Project: Year 7 2018–2019

North Carolina Instructional Improvement Systems

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff to strengthen the Global Ready program through revised district and school renewal procedures and support for educators pursuing certification, as informed by qualitative data collection and analysis. The SECC staff also will strengthen personalized learning practices through trainings and resources delivered to NCDPI staff to promote consistent implementation statewide.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is providing technical assistance (TA) around qualitative data collection and using the data to inform the refinement of the Global Ready district and school renewal applications. The SECC and NCDPI will hold bimonthly meetings to discuss the progress of the project activities. In addition, SECC will co-develop qualitative data tools to collect school and district support information regarding educators taking professional development offerings toward the Global Educator Digital Badge.  The SECC, in partnership with the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL), also will co-facilitate a series of trainings on personalized learning.

Impact
  • Strengthened Global Ready program through revised district and school renewal procedures and support for educators pursuing certification 
  • Strengthened personalized learning practices through trainings and resources delivered to NCDPI staff to promote consistent implementation statewide 
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | April

The Global Education staff of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team members met twice to discuss the best data collection methods for gathering quality and relevant information from educators who have earned the Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB). It was decided to forgo a large survey that may not yield the lessons learned information wanted. The team decided to transform the survey into a PowerPoint presentation that can be used as part of virtual focus groups. The team also discussed the best locations for site visits based on the data about districts that have the most educators with the GEDB. The SECC state liaison also participated in the monthly Global Education Steering Committee meeting, where the plans of the GEDB data collection process were detailed.

In May, NCDPI and SECC will work to finalize the logistics for the site visits and virtual focus groups. The team will meet biweekly to discuss the data collection plan. The site visit location and participants will be finalized with Global Education district leaders. SECC also will have a representative participate in the NCDPI Global Education Steering Committee meeting.

As a result of sharing the work on the Global-Ready District and School renewal applications, the Global Education staff received recognition at the monthly Global Education Steering Committee meeting. They also were asked to collaborate with SECC on finalizing the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and technology) school and district designation renewal applications. NCDPI Global Education staff are now undertaking leadership roles in the sustainability efforts of the state’s Global Education initiatives.

 

Previous Updates:

The Global Education staff of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) team members met twice to discuss the best data collection methods for gathering quality and relevant information from educators who have earned the Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB). It was decided to forgo a large survey that may not yield the lessons learned information wanted. The team decided to transform the survey into a PowerPoint presentation that can be used as part of virtual focus groups. The team also discussed the best locations for site visits based on the data about districts that have the most educators with the GEDB. The SECC state liaison also participated in the monthly Global Education Steering Committee meeting, where the plans of the GEDB data collection process were detailed.

In May, NCDPI and SECC will work to finalize the logistics for the site visits and virtual focus groups. The team will meet biweekly to discuss the data collection plan. The site visit location and participants will be finalized with Global Education district leaders. SECC also will have a representative participate in the NCDPI Global Education Steering Committee meeting.

As a result of sharing the work on the Global-Ready District and School renewal applications, the Global Education staff received recognition at the monthly Global Education Steering Committee meeting. They also were asked to collaborate with SECC on finalizing the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and technology) school and district designation renewal applications. NCDPI Global Education staff are now undertaking leadership roles in the sustainability efforts of the state’s Global Education initiatives.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) project team and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) global education staff members met to determine the possible school locations for spring site visits. There also was discussion about the goals of the spring data collection and if a survey should be a part of the statewide data. In addition, renewal application revisions for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) school designation and the Global-Ready designations were discussed. During April, SECC staff will review the STEM school designation renewal application and newly-revised STEM designation application. SECC team members also will provide feedback about how to address measurement issues with the new application and how to improve scoring to ensure a fair and equitable application process. The NCDPI Global Education leaders also have begun to share renewal applications and site visit plans with the Global Education Steering Committee. The leaders have nearly finalized the renewal application guidance document and have asked SECC to serve as a final reviewer and thought partner.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) project team and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) global education staff members met to review the Global-Ready School and District renewal applications. During the meeting, there also was a discussion about developing a survey for statewide data collection from global educators about implementing global practices in their schools and districts.

During the March bimonthly meetings, SECC and NCDPI will codevelop a survey and interview protocols to collect perceptions and implementation lessons from global education educators throughout the state. The state liaison will attend the NCDPI Global Education Steering Committee.

NCDPI staff have taken the lead in designing the renewal applications for both Global Ready schools and districts as well as STEM (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics) school designation. They are working to set new process deadlines and finalize the technology platform. SECC serves as a resource as they work to continue the global education initiatives, despite retirements and exits of critical staff in this area.

On January 30, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff and the North Carolina Department of Instruction (NCDPI) global education staff members met to discuss the revisions to the Global-Ready School and District renewal applications. SECC has provided some technical assistance around the content and design of the applications and the alignment of the Global-Ready applications with the STEM designation renewal applications.

SECC and NCDPI plan to meet several times in February to finalize the Global-Ready renewal applications.There also will be discussions held regarding the spring collection of survey data from statewide global educators about lessons learned related to implementation. The state liaison will participate in the February NCDPI Global Education Steering committee meeting.

NCDPI staff have taken the lead in focusing on the revisions guidance documents that will accompany the Global-Ready district and school renewal applications. NCDPI staff are considering their updated application and review processes and have reached out to SECC as thought partners.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) project team and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) global education staff members met twice in December to discuss the suggested revision style and content for the current Global-Ready School and District rubrics that could serve as the renewal application. There also was discussion of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) rubrics and that their renewal application should match the Global-Ready applications. The SECC state liaison also attended the NCDPI Global Education Steering Committee meeting to share the progress of the global education renewal applications. During the meeting, there was a discussion about the upcoming collection of survey data from statewide global educators about lessons learned related to implementation. On December 13, NCDPI held its second personalized learning champions meeting for its staff. The meeting was co-facilitated by staff from the Center on Innovations for Learning (CIL). A SECC representative attended the meeting as well.

On next month, SECC and NCDPI global education project team members will meet to finalize the renewal application for Global-Ready School and District designations. The team also will begin working on developing the global education survey and will finalize a timeline for 2019 project activities. On January 15 a SECC representative will attend the NCDPI Global Education Steering Committee.  NCDPI plans to hold a third convening of the personalized learning champions. This meeting is scheduled for January 18 and will be co-facilitated by staff from CIL.

To assist with implementation efforts, NCDPI has established a new Global Education Steering Committee to bring together all global education-related staff members to learn about the work of each other. These members work on topics such as dual language and immersion programs, global education school and district designations, and how global education connects to core subjects. This committee has been put in place to help sustain all programs under the larger Global Education umbrella, despite multiple staff turnovers and budget changes. To ensure that personalized learning is implemented in a strategic way, NCDPI has developed two committees, the Design and Implementation Committee and the District Readiness Committee. The committee members are the statewide personalized learning champions, who participated in personalized trainings during Year 6.

 

 

During November, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) project team and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) global education staff members met to discuss the crosswalk between current Global-Ready rubrics and student global competencies as laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Asian Society. The SECC also attended a virtual meeting with an NCDPI committee focused on global education, career and technical education, and dual language initiatives. The NCDPI held a personalized learning champions meeting for its staff. The meeting was co- facilitated by staff from the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL).

SECC and NCDPI staff will meet twice in December to determine revisions for the District Global-Ready and School Global-Ready rubrics, based on the application review crosswalk. A SECC representative also will attend the NCDPI committee meeting focused on global education and dual language initiatives. CIL and NCDPI will co-facilitate a second meeting of the personalized learning champions. The SECC also will participate in the December meeting.

During Year 6, NCDPI staff and state educators attended personalized trainings. Several of these trained staff members are now considered champions of personalized learning and are training other educators in the state.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff worked together to co-create presentation slides for the October 4 state board of education meeting. The slides were presented by the NCDPI Global Education lead consultant. The presentation provided project highlights to the board regarding Global Education initiatives, designated schools and districts, and an update on the educators earning the Global Educator Designation Badge. During the month of October, the SECC project team and NCDPI also met to discuss the current Global Education designation rubrics for schools and districts. SECC provided a crosswalk between current rubrics and student global competencies as laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Asian Society. A project timeline was discussed. In November, project team meetings are scheduled to discuss the application and renewal rubrics for Global-Ready schools and districts designation honors.

As evidence of impact, NCDPI staff presented to the state board regarding the increase in campuses applying for the Global-Ready school designation and the progress made in the area of Global Education in North Carolina. NCDPI staff have begun to recognize the importance of using research-based materials and articles to improve the rubrics for the future.