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Chad Bledsoe Begins Job as New Leader of Montgomery Community College PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - His supporters say his tenure at Western Piedmont Community College has prepared him well for the top job at sister property Montgomery Community College. And by taking the oath earlier this month, Chad Bledsoe has begun his work as the new leader of the Troy campus.

Bledsoe won the job after a search committee conducted an exhaustive search that narrowed to four finalists.

According to the courier-tribune, Bledsoe told those gathered for his installation that the next years of the college will be marked by changes in technology and the economy.

The full story can be found at courier-tribune.com.

UNC Charlotte Snags E-Book Grant From Mellon Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, SGRToday.com) - UNC Charlotte's Atkins Library has been awarded a $271,000 grant to investigate how best to license and acquire electronic resources for academic libraries. The grant comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The university will produce recommendations for the licensing and acquisition of electronic resources, particularly eBooks, through the two-year grant.

“Academic institutions are moving rapidly from print to electronic books,” said Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNC Charlotte, in a statement at uncc.edu. “UNC Charlotte, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will explore the impact this shift has on the long-term survival, use and licensing of eBooks.”

BOG Members McMahan and Nath Prepare To Move To Seats On UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - His term as a member of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) is coming to an end, and now former N.C. House member Ed McMahan will take a seat on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.McMahan, of Mecklenburg County, is a graduate of the university.

Also receiving an appointment from Gov. Pat McCrory is Wake County resident Hari Nath, a retired business owner and current member of the UNC Board of Governors as well. Like McMahan, Nath's BOG term ends June 30.

Both me have been appointed to four-year terms that begin July 1.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees promotes the sound development of the institution within the functions prescribed for it, helping it to serve the state in a way that will complement the activities of the other institutions and aiding it to perform at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor.

Department of Public Instruction Weekly Web Highlights PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The latest edition of Department of Public Instruction web highlights includes updates on the Give Five/Read Five campaign and several  new websites.


1. Give Five-Read Five Campaign Blooms as School Communities Share Efforts

The Give Five-Read Five campaign is in full swing with schools and businesses collecting books to share with students over summer break. Check out two new sections on the Give Five-Read Five website at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/ to learn how schools and communities are working to promote summer reading and address summer learning loss.

-High Five – You’ve been telling us the great things that you’re doing for the Give Five-Read Five campaign and we want to share it with others. The High Five page publicizes efforts by teachers, students, schools and local businesses to collect and distribute books to elementary school students.

-Media – Media outlets in local communities are discovering that the Give Five-Read Five campaign is a great way to feature good things that are going on in schools. Check out the list of stories that have appeared in community newspapers and on television news programs.

2. New Websites Sprout at NCDPI
Flowers are not the only things popping up this spring! We’ve launched a number of new websites in May, and encourage you to visit one, or all of them to see what’s new.

 -Cooperative Innovative High School Programs -  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cihs/. Cooperative Innovative High School Programs encourage school districts to partner with their local postsecondary educational institutions. These partnership programs are designed to establish high school programs that target first-generation college students and students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. Accelerated learning opportunities are also offered through these local partnerships.

 -Career and College Promise - This program allows eligible NC high school students to enroll in college classes at North Carolina community colleges and universities through their high school. Students who successfully complete college courses earn college credit they can take with them after graduation. Students also can earn dual credit - meeting high school graduation requirements with college courses. To learn more about the Career and College Promise Program, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ccp/.

 -Division of Advanced Learning -  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/advancedlearning/.  Supporting the advanced learning needs of students across North Carolina is critical as the NCDPI and educators work to ensure that all students are career and college ready. The Division of Advanced Learning brings together various advanced programs at the NCDPI such as Academically or Intellectually Gifted, Career and College Promise and Cooperative Innovative High School.  

 -Deputy State Superintendent – Areas for the Deputy State Superintendent include Accountability Services, District Human Resources, District and School Transformation, Educator Effectiveness, Federal Monitoring and Support, K-3 Literacy, Office of Regional Support Services, Office of Early Learning and the state's Residential Schools. To learn about the initiatives from the Deputy State Superintendent’s Office, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/deputysuperintendent/.


3. 2015-16 CCIP Training Scheduled May 26-29
Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) training for the 2015-16 Consolidated Application will be held May 26 – 29 at the NCDPI in Raleigh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Registration is first come-first served, but preference will be given to new Title I directors. Space is limited to 24 school districts/charter schools per session, with two representatives from each school district/charter school permitted to attend. Webinars are being scheduled to accommodate staff that cannot attend the in-person training. For more information, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/.

4. Summer Tuition Awards Available for Special Education Teachers
Limited summer tuition awards are available for special education teachers working toward meeting provisional license requirements. Under this tuition program, employed bachelor-level special education teachers with a provisional license may receive the actual cost of tuition for one approved summer course to cover up to $140 per semester hour as long as they earn a final grade of "B" or higher. These costs are paid by the Exceptional Children Division on a reimbursement basis. If the tuition is above the $140 per semester hour rate, it will be the responsibility of the recipient to pay the difference. These awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis as long as federal grant funds are available. Copies of this application packet are available to download at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/finance-grants/tuition-reimbursement/.

5. “Growing Success for ELLs” is Theme for ELL Conference
The English Language Learners Conference is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro.  A draft agendas, registration, accommodations, and vendor information are available at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/esl/.


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