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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: MARCH 7, 2014

NCDPI'S FIRST CHIEF ACADEMIC AND DIGITAL LEARNING OFFICER NAMED

Dr. Tracy Weeks, executive director of the NC Virtual Public School, yesterday was named as the first Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the NC Department of Public Instruction. North Carolina is one of the first states in the nation to combine academics and digital learning in this way.

"With Dr. Weeks prior experience with instruction and technology, she will be able to use those skills in an integrated way to move our educational system to one that will allow personalization for every child," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

Weeks is former high school math teacher, instructional technology specialist and adjunct assistant professor at the university level. She has strong experience in collaborating with teachers on integrating technology and on-line learning into their classes; leading teams in developing and implementing online curricula; and managing and organizing the business, financial and instructional aspects of the NCVPS, the nation's second largest virtual public school.

Weeks has a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in instructional technology and doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from North Carolina State University.

She began her new role yesterday and now leads several divisions at the state education agency, including Curriculum and Instructional, Career and Technical Education, Digital Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Children, NCVPS, and Home Base support and development.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.