Jan. 30, 2017 Superintendents' Weekly Message

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Superintendents' Weekly Message

Jan. 30, 2017

Please see this week’s information items from across NCDPI’s departments and divisions of interest to local superintendents.

NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Meets
This Week


The State Board of Education meets this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1-2, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Board members will begin their Wednesday meeting with an issues session focused on teaching young children to read.


Action items on the Board’s agenda include policies on mentor requirements for the beginning teacher support program; Mathematics and Science Partnership grant; a report to the General Assembly studying the costs and effectiveness associated with North Carolina prekindergarten slots; and expansion and renewal recommendations for various charter schools, including Kestrel Heights Charter School.


On Thursday, Board members will discuss the 2015-16 Consolidated Data Report, which contains the latest dropout and crime/violence and ensuing consequences numbers. Board members also will recognize the state’s latest Milken recipient and the 2015-16 Career and Technical Education Teacher and Administrator of the Year.


The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online (under Meetings tab). The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend.

US Department of Education

Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care under Title I, Part A


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) establishes new protections for children in foster care under Title I, Part A. These provisions complement the requirements of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections Act) and further promote the purpose of Title I – to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education and to close achievement gaps between student groups. The foster care provisions under Title I were effective as of Dec. 15, 2016.


To assist with local implementation of the foster care provisions, NCDPI in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Human Health Services and the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will conduct eight regional meetings across the state in February and March.


Additional information may be found HERE. For questions, please contact NCDPI Federal Program Monitoring and Support Director Donna Brown or 919.807.3957.


Webinar on ELA Standards Scheduled for District Curriculum Leaders


District curriculum leaders responsible for implementation of content standards are encouraged to attend a Feb. 27 webinar from 10 – 11 a.m. on English Language Arts draft standards. 

Learn about potential changes to the standards, challenges for implementation, and supports the ELA team has planned. Curriculum leaders who are a part of the Curriculum Leaders Collaborative (CLC) East and West cohorts have/will receive this content at the third CLC session, but all are welcome to join the webinar.


Join NCDPI K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Director Tiffany Perkins and the ELA team by registering online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support:
Tiers of Support


This graphic is commonly used to display the concept of “Tiers of Support” in a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) school improvement framework. District MTSS teams are leading the charge to determine how these supports are being strengthened to unmistakably impact every student in the system.

MTSS Layers

The information below emphasizes the concept that building a MTSS provides a strategic opportunity to examine effectiveness of all instruction in every school.

Differentiated Core Instruction

Who:  All students

What: Evidence-based practices and programs demonstrated to produce good academic and behavior outcomes for the majority of students

Effectiveness: If at least 80 percent of all students, in all subgroups, are meeting academic and behavior benchmarks with core supports alone

Supplemental Instruction

Who: Students needing supplemental supports in addition to core instruction (approximately 20 percent of students)

What: Evidence-based practices and programs (standard treatment protocol) demonstrated to improve academic and behavior performance in core (Tier I)

Effectiveness: If at least 70-80 percent of students improve academic and behavior performance toward core (Tier I) benchmarks

Intensive Support

Who: Students needing intensive supports in addition to supplemental and core instruction (approximately 5 percent of students).

What: Evidence-based practices and programs demonstrated to improve academic and behavior performance in identified skill areas.

Effectiveness: If students improve academic and behavior progress in identified skill areas.


For more information on measuring effectiveness of interventions in an MTSS, please contact NCDPI Director of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems Amy Jablonski.

Superintendent Job Openings

Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Harnett County Schools


The Harnett County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in Harnett County. The application deadline is March 13.


An electronic version of the application is available by going to the N.C. School Board Association's website and clicking on the appropriate link. Inquiries and requests for applications also can be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, PO Box 97877, Raleigh NC 27624-7877, telephone 919/841-4040, fax 919/841-4020, email. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Digital Learning Day

Feb. 23 is Digital Learning
Day 2017


What is Digital Learning Day? It’s a day when thousands of schools and local communities across the country recognize great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes with the help of digital tools.


Last year, North Carolina led the U.S. in the number of Digital Learning Day events. Currently, Texas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina have the most events on the map for 2017. Add your event to the map today!


Interested, but not sure what to do? Visit the Digital Learning Day website for ideas and additional information. Let’s celebrate digital learning in North Carolina!

Ed Surge

NC Research Triangle - Tech for Schools Summit


NCDPI Digital Teaching and Learning division is pleased to invite NC digital teaching and learning leaders and teachers to the NC Triangle Tech for Schools Summit. Each day is focused on providing opportunities to explore and try out innovative edtech products chosen by local educators.


On Friday, Feb. 10, the Summit will host central office and site administrators, along with 15 edtech solutions geared expressly to meet classroom priorities and needs. The Friday event is free for district office teams and anyone who is employed in a school or K-12 district. Register here!


On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Summit will host 250+ North Carolina educators, along with many edtech solutions. Additionally, local educators will be giving incredible Ignite Talks! The Saturday event is free for anyone who is employed in a school or K-12 district. Register here!


Both events will be from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and will be held at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethleham Church Rd., Saxapahaw.


Please share information about these events with your teachers and digital teaching and learning leaders.

Home Base Symposium 2017

Deadline Approaching for Home Base Symposium Early Bird Registration


Have you registered for this year’s Home Base Symposium? Feb. 8 is the deadline to register and receive the early registration rate of $175. After Feb. 8, registration increases to $250.


You don't want to miss this year's Symposium. Sessions include PowerSchool Tips & Tricks, Flipping PD with Canvas, What Can CEDARS Do for You and over 100 more! Bring your own device and collaborate with your peers as you "PLUG IN & CONNECT!"


Details are located on the NC SIS Website or you can click here to register. Looking forward to seeing you there! Follow us on Twitter @NCHomeBase.

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