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October 8, 2012: Race to the Top Weekly Updates

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October 1, 2012: Race to the Top October Calendar and Updates


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New to the Race to the Top Weekly Update offerings is a monthly email calendar that we have been sending to North Carolina public school teachers for a while. \We feel certain that many of you on the RttT Update list could benefit from receiving it, too. Beginning with this new month, you will receive the calendar on the first day of each month.

For the 2012-13 school year, the calendar will feature news and items related to our Instructional Improvement System, currently under development. You will find links to resources and events, along with news about the progress of the IIS. There also is a link to all types of Professional Development activities for educators during the given month.

Each month also features book/website/blog recommendations from NCDPI colleagues involved in the development and implementation of the IIS. In this month's calendar, we introduce you to Cynthia Crowdus, the IIS Project Coordinator. Her role is to make sure that the project stays on time and within its scope of work

Have a great October, and as always, look for the next edition of the RttT Weekly Update on Wednesday!


September 12, 2012

NEW THIS WEEK

• North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Teachers

• North Carolina Central Office Evaluation Rubric: Policy Update

• SREB Commission Report on Middle Grades for Counselor‐Principal Teams

• Fall Training for NC K‐12 School Counselors

• North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI) Education Technology Planning Summits


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Back‐to‐School Message from State Superintendent June Atkinson

• Educator Effectiveness Website Live

• Online Evaluation Tool Webinar Series: Getting Started

• PD Calendar Website Launched

• New Phase II Online Modules Released

• Finding NCDPI Wikispaces

• Student Achievement Partners Modules on the Common Core State Standards

• Common Core Resources from America Achieves the Core

• NC Common Core Mathematics K‐8 Week by Week Essentials and Strategies Coming Soon

• Reading, Math Foundations Crosswalks Linking to the Common Core State Standards

• Quick Reference Guides for the NC Standard Course of Study

• Possible Scenarios for Compacting the CCSS‐M in Middle School

• Webinar Update: Arts Education, Course Coding Changes Impact, Honors Policy, Student

Placement

NEW THIS WEEK

North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Teachers

A six‐week, facilitator‐led module designed for teachers begins on Monday, September 17. This module,

North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process, provides an in‐depth look at the North

Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, helping teachers deepen their understanding of the six

professional teaching standards and their role in the new evaluation process.

The module is available at no cost to North Carolina teachers and will be facilitated by the DPI

Professional Development Leads. The course will take approximately 20 hours to complete over a period

of six weeks, and teachers will earn 2 CEUs upon completion.

LearnNC hosts the course. Teachers may go to https://ncelearning.org/sectionsopen to register for the

course. Four sections are offered this year, and the registration is now open for the September and

October sections. There is a limit of 23 participants per section.

Course start dates are September 17 and October 8, 2012, and January 14 and February 4, 2013.

Registration is currently open for the September and October dates.

MORE INFO: Dr. Lynne Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov

North Carolina Central Office Evaluation Rubric: Policy Update

The original version of TCP‐C‐021 offered the North Carolina Central Office Staff Evaluation Process as an

option for the evaluation of central office staff members with the rank of director or above. Teacher

leaders, coordinators and instructional staff working directly with adults were previously not identified

in this policy. Given the need to evaluate LEA staff members with an instrument appropriate to their

roles and responsibilities, the revision to TCP‐C‐021 allows LEAs to use the Central Office Staff Evaluation

Process with employees regardless of rank. For purposes of this policy, Central Office Staff members

include: Deputy, Assistant, and Associate Superintendents, instructional staff members with a rank of

Director or above; and coordinators and teacher leaders who are not responsible for direct student

instruction. The State Board approved this policy change at its September 6 meeting.

MORE INFO: Dr. Lynne Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov

SREB Commission Report on Middle Grades for Counselor‐Principal Teams

School counselors work as leaders and advocates in the school by collaborating with the administration

to meet the learning needs of all students. Please join members of the SREB Middle School

Commission to review the strategies of the report “A New Mission for Middle Grades.” Dr. Gene

Bottoms from the Southern Regional Education Board; Dr. June Atkinson from the NC Department of

Public Instruction; and Dr. Cathy Tomon, Principal, Marylene Vines, Assistant Principal and Joann

Norman, School Counselor of Broad Creek Middle School will lead this “lunch and learn” session for

Middle School Counselors and Principals.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 ‐ 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

NCSCA Conference ‐ Sheraton Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC

The registration link for this session is already on the NCSCA Fall Conference Landing page as follows:

http://www.ncyi.org/www/docs/135.290

(A Save the Date card is attached.)

MORE INFO: Linda Brannan, linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov

Fall Training for NC K‐12 School Counselors

There are many RttT training opportunities for NC K‐12 School Counselors. All are listed in detail with

registration information on the NCDPI School Counseling Wikispace, at

http://schoolcounseling.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/. Click on the Professional Development tab.

MORE INFO: Linda Brannan, linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov

North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI) Education Technology Planning Summits

NCDPI and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University have collaborated

around preparing the state for technology‐enabled learning. The partnership is committed to providing

“just‐in‐time” assistance and support to LEAs and charter schools planning and/or implementing

educational technology initiatives. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce a series of intensive twoday

Planning Summits for LEAs and charter schools. The first is an intensive two‐day leadership planning

summit to provide an orientation to the NCLTI Framework for Planning and its supporting tools and

resources. During sessions, you will have the opportunity to begin using the tools and resources to

launch your district and/or school planning efforts or strengthen existing plans for technology‐enabled

learning environments. Additional information and application/registration information is available

online at http://it.ncwiseowl.org/resources/nclti_summits.

MORE INFO: Neill Kimrey, neill.kimrey@dpi.nc.gov

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Back‐to‐School Message from State Superintendent June Atkinson

As you know, the 2012‐13 school year brings many changes for our schools. State Superintendent June

Atkinson welcomes teachers, principals, administrators, parents and community supporters back to

school with a message encouraging everyone to work together to ensure that these changes ultimately

mean higher achievement for all public school students. Dr. Atkinson's welcome back video is available

online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/principals/ (scroll down to Back‐to‐School Message

from State Superintendent June Atkinson).

Educator Effectiveness Website Live

The new Educator Effectiveness Website is now available for teachers, principals and administrators to

access information regarding educator effectiveness data, state board policies governing educator

effectiveness, the new Measures of Student Learning, the new educator evaluation system and much

more. You can access the site at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/.

MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov

Online Evaluation Tool Webinar Series: Getting Started

The Professional Development team is offering webinars on strategies for getting started in the online

tool. We will also review some of the upgrades for the 2012‐13 school year. The following areas will be

reviewed during the webinar:

1. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete Teacher Self‐Assessment

2. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete a Professional Development Plan and explain the

changes.

3. Model the use of the Record of Teacher Activity Report

4. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete the Principal/Assistant Principal Self‐Assessment

5. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete goal setting for Principal/Assistant Principal

6. Review Online Tool Updates

These webinars will be offered through September. Please select a date and time that works best in your

schedule to join us for this informative webinar. Registration information is available at

http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars. The webinars are open to district contacts for

the online tool, principals, and teachers. Please feel free to share this information.

MORE INFO: Eliz Colbert, eliz.colbert@dpi.nc.gov

PD Calendar Website Launched

The 2012 NCDPI Professional Development Calendar is now live on the Professional Development

website. Please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/calendar/ for a listing of PD offerings

hosted in each region for your district or charter school leaders. Registration is handled through the

Regional Education Service Alliances (RESAs), and their contact person is the NCDPI Regional

Professional Development Leaders. Your local contact is the RttT Coordinator or Contact Person for the

2012 Summer Institute Leadership team. Please contact them first if you have any questions regarding

the PD Calendar.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov

New Phase II Online Modules Released

(Please See Attached)

The Department of Public Instruction has developed nine new online modules as a means of providing

professional development that is flexible and can be used by districts and charter school teams in ways

that best suit their needs. These modules were launched on June 30 for district and charter school use

through NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc/. For supplemental information about the modules,

enrollment information, and strategies for implementation, please refer to the Phase II Online Module

Implementation Guide at http://rt3nc.org/pubs/implementation_guide_2012.pdf.

MORE INFO: Geetanjali Soni, geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov

Finding NCDPI Wikispaces

NCDPI has heard your concerns regarding finding wikispaces in a fast and convenient way. Soon there

will be a central location for all NCDPI Wikispaces pages for your convenience. Please visit

http://wikicentral.ncdpi.wikispaces.net to find any resource page you may be looking for. We are

continuously updating this space with the most recent information, so please “pardon our progress”

while the site remains under construction.

MORE INFO: Robert Sox, robert.sox@dpi.nc.gov

Student Achievement Partners Modules on the Common Core State Standards

Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by three of the contributing authors to the

Common Core that develops tools for effective standards implementation, released four professional

development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the

Common Core. The four modules cover: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in

ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy and Instructional Leadership in the

context of the Common Core.

http://www.achievethecore.org/steal‐these‐tools/professional‐development‐modules

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre‐Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov

Common Core Resources from America Achieves the Core.

America Achieves the Core has a number of SS, ELA, and Math lessons that illustrate the Common Core

shifts. Users have to set up an account to view the lessons but it is free.

http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre‐Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov

NC Common Core Mathematics K‐8 Week by Week Essentials and Strategies Coming Soon

NCDPI has begun the process of selecting high cognitively demanding tasks from the K‐8 Week by Week

Essentials and Strategies to create a new support document that aligns with the Common Core State

Standards. With the support of North Carolina educators and other public school partners, we anticipate

the release of this new document in late fall. Updates regarding this new document will be posted on

the K‐8 NCDPI Math Listserves and NCDPI Math Wiki: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/

MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov

Reading, Math Foundations Crosswalks Linking to the Common Core State Standards

The course goals and competencies of the North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP) Reading

Foundations Training (RFT) and the Foundations of Mathematics Training are aligned to the concepts

and skills of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These crosswalks reflect a comparison between

these state initiatives. It is designed as a resource to inform educators about how the Reading

Foundations and Foundations of Mathematics courses align with the CCSS.

To view these crosswalks, please visit:

http://www.ncsip.org/mathematics/resources‐and‐materials.php

http://www.ncsip.org/reading/documents/RFandCommonCoreCrosswalk.pdf

MORE INFO: Paula Crawford, paula.crawford@dpi.nc.gov

Quick Reference Guides for the NC Standard Course of Study

The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study, available in sets for K‐5 or

6‐8, serve as resources for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard

Course of Study across multiple disciplines. IS175, 2012, $25 (K‐5)

IS176, 2012, $15 (6‐8). Order at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/publications/

Free PDF download at: http://aplus.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Reference+Guides

MORE INFO: Elaine Darby, elaine.darby@dpi.nc.gov

Possible Scenarios for Compacting the CCSS‐M in Middle School

Possible scenarios for compacting the CCSS‐M in middle school are now available at

http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Middle+School+Mathematics

Two models are available: A 3:2 model which begins compacting in the 7th grade and a 4:3 model which

begins compacting in the sixth grade. With each model is a 6 ‐ 8 overview of the standards (this

document was previously posted; however, revisions have been made), a possible grouping of standards

by units for each grade level, and a document with all grade levels together.

MORE INFO: Robin Barbour, robin.barbour@dpi.nc.gov

Webinar Update: Arts Education, Course Coding Changes Impact, Honors Policy, Student Placement

This webinar is intended for public school counselors and other educators interested in learning more

about the impact of course coding changes, honors policy, and student placement in relationship to

students’ participation in arts education programs. Linda Brannan, School Counseling Consultant, and

Christie Lynch Ebert, Arts Education Consultant, will lead this session. Please plan to attend to have your

questions answered and find out what you can do to support student learning in the arts! Participants

are encouraged to log in and check all connections 15 minutes prior to the start time for the broadcast.

This webinar will be recorded and archived for future reference if your schedule does not allow you to

attend the live meeting.

Registration Web Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/183294615

MORE INFO: Christie Lynch Ebert, christie.lynchebert@dpi.nc.gov

July 31, 2012

NEW THIS MONTH

  • Federal Report Commends NC’s Race to the Top Initiative
  • NC Receives 2 National Awards for Learning, Outreach
  • North Carolina Essential Standards Assessment Examples Available for Review
  • Raising Expectations with the ACT
  • 2012 Summer Institutes – Certificate Info
  • Important Announcement Regarding Cloud Hosting Services


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Future-Ready Core Course of Study Mathematics Graduation Requirements
  • K-2 Mathematics Assessment
  • ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshops
  • North Carolina RtI Model Moves to Three-Tier
  • New Quick Reference Guides Help Educators Plan for New Standards
  • Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update
  • IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC)


NEW THIS MONTH


Federal Report Commends NC’s Race to the Top Initiative


North Carolina is making great strides as the state approaches the halfway mark of its four-year Race to the Top implementation. A recent federal report commends the state for its strong support of schools as they prepare for both new instructional standards that will better prepare students and the new assessments that will better measure what students know and are able to do.


For the full news release on this report, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2012-13/20120712-01.


MORE INFO: Adam Levinson, Adam.Levinson@dpi.nc.gov


NC Receives 2 National Awards for Learning, Outreach


North Carolina has received two awards from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national educational advocacy organization.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction received P21’s Educational Support Systems and Intentional Design Award for its READY Outreach Meetings. These meetings, held in all eight regions across the state in February and March 2012, reached more than 4,000 principals, teachers and superintendents with information on the new Common Core and Essential State Standards and other changes coming to NC public schools this school year.

The Recognition of Achievement in 21st Century Education John Wilson Award also was presented to NCDPI, for the Occupational Course of Study Blended Learning Program. This program is a high school Course of Study which has teachers who are highly qualified in specific subject areas working with teachers who are highly qualified in special education to provide instruction. The program has shown great success and is in the process of expanding.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student through support of local, state and federal policies that provide resources for educators.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov


North Carolina Essential Standards Assessment Examples Available for Review


These assessment examples are aligned to new content standards and reinforce teaching the standards to their intended level of deep mastery. The purpose of providing examples is to illustrate ways in which the standards or part(s) of the standards might be assessed in the classroom. Please send feedback to us at feedback@dpi.nc.gov and we will use your input to refine our instructional tool.


Social Studies

http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Assessment+Info .


Arts

http://ances.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Arts+Education+Assessment+Examples

Healthful Living

http://hlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Healthful+Living+Assessment+Examples


World Languages

http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/TOPS+Assessment+Examples+Work


Science

http://scnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home


MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov


Raising Expectations with the ACT


Among many increased expectations for this school year is the administration of the ACT test to every qualified high school junior. ACT results will be used as part of the new READY school accountability model. The link below describes why we are giving the ACT assessment to every 11th-grader and what educators can expect about the initial results.

www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/redesign/act-one-pager.pdf


MORE INFO: Mike Martin, Mike.Martin@dpi.nc.gov


2012 Summer Institutes – Certificate Info

The 2012 Summer Institutes wrapped up another great season today at SanLee Middle School in Sanford. More than 2,000 lead teachers, principals and other educators have now received a second round of training via blended professional development that focuses on the transition from the current Standard Course of Study to the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards for all content areas.

If you attended the 2012 Summer Institutes you should have received a brief message and link to the post-Institute survey by email at the end of Day 2, or you may have accessed the survey through the QR codes posted around the school. In case you happened NOT to have received an email, the link to the survey is available on the NC Education site. This link allows you to submit feedback on your overall experience and gives you access to your Certificate of Completion.

You may take the final survey and download your Certificate of Completion by logging on to NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc and completing Step 5 in the 2012 Summer Institutes course. Please complete the post-Institute survey within 10 days of your attendance at the Summer Institute. Attendance is taken at every location and your initials are necessary on both days to access the certificate. Thanks for your feedback.

MORE INFO: For general questions regarding the Summer Institutes, please contact you school or district’s Race to the Top coordinator, or Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.edu. For questions regarding attendance, please contact Beth Ann Williams, beth.williams@dpi.nc.gov. For issues concerning NC Education, please contact the Help Desk, ncdesk@ncsu.edu.

Important Announcement Regarding Cloud Hosting Services


NCDPI will announce the details of a major step forward in the modernization of our financial and business systems as part of the Race to the Top (RttT) initiative at the Financial and Business Services Summer Conference, on Thursday July 26. LEAs currently own and maintain IBM iSeries (AS/400) which serve critical business functions. NCDPI and North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute have developed a plan to enable LEAs to save a significant amount of money by eliminating the costs associated with the physical ownership of these devices, while at the same time enabling each LEA to completely control the business operations which are performed by the iSeries servers.


The announcement will be conveyed to Superintendents and Chief Financial Officers of local school districts immediately following the conference.


MORE INFO: Neill Kimrey, Neill.Kimrey@dpi.nc.gov


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


Future-Ready Core Course of Study Mathematics Graduation Requirements


There are a number of changes to the Future-Ready Mathematics Graduation Requirements for the 2012-13 school year. The document’s first page provides an overview of these changes.

Of particular note is clarification of the lab requirement for MAT courses (#6) and the mathematics credit for CTE courses for students in the substitution pathway (#11). The chart may be found at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Policy+Information.


MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov. You may also share your comments at feedback@dpi.nc.gov


K-2 Mathematics Assessment


In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, the NC Department of Public Instruction provides Local Education Agencies with state-developed assessments to be implemented for kindergarten, first and second grades. These assessments include documented, ongoing individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. Local Education Agencies may use these assessment instruments as presented, or use adaptations of these instruments, or they may adopt unique assessments.


The newly revised K-2 Mathematics Formative Assessment Tasks and the K-2 Mathematics Administration Manual are available at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/. A mid-year benchmark assessment and end-of-year summative assessment will be provided to district directors this fall.


MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, at Barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov, or Amy Scrinzi, amy.scrinzi@dpi.nc.gov.


ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshops


The ACT Instructional Support Workshops (ISWs) are being offered throughout North Carolina in coordination with ACT, NCDPI and the State RESAs. The workshops will be conducted by ACT staff.

Target audiences include ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers, curriculum specialists and school/district level administrators. The focus of these programs is to provide best practices for the use of data from PLAN and ACT assessments to improve student success through teaching and learning tied to ACT's College and Career Readiness Standards. Topics/activities include:


  • How to best use data from the student and school-based PLAN and ACT reports to improve classroom instruction;

• Understanding the structure and content of each assessment in PLAN and the ACT with hands-on activities; and,

  • • Review of resources from ACT to use in developing instructional strategies.


Training schedule is as follows:


- Northeast RESA (Region 1): August 10, 8:30 am to 1pm, Washington Convention Center, Washington

- Southeast RESA (Region 2): August 13 & 14, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Lois Britt Agricultural Service Center, Kenansville

- Central Carolina RESA (Region 3): August 8, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Central Carolina RESA, Raleigh

- Sandhills RESA (Region 4): August 15 and 16, 9 am to 1:30 pm, Cumberland County Educational Resource Center

- Piedmont RESA (Region 5): August 7, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Village Inn, Clemmons

- Southwest RESA (Region 6): August 6 and August 17, 8:30 am to 1 pm, UNC-Charlotte

- Northwest RESA (Region 7): August 2, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Holiday Inn Express, Wilkesboro

- Western RESA (Region 8): August 1, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Western RESA, Candler, NC


RESA directors will send registration information for this training soon.


MORE INFO: Please contact your RESA office, or Johnny Wilson, Johnny.Wilson@dpi.nc.gov


North Carolina RtI Model Moves to Three-Tier

As announced earlier this year, North Carolina’s Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) Model will transition from that of a four-tier model to a three-tier model. Training begins this summer and will place a stronger emphasis on using data within a problem-solving model to make improved instructional decisions within the foundational core curricula at Tier I. RtI in North Carolina emphasizes a school improvement model that streamlines initiatives and ensures that students are college and career ready.


MORE INFO: Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.Pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov. For information on upcoming training, please contact Angie Parrish, Angie.Parrish@dpi.nc.gov.


New Quick Reference Guides Help Educators Plan for New Standards


The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study, available in sets for K-5 or 6-8, serve as resources for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple disciplines. The Reference Guides contain the standards and objectives for all of the Common Core State Standards, North Carolina Essential Standards and North Carolina Extended Content Standards. The inclusion of standards for all subject areas within single, grade-specific documents is intended to make planning for instruction more efficient. This may be particularly useful for grade-level teachers teaching multiple disciplines or teams of teachers collaborating to plan integrated instruction. The order numbers and prices are as follows: IS175, 2012, $25 (K-5); IS176, 2012, $15 (6-8). You may order these publications at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/publications/


MORE INFO: Elaine Darby, Elaine.Darby@dpi.nc.gov


Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update


To support the teaching of the new Common Core Standards, NCDPI’s goal is to provide districts with an Instructional Improvement System (IIS) that will improve and personalize student learning. The IIS will facilitate the teaching process by providing all North Carolina districts and schools with increased access to high quality resources and timely and relevant information and data to improve instruction.


We have issued a request for proposal (RFP) to hire a vendor to provide an IIS technology solution that aligns to the vision, goals, and specifications that were developed and vetted with stakeholders last year. Proposals have been received and the evaluation process is under way.

A pilot of the IIS is scheduled to begin in 2013 with phased rollout during the 2013-14 school year. As a project of Race to the Top, the IIS is slated to be fully deployed by the end of the grant period in August 2014.


The IIS is an exciting and innovative move for our state to a “one-stop-shop” solution for improving instruction.


MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/, or send questions/comments to IIS_READY@dpi.nc.gov, or contact Dr. Sarah McManus at Sarah.McManus@dpi.nc.gov.

IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC)


To prepare for the Instructional Improvement System, LEAs/charter schools are working together in the IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC) to gather local resources (e.g., unit plans, assessment items) that can be shared statewide through the IIS. The Consortium comprises members from all eight educational regions, representing small, medium and large LEAs/charter schools. It is focused on resources from the following areas: instruction/learning, assessment, professional development and talent management/educator evaluation. The LEA chair of the consortium is Jason Atkinson of Hoke County Schools. The LEA leads are James Overman of Wake County for Instruction/Learning, Todd Wirt of Mooresville Graded School District for Assessment and Jan Richardson of Charlotte-MecklenburgSchools for Talent Management/Educator Evaluation. The lead for Professional Development will soon be named. The Consortium presently has an additional 25 LEA/charter school members.


The IIS RC is currently in its formative stage and is addressing procedures for the group to identify and share resources across the state. Recently, the Consortium has been considering the process of how initial data will be gathered in order to inventory the resources available that might be included in the IIS. Several IIS RC members have suggested processes they follow to collect and vet materials that may be used as a beginning point for the development of procedures. The IIS RC meets monthly.


MORE INFO:IIS_READY@dpi.nc.gov, or Dr. LaVerne Weldon, LaVerne.Weldon@dpi.nc.gov.




July 2, 2012




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NEW THIS MONTH**

  • 2012 Summer Institutes Off to Great Start – Certificate Info
  • Future-Ready Core Course of Study Mathematics Graduation Requirements
  • K-2 Mathematics Assessment
  • ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshops
  • North Carolina RtI Model Moves to Three-Tier
  • New Quick Reference Guides Help Educators Plan for New Standards
  • Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update
  • IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC)



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • North Carolina Receives NCLB Waivers



NEW THIS MONTH



2012 Summer Institutes Off to Great Start – Certificate Info

The 2012 Summer Institutes got off to a great start at Enka High School in Buncombe County on June 21 and 22, with more than 400 participants who were fully engaged and excited about preparing for implementation in August.


If you attended the 2012 Summer Institutes you should have received a brief message and link to the post-Institute survey by email at the end of Day 2, or you may have accessed the survey through the QR codes posted around the school. In case you happened NOT to have received an email, the link to the survey is available on the NC Education site. This link allows you to submit feedback on your overall experience and gives you access to your Certificate of Completion.

You may take the final survey and download your Certificate of Completion by logging on to NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc and completing Step 5 in the 2012 Summer Institutes course. Please complete the post-Institute survey within 10 days of your attendance at the Summer Institute. Attendance is taken at every location and your initials are necessary on both days to access the certificate. Thanks for your feedback.


MORE INFO: For general questions regarding the Summer Institutes, please contact you school or district’s Race to the Top coordinator, or Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.edu. For questions regarding attendance, please contact Beth Ann Williams, beth.williams@dpi.nc.gov. For issues concerning NC Education, please contact the Help Desk, ncdesk@ncsu.edu.


Future-Ready Core Course of Study Mathematics Graduation Requirements


There are a number of changes to the Future-Ready Mathematics Graduation Requirements for the 2012-13 school year. The document’s first page provides an overview of these changes.

Of particular note is clarification of the lab requirement for MAT courses (#6) and the mathematics credit for CTE courses for students in the substitution pathway (#11). The chart may be found at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Policy+Information.

MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov. You may also share your comments at feedback@dpi.nc.gov


K-2 Mathematics Assessment



In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, the NC Department of Public Instruction provides Local Education Agencies with state-developed assessments to be implemented for kindergarten, first and second grades. These assessments include documented, ongoing individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. Local Education Agencies may use these assessment instruments as presented, or use adaptations of these instruments, or they may adopt unique assessments.


The newly revised K-2 Mathematics Formative Assessment Tasks and the K-2 Mathematics Administration Manual are available at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/. A mid-year benchmark assessment and end-of-year summative assessment will be provided to district directors this fall.


MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, at Barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov, or Amy Scrinzi, amy.scrinzi@dpi.nc.gov.



ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshops


The ACT Instructional Support Workshops (ISWs) are being offered throughout North Carolina in coordination with ACT, NCDPI and the State RESAs. The workshops will be conducted by ACT staff.


Target audiences include ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers, curriculum specialists and school/district level administrators. The focus of these programs is to provide best practices for the use of data from PLAN and ACT assessments to improve student success through teaching and learning tied to ACT's College and Career Readiness Standards. Topics/activities include:

  • How to best use data from the student and school-based PLAN and ACT reports to improve classroom instruction;

• Understanding the structure and content of each assessment in PLAN and the ACT with hands-on activities; and,

  • • Review of resources from ACT to use in developing instructional strategies.


Training schedule is as follows:

- Northeast RESA (Region 1): August 10, 8:30 am to 1pm, Washington Convention Center, Washington

- Southeast RESA (Region 2): August 13 & 14, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Lois Britt Agricultural Service Center, Kenansville

- Central Carolina RESA (Region 3): August 8, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Central Carolina RESA, Raleigh

- Sandhills RESA (Region 4): August 15 and 16, 9 am to 1:30 pm, Cumberland County Educational Resource Center

- Piedmont RESA (Region 5): August 7, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Village Inn, Clemmons

- Southwest RESA (Region 6): August 6 and August 17, 8:30 am to 1 pm, UNC-Charlotte

- Northwest RESA (Region 7): August 2, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Holiday Inn Express, Wilkesboro

- Western RESA (Region 8): August 1, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Western RESA, Candler, NC


RESA directors will send registration information for this training soon.

MORE INFO: Please contact your RESA office, or Johnny Wilson, johnny.wilson@dpi.nc.gov

North Carolina RtI Model Moves to Three-Tier


As announced earlier this year, North Carolina’s Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) Model will transition from that of a four-tier model to a three-tier model. Training begins this summer and will place a stronger emphasis on using data within a problem-solving model to make improved instructional decisions within the foundational core curricula at Tier I. RtI in North Carolina emphasizes a school improvement model that streamlines initiatives and ensures that students are college and career ready.

MORE INFO: Visit the RtI display at the 2012 Summer Institutes, or contact Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov. For information on upcoming training, please contact Angie Parrish, angie.parrish@dpi.nc.gov.


New Quick Reference Guides Help Educators Plan for New Standards


The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study, available in sets for K-5 or 6-8, serve as resources for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple disciplines. The Reference Guides contain the standards and objectives for all of the Common Core State Standards, North Carolina Essential Standards and North Carolina Extended Content Standards. The inclusion of standards for all subject areas within single, grade-specific documents is intended to make planning for instruction more efficient. This may be particularly useful for grade-level teachers teaching multiple disciplines or teams of teachers collaborating to plan integrated instruction. The order numbers and prices are as follows: IS175, 2012, $25 (K-5); IS176, 2012, $15 (6-8). You may order these publications at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/publications/

MORE INFO: Elaine Darby, elaine.darby@dpi.nc.gov

Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update


To support the teaching of the new Common Core Standards, NCDPI’s goal is to provide districts with an Instructional Improvement System (IIS) that will improve and personalize student learning. The IIS will facilitate the teaching process by providing all North Carolina districts and schools with increased access to high quality resources and timely and relevant information and data to improve instruction.


We have issued a request for proposal (RFP) to hire a vendor to provide an IIS technology solution that aligns to the vision, goals, and specifications that were developed and vetted with stakeholders last year. Proposals have been received and the evaluation process is under way.

A pilot of the IIS is scheduled to begin in 2013 with phased rollout during the 2013-14 school year. As a project of Race to the Top, the IIS is slated to be fully deployed by the end of the grant period in August 2014.

The IIS is an exciting and innovative move for our state to a “one-stop-shop” solution for improving instruction.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/, or send questions/comments to IIS_READY@dpi.nc.gov, or contact Dr. Sarah McManus at sarah.mcmanus@dpi.nc.gov.

IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC)

To prepare for the Instructional Improvement System, LEAs/charter schools are working together in the IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC) to gather local resources (e.g., unit plans, assessment items) that can be shared statewide through the IIS. The Consortium comprises members from all eight educational regions, representing small, medium and large LEAs/charter schools. It is focused on resources from the following areas: instruction/learning, assessment, professional development and talent management/educator evaluation. The LEA chair of the consortium is Jason Atkinson of Hoke County Schools. The LEA leads are James Overman of Wake County for Instruction/Learning, Todd Wirt of Mooresville Graded School District for Assessment and Jan Richardson of Charlotte-MecklenburgSchools for Talent Management/Educator Evaluation. The lead for Professional Development will soon be named. The Consortium presently has an additional 25 LEA/charter school members.

The IIS RC is currently in its formative stage and is addressing procedures for the group to identify and share resources across the state. Recently, the Consortium has been considering the process of how initial data will be gathered in order to inventory the resources available that might be included in the IIS. Several IIS RC members have suggested processes they follow to collect and vet materials that may be used as a beginning point for the development of procedures. The IIS RC meets monthly.

MORE INFO:IIS_READY@dpi.nc.gov, or Dr. LaVerne Weldon, __laverne.weldon@dpi.nc.gov__.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



North Carolina Receives NCLB Waivers



North Carolina is one of eight states receiving flexibility waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new round of waiver approvals on Tuesday. To date, 19 states have received waiver approval, and another 18 waiver plans are under review.


This decision comes after several months of peer reviews and negotiation with the US Department of Education. Through this process, North Carolina education leaders clarified information provided in support of its waivers and adjusted some elements of the state’s plan.


The waiver process allows states important flexibility that they need in order to move forward with efforts to improve schools and support opportunities to close achievement gaps and improve learning for students. North Carolina’s waivers allow the state to move away from the Adequate Yearly Progress measure that is an “all or nothing” measure. Many felt the AYP process unfairly labeled schools for missing one or two targets among many and provided disincentives to states that wanted to implement new accountability models, more rigorous standards and other improvements.

You can read more about this at __http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20120530-01__

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, __Vanessa.jeter@dpi.nc.gov__


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NEW THIS WEEK



  • READY Outreach Meeting Posted Online
  • Education Evaluation System Lockdown
  • Teacher Evaluation Training Alert
  • Race to the Top: Taking Stock of North Carolina’s Progress




NEW THIS WEEK



READY Outreach Meeting Posted Online

NCDPI hosted READY Regional Outreach meetings across the state in February and March, as part of the READY Initiative to ensure that educators are prepared for the many changes coming to NC’s public schools this fall. These meetings were attended mostly by principals and lead teachers, along with superintendents and communications directors.

The Regional 3 meeting at NC State University’s McKimmon Center on March 12 was recorded to give everyone a chance to have access to the information that was shared. This is now available on iTunesU. The video is segmented according to topics covered, and can be accessed at http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/ready/id415314572.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, michael.yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov

Education Evaluation System Lockdown

The online Educator Evaluation System will close for the 2011-12 school year on June 30 for all teacher, assistant principal and principal evaluations. Note: This is a change from last year. The system must be locked down at this time in order to compile the data for state and federal reporting requirements.

All aspects of the evaluation process must be completed in the online tool prior to June 30. It is important for all educators to be aware of this deadline. Please remind them of this deadline.

MORE INFO: Lynne Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov.

Teacher Evaluation Training Alert

Kim Simmons, kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov, has joined the Educator Recruitment and Development staff as the North Carolina Educator Evaluation Consultant to lead our team in the training process. Kim has experience as a principal and professional development leader. All LEAs have FREE access to Kim Simmons, Eliz Colbert, Robert Sox and the PD Leads in your district. Training by these individual is free; at no cost to you. PD Leads are identified here at this link: www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory.

Face-to-face and online training occurs frequently in your region, and you have the option to customize your training. It has come to our attention at the agency that outside vendors are hired to assist you with your training. Please be advised that many of these vendors are neither trained on our current online system nor the inclusion of Standards 6 and 8. Please take advantage of ensuring you are observing and evaluating your teachers in with accuracy and fidelity.

MORE INFO: Lynne C. Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov

Race to the Top: Taking Stock of North Carolina’s Progress



State Superintendent June Atkinson and other state education leaders attended North Carolina's annual “stock-take” meeting with US Department of Education (USED) Secretary Arne Duncan on May 7 in Washington, DC. This meeting focused on the progress the department has made toward the implementation of new standards, assessments and more in North Carolina public schools this fall. All of this work is supported by North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant, which provides $400 million to support school improvement and was awarded by the USED in 2010.


Secretary Duncan and his team commended the state for taking the lead in reaching educators across North Carolina with information concerning the new Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards, a new accountability model and a refined Educator Effectiveness System. Secretary Duncan and his team also noted:


A major boost in professional development for educators around the new standards. Summer Institutes held in 2011 and scheduled for this summer have reached thousands of principals and lead teachers. The NCDPI is providing support to local school districts to ensure that this is replicated at the individual school level. In addition, multiple online modules are in place to help teachers prepare for the new Common Core.


Progress toward the development of new assessments. North Carolina is on track to have online tools that will simplify how students are tested and produce data that will determine areas for improvement much more quickly.


Thoughtful planning of a new Instructional Improvement System. The NCDPI is working with a number of partners to create a new data system that measures student success and informs teachers, principals and policymakers about how they can improve the delivery of educational services to students. Proposals for building this system are being reviewed, and vendor selections are expected in the next several months.


Building support for a new educator evaluation system. A new evaluation system for educators that incorporates student growth as one of six factors and involved input from teachers and principals will give a more accurate view of classroom effectiveness.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012



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NEW THIS WEEK
  • Next Webinar in NC FALCON Formative Assessment Series April 27 **
    • Free Online Training on EVAAS Available
    • Unpacking Standards for Social Studies
    • Honors Level Course Rubric Revision
    • Links to Helpful Wiki Resources
    • Student Writing Samples for Common Core State Standards



NEW THIS WEEK



Next Webinar in NC FALCON Formative Assessment Series April 27

Looking for ways to collect evidence of student learning before the end of the class period? You can narrow the search for successful strategies by attending the NC FALCON webinar on April 27! Amanda Horne, a teacher from Cumberland County, will share successful strategies to collect evidence of student learning. She also will share detailed guidelines for adjusting instruction based on the evidence. After the webinar, shared resources will be posted in NC FALCON for you to download. Join us to hear and see what has made Amanda's implementation of Formative Assessment a success. Space is limited, so please reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/489951120.

Title: NC FALCON Webinar - Collecting Evidence of Student Learning


Date: Friday, April 27, 2012


Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


System Requirements


PC-based attendees


Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees


Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

MORE INFO: Shanon Daniels, Shanon.Daniels@dpi.nc.gov



Free Online Training on EVAAS Available

In February 2012, the State Board of Education approved the use of the Educator Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) as the statewide growth model for ratings on the sixth and eighth standards of the teacher and principal evaluation instruments. Additionally, in 2012-13, EVAAS will become the growth model used for school accountability. While additional professional development on EVAAS will be rolling out, districts and schools already can take advantage of a wealth of training opportunities.

· Visit https://ncdpi.sas.com/evaas/signin.jsf for a list of drop-in webinars on reports and features in the EVAAS tool. Educators do not need to register for these sessions. Topics covered include: Teacher Awareness of Educational Progress Rates (Student Pattern Reports); Empowering Effective Teaching (Teacher Value Added and Diagnostic Reports) aka Capitalize on Highly Effective Teaching; EVAAS Value-Added Reports; District Summary Reports; Diagnostic and Performance Diagnostic Reports; Student Reports and Projections; Academic At-Risk Reports; Custom Student Reports; EVAAS Q&A: Get Your EVAAS Questions Answered!; EVAAS Diagnostic and Academic Preparedness Reports: Tools for School Improvement; and EVAAS School Search Reports.

· Districts and schools can also contact the EVAAS training team for private coaching sessions. In these sessions, EVAAS trainers will walk through the district’s or school’s own data, offer help with report interpretation, and answer any questions.

If you have questions about the use of EVAAS for educator effectiveness, please contact Jennifer Preston at (919) 807-4187 or jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov. If you have questions about the use of EVAAS for school accountability, please contact Faye Atkinson at (919) 807-3803 or faye.atkinson@dpi.nc.gov.

MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov


Unpacking Standards for Social Studies

Unpacking Standards for Social Studies electives have been added to the Essential Standards Support Tools page at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#unsocial. The new material includes eight documents that begin with 20th Century Civil Liberties Civil Rights and finish with World Humanities. Unpacking standards are documents for educators that define the skills students must master to accomplish specific goals. The documents list the essential standards for each grade level and subject, and provide detailed examples on how to teach a standard. Social Studies educators are encouraged to review the draft Unpacking Standards document for the Social Studies Elective courses. These documents are located at

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#unsocial Please submit feedback to feedback@dpi.nc.gov

MORE INFO: Fay Gore, fay.gore@dpi.nc.gov


Honors Level Course Rubric Revision

The NC Department of Public Instruction is in the process of revising the Honors Level Course Rubric that will serve as the foundation for the revision of the Honors Level Course Implementation Guide. This revision is to assure that the development and implementation of honors level courses is aligned with the new NC Standard Course of Study that includes the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts & Literacy and the NC Essential Standards for other subject areas. We believe that educators will offer ways that this document may be improved and made even more useful.

We, therefore, request that you review this document and offer feedback to us. Please send your feedback to feedback@dpi.nc.gov by Friday, April 27. All input will be used to refine this tool.

MORE INFO: Linda Brannon, linda.brannon@dpi.nc.gov


Links to Helpful Wiki Resources

Middle School Math Compacting

These models are recommendations and possible starting points for LEAs to use when creating their compacting documents for middle school students. The draft documents can be found at **www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net**

MORE INFO: Robin Barbour, robin.barbour@dpi.nc.gov

Recommendations for Math II and Math III Standards

Recommendations for considering the local course code options for Math II and Math III can be found at **www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net** .

MORE INFO: Johannah Maynor, johannah.maynor@dpi.nc.gov


Student Writing Samples for Common Core State Standards

The student writing samples in Appendix C of the Common Core State Standards have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards for particular types of writing – argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative-in a given grade (Common Core Appendix C, pg. 2).

To provide a better understanding of the writing expectations please visit Appendix C:

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_C.pdf.

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, julie.joslin@dpi.nc.gov



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New ASCD Institutes and Webinars

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is pleased to introduce two new institute series and a series of free webinars to help educators nationwide implement the new Common Core State Standards.

Beginning on Tuesday, May 8, in Salt Lake City, Utah, ASCD will launch a series of six institutes focusing on supporting implementation of the new English language arts (ELA) standards. A parallel series of six institutes will commence on May 15 in Jacksonville, Fla., and will focus on the implementation of the new math standards. Both institute series will end in early June.


In addition to the institutes, ASCD is also offering a series of free webinars focusing on the Common Core State Standards. The first webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time, is called Creating Communities of Support for Implementing the Common Core State Standards. This engaging webinar series continues Wednesday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time with Common Core: Assessment Shifts.

To read the full press release, visit: http://www.ascd.org/news-media/Press-Room/News-Releases/ASCD-Offers-New-Common-Core-Institute-Series-and-Free-Webinars.aspx.


To speak with members of ASCD’s professional development teams about the association’s efforts to support the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, please contact stephen.wakefield@ascd.org


MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, tracey.greggs@dpi.nc.gov



New Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards Instructional Tool

The Curriculum and Instruction division has developed glossary of terms to be used along with the new standards. This tool provides educators with terminologies that represent big, powerful concepts and ideas teacher need to know and understand in order to effectively teach the new standards. The Glossary of Terms is not meant to be exhaustive, but seeks to address critical terms and definitions essential in building content knowledge and understanding. To locate the Graphic Organizers, go to

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#glossary


MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, tracey.greggs@dpi.nc.gov



NCEES Webinars in April

The North Carolina Educator Evaluation System will conduct webinars in April to provide more information on the new evaluation system for teachers and administrators. You may register at NCEES.ncdpi.wikispaces.net. All webinars are approximately 60-90 minutes in length. The schedule is as follows:


April 10, 3 pm - Teacher Summary Rating Form

April 12, 9 am - Principal Summary Rating Form

April 20, 9 am - Professional Development Plans

April 24, 4 pm - Standards 6 and 8

April 26, 9 am - Standards 6 and 8



MORE INFO: Eliz Colbert, eliz.colbert@dpi.nc.gov, or Robert Sox, robert.sox@dpi.nc.gov

IIS Team Presents at CCSA; RFP posted


The Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Team is presenting this week at the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement in Greensboro. Dr. Sarah McManus participated as a presenter in three sessions, including being a panel member in the "Giving Teachers the Tools They Need: The Impact of Race to the Top Technology Projects on Classroom Instruction" session and a session explaining the IIS in detail. The team also is scheduled to discuss the Shared Learning Infrastructure (SLI) Learning Maps and Content Tools that will be available through the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC). iscussions and planning will take place from both a technical and business/instructional/academic perspective.


The RFP for the IIS was posted last month. The team continues to work on the Evaluation Planning for the RFP. Vendor responses are due back by April 18, with the contract scheduled to be awarded by September.


MORE INFO: Sarah McManus, sarah.mcmanus@dpi.nc.gov



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NEW THIS WEEK

Next Generation Assessments: Benefits of Online Assessments
There are several benefits to administering assessments online versus a paper and pencil option. By moving to online assessment, we can offer assessments that are increasingly multi-part, media-enhanced and performance based, and which better represent the depth intended in the new standards. Another benefit is the availability of Computer Reads Test Aloud – Student Controlled accommodation for eligible students. The online assessments also offer several universal design features such as larger font sizes and adjustable background colors. The following is a list of benefits of the new online assessments.

Universal Design


Designed for increased accessibility
One item per test page
Large font
Foreground/background color schemes
Virtual highlighter and calculator

- Computer Reads Test Aloud – Student Controlled Accommodation
- Student Engagement
- Technology Enhanced/Interactive Items
- Flexible scheduling/staffing (decreased test time and changes to testing windows)
- Storage Space
- Test Security
- Reporting
- Environmentally Friendly
- Cost-effective

To learn more about the benefits and timeline for transitioning to online assessments, please visit the online assessment website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov

Online Writing Instruction Update
North Carolina is implementing a new system for writing instruction designed to provide students with opportunities to have a variety of experiences with writing across disciplines and throughout the school year. Online Writing Instruction is not an assessment, but instead a formative tool to monitor students’ progress in writing and to adjust instruction accordingly. The new system for Online Writing Instruction replaces the previous Writing Instruction System that was used in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Unlike the former Writing Instruction System, there is no required number of writing tasks to be completed and it is no longer a requirement for LEAs. It is, however, strongly encouraged for instructional use because writing is integrated into the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Visit NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/NC/ to access writing tasks by discipline, Common Core Appendix C Samples of Student Writing, and Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

The following tasks have been completed:
- Inventoried the number of writing tasks by discipline.
- Created cover page which includes Online Writing Instruction description and updates.
- Created folders by discipline and grade level in NC Education.
- Inserted writing tasks by grade level into folders for the Arts, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, English Language Arts, and Healthful Living.
- Created a folder with the Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
- Created folder with samples of student writing from Appendix C of Common Core.

MORE INFO: Anna Frost, anna.frost@dpi.nc.gov

Graphic Organizers Posted for LEA and Charter School Use
NCDPI has released sample graphic organizers for schools to use as part of their instructional toolkit. Research supports the utilization of graphic organizers as a contributing factor in improving student performance. The examples provided are to model varied organizers and their use in provoking student engagement, organization and understanding, thus equipping the teacher with the knowledge to develop and use such tools effectively with the new standards. The graphic organizers are located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#organizers.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov or Tracey Greggs, tracey.greggs@dpi.nc.gov


CCSSO Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources (PDF attached)

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has developed a list of tools and resources pointing states to promising practices and tools to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA. The resources are identified by the following categories:
  • Information about the Standards for Parents, Teachers, Principals and Higher Education
  • Resources for State and District Leaders
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Resources
  • Common Core State Standards for ELA Resources
  • Implementation Resources Created by States
  • Assessment Consortia Information

Common Core Directory -- Do you have questions about the Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards or the online resources and don't know to whom you should direct your question? For quick access to DPI staff, visit the directory at http: www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/directory/ for names and contact information.
MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, __tracey.greggs@dpi.nc.gov__

RFP for IIS posted
The Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the development of the Instructional Improvement System (IIP) has now been posted online. Those who are interested in reviewing the RFP, please visit https://www.ips.state.nc.us/ips/AGENCY/PDF/08833600.pdf. We are now on our way to making this system a reality!

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, __eric.moore@dpi.nc.gov__

Registration for 2012 Summer Institutes
RttT Coordinators for each LEA and RttT Charters received information recently about the expectations of the leadership team attending the 2012 Summer Institutes. Before the registration window opens, the RttT Coordinator will update the list of members representing the district/school PD Leadership Team attending the 2012 Summer Institutes. Note: While some participant representation may change, these institutes are for the same leadership team that attended last year. Should many changes be required, team participants are asked to update new attendees.

This year, registration will be handled through NC Education. Participants will need their username and password to register. Registration for all LEAs and Charters will launch on Friday, March 8 and will end on Friday, March 30. RttT Coordinators will receive registration information this week to distribute to members of the PD Leadership Team.

Please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/conferences/summerinstitutes/for helpful information to prepare this year’s participants for their professional development experience. You will find information about the purpose of the two-day training session, local lodging and more information about the team’s composition.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov

North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards Module
Have you utilized this resource lately? This is a friendly reminder that you have full access to the North Carolina Teaching Standards Module available through NC Education. This is a great resource for your beginning teachers, teachers not familiar with the teaching standards or teachers who need help with specific standards. Anyone with an NC Education account can access the module.

The module is an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. Within the module, standards One, Two, Three and Five will take approximately one hour to 90 minutes to complete. Standard Four will take two hours to complete because there are eight elements within standard Four. It is estimated to take up to seven hours to complete this entire module. Users are welcome to take the entire module or target specific standards for study. It is at the discretion of each local district and school to determine how the module is to be completed. It can be easily used as a resource within PLC or with a small collaborative learning group.

NC EDUCATION: https://center.ncsu.edu/nc

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov or Tracey Greggs, tracey.greggs@dpi.nc.gov
ASSISTANCE WITH NC EDUCATION: Beth Ann Williams, beth.williams@dpi.nc.gov or Help Desk, ncdesk@ncsu.edu

Professional Development Calendar for March (UPDATE)
8 – K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
8 – Process Support Session for K-12 Programs (Day 1), NWRESA
9 – K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 2), NWRESA
12 – K‐12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SWRESA (UNCC Campus, Cone Building)
26 – K‐12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA
14 – Fidelity Support Session for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, NWRESA
14 - K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), CCRESA, Location: Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. Registration: http://www.ccresa.net/events/
15 – Process Support Session for K-12 Programs* (Day 2), CCRESA (NCSBA Building, Assembly Room)
19 – K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SERESA, [WL and ESL: Celtic Court/Mad Boar Restaurant, HL and Arts: River Landing Clubhouse]
20 – K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)
21 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESADate Change: May 15th
22 – Fidelity Support Session, Sandhills RESA (Richmond Community College, Hamlet)
22 – Common Core ELA and Math PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
26 – K-12 Programs* PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA
*K-12 Programs = Arts Education [Dance, Music Theatre Arts], ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov
ON WEB : www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/profdev


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


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NEW THIS WEEK**



  • Dr. Atkinson Announces IIS Resource Consortium
  • Professional Development Dates for March (new listing for March 8 & 9)
  • Next Generation Assessments: Why Online?
  • Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30




NEW THIS WEEK


Dr. Atkinson Announces IIS Resource Consortium

Attached to this Weekly Update is a letter from State Superintendent June Atkinson announcing the creation of the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Resource Consortium. This is a new way that the NCDPI can partner with LEAs to leverage resources to improve instruction for all North Carolina students. LEAs and charters are invited to volunteer to share resources in one or more of the following areas: instruction and learning, assessment, professional development and talent management. This initiative will help to ensure that every school in North Carolina has access to high-quality resources. Included in the attached letter is a link to a form to indicate interest in participating.

MORE INFO: Sarah McManus,


Next Generation Assessments: Why Online?

North Carolina has provided online assessments since 2005 when the administration of the computer skills test was completely online. The goal is that by 2014-15, all assessments will be administered online; this includes a new generation of assessments for grades 3-8 and high school subjects, as well as the SMARTER Balanced Assessments that will be online in 2014-15. Moving to an online delivery of assessments aligns with efforts already underway to provide online instructional resources, online formative and benchmark assessments, and online training and professional development for teachers. One other important reason that North Carolina plans to transition to online assessments is to take advantage of computer adaptive testing. As a governing member in the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, North Carolina plans to adopt the common assessments developed by the consortium, which are being designed in a computer adaptive format. A brief overview of the latest information on North Carolina’s online assessments can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf.

For more information on the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, please visit their website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/.

MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov


Professional Development Dates for March (new listing for March 8 & 9)

March

6 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)

8 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

8 and 9 – Process Support Session (Day 1, Mar. 8); K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 2, Mar. 9), NWRESA

12 – K‐12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SWRESA (UNCC Campus, Cone Building)

26 – K‐12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams , WRESA

14 – Fidelity Support Session for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, NWRESA

14 and 15 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), and Process Support Session (Day 2), CCRESA (NCSBA Building, Assembly Room)

19 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SERESA, [WL and ESL: Celtic Court/Mad Boar Restaurant, HL and Arts: River Landing Clubhouse]

20 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), NERESA, Vernon James Research Center

21 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA

22 – Fidelity Support Session, Sandhills RESA, 22 – Fidelity Support Session, Sandhills RESA, Richmond Community College, Hamlet

22 – Common Core ELA and Math PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

26 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA


MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov


Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30

On Feb. 6, principals and teachers at selected schools around the state were emailed a link to the annual Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey. The survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and respondents only need their district-provided email address to log in. The survey will be open through March 30th.

This survey is extremely important as it will provide information to the larger RttT Evaluation regarding the impacts of RttT on educational outcomes as well as teachers’ and principals’ attitudes and behaviors related to the central reforms of the RttT initiatives – it will not be used to evaluate individual schools or educators.

MORE INFO: Race to the Top Evaluation, Omnibus Survey Team, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro, RttTSurvey@serve.org.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK**

  • District/Charter School Team Information for 2012 Summer Institutes
  • Next Generation Assessments: Resources for the Online Transition
  • CCSSO Webinar on Text Complexity – Recording Now Available
  • Registration for February 23 Webinar on Common Core Communications
  • Free Resource for Teachers: Videos of Common Core Lesson
  • REL Program Releases Reports on College Reading and Common Core State Standards
  • Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update
  • Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Next-Generation Assessments: Technology Readiness Tool
  • Professional Development Dates for Remainder of February, March
  • Regional Wikispaces

NEW THIS WEEK

District/Charter School Team Information for 2012 Summer Institutes
RttT Coordinators for each LEA and RttT Charter will receive information next week about the expectations of the leadership team attending the 2012 Summer Institutes. Before your team registers, we will communicate directly with the RttT Coordinator and share helpful information about developing your leadership team and who should be included in the composition of your team.
RttT Coordinators will help us communicate who will be representing your district or school at the 2012 Summer Institutes training prior to the registration period to ensure a clear and successful registration process. While some participant representation may change, this institute is for the same leadership team that attended last year. Should many changes be required, team participants need to update new attendees.

As a reminder, the 2012 Summer Institutes website is currently live and includes helpful information to prepare this year’s participants for their professional development experience. You will find information about the purpose of the two-day training session, local lodging options around each location, information about the makeup of the team and a link to the new registration site. Registration information will be available to you early March.
2012 Summer Institutes Link:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/conferences/summerinstitutes/
MORE INFO:: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov
Next Generation Assessments: Resources for the Online Transition
To help districts and schools prepare for the next generation assessments and the transition to online, there are a number of resources available.
Best Practices Guide - http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/guide/
The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide to help districts and schools prepare for the transition to online assessments. This guide provides tips and recommendations based on conversations with LEAs and charter schools around the state that have already started this transition and are administering some or all of the current end-of-course tests in the online format.
Quick Reference Guide - http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf
A quick reference guide to the next generation of summative assessments that includes the expected timeline for full implementation of online testing.
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium - http://www.smarterbalanced.org/
The main website for The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
Online Assessment Tutorial - https://center.ncsu.edu/nctest/NCTestSim.html#StudentSignIn
The assessment tutorial shows you how the online testing system works. You can select a test and then practice moving between and answering questions.
NCTest Information - https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/course/view.php?id=361
Information related to the latest version of the online testing system, NCTest v 2.5. Here you can find the technical requirements for the system, information on registration and administration, the assessment tutorial, and other resources related to administering online assessments.
Additional resources can be found on the online assessment resources page at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/resources/.
Contact: Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov
CCSSO Webinar on Text Complexity – Recording Now Available
The recording of the January 26 Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) webinar on text complexity and the accompanying materials are now available online (PC users hit CTRL when clicking to open). The webinar, which focused on tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity, featured Sue Pimentel, a member of the Common Core State Standards English language arts writing committee, as well as representatives from the Kansas and Louisiana Departments of Education.
Registration for February 23 Webinar on Common Core Communications
Tomorrow (Thursday, February 23) at 2 pm, CCSSO will release a series of customizable one-page handouts to communicate the Common Core State Standards quickly and easily with district leaders, legislators and other audiences. During this webinar, CCSSO communications staff will share how best to use this new resource and answer any questions. Registration is limited to SEA staff only. Register for this event (PC users hit CTRL when clicking to open)..
Free Resource for Teachers: Videos of Common Core Lessons
There are more than 70 free videos related to Common Core instruction available on the Teaching Channel (PC users hit CTRL when clicking to open).The videos provide lesson ideas, an overview of the ELA and Math standards, and demonstrations of teaching practices. Videos vary in length from five to thirty minutes.
REL Releases Reports on College Reading and Common Core State Standards
The Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) recently released a series of studies, including:
//How prepared are subgroups of Texas students for college-level reading? Applying a Lexile®-based approach// (PC users hit CTRL when clicking to open); and
//Plans to adopt and implement Common Core State Standards in the Southeast Region states// (PC users hit CTRL when clicking to open).

Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update
The Request for Proposal for the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) is now under review at the state’s Information Technology Services office. Once approved, the RFP will be posted for bids, most likely within the next several weeks.
In the meantime, NCDPI is initiating a Resource Consortium in partnership with local school districts. The consortium will focus on gathering locally created resources to share across the state via the IIS. A letter from Superintendent June Atkinson soon will go out to superintendents and other local school district officials inviting them to indicate their interest in participating.
We also have updated the anticipated timeline for the IIS project. Please go to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/status/ for more information.
Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30
On Feb. 6, principals and teachers at selected schools around the state were emailed a link to the annual Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey. The survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and respondents only need their district-provided email address to log in. The survey will be open through March 30th.
This survey is extremely important as it will provide information to the larger RttT Evaluation regarding the impacts of RttT on educational outcomes as well as teachers’ and principals’ attitudes and behaviors related to the central reforms of the RttT initiatives – it will not be used to evaluate individual schools or educators.
MORE INFO: Race to the Top Evaluation, Omnibus Survey Team, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro, RttTSurvey@serve.org.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Next-Generation Assessments: Technology Readiness Tool
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are working together to launch a Technology Readiness Tool to support states in the transition to next-generation, online assessments. The tool will allow districts and schools to capture readiness indicators, including: number and types of computers, network and bandwidth infrastructure, local staff resources, and other information related to the digital delivery of assessments. The consortia are planning for communication and training on the tool to begin in February 2012, with the first collection window opening in March 2012. The technology readiness data will be collected twice annually through 2014. For more information about the announcement from SMARTER Balanced and PARCC, you can find the official press release at http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/PressReleases/TechReadinessTool.aspx.
MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov
Professional Development Dates for Remainder of February, March
February
27 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, CCRESA
28 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, WRESA
29 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA

March
6 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)
8 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
8 and 9 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1) and Process Support Session (Day 2), NWRESA
12 – K‐12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SWRESA (UNCC Campus, Cone Building)
26 – K‐12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams , WRESA
14 – Fidelity Support Session for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, NWRESA
14 and 15 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), and Process Support Session (Day 2), CCRESA (NCSBA Building, Assembly Room)
19 – K--‐12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SERESA, [WL and ESL: Celtic Court/Mad Boar Restaurant, HL and Arts: River Landing Clubhouse]
20 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), NERESA, Vernon James Research Center
21 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA
22 – Fidelity Support Session, Sandhills RESA, Robeson County Dept. of Social Services, Lumberton
22 – Common Core ELA and Math PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
26 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov

Regional Wikispaces
Below are links to each regional resource page created by the NCDPI RttT PD Leads designed to share information and support the work of the district/charter PD teams. This information is shared and compiled as a result of the training sessions, individual virtual conferences, district/charter team meetings and more that are held in each region. Please take advantage of these resources and feel free to contact the RttT PD Leads for additional information.
· Region 1: http://region1rttt.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 2: http://NCRegion2.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 3: http://region3pd.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 4: http://rt3region4.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 5: http://ncregion5rttt.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 6: http://region6pd.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 7: http://rt3region7.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
· Region 8: http://region8wnc.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov
Wednesday, February 15, 2012



If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.


*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person, department or website. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!



Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///



NEW THIS WEEK**



  • Next-Generation Assessments: Technology Readiness Tool
  • Planning for 2012 Summer Institutes (SAVE THE DATE)
  • Professional Development Dates for Remainder of February, March
  • Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30
  • Regional Wikispaces



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



  • Assistance with the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES)
  • LiveBinders Provide Self-Study Opportunities, Resources
  • Recommended High School Sequencing for English/Language Arts Available



NEW THIS WEEK



Next-Generation Assessments: Technology Readiness Tool

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are working together to launch a Technology Readiness Tool to support states in the transition to next-generation, online assessments. The tool will allow districts and schools to capture readiness indicators, including: number and types of computers, network and bandwidth infrastructure, local staff resources, and other information related to the digital delivery of assessments. The consortia are planning for communication and training on the tool to begin in February 2012, with the first collection window opening in March 2012. The technology readiness data will be collected twice annually through 2014. For more information about the announcement from SMARTER Balanced and PARCC, you can find the official press release at http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/PressReleases/TechReadinessTool.aspx.

MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov



Planning for 2012 Summer Institutes (SAVE THE DATE)

Hard to believe its already time to start gearing up for Summer Institutes 2012! The Summer Institutes website soon will provide detailed information about how educators can prepare for their professional development experience. There you will find information about the purpose of the two-day training session, local hotel options, team composition and a link to the new registration site. This detailed information will be available in early March. The 2012 Summer Institute locations are now posted on both the Professional Development and ACRE websites at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/conferences/summerinstitutes/ and http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/conferences/summerinstitutes/.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov, 919-807-3278

Professional Development Dates for Remainder of February, March

February

17 Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

27 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, CCRESA

28 Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, WRESA

29 Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA


March

6 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)

8 K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

8 and 9 K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1) and Process Support Session (Day 2), NWRESA

12 K12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SWRESA (UNCC Campus, Cone Building)

26 K12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams , WRESA

14 Fidelity Support Session for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, NWRESA

14 and 15 K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), and Process Support Session (Day 2), CCRESA (NCSBA Building, Assembly Room)

19 K--12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, SERESA, [WL and ESL: Celtic Court/Mad Boar Restaurant, HL and Arts: River Landing Clubhouse]

20 K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams (Day 1), NERESA, Vernon James Research Center

21 Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA

22 Fidelity Support Session, Sandhills RESA, Robeson County Dept. of Social Services, Lumberton

22 Common Core ELA and Math PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

26 K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA



MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov


Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30

On Feb. 6, principals and teachers at selected schools around the state were emailed a link to the annual Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey. The survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and respondents only need their district-provided email address to log in. The survey will be open through March 30th.

This survey is extremely important as it will provide information to the larger RttT Evaluation regarding the impacts of RttT on educational outcomes as well as teachers and principals attitudes and behaviors related to the central reforms of the RttT initiatives it will not be used to evaluate individual schools or educators.

MORE INFO: Race to the Top Evaluation, Omnibus Survey Team, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro, RttTSurvey@serve.org.

Regional Wikispaces

Below are links to each regional resource page created by the NCDPI RttT PD Leads designed to share information and support the work of the district/charter PD teams. This information is shared and compiled as a result of the training sessions, individual virtual conferences, district/charter team meetings and more that are held in each region. Please take advantage of these resources and feel free to contact the RttT PD Leads for additional information.

· Region 1: http://region1rttt.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 2: http://NCRegion2.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 3: http://region3pd.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 4: http://rt3region4.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 5: http://ncregion5rttt.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 6: http://region6pd.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 7: http://rt3region7.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

· Region 8: http://region8wnc.ncdpi.wikispaces.net


MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, yvette.stewart@dpi.nc.gov

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Assistance with the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES)

Does your district/school need assistance with the NC Teacher or Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Systems? The Race to the Top Professional Development leaders are available (at no cost) to help your district/school build capacity and to provide trainings in your region. These professionals have the most up-to-date information on the evaluation systems, including the online tool. Their contact information is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory/.

MORE INFO:: Eliz Colbert, eliz.colbert@dpi.nc.gov; Robert Sox, robert.sox@dpi.nc.gov

LiveBinders Provide Self-Study Opportunities, Resources

The Self Study LiveBinder is designed for those who are interested in learning about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. The binder provides an overview of the new standards, as well as an in-depth description.

The range of tasks offers users an opportunity to determine their own specific needs. Each tab contains one lesson in which participants may engage in activities, review informative slides, read articles and view videos. Each lesson features a skills checklist and learning objectives.

The lessons and resources have been taken from the professional development opportunities that have been offered across the state. More materials will be added to the binder soon, and links will be continually updated. This tool is best used within a PLC (Professional Learning Community) to enhance discussion and interaction. The Self-Study LiveBinder can be accessed at http://www.livebinders.com/edit?id=262077.

The Resources LiveBinder offers an organized collection of resources for the ELA Common Core State Standards. The goal for the provision of this binder is to inform your districts professional development and to add clarity to current initiatives. Resources that will assist educators in implementing the new standards will be continually added. The Resources LiveBinder can be accessed at http://www.livebinders.com/edit?id=297779.

MORE INFO:ncdpi.ela@gmail.com

Recommended High School Sequencing for English/Language Arts Available

The scope and sequence of literature for North Carolina high school students allows for a literary experience that carries not only a global perspective but also an opportunity to view U.S. literature and literary nonfiction within that global lens. To view this document, go to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/.

This document could be used as an accompaniment to the Text Complexity document located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/ .

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, julie.joslin@dpi.nc.gov

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person, department or website. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK**

  • Assistance with the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES)
  • LiveBinders Provide Self-Study Opportunities, Resources
  • Recommended High School Sequencing for English/Language Arts Available
  • Region 5 Wikispace Has a New Name
  • Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  • READY Regional Outreach Meetings for Principals, Teachers
  • ARRA Compliance Reminder
  • Regional Wikispaces
  • PLAN Interpreting Student Data Training

NEW THIS WEEK

Assistance with the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES)
Does your district/school need assistance with the NC Teacher or Principal/Assistant Principal Evaluation Systems? The Race to the Top Professional Development leaders are available (at no cost) to help your district/school build capacity and to provide trainings in your region. These professionals have the most up-to-date information on the evaluation systems, including the online tool. Their contact information is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory/.
MORE INFO:: Eliz Colbert, eliz.colbert@dpi.nc.gov; Robert Sox, Robert.sox@dpi.nc.gov

LiveBinders Provide Self-Study Opportunities, Resources
The Self Study LiveBinder is designed for those who are interested in learning about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. The binder provides an overview of the new standards, as well as an in-depth description.
The range of tasks offers users an opportunity to determine their own specific needs. Each tab contains one lesson in which participants may engage in activities, review informative slides, read articles and view videos. Each lesson features a skills checklist and learning objectives.
The lessons and resources have been taken from the professional development opportunities that have been offered across the state. More materials will be added to the binder soon, and links will be continually updated. This tool is best used within a PLC (Professional Learning Community) to enhance discussion and interaction. The Self-Study LiveBinder can be accessed at http://www.livebinders.com/edit?id=262077.

The Resources LiveBinder offers an organized collection of resources for the ELA Common Core State Standards. The goal for the provision of this binder is to inform your district’s professional development and to add clarity to current initiatives. Resources that will assist educators in implementing the new standards will be continually added. The Resources LiveBinder can be accessed at http://www.livebinders.com/edit?id=297779.
MORE INFO:ncdpi.ela@gmail.com

Recommended High School Sequencing for English/Language Arts Available
The scope and sequence of literature for North Carolina high school students allows for a literary experience that carries not only a global perspective but also an opportunity to view U.S. literature and literary nonfiction within that global lens. To view this document, go to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/.
This document could be used as an accompaniment to the Text Complexity document located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/ .
MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov

Region 5 Wikispace Has a New Name

In an effort to ensure that all wikispace names and URLs are “evergreen” and not named for specific individuals, the Region 5 wiki name is changing. The wikispace formerly known as franharrisburke.ncdpi.wikispaces.net is changing to ncregion5rttt.ncdpi.wikispaces.net. Visitors to the former domain name will be directed to the new one through March 4. Beyond that date the new name must be used for access.

Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey through March 30
On Feb. 6, principals and teachers at selected schools around the state were emailed a link to the annual Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Survey. The survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete, and respondents only need their district-provided email address to log in. The survey will be open through March 30th.
This survey is extremely important as it will provide information to the larger RttT Evaluation regarding the impacts of RttT on educational outcomes as well as teachers’ and principals’ attitudes and behaviors related to the central reforms of the RttT initiatives – it will not be used to evaluate individual schools or educators.
MORE INFO: Race to the Top Evaluation, Omnibus Survey Team, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro, RttTSurvey@serve.org.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

READY Regional Outreach Meetings for Principals, Teachers

Beginning on Feb. 28 and throughout most of March, key leaders from NCDPI will travel to all eight regions of our state to meet with principals and a teacher representative from each school in the state. The purpose is to share with them our effort to remodel NC’s system of public schools. The last time we held meetings of similar scope was during the early years of the ABCs of Public Education.

Now, with the advent of a new school accountability model, a new Standard Course of Study and so many other advances for North Carolina, we feel that it is critical that principals and teachers fully understand what these changes are and how the changes will affect their work. The focus of our meetings will be around illustrating how all these components fit together to support educators as they work to promote student achievement for North Carolina students.

We have invited every principal in the state, one teacher of the principal’s choosing, the local superintendents and the local communications directors to these meetings. Many of you who do not fall into one of the above categories have requested to attend. While we would very much like to accommodate everyone, the limited space in our venues prevents this.
This is an effort to provide fair and equitable communication about the significant changes coming this fall to as many school-level professionals as possible. There will be follow-up webinars in April that will allow for greater participation (you will receive more information on this), and one of the sessions will be videotaped for posting on the website. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov

Regional Wikispaces
Below are links to each regional resource page created by the NCDPI RttT PD Leads designed to share information and support the work of the district/charter PD teams. This information is shared and compiled as a result of the training sessions, individual virtual conferences, district/charter team meetings and more that are held in each region. Please take advantage of these resources and feel free to contact the RttT PD Leads for additional information.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov
ARRA Compliance Reminder

As we continue into Year 2 Race to the Top implementation, it is important that everyone be reminded that RttT funds are American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Therefore, NCDPI and all local school districts and charter schools receiving RttT funding must comply with ARRA requirements.

The attached document is a list of ARRA requirements. We encourage you to keep these handy and share with your finance officials to ensure total compliance statewide.

MORE INFO: Sam Fuller, Samiel.Fuller@dpi.nc.gov

PLAN Interpreting Student Data Training

Monday, February 6 kicks off the regional trainings for Interpreting Student Data on the PLAN assessment. Each district is encouraged to send representatives to this training. Please reference the attached document to see when and where your regional training will be. The training will provide guidance on how to effectively interpret the PLAN student report in order to communicate to students, teachers, and parents areas for academic improvement and career planning. To register, please contact the RESA director.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact** person, department or website. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///


NEW THIS WEEK

  • READY Regional Outreach Meetings for Principals, Teachers
  • ARRA Compliance Reminder
  • Regional Wikispaces
  • PLAN Interpreting Student Data Training
  • Professional Development Survey


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Professional Development Dates for February


NEW THIS WEEK

READY Regional Outreach Meetings for Principals, Teachers

Beginning on Feb. 28 and throughout most of March, key leaders from NCDPI will travel to all eight regions of our state to meet with principals and a teacher representative from each school in the state. The purpose is to share with them our effort to remodel NC’s system of public schools. The last time we held meetings of similar scope was during the early years of the ABCs of Public Education.

Now, with the advent of a new school accountability model, a new Standard Course of Study and so many other advances for North Carolina, we feel that it is critical that principals and teachers fully understand what these changes are and how the changes will affect their work. The focus of our meetings will be around illustrating how all these components fit together to support educators as they work to promote student achievement for North Carolina students.

We have invited every principal in the state, one teacher of the principal’s choosing, the local superintendents and the local communications directors to these meetings. Many of you who do not fall into one of the above categories have requested to attend. While we would very much like to accommodate everyone, the limited space in our venues prevents this.

This is an effort to provide fair and equitable communication about the significant changes coming this fall to as many school-level professionals as possible. There will be follow-up webinars in April that will allow for greater participation (you will receive more information on this), and one of the sessions will be videotaped for posting on the website. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov


Regional Wikispaces

Below are links to each regional resource page created by the NCDPI RttT PD Leads designed to share information and support the work of the district/charter PD teams. This information is shared and compiled as a result of the training sessions, individual virtual conferences, district/charter team meetings and more that are held in each region. Please take advantage of these resources and feel free to contact the RttT PD Leads for additional information.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov



ARRA Compliance Reminder

As we continue into Year 2 Race to the Top implementation, it is important that everyone be reminded that RttT funds are American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Therefore, NCDPI and all local school districts and charter schools receiving RttT funding must comply with ARRA requirements.

The attached document is a list of ARRA requirements. We encourage you to keep these handy and share with your finance officials to ensure total compliance statewide.


MORE INFO: Sam Fuller, Samiel.Fuller@dpi.nc.gov


PLAN Interpreting Student Data Training

Monday, February 6 kicks off the regional trainings for Interpreting Student Data on the PLAN assessment. Each district is encouraged to send representatives to this training. Please reference the attached document to see when and where your regional training will be. The training will provide guidance on how to effectively interpret the PLAN student report in order to communicate to students, teachers, and parents areas for academic improvement and career planning. To register, please contact the RESA director.


MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov


Professional Development Survey

The Race to the Top evaluation team is interested in gathering your feedback on the online professional development learning modules and resources provided by NCDPI. The short questionnaire (8-12 items) can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EEFUGSDH4. Thank you in advance for your participation!

MORE INFO: Jeni Corn, Director of Evaluation Program, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, (919) 513-8527 or jocorn@ncsu.edu.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Professional Development Dates for February

(All sessions are 9 am to 4 pm UNLESS otherwise noted)

6 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, SWRESA (UNCC Barnhardt Student Activities center 334A and B)

7 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, Sandhills RESA (Fayetteville State University)

17 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)

13 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, SERESA (Mad Boar-Celtic Court)

16 – Sci and SS Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA

16 – K-12 Programs Arts Education (Dance, Music Theatre Arts, ESL, Healthful Living [Physical Education, Health Education] and World Languages) Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, Sandhills RESA (Mid Pines Inn)

21 - Phase III Principal Trainings (ITES Standards), Sandhills RESA, 9 am to noon, McSwain Center, Sanford, NC

22 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)

27 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, CCRESA

28 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, WRESA

29 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA

29 - Phase III Principal Trainings (ITES Standards), Sandhills RESA, 1 to 4 pm, Cole Auditorium, Richmond Community College, Hamlet, NC

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person, department or website. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK**

  • Professional Development Dates for February
  • Professional Development Survey

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • New RttT Point to Point Column
  • Professional Development Dates for Remainder of January
  • Recorded Webinar from IIS Update for Teachers

NEW THIS WEEK

Professional Development Dates for February
6 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, SWRESA (UNCC Barnhardt Student Activities center 334A and B)
7 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, Sandhills RESA (Fayetteville State University)
17 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
13 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, SERESA (Mad Boar-Celtic Court)
16 – Sci and SS Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, WRESA
16 – K-12 Programs (WL, ELD and ESL) and Healthful Living Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, Sandhills RESA (Mid Pines Inn)
22 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NERESA (Vernon James Research Center)
27 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, CCRESA
28 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, WRESA
29 – Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Model Meetings, NWRESA

Professional Development Survey
The Race to the Top evaluation team is interested in gathering your feedback on the online professional development learning modules and resources provided by NCDPI. The short questionnaire (8-12 items) can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EEFUGSDH4 . Thank you in advance for your participation!
MORE INFO: Jeni Corn, Director of Evaluation Program, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, (919) 513-8527 or jocorn@ncsu.edu.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

New RttT Point to Point Column
We all have been hearing about the significant changes coming to North Carolina’s public schools in 2012. Take a moment to read State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison’s take on why they bring so much promise for our state’s students in the latest Point to Point entry on the Race to the Top website. It can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov

Professional Development Dates for Remainder of January
26 – Science and SS Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC (Room 1, Special Events Center, Greensboro Coliseum)
30 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Sandhills RESA, 1-4pm ONLY (Robeson Co. Dept of Social Services)
31 – Science and SS Essential Standards PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, Sandhills RESA (Mid Pines Inn)

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov

Recorded Webinar from IIS Update for Teachers
Last month, the NCDPI Information Improvement System (IIS) team presented an update webinar for members of the North Carolina Association of Educators. This was an opportunity for NCDPI to reach out to local educators and inform them of the current vision and plan for the Instructional Improvement System.

Teachers also were asked to provide feedback regarding the kinds of resources educators are currently using, what they like best about them and suggestions for additional resources that would be helpful. You can access a recorded version of this webinar by visiting http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/resources/ and following registration directions.

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


WINTER BREAK: This is the final RttT Weekly Update for 2011. We will resume publication on 1/11/12. Have a fun, safe and restful winter break!
If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.
*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!
Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///
NEW THIS WEEK**
  • Measures of Student Learning
  • NC Testing Program
  • NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces
  • NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)
  • Text Complexity Resources
  • NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  • Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12
  • Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?
  • Recommended High School Sequencing Site

NEW THIS WEEK
Measures of Student Learning
Measures of Student Learning (MSLs), sometimes called common exams, are a shared way to gauge student growth in all currently non-tested grades and subjects in the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and in the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts and charter schools will have flexibility to decide how to use the MSLs as part of students grades.
The State Board of Education will NOT collect or publish the results of the MSLs, although the NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis. Eight hundred North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. The design group members began their work in October and will continue to provide feedback for the remainder of 2011-12 school year. NC will implement the MSLs statewide during the 2012-13 school year.
MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov

NC Testing Program
The NC Testing Program will continue delivering statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, DPI expects to implement the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC will include ELA/Math for grades 38 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.
MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/

NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces
The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. If you were unable to attend the Common Core State Standards for Math High School 2012 and Beyond webinar on November 17, we invite you to visit the Math Wiki at www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net. Click on Mathematics in the middle of the page. Once youre on the Math site, click on the High School Mathematics link on the left side of the page. The webinar addresses three key messages:
  • Focusing on standards
  • Ensuring that students entering 9th grade in the 2011-12 school year are proficient in the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards by the 201415 school year
  • Launching the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards within the current course titles.
MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.Pitremartin@nc.dpi.gov

NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)
NCDigins, created through a collaborative partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS) works hand-in-hand with the formative assessment process in a balanced assessment system. Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes. Formative assessment helps students to continuously answer three questions:
  1. Where am I going?
  2. Where am I now? And,
  3. How do I close the gap?
To log in to the NCDigins site, go to https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/ Use your Username and password used when logging into the online modules. Look for NCDigins in the Links Bar on the right. The site currently features information for Grade 4 Math, Grade 7 Math, and Algebra I. Additional content areas will be available soon.
MORE INFO: Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov

Text Complexity Resources
Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards focuses on increasing students capacity with complex text across the school years to ensure that they will be able to read the kinds of necessary texts they will encounter in higher education and in their careers. Below are several links from TextProject to assist LEAS and charter schools as they begin addressing text complexity in schools.
http://www.textproject.org/library/presentations/the-common-core-state-standard-of-text-complexity/
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/powerpoints/Hiebert_2011-10-18_Text%20Complexity-and-How-it-Applies-in-the-Classroom.pdf
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/papers/Hiebert-2011-Text-Complexity-Lexiles.pdf
MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov

NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas
A recent article that appeared in the New York Times Education segment focused on strategies for helping students understand text structures in the Common Core State Standards. To view this helpful article, visit http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/compare-contrast-cause-effect-problem-solution-common-text-types-in-the-times/.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 201112
NCDPI has received notification of approval from the United States Department of Education (USED) to eliminate the Grade 10 writing test for the 201112 school year. The continued use of the North Carolina End-of-Course Test of English I in 201112 is sufficient to meet the ESEA assessment requirements for high school reading/language arts. Please see the attached memo from the USED for additional information.
Please also note that the NCEXTEND1 Writing Assessment is also eliminated for 201112.
Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in NC public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math, and Science, and the tests will be operational next school year, 2012-13. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of our new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about our plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf.
MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov

Recommended High School Sequencing Site
The State Board of Educations mission states, Every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century. To successfully guide students through secondary courses, NCDPI has created a high school course sequencing site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/. This site identifies a series of recommended courses within a content area that bridges secondary and college educational segments, thus allowing a smooth progression of study without repetition of coursework. Additional sequencing documents will be posted as they are completed.
MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.PitreMartin@dpi.nc.gov, or Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact** person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK
  • Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12
  • Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?
  • Recommended High School Sequencing Site
  • NC Education Service Maintenance

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
  • February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teacher Reps
  • New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video
  • Upcoming IIS Webinars


NEW THIS WEEK
Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12

NCDPI has received notification of approval from the United States Department of Education (USED) to eliminate the Grade 10 writing test for the 2011–12 school year. The continued use of the North Carolina End-of-Course Test of English I in 2011–12 is sufficient to meet the ESEA assessment requirements for high school reading/language arts. Please see the attached memo from the USED for additional information.

Please also note that the NCEXTEND1 Writing Assessment is also eliminated for 2011–12.

Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in NC public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math, and Science, and the tests will be operational next school year, 2012-13. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of our new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about our plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf.

MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov


Recommended High School Sequencing Site

The State Board of Education’s mission states, “Every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century.” To successfully guide students through secondary courses, NCDPI has created a high school course sequencing site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/. This site identifies a series of recommended courses within a content area that bridges secondary and college educational segments, thus allowing a smooth progression of study without repetition of coursework. Additional sequencing documents will be posted as they are completed.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.PitreMartin@dpi.nc.gov, or Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov

Online NC Education Service Maintenance

The online educator’s resource NC Education will go offline this Saturday, December 17 between 8 am and 1 pm due to a planned maintenance event. During the maintenance period, professional development modules (e.g., NC FALCON, Call for Change), online assessment, and other learning resources (e.g., The Writing Instruction System) located on NC Education will not be available. All service will resume on Saturday at 1 pm. Please have your staff plan accordingly.

MORE INFO: Randy Craven, randy_craven@ncsu.edu, NC Education Help Desk, 919-515-1320


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teachers
Superintendent June Atkinson along with members of NCDPI will host regional READY meetings in all eight education regions of North Carolina between Feb. 28 and March 23, 2012. The purpose of these meetings is to provide each principal and a teacher representative from each school with tools for communicating and describing the new Essential Standards and Common Core state standards, the new state accountability model (piloted in 2012-13) and other changes in North Carolina's public schools.

The focus of the 3-hour meetings will be on how all of these changes fit together to support learning for students and tools for communicating with their respective school communities.

Each principal is being asked to bring one teacher representative from his or her school to these meetings. It is important to note that these meetings are targeted toward principals and teacher representatives to provide them with the tools they need for their specific roles in their schools as they prepare for the Common Core and other changes coming next fall. Local communications directors and public information officers also are being invited to these meetings. Other stakeholders are receiving information and preparation through various avenues of communication and professional development opportunities.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov


New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video

Ensuring that North Carolina's teachers are READY for the new Common Core and Essential Standards includes taking a "deeper dive" into what they teach, how they teach and how it is reflected in student growth. The new teacher evaluation gives teachers more meaningful insight into their work. Listen to North Carolina teachers describe how this is happening in their own words, along with principals who also find the new evaluation more helpful, in this new video from NCDPI. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org, click on the Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! logo to the left, then the Teacher Effectiveness and Support link at the bottom.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov


Upcoming IIS Webinars

NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual students’ needs.

One opportunity is next week (December 13) and the other is February 21. A flyer with detailed information, including how to access the webinars, is attached.

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK**

  • February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teacher Reps
  • New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video
  • Upcoming IIS Webinars

NEW THIS WEEK

February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teachers

Superintendent June Atkinson along with members of NCDPI will host regional READY meetings in all eight education regions of North Carolina between Feb. 28 and March 23, 2012. The purpose of these meetings is to provide each principal and a teacher representative from each school with tools for communicating and describing the new Essential Standards and Common Core state standards, the new state accountability model (piloted in 2012-13) and other changes in North Carolina's public schools.

The focus of the 3-hour meetings will be on how all of these changes fit together to support learning for students and tools for communicating with their respective school communities.

Each principal is being asked to bring one teacher representative from his or her school to these meetings. It is important to note that these meetings are targeted toward principals and teacher representatives to provide them with the tools they need for their specific roles in their schools as they prepare for the Common Core and other changes coming next fall. Local communications directors and public information officers also are being invited to these meetings. Other stakeholders are receiving information and preparation through various avenues of communication and professional development opportunities.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov

New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video

Ensuring that North Carolina's teachers are READY for the new Common Core and Essential Standards includes taking a "deeper dive" into what they teach, how they teach and how it is reflected in student growth. The new teacher evaluation gives teachers more meaningful insight into their work. Listen to North Carolina teachers describe how this is happening in their own words, along with principals who also find the new evaluation more helpful, in this new video from NCDPI. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org, click on the Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! logo to the left, then the Teacher Effectiveness and Support link at the bottom.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, __Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov__

Upcoming IIS Webinars

NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual students’ needs.

One opportunity is next week (December 13) and the other is February 21. A flyer with detailed information, including how to access the webinars, is attached.

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, __Eric.Moore@dpi__.nc.gov

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
  • Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released
  • PLAN Assessment in December
  • Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars
  • UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December
  • UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces

The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. These collaborative online tools are for viewing and interacting with the various content area consultants, as well as viewing webinar postings and presentations, along with other instructional resources for your use. To join the WikiSpace for the content area of your choice, go to __http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/__.

These spaces are frequently updated with new information, so please check back often.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, __Maria.Pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov__

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released

The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy module will be released today (November 30) after 5 pm. This module provides an overview of the Cognitive Dimensions, Knowledge Domains, verbs, and their relationship to instruction, learning, and assessing the North Carolina Essential Standards. (*NOTE: To increase video and flash performance, it is recommended that you use an updated browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer, please click on Tools and check Compatibility View.)

Additional resources also are available in the module menu. To log into the module, go to __https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/__. Use your Username and Password as you have with the other modules. If you are a new user, you will be able to create an account on that site.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, __Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov__

PLAN Assessment in December

For the first time, all 10th-grade students in North Carolina will take the PLAN assessment, which will be administered between December 5 and 16. PLAN assists 10th-graders in building a foundation for future academic and career success. It is a curriculum-based diagnostic assessment that measures achievement in English, math, reading, and science. PLAN consists of Non-Cognitive and Cognitive measures. Although PLAN is part of the new assessments, it is NOT a component of the accountability measures.

The PLAN webinar is now available on the following web pages:

__http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/__

__http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/__

MORE INFO: Audrey Martin McCoy, __Audrey.Martinmccoy@dpi.nc.gov__, Tammy Howard, __Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov__

Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars

As a follow-up to the Text Exemplars document posted on the ACRE site, the Department of Public Instruction has provided a Statement Regarding the Use of Level Text and an important note for districts. We invite you to read this additional information located at __http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#exemplar__.

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, __Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov__

UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December

This list includes remaining dates for this month:

8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA, 9 am to 4 pm.
9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA
12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (*NOTE: This is a location change from the Nov. 16 Update)
13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA, 9 am to 4 pm.
15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, __Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov__

UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

NCDPI is gearing up for the second year of Summer Institute training for each local PD Leadership team. We are excited to announce the location and dates of the 2012 Institutes to mark your calendars and to begin thinking about summer planning in preparation for your teams to attend.

Please note that this is a SAVE THE DATE and further details are forthcoming. Additionally, this is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency, so representation from every district and RttT Charter School is critical. Information on Data Literacy, the NC Standard Course of Study, Information and Technology Standards, and the NC Educator Evaluation System will be featured at these trainings. Registration information will launch in February.

Locations and dates are as follows:

Locations
Dates
Summer Institute 1
Enka High School
475 Enka Lake Road
Candler, NC (Buncombe County)
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Summer Institute 2
Maiden High School
600 West Main Street
Maiden, NC (Catawba County)
Tuesday, July 10-Wednesday, July 11
Summer Institute 3
West Stokes High School
1400 Priddy Road
King, NC (Stokes County)
Thursday, July 12-Friday, July 13
Summer Institute 4
Croatan High School
1 Cougar Lane/3355 Hwy 24
Newport, NC (Carteret County)
Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18
Summer Institute 5
JH Rose High School
600 W. Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC (Pitt County)
Thursday, July 19-Friday, July 20
Summer Institute 6
SanLee Middle School
2309 Tramway Rd.
Sanford, NC (Lee County)
Tuesday, July 24-Wednesday, July 25

MORE INFO: Contact Yvette Stewart, __Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov__


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates/

NEW THIS WEEK**
  • Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released
  • PLAN Assessment in December
  • Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars
  • Measures of Student Learning and the NC Testing Program
  • UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December
  • UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

· NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort

  • ‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website
  • New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

NEW THIS WEEK

Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces

The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. These collaborative online tools are for viewing and interacting with the various content area consultants, as well as viewing webinar postings and presentations, along with other instructional resources for your use. To join the WikiSpace for the content area of your choice, go to http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/.

These spaces are frequently updated with new information, so please check back often.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.Pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov



Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released

The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy module will be released today (November 30) after 5 pm. This module provides an overview of the Cognitive Dimensions, Knowledge Domains, verbs, and their relationship to instruction, learning, and assessing the North Carolina Essential Standards. (*NOTE: To increase video and flash performance, it is recommended that you use an updated browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer, please click on Tools and check Compatibility View.)

Additional resources also are available in the module menu. To log into the module, go to https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/. Use your Username and Password as you have with the other modules. If you are a new user, you will be able to create an account on that site.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov



PLAN Assessment in December

For the first time, all 10th-grade students in North Carolina will take the PLAN assessment, which will be administered between December 5 and 16. PLAN assists 10th-graders in building a foundation for future academic and career success. It is a curriculum-based diagnostic assessment that measures achievement in English, math, reading, and science. PLAN consists of Non-Cognitive and Cognitive measures. Although PLAN is part of the new assessments, it is NOT a component of the accountability measures.

The PLAN webinar is now available on the following web pages:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/

MORE INFO: Audrey Martin McCoy, Audrey.Martinmccoy@dpi.nc.gov, Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov



Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars

As a follow-up to the Text Exemplars document posted on the ACRE site, the Department of Public Instruction has provided a Statement Regarding the Use of Level Text and an important note for districts. We invite you to read this additional information located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#exemplar.

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov



Measures of Student Learning and the NC Testing Program

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) are a common way to gauge student growth in all parts of the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts will have flexibility to use the MSLs in student grades, and LEAs own the results of the MSLs, although NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis.

The NC Testing Program will continue with statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, NCDPI expects to participate in the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC would include ELA/Math for grades 3‐8 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC-developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.

Approximately 800 North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. Their feedback on the development is ongoing and will continue for the remainder of the 2011–12 school year.

MORE INFO: For more information about the State Summative tests, please visit our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/, or contact Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov.



UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December

This list includes noted revisions from last week:

1 - Math CCES PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC, 9 am to 4 pm

1 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 1, James Sprunt Community College, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.

2 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 8, WRESA, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm. (*NOTE – This is a correction from the Nov. 16 Update, which was previously listed as Region 7)

8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.

8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA

12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (*NOTE: This is a location change from the Nov. 16 Update)

13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov



UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

NCDPI is gearing up for the second year of Summer Institute training for each local PD Leadership team. We are excited to announce the location and dates of the 2012 Institutes to mark your calendars and to begin thinking about summer planning in preparation for your teams to attend.

Please note that this is a SAVE THE DATE and further details are forthcoming. Additionally, this is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency, so representation from every district and RttT Charter School is critical. Information on Data Literacy, the NC Standard Course of Study, Information and Technology Standards, and the NC Educator Evaluation System will be featured at these trainings. Registration information will launch in February.

Locations and dates are as follows (*NOTE: The Summer Institute 5 location has changed from last week’s Update):

Locations
Dates
Summer Institute 1
Enka High School
475 Enka Lake Road
Candler, NC (Buncombe County)
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Summer Institute 2
Maiden High School
600 West Main Street
Maiden, NC (Catawba County)
Tuesday, July 10-Wednesday, July 11
Summer Institute 3
West Stokes High School
1400 Priddy Road
King, NC (Stokes County)
Thursday, July 12-Friday, July 13
Summer Institute 4
Croatan High School
1 Cougar Lane/3355 Hwy 24
Newport, NC (Carteret County)
Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18
Summer Institute 5
JH Rose High School
600 W. Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC (Pitt County)
Thursday, July 19-Friday, July 20
Summer Institute 6
SanLee Middle School
2309 Tramway Rd.
Sanford, NC (Lee County)
Tuesday, July 24-Wednesday, July 25

MORE INFO: Contact Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort


North Carolina is one of three states and one territory to be selected to participate in a national teacher effectiveness policy effort. The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that North Carolina – along with Colorado, Nevada and Guam – will be a contributor to the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy. Visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20111116-01 to read more.

MORE INFO: Lynne Johnson, Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov



‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website

"Point to Point" indicates the distance between the beginning and ending points of one day in a long race. NCDPI introduces our own Point to Point, a new feature on the Race to the Top website. This new addition will offer updates, insights and observations from various members of the RttT team. We invite you to check in on our progress, as North Carolina makes its way along the Race to the Top.

Our inaugural Point to Point entry is from State Superintendent June Atkinson. You can find it at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/2011/20111110.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov



New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

Please check out a new link to a video that introduces the vision for the Instructional Improvement System as told from a student’s point of view. We heard that some were having trouble viewing it earlier, so it is now on our website and can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/resources/

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi



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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

NEW THIS WEEK**

· NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort

  • ‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website
  • New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

· Professional Development Dates for December


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

  • Offer Your Input on the Proposed 2012-13 School Accountability Model
  • Next Generation of Assessments: NC Test
  • Next Generation of Assessments: Test Specifications
  • Measures of Student Learning Design Groups Meet in Chapel Hill

NEW THIS WEEK

NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort


North Carolina is one of three states and one territory to be selected to participate in a national teacher effectiveness policy effort. The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that North Carolina – along with Colorado, Nevada and Guam – will be a contributor to the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy. Visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20111116-01 to read more.
MORE INFO: Lynne Johnson, Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov

‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website

"Point to Point" indicates the distance between the beginning and ending points of one day in a long race. NCDPI introduces our own Point to Point, a new feature on the Race to the Top website. This new addition will offer updates, insights and observations from various members of the RttT team. We invite you to check in on our progress, as North Carolina makes its way along the Race to the Top.

Our inaugural Point to Point entry is from State Superintendent June Atkinson. You can find it at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/2011/20111110.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov

Professional Development Dates for December

1 - Math CCES PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC
1 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 1, James Sprunt Community College, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
2 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, WRESA, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA
9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA
12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, Hilton Charlotte University Place, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA
15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov

New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

Please check out a new link to a video that introduces the vision for the Instructional Improvement System as told from a student’s point of view. We heard that some were having trouble viewing it on last week’s link, so it is now on our wesite and can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/resources/

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Offer Your Input on the Proposed 2012-13 School Accountability Model
NCDPI would like to hear your thoughts regarding the new school accountability model. Please use the following email address, newaccountabilityfeedback@dpi.nc.gov, to send us your feedback. Before doing so, you might want to also visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/, where you will find a “Key Questions for Feedback” document to use in formulating your thoughts. Any feedback received prior to November 30 can be used to inform the State Board of Education’s (SBE) discussion of the new model in its December meeting. The target date for SBE approval of this model is January 2012.

Next Generation of Assessments: NC Test

As part of the Next Generation of Assessments, North Carolina aims to have all assessments online by the 2014-15 school year. NCTest v2.5 is the web browser-based testing system that will serve as the web application used to deliver online statewide summative assessments for the North Carolina Testing Program for the 2011-12 school year. NCTest v2.5 presents test questions that match or are comparable to the appearance of items on paper forms while keeping the bandwidth footprint very low.

More information is available on our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/eoc/ and in the NCTest brochure at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/nctestbrochure.pdf.

A tutorial is available to familiarize test administrators and students with the functional components of the online assessment system at https://center.ncsu.edu/nctestv3/NCTestSim.html. We strongly encourage all students to complete the tutorial prior to test day. The tutorial is available to the public and features sample tests for each of the various content areas that have online assessments.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/eoc/. Please send any questions to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.

Next Generation of Assessments: Test Specifications

Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science are now available. Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes is included. You can find the new test specifications on our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/. Please send any questions to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.

Measures of Student Learning Design Groups Meet in Chapel Hill

More than 700 teachers came together in Chapel Hill the week of Oct. 24 to discuss meaningful assessment in currently non-tested grades and subjects. Educators met together in content groups ranging from the arts to world languages to science.

Teachers first received training on assessment design, including reliability and validity of measures of student growth. Then they provided feedback on content standards, including recommendations for the best methods for assessment for their standards and qualitative feedback on assessment for their content area. The teachers’ feedback will be used to generate items (including constructed response questions) that the teachers will review when they meet again in the spring.

Student growth is the focus of the new sixth standard of the teacher evaluation system. This will inform teachers' ratings in these new measures of student learning.

MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov
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