MESSAGES 2015 :: JUNE 15, 2015

JUNE 15, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Jun. 15, 2015

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I look forward to seeing you in Asheville at Summer Leadership Conference and at our next Superintendents' meeting on June 29. As in other recent years, we will have ample time for informal conversation about topics of interest and concern to you as well as critical updates. If there are particular topics that you want to have on that agenda or on the agenda of our meeting in July in conjunction with the Financial and Business Services Summer Conference, please reply with your ideas so that we can incorporate those.

We anticipate that the Senate budget will be released this afternoon. Please watch for a separate legislative update with details and plan to attend next week's legislative webinar (see item below).

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Home Base-RttT Update
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Legislative Webinar Scheduled for Monday, June 22
  2. State Equity Plan Submitted to USED
  3. NC Charter School Performance Framework Released
  4. NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet
  5. BB&T Leadership Institute Free for Principals
  6. Professional Development Opportunity Focuses on Action Research
  7. NCVPS Summer Session Begins Today

Legislative Webinar Scheduled for Monday, June 22

Join us for a webinar on Jun 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now at
This webinar will provide you with information about the latest activities of the General Assembly. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

State Equity Plan Submitted to USED

The NCDPI submitted its State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on June 1. The Equity Plan was written with the involvement of many external stakeholders, and it is a requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The USED will be reviewing it over the next few weeks and it may get amended based on the feedback we receive. The plan can be accessed at If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lou Fabrizio at or Donna Brown at

NC Charter School Performance Framework Released

North Carolinians can now review charter school performance in the key areas of academics, finance and operations by viewing the NC Charter School Performance Framework, which is available online at This is the first time that information about financial and operational expectations for each charter school has been provided in a comprehensive way. The November 2014 State Board of Education Strategic Plan directed the NCDPI to establish a Performance Framework for all charter schools to provide more information about the schools' overall health. The NC School Report Cards already include information on charter schools and other public schools, but the Charter Framework includes operational details specific to charter schools.

NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, June 16, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Agenda items include Ready to Open Board interviews, charter application reconsiderations (Cape Fear Preparatory Academy, Pine Springs Preparatory Academy, Capital City Charter High School and Unity Classical School), and a bylaw discussion. The Board also will adjourn into subcommittees then report on discussions. A tentative agenda is attached. The Advisory Board meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen, click on the link under Live Audio Stream at

BB&T Leadership Institute Free for Principals

The BB&T Leadership Institute offers an outstanding leadership development program for North Carolina Principals and it is FREE. The "Mastering Leadership Dynamics" program is a truly unique experience that I can attest to personally because I participated in the program last summer. Through a process of self-discovery, I learned not just "what" I do well and can improve on, but "why" I do it, the real key to making positive changes in my leadership. I invite you to attend and take advantage of the investment ($6950 value) BB&T is making in your professional and personal growth – you deserve it! It will make a significant difference in the way you lead your school. You can get information about the program on their website or contact Rosalind Guerrie at

Professional Development Opportunity Focuses on Action Research

Following the success of the Action Research Pathway for the Governor's Teacher Network, NCDPI Educator Effectiveness announces the release of new self-paced online professional development module on action research.
- Action Research for the Classroom: An Introduction
Action research takes reflective practice of teachers and adds a dimension of systematic inquiry that helps clarify how their particular classrooms/schools operate, how well they teach and how well their students learn. Participants will learn each step of the action research process so that they are ready to conduct an inquiry in their own educational setting. This module is self-paced and will require approximately 20 hours to complete. Participants will earn two CEUs upon satisfactory completion. For educators who actually want to complete an action research project and receive instructor feedback throughout the project, staff also will have a 10-week facilitated course, Implementing Action Research in the Classroom, starting in fall 2015.
To register for this free course, follow the instructions below to log into Home Base to self-register for a course.
- Log in to the NCEES system using your usual PowerSchool log in or the alternate log in .
- Click the Professional Development tab.
- Search for the course, or list all opportunities to find the course for which you wish to register.
- Click on the course title
- Click on the view button.
Directions on how to register are available at
Questions may be directed to Geetanjali Soni at

NCVPS Summer Session Begins Today

Although the NCVPS summer session begins today, June 15, registration remains open until June 19. Please have your advisors register students as soon as possible. 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 your summer contacts. NCVPS has surveyed the district contacts for that information. Please be sure the district e-learning coordinators have completed the online survey at Also note that the allotments for summer enrollments are part of your 2015-16 allotment totals. Please visit NCVPS' Summer 2015 web page at for more details.