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Instructional Update from NC DPI

Monday, November 18, 2013

Robin Loftin Smith, Southeast Regional Lead for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, giving a presentation

Robin Loftin Smith, Southeast Regional Lead for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), visited the Watson College in October to provide an instructional update to college faculty and WCE partnership administrators and teachers. This marked the third annual DPI update, an event coordinated by outreach liaison Deloris Rhodes. Smith was joined by Karla Casteen, K-3 literacy consultant, and Leslie Simmons, K-3 assessment consultant. The team’s presentation focused on the state’s rollout of Home Base and recent Read to Achieve legislation.

Home Base is a statewide instructional improvement (ISS) and student information system (SIS) for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Described by DPI as a “suite of technology tools,” Home Base is being introduced at schools across North Carolina. The system has three components: PowerSchool, a database of student information; Schoolnet, a database of education resources; and an educator evaluation and assessment tool, supported by Truenorthlogic

One goal of Home Base is to put all data and resources in the hands of users with single sign-on access. North Carolina is the first state in the country to introduce all components of the program. For more information visit www.dpi.state.nc.us/homebase/

North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program, which takes effect in the 2013-14 school year, is designed to ensure all students read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade, and continue to progress in reading proficiency in the grades that follow. For more information visit http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/850102