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March 6, 2015 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. Are You an Effective Educator?
  2. 2015 Winter Edition of The Voice
  3. NC Public School News
  4. Local School Calendar Authority
  5. Upcoming Workshops
  6. Exciting Opportunities
  7. Annual Meeting

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Are You an Effective Educator?

After the 2014-15 school year, educators will begin to receive a status that designates their effectiveness level as an educator. The 3 possible status designations are: Effective, Highly Effective and In Need of Improvement. Teachers and administrators will receive a sixth or eighth standard rating each year, but the determination of an educator’s effectiveness does not take place until there are three years of valid student growth data to attribute to the educator.*

Regardless of your ratings on Standards 1-5, you may be found to be In Need of Improvement solely based upon your Standard 6 rating. Take a look at the chart below: 


Keep in mind that for all teachers (and principals), the first status will be generated from the best two out of three Standard 6 (or 8) ratings.

At the March 2015 State Board of Education meeting, DPI staff gave the board an update of the Educator Effectiveness Model. Review all of the details of the model here.

*2012-13 is the first year that growth data will count toward an educator’s overall effectiveness status. No teacher or administrator will receive a status until, at the earliest, after the 2014-15 school year. 

2015 Winter Edition of The Voice

Check out our Winter edition of The Voice! This edition includes information about HELPS Literacy Programs, tips for improving your work conditions, State Health Plan news and more!

NC Public School News

Parents and Education Stakeholders Invited to Give Feedback on English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards

NC public school parents and community members are invited to go online and give their feedback on the standards for English language arts and mathematics instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The NC Department of Public Instruction has launched the online survey for parents and community members to provide feedback on the standards currently in place for students. The survey is available at until April 30. To read more about the survey, please visit and click on the appropriate link under “News.”‚Äč

State Dropout Rate Continues Record Low Trend; Two Districts Report Zero Dropouts

Once again, the dropout rate for North Carolina public schools hit a record low; and for the first time, two school districts – Hyde and Tyrrell – reported zero dropouts according to the 2013-14 Consolidated Data Report today presented to State Board of Education members. Last school year, 2.28 percent of high school students dropped out of school, which represents a 6.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s record low of 2.45 percent. The full report containing state, district and charter school dropout counts and rates for 2013-14 is online at

NCDPI to Develop an Educator Equity Plan 

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will be developing a 2015 Educator Equity Plan in response to the US Department of Education (USED) letter dated Nov. 10, 2014. As part of the development process, North Carolina will be reviewing the Educator Equity Profile developed by the USED using data from the 2011-12 school year. A copy of this Profile and additional information are on the USED website (select the North Carolina link).

In accordance with the USED guidance, the NCDPI is asking for comments regarding potential root causes for the gaps presented in the Educator Equity Profile and possible strategies for closing those gaps. Additional analyses using more recent data will be posted after completion.

The public is invited to comment on the development of the 2015 Educator Equity Plan by April 15. A copy of the current Educator Equity Plan for NC (dated December 2011) and additional information about this process are online at The NCDPI intends to submit its 2015 Educator Equity Plan to the USED by June 1, 2015.

Interested persons may submit their written comments via email to Lou Fabrizio at [email protected] or U.S. mail to Lou Fabrizio, Director of Data, Research & Federal Policy, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 6367 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-6367.

State Board Approves Two Virtual Charter Pilots

Two virtual charter schools will join the list of public school choice options for students and their families in the fall of 2015. The State Board of Education this month approved two new virtual charters to serve students. 

The two new schools are: NC Connections Academy, which will serve grades K-9 and up to 1,500 students in the initial year; and NC Virtual Academy, which will serve students in grades K-10 up to 1,500 students. By the fourth year, these schools will serve K-12, and students will be able to graduate from a virtual school. 

North Carolina has operated the state-funded North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) since 2007. With the NCVPS, students enroll through their public, private or home school, the NCVPS reports grades to the school, and the school awards course credit and the final diploma. In contrast to the NCVPS, the new virtual charter pilots will offer students the option of taking all schoolwork and courses online from kindergarten through 12th grade and receiving their diploma from a virtual charter school. 

Local School Calendar Authority

We have recently partnered with L.O.C.A.L. (Let Our Calendar Authority be Local) in order to support local school calendar authority in North Carolina. 

With all of the weather related school closures over the past few weeks, it is a critical time to show your support! Please take a minute to check out their website to learn more and to sign the petition.


Upcoming Workshops

PENC National Board Certification Workshops

PENC will be offering 4 National Board Workshops throughout this membership year. We offer an initial certification session and a renewal session, so pleaese be sure to register according to your needs. Please visit for more details and to register.

  • February 21, 2015 at the PENC Office
  • March 14, 2015 at the PENC Office

HELPS Program Literacy Workshops

The Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program is an easy-to-use reading program that has been demonstrated in numerous, published research studies to improve students’ fluency and comprehension. HELPS can be implemented one-on-one or in small groups, and is shown to be effective when used for only 10 minutes per day, three times per week. To learn more about HELPS please visit

PENC has partnered with Helps Education Fund and will be offering several HELPS Program Literacy Workshops in the winter and spring. For more information and to register please visit

  • March 21, 2015 from 10am-2pm at AB Tech Enka Campus
  • March 28, 2015 from 12-4pm at HB Sugg Elementary School

Exctiting Opportunities

Pennies 4 Progress

In partnership with, we are excited to introduce Charity Checkout to all public schools in the U.S. (but most importantly NORTH CAROLINA).  Now any school registered can be supported through round-up and add $1 checkout donations at stores of all sizes.

Your schools and teachers can join leading organizations including the World Food Program, Save the Children, and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America. We are also partnered with the largest payment platforms in the U.S., including Ingenico, First Data, Toshiba and NCR.

Registration is simple -- send any interested teacher and encourage your school to share this opportunity with local businesses. Your school will receive an additional $100 for every business referral. For more information, go to

2015 Envirothon

The North Carolina Envirothon takes place April 24-25, 2015. The Envirothon is an annual competition in which middle school and high school teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The teams, each consisting of five students from participating schools, home study groups and environmental clubs, exercise their training and problem-solving skills in a competition centered on five testing categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

For more information visit

Join us for our Annual Meeting!

The PENC Board invites members to join us for our Annual Meeting in Raleigh on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Meet and greet fellow members, celebrate Scholarship and Grant recipients and elect new board members! This year, the positions of President, Vice President, Regions 1, 3, 5, 7 and At-Large 1 representatives are up for election. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of these positions, you are welcome to send a resume and letter of interest to Carol Vandenbergh at [email protected]. If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP by Friday, April 24, 2015 to [email protected] or 800-542-8844.

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