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Visual Literacy and the Common Core Workshop at the North Carolina Museum of Art

How is a work of art a text? Explore strategies for using the visual arts to support the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing. Earns 0.5 CEU in Literacy. Registration required. *Pairs of teachers from the same school representing different subject areas who register together receive a discounted rate of $15 per person. For more information, to register ... Read More »

A for Arts-from STEM to STEAM

North Carolina Museum of Art Webinar January 16, 5:30-7:00pm Discover how art can stimulate innovative thinking and solutions in STEM. Learn techniques for integrating creativity into the design process. Earns 0.15 CEU. For more information contact Kristin Smith at Register here Read More »

Building Academic Vocabulary

Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering’s book Building Academic Vocabulary helps us understand the need to utilize a six-step process for teaching new academic terms.   These steps include: Step 1 – Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (For ESL students, add a nonlinguistic representation.) Instead of having your students look up words in the dictionary to discover word ... Read More »

World’s Worst Pet – (A New App to Improve Vocabulary)

Name: World’s Worst Pet What is it? Help students build a vocabulary of essential words. World’s Worst Pet exposes students to over 1000 Tier Two words at 6 different levels through four engaging games. Aligned to the Common Core, this app provides student-friendly definitions, a playful narrative, a reward system and thought-provoking writing prompts. Best for: Grades 4-8 Price: FREE Rated: 4+ Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 ... Read More »

Become a Kenan Fellow

Kenan Fellows work alongside research and industry experts to help students build career-ready skills. Create engaging hands-on lessons that energize students Observe how “real world” STEM skills prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow Become a member of a collaborative network of educators Take advantage of top-notch professional learning opportunities Serve as an educational leader in your district and community ... Read More »

Roster Verification Time is Here!

Mark your calendars! Based on feedback from teachers, administrators, and central office leaders, the Department of Public Instruction will be holding two roster verification windows during the 2013-14 school year. The dates for the first roster verification window are: We will be working with site-based administrators and with you to ensure roster verification is completed accurately. More information will be coming your ... Read More »

New EVAAS and VAM Resources from DPI


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently provided new EVAAS and Value-Added Modeling (VAM) resources to LEAs. The resource 2013 EVAAS Changes document outlines the changes to the EVAAS reporting for the 2012-13 school year.  It highlights new reports that are now available on the web reporting platform, as well as changes to the teacher reports. The second resource ... Read More »

What is Student Engagement?

Schlecty’s book Engaging Students describes students in the classroom into categories including engagement, strategic compliance, ritual compliance, retreatism, and rebellion.  During the administrative walk-thru’s, the administrators will be observing in your classrooms to determine where your students fall within these categories.  Please take the time to read through the categories to determine where your students may be when it comes ... Read More »

Read to Achieve Update

Read to Achieve Update On Monday, December 2, the portfolio passages will be posted on the secure TNN site for the Testing Coordinators to access.  The hard copies for each school will be shipped to the Central Office Testing Coordinator in mid December for distribution to the schools.  Teachers may begin administering passages on January 6, 2014. Q & A ... Read More »

Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency

During a recent webinar, Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency were discussed.  Below you will find some important key notes from the webinar. According to NCTM, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, computational fluency refers to having efficient and accurate methods for computing. Students exhibit computational fluency when they demonstrate flexibility in the computational methods they choose, understand and can ... Read More »