Overall Purpose of this Capacity Building Effort

North Carolina’s Race to the Top (RttT) award has led to a heavy investment in technology by LEAs across the state. As a result, there is a growing need for planning,development, and implementation assistance to enable these LEAs to maximize the educational impact of their technology investments. TheNorth Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Friday Institute (FI) have partnered to foster a statewide expansion of the North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI), a layered approach to planning and implementing technology–enabled learning environments.
This effort will:
  • Build NCDPI's capacity to support LEA leadership teams as they plan, develop, and implement technology-enabled learning;
  • Leverage the regional system of support within NCDPI to assist districts and schools in adequately preparing for the Common Core and Essential Standards and 21st Century teaching and learning supported by technology;
  • Lay a foundation for the professional development needed to support the IIS and Cloud implementations;
  • Support regional educational technology project planning; and,
  • Provide NCDPI staff with opportunities to engage in asynchronous, cohort-based online professional development (OPD); differentiated based on identified needs.

Capacity Building - Working Institutes

Working institutes are an important component of the proposed capacity building effort necessary in the NCDPI and FI endeavor. These institutes will provide participants with in-depth opportunities to learn more about the NCLTI approach and Framework for Planning. These institutes will engage staff who are in direct contact with district and school administrative and instructional leaders and equip them with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to support LEAs and schools planning, development, and implementation of technology-enabled learning initiatives.

The Leadership Institutes will provide:

  • Hands-on activities that blend skill-building, strategic planning, and information sharing;
  • Orientation to the NCLTI FFP approach and tools;
  • Strategies on how to coach LEA leadership teams to lead technology-enabled learning;
  • Exposure to what teaching and learning in technology-rich schools looks and feels like; and
  • Strategies on how to support the strategic alignment of RttT learning technology initiatives, and professional development planning.

The Curriculum and Instruction Institutes will:

  • Provide a new paradigm for how learning and teaching occur in technology-enabled learning environments (knowledge*).
  • Engage and equip participants with relevant knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to support LEAs and schools planning and/or implementing technology-enabled learning initiatives (skills*).
  • Provide the opportunity for participants to build their capacity in facilitating high-quality, efficient, engaging, and effective instructional design at the district, school, and classroom level (behavior*).

* These represent “Levels of Learning Outcomes” from Guskey

The Regional Educational Technology Planning Day will create a forum for NCDPI staff across the agency who work in the LEAs to:

  • Discuss how can the NCLTI tools/resources can be leveraged within the region to support teaching and learning;
  • Create a mapping of district initiatives across the region i.e. where the districts are in terms of planning/implementing learning technology initiatives and what are their immediate needs;
  • Determine how to address needs and provide support; and
  • Discuss overall alignment of NCDPI initiatives within the region.

In addition to the Capacity Building Institutes, the overarching goals of this initiative will also be addressed through: a) online professional development and b)customized consulting. The target NCDPI audience will be include regional roundtable leads (C&I), professional development leads (ERD), regional technology consultants (IT), district and school instructional and transformation coaches (DST) and instructional technology staff (IT) and any other designated personel.