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Superintendent Atkinson Looks Ahead To Important Education Issues For 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Education
By Administrator   
Monday, 19 January 2015 05:56


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - June Atkinson's latest blog post looks ahead to2015 issues, and it's easily accessible as part of the Department of Public Instruction's latest edition of web highlights. Among her key issues is K-12 funding as the legislature begins to meet to discuss the General Fund budget, and grading issues.

You can find Atkinson's blog at www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/blog/2015/20150105.

Other education issues and highlights for the new year include:
 

NCDPI Biennial Report for 2012-14 Now Online

The Biennial Report for the NCDPI is available on the Web at  
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/. “Momentum…Every Child Ready,” highlights our growth and success during 2012-14, as well as the Budget Request to the North Carolina General Assembly for 2015-17.

 
Teacher Feature New in the Home Base Toolbox
Check out our newest feature in the Home Base Toolbox – short videos that highlight how teachers are using Home Base’s Instructional Improvement System, SchoolNet, in their daily instruction. To view our inaugural video from Newton-Conover teacher James Frye, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/. If you’re a classroom teacher with an innovative SchoolNet instructional strategy that you would like to share, send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Exceptional Children Updates

*Spring Tuition Awards Available for Special Education Teachers*
Limited spring tuition awards are available for special education teachers working toward meeting provisional license requirements. Under this tuition program, employed bachelor-level special education teachers with a provisional license may receive the actual cost of tuition for one approved spring course to cover up to $140 per semester hour as long as they earn a final grade of "B" or higher. These costs are paid by the Exceptional Children Division on a reimbursement basis. If the tuition is above the $140 per semester hour rate, it will be the responsibility of the recipient to pay the difference. These awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis as long as federal grant funds are available. Copies of this application packet are available to download at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/finance-grants/tuition-reimbursement/.

 
*State Advisory Council Announces Meeting Dates for 2015*
The 2015 meeting dates for the State Advisory Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children are available on the Exceptional Children website at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/advisory-council/upcoming-meetings . The meetings are held four times a year in Raleigh and are open to the public. Information also includes meeting times and locations.

 
*PRTFs Material on the Web*
Documents related to EC program approval for Psychiatric Residential Residential Treatment Facilities have been added to the Exceptional Children website at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/policies/non-public-schools. The material includes information related to:


 *Report on Education Legislation (From the 2014 Session of the General Assembly)*
This includes summaries of all legislation affecting public education - individual bills, special provisions of the budget, and the “money report.”  It also includes copies of individually passed bills and relevant portions of the budget.  The book serves as a reference for legislation that will be codified until revised editions of the statutes are available. Please note: this report does not replace the "Public School Laws of North Carolina" publication.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 06:23
 
Elementary, Middle, and High School Summative Assessment Groups Convene In January PDF Print E-mail
Education
By Administrator   
Friday, 09 January 2015 06:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Board of Education’s Task Force on Summative Assessment Elementary, Middle and High School Study Groups have scheduled January meetings to continue their review and discussion of state and local assessments and the drafting of recommendations to be used to enhance the process of teaching and learning to most effectively utilize assessment data. The groups also will propose models for how assessments most suitably fit within their grade configurations.

 
Elementary Study Group
The State Board of Education Task Force on Summative Assessment Elementary Study Group will meet on Friday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in Room 223, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

The meeting also is available through GoToWebinar. To listen, please register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/965114185. Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration with information on how to join the Webinar. For additional information, please contact Lou Fabrizio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 919.807.3770.

 

Middle School Study Group
The State Board of Education Task Force on Summative Assessment Middle School Study Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 2 – 5 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Superintendent’s Conference Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

 The meeting also is available through GoToWebinar. To listen, please register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/657753816. Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information on how to join the Webinar. For additional information, please contact Betsy West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 919.807.3405.

 
High School Study Group
The State Board of Education Task Force on Summative Assessment High School Study Group will meet on Friday, Jan. 9, from 12 – 3 p.m., in the 7th Floor State Board Lounge, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

The meeting is available through GoToMeeting. To listen, please register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/508242552. Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information on how to join the Webinar. For additional information, please contact Martez Hill at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 919.807.3404.

 
Review Of Charter School Application Rubric Tops Agenda For Advisory Board Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Education
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 05:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Monday in Raleigh. Agenda items include presentations from representatives of Dynamic Community Charter School, Entrepreneur High School and Guilford Preparatory Academy, and a review of the charter application rubric.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Following a lunch break at 11:30 a.m., Board members will divide into their Policy and Performance Subcommittees to complete the charter application reviews.

The full Board meeting, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., will be audio streamed.

To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov.

 
State Board of Education Meeting Agenda For Wednesday/Thursday, January 7/8 PDF Print E-mail
Education
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 06:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Board of Education will gather in Raleigh at mid-week. The meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 7 and 8 at the state Education building on Wilmington street
 
The meeting will be audio streamed at  http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7        

 10 – 10:05 a.m.
Call to order and approval of January Board agenda

 10:05 – 10:10 a.m.

Swearing in ceremony for new State Board of Education member Eric Davis

 

10:10 – 10:45 a.m.
SBE Issues Session: North Carolina’s Comprehensive Arts Education Program

 

10:45 – 11:05 a.m.
Dept. of Public Instruction Division Profiles:

-  Educator Effectiveness

-  LEA Human Resource Support

 

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.
•  21st Century Professionals Committee

State Board member Olivia Oxendine, chair; John Tate, vice chair

Action items: Requests for Waivers from Analysis of Student Work and Requests for Waivers from North Carolina Final Exams

Discussion items: Teacher Observation Requirements and New Licensure Areas for Institutions of Higher Education

 

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
•  Globally Competitive Students Committee

State Board member Olivia Oxendine, vice chair

Action items: Global Language Endorsement and Course Name Change for Civics and Economics

Discussion items: Dropout Policy Revision and Revision to Transition Plan for 10-Point Grading Scale for Students

New Business item: NC College and Career Ready for Success


12:15 p.m.  LUNCH

 
1 – 1:30 p.m.  CLOSED SESSION

 

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Digital Learning Special Committee

Lt. Governor and State Board member Dan Forest, chair; State Board member Becky Taylor, vice chair

Update on Digital Learning Implementation Plan

 

2 – 3:35 p.m
•  Leadership for Innovation Committee

State Board member Rebecca Taylor, chair; Wayne McDevitt, vice chair

New Business item: Virtual Charter School Pilot Applicant Presentations: North Carolina Virtual Academy and North Carolina Connections Academy

Action item: Final Approval of 2015 Charter Schools

Discussion items: Renewal Information for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring in 2015, Recommendations for Enrollment and Grade Expansion Requests for Charter Schools, Virtual Charter Schools Proposed Charter Revisions, Virtual Charter School Pilot Recommendations, and Approval of Cooperative Innovative High School Applicants

 

3:35 – 4:05 p.m.
•  21st Century Systems Committee

State Board member Greg Alcorn, chair; Kevin Howell, vice chair

Action items: Worker’s Compensation – Public School Employees Policy Revision (TCS-Q-001), Worker’s Compensation – Loss Prevention – New Policy, Worker’s Compensation – LEA Return-to-Work Compliance – New Policy, and Approval of Grant: After-School Program Quality Improvement Grant

Discussion item: Reappointment or Replacement of Compliance Commission Members

New Business items: Update on New Licensure System and Contracts Update

 

4:05 – 4:25 p.m.
•  Global Education Special Committee

State Board member Wayne McDevitt, chair

Action item: Criteria for Global-Ready School Designation

 4:25 p.m.  Open session then adjourn to closed session

 

5 p.m.  Board reconvenes then adjourns

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 8

 9 – 11 a.m.

Following approval of their December minutes, Board members will recognize North Carolina’s 2014 Milken Award winner Angie Sigmon (Shuford Elementary, Newton-Conover City Schools); the state’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools: Briarcliff Elementary (Wake County Schools), Caldwell Early College High (Caldwell County Schools), Raleigh Charter High (Wake County), Shoals Elementary (Surry County Schools), and West Elementary (Cleveland County Schools); and new State Board of Education Local Board Member Advisor Evelyn Bulluck, chair, Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education and 2014-15 Raleigh Dingman Award Winner from the NC School Boards Association.

The Board will then receive a special presentation on the 2015 Edition of the Heritage Calendar.

 State Superintendent June Atkinson will follow with her report to the Board, which includes a legislative report from NCDPI Legislative and Community Affairs Director Rachel Beaulieu.

 Under the Board’s Information Agenda, members will receive a report on Exemplary Alternative Education Programs: Turning Point Day Treatment Center.

 Under the Consent Agenda, members will approve the Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on Implementation of the ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program, Academic Achievement Standards (Cut Score) and Achievement Level Descriptors for End-of-Grade Assessments in English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics at grades 3-8 and Science at grades 5 and 8, Report to the NC General Assembly: Education of Children in Private Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, Update of Textbook Policies, Driver Education Policy Revisions, Recommendations for Approval of Superintendent Licensure Programs, NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual Revisions, Career and Technical Education Credential Allotment, Report to the NC General Assembly on the Process for Assumption of Inadequately Performing Charter Schools and Charter Amendment to Change the Mission Statement for Evergreen Community Charter School.

 
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