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Weekly Message - State Superintendent June Atkinson
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Weekly Message - State Superintendent June
North Carolina Public Schools sent this bulletin at 09/28/2015 05:01 PM EDT
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Sept. 28, 2015
North Carolina is one of 17 states participating to a new program
sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers to reset
career education by improving rigor and value to the programs that
prepare our high school graduates for high-skilled, high-demand
Using economic development data and partnerships with
community employers, North Carolina and the other participating
states will design more rigorous career readiness pathways to
culminate in credentials for students. This work builds on the work
our Career Technical Education programs are doing already.
Last year, students earned more than 130,611 professional
credentials through CTE courses, and I look forward to increasing
that figure. We want to ensure that our CTE courses set high
expectations and are well aligned with the needs of employers and industries.
The goal is not just to move numbers up, but to provide more opportunities for young people to pursue
careers that interest them and that provide for them and their families.
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Legislative Webinar Scheduled
The next legislative webinar will be held Monday, Oct. 5, at 2:30
p.m. You may register online. After registering, you will receive a
confirmation email containing information about joining the
If you have any questions regarding legislative activities, please email Rachel Beaulieu, NCDPI
Legislative and Community Affairs director.
America's Legislators Back to School Program
America's Legislators Back to School Program, sponsored by the National Conference of State
Legislatures, kicked off Sept. 14 and will run throughout the school year.
Educators are encouraged to extend invitations to their local representatives to visit and talk with
students about the legislative process and what it’s like to be a state legislator: the processes, the
pressures, and the debate - the negotiation and compromise that are the fabric of representative
democracy. Classroom discussions are being encouraged over school-wide assemblies.
North Carolina has actively participated in the America’s Legislators Back to
School program since its inception in 1999.
Multi-Tiered System of Support Update
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Cohort 1 continues
implementation across the state. In order to support school
districts, charter schools and state-operated programs not in
Cohort 1, the MTSS team is providing statewide MTSS strands.
The first of six topical MTSS workshops for these professional
development strands is “Leadership that Supports an MTSS Framework.”
The locations and dates for this strand are as follows:
* Oct. 6: Hill Center, Durham
* Oct. 7: Hazelwood Conference Center, Waynesville, and South Central High School, Winterville
* Oct. 14: Village Inn, Clemmons
* Oct. 15: UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, and Robeson Community College, Lumberton
* Nov. 16: High Point University, High Point
Registration information is online. Follow us on Twitter @ncmtss.
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The Latest on K-2 Math Assessments
K-2 Math Assessments have been updated and revised. They are
currently being vetted and will be available in October. If you have
any questions, please contact one of NCDPI’s elementary
consultants Denise Schulz or Kitty Rutherford.
28 New Charter School Applications Received;
Approved Schools Will Open for Students in Fall 2017
Twenty-eight nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools in August 2017. A
spreadsheet of applicants is available on the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools’ website.
The Office of Charter Schools will now review the applications for completeness before forwarding them
to the NC Charter Schools Advisory Board for its review before members make recommendations to the
State Board of Education.
NCVPS is Seeking Certified Teachers for
Multiple Roles
You know that certified North Carolina teachers teach NCVPS classes, but did you know that NCVPS
courses are designed by teams of North Carolina teachers?
That’s right! All NCVPS courses are developed or revised by teams of North Carolina certified teachers
with content expertise. NCVPS instructors and developers also take back valuable digital, online, and
blended-learning instructional skills to their traditional classrooms, creating a very complimentary
NCVPS is currently seeking North Carolina certified teachers for course development, revision and
instruction. Please share the following link with your teachers so that they, too, can apply to be part of
the NCVPS experience: http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/work-for-ncvps/.
STEM Funding Opportunities Available
Many Grant opportunities are offered to educators, students and
schools to enhance STEM education. Grants are offered on
national, regional and state levels.
Visit the NC STEM Center website to learn more.
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