NCSCA Piedmont-Triad Region

Jeff Bedford, Piedmont-Triad Region Vice President

March 2016

Public Comment Sessions Scheduled on North Carolina’s K-12 Education Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act

Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to attend six public comment sessions scheduled for April and May across the state. Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, a re-authorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.

The new law continues to focus on accountability and student-level assessments for all students in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8, science assessments at least once in the elementary grades and at least once in the middle grades, college and career readiness in the high school grades, and being accountable for all student subgroups.

The state’s accountability plan must include goals for academic indicators (improved academic achievement on the state assessments, a measure of student growth or other statewide academic indicator for elementary and middle schools, graduation rates for high schools, and progress in achieving proficiency for English Learners) and a measure of school quality and student success (examples include student and educator engagement, access and completion of advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, school climate and safety). Participation rates on the assessments must also be included in the plan. More information on ESSA is available online.

Schedule of Public Input Sessions

Please note that each session will be held from 4-6 p.m. Anyone may attend a session in any region. Audience members who want to speak (up to 3 minutes) will be asked to sign in and are invited (but not required) to bring a copy of their remarks to submit into the record of the event. A recording and notes from each session also will be taken.

Wednesday, April 13: Ashley High School, 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington

Thursday, April 21: Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary

Tuesday, April 26: Mallard Creed High School, 3825 Johnston Center Road, Charlotte

Wednesday, April 27: North Pitt High School, 5659 NC Highway, Bethel

Tuesday, May 17: East Forsyth High School, 2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville

Wednesday, May 18: Charles D. Owen High School, 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain

In addition, the public is invited to submit comments to the Department of Public

Instruction through Let’s Talk. Simply click on the Let’s Talk link on the NCDPI website then select the ESSA dialogue topic.

Questions regarding the sessions may be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.

NCSCA Grant Applications

Don't miss out on an opportunity to get funding for school counseling programs and/or professional development! April 30th is the deadline to apply for NCSCA grants and scholarships for the 2016 fall semester.

3 types of grants or scholarships opportunities:

· Mini Grants- provide funding for implementation of activities and programs mirroring the ASCA National Model Standards, NCDPI School Counselor job description, and NC Guidance Essential Standards Curriculum.

· Professional Development- provides funding to counselors for attending professional educational opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills in the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program.

· Graduate Student Scholarship- is awarded to an accepted or current graduate student in a school counseling program in the state of NC. This scholarship provides funding for graduate students to enhance professional development opportunities.

This is a simple way to receive free money in order to boost your professional development opportunities or enhance comprehensive programs at your school! For more details, go to and select the "Professional Development" tab and click on grants and scholarship to choose the application of your choice! For clarification, applicants (not recipients) will be notified within two weeks of receipt of proposal.

Best of Luck!

2016 NCSCA Summer Academies

The Western Summer Academy will be held at the WCU Biltmore Park location, 28 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803 on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The Eastern Summer Academy will be at the New Hanover County Board of Education Center, 1805 South 13th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Piedmont-Triad Drive-in Workshop - Currently on wait-list

Piedmont Triad Region/District 5

Drive-In Workshop

April 14th, 2016, 8:30am-3:30pm

Host: Jeff Bedford, Piedmont Triad Region VP

Carolina Center for Educational Excellence

9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Lunch will be on your own


LaJuana Norfleet, NCSCA President Elect: 504 Overview and Scenarios

Cynthia Floyd, NCDPI School Counseling Consultant: Data Driven School Counseling Programs

Lisa Phillips, Director of NCHEP: Strategies for Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

Space is limited to fifty participants, so reserve your space now!

NCSCA Members: Free

Non-Members: $40

Certificates are posted

2015 Fall Conference Contact Hour Certificates are now posted in your NCSCA member accounts.

Non-members will receive certificates via email by January 18, 2016.

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Jeff Bedford

Piedmont-Triad Region Vice President: Alamance, Asheboro, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Elkin, Forsyth, Guilford, Lexington, Mount Airy, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Thomasville, Surry, Yadkin