MESSAGES 2015 :: July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015 - Principals' Biweekly Message

News from Washington is encouraging as both the Senate and the House have approved bills that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that has been known as No Child Left Behind. Although a final reauthorization is still in the future, some key themes have emerged: more authority for states, no one-size-fits-all standard, continued focus on the lowest-performing schools and teacher preparation. Accountability for student performance in reading, mathematics and science continues to be important to lawmakers. I am heartened that things have moved as far as they have and we will keep you updated on progress going forward and what this means for your schools and districts.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. Multi-tiered System of Support Update
  2. NC Informational Module for National Board Certification™
  3. Update on NC Digital Learning Plan

Multi-tiered System of Support Update

School-based administrators are critical to the implementation and sustainability of a Multi-tiered System of Support. Preparation for statewide implementation is designed around four work groups: Research and Evaluation, Professional Development, Technical Assistance and Coaching, and Communication and Visibility. These groups are examining research, implementing communication systems, creating professional development and coaching models, as well as vetting tools and resources that will support execution around the six critical components of MTSS. Your school has access to information regarding the communication and development of the work at as well as thru the NCDPI MTSS Consultant team.

The MTSS consultants analyzed the input provided on the 82 Readiness Instruments in order to offer a customized plan of guidance to district and charter teams. In the upcoming school year, approximately 34 district or charter teams will begin taking the MTSS Blended Learning Course, which is based on these results and the critical components of MTSS. Additionally, throughout the school year, the NCDPI consultant team will be providing “stand alone” workshops on Leadership within a MTSS model, Communication and Collaboration, and Building the Capacity/Infrastructure for Implementation. These will be advertised via RESAs, DPI Communication and/or the wiki space referenced above.

For more detailed information on MTSS and the statewide support, please see our School Administrator Brief found on the home page of the wiki.

NC Informational Module for National Board Certification™

North Carolina continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers with National Board certification. Educators considering National Board certification™ can start their exploration with this new mini-module, which will help them determine their readiness for the certification process, guide them through the new certification requirements, and equip them to complete Components 1 and 2 of the process. A follow-up mini-module will be available when new guidelines for Components 3 and 4 are released.

Teachers may self-register for this free course by following the instructions below to log into Home Base:

  • Log in to the NCEES system using your usual PowerSchool log in or the alternate log in
  • Click the Professional Development tab.
  • Search for the course, or list all opportunities to find the course for which you wish to register.
  • Click on the course title, you are then presented with the course screen. Click on the section.
  • Click on the register button.

Directions on how to register also are available here. For more information, please contact Geetanjali Soni at

Update on NC Digital Learning Plan

The NC Digital Learning Plan team has provided an update to both the NC State Board of Education at their June meeting and to the NC School Boards Association at their Summer Leadership Seminar. Attached is an updated PDF of those presentations, where staff provided the first summary of data from the NC Digital Learning Progress Rubric completed by every district and 120 charter schools.