NCDPI Update

dpi_imageThe 2012-13 school year presents many changes for teachers and students. This year, North Carolina is implementing new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and Essential Standards in science.

Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the state administered Science End-of-Grade assessment. Students enrolled in Biology, will take the NC End-of-Course assessment for biology. A new evaluation model for teachers and leaders incorporate student growth for the first time beginning this year. The Measures of Student Learning will serve as a means for districts to measure student growth in areas not currently assessed with the state administered End-of Grade and End-of-Course assessments.

For more information pertaining to the Measures of Student Learning and Educator Effectiveness, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Educator Effectiveness Directory


Dr. Rebecca Garland

Chief Academic Officer 919.807.3305
Dr. Lynne Johnson Director, Educator Recruitment and Development 919.807.3355
Mr. Adam Levinson Race to the Top Director 919.807.3283
Ms. Jennifer Preston Race to the Top Project Coordinator for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 919.807.4187
Dr. Elizabeth Colbert Lead Professional Development Consultant 919.807.4037
Mr. Robert Sox Professional Development Consultant 919.807.3348

North Carolina is actively participating in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. At this time, the Next Generation Science Standards are still in the review and revision process, with at least one more round of public feedback and revisions. NCDPI C&I science staff continues to participate actively in the review process. Stakeholders may stay informed about the review process by accessing the NGSS website:

NC DPI will continue to develop curriculum and instructional resources aligned to the NC Essential Standards in Science until an official timeline for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been established by the State Board of Education. In general, NC's implementation of new standards occurs about 18 months after adoption, allowing time for NC DPI to develop instructional resources, provide professional development, and develop any assessments required by federal ESEA regulations.

In the meantime, NCDPI C&I science staff will continue to develop resources for the NC Essential Standards and pass on information regarding the development of the NGSS as it is made available. Information is currently posted on the science wiki space:

NCSTA Update

logoPlanning for the PDI Catch the Wave is well underway. Remember this year the conference will be held in Winston-Salem, and the following year, NSTA will be holding the regional conference in Charlotte. For beginning and veteran teachers, please contact Carrie Jones (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in participating in a share-a-thon. This is a great opportunity to get an artifact for your NC Teaching Evaluation under Standard 1, Teachers Demonstrate Leadership. There will also be opportunities similar to last year for pre-service teachers to have a chance to form networks at the New Teacher luncheon. If you have new items you would like to donate for a raffle, please contact Benita Tipton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are downsizing and have items you would like to donate to new teachers, please contact Mary Ellen Durham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Hope to see you there!

NSTA Update

NSTA_logoJuly was a busy month. This year's Summer Congress was held in Albuquerque, and the 2013 Charlotte conference planning meeting was held in July in Arlington. After much collaboration, these strands were decided:

• Engineering: Promoting the "E" in STEM

• Merging Literacy into Science Instruction

• Accelerating the Skills of Digital Learners

The deadline to submit a proposal to present for the NSTA area conference in Charlotte is January 15, 2013; the conference will be held November 7-9. The NCSTA and NCSLA meetings will be held at the area conference, so mark your calendars and plan to attend these events. The last time NSTA came to Charlotte there was a great turn out. I hope you plan to attend to network with new people and old friends. Presenting at a national conference also looks good on a résumé – please keep those proposals coming!

NSELA Update

logosmallJoin us in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 for the annual NSELA Professional Development Institute.  There will be a morning introductory session focused on the connections between formative assessment and the NGSS core ideas, crosscutting concepts, scientific practices, and engineering design.  In the afternoon, break out sessions will highlight relevant topics of argumentation; claims, evidence, and reasoning; leadership and NGSS; and modeling.

Don't miss the NSELA Science Leadership Institute in historic Williamsburg, VA, June 25-28, 2013. The focus will be on the newly released NGSS and roles leaders can play in implementing these new standards. Mark you calendars and look for more info to come soon!


Join NCSLA today! 


NCSLA is seeking new members interested in

  •  increasing the number of students entering science careers
  •  improving teacher preparation in science fields
  •  advancing the future of science education in NC
  •  opportunities to demonstrate leadership

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