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READY Principals:

A New Initiative of the Department of Public Instruction


Over the past five years, the Department of Public Instruction has partnered with school districts and professional organizations to train principals on the new NC Teacher Evaluation Process. In the last three years, much of the training has focused on how to navigate the online platform and the process. In Race to the Top, North Carolina pledged to continue this support for principals while also turning to deeper and more specific professional development around the meaning of the NC Professional Teaching Standards and the NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric.

With the support of a grant from the national Cross-State Learning Collaborative, the Department of Public Instruction is excited to launch a new READY Principals initiative that will specifically develop the skills of school administrators in using the NC Teacher Evaluation Process to provide specific and constructive feedback to teachers. This initiative will include two rounds of regional meetings for principals; the first will take place this fall (October-November), and the second will be held in the spring.

While these meetings and supporting resources are part of the State’s READY work, the meetings will represent an opportunity for principals to work in groups and dive into new resources available to support their understanding of the NC Teacher Evaluation Process and NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric. The structure of the meetings will be more interactive than the READY meetings held over the past two years.

The stakes attached to results from the NC Teacher Evaluation Process are increasing as teacher contracts become dependent on results on the standards and teachers move toward an overall educator effectiveness status. In this time of significant importance for the ratings, it is critical that principals develop their understanding of the NC Professional Teaching Standards and the NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric. The READY Principals initiative will provide resources and training to grow this understanding.

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Schedule of READY Principals Meetings


Agenda for READY Principals Meetings


There is a lot going on in North Carolina's schools! We recognize that you may have many questions about topics that we will not cover during this first round of READY Principals meetings, including school performance grades and Home Base. We also recognize that you need answers! During your READY Principal meeting, please record any questions you have that are not specifically related to the topics presented here.

UPDATE: The Department of Public Instruction has provided answers to questions submitted during the READY Principals meetings.


To access resources used during the morning session, click here.

To access resources used during the afternoon session, click here.