MESSAGES 2013 :: FEBRUARY 28, 2013

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 - Teachers' Biweekly Messages

Legislative leadership invited local school superintendents and local teachers and principals of the year to Raleigh this week to visit lawmakers and describe first hand the successes and needs of public schools in our state. I have encouraged folks to take advantage of this opportunity because no one can tell your story about your daily triumphs and frustrations any better than you. Having said that I know that everyone in North Carolina can't come to Raleigh. So please, if you feel strongly about legislation that is on the table or that you think should be on the table, please remember to contact your lawmakers (contact information available online at www.ncleg.net). Also, stay up-to-date through the NCDPI's legislative website (http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/) and through your professional organizations.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Teachers' Message:

  1. EVAAS Updates
  2. Severe Weather Awareness Week March 3-9
  3. Educator Recruitment and Development Division Renamed
  4. North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Teachers
  5. Feb. 5 Math Webinar Recording Online
  6. Online Professional Development Modules: Information Page
  7. Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Conference Part of Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement
  8. Middle/High Video Competition Focuses on Pedestrian Safety

EVAAS Updates

On Feb. 1, teachers across North Carolina received access to a teacher evaluation dashboard housed in the EVAAS web platform. This report integrates a teacher's ratings on Standards 1-5 with the baseline data for Standard 6. Over time, the dashboard will hold the three years of data that will be used with data from Standards 1-5 to determine a teacher's overall effectiveness status of in need of improvement, effective, or highly effective. As a reminder, the sixth standard rating for the 2011-12 school year will not be counted toward the overall status. For more information on how to access and interpret the report, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/educatoreffect/resources/2013/01-teacherevaluation.pdf .

The NCDPI and SAS Institute also are pleased to announce the launch of new learning modules on EVAAS. These eight-ten minute videos are available 24/7, and provide a narrated explanation of how to access and interpret different reports. The modules currently available are:

  • Teacher Value-Added and Diagnostic Reports for Grades 4-8 ELA and Math Teachers
  • Teacher Value-Added and Diagnostic Reports for Grades 4 and 8 Science, High School, and Career and Technical Education Teachers
  • Teacher Evaluation Dashboard

The modules can be accessed through the Help menu when logged into EVAAS. For more information, please e-mail educatoreffectiveness@dpi.nc.gov.

Severe Weather Awareness Week March 3-9

Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for March 3-9. The statewide Tornado Drill will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m. At that time the National Weather Service will issue a Required Weekly Test over the NOAA weather radio system. This will serve as a signal for school administrators to begin their tornado drill. The drill will conclude when participants complete their drill activities. No all-clear message will be issued. If this time is not convenient for your school's instructional program, your principal may reschedule the tornado drill on another day close to March 6.

Educator Recruitment and Development Division Renamed

The NCDPI Educator Recruitment and Development Division has been renamed to Educator Effectiveness Division. The original website, www.ncpublicschools.org/recruitment/, will redirect you to the new site automatically. The new site is www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffectiveness. Please update your bookmarks. In addition, the former Educator Effectiveness site, www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/ has been renamed to Educator Effectiveness Model and the new site is www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model. Although you will be redirected automatically, please update your bookmarks. The information is still the same as only the titles have changed.

North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Teachers

NCDPI's Educator Effectiveness Division is offering four additional sections of the six-week, facilitator-led online North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process course. We are excited about the overwhelming demand for this course and the enthusiasm with which teachers are participating. This course provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and will help teachers understand their role in the new evaluation process as well as deepen their understanding of the six professional teaching standards. The course also is open to interested principals and assistant principals.

The course is available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by NCDPI professionals. It will take approximately 20 hours to complete over a period of six weeks, and teachers will earn 2 CEUs upon completion. The course is completely online, with participants having the ability to work flexibly, though there will be weekly deadlines and the course will start and end on scheduled dates.

The course is hosted by LearnNC. Teachers may go to http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698 to register for the course. All four sections are open for registration. As we want participants to have a quality experience, there is a limit of 35 participants per section. Since sections fill up quickly you will want to register soon. Course dates are April 17- May 29, April 24-June 5, May 1-June 12 and May 8-June 19. Questions may be directed to Geetanjali Soni at Geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov.

Feb. 5 Math Webinar Recording Online

If you were unable to participate in the "Integrating the Common Core Math Practices and Assessment into Instruction" webinar held Feb. 5, you may want to take advantage of the recording, which is available online at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Webinars .

Video Series to Enhance Teacher Understanding of Common Core State Standards in Math Online

The Southeast Comprehensive Center at SEDL has posted a series of some 40 videos to help teachers understand and apply the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics in the classroom. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards through examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard, although the examples can be adapted for instructional use. This free resource can be accessed online at www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/viewonline.cgi?url=http://secc.sedl.org/common_core_videos/

Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Conference Part of Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

As a reminder, the former Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Conference has been folded into the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement. This conference continues to focus on issues of academic achievement for all students and has expanded to provide more global perspectives of education reform and initiatives. Registration is now open for the third annual Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement. The conference will be held March 25-27 at the Sheraton Four Season/Koury Convention Center, Greensboro. For conference information, including registration, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/academicservices/conference .

Middle/High Video Competition Focuses on Pedestrian Safety

NCDPI's Transportation Services is co-sponsoring a youth video contest entitled "Making Tracks" for middle and high school students across the state. The purpose of the video contest is to help students teach others the importance of pedestrian safety to and from school and in particular, to and from the bus stop. The online submission period is from April 22-May 5. Online voting will be held May 6-May 12. Complete contest information is available online at www.ncbussafety.org/makingtracks . For more information, please contact Derek Graham at derek.graham@dpi.nc.gov or 919.807.3571.