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Adriane Mingo
Regional Professional Development Lead
adriane.mingo@dpi.nc.gov
(704) 326-1301
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Region 6 Professional Development Resources
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RESA Partnership
NCDPI has partnered with the Southwest Education Alliance to offer professional development to educators in region 6.
Click here to visit the SWEA homepage.

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The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and post secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century. --NCSBE
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Relevant Updates: (newest are on top)
Items posted prior to June 26, 2013 can be viewed on the Archives page of this wiki.

Summer Institute 2014

March 26, 2014

Participate in the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey - http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/


February 20, 2014

K-3 Formative Assessment Matters: Legislative Overview - In response to legislation passed by North Carolina’s General Assembly, and to meet requirements of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, the NCDPI's Office of Early Learning is designing a developmentally appropriate, individualized assessment for K-3 children. The Office of Early Learning has formed a Task Force to accomplish this work. The Task Force comprises a variety of NC stakeholders, including teachers, parents, district leaders, NCDPI representatives, community members and higher education faculty. The Task Force is collaborating with national experts in the fields of formative assessment and implementation science. In addition, at each stage of the development process, a systematic review of the work is conducted with NC stakeholders through statewide focus groups consisting of teachers, parents, and district personnel.
K-3 Formative Assessment is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act. There are two components of this legislation that guide the development and use of K-3 Formative Assessment:

1. Assessment Instruments for Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades. The State Board of Education shall develop, adopt and provide to the local school administrative units developmentally appropriate individualized assessment instruments consistent with the Basic Education Program and Part 1A of Article 8 of this Chapter for the kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Local school administrative units shall use these assessment instruments provided to them by the State Board for kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students to assess progress, diagnose difficulties, and inform instruction and remediation needs. Local school administrative units shall not use standardized tests for summative assessment of kindergarten, first, and second grade students except as required as a condition of receiving federal grants. (From Section 7A.1.(e) G.S. 115C-174 (a) of the Excellent Public Schools Act)

2. Developmental screening and kindergarten entry assessment. (a) The State Board of Education shall ensure that every student entering kindergarten shall be administered a developmental screening of early language, literacy, and math skills within 30 days of enrollment. (b) The State Board of Education shall ensure that every student entering kindergarten shall complete a kindergarten entry assessment within 60 days of enrollment. (c) The developmental screening instrument may be composed of subsections of the kindergarten entry assessment. (d) The kindergarten entry assessment shall address the five essential domains of school readiness: language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development. (e) The kindergarten entry assessment shall be (i) administered at the classroom level in all local school administrative units; (ii) aligned to North Carolina's early learning and development standards and to the standard course of study; and (iii) reliable, valid, and appropriate for use with all children, including those with disabilities and those who are English language learners. (f) The results of the developmental screening and the kindergarten entry assessment shall be used to inform the following:

(1) The status of children's learning at kindergarten entry.

(2) Instruction of each child.

(3) Efforts to reduce the achievement gap at kindergarten entry.

(4) Continuous improvement of the early childhood system.

(From § 115C-83.1E of the Excellent Public Schools Act)


The development of K-3 Formative Assessment responds to legislation passed by North Carolina’s General Assembly and meets requirements of North Carolina’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant with the ultimate goal of supporting teachers’ efforts to improve the experiences and outcomes for young children.

MORE INFO: Cindy Bagwell, Project Administrator, cindy.bagwell@dpi.nc.gov


Transformed Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) for ELL Educators - The Common Core State Standards call for teachers to simultaneously provide academically rigorous content instruction while promoting English language development. In order to support NC content and ELL educators in this endeavor, NC DPI Title III/ESL staff have formed the "Common Core and ELL Collaborative Task Force," who have worked over the course of the last year to create and write transformed Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) based on ELA Common Core Standards (Reading for Literature and Reading for Informational Text) and WIDA Standards (Grades 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, and 11-12). The NC DPI is planning to release these resources to the field by the end of February. The original writers, reviewers and editors will conduct a series of webinar sessions to go through the development process and to provide some suggestions on how to utilize these resources. MORE INFO: Nadja Trez, K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Services, nadja.trez@dpi.nc.gov.

February 13, 2014 - New Website Highlights Read to Achieve Program - A new website providing an overview of all the components of the Read to Achieve program was recently launched and can be viewed at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/k-3literacy/achieve/. The Read to Achieve program is a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act that became law in July 2012. It applies to all schools beginning with the 2013-14 school year. More information about Read to Achieve can be found at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H950v7.pdf. Please refer to pages 38-45.

North Carolina Analysis of Student Work (ASW) Wiki - The ASW wiki includes updates and training materials for the Spring 2014 piloters from AP/IB, Arts Education, Healthful Living, World Languages, and other designated content areas. Any interested stakeholders can access these materials online at:http://ncasw.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/
Please note that only Spring 2014 Pilot participants may receive CEU credit from NCDPI for completing the training modules during the 2013-2014 school year.
The ASW process will be the way that the measurement of student growth for these teachers will be linked to teacher effectiveness for Standard 6 of theNC Educator Evaluation System beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Questions about the proposed ASW process can be directed to Educator Effectiveness by sending an email to educatoreffectiveness@dpi.nc.gov or visiting the Educator Effectiveness Model website atwww.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model.

Analysis of Student Work Pilot Training - The Analysis of Student Work (ASW) RESA session is highly recommended for 2014 ASW pilot participants who would like to receive face-to-face support. This session will be offered once at each of the following RESAs:
Region 6: Friday, Feb. 21, and
Region 2: Tuesday, March 25.
ASW is the proposed standard 6 process for the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System and includes teachers from the areas listed below:
  • Advanced Placement
  • Arts Education
  • Healthful Living
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Occupational Course of Study
  • Social Studies (7th-Grade Social Studies and World History)
  • World Languages
By the end of the ASW session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the ASW process;
  • Access the resources, materials and information available for the ASW pilot process
MORE INFO: Contact your local RESA for more information on -- and to register for -- the ASW trainings.

February 6, 2014 - Information about Summer Institute 2014 now available
Information about the NCDPI Regional Summer Institutes is now posted at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/summerinstitutes/2014/. Get your team of 18 school and district leaders ready! This year, we are interested in hearing Implementation Innovations from you - the LEAs and charters across North Carolina. Please submit a proposal for this event today. Visit http://bit.ly/IIproposalform to access the proposal form. Sessions will be 75 minutes long and will focus on systems and processes that have proven successful with improving student achievement in local districts/schools. The session objectives are related to the Race to the Top (RttT) priorities (standards and assessment; systems to support instruction; building local capacity; data literacy; supporting teachers and leaders).


February 5, 2014 - North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Educators

Due to continuing demand, NC Department of Public Instruction, Educator Effectiveness is now offering two (2) additional sessions of the six week, facilitator-led online course. The North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process course has been especially designed for North Carolina educators. This course, provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and will help educators understand their role in the new evaluation process, as well as, deepen their understanding of the six professional teaching standards.
The course is available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The course is completed entirely online. Each session will start and end on specific scheduled dates. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Each session will take approximately 20 hours to complete over a period of six weeks, and educators will earn 2.0 CEUs upon successful completion These sessions are hosted by LearnNC. Educators can go to www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698 to register for a session. (If clicking on the link does not take you to the site, please cut and paste the above URL address into the web browser address window). Registration is now open for the following sessions. There is a limit of 35 participants per session.
Sessions Availability:

February 12 - March 25, 2014

February 19 - April 1, 2014


February 3, 2014 - Webinar: Exploring the 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web (Interactive Tools) – Creativity
About: Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and learning. Each webinar will examine a variety of resources with potential for growing 21st century learning skills in students by focusing on a specific category. Participants will collaboratively explore resources and be given the opportunity to share experiences and additional activities related to the 4 Cs. Target audience for this webinar is classroom teachers K-12.
Fri., February 28, 2014, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT - Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/677449425
Fri., February 28, 2014, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT - Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/397420065



January 31, 2014 - SchoolNet moving to a new environment this weekend - We are excited to announce that Pearson is moving our Schoolnet hosting environment to a robust dedicated hardware environment this weekend. While the Schoolnet production will be brought down at 5:00 PM on Friday, 1/31/2014, and will be back up by 6:00 AM on Monday, 2/3/2014, Pearson believes that the dedicated hardware at the new data center will result in improved system performance and availability. We are anticipating that this move will reduce the sluggish response times many have been experiencing.

Video showing teacher support of the Common Core - Teachers in support of the Common Core joined forces to show parents why the Common Core State Standards make sense for their classrooms – and how students will benefit as a result of the new standards. Teachers across the country contributed to this video, using their cell phones and computers to make their voices heard.


News about the Common Core -
Today, Vicki Phillips,Director of Education, College Ready at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discusses Common Core implementation and the current debate over slowing it down in Bellwether’s Eduwonk blog.

The Intersection, the Hunt Institute blog, featured a post by Miriam Rollin, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Council for a Strong America. Rollin’s post describes why organizations across sectors are in favor of Common Core, and included examples of endorsements from police chiefs in Tennessee, retired admirals and generals in Pennsylvania, and business executives in North Carolina. (The Intersection)

Cheryl Oldham, Vice President of Education Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, authored a post underscoring key reasons for the business community to back the Common Core. Oldham’s piece conveys the necessity to deliver the skilled workers businesses need to drive stronger economic growth and lead in the global economy. She then emphasizes the strengths of the Common Core in better positioning our education system to meet this challenge. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Education and Workforce Blog)

EdNext Editor-in-ChiefPaul E. Peterson penned an op-ed in favor of the Common Core State Standards. Peterson described the results of a recent Ednext poll, wherein participants were shown how their local schools rank in comparison to the performance of schools elsewhere in the state or in the nation as a whole. Once respondents learned how their local school districts actually measured up, they became increasingly in favor of school reform. With regards to the Common Core, Peterson stated, “If the attempt to establish a common framework for what students need to learn can identify more precisely how well each school is doing, then it will provide the public with a tool it needs to correct its own self-deception.” (http://bit.ly/1edKSqy)

Education Week’s Teacher Beat blog featured a post about a new platform for teachers that provides access to more than 3,000 lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The platform, launched by the National Education Association and BetterLesson, comes concurrent with NEA's strongest endorsement yet for the standards. In a recent interview, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, “The Common Core State Standards are our best guess of what students need to know to be successful, whether they choose college or careers. If someone has a better answer than that, I want to see it." The platform contains a year’s worth of lesson plans that are searchable by topic or by the standard they target, and in some cases, include video clips of teachers at work. (Teacher Beat)

January 29, 2014 - Support Materials for the World Language Essential Standards - The World Languages Collaborative Team is in the process of crafting additional tools for teachers and administrators to use as they implement the World Language Essential Standards. Recently, a set of proficiency outcome posters were posted to the World Language wiki, athttp://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Proficiency+Posters. This can be used in classrooms or in communication with stakeholders to illustrate what students will be able to do with the language being learned once they complete a course. This spring, a set of Administrator Briefings are being drafted which will include a short overview of a World Language program paired with an observation form aligned to the NCEES standards.


January 28, 2014 - Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement The 2014 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement promises to be a power-packed professional learning experience featuring seven sessions on Home Base and over 100 other exciting topics you won't want to miss! Visit http://dpi.state.nc.us/academicservices/conference/ to see what's new! Early registration rates end February 1!

January 27, 2014 - Integrating Current News and Information into Instruction Teachers who use current events as informational text in K-12 classrooms are eligible for the 2015 Dave Jones Award for the Advancement of Youth Readership. Teachers may access news through digital or print sources and apply what they learn to multiple subjects, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Health, Science, Math, Art Education, Guidance and/or Career Technical Education. The recipient receives an honorarium and other recognition. The award’s sponsor, the North Carolina Press Foundation, also welcomes recommendations from educators who identify outstanding teachers who use current, relevant news and information to invigorate instruction. The June 2014 application deadline allows teachers to implement and report on approaches they use during the 2013-2014 school year. The application is available in two forms (one editable and one pdf), on the lower left side of this website: http://ncpressfoundation.org/
The pdf can be found here: http://ncpressfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Dave-Jones-Award-app2014.pdf
The award honors Dave Jones, a retired newspaper executive, who supported education initiatives. A story about the award-winning teacher Patrick Vernon appears on the website and ran in his hometown newspaper.
More on NC News
The North Carolina Press Association directs readers to online newspapers or websites through a redesigned website that features a “READ A NEWSPAPER” section. Visit www.ncpress.com. Readers can determine what and how local newspapers report news online and may gain access to multimedia presentations (photo galleries and videos) through local websites. The sites also offer details about departments, staff members and alternative editions (print, e-editions) available to teachers and schools. Staff members at local newspapers can answer specific questions that readers have. The site invites readers, young and old, to tour the state through 170 local and regional newspapers.
For More Information, please contact:
Sandra Cook, NC Press Foundation, CB 3365 Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365, (919) 843-5648, (919) 962-0620 (fax), sandynie@unc.edu, http://ncpressfoundation.org

January 25, 2014 - Roles for Instructional Coaches Using Schoolnet - If your school has Instructional Coaches, or those in similar positions, who need access to aggregate data and lesson plans in Schoolnet, you will need to add specific roles to their account. A new document provides steps and guidance for giving school-level staff access to aggregate data and access to the teacher lesson planner.

To help you, a new document, “More on Roles and Permissions – Access for School Instructional Coaches,” has been added to the Home Base website at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/getting-ready/implementation/category?category=User%20Roles%20and%20Access. There you’ll also find general information about roles and permissions, as well as documents outlining how to set up a teacher with access to build benchmark assessments and to share assessments.

MORE INFO: For questions, please contact the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.

What's coming up in SchoolNet? - This document shows the new content that will be available in SchoolNet over the next 12 months. Check back often as this document is frequently updated. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FqsvoPaglgewPaN3uDjnN2xbCOPK6ELhOCHDZP2YG4g/edit?usp=sharing


January 13, 2014 - 3-5 Formative Instructional and Assessment Tasks for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

When teachers understand what students know and can do, and then use that knowledge to make more effective instructional decisions, the net result is greater learning for students and a greater sense of satisfaction for teachers. Bright and Joyner (2005)
http://3-5cctask.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home

On this site you will find tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics that are designed to be used in a formative manner to guide instruction. Take a moment to review the Overview to learn more about how to use these assessments in your classroom and in your LEA.

Please know that the tasks presented here will continually be evolving as we learn more about the Common Core State Standards. As you use these tasks with your students, add to and adapt the materials in order to make them useful for your particular situation. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction appreciates any suggestions and feedback, which will help improve upon this resource.
Please send feedback to: Kitty Rutherford (kitty.rutherford@dpi.nc.gov) or Denise Schulz (denise.schulz@dpi.nc.gov).

January 10, 2014 -
Home Base Weekly Update now posted - The latest Home Base weekly update is now posted to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/updates/biweekly/?year=2013. The topics contained in this week's update are:
  • Preview of Topics Announced for Feb. 17-19 Home Base Symposium
  • January 3-6 Home Base Maintenance Weekend Featured PMR, SAR Updates
  • New Teacher Role Available for Creating Shared Classroom Assessments
  • Schoolnet Quality Assurance Testing Going Well with LEAs
  • New Content Added in Schoolnet
  • Webinars On Tap to Cover Various Instructional Improvement Topics
  • 'Exploring the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web' Offered Again Jan. 24
  • OpenClass Update: Continuing Integrations with Home Base

Updated Roles and Permissions Documents - Please find below updated roles and permissions documents.


FALL 2013-14 ROSTER VERIFICATION - Due to course enrollment issues discovered in the data extracted from PowerSchool, the Fall Roster Verification will be delayed one week. Principal/District Preview will begin January 20, 2013. This will allow the EVAAS system to process the correct data and ensure that teachers and administrators will have fewer errors in the rosters they verify.

Alternatives to Online Assessment Delivery in SchoolNet - The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Pearson staff recognize the frustration caused by the performance of the Assessment Admin Module of Schoolnet in some districts. In order to best utilize the instructional days and to keep frustrations at a minimum, we suggest that LEAs/charters prepare for alternative solutions in the event you experience performance issues. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot provide you an estimated timeline for performance improvements. As Pearson investigates the root causes and prepares an action plan, we will provide you with updates.

Some alternatives to consider include delaying the administration or delivering existing assessments using the paper/pencil option. If the paper/pencil option is chosen, please scan the results into Schoolnet using the ScanIt software available for download on the MySchoolnet page.

If you need support with ScanIt, the software used for scanning the tests, please review the NC ScanIt Guide found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/schoolnet/classroom-benchmark/20131017-nc-scanit-guide.pdf. In addition, you may view an archived webinar, Using ScanIt to Upload Scan Sheets into Schoolnet, found at http://vimeo.com/79925044. On Thursday, Jan. 30, there will be another webinar on ScanIt. To register go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/180149609. If you need additional support using ScanIt, please contact the Support Center with any questions at 919.807.4357 or homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.
Note: For districts that have planned hands-on training or live demonstrations of the assessment module, we advise having screen captures available in case there are performance issues.

Intro to OpenClass Webinar - January 15th 3:30-430pm
Learn how OpenClass, the LMS component of Home Base, can be used to: present course content in a blended/online environment, explore subjects using social learning, collaborate on projects, and hold active discussions.
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/684048161

Update on ScanIt Software - The Scan-it download link is now available for all user types: Teacher, Staff and Leadership. (Previously the Scan-it icon in Schoolnet had been temporarily turned off for "teacher" use.)

Resources available for training purposes:

A webinar on how to install and use scan-it was presented 11-20-13.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/webinars/



For System requirements, install and use... download the Scan-it user guide in PowerSource:

https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/article/71145?from=search

NC Ready for Success Alignment Fellowships - For additional information, please visit http://www.NCreadyforsuccess.com.
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January 8, 2014 - Webinar Opportunity
Exploring the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web (Interactive Tools)-Collaboration
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Audience: Open Enrollment
About: Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and learning. Each webinar will examine a variety of resources with potential for growing 21st century learning skills in students by focusing on a specific category. Participants will collaboratively explore resources and be given the opportunity to share experiences and additional activities related to the 4 Cs.
Learner Objectives:
  • Learn about and use a web 2.0 tool to enhance my students' collaboration skills.
  • Brainstorm ways the tool can be used in the classroom.
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate my own ideas in order to improve and maximize collaboration skills.
  • Explore ways to nurture the home and school connection.
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/692544889



December 20, 2013
State Board of Education Newsletter - Please see the attached December newsletter highlighting some of the activities of the NC State Board of Education, which meets monthly to handle policy for the state's 115 local school districts and their schools as well as for the state's charter schools. Click here to read the newsletter.

Webinar on PowerTeacher Gradebook Now Online - The NCDPI hosted a well-received webinar Dec. 12 on using the PowerTeacher Gradebook. Co-presenters were Lynn Bullock, implementation training manager from Pearson, and Rosalyn Galloway, Student Information System (SIS) program manager. More than 250 people participated, and many of them expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to hear directly from these presenters. MORE INFO: A recording of the webinar can be found at www.nc-sis.org/recordings.html.

Webinar on Scheduling Now Online - This webinar will answer your questions regarding what type of scheduling workshop you need to attend. Should you attend a 3 day Prepare to Build along with a 4 day Build or do you just need a 2 day Load Only Process session? Kris Cornia from Pearson will conduct this webinar and explain the differences in the scheduling workshops to help you make your determination. Questions will be answered as time permits. To view the archived webinar, please visit
http://www.nc-sis.org/Documents/recordings/2013-12-18%2011.15%20Scheduling%20Information.wmv.


December 16, 2013

Global Education to Prepare Students for Living, Working in a Worldwide Community - A new website highlighting global education is now available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/globaled/. The website provides resources and supporting action that will be used to ensure that every public school student in North Carolina graduates fully prepared to live and work in an interconnected world. In addition, the State Board of Education Report on the Task Force for Global Education and a timeline to implement the recommendations for global education are also available on the website.

Online Assessment Best Practices Guide - UPDATED - As you continue preparing for online assessments, the Best Practices Guide has been updated and is available on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/guide/. The key updates are in Appendix A related to best practices from a technology perspective (including links to tools to help with testing bandwidth and determining readiness). There are also updates to the section for Testing Personnel based on changes in administering online assessments in NCTest for 2013-14. MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Policy and Planning, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov

Incentive and Support Document for National Board Candidates Now Online - A document that outlines incentives and support offered for National Board certification candidates is available online athttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffectiveness/nationalboardcertification/resourcecenter/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the section entitled, “Local incentives and support.” The document highlights incentives by school district for the 2013-14 school year.

First Semester Roster Verification Window Opens in January - In response to feedback from teachers, principals and central office leaders, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will offer an additional roster verification window for teachers who teach on a semester schedule. You can find the new schedule at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/roster/. Please continue to check the website for new and updated resources. MORE INFO: Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator.

December 9, 2013 -
Webinar on PowerSchool: Storing Grades and Attendance Tracking - The NCDPI Home Base Team and Pearson will be hosting a webinar on Attendance Tracking along with an update on Storing Grades – Tips and Tricks. The webinar will take place Tuesday, December 10 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please use the following link to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/960578225.

If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the NC SIS website’s Recordings page (http://www.nc-sis.org/recordings.html).

Update on TrueNorth Logic Fixes
Please see the attached memo regarding updates to fixes that have been made and will be made moving forward.
Click here to read the memo.

Home Base Support Center Guides and Lead Lists Now Available

Wanted to share the good news with you that we finally have the HBSC help document posted, which includes best practices info on posting tickets.
There's a direct link off the Home Base Toolkit on the main HB landing page:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/

It is a link off the middle bottom box where the graphic is the hands typing on a laptop:
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That links to the help guide pdf which "lives" here on the new Resources/Support Center page:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/support-center/
There you will see the LEAs Leads List link as well as the Charter Schools Leads List link.

IMPORTANT: We've asked three key people to update and maintain this list, as needed, 1 per each area: Yolanda for SIS (PowerSchool) contacts, Tom Tomberlin for NCEES, and Angie Parrish from the Learning Systems team for the IIS (Schoolnet) contacts.


December 6, 2013 -
Home Base Info

Decision Date Moved for Home Base Options
With the roll-out of Home Base in the fall of 2013, we know that local educators have been so busy dealing with PowerSchool and other "must-use" elements that it has been challenging to get to the optional parts of the system that can be so helpful and powerful for classroom teachers.
Those opt-in pieces include Schoolnet, the Professional Development system and its PD courses and transcript features for educators, and more. That's why the NCDPI has extended the window for local school districts to make a final "opt-in" decision for the non-required parts of the Home Base system to July 15, 2014.
By opting in, local districts agree to pay $4 per student based on average daily membership (ADM) and will be able to fully use all parts of Home Base — not just PowerSchool, the NC Educator Evaluation System and state-required online assessments. More detail about options to show your opt-in decision are still to come, so stay tuned.

Next Home Base Maintenance Weekend Starts Dec. 13
The next Home Base maintenance weekend is Dec. 13-16. The system will shut down on Friday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. Once maintenance is completed a message will be sent to notify users that the system is up and available for use. Please do not access Home Base during the maintenance period.
Home Base will be returned to service no later than 6 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16. If a delay in bringing up the system should occur, users will be notified via NC SIS email.
Ever wonder who sets the maintenance weekend dates? The dates are set by the Configuration Control Board (CCB) comprised of local public school representatives. It is challenging, to say the least, to select ideal dates.

Updates on release of Educator Effectiveness dashboards on EVAAS
Information follows on the staggered release of Educator Effectiveness dashboards. Click the links below for additional information.

December 5, 2013 - PowerTeacher Gradebook Webinar Scheduled

Title: PowerTeacher Grade Book: Set-up and Operation
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Description: This session is designed to help teachers set up and understand how to use the Power Teacher Grade Book. It will focus on the step by step instructions on how to setup your gradebook, using both the grade setup tab and other setup needed for the gradebook to calculate correctly.

Other topics:

  • Using Total Points or Category Weights? N1, Q1, T1 etc.
  • Setting up your Term Weights S1, S2, E1 and F1 grades
  • Do you round or truncate?
  • When do I need to recalculate the final grades?
  • What do I need to do when it is time to submit my grades for report cards?

Facilitators: Lynn Bullock, Pearson; Rosalyn Galloway, DPI

Link to Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/728404304


December 2, 2013 - IMPORTANT ScanIt Update: New Version and New Scan Sheets

As part of the upcoming update of the Schoolnet component of Home Base to version 15.2, there will be an update to the ScanIt software which will result in new scan sheets when printing to plain paper. If you have paper answer sheets that students have completed or that you plan to use with assessments scheduled over the next week, it is very important to get those results scanned in before the close of business (5 p.m.) on Friday, December 6.

If you have assessments scheduled after December 6 and plan to administer them using paper-pencil, please hold off on printing answer sheets from within Home Base until Monday, December 9. The answer sheets that you have been printing will not be compatible with the new version of ScanIt. The scanning process and the supported scanners will not change with this upgrade.

If you run into any problems using the ScanIt software, please contact the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov. Be sure to include ScanIt in the subject line and include the screen shots of any error messages or problems that are occurring when you use ScanIt.

For more information, you can also reference the guide for using ScanIt at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/schoolnet/classroom-benchmark/20131017-nc-scanit-guide.pdf and the “ScanIt Webinar Presentation (11/20/13)” at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/materials/category?category=Classroom%20and%20Benchmark%20Assessment%20(Schoolnet).

November 29, 2013 - Home Base Information
Update on Classroom Assessment Items in SchoolNet

The attached slides have the counts of items that are currently in the system, plus one slide that has the subject and grade breakdown for the remaining purchased items (these purchased items will be added in batches throughout the 13-14 school year – we just got the first 2000 last week to start review and we will try to get them live quickly because it will add items at the k-2 level).

Our recommendation to help build out the subjects and grades covered is for LEAs and schools to add their own items and then share them within the system. They can submit items to be shared with all teachers in their school and from there items can be shared across districts and even at the state level. These would be for classroom assessments. We also will work to expand the benchmark items offered and I will send updates when I know more about that.
Click here to view the slides.

Update on Resources in SchoolNet
The attached document outlines the most recent resources available in SchoolNet.

ScanIt Information
There is an NC Specific Guide for ScanIt on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/materials/category?category=Classroom%20and%20Benchmark%20Assessment%20(Schoolnet). On this same site there is a presentation that was used at the November 20 webinar on ScanIt. Please reference these documents for any help and troubleshooting with ScanIt. The documents contain links to additional reference documents that can be found in PowerSource.



November 19, 2013 - NC Final Exams Math Test Specifications (Discrete added)
Listed below are 4 Test Specification documents for the Fall administration of the NC Final Exams in Mathematics. Please review and share.
The attached specifications for NC Final Exams will be placed on the NC DPI Mathematics wiki very soon.
Common Core HS Math
AFM/Pre-Calculus
Algebra II/Geometry
Discrete Math (revised version posted 11/21/13)

Summer Institute 2014
SAVE THE DATES…ALL EIGHT REGIONS…SAVE THE DATES…The Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce that Summer Institutes 2014 will take place in all eight regions across the state of North Carolina. Regions 1, 2, 5, and 7 will experience this myriad of professional development experiences simultaneously on July 7-8, 2014, while Regions 3, 4, 6, and 8 will participate simultaneously during July 9-10, 2014. Innovative practices from across the state will be featured from all eight regions. Mark your calendar today…Coming to a school near you. If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Martin, RttT PD Coordinator at cynthia.martin@dpi.nc.gov. Stay tuned for more information.

November 15, 2013 - Webinars before Thanksgiving

Student Information System (SIS) webinar - Need to know where and how to add AIG information in PowerSchool?
Friday, Nov. 15, 1-3 p.m.
Registration link:http://www.nc-sis.org/course_list.html (select the registration link for the AIG webinar).

Educator Evaluation System webinar - NCEES Online Evaluation Tool: Mid-Year Professional Development Plan Updates
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/562794889

Instructional Improvement System webinars - Topic: ScanIt
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/188269209

IIS Webinar for School Administrators: Creating Student Groups and Analysis Spreadsheet
Thursday, Nov. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Registration link:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/724760688


November 14, 2013 - ELA Webinar Opportunity
When: November 19, 2013, 3:30 – 4:30
Topic: ELA: Creating Text Sets for the ELA Classroom - Learn how to choose a strong anchor text and resources for finding and evaluating supporting texts.
To Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/697480848


November 13, 2013 - New Instructional Guides for SchoolNet and PowerSchool Now Online
New instructional guides for SchoolNet and PowerSchool have been added to Training Materials page on the Home Base website.

Webinar Opportunities
Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.
NCEES Online Evaluation Tool: Mid-Year Professional Development Plan Updates
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/196273833.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to OpenClass
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/253620104.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Small District Implementation Webinar (see full description under In Case You Missed It)
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/216332848.

Thursday, Nov. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
IIS Webinar for Teachers: Manual Test and Item Creation
Registration link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/163326432.

November 8, 2013 - Login Issues with Online Educator Evaluation System
During the last two or three days users in many LEAs have experienced login issues when attempting to log into the Home Base Educator Evaluation System (a.k.a. NCEES). Truenorthlogic believes that these issues are being caused by degraded server performance that appears to be associated with the calendar function in the system. To restore system response time and ensure that users are able to use the system’s core functionality to finish PDPs, observations, and evaluations, Truenorthlogic will be disabling the calendaring functionality temporarily at 2:30 PM today, November 7, 2013. Once Truenorthlogic has optimized the calendaring functions, they will bring the functionality back online. We do not yet have a timeline for bringing the calendar function back online. All existing calendar events will be preserved and will be visible when the calendar function is restored. We apologize for the trouble users have experienced over the last few days, and we are committed to improving the Educator Evaluation System to ensure that it supports the needs of our LEA end-users.


November 6, 2013 - Webinar on 4C's - Communication

Date: November 22, 2013, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Audience: K-12 Classroom teachers
About: Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and learning. Each webinar will examine a variety of resources with potential for growing 21st century learning skills in students by focusing on a specific category. Participants will collaboratively explore resources and be given the opportunity to share experiences and additional activities related to the 4 Cs.
Learning objectives:
  • Learn about and use a web 2.0 tool to enhance my students' communication skills.
  • Brainstorm ways the tool can be used in the classroom.
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate my own ideas in order to improve and maximize communication skills.
  • Explore ways to nurture the home and school connection.
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/662596817

November 4, 2013

Changes to EVAAS - The attached document outlines the changes made to EVAAS screens and reports for data from 2012-2013.
Click here to access the document.

Information about NC Final Exams - Since the release of the value-added data, districts have been inquiring about how DPI will be moving forward with the assessments that could not be used for value-added modeling. This document sets out the next steps for each assessment for which we could not generate value-added scores. Click here to access the document.

Latest issue of Home Base weekly update provides many great resources - In case you missed it, the latest Home Base weekly update had some wonderful resources and webinar links. You can access all past issues of the Home Base weekly update here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/updates/biweekly/?year=2013.
Here are some of the topics covered:
  • Progress Report on Home Base Functionality
  • What Additional Fixes are Coming Next, and When?
  • Progress on Educator Evaluation Functionality
  • Home Base Improvements Coming in Schoolnet Version 15.2
  • Next Home Base Maintenance Weekend – Nov. 15-18
  • PowerSchool Functionality Re Guardian Emails
  • Hoke County’s Parent Portal Outreach Idea: Kiosks at Every School
  • ‘Many Hats & Home Base' Webinar Aimed at Small Districts
  • ScanIt Webinar Being Offered Because of High Interest
  • Early November Webinars on Evaluation and KPI, Pre-Formatted Reports
  • New Quick Guide Posted on Accessing Mobile Apps
  • Clickers and Their Compatibility with Schoolnet - Here’s the PDF
  • Glad You Asked: Select FAQs

Udpated document showing constructed response items - The testing and accountability department has updated the document showing constructed response items on the NC Final Exams. You can view the document by clicking here.



October 21, 2013


Home Base Maintenance Weekend Rescheduled for October 25 - The maintenance weekend has been moved to Oct. 25. Please note: This is the final decision, replacing previous announcements of Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 as maintenance weekend dates. The good news is that many of the fixes expected to go into production during this maintenance weekend will help address a variety of known Principal Monthly Report (PMR) issues in PowerSchool.

If you have questions concerning the rescheduling of this maintenance weekend — October 25 — please contact the Home Base Support Center (HBSC) at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.

Update on Transcripts Work In Home Base - As mentioned in the NC Student Information System (SIS) Weekly Bulletin, our vendor partner Pearson is finalizing testing data imports and, barring no major issues, expects to begin loading data within the week. Please begin reviewing your transcripts and report any anomalies to the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.

A note: You will no longer be able to view the immunizations or previous school data on the NC Standard Transcript, which is the official transcript. This is in compliance with HIPPA and FERPA laws. To view this information users will need to run the unofficial student transcript.

Remember: Until this work is completed, districts/schools can still print transcripts from eSiS for any courses completed prior to this fall and attach a notarized copy of the current schedule for submission to colleges and universities. So, yes, transcripts are available; it will be helpful, however, to allow a few extra days of preparation time.

OpenClass: Getting into the Collaboration and Course Management Tool in Home Base - Imagine teachers being able to do this online:

Upload a video recitation of the MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and require students to write and upload a textual analysis of the letter, share with other students, engage in a threaded discussion or get comments and encouragement back from their teacher.

OpenClass, the collaboration and course management tool in Home Base, will allow teachers to create flexible, online spaces for students and teachers to collaborate and learn. OpenClass courses are a blank canvas for delivering multi-media assignments, creating collaborative spaces, uploading and downloading documents and giving descriptive feedback on student work. Starting this month, the NCDPI and Pearson will work with interested districts to set up OpenClass. Set-up means ensuring roster syncing between PowerSchool and OpenClass, and that students and teachers can access OpenClass through the Home Base single sign-on (the PowerSchool portal).

The Sign-Up Process: Because we are supporting set-up at a district-level based on interest, we will be sending all superintendents and charter school principals a sign-up at the beginning of next week. After a district expresses interest, we’ll work with each to set-up OpenClass. We recognize that a lot is happening in Home Base right now which is why we want districts to be able to choose when set-up happens. That said, we think the tools in OpenClass are exciting and many teachers will be interested in being able to set up classes and use OpenClass in their instruction in the second semester. Watch for the sign-up information in the superintendent listserv next week!

MORE INFO: For those who have already received training on OpenClass, a Q&A session will be offered via webinar Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/849187105. Webinars, including the recent OpenClass webinar held Oct. 15, will be archived for future access and may be found here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/webinars/ For additional information about Home Base webinars, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/schedule/

SAS® Curriculum Pathways® Resources Now Available in Home Base - Yes, there's more great news on content: SAS Curriculum Pathways resources are now available in Home Base with no additional login required! This means that there are an additional 1,377 instructional resources available to North Carolina educators within our One Place, One Login environment. When searching for materials, you will see two tabs appear with search results. The Schoolnet tab contains all the state vetted resources and any resources created locally. The SAS tab contains materials from SAS Curriculum Pathways. Please note that you may have to upgrade your Java and disable your pop-up blocker before you can access the resources.

Check out these and other Home Base materials and let us know what you think by sending an email to Home_Base_Ready@dpi.nc.gov. All feedback will be used to ensure Home Base meets your instructional needs. Stay tuned for additional materials in the coming months. A special thanks to North Carolina teachers, the Home Base User Groups, and Home Base Resource Consortium for identifying these resources to include in Home Base.

Getting Started with IIS (Schoolnet) Dashboard - Another quick reference guide has been posted online: Using the IIS Dashboard to Enhance Instruction.

This set of screenshots is intended for the teacher user. You can view the dashboard data highlighted in the guide only if you are using current 2013-14 classroom and benchmark assessments. These IIS dashboard screenshots show how to locate functions like student data, the teacher dashboard (with tabs including classroom tests, skills analysis and standards mastery), student groups for differentiation and more, plus key performance indicators.

Access it here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/general-training/iis-dashboard.pdf.

Team Working with Partnership LEAs Go Through Training of Their Own - As the functionality of Home Base continues to grow and more elements become available, the partnership team has focused on participation in professional development in order to best serve partnership sites.

Recently, all regional coordinators completed level 1 certification in Powerschool, and attended an all-day, hands-on introduction to OpenClass. Representatives from a number of LEAs attended this session as well, including those from partnership LEAs Lee County and Hertford County. In addition, site coordinators have had the opportunity to participate in regional refreshers along with their partnership sites. The results have provided increased experience with both the Educator Evaluation system and the instructional and assessment components of Schoolnet.

Moving forward, the entire partnership team is excited to continue working with participating charters and districts as they progress with their Home Base implementation plans. Communication at the school and district level has remained steady as application of the instructional components of Home Base becomes more of a focus. The site coordinators will continue to prepare for the challenges and questions that will arise throughout the year as educators continue with the use of Home Base.

Partnership Site Reps and Early Schoolnet Users Attend Certification Training - Schoolnet certification training throughout October has included Home Base partner sites (as noted in the article above) and districts and charter schools that have identified themselves as early adopters of Home Base. Participaing LEAs are Avery, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Hoke, Hertford, Lee, Mt. Airy, Onslow, Perquimans, Rutherford, Sampson and Surry counties and KIPP Charter. Those now certified in Schoolnet, the instructional improvement system within Home Base, are excited about training their LEAs to use Schoolnet.

As your LEAs decide to opt in to take advantage of the robust instructional tools available in Home Base, district staff will be offered a one-time comprehensive certification training in Schoolnet. Spread out over five days, topics include: Classroom Resources, Assessment Admin, School & District Data and Advanced Reporting. Future certification sessions are being scheduled so stay tuned for your opportunity.

To indicate that your LEA has decided to opt-in, please update your Detailed Scope of Work (DSW) if you are using RttT funds, if you plan to use other federal funds, state funds, and/or local funds. In addition, please let us know via email at Home_Base_Ready@dpi.nc.gov of your intent to opt-in. While this is not the official opt-in process, this will provide the NCDPI with an indication of your intent if you want to schedule your Schoolnet certification training. More information about the official opt-in process will be available in late fall.

Remember that all districts and charter schools already had a first round of Schoolnet training back in the late spring/early summer and have access to the Schoolnet training site.

MORE INFO: Please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/

Training Materials Reorganized Online - When you visit the Home Base website page Training, you'll see the category Training Materials has now been grouped to help you, the Home Base user, more quickly find what you need: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/materials.

Here are the categories and the documents within each as of this writing:

Classroom Instruction (Schoolnet)
-- Locating Materials to Support Instruction (pdf, 676kb
-- Creating Lesson Plans (pdf, 1010kb)
Classroom and Benchmark Assessment (Schoolnet)
-- Creating Assessment Items (pdf, 1.2mb)
-- Sharing Assessments with Gradebook (pdf, 437kb)
-- Using Home Base to Support Formative Assessment (pdf, 4.3mb)
-- A Balanced Assessment System Visual: Integrating Assessment Into Instruction Visual (pdf, 63kb)
-- How to Build ClassScape Assessments in Home Base (pdf, 739kb)

Educator Evaluation (NCEES)
-- Educator Evaluation System User Interface Upgrades (pdf, 2.9mb)
-- NCEES Training Materials
-- Home Base Educator Evaluation Training Script (ppt, 13.4mb)
-- Home Base Educator Evaluation Training Presentation (ppt, 5.9mb)

Student Information (PowerSchool)
-- Taking Attendance (pdf, 547kb)
-- Academic Progress
-- Admit/Withdraw
-- Attendance
-- Scheduling
-- School Information
-- Student Information

General Training
-- Finding Quick Training Materials (pdf, 356kb)
-- Accessing Schoolnet Training Environment (ppt, 4.1mb)
-- Home Base Overview for Training (ppt, 7.3mb)
-- Home Base Training — IIS Components (ppt, 3.9mb)
-- Using the IIS Dashboard to Enhance Instruction(pdf, 1.2mb)
Keep in mind that while this grouping is intended as a search aid, there's likelihood that some direct links from previously shared PowerPoint presentations or webinars won't work from an archive. It may be helpful to search the subpage listed in the URL immediately after the word "homebase."

Online Evaluation Tool: Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Process Webinar - The next Assistant Principal Evaluation Process webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 pm. This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to review the process of completing the annual principal or assistant principal evaluation using the new online evaluation tool, from both the evaluator's perspective and the person being evaluated. All principals should attempt to attend one of these sessions.

MORE INFO: To register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/571106129. For questions, contactCynthia Martin, Educator Effectiveness, cynthia.martin@dpi.nc.gov.

4 Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web (Interactive Tools) – Critical Thinking - Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the Internet to enhance teaching and learning. The webinar is Friday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The target audience is classroom teachers in grades K-12. Participants will learn about and use a web 2.0 tool to enhance their students’ critical thinking.

Teachers also will brainstorm ways the tool can be used in the classroom; elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize critical thinking skills; and explore ways to nurture the home and school connection.

MORE INFO: Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/796434609.

Glad You Asked: Select FAQs on Reading 3D and mCLASS - "Glad You Asked" is a Q&A feature where Home Base team members address questions from the field. This week, we devote the section to Reading 3D and mCLASS. If this leaves you yearning for more, we invite you to check out the full set of FAQs online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/faq/.

Q: Will Reading 3D/mCLASS and Home Base be linked? If so, will I give my assessments in Home Base? What about historical data?
A: Reading 3D/mClass will be integrated. Student data from the previous school year will be uploaded and available in Home Base. Administration of assessments will still be through Reading 3D. Also, there is an mCLASS 'hot button' from Home Base/Schoolnet to access this external program.

Q: My LEA had issues getting mCLASS 'rosters' completed. Will we continue having these issues?
A: Because Reading 3D/mCLASS is now mandated statewide, the NCDPI and Amplify were working together to produce the required scripts to get data from PowerSchool to mCLASS. Unfortunately, that work did not complete before the start of school. Some LEAs began the process manually and others waited for the statewide solution. The NCDPI and Amplify did get LEAs rostered that had not started the process. We are now working on the final solution so LEAs/Charters can 're-roster' as they need during the year.

Q: Will DIBELS be a part of the Reading 3D/mCLASS?
A: Yes. Reading 3D has two components – DIBELS Next measures and Text Reading Comprehension measures. Both components are required for students in third grade being taught with the NCSCoS.

October 16, 2013

Google in Education Summit to Highlight OpenClass October 19-20 - The coming months will bring numerous informational and training opportunities for districts/ schools to learn about the Home Base Learning Management System (OpenClass). Here is one that may be of interest: The NCDPI is excited to participate in the upcoming Google in Education Summit on Oct. 19-20 at Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh.

At the Summit, the NCDPI, Pearson and local educators will be highlighting how Google Apps can be integrated into the Home Base ecosystem through the OpenClass capabilities.

If you are attending the Summit, please stop by our sessions and/or booth. To learn more about the Summit, or to attend at a 20 percent discount, see below. Please email home_base_ready@dpi.nc.gov with questions about NCDPI’s participation in this event.

MORE INFO: The Google in Education Summit produced by EdTechTeam is a high intensity, two-day event that focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program will feature Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers and representatives from the Google education teams.

Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning. Use the special promo code: openclass at checkout and receive 20 percent off any early bird or standard registration. Please note that discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

Big Change in Roles of Implementation Project Managers - Last week's issue had a late-breaking news item we'd like to expand on this week. You read that contracts with Pearson Implementation Project Managers (IPMs) have been extended through Dec. 31, 2013. Their roles are changing significantly. Up until now, IPMs were just that: partners to help individual schools and school districts implement Home Base — in order to get this huge, statewide project up and running. Starting this week, however, the new role for IPMs is to help answer and troubleshoot all those nitty-gritty details related to fine-tuning the known issues in PowerSchool and Schoolnet. Therefore, instead of assisting specific LEAS, now the expertise of these seasoned IPMs will be delivered across platforms by having them handle all requests for IPM services or application questions through the Home Base Support Center (HBSC).

The NCDPI Home Base Support Center and Pearson IPMs will work in teams to assist with all problem ticket resolutions. IPMs' expertise should put a huge dent in the center's ticket backlog and get ticket responses out quicker. Also, keep in mind that outages will no longer be submitted through the IPM; instead, LEAs will revert to submitting tickets to the HBSC for all performance issues. Some IPMs will be assigned to regions to continue conversion tasks and/or conversion corrections as needed. If you have conversion issues that are still unresolved, please submit a ticket with a spreadsheet listing those issues. This will assist the NCDPI with the PowerSchool Project signoff tasks and also provide full disclosure of remaining implementation tasks.

In summary, going forward, all issues/questions/problems/processes will be handled through the Home Base Support Center instead of through direct contact with IPMs. We believe this will enhance the services provided to LEAs and ensure that all services are distributed equitably.

Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Process Webinars on Tap - The North Carolina Educator Evaluation Tool for principals and assistant principals is now part of the Home Base tools. Support for the tool is being provided throughout the month of October. Webinars on use of the new online tool are scheduled for 1- 3 p.m. the next three Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, with principals and assistant principals as the primary audience. A similar webinar, the online evaluation tool from the assistant principal's perspective, will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.
To register for any of these upcoming webinars, please visit: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars

Webinars will be archived for future access and may be found here: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Archived+Webinars+2013-2014


October 14, 2013


Exploring the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web (Interactive Tools)-Critical Thinking
Friday, October 25, 2013, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Audience: K-12 classroom teachers
About: Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and learning. Each webinar will examine a variety of resources with potential for growing 21st century learning skills in students by focusing on a specific category. Participants will collaboratively explore resources and be given the opportunity to share experiences and additional activities related to the 4 Cs.
Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/796434609

Analysis of Student Work Update - Please see the attached memo from Dr. Rebecca Garland outlining the ASW pilot process. Read if you are interested in piloting this process in the spring!

Legislative Changes to the Requirements for School Counselors - The attached memo outlines changes to the requirements for school counselors.
Here are some other documents related to these changes:

October 10, 2013


Share Resources, Ideas, Questions and Insights -- Join #NCed Chat! - #NCed Chat serves as a forum for NC educators to meet virtually once a week in a public Twitter conversation around specific, current topics such as literacy at all levels, inquiry-based learning and blended learning. Participants also include educators from other states, New Zealand and Canada. NCDPI staff, LEA staff and members of our Institutes of Higher Learning (IHEs) serve as current moderators.

This blog (http://ncedchat.blogspot.com) will archive resources and chats for future reference if you cannot attend weekly. You may also use the #NCed app to view schedules, topics and provide feedback. Download the app by visiting http://myapp.is/NCed on your mobile device. Join this Professional Learning Network (PLN) today!


Online Assessments: Using Home Base for Classroom and Benchmark Assessments - Want to know about online assessment tools available in Home Base? You can learn more this Thursday, Oct. 10, during a 3:30 p.m. webinar, Using Home Base for Classroom and Benchmark Assessments. The focus of this one-hour webinar will be on creating classroom and benchmark assessments, and the following content will be covered:
  • Manual Test Creation;
  • Naming Conventions;
  • Working Collaboratively on Benchmark Assessments;
  • Finding items from the ClassScape System in Home Base; and
  • Scheduling Assessments.
To register for this webinar, please go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/111263889. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/webinars/.

READY Principals Meetings Provide Educator Evaluation Training - Over the past five years, the NC Department of Public Instruction has partnered with school districts and professional organizations to train principals on the new NC Teacher Evaluation Process. Over the last three years, much of the training has focused on how to navigate the online platform and the process.

In its Race to the Top proposal, North Carolina pledged to continue this support for principals while also turning to deeper and more specific professional development around the meaning of the NC Professional Teaching Standards and the NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric. With the support of a grant from the national Cross-State Learning Collaborative, the NCDPI is excited to launch a new READY Principals Initiative that will specifically develop the skills of school administrators in using the NC Teacher Evaluation Process to provide specific and constructive feedback to teachers.

This initiative will include two rounds of regional meetings for principals; the first will take place this fall (October-November), and the second will be held in the spring. While these meetings and supporting resources are part of the State’s READY work, the meetings will represent an opportunity for principals to work in groups and dive into new resources available to support their understanding of the NC Teacher Evaluation Process and NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric. The structure of the meetings will be highly interactive.

All meetings will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Following is a list of meeting dates and locations, by region:
  • Region 1: Wednesday, Oct. 30, Bob Martin Center, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2900 NC Highway 125 South, Williamston;
  • Region 2: Thursday, Oct. 31, Hilton Riverside 301 North Water St., Wilmington;
  • Region 3: Monday, Nov. 18, Sheraton Imperial, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham;
  • Region 4: Wednesday, Oct. 16, Crown Center, 1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville;
  • Region 5: Tuesday, Oct. 15, Sheraton Four Seasons, 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro;
  • Region 6: Wednesday, Nov. 20, Speedway Club, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord;
  • Region 7: Friday, Nov. 15, Stone Center, Wilkes County Schools, 603 Cherry St., North Wilkesboro;
  • Region 8: Thursday, Nov. 14, Crowne Plaza, One Resort Drive, Asheville.
The NCDPI is sending a registration email to principals and human resources directors.

READY Animation Sets Tone for Discussions around Changes - The NC Department of Public Instruction has developed an animation for our colleagues across the state to use as they plan meetings, work sessions or conferences involving the READY initiative.

The video works well as a "tone setter" for discussions around the new Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards, new assessments, educator effectiveness, school/district turnaround and more. It serves as an inspirational reminder about the work we do and the ultimate beneficiaries of that work — the 1.5 million students of North Carolina. It could also serve as a way to remind parents and the broader community about our accomplishments and goals and how they could help support our efforts.

Reaction to the READY animation has been highly favorable. We encourage you to incorporate it into your presentations as you plan your meetings over the coming months. Also, feel free to share it with your colleagues for use in school-based meetings and activities. The video is accessible via youtube at this address: http://youtu.be/HCNYt5_K6CU.



Educator Effectiveness Policy Changes and EVAAS Release Info - The documents below outlines changes to educator effectiveness policies made during the October 2013 SBE meeting as well as information about the upcoming release of EVAAS info.

Resource to answer one of the most common questions about the 2013-14 administration of the NC Final Exams (formerly known as the Common Exams) - The attached chart shows which exams will have constructed-response items, and which will not.
Also, just a reminder…as we are now moving from the first round of implementation into maintaining the project, the website for the Final Exams has moved to Accountability Services' section of the website. Users who visit the previous page should be directed there, but, just in case, the new URL is http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/common-exams/.

Webinar Resources for Finding Free Text Collections
Recorded Webinar: Hidden Resources at Your Fingertips: How to Uncover Rich, Free Text Collections on Any Topic at any Level
Click here to view the Power Point.

October 9, 2013

Memo to Superintendents discussing Accountability Preview - This memo outlines the timelines for the accountability reports and dissemination of score reports.
Click here to read the memo.


Link to PANC 2013 Conference presentations - Lee County has graciously shared a link that houses all of the presentations from the fall PANC conference. Please visit
http://www.lee.k12.nc.us/Page/12657 to access the presentations.


October 8, 2013

Memo to District EVAAS Administrators and Resources
Hello District EVAAS Administrators,

In the past few weeks, several of you have requested additional resources around the creation and maintenance of accounts in EVAAS. I'm writing tonight to share some newly-created tools. Attached to this email, you'll find:
  • EVAAS Account Types and Info: this resource defines the types of accounts in EVAAS, as well as how each account type is created and maintained. The resource also provides important reminders about the protection of confidential personnel data in EVAAS.
  • District and School Administrator Accounts: this resource provides screen shots and directions for the most common account-related tasks completed by district and school administrators, including creating new accounts and modifying permissions. For your reference, this resource also includes screen shots and directions for tasks completed by school administrators.
  • School Administrator Accounts: this resource only provides screen shots and directions for tasks completed by school administrators. Please share with your building-level leaders!
The SAS EVAAS team has added sessions focused on account maintenance to their schedule of Web-Ex trainings. You do not need to register for these sessions ahead of time – simply join one that works for your schedule. Your school administrators are also welcome to join these sessions. The schedule can be found at https://ncdpi.sas.com by clicking on "Schedule of Virtual Professional Development."
Resources mentioned:

October 7, 2013


READY Animation Sets Tone for Discussions around Common Core, Assessments and More - The NC Department of Public Instruction has developed an animation for our colleagues across the state to use as they plan meetings, work sessions or conferences involving the READY initiative. The video works well as a "tone setter" for discussions around the new Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards, new assessments, educator effectiveness, school/district turnaround and more. It serves as an inspirational reminder about the work we do and the ultimate beneficiaries of that work — the 1.5 million students of North Carolina. It could also serve as a way to remind parents and the broader community about our accomplishments and goals and how they could help support our efforts. Reaction to the READY animation has been highly favorable. Feel free to share it with your colleagues for use in school-based meetings and activities. The video is accessible via youtube at this address: http://youtu.be/HCNYt5_K6CU

New Teacher Contract Requirements PPT - A PowerPoint presentation on new teacher contract requirements in North Carolina has been posted on the NCDPI’s legislative website and may be viewed at: http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislation/2013-resources/TEACHER%20Ks%20PP%20-%20RB-%2010-3-13-1.pdf/view


OpenClass — Home Base’s Learning Management System is Coming Soon! - OpenClass offers a platform in which students and teachers can have 24-hour access to assignments, chat boards, collaborative spaces and more. In the OpenClass campus, students can see each of their courses and their coursework, and they can have discussions with their classmates and teachers. They can find homework assignments, submit their work and receive teacher feedback electronically.. Access to OpenClass through Home Base will be rolling out to districts and charter schools in waves starting this month.
Once a district or charter school expresses interest, they can sign up to be included with a wave of others who will be trained on how to use the tool and be provisioned into their campuses. One big benefit of this addition of OpenClass into the Home Base suite is the automatic push of roster information from PowerSchool. Teachers will be able to log in and see all of their courses and students without having to manually enter or import them.
MORE INFO: To learn more about OpenClass, take part in an Introduction to OpenClass webinar offered Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/316288752.

Project Managers Extended; Their Assistance Will Reduce Backlog in Support Center - In response to requests from LEAs, the NCDPI has extended contracts with Pearson Implementation Project Managers (IPMs) through Dec. 31, 2013. To more equitably distribute services provided by IPMs, we are restructuring the way in which IPM services are delivered. All requests for IPM services or application questions will be submitted through the Home Base Support Center (HBSC).
On Monday, Oct. 7, Pearson IPMs will begin working in conjunction with the Home Base Support Center to resolve LEA tickets. This will help to eliminate the ticket backlog and get ticket responses out quicker. IPMs will be assigned to regions to continue conversion tasks and/or conversion corrections. If you have conversion issues that are still unresolved, please submit a ticket with a spreadsheet listing those issues. This will assist NCDPI with the PowerSchool Project signoff tasks and also provide full disclosure of remaining implementation tasks.
The NCDPI Home Base Support Center and Pearson IPMs will work in teams to assist with all problem ticket resolutions. Outages will no longer be submitted through the IPM; instead, LEAs will revert to submitting tickets to the HBSC for all performance issues.
In summary, going forward, all issues/questions/problems/processes will be handled through the Home Base Support Center instead of through direct contact with IPMs. We believe this will enhance the services provided to LEAs and ensure that all services are distributed equitably.

LEAs/Schools Can Begin Processing Principal Monthly Reports (PMRs) - Your data manager should have received instructions via email on Oct. 2 that included three pdfs:
• PDF for Principal’s Monthly Report - http://www.nc-sis.org/Documents/school_info/PS_QRD_PMR_Cheat_Sheet_09132013.pdf
• PDF for PMR Interval Setup - http://www.nc-sis.org/Documents/school_info/PS_QRD_PMR_Interval_Setup.pdf
http://www.nc-sis.org/Documents/school_info/PMR_Setup.pdf
MORE INFO: In addition, an open webinar explaining this process is planned for Friday, Oct. 4, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Please click on the link to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/194614840. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the NC SIS website for those who are unable to attend.
If you have questions or need further support with this process, please contact the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.

Locking Fields in PowerSchool to Correct EDDIE Overrides - The Educational Directory and Demographical Information Exchange system (EDDIE) is the authoritative source of school demographic information. We are aware that some LEAs were making updates in EDDIE when we announced in the Oct. 1 Daily Known Issues update online that we would be pulling the script that transfers the EDDIE data into PowerSchool.
In fairness to these LEAs, we allowed one more import of EDDIE data the evening of Oct. 1. Verification of the updates has been confirmed, and the script has been deactivated until Friday, Oct. 11 – the new date for reactivating the script and locking the fields below that were not previously locked in PowerSchool.
Please remember to make your edits in EDDIE when updating the fields below so that the correct information will be imported into these fields once the script is turned back on.
Note: You must be an EDDIE subscriber to make changes in EDDIE.
Fields For District/LEA:
  • Name of District
  • District Number
  • District Address (physical location)
  • District City
  • District State/Province = NC
  • District Postal Code (Zip + 4)
  • District Country = USA
  • District Office Phone Number
  • District Office Fax Number
  • County Number (This is the State Number, not LEA code, and not FIPS Number)
  • Superintendents Info

Fields For School Numbers 300-799 (these are assigned by the NCDPI and are in EDDIE):
  • School Name - (Official School Name)
  • School Address (Full) - (Mailing Address)
  • School Address - (Physical Location)
  • School City
  • School State/Province = NC
  • School Postal/Zip Code
  • School Phone Number
  • School Fax Number
  • School Number (6 digit = LEA # + Sch #)
  • Grades
  • County Number (This is the State Number, not LEA code, and not FIPS Number)
  • Principal’s Info
  • Accreditation and College Board Number
Important: For locally assigned schools (Sch # 001-299) – NCDPI requests to make all the above fields required fields when setting up these local schools that are NOT in EDDIE.


September 27, 2013


Update on Measures of Student Learning/Statewide Common Exams - First, in the coming weeks, you will likely hear about a name change for the exams. At the last State Board of Education meeting, the Governor's Education Adviser and two superintendent representatives recommended that the name be changed to "NC Final Exams." We'll be asking the State Board for official approval of the name change at their meeting next week, and, if approved, you'll start to see the name changing on all of our resources. We're also taking other policies related to the Common Exams to the State Board for approval, for example, a requirement that the exam replace a teacher-made exam. Once the policies are approved, updates will be posted so that you know about the Board's votes.

We have released the Common Exams administered during the 2012-13 school year. You can find them posted here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/measures/released-forms/. We've also posted a list of the exams that will be administered in 2013-14, along with the course codes that align with them. That list is here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/1314ncfinalexamcodes.pdf.

September 24, 2013


Reading 3D Tutorials - The K-3 Literacy division has developed interactive tutorials around mClass Reading 3D. These tutorials can be used as a refresher for experienced users of the assessment system or for training purposes for teachers just beginning to understand and learn about the program. Please visit the K-3 Literacy division livebinder website at http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/850102 to access the tutorials.

Released Forms for Measures of Student Learning on the Web - Released forms for Measures of Student Learning are now available on the Educator Effectiveness website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/measures/released-forms/. The released forms cover particular topics for grades 4-8 and high school mathematics, science, social studies, English language arts and the Occupational Course of Study.

National Board Process to be Revamped in 2014-15- The 2013-14 school year will be the last year for the current National Board Certification process. The new National Board Certification process starts in 2014-15. The process will be phased in over a three-year period, so anyone who starts the process in 2014-15 will not know if they have achieved National Board certification until November/December 2017.
The new process will be based on four components:
  • Component One will be the assessment piece, which will be completed at an assessment center and will have no more than six open-ended questions.
  • Component Two will focus on using data to meet students’ needs by setting goals for them. This will include an analysis of student work similar to previous entries.
  • Component Three will focus on classroom pedagogy and will include a video analysis.
  • Component Four will focus on the teacher as a reflective practitioner.

Components will be phased in as follows: 2014-15 - Components One and Two; 2015-16 - Component Three; and 2016-17 - Component Four. Candidates will pay only for the component(s) that they are working on at the time. The certification cost under this new process is $1,900. The state will continue to offer a loan program. Candidates will have three years to complete all components and two years to do retakes if needed.

The National Board Standards, the Five Core propositions, and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching will not change. National Board Certification remains performance-based and peer-reviewed, with the same emphasis on content knowledge and commitment to student learning.

Beginning in 2017-18, all four components will be available for candidates at one time, and candidates can choose how many they want to complete at one time.

For more information about the new certification process, please visit www.nbpts.org/newsroom/national-board-revise-certification-process. North Carolina teachers interested in applying for National Board Certification should visit www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffectiveness/nationalboardcertification. The deadline for teachers to apply for certification is Dec. 31.


September 23, 2013


Daily Home Base Updates - There is a new feature available on the HB website called Home Base Daily Updates. This is a running record of the most frequent and compelling issues known to date (as well as a status update or remedy solution) that have been logged for any component of the Home Base system (including EE, PowerSchool, and Schoolnet). Currently, this link is accessed through the NCDPI homepage under “Highlights.” This communication was sent out by Vanessa Jeter to the LEAs/charters last week in HB newsletter.

September 19, 2013


Smarter Balanced to answer teachers’ questions on Teaching Channel — Teaching Channel is a nonprofit that connects teachers to inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. Throughout September, Teaching Channel is inviting its members to pose questions to experts from Student Achievement Partners, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced about the Common Core. Teachers can post questions online at www.teachingchannel.org/common-core. Smarter Balanced will answer questions submitted from September 15-21.

Home Base Updates:

Additional Quick Reference Guides Posted Online - Two more guides with easy-to-follow screen shots and instructions have been posted on the Home Base website under Training Materials:
"Getting Started with Home Base: "Creating Assessment Items" which covers using Assessment Admin to create test content, filter and locate items, passages and rubrics; plus types of items you can create and scheduling tests: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/creating-assessments.pdf.
"Getting Started in Home Base: "Sharing Assessments with Gradebook" which offers tips on sharing assessments with PowerTeacher Gradebook when creating a test or after the test has been scheduled: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/sharing-assessments.pdf.

MORE INFO: Other Quick Reference Guides found there are "Taking Attendance," "Locating Materials to Support Instruction," and "Creating Lesson Plans and Using the Lesson Planner." Three helpful documents are posted under Training General: "How to Access Home Base," "How Students Access Home Base and How Parents Access Home Base.”

PowerSchool Training Has Begun - Did we hear a collective "hooray" as you read that headline? Yes, The Home Base Training Team has begun scheduling training webinars and workshops throughout the year. Please check out the NC SIS training calendar (http://www.nc-sis.org/calendar_September.html) and course list page (http://www.nc-sis.org/course_list.html) for class listings and descriptions. Space is limited, so please only sign up for those classes that are relevant to your specific roles.

MORE INFO: If you have questions, please contact Wendy Hinson at wendy.hinson@dpi.nc.gov.

Ready to Set Up Student or Parent Access in Home Base? Here’s How - Student access and parent access to Home Base can be turned on at any time…but it’s up to you to decide when you are ready! Many districts and schools have moved ahead (over 450,000 student access accounts have been configured). Their students are starting to take online classroom and benchmark assessments and getting standards-aligned results on their performance. Parents are keeping track of their child’s grades and attendance…all via Home Base. Increasingly, as schools get the educator functions up and running, we are hearing more districts and schools ask for guidance on student and parent access. Very exciting!

Important Notes:
  • School staff must check with your district data coordinator before giving student or parent access. Some districts may want to manage the process from the district level.
  • You can generate the access ids even if you are not yet ready to distribute the access IDs. Many schools have done this.
  • Rosalyn Galloway will walk through giving student access on the UAB call next week. Register Here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/840838032



These are direct links to courses in PowerSource (PowerSchool’s training site) that will guide you through setting up parent and student access when you are ready.


Modules in PowerSource
Student Information and Parent Access Link: https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/training/dl/main.action?course.id=62 Sections 27-34 in the left-hand outline tell you how to set up parent and student access and how to print form letters to give them passwords.

Parent Access Set Up Link: https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/training/dl/main.action?course.id=26 In-depth online learning modules and videos that guide you step-by-step in setting up parent access.

PowerSchool Administration and Management Module Link: https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/training/dl/main.action?course.id=34 Particularly, check out outline items 29-34 for parent and student access information.

Mastery in Minutes: Changing Parent and Student Access Link: https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/training/2/mim.action?course.id=28 A 2-minute video on how to manage parent and student access once you’ve given it (think lost password scenarios).



You Can View K-2 Report Card Work in Progress - A sample of the K-2 Standards-Based Report Card that is being developed is located on the NC SIS website at http://www.nc-sis.org/Documents/power_school_project/Report_Card/Standards_Based_Report_Card_Sample.pdf for districts to view. Please note that this is only a sample. We anticipate the completion of the final version the first week in October.

Changes in Remedy Affect Home Base Support Center - We know many, many of you are using the email address we've widely publicized to send us your questions about Home Base or to reach out for support: homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov. Please feel free to continue to use it. We just want to bring a change to your attention. Remedy, the Home Base Support Center’s incident tracking system, will be upgraded this weekend (Sept. 14-15). This is a Remedy system change, not a Support Center requested change. Remedy affects more areas than just Home Base.


Beginning Monday, Sept. 16, Remedy will disallow submission of tickets from "unknown users." For Home Base purposes, the "known" users that Remedy will recognize after Sept. 16 are the LEA/charter school Leads and their back-ups as designated by each LEA/charter school.


Districts have identified a "lead" — your first go-to for questions — in each of the main component areas of Home Base: a lead for the Student Information System or SIS (PowerSchool), one for the Instructional Improvement System or IIS (Schoolnet) and one for the NC Educator Evaluation System (Truenorthlogic). In the case of smaller districts or charter schools, there may be one lead for all three areas.


To avoid getting the "user unknown" message (sad face, right?) submit your questions first through your LEA/charter Leads. But there are other, more compelling reasons to do so, too: first, you'll be helping your local school or district identify and troubleshoot local problems for the benefit of all. Win! Next, it may save you time as these Leads are the subject matter experts. Win-Win. However, and this is a big however, you are still welcome to reach out to the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov.



NOTE: If you area designated LEA lead, please make sure your contact information on file with the Support Center is current — especially the email address. If there is a change in role or contact information, please notify the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov, or send an email to ncsis@dpi.nc.gov.

ELA Update
CCSSO has launched an iTunes University page that includes courses designed to help states and districts implement the Common Core. iTunes U is a section of the iTunes Store where users can download free educational course content from universities, non-profit education institutions, state education agencies, and K-12 organizations. CCSSO will continue to provide content in an effort to ensure that information, instructional materials, and resources in support of the Common Core State Standards are available and easily accessible.
In addition to CCSSO’s iTunes U courses, Student Achievement Partners (SAP) has developed several iTunes U courses intended to assist educators in developing a strong understanding of the Common Core and the shifts the standards require to prepare students for college and careers. This content is accessible via iTunes: to access CCSSO’s content click here and to access SAP’s content click here.
Our Summer Institutes in July focused on text-centered instruction. We created cards that showed 40 ways to bring students back to the text – all aligned with the ELA Common Core State Standards. You can download and print them from our ELA Wiki and LiveBinder, or you can purchase them through our DPI Publications department.
ELA Wiki - http://elaccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home
ELA LiveBinder - http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/297779
Ordering information:
Title: 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective: Supporting Text-Centered Instruction
Item #: CM194
Cost: $8.00
Each research-based strategy is accompanied by a description, suggested instructional activity, and resources.

To Order Contact NC DPI’s Publications Sales Office:
919-807-3470
1-800-663-1250 (inside NC only)
Email publications@dpi.nc.gov.

NCDPI Partners with UNC-TV for NC Schools + You Program
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has partnered with UNC-TV to produce an hour-long program, North Carolina Schools and You: What Changes in Our Schools Mean for Parents and Students. It will be broadcast on Thursday, September 19 at 10 p.m. on UNC-TV. The program, also featuring NC parents and supporters of public schools, will repeat on Friday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.
North Carolina Schools and You – an hour-long show in a "town hall meeting" format – will offer information and discussion around recent important changes in public schools and how parents can be more productively engaged in their children’s success. Specific topics include:
- Teaching and Learning: What Students Are Learning and How;
- Measuring Performance: New Assessments and Accountability Model; and
- Parent Engagement: How Parents Can Support Learning.
A Viewer’s Guide to accompany the show is being sent to superintendents, principals, teachers and supporters later this week. It also will soon be posted on our website, www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/resources.

ACRE Stakeholders Assess Progress
Taking stock is always a good thing. Five years ago, a Blue Ribbon Commission set forth a vision that resulted in the State Board of Education's list of key recommendations for a Framework for Change - key steps to significantly improve North Carolina's Standard Course of Study. This work was known as the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE). In August 2013, a group of ACRE external stakeholders who helped to shape our efforts from the beginning of this work came together to discuss our progress. Read more about it in State Superintendent June Atkinson’s latest blog entry, at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/blog/

Webinar: Exploring the 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning on the Web (Interactive Tools) - Creativity
When: Fri., September 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Audience: Classroom teachers K-12.
About: Exploring the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity on the web will provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and learning. Each webinar will examine a variety of resources with potential for growing 21st century learning skills in students by focusing on a specific category. Participants will collaboratively explore resources and be given the opportunity to share experiences and additional activities related to the 4 Cs.
Learning objectives:
  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Use a web 2.0 tool to enhance my students’ creativity
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate my own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/323967081

September 10, 2013 - Elementary English Language Arts Webinar


When: September 17, 2013
Time: 3:30 – 4:30
Topic: ELA: Aligning Lessons to the Standards
Testimonials from Summer Seminar Participants. Learn about EQuIP rubric updates and hear from Summer Seminar participants - what they learned about creating lessons with the rubric.
Click on the link below to register.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/649208801

September 9, 2013 - Updated TNL Cheat Sheets

Due to the changes to the NCEES online system that are outlined in the update below, the cheat sheets have also been updated. Links to these documents are below.
Cheat Sheet for Teachers - MS Word
Cheat Sheet for Teachers - PDF
Cheat Sheet for Administrators - MS Word
Cheat Sheet for Administrator - PDF

September 6, 2013

Fast-Tracked Work on Educator Evaluation System Should Help Performance - In response to LEA and school feedback on performance issues and user navigation concerns for the Home Base Educator Evaluation System (aka NC Educator Evaluation System or NCEES), the NC Department of Public Instruction will be upgrading to the latest version of the Truenorthlogic software on Sunday evening, Sept. 8.

We acknowledge the system performance issues that you all have experienced in the early mornings and late afternoons, and we have been working diligently with our vendor to address these issues.

As a result of this change, you will notice a new look to the user interface, improved system performance, and improved system functionality and navigation. These updates improve usability by making it easier for evaluators and educators to access and complete the educator evaluation process. The new version offers the following usability benefits:
• Easier navigation into a professional development plan (PDP);
• Easier navigation between teacher plans for evaluators/administrators;
• More intuitive status icons for evaluation and PDP steps; and
• Improved search and filtering.
For system trainers, please note that we have already implemented these changes in the test site, and we implemented the changes in the training site Thursday evening, Sept. 5, to give you an opportunity to preview the changes before they are implemented on the production site. We appreciate your ongoing feedback as we continue to improve the Home Base Educator Evaluation System.

MORE INFO: Here is a quick reference guide that highlights the changes to the system user interface. This document is also available on the system's “Help Guides” tab: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/educator-evaluation-system.pdf.

We are offering two webinars to help you with the transition:
· Tuesday, Sept. 10. Please call in from 3-4 p.m.* https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/708848104
· Friday, Sept. 13. Please call in from 2-3 p.m. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/356928289

*Note: If you sign up for the New User Interface Webinar scheduled for Sept. 10 at 3 p.m., you will see a webinar appointment with a duration of 1-4 p.m. If you are only interested in the New User Interface topic, simply log in to the meeting at 3 p.m. when that topic starts. The 1-3 p.m. topic is the teacher evaluation process.


Home Base IIS Training Site Now Available - The Home Base training site for the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) — Schoolnet — is now available! We are in the process of issuing IDs to Home Base representatives in the districts and charter schools. Those representatives were identified by the districts and charter schools as Home Base Support Center IIS Implementation Leads. These Leads will then issue the access information to the appropriate people within their LEAs. Each lead trainer will then have a unique login to use throughout the year. This will allow trainers to build out and personalize their training exercises. We anticipate that all logins will be distributed for those districts and charter schools that have provided the NCDPI with IIS Leads contact information by next Friday, Sept. 13.

The Home Base IIS training site is based off of the actual NC Home Base instructional improvement system, so if you have been using the demo site for your training, you will notice that this training site looks more like what you are seeing in your district and charter school Home Base sites for the instructional improvement system with regards to functionality and content. The training model we are recommending is for district and charter school trainers to use the training site for preparing and administering trainings and for those being trained to log into the actual instructional improvement system component of Home Base with their own IDs. NOTE: The Home Base IIS training site does not connect to the student information system or educator evaluation system components.

As you prepare to conduct trainings on Home Base, keep in mind that IIS training materials are available in both the IIS training site and in the actual Home Base IIS portion of the system as resources. If you do a search for "Home Base" in the instructional component, you will find Home Base training materials. You can find training materials in your NC Educator Evaluation System as well. Lead trainers will be using this document, which you also can view online, "Accessing Schoolnet Training Environment" http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/schoolnet-training.ppt. If you have any questions, please contact the Home Base Support Center at homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov or call 919-807-4357.


Additional Quick Reference Guides Posted Online - Three additional guides with easy-to-follow screen shots and instructions have been posted online:

• "Creating Lesson Plans and Using the Lesson Planner"offers step-by-step screen shots: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/lesson-plans.pdf;
• "Locating Materials to Support Instruction" shows how easy it is to access instructional materials in Home Base and schedule standards on the lesson planner:http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/materials/locating-materials.pdf; and
• "Taking Attendance" features screen shots showing how to take attendance in Home Base using PowerTeacher: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/training/
materials/taking-attendance.pdf.


September 3, 2013


NCDPI Fall 2013 Webinar Series for School Counselors
This NCDPI “Race to the Top” WebinarSeries is for School Counselors, Principals and Supervisors of School Counselors. Each webinar is scheduled from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. This series that will focus on Implementation of the new School Counselor Evaluation Instrument, Data Driven Decision Making and other important topics for school counselors across N.C.
You are invited to register for the webinar sessions now by clicking a date(s) below:
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

NC Public Schools Website Updates
Home Base Website Features Resources for Educators, Parents and Students - As Home Base rolls out to districts statewide, instructional resources have been added to the Home Base website to help administrators, teachers, parents and students access and use the elements that make up Home Base.
Want to learn more about the latest news for Home Base? Check out the Home Base Biweekly newsletter. The Aug. 23 edition features information about a readiness checklist, the first statewide parent portal, frequently asked questions and more. To view this edition and earlier issues, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/updates/biweekly/.

Options Chart for Math Graduation Requirements Now Online - A chart that lists changes to mathematics options for graduation requirements has been posted to the Academic Services and Instructional Support website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academicservices/. The chart provides a comprehensive list of mathematics courses that fulfill requirements for students entering UNC system universities, community colleges, other colleges or technical schools. In addition, course requirements also are listed for students exempt from the usual Future-Ready sequence, those identified as learning disabled in mathematics and students following the Occupational Course of Study.

SES Providers List for 2013-14 on the Web - An updated list of approved Supplemental Educational Service (SES) providers for 2013-14 has been added to the Federal Program Monitoring site. To view the 81 approved SES provides in North Carolina, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/titleIA/ses/.

Updated Forms for Facilitated IEP Meetings on the EC Website - Updated forms for Facilitated IEP meetings are now available on the Exceptional Children website at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/parent-resources/dispute-resolution/facilitation. The updated forms include:
- Facilitated IEP Request Form;
- Facilitation Feedback Form; and
- Results and Reflection from the Facilitated IEP meeting.

Race to the Top Updates Highlight Latest Program News - Race to the Top Weekly Updates feature the latest program information for curriculum, professional development and more. The updates for July 31 are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/reports/weekly/.

Addressing Early Implementation Challenges with Home Base Educator Evaluation System - In case you missed the communication from NCDPI CFO/CIO Philip Price on Aug. 29, here's a brief recap and a link to the full document: The NCDPI Home Base Support Center is aware that LEAs have encountered some early challenges with the Home Base Educator Evaluation System (aka NC Educator Effectiveness System or NCEES). Very heavy demand during the first days of teachers being trained on the system is the root cause of the majority of the performance and access issues. We are working with our vendor partners, PCG and Truenorthlogic, to address the issues as quickly as possible.

MORE INFO: The key technology, data and training issues we have encountered and the list of actions the NCDPI is taking to address the issues are outlined in this document: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/getting-ready/implementation/evaluation-system.pdf.

Friday Institute Opens Evaluation Service Center - The Friday Institute Evaluation Team—a unit of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the College of Education, North Carolina State University—is pleased to announce the launch of the Friday Institute Evaluation Services Center as part of our commitment to build capacity for state and local education leaders to plan and implement their own evaluations of educational innovations.

Description of Evaluation Services: The Friday Institute Evaluation Services Center creates and delivers customized strategic planning and technical assistance to meet short-term or quick-turnaround evaluation needs. Services include developing specialized evaluation plans, identifying data sources, developing or identifying evaluation tools and instruments, providing suggestions on appropriate data analysis techniques, and assisting with data interpretation and writing results.

Estimated Cost Range: $7,500-$30,000+ for 1- to 6-month contracts, based on your technical assistance needs

For More Information:
Jeni Corn, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State University
jocorn@ncsu.edu, (919) 513-8527

The Friday Institute Evaluation Team conducts research and evaluation studies of innovations in K-12 schools and districts in North Carolina that inform state and local decisions about educational policies, programs, and funding. Since 2003, the Evaluation Team has carried out almost $9 million in major evaluation awards, including studies focused on innovations in schools and community colleges in North Carolina. Additional information available at: http://eval.fi.ncsu.edu/.

World Language Updates - World Language Updates are shared online using the links below. The World Language Consultant at the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) makes every effort to provide relevant, timely information from numerous state and national sources and listservs. The inclusion of items in this list does not imply the endorsement or verification of accuracy by this agency.

If you have items to share for distribution, please forward them to Ann Marie Gunter, World Language Consultant, at ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov .
I. News & Information to Use
II. Professional Development Opportunities
III. Educator Grants & Scholarships
IV. K-20 Student Opportunities
V. Standards Implementation
VI. Classroom Resources

August 30, 2013 -


Professional Development Opportunity for Elementary Educators
The NC Association of Elementary Educators is hosting the 10th Annual Elementary School Conference on October 20 - 22, 2013 at the Koury Center in Greensboro. This year's theme is "Common Core and So Much More," and over 70 sessions are scheduled that address Common Core, Essential Standards, Technology in Education, Teacher Leadership, or Supporting Diversity. Presenters include NCDPI consultants, classroom teachers, well-known authors, and other notable educators. Plan to attend the 10th anniversary celebration on Sunday immediately following the afternoon sessions. Team registration discounts are available. Learn more and register now at www.ncelementary.org. Contact registration@ncelementary.org with inquiries.

School Counselor Evaluation Information

Many School Counselors and LEA District Leaders have questioned if we are using the new School Counselor Evaluation Instrument for the 2013-14 school year.
Please see the response I received in an email today, from the NC Educator Effectiveness Division, who has the responsibility of all of the educator evaluations: “Please advise LEAs to begin using the new School Counselor evaluation instrument. While we are making some improvements to the User’s Guide manual - the overall process and standards are solid. Modifications will be minor - mostly grammar and ensuring that we are communicating thoroughly and clearly”
There will be upcoming webinars on the new School Counselor Evaluation rubric and process for school counselors and their evaluators. The registration information will be in a separate email sent within the next week. Additionally, the evaluation forms will not be online in Home Base this year. However, there are electronic writable pdf forms on the NC Educator Effectiveness Wikispace for Student Support Services at: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Support+Staff+2012-13

NCCTM information

North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Leadership Seminar - The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Leadership Seminar will be at Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Go to www.ncctm.org to register for the Fall Leadership Seminar.
Leadership Seminar Keynote Speakers include Linda Gojak, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Diane Schaefer, Consultant for the US portion of the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) from the Shell Centre (London, UK).

North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics 43rd Annual State Mathematics Conference - The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) 43rd Annual State Mathematics Conference will be held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, October 31 and November 1, 2013. Go to www.ncctm.org to register for the State Mathematics Conference. Keynote speakers include Linda Gojak: President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, author, and Director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology at John Carroll University, Doug Clements: Author and researcher, University of Denver, writer and member of the Common Core State Standards Committee of the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Stuart Murphy: Author of over 60 children's literature books including the well-known MathStarts series, Teruni Lamberg: Author of Whole Class Mathematics Discussions: Improving In-Depth Mathematical Thinking and Learning and faculty member at the University of Nevada Reno and Diane Schaefer: Consultant for the U. S. portion of the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) from the Shell Centre (London, UK). Go to www.ncctm.org to download the Preliminary Program.

Grant Opportunities through the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics - The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics through its mini-grant program, provides incentive funding for North Carolina teachers as they develop activities to enhance mathematics education. This program will provide funds for special projects and research, which will enhance the teaching, learning, and enjoyment of mathematics. There is no preconceived criterion for projects except that students should receive an on-going benefit from the grant.
Available to current members of NCCTM (as of September 1), the mini-grants are awarded by each of the three regional organizations to members within their geographic boundaries (If you incorrectly identify with the wrong region, your proposal will be ineligible for funding). A total of $18,000 is available each year for the state's mini-grants, with each region awarding approximately $6000 in grants to its members. In recent years, approximately 30-35 proposals have been partially or fully funded, for an average grant of just less than $800.
Grant proposals must be emailed as a Word document on or before September 15 , and proposals selected for funding will receive their funds as soon as possible after the state conference. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt once your proposal has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation within one week, it is your responsibility to follow-up with the Mini-grant Coordinator.

Go to the Grants and Scholarships page at http://www.ncctm.org/grants_scholarships.cfm for more information or contact Sandra Childrey at schildrey@wcpss.net if you have additional questions.

August 28, 2013

Updates for Math, Social Studies and ELA

Check out the following links for updated resources in math, social studies and English language arts:

Building the Language of Mathematics for Students (Vocabulary) - Mathematically proficient students communicate precisely by engaging in discussions about their reasoning using appropriate mathematical language. The terms students should learn to use at each grade level with increasing precision are included in these documents, which can be found out http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Elementary; http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Sixth+Grade; http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Fourth+Grade

K-5 Revised Unpacking Documents can be found at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Elementary

2012-2013 K-2 Mid-Year and Summative Assessments have been released; they are now posted on the Mathematics wiki, which is posted at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Elementary

3-5 Formative Instructional and Assessment Tasks for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics - now posted on the mathematics wiki at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Elementary

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in partnership with Meredith College developed and delivered the first state-wide professional development on the new high school mathematics sequence: Math I, Math II, and Math III. Resources from that training can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/meredith.edu/ccssm_pd/

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has also posted a Math I, II, and III Resources List and FAQ at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/High+School

Social Studies Update: The Revision of the Cultural Studies Elective Courses - The Cultural Studies Writing Team recently completed the revision of three Cultural Studies Electives: African American Studies, American Indian Studies and Latin American Studies. You may access the Essential Standards for each of the courses on the K-12 Social Studies Wiki Site at http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Essential+Standards. These new standards are ready for implementation during the 2013-2014 school year. Unpacking Documents will be released this fall. Common Exam/MSLs for these courses will not be implemented until the 2014-2015 school year.

ELA Update: Navigating Text Complexity - Educators from 12 states, including NC, came together to create a collection on online tools to navigate text complexity and text selection. This resource includes: text complexity roadmaps, model text sets, support tools for analyzing texts, text-dependent question resources, and sample lesson videos. This information can be found at http://www.ccsso.org/Navigating_Text_Complexity.html

Honors Implementation & Review Reminder - There are resources for LEAs to use on the Honors Implementation Wikispace with the development and implementation of honors level courses. LEAs will find the most current information for Honors Implementation and State-level Review at: http://honorsimplementation.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/

Informing Instructional Improvement through Data Literacy - Wikispace pages provide educators with a five stage, cyclical process for data-driven decision-making. A fillable fishbone diagram is available for download and can be used to identify causes and effects in a classroom, school or district setting based on data analysis. A data action plan template can be downloaded and used to develop a SMART goal, determine specific strategies to be implemented and identify data sources to be used to assess goal achievement. Additional resources related to each of the five stages of the data-driven decision-making process are also available on the wikispace pages. The Informing Instructional Improvement Through Data Literacy web pages can be found here: http://si2013.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Informing+Instructional+Improvement+Through+Data+Literacy

Testing Updates - Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, there will be several changes to policies and procedures in the North Carolina Testing Program. The attached memo gives a description of these changes. Click here to read the memo outlining these changes.

SBE Approves new Job Classification - During the August State Board of Education meeting, the SBE approved adding a new job classification, the “Master Teacher.” We will be adding object code 127 to the Chart of Accounts under PRC 001 only, as approved by the SBE. Here is the description approved by the SBE: Master Teacher - A classroom teacher with significant teaching experience, are excellent practitioners and work in the classroom with the teacher of record to implement effective teacher strategies that align to required content standards. Please see the attachment “TCS1 – Attachment 2…” for the approved COA code additions that we will be adding. If you have questions, please contact Andrew Cox at Andrew.cox@dpi.nc.gov. https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=10399&MID=988

State Superintendent Discusses Budget - State Superintendent June Atkinson was the keynote speaker last week at the Crucial Conversation event sponsored by NC Policy Watch. Her speech, which primarily focused on the budget, is available on the NC Policy Watch website at http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/08/22/nc-superintendent-of-public-instruction-on-whats-next-for-our-public-schools-video/#sthash.iDFqIhei.dpuf.

Voter Pre-registration to End for 16- and 17-Year-Old Students – Effective Sept. 1, there will no longer be automatic pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-old students to voter registration rolls when students turn 18 (House Bill 589). Students who have their pre-registrations completed and received by the State Board of Elections prior to Sept. 1 will have their pre-registrations processed.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights - At this month’s State Board of Education meeting, members approved the 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate report, which noted another record high graduation rate of 82.5 percent; the proposed temporary waiver of the paid employment graduation requirement for the Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study; 21st Century Community Learning Center grants with modifications; and changes to policy delineating the components of the READY Accountability model to include Annual Measurable Objectives. Board members also heard a presentation from the Governor’s Education Advisor Eric Guckian regarding the Governor’s position on teacher salary issues and student assessments. A summary of all Board action items is available online at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/highlights/2013.

Master’s Degree Pay Update - At the State Board’s August meeting, State Superintendent June Atkinson informed Board members that she bring to them a recommendation for approval at their September meeting concerning Master’s Degree Pay. The recommendation would temporarily change the department’s existing policy to move the April 1 cut-off date for advanced degree certification to a later date to allow those who are currently pursing their master’s degree to receive credit if they finish at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. The General Assembly eliminated master’s degree pay for educators that had not received the pay differential prior to the 2014-15 school year. We will update you once the State Board takes action.

Webinar Scheduled to Receive Feedback on Common Exams/Roster Verification - The NCDPI and NC Association of Educators will host a webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. to receive feedback on the 2012-13 administration of the Common Exams and the Spring 2013 roster verification process. Teachers may register to participate at http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251489857. Once you register, you will receive an e-mail message with participation directions. If you have any questions in the interim, please e-mail them to educatoreffectiveness@dpi.nc.gov.

Resources for Differentiation, Global Awareness and Critical Thinking - Skills students will need for college and career readiness include global awareness and critical thinking - with and without technological tools. How widely are these embedded within instructional delivery and learning? How often are teachers using data to differentiate? Visit http://bit.ly/si2013p21 for resources to assist teachers with using the framework for 21st century skills to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learners. For more information, please contact Lynne Johnson at lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov or Jessica Garner at Jessica.garner@dpi.nc.gov.

LEARN NC’s Fall PD Schedule Online - LEARN NC’s fall schedule of online professional development courses is available online at www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698. Whether educators are interested in picking up credit hours in cultural awareness, co-teaching, literacy, ESL, or American history, there is something for everyone. In addition, LEARN NC is offering multiple sections in Moodle Training and Teaching Online Courses. LEARN NC’s online courses, which are aligned to North Carolina’s Professional Teaching Standards, eliminate travel expenses and substitute-teacher costs normally associated with staff development. Online professional development allows teachers to participate at a time and place most convenient to them, and collaborate with colleagues via a variety of easy-to-use electronic forums.

The Power of Words Contest Targets High School Students - To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library invites high school students to share their thoughts in only 272 words – no more, no less – about either Abraham Lincoln or Gettysburg/Gettysburg Address. Essays will be judged on creativity, originality, use of language, and appropriateness to theme. Three winning students will receive $2,500 scholarships. An additional $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the school with the highest number of participants. Students’ essays must be submitted via e-mail to 272words@alplm.org from Sept. 1-Oct. 1. Full contest details are attached.

American History Teacher Award - The Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award, sponsored by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, recognizes an outstanding history teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War Era from 1750-1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current accepted curriculum requirements. The award winner will choose a trip to one of four seminars valued at $1,400. Award information and application are attached. All applications must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be considered.

August 26, 2013

ELA Update
Below you’ll find the link for the Back to School edition of The ELA Scoop; this month, we focus on CCSS Resources. Much of the dynamic content will not display correctly when using Internet Explorer, so we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome. There are a number of new features, so be sure to check it out and forward the link along! Happy reading and writing. Enjoy a great school year! The ELA Scoop: www.simplebooklet.com/ncdpielascoopv2n1

Home Base Bi-Weekly Update
Click here to read the Home Base biweekly update. While this version is very long, there are great materials located inside. Many common problems with PowerSchool and TrueNorth Logic data are addressed.


August 19, 2013 Updates for Region 6

All updates can be accessed by visiting http://bit.ly/19uvMt8.

Webinar information:
NC DPI is providing you with several webinars to support the rollout of Home Base and to support users of the NCEES, Click the links below for a schedule of webinars and to register.

Home Base webinars: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/calendar/
NCEES and TrueNorth Logic webinars: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars


June 26, 2013 Update from NC Principal of the Year:

Principal Dale Cole of Chocowinity Middle School, our NC Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for 2013, assumed his role starting June 1st of this year. In keeping with his desire to represent the principals of NC he has begun a blog and Twitter account to share his adventures, thoughts on education, great resources, and to also ask for feedback. Mr. Cole plans to share upcoming issues from the NC State Board of Education meetings as he is informed in order to ask principals for their thoughts before the meetings. This will allow him to do a better job of advising the board over the next year. You can find his blog page at https://dalecole.wordpress.com/. There is an email sign-up box on the blog page. Also, if you are a Twitter user, you can click the follow button on his blog page or find him at @DaleColeNCPOY. Mr. Cole was interviewed on North Carolina Now, and this interview aired on UNC-TV on June 18th. You can find the interview by going to http://video.unctv.org/video/2365027754 and scrolling to the 17 minute mark of the video.