February
27,
2013
 
 NEW
THIS
WEEK
 New
Resources
from
Council
of
the
Great
City
Schools


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February
27,
2013
NEW
THIS
WEEK
• New
Resources
from
Council
of
the
Great
City
Schools
• Educator
Effectiveness
Division
• DST
Featured
in
National
Education
Leader
Publication
• Latest
Home
Base
Biweekly
Update
• Regional
Convenings
Address
K‐12/College
Connections
around
New
Standards
IN
CASE
YOU
MISSED
IT
• EVAAS
Updates
• Resources:
Encyclopedia
of
North
Carolina
• Follow
READY
Progress
on
Facebook/Twitter/Website
NEW
THIS
WEEK
New
Resources
from
Council
of
the
Great
City
Schools
The
Council
of
the
Great
City
Schools
developed
two,
30‐second
Public
Service
Announcements
(PSAs)
to
succinctly
tell
the
story
of
the
Common
Core
State
Standards
to
the
public.
The
PSAs,
available
in
both
English
and
Spanish,
were
recently
released
and
already
have
been
viewed
by
more
than
10
million
people
in
just
two
weeks.
In
addition,
CGCS
also
developed
two,
three‐minute
videos
(one
in
English
and
one
in
Spanish)
that
explain
the
Common
Core
in
a
slightly
longer
form.
These
videos
explain
how
the
Common
Core
will
help
students
achieve
at
high
levels
and
help
them
learn
what
they
need
to
know
to
get
to
graduation
and
beyond.
These
videos
work
particularly
well
for
presentations
to
community
and
parent
groups.
For
more
information,
please
visit
http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/378
CGC
Schools
also
has
released
a
45‐minute
professional
development
video,
“From
the
Page
to
the
Classroom:
Implementing
the
Common
Core
State
Standards
in
English
Language
Arts
and
Literacy”
for
central
office
and
school‐based
staff
and
teachers
on
the
shifts
in
the
Common
Core
in
English
language
arts
and
literacy.
The
video
provides
background
on
the
Common
Core
and
the
three
shifts
inherent
in
the
standards.
A
corresponding
45‐minute
professional
development
video
on
the
shifts
in
the
Common
Core
for
mathematics,
“From
the
Page
to
the
Classroom:
Implementing
the
Common
Core
State
Standards
in
Mathematics,”
also
is
available.
This
video
emphasizes
the
three
shifts
inherent
in
the
standards
for
mathematics
education
and
features
Jason
Zimba.
For
more
information,
please
visit
http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/345
CGCS
also
has
developed
content
and
grade‐specific
parent
roadmaps
that
provide
detailed
information
for
parents
about
the
expectations
of
the
Common
Core
in
English
Language
Arts
and
Literacy
and
Mathematics.
These
roadmaps
include
examples
of
grade‐level
focus
in
the
content
area
using
parent‐friendly
language,
sample
progressions
of
learning
across
three
grade
levels
in
the
Common
Core,
and
tips
to
parents
on
communicating
with
teachers
about
their
child’s
work
and
how
to
support
student
learning
at
home.
CGCS
completed
the
high
school‐level
guides
in
February
2013,
completing
the
set
of
guides
from
K‐12
in
English
language
arts
and
mathematics.
More
translations
will
follow
throughout
the
school
year.
K‐12
Parent
Guides
for
the
Common
Core
State
Standards
in
English
Language
Arts/Literacy:
English
Spanish
K‐12
Parent
Guides
for
the
Common
Core
State
Standards
in
Mathematics:
English
Spanish
Please
visit
http://www.commoncoreworks.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=330
for
more
information.
MORE
INFO:
Dr.
Maria
Pitre‐Martin,
K‐12
Curriculum
and
Instruction,
[email protected]
Educator
Effectiveness
Division
The
Educator
Recruitment
and
Development
Division
has
undergone
a
name
change
to
more
accurately
reflect
the
division’s
scope
of
work.
It
will
now
be
known
as
the
Educator
Effectiveness
Division.
The
URL
for
the
newly
recast
division’s
website
is
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffectiveness.
This
site
will
continue
to
feature
content
around
professional
development
issues
and
initiatives.
Please
update
your
bookmarks.
(You
will
be
redirected
to
this
site
if
you
visit
the
former
one.)
The
former
Educator
Effectiveness
website,
which
deals
specifically
with
content
around
the
new
educator
evaluation
system,
has
been
renamed
Educator
Effectiveness
Model,
and
the
new
site
is
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness‐model.
Again,
you
will
be
redirected
automatically,
so
please
update
your
bookmarks.
MORE
INFO:
Dr.
Lynne
Johnson,
Educator
Effectiveness,
[email protected]
DST
Featured
in
National
Education
Leader
Publication
The
work
of
the
NCDPI’s
District
and
School
Transformation
(DST)
division
was
recently
featured
in
the
Chief
Council
of
State
School
Officer
newsletter,
Chiefline.
The
CCSSO
article
highlights
the
division’s
Professional
Development
for
School
Leaders
program.
Principals
and
teaching
teams
from
schools
that
have
successfully
turned
around
their
formerly
low‐achievement
status
host
leaders
from
schools
who
are
in
the
process
of
doing
so
to
share
best
practices,
lessons
learned
and
develop
new
ideas
specific
to
the
needs
of
the
school
in
transition.
Click
here
for
the
newsletter
and
scroll
down
to
the
article,
titled
“NC
Principals
Share
Best
Practices…”
Latest
Home
Base
Biweekly
Update
Many
of
you
have
heard
about
Home
Base,
an
exciting
statewide
project
that
supports
our
overall
READY
initiative.
To
ensure
all
NC
educators
and
the
community
at
large
know
about
Home
Base
and
are
kept
up‐to‐date
on
ongoing
developments,
the
NCDPI
has
begun
a
new
electronic
publication
called
Home
Base
Biweekly
Update.
You
can
view
the
latest
issue
online:
www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/updates
Regional
Convenings
Address
K‐12/College
Connections
around
New
Standards
North
Carolina’s
Core
to
College
grant
is
hosting
a
series
of
regional
convenings
to
bring
together
educators
from
across
all
of
North
Carolina’s
local
districts,
community
colleges,
the
UNC
system,
and
private
colleges
and
universities.
Upcoming
events
will
be
held
on
March
11
at
AB
Tech
Community
College
and
March
28
at
Appalachian
State
University.
For
more
info
(including
a
schedule
of
meetings
beyond
March)
and
to
register,
please
visit
http://go.ncsu.edu/imagining.
MORE
INFO:
John
D.
Denning,
State
Director,
K‐12
and
Postsecondary
Alignment
Initiatives,
[email protected]
IN
CASE
YOU
MISSED
IT
EVAAS
Updates
On
February
1,
teachers
across
North
Carolina
received
access
to
a
teacher
evaluation
dashboard
housed
in
the
EVAAS
web
platform.
This
report
integrates
a
teacher's
ratings
on
Standards
1
through
5
with
the
baseline
data
for
Standard
6.
Over
time,
the
dashboard
will
hold
the
three
years
of
data
that
will
be
used
with
data
from
Standards
1
through
5
to
determine
a
teacher's
overall
effectiveness
status
of
in
need
of
improvement,
effective,
or
highly
effective.
As
a
reminder,
the
sixth
standard
rating
for
the
2011‐12
school
year
will
NOT
be
counted
toward
the
overall
status.
For
more
information
on
how
to
access
and
interpret
the
report,
please
visit
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/educatoreffect/resources/2013/01‐
teacher‐evaluation.pdf.
The
NC
Department
of
Public
Instruction
and
SAS
Institute
are
also
pleased
to
announce
the
launch
of
new
learning
modules
on
EVAAS.
These
eight‐to‐10
minute
videos
are
available
24/7,
and
provide
a
narrated
explanation
of
how
to
access
and
interpret
different
reports.
The
modules
currently
available
are:
‐
Teacher
Value‐Added
and
Diagnostic
Reports
for
Grades
4
–
8
ELA
and
Math
Teachers
‐
Teacher
Value‐Added
and
Diagnostic
Reports
for
Grades
4
and
8
Science,
High
School,
and
Career
and
Technical
Education
Teachers
‐
Teacher
Evaluation
Dashboard
The
modules
can
be
accessed
through
the
Help
menu
when
logged
into
EVAAS.
MORE
INFO:
Jennifer
Preston,
Educator
Effectiveness,
[email protected]
Resources:
Encyclopedia
of
North
Carolina
The
Digital
Information
Management
Program
at
the
State
Library
of
North
Carolina
has
integrated
the
1900‐plus
entries
from
the
University
of
North
Carolina
Press’s
Encyclopedia
of
North
Carolina
into
NCpedia.
They
are
now
available
and
searchable
at
http://ncpedia.org.
Its
purpose
is
to
highlight
North
Carolina's
unique
resources,
people
and
culture
to
enrich,
educate
and
inform.
This
expansion
has
been
made
possible
through
a
Library
Services
and
Technology
Act
grant
from
the
U.S.
Institute
of
Museum
and
Library
Services.
MORE
INFO:
Michelle
Underhill,
Director
of
the
Digital
Information
Management
Program
(DIMP),
State
Library
of
NC,
[email protected]
Follow
READY
Progress
on
Facebook/Twitter/Website
There
are
three
easy
ways
to
obtain
the
latest
information
on
North
Carolina’s
READY
initiative:
Facebook,
Twitter
and
the
NCDPI
website!
READY
is
taking
public
education
to
a
whole
new
level
with
a
new
Standard
Course
of
Study,
new
student
assessments,
a
new
accountability
model
and
a
new
Educator
Evaluation
system.
Home
Base
will
provide
a
suite
of
technology
tools
for
teachers,
parents
and
students,
all
in
one
place.
All
these
changes
will
result
in
more
students
graduating
and
well
prepared
for
college
and
careers.
So…
like
us
on
Facebook
at
www.facebook.com/NCReadyInitiative;
follow
us
on
Twitter
at
@ncpublicschools;
or
visit
our
website
at
www.ncpublicschools.org/ready
for
more
information
about
what
our
state
is
doing
to
support
teachers
and
improve
education
for
all
students.
MORE
INFO:
Michael
Yarbrough,
Communication
and
Information
Services,
[email protected]
RACE
TO
THE
TOP
WEEKLY
UPDATE
INFO
If
you
know
someone
who
would
like
to
be
on
this
list,
please
send
their
email
address(es)
to
[email protected]
***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!
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at:
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