Feb. 13, 2017 Superintendents' Weekly Message

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Superintendents' Weekly Message

Feb. 13, 2017

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

US Department of Education

Update on ESSA State Plans


U.S. Education Secretary DeVos sent a letter to Council of Chief State School Officers Friday afternoon providing clarity on how states should proceed in preparing and submitting ESSA Consolidated State Plans.

This sentence is perhaps the most important in the letter: “The regulatory delay and review, and the potential repeal of recent regulations by Congress, should not adversely affect or delay the progress that States have already made in developing their State plans and transitioning to the ESSA.” Also in the letter, Secretary DeVos assures states that they should continue to work toward the existing submission deadlines (April 3 and Sept. 18).


We wanted to share this information with you to keep you updated on this transition process. If you have any questions, please contact NCDPI Data, Research and Federal Policy Director Lou Fabrizio or Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division Director Donna Brown.


North Carolina Student Surveys


Student Surveys are available to all third through 12th grade teachers free of charge. Each survey takes approximately five-six minutes to complete. The 2016-17 participation options include whole-district opt in and individual teachers participation.


If an LEA or charter school would like to participate as a district, please notify NCDPI via email by Feb. 24. Visit the Student Surveys Wiki to learn more.


Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 5-11


With spring and peak severe weather season right around the corner, Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed March 5-11 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and educators, families and residents are encouraged to prepare now for unpredictable, severe weather including thunderstorms.


These storms can produce damaging winds, hail, tornadoes and even flash floods. Faculty, staff and students need to know what to do in the event that a tornado touches down during school hours.


North Carolina will hold its annual tornado drill on Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. Most NOAA weather radios will NOT sound an audible alert to mark the beginning of the drill. As such, schools are encouraged to self-initiate their tornado drills at 9:30 a.m. as if an alert had been broadcast. 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 district’s instructional program, you may reschedule the tornado drill on another day close to March 8.


North Carolina Emergency Management encourages everyone to follow four simple steps to prepare for severe weather: make a plan, practice the plan, have an emergency supplies kit and stay informed. Teaching kids how to be ready for disasters can get the entire family ready. For details, visit www.ReadyNC.org.

NC Global Education

Global Education Update


The 2016-17 Global-Ready School Intent to Apply is still open for schools that wish to submit their completed application by April 7. Interested applicants receive resources and updates to assist them through the application process.


For additional information and to see who in North Carolina has already earned this State Board of Education designation click here.


As a reminder, if you have teachers and administrators pursuing their Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB) their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) must be turned in to NCDPI. Once the MOA is received the GEDB candidate will have access to the online management platform where they can access resources and any additional forms or information to assist them through the process. The MOA, Implementation Guide, April 2016 webinar and other resources are available online.

If you have any questions, please contact NCDPI Global Education Coordinator Helga Fasciano.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support:
How are We Collaborating to Offer Supports?


Intentional collaboration with all stakeholders is critical to building a school improvement framework.


Over the past two weeks, consultants from the NCDPI MTSS team have attended the legislative breakfast, met to discuss progress on ESSA, collaborated with both the Office of Charter Schools and the Exceptional Children Division to provide engaging sessions in each region, made preparations for school counselor presentations in March, and began identification of supports for implementation of an MTSS framework in pre-K settings.


In order to provide alignment of services to the districts and charters, these partnerships continue to be a priority. It is these partnerships as well as effective communication links that allow the cascading system of support to work as designed, reaching from these state level collaborative examples to the students in every North Carolina classroom. We appreciate how your district teams are utilizing our supports to prepare for strong implementation of this framework in every school.


For more information on MTSS, please see our LiveBinder or contact NCDPI Director of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems Amy Jablonski.


Hold March 20 for Curriculum and Instructional Leaders’ Forum


Superintendents are asked to hold Monday, March 20, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to attend the Curriculum and Instructional Leaders’ Forum. The Forum will be held during the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons.


Registration information, along with agenda topics, will be sent no later than Friday, Feb. 17. This will allow you time to review the agenda and to select appropriate staff to attend. Lunch will be provided to registered participants.


If you wish to attend the CCSA conference on additional days, you will need to register here and pay the required registration fee. We look forward to seeing each district’s representative(s) in March.

Home Base Symposium 2017

PowerSchool’s New Grade Book Featured at Home Base Symposium


PowerTeacher Pro is coming to North Carolina. Sessions covering its many advanced features and robust capabilities will be presented at the 2017 Home Base Symposium.


Check out what separates PowerTeacher Pro from other gradebooks:

-  Robust and streamlined grading and assignments empower teachers to drive student outcomes by saving countless teacher hours spent elsewhere.

-  District-level ability to push configurations down to teachers.

-  Fast and intuitive interfacing also reduces teacher’s work.

-  PowerTeacher Pro supports standards-based and traditional grading in one comprehensive solution, and it delivers greater flexibility with classroom analysis.


Don’t miss this great opportunity to PLUG IN & CONNECT with PowerTeacher Pro. Bring your teams and learn all about the features. Join us at the 2017 Home Base Symposium and get ahead of the learning curve. Register now!

Schoolnet icon

Schoolnet: Data for All Users


Did you know that in Schoolnet you can see how your schools are performing on district benchmarks in comparison to other schools in your district and to the whole district?

schoolnet dashboard

If you have questions about how to access this program in your district, please contact NCPDI Instructional Improvement Systems Consultant Yanisha Mann.

Superintendent Job Openings

Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Granville County Schools


The Granville 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 Granville County. The application deadline is April 3.


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.

NC GreenPower

NC GreenPower Solar Schools
Pilot Program


The NC GreenPower Solar Schools pilot grant program offers funding for small solar PV educational installations, giving teachers valuable tools to educate students about renewable energy.


The program’s first two years were a success and the third pilot year is now open for applications through Feb. 24. The NC GreenPower Solar Schools program will give each grant recipient a 3-5 kW solar PV system, weather station, monitoring equipment, curriculum and classroom solar kits for the students, training for the teachers, and ongoing support following installation.


Any North Carolina school may apply, though special emphasis is made to target Tier 1 counties with the most need. Schools will be eligible for a 50 percent matching grant (up to $10,000); and NC GreenPower will assist the school with raising the balance of funds required with marketing and social media campaigns.


NC GreenPower also is pleased to be partnered with the State Employees Credit Union Foundation. The Foundation is offering a $10,000 matching challenge grant to any awarded public school that is successful in raising their funds, allowing them to increase their system to a 5 kW array.


If you have any questions, please contact NC GreenPower Marketing Communications Director Katie Lebrato.

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