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Global Education Week Helps Spotlight N.C. Efforts To Prepare Students PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The benefits of international education and exchange are in the spotlight this week as North Carolina teachers and students join the federal recognition of Global Education Week.

As part of the spotlight, North Carolina public schools offer students and teachers many opportunities to expand their horizons and learn about other nations and cultures.

"Every day our students and teachers use email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype to connect with others in countries across the world," said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a statement. "Thanks to technology and the many other creative and innovative global education initiatives designed and used by educators, school districts and the state, North Carolina's public schools embrace global learning, our students gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and graduate better prepared for the future."

The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) increased the focus on global education to prepare the state's workforce to compete better and win in the international economy. In 2011 the Board formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state's effort to produce "globally competitive" graduates. The Task Force's report outlines actions to strengthen global education in the state, including:

    * Developing criteria for teachers and administrators to earn specific recognition as "Global Educators." These criteria were approved last month and educators will be able to start earning the recognition this coming January

    * Implementing a plan for statewide access to dual language/immersion opportunities in public education

    * Developing new school models focused on international education

    * Expanding and enhancing the NC Global Schools Network

    * Enabling schools to earn Global-Ready designations

    * Working with the N.C. Department of Commerce, the State Chamber of Commerce, the N. C. Business Committee for Education and other partners to develop new and strengthen existing international relationships.

Board Of Education Recognizes STEM Schools For Achievements PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A dozen North Carolina public schools have been recognized by the state Board of Education for their exemplary leadership and instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

These schools were the first set of schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) STEM Recognition Program.

Schools were either recognized as meeting the Model Level of Achievement or the Prepared Level of Achievement.

One school met the Model Level of Achievement: Exploris Charter Middle, Wake County

Eleven schools met the Prepared Level of Achievement. They are:

    Brunswick Early College High, Brunswick County Schools

    J.N. Fries Magnet Middle, Cabarrus County Schools

    Elkin Middle School, Elkin City Schools

    Greene Central High, Greene County Schools

    STEM Early College at NC A&T, Guilford County Schools

    Contentnea-Savannah K-8, Lenoir County Schools

    J Sam Gentry Middle, Surry County Schools

    Brentwood Elementary School of Engineering, Wake County Schools

    Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro High, Wayne County Schools

    Atkins Academic & Technology High, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools

    Hanes Magnet Middle, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools

State Audit Of NC State University: No Reportable Findings PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Auditor Beth Wood's office has released its financial statement audit of NC State University, concluding there are no reportable findings.

In the transmittal letter of the results, Wood states:

"We have completed a financial statement audit of North Carolina State University for the year ended June 30, 2014, and our audit results are included in this report. You will note from the independent auditor’s report that we determined that the financial statements are presented fairly in all material respects.

The results of our tests disclosed no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses in relation to our audit scope or any instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.


The audit can be found at ncauditor.net

June Atkinson Named President Of Council Of Chief State School Officers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Superintendent June Atkinson has been named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The appointment came during the Council’s 2014 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in San Diego.

Atkinson succeeds Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, who at one time was superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools.

Atkinson is the second North Carolina State Superintendent to lead the Council in recent years. State Superintendent Mike Ward served as president in 2002.

 Atkinson will lead the Council’s nine-member board of directors, which manages the business affairs of the Council and is its governing body.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:42

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