Viewing posts from: October 2013

READY Accountability Report Releases in November

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is planning to release the READY accountability report on November 7. An analysis of the initial impact of the new standards indicates that we should expect to see lower scores in 2013 because there has been a shift in focus from grade-level readiness to a higher standard of career and college readiness.

Read the READY Accountability Background Brief for more history and details.

View a 2.5 minute video, which uses animation of the READY logo to tell the story of why North Carolina raised standards in public schools.

Join the Webinar
NC READY Report: Changes & Future Steps
Tuesday, Nov. 12
What Parents, Teachers & Schools Should Do Next
Dr. Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer, NCDPI
Vanessa Jeter, Director of Communication and Information Services, NCDPI

November is Healthy Lifestyles Month

Catch up on some of the latest health and safety news from National PTA in the current issue of Our Children. NCPTA was thrilled to see the work of Laurel Park PTA and Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) featured on pages 11 and 13 of this national publication.

“We applaud PTA leaders, volunteers, and our friends at AHA for making healthy school communities a top priority,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA. “This national spotlight is something that many of you should be very proud of, and I encourage PTAs to exchange ideas and help each other make the healthy choice.”

Our Children is available digitally. Below, we’ve listed a few topics of interest from the current issue:

  • Anaphylaxis – Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions
  • PTA and NFL Team Up for Youth Sports Safety
  • Fire Up Your Feet Initiative

Please share Healthy Lifestyles Month ideas and success stories with us. Remember to take pictures and submit any that you have permission to share. We’ll be posting on Facebook throughout Healthy Lifestyles Month. Join the conversation and tell us your story, too!  Contact Marianne Hedrick Weant if you are looking for specific ideas or resources.

PTAs Win 2013-14 Blue Key Award

Congratulations to 636 PTAs across North Carolina for earning the Blue Key Award for 2013-14. By building your team of parents and teachers early in the year, you are on track to meet your goals to help children in North Carolina reach their potential reality!

Check the online list of recipients to see if your PTA is an award winner.

Learn about other Membership Record Awards.

K-5 Webinar on Mental Health and Behavior

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NCSU is hosting a free webinar with K-5 teachers, school support professionals and parents to discuss the challenges of childhood mental health and behavioral issues in their communities. This webinar is part of IEI’s 2014 work on building a quality teaching workforce.

K-5 Mental Health and Behavior
Resources and Best Practices for Educators, Schools and Parents
Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Join the Webinar

Learn more about resources and see best practices for improving the system of care.

Presenters include:

  • Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
  • William Lassiter, Deputy Director, NC Center for Safer Schools
  • Dr. Jeannie Golden, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, East Carolina University
  • Ben Matthews, Director of School Support, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Shelia Carraway, Teacher of the Year, West Greene Elementary, Snow Hill, NC
  • Anita Herron, Parent, and SEARCh Family Support Program Advocate

Contact Sarah Langer, IEI Health Policy Manager, at 919-513-2800 or if you have questions.

NCPTA Offers Vision Driven Community Training in Jackson County

NCPTA is pleased to offer an additional Vision Driven Community Training in Jackson County.

The training will focus on healthy living and learning with special presentations on school breakfast, local foods, and classroom energizers.  Participants will also strengthen advocacy skills and learn about PTA finance and leadership.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching
276 NCCAT Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn more.

Celebrate Principals’ Month

The National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have declared October 2013 as National Principals’ Month.

The North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) has provided ideas and suggestions to help celebrate National Principals Month in your school and in your community.

Promote Take Your Family to School Week Grants to Support Student Success

National PTA will award $1,000 to 50 local PTAs to support Promote 2014 Take Your Family to School Week grant events. Take Your Family to School Week will be Feb. 17-21, 2014.

The theme is Supporting Student Success. Apply for the grant by 5 p.m., Oct. 25.

Get a Jumpstart!
You can also gain 10 bonus points on the grant application for participating in this week’s webinar Wed., Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. A Proud National Sponsor since 2005, AXA Foundation — the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable — is again pleased to sponsor PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week.

For more info, visit or contact National PTA Programs, (703) 518-1221.