of the nation's first statewide Microsoft IT Academy, North Carolina students and teachers have earned more than 200,000 professional certifications through this innovative program. State Superintendent June Atkinson today joined State Board of Education members, teachers, students, legislators and others in celebrating this milestone at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh. Eighteen North Carolina high school students who earned top honors in the 2015 NC Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) competition also were recognized. To learn more, visit www.ncpublicschools.org and select the appropriate link under "News."