TO: NC Public School... FROM: State Superintendent June Atkinson

NC Public School Principals
FROM: State Superintendent June Atkinson
DATE: June 18, 2015
The NC Senate approved its budget yesterday, and now we await the process of
Senate and House leadership ironing out a final budget for the 2015-17
biennium. Both budgets are available online at under News
and Information.
I look forward to seeing many of you later this month at the annual Summer
Leadership Conference in Asheville.
June Atkinson
In this Biweekly Principals’ Message:
1. NC Charter School Performance Framework Released
2. Professional Development Opportunity Focuses on Action Research
3. NCVPS Summer Session Registration Ends Tomorrow
* NC Charter School Performance Framework Released - North Carolinians
can now review charter school performance in the key areas of academics,
finance and operations by viewing the NC Charter School Performance
Framework, which is available online at
This is the first time that information about financial and operational expectations
for each charter school has been provided in a comprehensive way. The
November 2014 State Board of Education Strategic Plan directed the NCDPI to
establish a Performance Framework for all charter schools to provide more
information about the schools’ overall health. The NC School Report Cards
already include information on charter schools and other public schools, but the
Charter Framework includes operational details specific to charter schools.
* Professional Development Opportunity Focuses on Action Research Following the success of the Action Research Pathway for the Governor’s
Teacher Network, NCDPI Educator Effectiveness announces the release of new
self-paced online professional development module on action research.
- Action Research for the Classroom: An Introduction
Action research takes reflective practice of teachers and adds a dimension of
systematic inquiry that helps clarify how their particular classrooms/schools
operate, how well they teach and how well their students learn. Participants will
learn each step of the action research process so that they are ready to conduct
an inquiry in their own educational setting. This module is self-paced and will
require approximately 20 hours to complete. Participants will earn two CEUs
upon satisfactory completion. For educators who actually want to complete an
action research project and receive instructor feedback throughout the project,
staff also will have a 10-week facilitated course, Implementing Action Research
in the Classroom, starting in fall 2015.
To register for this free course, follow the instructions below to log into Home
Base to self-register for a course.
- Log in to the NCEES system using your usual PowerSchool log in or the
alternate log in
- Click the Professional Development tab.
- Search for the course, or list all opportunities to find the course for which you
wish to register.
- Click on the course title
- Click on the view button.
Directions on how to register are available at
Questions may be directed to Geetanjali Soni at [email protected]
* NCVPS Summer Session Registration Ends Tomorrow - Although the
NCVPS summer session began Monday, June 15, registration remains open until
Friday, June 19. Please have your advisors register students as soon as
possible. Students who are able to start on the first day of class are more
successful in their summer courses. Please visit NCVPS’ Summer 2015 web
page at for more details.