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Two North Carolina School Systems Snag Awards From U.S. Department of Education PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 05:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Officials in Cherokee County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are smiling after learning the two are among 58 schools and 14 districts nationwide to be named 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Districts Sustainability Awardees.

The Department of Public Instruction selected the two districts to represent the state in the national competition, according to an agency news release.

National recipients were honored for their “exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure efficient effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.”  

Next stop for the schools is a June 3 ceremony in Washington D.C.

DPI Web Highlights Features Give-Five, Read-Five Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The latest round of Department of Instruction web highlights showcases summer reading efforts and summer institutes. All information can be found at ncpublicschools.org.

Topics are:

1. Give Five-Read Five Program Helps Students Maintain Reading Skills
The NCDPI is sponsoring the Give Five-Read Five campaign again this spring to provide students with at least five books to take home and read over the summer. To learn more about this program, which helped schools collect over 270,000 books last year for North Carolina elementary school students, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/.

 2. EC Summer Institutes for 2015 on the Web
The list of 2015 Summer Institutes for Exceptional Children staff is available on the Exceptional Children website at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/conferences-profdev/summer-institutes. The sessions begin June 29 and continue through August 3. The Summer Institutes are designed for teachers and related-services personnel.

3. Teacher and Student Featured in Home Base “Teacher Spotlight”
The latest Teacher Spotlight features Kym Smyth and 5th grade student Molly Smyth from the American Renaissance School in Statesville. Kym Smyth discusses how she uses the tools in Home Base to create assessments and Molly Smyth discusses how she uses Schoolnet to help her prepare for tests. To view this and other Teacher Spotlight videos, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/teacher-spotlight/. 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 .

4. ESEA Flexibility Request Renewal Documentation for 2015 on the Web
The U.S. Department of Education offers each state educational agency the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies, and its schools. This voluntary opportunity provides educators and state and local leaders with flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. The NCDPI’s Flexibility Request Renewal for 2015, and the approval letter from the U.S. Department of Education, are available at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/esea/.

5. Webinar Updates Educators on Teacher Evaluations, Home Base, Assessments
The READY V webinar for teachers and principals provided updates on the Educator Effectiveness program, online teacher tools, a tentative timeline for reviewing the Standard Course of Study, student assessments, and more. To view the webinar and accompanying transcript, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/multimedia/.

6. New Instructional Video on the Web for NC School Report Card
Check out the latest addition to our collection of instructional resources for the NC School Report Card – A Closer Look at Data Objects in a School or District Report - at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/resources/.  The short video shows you how to view a data object in a report and drill down for more information.


7. Educator Effectiveness Matters to Students Presentation Now Online
Teachers play a significant role in the success of students, but how significant is this role?
Dr. Tom Tomberlin, director of District Human Resources for the NCDPI, shared his analyses of the impact of teachers on students over time during a series of regional READY IV meetings across the state. A video of Tomberlin’s presentation is available on the Educator Effectiveness Model website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/resources/multimedia/.

Summary Of State Board of Education's Strategic Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Those interested in the stated vision and mission of North Carolina's State Board of Education can find the document online at ncpublicschools.org.

The strategic plan lists the board's Vision as:

"Every public school student will graduate ready for post secondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen."

The strategic plan lists the board's Mission as:

"The State Board of Education has the constitutional authority to lead and uphold the system of public education in North Carolina."

More details on goals are imbedded in the document.

Scott Ralls To Leave Community College System President's Seat For Job In Virginia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 05:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - After seven years on the job, Scott Ralls is leaving North Carolina for the top  job at Northern Virginia Community College. He's served as president of the state Community College System since 2009 and begins the new job this fall.

Ralls previously was president of Craven Community College.

“North Carolina has benefited greatly from Scott’s leadership and passion for community colleges,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in a statement. “He has been an extremely valuable partner in our efforts to prepare the next generation with the skills they will need to compete for jobs and careers. But I understand his love of returning to a campus after he served as President of Craven Community College in New Bern. I wish him well in his new endeavor and I am grateful for his service to the people of North Carolina.”

The state system serves roughly 300,000 students enrolled in traditional daytime curriculum, as well as roughly half a million enrolled in workforce development and training classes.


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