DPI Bits for 7/5/07

From DPI:
SBE Makes D.C. Visit to Promote NCLB Reauthorization Platform
With the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal law up for renewal in
Congress this year, members of the State Board of Education developed a
platform to present to U.S. House and Senate leaders regarding
recommended changes for the reauthorization of the NCLB. Suggested
changes include lessening federal involvement in decision making,
changing the “all or nothing” approach that the Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP) measurement has on schools and allowing more time for improvement
plans to work before schools are further sanctioned.  Visit
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nclb/news/ and click on the
appropriate link to review the board’s recommendations.

Strategic Plan for Reading Outlines Plan to Prepare Students for Future
Success
The Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) Strategic Plan for
Reading Literacy strives to incorporate all areas of literacy to include
basic, visual and informational literacy.  In addition, self direction
and high order thinking are also included as key components for
comprehensive literacy instruction.  The ultimate purpose of the
Strategic Plan is to prepare students to be contributing members of
society who are self-directed, lifelong learners, collaborative workers
and complex thinkers.  Strategic literacy plans are available for
elementary, middle and secondary grades.

For elementary grades visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/languagearts/elementary/ .
The Strategic Plan is located at the end of page.
For middle grades visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/languagearts/middlegrades/
.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the Strategic Plan.
For secondary grades visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/languagearts/secondary/ .
Readers will find the Strategic Plan at the end of the page.  

New High School Turnaround Site Launched
In 2005, the State Board of Education and NCDPI began a High School
Turnaround effort to address the special needs of high schools that are
identified as low performing because of the large number of students
performing below proficient or that have a history of low performance.
As of May 2006, NCDPI has 35 schools in High School Turnaround and 54
schools in High School Turnaround Assessment, the first step toward
improving each school.  The New High School Turnaround Site contains
information on models to improve performance at Turnaround Schools,
professional opportunities and resources related to this effort.  Visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/highschoolturnaround/ .

Online College Classes Available to High Students through Learn & Earn
High school students can earn college credits through a special Learn &
Earn Online initiative beginning in the 2007-08 school year. Qualified
students in participating high schools can take a variety of online
college-credit courses at no cost to them or to their families. Students
earn both high school and college credit for completed courses. Access
to these courses is provided during the regular school day and an online
course facilitator will assist students in the classroom.  Courses will
be offered this fall through UNC-Greensboro online (UNCGi) and the
community colleges.  For more information about Learn & Earn Online
visit:  
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/learnandearnonline/ .  Those with
questions should contact
Beth Baldwin, UNCGi at 336.334.4675 or 866.334.2255 (toll-free).

Training for Changes in Medicaid Reimbursable Services scheduled July
9-13
Over the past year, there has been a collaborative effort by the
Division of Medical Assistance (Department of Health and Human
Services), the NCDPI Exceptional Children (EC) Division and selected
representatives from LEAs to provide guidance in improving collaboration
between agencies. This has resulted in changing the Medicaid Plan for
North Carolina by adding nursing services in those services that schools
may submit to Medicaid for reimbursement. There are also changes in how
time studies are to be implemented. It is anticipated that the changes
to the State Medicaid Plan will be effective as of Sunday, July 1.  In
order to ensure that LEAs are aware of the changes in reimbursable
services, as well as documentation requirements and provider
qualifications before the beginning of the next school year, the
Division of Medical Assistance is offering training sessions in
conjunction with the EC Division across the state July 9-13.  
Information about the training sessions including locations, times,
training material and contact information is available at:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ec/medicaid/training/ .

Collazo, Thurlow named 2006 NC Presidential Awardees in Science and
Math
Cheryl Collazo and Elizabeth Thurlow were selected for the 2006 North
Carolina Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Math.
Collazo is a science teacher at Stoney Point Elementary School in
Fayetteville.  Thurlow teaches math at Haw Creek Elementary School in
Asheville.   The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching is a national award administered for the White House by
the National Science Foundation.  Each year the program recognizes
outstanding mathematics and science teachers across the U.S. and its
four jurisdictions.  To learn about the NC recipients and the program,
visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/curriculum/science/2006paannouncement.pdf
.

2007 Annual Charter School Conference Planned
The annual Charter Schools Conference will be held at the Sheraton
Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, September 20-21.  Session
information, conference and hotel registration are available at:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/conference/ .

2007-08 Criteria for Recognition of Triple “S” Schools Added
Forms and details pertaining to the Triple “S” Super Safe Schools
Recognition Award for 2007-08 are now online. Visit:
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/safeschools/applications/triples/memo
for details.

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E.C. 🙂

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