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Macon and New Hanover Counties To Pilot Online PE PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - High school students in Macon and New Hanover counties will have the chance to be part of a cutting-edge approach to physical education when North Carolina's Virtual Public School pilots PE in the fall.

Instructors will demonstrate via video and then students will follow suit, creating video portfolios to show their work and master the activities.

Students will have the option to either enroll in a nine-week course for a half credit, or enroll in the PE and health course for one full credit.

Education officials say the program could expand statewide next year.

DPI Web Higlights Includes Update On Give Five-Read Five Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The latest edition of the Department of Public Instruction's web highlights has been posted. They include:

 1. Dr. Atkinson Discusses Ed Camp in Latest Blog Post

State Superintendent June Atkinson attended her first Ed Camp last week at the Friday Institute at NC State University. In her latest blog post she shares her thoughts about this unconference format and why it’s growing in popularity. To read more about Ed Camp, as well as earlier blog posts from Dr. Atkinson, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/blog/2015/.

2. Opt-in District List for Home Base Tools on the Web
As Race to the Top (RttT) comes to a close, the NCDPI is committed to moving North Carolina public schools towards personalized learning for every student. The Agency is using RttT funds to provide all districts and charter schools access to the full suite of Home Base tools and the newly integrated Learning Management System, Canvas for only $1/ADM. To see if your school district is participating, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/.

3. Give Five–Read Five Campaign Surpasses Goal of 500,000 BooksThe Give Five-Read Five campaign collected more than 500,000 books statewide, surpassing its 2015 collection goal.  To see the final numbers please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/. Learn more about the schools that collected the most books for Give Five-Read Five at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2014-15/20150629-01.

4. Academic and Digital Learning Launches New Website
Academic and Digital Learning recently launched a new website that provides easy access to its divisions that include: Career and Technical Education, Digital Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Children, Home Base, K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, and the NC Virtual Public School. To learn more about Academic and Digital Learning and how it prepares students beyond graduation for work, further education and citizenship, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academic-digital-learning/.

5. 2015 Textbook Adoption School Price List for Science Now Online
The North Carolina textbook adoption school price list for 2015 for Science is now available on the Textbook Adoption website at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/textbook/adopted/.

Community College President Scott Ralls Receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 July 2015 04:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Scott Ralls will leave his post as head of the state's Community College System with a coveted civilian honor in his hands.

On Wednesday, Ralls received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to cap his service to the state. He will soon leave his post to become president of Northern Virginia Community College, a six-campus community college with 75,000 degree-seeking students in the Washington suburbs.  

Gov. Pat McCrory presented the award at Wednesday's meeting of the Education Cabinet, where the governor discussed the accomplishments and improvements in public education made over the last two years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 05:51
Eric Guckian Leaving Post As Gov. McCrory's Education Advisor PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Senior Education Advisor Eric Guckian will leave the McCrory administration later this month for a leadership position with a national education advocacy group.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Guckian's departure Wednesday for his role as Vice President of Alliances for Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni.

Guckian has served as Executive Director for Teach For America, North Carolina.

He is a teacher who began his classroom service in New York City, where he was an elementary school science teacher.

Guickian will leave July 31.
"Whether it is a kindergartner learning to read or an adult accessing our storied higher education system, the Governor has always kept student achievement and access to a better life at the forefront of every decision," Guckian said in a statement.

No word yet on who will succeed Guckian in the McCrory administration.


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