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Phase lll Online Professional Development Modules: Available June 28, 2013

Online learning modules should be used over time as part of PLCs, during staff meetings or independently (over a series of days). Central office personnel might also use them for district training with specific groups. The modules are designed for use in a variety of settings by individuals or by cohorts, with or without a facilitator, depending on local needs. NCDPI is pleased to announce the Friday, June 28 release of Phase III online professional development modules for the 2013-4 academic year. All are available through the NC Education site. Also, please review the updated implementation guide.

Modules include:

  • Building and Sustaining Professional Development
  • Data Literacy in Action
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Part 2
  • NC Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation: Understanding the Process
  • NC Teacher Evaluation: Understanding the Process
  • Responsibilities of the 21st Century Educator
  • 21st Century Mentoring
  • Universal Design for Learning

Two additional modules were released earlier this year:

  • Measures of Student Learning: Common Exams, Grades 9 -12
  • Measures of Student Learning: Common Exams, Middle and Elementary Grades

EVAAS FAQs Now Available Online

With the many changes that are occurring in our schools, the NCDPI seeks to provide as much information as possible up front for our teachers, principals and support staff. One of these provisions is a new FAQ feature for the Educator Value Added Assessment System (EVAAS). It offers answers to the most commonly asked questions about EVAAS, including the incorporation of EVAAS into the State's accountability and educator effectiveness models. The FAQ feature is now available online.

2013–14 Summative Online Assessments

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will continue to administer summative online assessments through NCTest during the 2013–14 school year. This memo contains information regarding these summative assessments.

President Obama Takes on School Connectivity Gap with "ConnectED" Proposal

80 percent of American schools currently lack the bandwidth to support quality digital learning. Today, President Obama and Secretary Duncan will visit Mooresville, North Carolina, where the President will call for an all-hands-on-deck effort to connect 99 percent of American schools to high-speed Internet. Reaching the goal will involve meaningful private sector involvement, as well as a re-thinking of the E-Rate program by the FCC. Read the White House Press Release for additional information.

2013 Granville County Schools Tech Connect Summer Institute August 13-14, 2013

Registration for those outside Granville school system.

The "NCREN Utilization Map - K–12" is now Publicly Accessible

This is a "soft launch" so that you have a few days to share the URL with stakeholders prior to the link being added to a public facing page on MCNC.org. The interactive map displays per-student and total monthly NCREN utilization by district/charter. This will be NCREN traffic only so charters not yet connected to NCREN will not appear on this map.

https://www.mcnc.org/ncren/portal/reporting/ncren_utilization_map This is also assessable straight from our wiki.

Transitioning Evaluation Data into Home Base and EDDIE Update (see attached info)

May 2013

Wireless/1:1 Device Survey Results

Thank you for your recent responses to our High-capacity Wireless/1:1 device survey. You can find an overview of the results, as well as the raw data, at the URL below. This information will help inform work at the NCDPI, in our State Board of Education, and with our supporters in the General Assembly and Governor's office. http://cloud.fi.ncsu.edu/status/

Home Base Informational Toolkit

Home Base is a statewide, instructional improvement (IIS) and student information system (SIS) for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Teachers will be able to use Home Base to access student data and teaching and learning resources. Students will be able to access their schoolwork, grades, and learning activities. Parents will be able to view their child's attendance and progress, and administrators can monitor data on students, teachers and schools. Not only does Home Base put data and resources at the users' fingertips, it does so with single sign-on access to the integrated system made up of the following components: Learner Profile and Student Information; Standards & Curriculum; Instructional Design, Practice & Resources; Assessment; Data Analysis and Reporting; and Professional Development & Educator Evaluation. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/

K23 Network Administrators Summer Institute 2013

DPI and MCNC are pleased to announce that registration for the K12 Network Administrators Summer Institute 2013 is now open. Additional information on the summer institute and registration can be found at: https://www.mcnc.org/events/training/k12-network-admin-2013

We ask that LEAs and charter schools limit their participation to one attendee until the level of community interest is determined. If space remains in any of the sessions after May 31, 2013, LEAs and charter schools may register additional attendees on a first come first serve basis until the available spaces are filled. An email will be sent to the K-12 community via the Technology Directors List Service on June 3, 2013 alerting the community to additional availability.If you plan to participate and you have particular topics you would like included in the Day 4 “Tech Talks” please let us know. Please direct questions and comments to Dave Furiness, Director Client Network Engineering..

Give Five Read Five Campaign

Have you ever heard of the term summer loss? This is not a seasonal diet or exercise program, but a troubling trend in which students lose valuable literacy skills when they stop reading during their break from school. Low-income children are especially susceptible to this problem because they often go home to an environment where there are very few books or other reading resources. As a result, by the end of fifth grade, these students are approximately 2 ½ years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability, primarily because of summer loss..... Here is an informational flyer with ideas for promoting the campaign.

April 2013

SREB Publications

The SREB Publications area provides links to many outstanding resources including educational technology, online teaching/learning, meetings/webinars, Worthy of Note eNewsletter.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Video Production

NC Museum of Natural Sciences is launching a new program for teens interested in video production and television. This program will enable teens to showcase their talents and skills in TV and multimedia broadcasting. Highly skilled professionals will instruct and mentor students in order to produce quality science-themed segments that will be available to the public. This multifaceted multimedia program will build students' skills in communication, teamwork, and networking while students gain real-world experience in production and broadcasting. Prior technical knowledge and skills are recommended but are not necessary. Applications are due May 24, 2013. Please visit our website for application information. Teacher Recommendation forms and General Recommendation forms are also due by May 24th. Please share this information with your students. Contact Tamara Poles or at (919) 707-9277 with questions.


Please share the GIVE FIVE READ FIVE summer reading opportunity with your community, district, and building level literacy stakeholders.

Classscape Transition

Attached memo was distributed to your district superintendents and charter school directors. Classscape will remain in place through the 2014 school year at no charge to allow for successful transition time.

Instructional Resources for Roster Verification Process on the Web

Instructional resources to guide district administrators, school principals and teachers through the process of roster verification are available on the Educator Effectiveness Model website. During the 2012-13 school year, the NCDPI launched a new roster verification process that ensures teachers are accurately linked to the students they teach.

Connectivity Services Feedback Request

Connectivity Services would like your feedback in crafting an answer to the Federal Communication Commission/Wireline Competition Bureau request to "[seek] comment[s] on a proposal to clarify the schools and libraries universal support program (informally known as the E-rate program) requirements for bundling devices, equipment and services that are ineligible for E-rate support ("ineligible components") with E-rate eligible services and products."

Please use the following Google form for your responses; adding your email address to the comments is optional. May 3, 2013 is our tentative deadline.http://tinyurl.com/DPI-FCC-Feedback REMEMBER: You may file your own, individual responsesto the FCC! Barry and I are here to help you file those comments using the ECFS (Electronic Comment Filing System) found at the FCC website. http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs//

2013 CCSA Conference a Success

Over 1,800 educators and education advocates from across the state registered for the 2013 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA). The conference featured Dr. Lodge McCammon from NCSU who discussed “Flipping Instruction;” ASCD faculty Eleanor Rodriguez, who demonstrated instructional strategies to engage all students; and the SAS EVAAS Educator Support Team who led demonstration sessions on the new EVAAS Roster Verification process and the powerful partnership of EVAAS and student achievement. District teachers and administrators as well as DPI staff shared their expertise on a gamut of topics ranging from accountability to educator effectiveness and digital teaching to creating a pedagogy of care and hope. Thank you for supporting your staff in attending this conference. We look forward to seeing you and your educators at the 2014 CCSA.

School Library Month and National Library Week Celebration

Celebrate School Library Month and National Library Week by sharing resources with your School Library Media Coordinators.

  • Have you and your media coordinators examined the research and media threads in the color coded CC Anchor Standards? This is a great visual for SLMCs and directors to use to inform their practice and to share with teachers, principals, and district leaders.
  • Do you and your media coordinators know about the free, online professional support accessible through webinars from sites like TL Virtual Café?
  • Have you and your media coordinators shared this infographic on the impact school libraries and librarians have on student achievement?

These resources and many more to support school library media coordinators may be found on DPI's SLM wiki.

NCWise YET Process

The NCWise YET process is scheduled to start promptly at 5:00 PM on June 28, 2013. All NC WISE applications will be brought down at this time. The applications include eSIS, Webapps, UERS, Reporting Hub, Electronic Transcript, Parent Assistant, Web Report Studio and Information Delivery Portal. NCWise will not be returning to service as the student information system. After YET is complete, Home Base PowerSchool will become the official student information system. PowerSchool will replace eSIS, Webapps, UERS, Reporting Hub, Electronic Transcript data source and AHR (Web Report Studio and Information Delivery Portal). The current Parent Assistant Module will be replaced by the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

March 2013

AMTR Update and Registration Info

Remember the AMTR is open year round. Information on the AMTR can be found at http://it.ncwiseowl.org/accountability/amtr.School Report Card Reports will be automatically download on June 30th, 2013 at 5pm. Please make sure that district and school level data is completed by then.

  • District level personnel now have access to the School Report Card Reports – this will assist you in identifying any errors in your district or school reports.
  • Please create a spreadsheet of personnel that need to be moved from one school to another and email it to me, so that I can made the necessary changes. Melanie.honeycutt@dpi.nc.gov
  • New personnel will need to register with AMTR, directions are available below.
  • There are no changes to questions this year.
  • If someone does not have a save button on each page, then they are assigned the wrong role. If they are a principal then they should see the sign off/submit button. Please email me and include the person's name, role needed and school, then I will change the role.
  • District level personnel can see if the principal has signed off by going to View School Report Status in this District. District level personnel now have the option to sign off on any school report.
  • If someone is locked out of their account, that is an NCID issue and they will need to reset their NCID Password.

Engaging eLearning Courses for North Carolina K–12 Educators
Intel ®Teach and Thinkfinity courses help K–12 teachers of all curricular areas learn to engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. These professional development courses empower teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are skills required to succeed in college, career and life. More info.....

Home Base Webinar Scheduled for March 22
Over the last several weeks, the Home Base Team met with a small group of LEAs to determine what additional information they would like to have about Home Base as they consider transitioning to the instructional improvement components. In response to the feedback from these LEAs, a webinar geared towards LEA teams consisting of curriculum and instruction, assessment, and technology will be held on March 22 in the morning and in the afternoon (you only need to register for one). During the webinar, participants will learn more about the content that will be available in Home Base, the functionality of each of the components, see a demo of the content and functionality, and discuss the timeline for implementation. To register for the 10 a.m.-noon session, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/250849584 . To register for the 1:30-3:30 p.m. session, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/350379785 . Once you register, you will receive an e-mail message with participation instructions.

Home Base and Online Testing with Chromebooks and iPads
The NCDPI has heard from many districts and schools regarding Home Base and assessment technical requirements, particularly around Chromebook devices and iPads. In response, a one-page document entitled, Online Testing with Chromebooks and iPads has been released and is available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/getting-ready/online-testing.pdf .This document outlines the use of Chromebooks and iPads for the following:
- Online Benchmark and Classroom Assessment in Home Base for 2013-14 and beyond
- Statewide Summative Assessment Plan for 2013-2014 (End-of-Course and End-of-Grade)
- Statewide Summative Assessment Plan for 2014-2015 (End-of-Course and End-of-Grade)
For additional technical requirements, please refer to the Home Base Minimum End-User Technical Requirements (Published March 2013) found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/getting-ready/tech-requirements.pdf.

April 18, April 22 or April 29 • 3:30-5pm Home Base/Power School Demonstrations and What’s Coming This Fall
This will be an overview of our new technology tool, Home Base, including PowerSchool, which will replace NCWise this fall. This also will include a generous Q&A time. We encourage principals to host “viewing sessions” where possible so that all staff in one school can hear the presentations together. This would allow for meaningful discussion at your school afterward.
April April 8, April 23 or May 6 • 3:30-5pm Accountability/Assessments – Setting New Expectations
This is an outline of what new tests will look like and what they mean for teachers, students and parents, along with an overview of what everyone can expect regarding test results next fall. In addition an update on the General Assembly’s New Accountability Model will be provided, along with ample time for Q&A. (Registration Info for Each Soon)

NC READY Comes to Facebook
Check out the latest information about the READY initiative, view photos and join the conversation about preparing North Carolina’s K-12 students for success and to elevate teaching and learning. You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCReadyInitiative.

Budget Information Website Educates Citizens on State Budget’s Impact to Schools
The Budget Information website hosts a variety of resources related to the public school budget including public school trends, teacher allotment ratios, news features and more. During this long session, which started Jan. 9, lawmakers started to craft a state budget that will support public schools, as well as many other government functions, for the next two years. The website’s information is updated frequently to help citizens stay informed about the developing budget and how it will impact public schools in North Carolina. To view the latest material, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/budget/communication/

Bi-weekly Twitter Chat for NC Educators
#NCed chat is a brand new bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators. #NCed Chat will provide an opportunity for North Carolina educators to grow and develop their personal learning network (PLN) by connecting with other NC educators throughout the state . The chat will create a forum for North Carolina educators to come together once every other week in a public Twitter conversation around topics that pertain to their work and connect with other educators with similar interests. The chats will be primarily moderated by school and district level practitioners.

Training for Evaluation Instruments Study
An additional training has been scheduled in Raleigh for the School Library Media and the Instructional Technology Facilitator Evaluation Instrument. The training will be March 19 in Cary.
This training is for districts/schools who are participating in the validation of the evaluation instruments of support staff. Training in use of the instruments will be scheduled after the validation has been completed. Attached is a document with instructions for registration.

3-Part Webinar Series on Common Core State Standards
The link below provides information regarding a three-part webinar series on the Common Core State Standards hosted by the Center for Teaching Quality. Tuesday, March 19, is the first in a series of three teacher-led webinars. Literacy Across the Content Areas” will focus on the efforts of teachers to work collaboratively to advance the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers.You may access webinar information at http://ctqcommoncore.eventbrite.com

SETDA EducationSuperHighway (ESH)Partnership
This partnership was approved by the board and has been forged to support state needs and our broadband recommendations. State members who endeavor to collect, aggregate, and report on the actual broadband speeds in their state’s K-12 classrooms are encouraged to explore a partnership with ESH. SETDA state members in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin have already partnered with ESH and report positive experiences citing the quality of the data generated, ease of use and the professionalism and responsiveness of ESH. As due diligence, SETDA recently commissioned an independent technical analysis of several of the school speed test tools given the technical differences in the way they report progress in meeting broadband recommendations. The findings in Netcraft Analysis: Online Speed Testing Tools, affirm that ESH’s SchoolSpeedTest measures what it purports, which is the actual capacity available for digital learning and proposes that the SchoolSpeedTest is a valid, dependable tool for evaluating network speed.

State members who are interested in partnering with ESH to conduct the SchoolSpeedTest Month Program may identify the month of their choice and will be provided with: (1) support from ESH in developing state-specific implementation plans of the speed test tool and (2) access to speed test data collected about schools in their states. School and district leaders as well as participating SETDA members will be provided access to all of the data collected for their schools and districts. ESH will only release aggregate statistics to the general public in order to raise national awareness of the need to upgrade America’s K-12 Internet infrastructure and make the case for increased investment and policy reform at the federal, state, and local level. Click here for details about the SchoolSpeedTest Month Program and email Erin Viray or Spencer Watson if you are interested in partnering with ESH. If you have other related questions, please contact me at jfritschi@setda.org or 202-715-6636 ext. 715

February 2013

Hosted VoIP Contract Available
North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) recently added a new addendum to current SIP Trunking Contract ITS-006491.....for the purpose of adding Priority 1 E-Rate eligible hosted VoIP services with the benefit of community-wide aggregate pricing tiers. The three vendors on the existing SIP Trunking Contract are AT&T, CenturyLink, and Level 3 Communications. E-Rate applicants wishing to leverage the contract will still need to file their own Form 470, wait 28 days and evaluate any bids, including the ITS contract pricing. More info ....

HIGH IMPORTANCE - Wireless Survey Links
Last week, you and your superintendents/charter directors received information regarding a survey of school wireless capabilities and 1:1 implementations.The survey is ready to go now. As a leader, you have two options to reply: use the appropriate survey link and enter information for each school via individual surveys, or use the appropriate survey link below and download a spreadsheet, fill out all information for your LEA's school, and upload the spreadsheet. Browse to the correct link (LEA or Charter). After you enter your name and email address, the next screen allows you to download an Excel spreadsheet, which you can easily fill in and upload.

For timing purposes, please answer the survey questions based upon existing implementations, and for hardware/devices you know will be in place by June 30, 2013. Completion deadline COB March 1, 2013. Charter schools should see this link: http://go.ncsu.edu/mi28tq LEAs should use this link: http://go.ncsu.edu/mi28vs We have worked diligently to make this straight-forward and as short as possible. However, should you have questions, please direct them to:
Dave Furiness for Infrastructure/Wireless inquiries — dfuriness@mcnc.org
Neill Kimrey for 1:1 inquiries — neill.kimrey@dpi.nc.gov

Updated Timeline for Measures of Student Learning on the Web
The Measures of Student Learning timeline has been updated and is available on the Educator Effectiveness website. The Measures of Student Learning are common exams in selected subjects and grades that are not part of the state testing program, or assessments used in promotion decisions for students. The Measures of Student Learning are tools for school districts and charter schools to utilize as one part of the evaluation process for teachers.

USED Report Says State is Ahead in the Race to the Top
Innovation supporting teachers and struggling schools, along with the infusion of new technology are among the reasons North Carolina is at the head of the pack at the halfway point of its Race to the Top initiative, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education. Report

Speak Up 2012 Data Now Available to All Participating Schools and Districts!

Project Tomorrow is pleased to announce that over 466,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, technology leaders, school principals and district administrators participated in this fall’s annual Speak Up National Research Project, sharing their authentic, unfiltered views and ideas on digital learning. This year’s data collection effort was our largest ever with over 2,400 districts and 8,000 schools participating across all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as internationally. Speak Up Data Available Here

Wireless 1:1 Survey:
The attached letter has been sent to your superintendents/charter school directors. We will be sending out the survey (which can be completed once for each school, on in aggregate on a spreadsheet, then uploaded) by early next week. Thank you all for you assistance and diligence in this very important matter. Neill

Registration Open for Alice Duke Workshops
Alice is a virtual worlds 3D environment for programming animations to tell an interactive story or create an interactive game. Alice can be integrated with any discipline (language arts, mathematics, science, history, music, art, foreign language, technology, etc.) Sample videos are on the link below. There will be THREE events of interest to K-12 teachers related to Alice at Duke University in summer 2013. Please encourage those using Alice and not using Alice to consider attending one or more of these events! More info, attached....

January 2013

Home Base Premier Newsletter

Online Professional Development Modules: Information Page
There's now a single source for information about online professional development modules created by NCDPI. Go to http://rt3nc.org for an overview of options for teachers and administrators, descriptions and links to modules, and instructions on registration. You'll also find an implementation guide with detailed suggestions for using these modules in LEAs, with or without a professional learning community, online or face-to-face.
Phase 2 Professional Development Online Modules:
This webinar will give you an overview of the Phase 2 online professional development modules that were released by NCDPI on June 30, 2012. We will discuss various ways these modules may be implemented to best serve your needs, at an individual, school or district level.
The webinar will provide an opportunity to:
  • Learn about the current modules
  • Explore flexible implementation methods

  • Review strategies to facilitate blended learning
  • Ask questions and provide feedback
The webinar will be offered on the following days:
February 12, 1:30-2:30 pm.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

February 20, 10:00-11:00 am.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Contact Lynne Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov for additional information.

SEPC Webinar: Broadband – How much is enough?
Join the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on Friday, February 8 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET to hear from a panel of experts about the power of broadband access in their schools and participate in a demonstration of how to access details about state policies related to broadband, assessment and instructional materials via the State Education Policy Center (http://sepc.setda.org). Christine Fox, SETDA's Director of Educational Leadership and Research will facilitate a discussion during which presenters will explain each state's network organization and broadband access as well as an example of a district maximizing the broadband access available to best meet the needs of technology rich learning environments. For more information about SETDA and other SEPC events, visit http://www.setda.org/web/guest/sepc_events.
SEPC Webinar: Broadband – How much is enough?
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Register Today: http://www.instantpresenter.com/PIID=EB56D788894A
  • Mike Leadingham, Director, Office of Knowledge, Information & Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Tim Sizemore, Program Manager, Kentucky Education Network, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Teri Sanders, Senior Director, Education Technology, K-12 High Speed Network, California
  • Jose Ortega, Administrator, Education Technology Office, California Department of Education

NC ECHO Project Makes Local History Searchable, Accessible Online
Students, educators, and researchers alike may now search and access primary source materials from local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina. NC ECHO, a new website available from http://ncecho.org, was created in order to expand access to unique local heritage collections previously scattered across a multitude of websites and North Carolina institutions. NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized and “born-digital” historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers and other materials from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places and history of North Carolina To use NC ECHO, patrons can visit http://ncecho.org, and search based historical interests, places, or people. All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location.

Step Up to STEM
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is proud to offer a new and exciting summer program for students who will be rising 9th-graders summer 2013. Step Up to STEM is a free residential state wide program from July 7 – 19, 2013 for rising 9th-grade African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students. The program, located at NCSSM's campus in Durham, takes an innovative interdisciplinary approach that uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge North Carolina students and build their skills in science, math and communications.

Applying: The 2013 application is open to current 8th graders. The program includes a summer residential institute and year round activities for African American, Hispanic American and Native American students who live in North Carolina. Students can find out more information and apply at: http://www.ncssm.edu/stepup/ If you have questions or would like to request more information, please contact us at stepup@ncssm.edu

Digital Learning Day Campaign
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, NCTIES, and NCSLMA, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education led for West Virginia Governor Governor Bob Wise, are pleased to announce our participation in the Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students and explore how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve – to build the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Through this campaign, we hope to build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of these promising instructional practices.

This year, our partnership with NCTIES and NCSLMA includes a contest for submitting videos that highlight what innovative digital learning looks like for North Carolina's students. Please spread the word, and visit http://it.ncwiseowl.org/resources/digital_learning_day/ for more information.

NCDPI CCSA Conference
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce the third annual Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA). The creation of this one-stop conference reflects the Agency's efforts to accommodate some of the economic challenges experienced by schools and communities by providing a multi-faceted professional development and information opportunity for educators and education stakeholders by consolidating the former Accountability, Safe Schools, and Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps conferences. Registration Conference Flyer:

Registration Deadline Extended for Assistance with Planning for Technology-Enabled Learning Initiatives
The registration deadline to attend regional Lunch & Learns on Technology-Enabled Learning Initiatives has been extended to Jan. 25. The NCDPI and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University have collaborated on preparing the state for technology-enabled learning. In addition to building capacity at the state level, the partnership is committed to provide “just-in-time” assistance and support to LEAs planning and/or implementing initiatives, especially in the area of 1:1 technology-enabled learning. Registration Information

Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit
Save the date for the 8th annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit to be held at Joyner Library's Teaching Resources Center on the campus of East Carolina University on February 2nd, 2013. The summit provides a variety of roundtable discussions on current topics for K-12 school media personnel. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions also encourage attendees to bring resources to share. The featured artist will be Michael Dahl, award winning author of over 100 children and young adult books. For more information: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/trc/Dream.cfm

Tech Readiness Tool and Minimum Requirements Changes - Coming Jan. 14As of January 14, you will see some changes in the Tech Readiness Tool. I have attached the complete list of enhancements/changes to the Tech Readiness Tool, and below is a brief summary of changes for your reference:Homepage Call-outs.The content of the homepage will remain the same, but the resources and notifications sections have been moved to call-out boxes on the right side of the page to ensure ease of access.Setup Menu and Navigational Updates. For more convenience, the links to the Device Inventory Management, School Readiness Survey, and Mark Data Entry Complete pages are accessible directly from the Setup tab menu. This will help users find the pages needed to complete all three readiness data entry steps.Updates to the Devices Layout. To accommodate the consortia minimum and recommended requirements, the items available for selection for the Operating System and Memory fields have been revised. No columns on the file layout or template have been added or removed.Addition of Exception Reports. Data provided in the weekly Activity Reports previously posted to Assess4Ed will now be available to SRCs and local users through the Results & Indicators tab in the Technology Readiness Tool. These reports will be updated nightly and will contain data for the organizations to which each user has access. The exception reports can be used to identify were data are missing or incomplete.Updates to the Network Indicators Report. The items that will display in the data grid and the calculations used in the Network Indicators Report will change. To review these changes, please refer to the attached document.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The consortia have also included their minimum and recommended requirements in conjunction with the rollout of enhancements on January 14th. As of January 14th, any field in the device inventory that is listed as “required” and is missing will be reported as not meeting minimum requirements. Also any field where “other” or “unknown” has been selected will also result in the information being reported as missing or not meeting requirements.
Please be sure that for all devices you have provided valid responses in the following fields:operating system, browser, memory, monitor size, screen resolution
Do not leave these fields blank and do not enter “other” for your response if you want the reports to be as accurate and complete as possible.
Changes outlined in the attached file:

Pearson to Provide Home Base Components

The NC Department of Public Instruction has finalized a contract with Pearson to provide the following instructional improvement components of
Home Base Standards and Curriculum; Instructional Design; Practices and Resources; Assessment; and Data Analysis & Reporting. The NCDPI will begin rollout of the instructional improvement system functionality to all North Carolina public schools in fall 2014. Home Base will provide teachers with collaboration tools, instructional tools and resources, student assessments, learner profiles and reporting tools to help teachers customize lessons and other materials to improve student educational outcomes.
A major component of Home Base will be PowerSchool, the new student information system. Home Base implementation aims to save teachers time, improve the quantity of high quality teaching materials, build stronger collaboration among educators, and support and customize educational opportunities for students. The student data collected in PowerSchool will directly integrate with the instructional tools to enable individualized student instruction and eliminate redundant data entry.

Reminder: Lunch and Learn II for SLMCs and ELA Registration (January 16 at Friday Institute)
Registration will close Friday, Monday January 14. Wiki with Agenda

Student Achievement Partners Publishes New Common Core PD modules

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit founded by three of the contributing authors to the Common Core. This group, which develops tools for effective standards implementation, has released three new Common Core professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. SAP initially released four modules in July 2012. The modules are intended for wide use among individual educators, in professional learning communities, or in preparation of professional development in a school or district setting. For these and much, much more see their website!

Call for Presenters: Literacy & Math Design Collaborative Networking

Presenters are needed for the First Annual LDC/MDC Networking Conference at the Westin Charlotte Hotel, July 15 through 17. This conference is for teachers and school, district and state leaders who are engaged with or interested in adopting the tools and strategies of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) to advance students’ grade-level mastery of rigorous common core state literacy and math standards.
For more information, please review this brochure:

New Online Modules Released

NCDPI has released new online modules to provide teachers, administrators and support personnel with flexible, on-demand professional development. Please take time to review the contents of these modules. Individuals, schools or districts are encouraged to implement the new modules in ways that best suit their resources, calendars and local professional development plans.
Modules are available through NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc/.
The site is also available directly off your wiki at.NC Education Online PD
The most recent released modules include:
Connecting with Our 21st Century Learners
Digital Literacies in the K-12 Classroom
Introduction to Data Literacy
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
North Carolina School Executive Standards and Evaluation Process
Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom

Assistance with Planning for Technology-Enabled Learning Initiatives
The NCDPI and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University have collaborated on preparing the state for technology-enabled learning. In addition to building capacity at the state level, the partnership is committed to provide “just-in-time” assistance and support to LEAs who are planning and/or implementing initiatives, especially in the area of 1:1 technology-enabled learning. We are pleased to announce a series of regional Lunch & Learns.
For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/sHDCB or see the information in this file:

Creating the Learning Commons

We will focus on using Google Sites as the construction tool, but other software can be used. Participants will construct either a sandbox prototype or a real VLC for their school. Opportunities to collaborate across participants will be the focus. Registration and more info....

Follow-up Webinar for Validation Study**
Webinars will be conducted for SLMCs and ITFs participating in the validation study. These webinars support the training delivered in Raleigh and Asheville on Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. The ITF webinar will be delivered on Tuesday, January 15, at 3:30, and the SLMC webinar will be delivered on Thursday, January 24, at 3:30. Links to register for these webinars may be found by visiting: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars

Home Base Informational Webinar for Teachers Registration Information

This monthly webinar provides information about what Home Base offers. The webinar is an opportunity for teachers across NC to engage in conversations with the Home Base team and to have questions about Home Base answered. The first webinar will be January 31, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/864552585

Non-NCREN Internet Services Reimbursement

Effective July 1, 2013 (E-Rate Funding Year 2013), DPI will no longer reimburse district out-of-pocket expenses for non-NCREN Internet services. Any Internet Service Provider (ISP) charges incurred will be the sole responsibility of the district.
District Wide Area Network (WAN) PRC 073 Connectivity Funding will continue to be provided for connections between district offices and district schools separated by a public right-of-way. Also, remember that current year PRC 073 Connectivity Funding is not slated to carryover. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Pace.

READY Anywhere! Working Group

The initial working group is made up primarily of CTOs, with other roles to be added as subcommittees are formed. There are multiple representatives from each Instructional Technology Region (visual attached).
The first virtual meeting (GoToWebinar) is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of January 15, 2013. The group will use an ad free WIGGIO for group collaboration and GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar as needed. Individual invitations to the WIGGIO group will go out shortly after this listserv announcement.


CeCTO Certification Program
The NC Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer certification program (CeCTO) is an exciting and dynamic program featuring two components: one for superintendents and one for technology directors. Instruction for the CeCTO course covers topics such as strategic technology planning, communications, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues, and financial trends. Over 82 LEAs and charter schools have already participated and benefited from the program. For the 2013 year, the NCDPI will cover registration costs; travel costs are the responsibility of the LEA or charter school. The application process can be found online at http://www.sog.unc.edu/node/1082 . Please be sure to follow the application directions listed on the top right corner of the webpage. The application deadline is Dec. 21. If you have additional questions, please contact Maurice Ferrell atmferrell@sog.unc.edu or Shannon Tufts at tufts@sog.unc.edu

Podcasts on Common Core, New Assessments and More
With the many changes occurring in the NC Standard Course of Study, along with new assessments, a new educator evaluation system and more, the NCDPI has produced a number of podcasts for teachers, principals, parents and others interested in a video resource to explain the work under way. Topics include READY Overview, Why the Common Core, Assessments, Educator Effectiveness Common Exams. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/resources to access these podcasts. For more information, contact Michael Yarbrough at michael.yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov.

Assessment Specifications for Common Exams Available Online
Teachers can access the assessment specifications for the high school common exams on the Educator Effectiveness website. The specifications provide information on the standards within a course, how heavily each is weighted on the common exam, and which question types will be used to assess each standard. Specifications for the middle school and upper elementary school common exams will be posted in the coming months. To find the assessment specifications, please visithttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/measures/specifications/
For more information, please contact educatoreffectiveness@dpi.nc.gov.

Race to the Top Archived Updates
Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates/
If you would like to be on this listserv, please send your email address to Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov

Upcoming IIS Webinars
NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual student needs.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/172253816
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/141480104
For more information, please contact Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov

2012 CeCTO Class
Registration for the 2012 CeCTO class is still open. For more information, and to "hear" how your colleagues have benefited from the past two years of these courses, visit:
Contact your NCDPI Regional Instructional Technology consultant for additional registration information.
Because many in the field have already completed the program, we are waiving the requirement of mandatory superintendent attendance if your LEA superintendent/charter executive director has already completed the certification program.

Each year NCTIES recognizes outstanding individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award
Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Leader Award

Speak Up 2011 is open!
To find out more about Speak Up, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/SpeakUp/
Speak Up is a national research project that collects and reports the views of K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents on the use of technology for learning. Administrators and teachers can collect and use the data to conduct a needs assessment and create a vision for 21st century learning in their school/district/state. They can also use the data to create and inform technology initiatives or create strategic technology plans.
To take the survey, go to http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2011/
To get your LEA school login information, contact your NCDPI Regional Instructional Technology consultant. The survey will be open until December 23, so please encourage everyone you
know and work with to take this survey!