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Department Of Public Instruction Weekly Web Highlights PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 09:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Weekly highlights from the state Department of Public Instruction are listed below, along with links.

1. NC READY Facebook Page Shows How We're Building Teaching and Learning
See how we're building great lessons, teachers, students and even birdhouses! Visit us at http://www.facebook.com/NCReadyInitiative.
 2. Mental/Allied Health, National Board Certification Websites have New URLs
The Mental Health and Allied Health Services and National Board Certification websites have new web addresses. The new address for Mental Health and Allied Health Services is  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/mah/. The new address for National Board Certification is http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nationalboardcertification/.
 3. Child Nutrition Resources Updated for Summer Nutrition Programs 
Updated resources for summer nutrition programs are available on the Child Nutrition website at http://childnutrition.ncpublicschools.gov/programs/summer-nutrition-opportunities. The three summer programs - Summer Seamless Option, Continuation of School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program - allow School Food Authorities to offer meals to students during the summer months or other vacation periods. 
4. EC Highlights Free Training Opportunities for NC Deaf-Blind Project
The NC Deaf-Blind Project is sponsoring a number of free workshops, webinars and institutes during the summer through early fall. These training opportunities are open to parents and families, teachers and other educational professionals. To learn more about these events, visit http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/disability-resources/deaf-blind/training.
 5. Latest Information for EC Conference on the Web 
If you've been waiting for more details about the Exceptional Children Conference in November be sure to check out the updated information at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/conferences-profdev/annual-conference. We've added information for exhibitors and more. Conference registration and hotel reservations will be available in mid-August.
6. Race to the Top Updates Highlight Latest Program News
Race to the Top Updates feature the latest program information for curriculum, professional development and more. The updates for May 28 are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/reports/weekly/?year=2014. If you know someone who would like to receive the updates, please contact Michael Yarbrough, RttT communications specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
7. Crafting Freedom Document Highlights Resources from NEH Workshop
Crafting Freedom: Black Artisans, Entrepreneurs, and Abolitionists of the Antebellum Upper South provides information and titles of resources from a National Endowment for the Humanities American history workshop. The document is designed for classroom teachers, however anyone interested in reference material related to this time period may find the document helpful. To view Crafting Freedom, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/aer/.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:45
650 Students Enrich Academic Experience At 2014 Governor's School Residential Program PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 June 2014 13:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 650 North Carolina rising juniors and seniors: five and a half weeks in residence at North Carolina's Governor's School. 

The 2014 summer program provides intellectually gifted high school students the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts in their chosen discipline as well as take unique, integrative courses focusing on contemporary ways of thinking and the links between theory and practice, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.
"Governor's School allows students to dig deeper into their studies and expand their knowledge in subjects they are passionate about," said Superintendent June Atkinson in a statement. “The program offers an enriching experience for students that will shape the remainder of their academic careers as well as their futures."
The students selected for Governor's School were nominated by local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters. Each school system, charter school and private school was allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th and 11th grade populations. 
Students were nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas: Art, Choral Music, Dance, English, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Theater.
The 2014 session began on June 15 and will run until July 23.
In 2010, the General Assembly enacted a $500 per-student tuition fee to help offset program costs. 
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:28
2014 Teacher Working Conditions Survey Released PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state Department of Public Instruction issued the following news release:

The 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey (NC TWC) captured the voices of 93,178 (89%) teachers and administrators in North Carolina public schools, according to a preliminary report presented to the State Board of Education today. The NC TWC Survey, which was administered this past spring, provides each North Carolina school with a 40 percent or greater response rate (2,519 or 98% of all public schools) with its own data that becomes a part of the school's ongoing improvement planning process.
"The NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey results offer clear connections among student achievement and teacher retention and can be used as a roadmap for school improvement," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.  "Feedback from this year's survey will continue to guide efforts to strengthen teaching and learning conditions across our state." 
The NC TWC Survey is administered through a partnership among the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force, and the NCDPI.  Following are highlights from results of the seventh biennial Survey:
On average, teaching conditions have remained stable since 2012. However, changes in conditions, particularly the area of time, can be found across multiple schools and districts.
Declines in several resource-related areas suggest this as an area of North Carolina's teaching conditions that should be addressed. Positive responses to questions related to resources, such as instructional materials and professional development, have declined since 2012.
North Carolina educators indicate challenges related to the availability and utility of student assessments.
In comparison to 2012, more North Carolina educators report immediate plans to leave education.
The NC TWC Survey is designed to gather a variety of information from teachers,  counselors, principals and other administrators who deal with teaching and learning conditions—including adequacy of facilities and resources; time; empowerment; school leadership; community support;  student conduct; professional development; mentoring and induction services; and student learning—every day. The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential.  The 2014 Survey was the seventh statewide NC TWC Survey administered since 2002.
A number of survey-related resources and reports are being developed to support North Carolina educators and policymakers. These resources will included a series of tools for schools and districts to use in facilitating dialogue on teaching and learning conditions and tips for utilizing survey results in school improvement planning. These tools as well as more information about this year's survey as well as results from previous years are available at NC Teacher Working Conditions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:20
State Auditor Reports Findings In Audit Of South Piedmont Community College PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state auditor's office has released an audit of South Piedmont Community College that reports one or more findings.

Report Summary:
"The results of our audit disclosed a deficiency in internal control that is considered reportable under Government Auditing Standards. The financial statements and related notes to the financial statements prepared by the College contained misstatements that were corrected as a result of our audit. 
Details about this item are provided in the Audit Findings and Responses section of the report."
The entire audit can be accessed at www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/Financial/FIN-2013-6801.pdf
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:28

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