NEWS RELEASES 2015-16

NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: JUNE 9, 2016

ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUILDS TEACHER LEADERS VIRTUALLY

Thanks to new online courses offered through the Department of Public Instruction’s Home Base professional development system, thousands of educators statewide receive professional development, free of charge.

Courses are available any time, anywhere, and facilitated courses also are available. Facilitated courses allow access to coaching and virtual feedback. Teachers may choose from offerings that best fit their professional learning needs. Principals also may recommend courses to teachers based upon growth needs. In addition, over 90 online modules may be used to renew teaching licenses in a timely, cost-effective manner.

“As the demands on teachers’ professional and personal schedules increase, we must find ways to keep pace and provide tools teachers may readily access to meet their professional learning needs. Online courses provide a wonderful option to meet the demanding schedules of teachers,” NCDPI Director of Educator Effectiveness Lynne Johnson said.

Johnson said online courses not only help teachers take classes that work with their schedules but also saves them money as all of the courses are free of charge to NC teachers through Home Base. “Online professional development classes have saved the state an estimated $56 million…financial savings we know they can use elsewhere.”

Between April 15 and June 30 each year, teachers whose licenses are expiring that year must submit renewal credits to renew their license. Teachers with a North Carolina Standard Professional license must renew every five years. This helps ensure that teachers continually update their professional knowledge and technical competency.

Impacting teacher license renewals beginning this year is a new literacy requirement. K-8 licenses now require three literacy credits, up from one previously. The change is seen through a reduction of general credits from 5.5 to 2, with the extra credits moved to content and literacy.

The Home Base professional development system has added modules to assist teachers with meeting the new literacy requirements. NCDPI staff along with NC teachers conducting action research developed three literary modules to enable teachers to meet the new literacy licensure renewal requirements while allowing them to develop new skills and knowledge to improve their teaching practice. Specific information regarding individual action research projects may be accessed through the NC Teacher Action Research Portal.

To view the entire Home Base professional development course catalog, please visit the Online Professional Development website.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.