Jan. 17, 2017 Superintendents' Weekly Message

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Superintendents' Weekly Message

Jan. 17, 2017

School districts affected by Hurricane Matthew are reminded that Jan. 23 is the deadline to register with FEMA to apply for assistance. Visit FEMA’s North Carolina Hurricane Matthew website or call 800-621-FEMA for assistance or additional information.
Please see this week’s information items for you from across NCDPI’s divisions.

Math Chalkboard

K-8 Mathematics Standards
Review Update


This week, each LEA will receive the first draft of revisions for K-8 Mathematics Standards. As part of the writing process, staff view LEAs as an extension of our revision teams. As such, we encourage input from all 115 LEAs. This input will be used to further revise the standards before opening for public comment.


LEAs will soon receive detailed instructions on the process as well as a three-week window to gather input from teachers before submitting their feedback.

NC SchoolJobs Powered by PeopleAdmin


NCDPI Technology Services is pleased to announce that the NC SchoolJobs Powered by PeopleAdmin initiative is going well with 40 LEAs live to date.


Rollouts have included LEAs of all sizes with Cumberland County being the largest live to date and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth rollout underway. This initiative is of tremendous value to your LEA and the state as a whole as we solicit and hire teachers, substitutes, classified staff and bus drivers.


NCDPI is providing the statewide software license and offering the application to LEAs on an opt-in basis. This means no incremental cost to LEAs as we sunset the old applicant tracking application and move forward with a new application.


Please contact Technology Services NC SchoolJobs project team, led by Quentin Parker and Joel Leeper with any questions.


North Carolina Student Surveys


Student Surveys are available to all third – 12th grade North Carolina public school teachers free of charge.

The 2016-17 participation options include whole-district opt in and individual teachers participation. Visit our Wiki or send an email to Educator Effectiveness staff to learn more.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support:
A Part of Everyday Business


Each component of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is rooted in the everyday work of North Carolina public schools. A clear example of this can be found in these three components alone:

-  data-evaluation;

-  problem solving; and

-  instruction/intervention.


A day doesn’t go by when educators and administrators don’t discuss effective instruction, accountability and working with the resources available to create the very best system.


The work of building a MTSS is about promoting a sense of urgency that allows for districts and schools to innovatively support their students and staff. The investment of building effective systems for all students will provide the positive outcomes we seek.


For more information on the critical components of a Multi-Tiered System of Support, visit our LiveBinder or engage in conversation with your MTSS team on progress toward the implementation milestones. For additional questions, please contact NCDPI Director of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems Amy Jablonski.

Center for Safer Schools Joins NCDPI


The Center for Safer Schools is now calling NCDPI home as a result of House Bill 17, which transferred the Center from the Department of Public Safety to NCDPI’s Safe and Healthy Schools Support. Kym Martin will continue as the executive director and will bring support staff to the department to provide safe school support for North Carolina public schools.


We believe this move will strengthen efforts to make our schools safe havens for public school students. Be on the lookout for information as we collaborate for safer schools.

Questions or concerns regarding this transfer should be directed to NCDPI Deputy CFO for Operations Ben Matthews or 919.807.3501.

Digital Learning Initiative

Digital Teaching & Learning:
Professional Learning


An integral part of the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative includes a comprehensive and layered approach to professional learning.

This fall, NCDPI and the Friday Institute collaborated to serve 1,620 NC educators in 25 professional learning sessions. Participants said...

   “The information has been great and has provided me with valuable tools that will help me with my district digital plan.”

   “Thank you for this incredible opportunity! I feel empowered and rejuvenated to continue to impact my school culture.”

   “Information provided was informative and was presented in a manner which was engaging.”

   “Loved making connections between the hands-on activities and classroom application. Also, appreciated making the connection between digital learning frameworks.”


Educators will want to consider participating in the following upcoming professional learning opportunities:

Speak Up NC

Speak Up, North Carolina!


Take the Speak Up survey before Jan. 27 and learn about the aspirations of your district! Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow.

By encouraging participation in Speak Up you will have the unique opportunity to have your views—as well as the views of your educators, students, their parents and the local community—included in the increasingly important U.S. national and state discussions on digital learning policies, programs and funding. More importantly, you will receive free online access to your participant results with state and national comparisons to use for your own technology assessment needs, budgeting, planning, or evaluation beginning in February.


Help make North Carolina one of the top participating Speak Up states! Participate in Speak Up today before the survey period closes on Friday, Jan. 27.

Home Base Symposium 2017

2017 Home Base Symposium


NCDPI’s Digital Teaching and Learning staff invite you to “PLUG IN & CONNECT” with your peers at the 2017 Home Base Symposium scheduled for Feb. 22 - 24 at the Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro. Don’t forget to BYOD (bring your own device)!


Conference sessions will showcase each of the digital tools and resources available in Home Base. More than 100 instructor-led sessions will focus on all ranges of skills and experience, from beginner to advanced. Sessions will identify key features and “How To” functions of each component.


The registration fee is $175 by Feb. 8, and $250 after that date. Please read the 2017 Home Base Symposium Invite and registration details located on the NC SIS website. You also can follow conference happenings on Twitter @NCHomeBase.

CCSA: Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

Request for Student Presentations


In 2015, the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement (CCSA) began to include student voices in the conversation around academic achievement. Because of the positive reception, we have extended this focus to include student-led concurrent sessions.


We will continue this tradition this year by once again including student-led concurrent sessions as well as student presentations as a keynote session during Tuesday's luncheon. For more detailed information on both the concurrent and keynote sessions click here.


If you are aware of student presenters or an adult mentor who would like to bring students to present at the CCSA conference, please have them complete the Student Session Proposal Form for the concurrent session, the keynote session, or both. Proposals must be submitted before Jan. 27.


If you have any questions about the concurrent session, please contact Justyn Knox. If you have questions about the keynote session, please contact Fay Gore.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching (PAEMST)

Nominations for 2017 NC Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Due April 1


April 1 is the deadline to nominate secondary teachers (grades 7-12) for the 2017 North Carolina Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching.


Anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public – may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Nominees may recommend more than one educator and must provide each teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information. Teachers also may apply.


One mathematics teacher and one science teacher will be selected from North Carolina. Each will receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Awards Recognition Program. Elementary school teachers (grades K-6) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

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