MESSAGES 2014 :: MARCH 28, 2014

MARCH 28, 2014 - Teachers' Biweekly Messages

Last Friday, you received an email with information about the Governor's Teacher Network and where to find the application to participate. This is a great opportunity for North Carolina teachers to be rewarded for developing professional development and instructional resources for your colleagues. I think it is especially helpful for us to have this opportunity to encourage North Carolina-developed resources to improve student learning. The website - www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/gtn - includes a link to the application itself as well as other information to guide your consideration.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Teachers' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meets Next Week
  2. WikiCentral: One-Stop Resource for All Educators
  3. Elementary Math Update Webinar: Ready, Set Review for CCSS Mathematics
  4. English Language Learner Support Conference Scheduled
  5. Wake County Teacher Named Magnet School of America's 2013-14 Region IV Teacher of the Year
  6. STEM Project Grants

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will hold a Planning and Work Session in addition to their regular monthly meeting next Monday-Wednesday at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. At their Planning and Work Session, Board members will finalize their Strategic Plan, and discuss several issues including Striking the Right Balance for Early Learners and the Board's legislative and budget agendas for the 2014 Short Session and 2015 Long Session. During its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Board action items include a report to the North Carolina General Assembly on the Virtual Charter School Study, and LEA and charter schools requests for Standard Six flexibility. Among the Board's discussion and information items are Course for Credit, K-3 Checkpoints for Teacher Effectiveness, and the annual 2012-13 Consolidated Data Report, which contains school crime and violence, suspensions, expulsions and dropout numbers for the state and districts.

WikiCentral: One-Stop Resource for All Educators

WikiCentral, available online at http://wikicentral.ncdpi.wikispaces.net, provides a direct point of access for DPI wikis that contain resources and materials for North Carolina educators. The wikis are managed by various divisions, and include resources related to professional development, curriculum, policy, tools and resources. Please make sure you bookmark this site and check back often.

Elementary Math Update Webinar: Ready, Set, Review for CCSS Mathematics

Elementary school teachers may want to participate in this webinar to learn more about effective strategies that will foster mastery and retention of critical mathematics skills and concepts. Instructors will use real teaching in the form of review, formative assessment, and re-teaching using released EOG items as a resource. The webinar will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To register, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/206056600.

English Language Learner Support Conference Scheduled

The Inaugural English Language Learner Support Conference, Growing Success for ELLS, will be held Aug. 4-6 at the Greensboro Embassy Suites Airport. This conference will offer ten concurrent three-day training events including ExC-ELL, LinguaFolio, SIOP and WIDA. Participants will choose one event to attend for the full three days of training. The conference includes an opening session where participants will explore the vision for ESL in NC. For more information, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/esl and open the "Letter of Invitation" to review course offerings. To register, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELLSupportConference. The registration deadline is May 30.

Wake County Teacher Named Magnet School of America's 2013-14 Region IV Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Bugg Elementary School (Wake County Public Schools) teacher Maria Eby for being named Magnet Schools of America's 2013-14 Region IV Teacher of the Year. Region IV is comprised of North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Magnet Schools of America Executive Director Scott Thomas said Eby was selected because for her "ability to inspire students from all backgrounds to succeed, and for her demonstrated leadership within her school and community." She will now compete for National Teacher of the Year, the recipient of which will be named in May.

STEM Project Grants

Duke Energy Foundation recently announced a $75,000 matching gift to DonorsChoose.org to assist teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). According to program guidelines, public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals to www.DonorsChoose.org/teachers. When 50 percent of a project's request is funded through citizen donations, Duke Energy will contribute the remaining 50 percent for teachers in the company's North Carolina service areas. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy's matching funds.