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State Board Approves Higher Proficiency Standards

NC State Board of Education

North Carolina students now have a higher proficiency standard to meet on the state’s end-of-grade and end-of-course tests. New standards today were approved by the State Board of Education to bring expectations for student performance in line with current career and college expectations. When the 2012-13 test results are provided to parents, schools and districts in November, results will be ... Read More »

Sharing Information about the Common Core and Essential Standards

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When we think about what we want students to know, understand, and be able to do in order to be college and career ready, we inherently agree that attributes, as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills are paramount to ensuring our students are prepared to compete and succeed.  Understanding how the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina ... Read More »

Get a Jumpstart on Understanding the IIS

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 Learn to create and assign instructional materials through the Schoolnet portion of Home Base in this upcoming NCDPI webinar.  Newton-Conover City Schools will train the Tech Team and selected educators in October to pilot Schoolnet.  However, if you are interested in learning more about how you can use Schoolnet now in your classroom, feel free to register for this NCDPI ... Read More »

Art and the Common Core

Asheville Art Museum

The North Carolina Museum of Art will be running a day long workshop at the Asheville Art Museum on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Attendees will explore connections between the visual arts and Common Core State Standards and learn strategies for incorporating learning through the arts in all subject areas. Registration is required. To learn more visit: http://artnc.org/programs/offsite-workshop-art-and-common-core-asheville-art-museum Read More »

Global Focus Opportunities for K-12 Educators and Students

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Helga Fasciano, NCDPI Special Assistant for Global Education, shared a variety of global focus opportunities for both teachers and students.  Check out these opportunities. Opportunities for Teachers Target Field Trip Grants: Target funds many grants of up to $700 for a school field trip that enhances their curriculum in arts, math, science, and social studies. Deadline:September 30.  American Councils for ... Read More »

NCDPI Releases Spring 2013 Common Exams for District Use

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On September 17, 2013, NCDPI released Spring Common Exams for use in districts.  Please feel free to use the released forms of Common Exams as you see fit. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/measures/released-forms/ Read More »

Dr. Scarlet Davis to Host National Board Information Session

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On October 1st at 3:30pm at NCMS, Dr. Scarlet Davis, Instructional Coach at South Newton Elementary School, will be hosting a meeting about National Board Certification for any teacher, counselor, or media specialist interested in becoming a more intentional, reflective, accomplished educator.   National Board Certified Teachers receive a 12% pay increase from the state for the 10 years of ... Read More »

Navigating Math Pathways

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For students who entered ninth grade in 2009-10, an additional math class was required for graduation.  Rather than three math classes, students now must have four math credits in addition to their other requirements to graduate.  These math requirements are aligned to a particular pathway that students can take as they finish their high school career. Students will select a ... Read More »

Gradebook Support Coming to NCCS

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As you know, every third Wednesday has been designated for district-wide professional development from 3:30 – 5:00.  September 21, 2013 will be our first district-wide professional development session.   This month’s topic is:  Powerschool Gradebook: Question and Answers.  Many teachers are already using Gradebook with few problems, while others are struggling with the functionality of this new platform. Expectation:  Any ... Read More »