Projects 2017 – 2018

North Carolina Instructional Improvement Systems Project

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has built a robust instructional improvement system to manage the process of teaching and learning through a continuous improvement cycle of curriculum development, instructional delivery, assessment, as well as review and analysis of data. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is helping NCDPI staff finalize the training tool to assist teachers in identifying and developing instructional resources. Also, the SECC is assisting the Global Education initiative with sustainability plan development. In addition, SECC and NCDPI, along with the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), are coordinating a professional development series on personalized learning for NCDPI staff.

Technical Assistance Approach
  • Technical Assistance for Online Module Development
  • Co-development of Qualitative Data Tools to Collect Instructional Practices Information from Global Ready Designated Campuses and Districts
  • Information Request Document About State Best Practices in STEM Related to Content and Application
  • Facilitation of Training Series on Personalized Learning (CIL)
Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes
  • Improved materials and assets, including an online training module, which will help educators vet instructional resources and incorporate those resources into their classrooms
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | September

During the month of September, staff members from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and the Global Education Department of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met twice to finalize the slides and presentation notes for the State Board of Education meeting. It was determined by one of the State Board of Education members that NCDPI members will present the slides and a representative from SECC will attend the board meeting to address any questions that may arise. During the second monthly meeting, project team members also discussed next steps for Year 7 activities and milestones regarding the Global Education work in North Carolina.

The SECC and NCDPI Global Education project members plan to meet bimonthly to map out a timeline for collecting qualitative data around supports for educators working toward their Global Education Designation Badge. The team has decided to develop a survey and conduct no more than two campus visits to gather information about professional development offerings that count toward the badge and developing a system to capture the true numbers of educators working on their badge.

The staff members of the Global Education Department have had a few opportunities to share the latest information gained from the site visits completed in the spring by SECC. The NCDPI staff developed a presentation to be given to the State Board of Education, and SECC members provided a few slides; however, the majority of the information was created by NCDPI. The NCDPI staff also have continued to share their Global Education models and initiatives with other interested state and district agencies.

 

Previous Updates:

During the month of September, staff members from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and the Global Education Department of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met twice to finalize the slides and presentation notes for the State Board of Education meeting. It was determined by one of the State Board of Education members that NCDPI members will present the slides and a representative from SECC will attend the board meeting to address any questions that may arise. During the second monthly meeting, project team members also discussed next steps for Year 7 activities and milestones regarding the Global Education work in North Carolina.

The SECC and NCDPI Global Education project members plan to meet bimonthly to map out a timeline for collecting qualitative data around supports for educators working toward their Global Education Designation Badge. The team has decided to develop a survey and conduct no more than two campus visits to gather information about professional development offerings that count toward the badge and developing a system to capture the true numbers of educators working on their badge.

The staff members of the Global Education Department have had a few opportunities to share the latest information gained from the site visits completed in the spring by SECC. The NCDPI staff developed a presentation to be given to the State Board of Education, and SECC members provided a few slides; however, the majority of the information was created by NCDPI. The NCDPI staff also have continued to share their Global Education models and initiatives with other interested state and district agencies.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff finalized the interview notes from the school visit in Onslow County. SECC and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) team members held one in-person meeting and a conference call to discuss the site visit summaries and slides for the upcoming board presentation. As evidence of progress, staff of the Global Education Department are currently reviewing the site visit notes to consider revisions for the Global-Ready School and District rubrics.

SECC staff worked to finalize the interview notes from the school visit in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. SECC and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) team members met to discuss the October board presentation and school visit included in the presentation.    

In August, SECC staff will finalize interview notes from the school visit in Onslow County. SECC and NCDPI team members will finalize the slides for the board presentation. The team also will hold a monthly meeting to discuss the Global-Ready renewal rubric updates.

Over the past school year, the Global Education staff has worked to increase the number of North Carolina educators working to earn the global educator digital badge. Despite the numerous requirements to earn the badge, over 500 educators are currently earning continued education hours for badge completions.

SECC staff completed two campus site visits in North Carolina. During these visits, SECC staff were able to interview school and district leaders about their Global Education practices. Additionally, the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) held its fifth annual CIL Learning Conversations meeting in Philadelphia, June 12–14, at the Temple University campus. Three North Carolina educators, the SECC state liaison, and SECC director participated in this conference.        

In July, SECC staff will work to finalize the interview notes from the two school visits. SECC and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) team members will meet to discuss the upcoming board presentation and data elements that should be included in the presentation.

As evidence of improvement, during the CIL conference, it was very evident that NCDPI has begun to implement personalized learning elements into instruction in several pockets of the state.

Project team members from SECC and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met twice to discuss and finalize the protocol questions for on-site interviews with school and district global educators. Two schools, Dixon Elementary and Waddell Language Academy, were contacted and scheduled for June interviews. Also, staff members from the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) conducted a personalized learning training at NCDPI. In addition, two North Carolina educators were selected to attend and participate in the CIL Conversations conference. Further, throughout the month, SECC team members worked with the state deputy superintendent at NCDPI to design and conduct a planning meeting to familiarize division leaders with aspects of collective impact. NCDPI will use collective impact as the approach to solve two specific goals, which are reducing the number of low-performing schools and working to address recommendations from an organizational assessment report.         

During the first week of June, NCDPI and SECC team members will conduct school leader and district leader interviews at Dixon Elementary and Waddell Language Academy. These interviews will focus on the current implementation of Global Education practices, particularly in the areas of assessment, sustainability, and student impacts. Additionally, CIL will hold its fifth annual CIL Learning Conversations meeting in Philadelphia, June 12–14, at the Temple University campus. Two North Carolina educators and the SECC state liaison will participate in this conference. Also, a second planning meeting will be scheduled during the summer to assist NCDPI division leaders in developing action plans and logic models around their support to low-performing schools.

As evidence of impact, the Global Education lead continues to take the initiative in refining the protocol questions as well as finalizing the site interviews. An additional NCDPI team member has joined the project and has contributed to the protocol discussions and refinements.

Staff members from SECC and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met to discuss the outcomes from the global education presentation conducted for Washington D.C. Public Schools. New elements emerged that will inform the questions included in the interview protocol for on-site interviews with North Carolina global educators. SECC team members provided NCDPI with a draft of questions for the interview protocol and discussed possible interview sites and logistics. Additionally, the state deputy superintendent of NCDPI requested additional personalized training from the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL). Further, SECC team members worked to create a draft agenda for the upcoming NCDPI working session. This working session is set for the fourth week of May and will concentrate on the elements of Collective Impact and how these elements should guide the development of a school improvement framework. 

In March, consultants from the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) consultants presented a two-day training on personalized learning. The training was attended by about 35 educational leaders from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and around the state. Additionally, SECC and NCDPI leadership discussed the need for an overall framework for working with low-performing schools. SECC staff will work with NCDPI to develop a logic model that outlines the activities, outputs, and the outcomes as they relate to providing services to low-performing schools. The SECC North Carolina state liaison led a virtual meeting with the NCDPI SECC liaison to provide project updates and to confirm alignment of projects with the current priorities of the state department.  

For April, NCDPI has requested additional training and overviews from CIL consultants. Dates and final content decisions will be made during a conference call in April. Finally, SECC and NCDPI Global Education staff will work to develop a protocol to interview administrators at a sample of Global-Ready schools. The interview protocol will include questions regarding how schools foster the development of global competencies in their students. Additionally, SECC and NCDPI will meet to determine the agenda and meeting logistics for a working session to be held in May. During this working meeting, SECC staff will facilitate NCDPI academic team members to develop a logic model around their school improvement processes.

Staff members from the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) presented a two-day training on personalized learning (PL) in February. The training was attended by about 20 educational leaders from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and around the state. Additionally, SECC staff completed the application review of the approved Global-Ready schools and created a general summary document. This review and summary document will be used to inform the qualitative data collection from designated Global-Ready school leaders and teachers. In March, the CIL staff will be conducting a PL training for North Carolina educators in March. Additionally, SECC and NCDPI will meet to discuss the development of a survey and interview protocol that can be used to collect Global Education practices from North Carolina schools that have already received the Global-Ready designations. As evidence of improvement, NCDPI has had over 75 staff members trained in PL. These staff members are beginning to share their knowledge at the district level. The NCDPI wanted to ensure that state agency leaders had a clear and common understanding of PL before rolling out implementation throughout the state.

SECC staff completed reviewing the applications of campuses that have earned the Global-Ready designation from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), using the student-focused rubric. This student focused rubric was designed by SECC staff, based on the student global competencies outlined in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ publication entitled “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World.” SECC and NCDPI staff met to discuss the final application reviews, and SECC agreed to develop a brief summary of the information found in the application reviews. Additionally, the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) and NCDPI corresponded to finalize a personalized learning (PL) training date that should occur by April 2018. In February, SECC will develop a summary of the information found in the school applications regarding student global competencies. The Global Education lead consultant will review the summary and share it with additional NCDPI staff. Once the summary is finalized, NCDPI and SECC staff will meet to discuss the development of data collection tools to measure global education practices at designated campuses. Conversations also will include revising the current application and renewal process for the global education school designation. SECC also will serve as a thought partner as NCDPI prepares for its February presentation to Washington, D.C., public schools. As evidence of impact, NCDPI will be providing a full-day presentation to school administrators from Washington, D.C., public schools. This presentation will include a summary of the Global-Ready School and the Global-Ready District Rubrics, the current application process, as well as student demonstrations from designated campuses. NCDPI was asked to make this presentation based on its successful implementation of the Global Education initiative in the state.

SECC staff briefly spoke with a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) digital content, coaching, and communications consultant who shared that there has not been any additional movement on the online training module development project. She assured SECC staff that she will be in contact once the next steps are determined by staff members at NCDPI. In addition, SECC staff reached out to an external partner who worked on the project team for an update. Additionally, SECC staff members began to review the applications of campuses that have earned the Global-Ready designation from NCDPI. To review the applications, the staff developed a rubric based on current global education research and the anticipated student outcomes from exposure to global education. SECC staff briefly met with the global education director of NCDPI to discuss how the student-focused rubric can be added to the Global-Ready designation renewal rubric. Furthermore, Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) staff, in partnership with SECC, conducted a two-day training on personalized learning (PL) for approximately 60 NCDPI staff members. This training provided NCDPI staff members with a basic understanding of PL and how such practices can be implemented in the classroom. Personalized learning is a key component of North Carolina’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, and this training provided staff members with an introductory training on how the state would like to expand PL to all classrooms throughout the state. Four new schools received the Global-Ready designation in December 2017.

In January, SECC staff will finish reviewing applications of campuses that have earned the Global-Ready designation from NCDPI, using the student-focused rubric. SECC and NCDPI staff will meet to discuss and begin the development of data collection tools to measure global education practices in designated campuses. Discussions also will occur about adapting and editing the current application materials to prepare for a renewal application process. Additionally, SECC staff will reach out to the K–12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division interim director to determine the parameters of the proposed information request regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) practices. Further, CIL staff, in partnership with SECC, will present a two-hour training on PL to the North Carolina State Board of Education in early January 2018. Follow-up conversations will be conducted to determine next steps for training additional NCDPI staff on PL. As evidence of impact, in addition to an increase in the number of schools implementing global education practices and applying for designation status, there also has been an increase in the number of educators who are working toward global educator designation. These increases have resulted in the work of the global education director who has refined the online application process and increased awareness with a larger Internet presence and informational website. Global education practices in classrooms are increasing as more and more schools and educators are seeking global education designations. Four new schools were recognized in December 2017, and several more are looking to seek the designation in 2018, based on information inquiries.

SECC staff members began to review the Global-Ready school application materials to inform the design of a survey and interview protocol to collect data around global education practices. Additionally, staff members from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), and SECC met to plan a personalized learning training that will be held in December 2018. During the meeting, NCDPI staff shared their vision of personalized learning as it is outlined in their state plan required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In December 2017, SECC and NCDPI staff will meet to discuss the development of the survey and interview questions and the practices of some of the Global-Ready designated schools. Discussions also will center around the development of a timeline and how to best collect data from Global-Ready designated schools. Additionally, CIL staff, in partnership with SECC, will provide a two-day training on personalized learning to NCDPI staff members. This training will provide NCDPI staff members with a basic understanding of personalized learning and what it can look like in classroom practices. As evidence of impact, over 75 NCDPI staff have registered for the two-day training on personalized learning.

SECC team members and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met to discuss the development of the qualitative data collection tools for the Global Education work. NCDPI would like to gather information from districts and campuses that have received the state’s Global Ready designation to share their practices with others. SECC team members worked along with NCDPI to develop a draft of survey and interview questions based on the District and School Global Ready Designation Rubrics. In November, before proceeding with the survey and interviews, the project team has agreed to do a scan of the approved Global Ready applications to glean insight on instructional and school structural practices to inform the data collection tools. Additionally, SECC staff will reach out to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) director of NCDPI to see how she would like to proceed with an information request document. As evidence of impact, the NCDPI Global Education director was receptive to reviewing applications for positive trends from Global Ready campuses and districts to inform the development of the surveys and interview protocols.