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Dr. June Atkinson Reacts to Common Core Proposed Legislation

“The Common Core standards in English language arts and mathematics are rigorous and aligned with the skills that students need today. That is why the State Board of Education adopted them in the first place. Under these standards, students are expected to learn important mathematics facts and skills and how to apply them to solve problems. They are expected to ... Read More »

Local Guidance for Standard 6

The Department of Public Instruction has worked to ensure every educator has the opportunity to receive an individual Standard 6 rating based on the growth of that educator’s students. In 2014- 2015, the Department will have covered approximately 90 percent of educators through one of the following statewide Standard 6 measures:  Analysis of Student Work  CTE Pre and Post Assessments  ... Read More »

Governor’s Teacher Network

Good teaching motivates students to learn.  Good teachers inspire each other when they share their most innovative and creative practices. With this in mind, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has established the Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN).  This initiative, funded by the state’s Race to the Top grant, will provide a statewide platform for teachers ... Read More »

L-R Offers New Online Teaching and Instructional Design Graduate Program

Lenoir-Rhyne University is now accepting applications for a new graduate degree and certificate program in online teaching and instructional design! The program, beginning Fall 2014, prepares K-12 educators, college or university faculty, and business leaders for quality instruction in online environments. Students who complete the program will learn and apply effective methods for designing and individualizing online content as well ... Read More »

STEM Project Matching Grants up to $75,000

Duke Energy Foundation recently announced a $75,000 matching gift to to assist teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).According to program guidelines, public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals to When 50 percent of a project’s request is funded through citizen donations, Duke Energy will contribute the remaining 50 percent for teachers in the company’s North ... Read More »

Academic Achievement Levels Expand on State Assessments

The State Board of Education approved a change in March to the way that the state test scores will be provided to students and their parents with a move from four achievement levels to five.  This move will provide greater precision in reporting performance.  The new achievement level 3 will be considered “passing” although the student may not be demonstrating ... Read More »

Spring Roster Verification

The second window for Roster Verification will be coming up in the Spring.  This window will be for all teachers who teach a second semester class as well as those teachers who teach a year-long class. NCDPI and the SAS Institute have produced new resource to assist with roster verification.  There is a Frequently Asked Questions document that is extremely ... Read More »

State Seeks Qualified Reviewers for Honors Review Process

NCDPI is seeking qualified reviewers for the Cohort I Honors Review Process. Reviewers are needed in every discipline. Applicants from every LEA are welcome to apply. Minimum qualifications for reviewers: Have at least five years teaching experience in the subject area you wish to review Be fully licensed in the area(s) you wish to review Have taught honors courses prior ... Read More »

NCDPI Shares High-Quality Math Resources

At the NCDPI state-wide Curriculum Summit on February 20-21, NCDPI leaders addressed concerns from across the state.  One of the topics was secondary math, as well as math in general. Lessie Anderson, NCSU Math Consultant, shared how to dig into Home Base to find high-quality math resources to support math teachers in the following areas: Curricula Instructional Units Lesson Plans ... Read More »

WCU Offers AIG Licensure Program

With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and their focus on teaching higher level thinking skills for all students, it is critical that all teachers, not just AIG teachers, know how to promote higher level thinking and creative problem solving.  In Western Carolina University’s four-course AIG licensure program teachers will learn to:   Develop lesson plans based on models for higher level thinking including Paul’s ... Read More »