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Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and School Administrators
Over the summer the Digital Teaching and Learning Division provided eight professional development opportunities throughout the state to assist LEAs and charter schools as they begin to navigate the Digital Learning Competencies for Classroom Teachers and School Administrators. These competencies will go into effect July 1, 2017. These sessions were well attended and participants left with a better understanding of the competencies and how to begin to implement them. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning will be piloting the competencies and providing additional professional learning opportunities across the state. The competencies, as well as more information about upcoming professional development are available on our wiki page. If you have specific questions about these competencies, please reach out to your regional consultant for guidance and support.

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Recognizing Outstanding STEM Schools and Programs: Intent to Apply
Schools around the state are being recognized and honored as STEM Schools of Distinction for their outstanding and effective STEM strategies in teaching and learning. Are you a school employing the 11 essential STEM Attributes and 21st century skills for students to be globally prepared? If so, we need to hear from you.
Schools planning to apply for potential STEM recognition for the 2016-17 school year need to fill out the following intent to apply to ensure you receive information about the application, timeline, and resources that will provide assistance in this process. The intent to apply request is due no later than Oct. 14.
For more information on the application process and timeline, please contact NCDPI STEM Project Manager Tina Marcus.

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State Board of Education Highlights
The NC State Board of Education meets August 31st and September 1st this month. Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer and Dr. Jeni Corn, Director of Evaluation Programs at the Friday Institute are providing an update on the Digital Learning Plan. In addition, Ms. Jean Davis, President and CEO of MCNC shares highlights from MCNC. The initial planning for the biennial expansion budget requests may also be of interest to you. The complete list of this month’s Board actions is available on the Board’s website.
Agenda (August 31)
Agenda (September 1)

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NCWiseOwl
NCWiseOwl has a variety of resources to support classroom instruction, as well as provide reliable research resources for students. Be sure to take a look at some of the latest updates and share with those in your district. For additional questions, contact Jennifer Northrup (jennifer.northrup@dpi.nc.gov).

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NCSLMA Annual Conference
The NCSLMA Annual Conference will be held at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem NC on October 20 – 22, 2016. Remember to save the date and join us for School Library Renaissance, A Cultural Rebirth! Online registration is available until October 7, 2016.


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