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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

K-12 Science





Equity and Diversity in Science and Engineering Education Webinar Series 2020-2021

Framework for K-12 Science Education


This four part webinar series will highlight equity issues that relate to students’ educational experiences and learning outcomes in science. Using the National Research Council’s (NRC) publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, we will explore concepts identified in the chapter on Equity and Diversity in Science and Engineering Education. Over the course of the series, we address equity in terms of translating standards into curricular and instructional materials and assessment.

In preparation, download the Framework to preview Chapter Eleven: Equity and Diversity in Science and Engineering Education at


Target Audience: Individuals seeking to gain an awareness of diverse and equitable practices within K-12 science education.


Webinar Dates and Registration (*Note: All Webinars are scheduled from 3:30-4:30pm EST):

  • Overview: Addressing Equity in Science Learning (Wednesday, November 18, 2020)

  • Addressing Diversity in the Science Classroom (Wednesday, January 27, 2021)

  • Equity, Science, and Exceptional Children (Wednesday, March 10, 2021) - Registration Link

  • Valuing Multiple Modes of Expression (Wednesday, April 21, 2021) - Registration Link

Link to recorded webinars, handouts, and presentation slides 2020-2021 Equity and Diversity in Science and Engineering Education Webinar Series

K-12 Science Office Hours


Office Hours

Join the NCDPI K-12 Science Section on Wednesday, March 24 from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  


The NCDPI K-12 Science Section will discuss the five components of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Framework. Participants will be able to identify K-12 Science SEL resources and discover how to apply the five components to science instruction.

Audience: K-12 Science Teachers; District Leaders


Registration Link


NCSLA Spring 2021 Webinar Series



In the fall NCSLA held a Webinar Series covering issues of effective pedagogies for virtual teaching and meaningful ways to provide equity and social justice in the classroom.  This spring we are offering four webinars addressing key issues that have risen due to teaching in a COVID-19 environment and challenges that remote, face to face, and hybrid environments bring.  Join us as we collaborate and explore self-care strategies, district support, advocacy for science literacy, and informal initiatives. 


5:30PM – 7:00PM  EST via Zoom


February 15 – Self-care for Educators during COVID

March 16 – Leadership and Plans during COVID

April 21 – Educators Challenge:  Sound Science vs. Pseudoscience

May 20 – Informal Science Education Initiatives


Participants will receive CEU’s for 6 contact hours which can be added to the 2020 Fall Webinar Series for up to 12 contact hours.


FREE to NCSLA Members but you must register to attend. 

$40 for Nonmembers:  includes all four webinars plus one-year complimentary membership in NCSLA.


Register at  Zoom links will follow.

NCSTA Spring 2021 Workshop Series




Spring 2021 Workshop Series


ELEMENTARY SCIENCE CONTENT & Evaluating for Understanding



Feb. 18, March 4 and 18, April 15 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.


FREE for NCSTA Members

$30 for Non-members (complimentary membership included)

One Registration covers all four sessions.

Credit Card Payments Only. Registration opens Feb. 1st at


A Zoom link will be sent to those who register on the day of each session.

Contact Manley Midgett at 919-218-7917 or


See attached flyer for more information:  Flyer - Spring 21 Elem Sessions.docx

Updated Math Options Chart on Behalf of the K-12 Math Section

The Math Options Charts have been updated on the NCDPI website and on the K-12 Mathematics Google Site


There have been a few major changes to the format and layout of the Math Options Charts.

  • The Math Options Charts are now based on the students’ entry year into high school. There are three Math Options Charts now available:

    • Students who entered high school prior to the 2020-21 school year

    • Students who entered high school during the 2020-21 school year

    • Students who will enter high school during the 2021-22 school year

  • The Math Options Charts now contain three charts instead of four, as the Community College and Career after High School Charts are combined into one chart.


On the K-12 Mathematics Google Site, you will find the Math Options Charts Web Page. On this webpage you can find:

  • Support videos:

    • Using the Math Options Charts

    • Updates to all Math Options Charts for February 2021

  • Math Options Charts

  • Contact Information for Questions


Summary of Course Changes for the coming school year

  • AP44 Horticulture II Landscaping has been added as a new option that is available for all students.
  • Interior Design Changes:

    • FI51 Interior Design I, F152 Interior Design II, and FI153 Interior Design Applications courses will become disabled starting the 2021-22 school year, except for students completing credit recovery. Students who have earned credit in FI51 or FI52 can still use those courses to meet the mathematics graduation requirements.

    • The Interior Design courses have been given new course codes and titles. 

Disabled Interior Design Courses New Interior Design Courses
F151 Interior Design I F121 Interior Design Fundamentals
F152 Interior Design II F122 Interior Design Studio
F153 Interior Design Applications F123 Interior Design Technology


    • Due to the new courses having less math content, only one pair of the new courses will now earn a math credit for graduation. This new paired course option will be immediately available to all students. 
      • FI21 Interior Design Fundamentals AND FI23 Interior Design Technology

    • See Memo from CTE.


  • Further guidance is provided for the use of Introductory Mathematics, Alternate Mathematics I, and Alternate Mathematics II for students who have been identified with a learning disability in mathematics and whose IEP team determines the students cannot master the content of NC Math 1.

NC DPI Science Consultants

Dr. Debra Hall

K-5 Science


Gavin Fradel 

6-8 Science


Benita Tipton 

9-12 Science


Alexis Wood

9-12 Science

Additional Contacts:

Beverly Vance

Section Chief, K-12 Mathematics/Science


Howard Ginsburg

K-12 STEM Consultant


Marilyn Johns

Administration Specialist