Projects

Instructional Improvement Systems

Background

North Carolina has built a robust Instructional Improvement System to manage the process of teaching and learning through a continuous improvement cycle of (a) curriculum development; (b) instructional delivery; (c) assessment at the classroom, district, and state level; and (d) the review and analysis of data. During Year 4, SECC continued discussions and planning for a training tool to assist teachers in identifying and developing instructional resources; in obtaining and analyzing teacher and stakeholder feedback regarding English language arts (ELA) and math standards; and initiated planning efforts for a sustainability plan for the Global Education state initiative. In Year 5, SECC will assist NCDPI in completing the teacher training tool, in developing a process and guide for reviewing and revising academic standards and a format for collecting stakeholder feedback for the process. In addition, SECC will continue to support the development of a sustainability plan for the Global Education initiative.

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SECC staff members shared a draft design document and scheduled a team conference call with the team members who have been working on the project. Three SECC staff met with four members of the NCDPI staff and partners to discuss the draft design and share feedback about the draft. The team approved the general concepts and ideas and decided to share the draft with the appropriate NCDPI division that will be responsible for developing the module. The team also decided to wait for the completion of terminology changes to the rubric to finalize the design of this initial draft, which will be suitable for teacher use. A more extensive module design will be developed that will be appropriate for teachers as well as district and campus administrators who are interested in making decisions about the appropriateness of digital or online curriculum or unit instructional materials for student learning.

 

Previous Updates:

SECC staff members shared a draft design document and scheduled a team conference call with the team members who have been working on the project. Three SECC staff met with four members of the NCDPI staff and partners to discuss the draft design and share feedback about the draft. The team approved the general concepts and ideas and decided to share the draft with the appropriate NCDPI division that will be responsible for developing the module. The team also decided to wait for the completion of terminology changes to the rubric to finalize the design of this initial draft, which will be suitable for teacher use. A more extensive module design will be developed that will be appropriate for teachers as well as district and campus administrators who are interested in making decisions about the appropriateness of digital or online curriculum or unit instructional materials for student learning.

On July 6, two SECC staff met with the team of five North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff and partners working on the North Carolina Summary checklist and module, which will be used for determining the quality of supplemental and instructional resources and enhancing lesson plans. The team talked about the content, interactions, and time characteristics needed for each tool. They also discussed who would need to vet the module designs and then make sure to incorporate designs for the rubric. The finished products will be available to all the teachers and administrators in the state. 

Three SECC staff met on June 2 with the director of K–12 Curriculum and Instruction and eight other NCDPI staff to determine the type and nature of tools that could be developed to help districts, administrators, and teachers vet digital resources. This includes creating a module about the NC Summary Rubric. The team discussed the potential of using results from a small group of stakeholders about factors they considered critical for vetting resources. The team established some goals for completing the work and decided on next steps for carrying out the work.

 

On April 10, the SECC North Carolina state liaison led a brief discussion about the final version of the information request that the Global Education NCDPI leader had solicited about the best practices for dual language programs in secondary schools. This conversation took place in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the monthly meeting of the NCDPI Dual Language/Immersion Committee. SECC staff will follow up with a phone conference in May to assist NCDPI with additional research aspects of the Global Education initiative.

Three SECC team members met via an online conference with seven NCDPI staff and their partners on April 28 about the development of resource materials for state teachers and district leaders to have strategies and procedures for reviewing or submitting online instructional resources for use in their districts or throughout the state. The teams made plans for gathering information and examples of research and for bringing that information to a May meeting where together they will make plans for developing the collected resource materials into a kit to present to curriculum and instruction personnel from districts throughout the state next fall.

During March, the SECC team completed an Information Request (IR) about best practices for dual language programs in secondary schools. This IR will be provided to NCDPI staff members as they consider expanding dual language programs as a part of the state's Global Education initiative. The Dual Language/Immersion Committee of NCDPI will hold its monthly meeting on April 10, and a member of the SECC team will give a brief presentation about the findings outlined in the IR.

The Special Assistant for Global Education, Helga Fasciano, has confirmed her request for information regarding the best practices other states are employing for dual language programs in secondary schools. An Information Request (IR) team has been assembled, and efforts have begun to complete the IR by the middle of March.

Two SECC staff participated in a meeting of the NCDPI-led Committee to Study the Effectiveness of Essentials for College Math. The committee members are a diverse group of mathematics staff, evaluators, data, assessment, and placement staff from NCDPI, post-secondary, and community colleges. The group discussed the options and priorities for evaluating the Essentials course, which is in its second year of implementation, and how to determine its effectiveness in helping students be successful in their first-year college mathematics courses. Draft research questions and possibilities for collecting different data requests were determined. SECC staff will serve as a thought partner with the NCDPI team for the evaluation of the course.

On December 12, SECC staff met by teleconference with NCDPI staff Tiffany Perkins, director of the K12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction; and Helga Fasciano, special assistant for global education, to discuss the Year 5 project work and additional areas of collaboration needed in the new year. Connections between staff leads on various parts of the work and timelines were specified as well as items needed to continue work in development.

SECC staff scheduled a December meeting with the director of the K12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction to discuss progress and additional areas of collaboration with SECC on Year 5 work for the project. SECC staff also contacted the K–12 mathematics section chief to express availability for continued work on the mathematics standards review for Year 4 mathematics courses. The work has been on hold as the mathematics committees work on completing modifications made to K-8 mathematics standards in response to data collected earlier in the year from teachers, community members, and other mathematics educators in North Carolina.

SECC staff and the NCDPI K–12 mathematics section chief were in contact regarding an update on progress of the mathematics survey. The survey draft was being presented for review by an advisory board of institution of higher education math professors for feedback and further direction.