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NCDPI Seeks Educator Feedback on Professional Learning in North Carolina.


As we look to the future of professional learning in North Carolina, we see an opportunity for transformation. The Professional Development Coordinators in the Educator Effectiveness Division of NCDPI are envisioning ways to build professional development capacity within districts and charter schools. By focusing on the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, we can re-imagine the way we learn as ... Read More »

Letter of Support and Resources on 13 Reasons Why

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May 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians, I am writing to inform you about a new Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why and its possible impact on our students. 13 Reasons Why is gaining popularity and we have concerns that the series may increase thoughts of suicide among students.  All three school systems in Catawba County have collaborated to put resources in the hands ... Read More »


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JOIN OUR TEAM at Newton-Conover City Schools! We are now accepting applications for Shuford Elementary Child Nutrition Manager. Please apply at our Administrative Office located at 605 North Ashe Avenue, Newton, NC 28658 or at the link below!     Read More »

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin Named North Carolina Deputy State Superintendent

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The State Board of Education hired Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, former NCDPI chief academic and digital learning officer and Thomasville City Schools’ superintendent, last week as the new deputy state superintendent at the NC Department of Public Instruction. Pitre-Martin has assumed her new duties. State Board Superintendent Advisor Freddie Williamson praised the selection of Pitre-Martin. “I am extremely satisfied by this ... Read More »

Student Voices Award Nominations Now Being Accepted


State Educational Technology Directors Association is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Student Voices Award are open now through May 15. Each state has the opportunity to nominate up to two schools or districts to present during our Student Voices Panelat the Leadership Summit on October 25, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. SETDA is looking for a school ... Read More »

Wild Horse Curriculum Institute at Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Join park rangers, researchers, scholars, and fellow educators for a week-long institute learning about the legendary wild horses on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Shackleford Banks, the southernmost barrier island of Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses. More Info: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2017 9 AM – 7 PM ... Read More »

Elimination of Double Testing Coming for 2017-18

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On May 4, 2017, the State Board of Education approved revisions to State Board Policy ACCT-021. This revision approves the use of a testing flexibility offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This flexibility allows 8th grade students enrolled in NC Math 1 to take the NC Math 1 EOC as the accountability assessment. Allowing this eliminates the need for ... Read More »

Eyemart Express to Partner with Schools

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Eyemart Express will be opening a Hickory location in mid-May and wants to partner with our schools to help both educators and students.  Their “Educator Discount Program” provides a 20% discount to any school employee who presents a school ID badge.  The discount is in addition to their already low prices including their 2-pair deals.  Most vision insurances are accepted ... Read More »

Friday Institute Offers Computer Science Opportunities

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In North Carolina, there are currently over 17,000 open computing jobs, but only 18% of schools in NC teach AP Computer Science and only 1,425 students in NC took the AP exam last year.  Of those 1,425 students, only 25% were female, and only 203 were underrepresented minorities.  Meanwhile there is growing interest and demand.  Nine out of ten parents ... Read More »

Friday Institute to Offer Literacy MOOC for K-8 Educators

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Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning explores what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge across disciplines, including science, mathematics, history/social studies, and English/language arts. In this six unit course, participants will learn how to engage students in deeper learning through disciplinary literacy practices and explore the model for inquiry-based disciplinary literacy.  Click here to ... Read More »