Available through NC Education

Phase I: 2011–2012

The Call for Change
This module explains the three major initiatives that have positioned North Carolina at the forefront of change: our Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort, known as ACRE; Race to the Top; and Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! (1.5 contact hours)
Understanding the Standards
This module gives an overview of the Common Core State Standards and the N.C. Essential Standards. It also has content-specific sections that introduce the standards and provide a foundation for participants to delve deeper using Instructional Toolkit documents, such as crosswalks and the unpacked standards. (2 contact hours)
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy
This module provides an overview of cognitive dimensions, knowledge domains, verbs and their relationship to instruction, learning, and assessment. (1 contact hour)
Formative Assessment and NC FALCON
NC FALCON consists of five modules that support the implementation of formative assessment in classrooms. Each module features a professional learning community where educators can share successes and challenges through positive collaboration. (contact hours vary; see individual modules)
Designing Local Curricula for the 21st Century Learner
After completing this module, you will be able to determine the shared responsibilities for developing local curricula, understand the dimensions of curriculum, identify and evaluate local resources for implementing the new state standards, and work collaboratively to create and implement plans of action for developing curricula, instruction, and assessment. (1 contact hour)
North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
The new Professional Teaching Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2007. These standards serve as the basis for teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and professional development. This module gives an in-depth explanation of the five standards and their elements. (7 contact hours)
Understanding Student Behavior in the Classroom
This module is for middle and high school teachers and school staff. The module will help teachers and staff develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in the classroom which may foster academic achievement for all students, decrease dropout rates, and increase North Carolina's graduation rates. (5 contact hours)

Phase II: 2012–2013

Connecting with our 21st Century Learners
Today's students will face challenges our generation has yet to imagine. This module focuses on ensuring that every student is ready to meet those challenges. The 21st Century Skills Framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills helps to guide this discussion. Participants observe and analyze model lessons to identify 21st century skills and methods of teaching them, design a lesson incorporating 21st century skills and tools, and collaborate with colleagues to critique lessons developed by other participants. (1.0 CEU)
Digital Literacies in the K–12 Classroom
Students need continual guidance in building digital literacy, and teachers need to reflect continually on how best to provide that guidance-and to refine their own skills. Just as basic literacy-reading and writing-must be a part of teaching and learning in every content area, so must digital literacy. This module offers a sound and thorough grounding in digital literacy as it pertains to the classroom-or of digital literacies, as the title of the module says, for there are many ways of thinking about digital literacy. (1.0 CEU)
Introduction to Data Literacy
This module provides an introduction to data literacy. Both teacher and principal perspectives are included. It includes information on types of data, strategies for analyzing and understanding data, and processes for determining how these can influence instructional practices. In order to design effective instruction and learning environments, educators need to determine what learners know, and effectively use evidence collected. This module aims to provide learning experiences that develop or enhance abilities to find, evaluate, and use data to inform instruction. (0.4 CEU)
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Part 1
This introductory module defines literacy in the disciplines. Learners will receive an overview of the connections between the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. They will then have guided practice examining, discussing, and creating learning activities for their students that integrate the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core Literacy Standards for disciplines in grades 6-12. (0.3 CEU)
North Carolina School Executive Standards and Evaluation Process
The North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation Process is based on the North Carolina School Executive Standards. These standards have been developed as a guide for principals and assistant principals as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as leaders throughout their careers. The standards serve as an important tool for principals and assistant principals as they consider their growth and development as executives leading schools in the 21st century. The main responsibility of principals and assistant principals is to create aligned systems of leadership throughout the school and its community. (1.0 CEU)
Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom
This module is for preschool through grade 5 teachers. The module will serve as a tool to assist teachers to develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in young students and extend that knowledge to foster long-term connectivity and academic achievement for all students, decrease the dropout rates, and ultimately increase North Carolina's graduation rates. (0.5 CEU)

Phase III: 2013–2014

Building and Sustaining Professional Development
This module supports district, charter leaders and teacher-leaders in establishing systems and structures for planning, designing and evaluating high quality professional development. The focus will be on Guskey’s model for PD evaluation. (0.5 CEU)
Data Literacy in Action
In this module, the concepts of data literacy introduced in the introductory module will be explored further. The module will introduce a data interpretation cycle that can be used to inform instructional decision making and will address the steps of that cycle in depth. (1.0 CEU)
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Part 2
Learners will review the standards in their disciplines and understand how the teaching of literacy is a school-wide responsibility. They will also examine teacher behaviors, pedagogical approaches, and students’ skills and attitudes surrounding the development of CCSS in the respective disciplines. They will then have guided practice examining, discussing, and creating learning activities for their students that integrate the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core Literacy Standards for disciplines in grades 6–12. (0.6 CEU + optional 0.4 CEU)
Measures of Student Learning, Grades 9–12
The module is for teachers in grades 9–12 who will be administering the Measures of Student Learning. The module has two broad goals: First, for teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the Measures of Student Learning, including their purpose, how they have been designed, and the basic structure of the assessments. Second, for teachers to be able to apply the rubric to grade student responses to the performance tasks on the Measures of Student Learning. (CEUs at LEA discretion)
Measures of Student Learning: Common Exams, Middle and Elementary Grades
The target audience for this informational module is teachers in the elementary and middle school who will be administering the Measures of Student Learning: Common Exams. The module has two broad goals: First, for teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the Common Exams, including their purpose, how they have been designed, and the basic structure of the assessments. Second, for teachers to be able to apply the rubric to grade student responses to the performance tasks on the Common Exams. (CEUs at LEA discretion)
NC Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation: Understanding the Process
This module explores the steps of the North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation Process, including orientation, self-assessment, goal-setting, mid-year meeting, conferencing, and summary evaluation. (0.5 CEU)
NC Teacher Evaluation: Understanding the Process
This module explores the steps of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation Process, including self-assessment, goal-setting, observations and conferencing, planning professional development, and summary evaluations. (0.5 CEU)
Responsibilities of the 21st-Century Educator
This module begins with the foundational 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) and how those components contribute to educational practice. Learners will explore Professional Learning Networks and tools to create them; explore global awareness, global empathy and how to connect a classroom to the global community; and look at student-centered instruction and the use of digital strategies to promote such instruction. (1.0 CEU)
21st-Century Mentoring
All North Carolina students deserve effective teachers. This module helps mentors in implementing best practices for guiding beginning teachers to reach their fullest potential. The module is built around the North Carolina Mentor Standards which are aligned with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. (1.0 CEU)
Universal Design for Learning
Today’s classrooms consist of a diverse group of learners. This module focuses on ensuring that every student has equal access to learning by removing barriers that are often present in curriculum. (1.0 CEU)

How can I...

access the modules?

Modules at NC Education are available in Moodle and can be accessed by going to the NC Education site and creating a new user account or logging in with your existing username and password. You can then enroll in the module of interest. A phone number for the Help Desk is listed on the login page.

Additional modules are in various locations and have varying requirements. See the information at right.

…implement the modules in my LEA?

The modules at NC Education can be implemented in a variety of ways. We recommend professional learning communities (PLCs), whether online, offline, or in a hybrid format, but teachers can use the modules for self-directed learning. The Implementation Guide offers suggestions for managing each of these options.

Things to remember

  • There is no cost to school districts or educators to take these modules. Any public LEA or charter school in North Carolina, as well as any IHE (college or university) or private school that accepts federal grant funding, may use the modules.
  • All materials needed to complete the modules are provided online. You must have reliable connectivity. Technology requirements are listed at the beginning of each module.
  • These modules will be available throughout the school year. You may begin at any time. Each module requires a different amount of time for completion. Please refer to the descriptions of specific modules below for approximate completion times.
  • Attendance is not taken by NCDPI.
  • Since these are non-facilitated courses, collaboration with other educators will need to take place within your district or region.
  • Educators who complete a module may print a Certificate of Completion for their records and to present to the Staff Development Contact within their school for CEUs. Final award of CEUs must be approved by the local education agency (school district or charter school).

Learn more

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Watch the trailer! You can view a brief newscast detailing the release of Phase III online professional development modules from iTunes.


Complete descriptions of the Phase II and Phase III modules and detailed suggestions for implementing them in your LEA are provided in the 2013–14 Implementation Guide.

A chart of module alignments to North Carolina's standards for professional educators is available.

If you have questions, please contact Geetanjali Soni, Instructional Design Team Lead, at geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov.

Instructional Design Team / Education Recruitment and Development

  • Dr. Geetanjali Soni, Team Lead
  • Cynthia Brower
  • Andrew Horne
  • Dr. Donna Morrow
  • Dr. David Walbert
  • Beth Ann Williams

More ways to access great PD

Facilitated modules

Effective digital strategies for teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom (MOOClet)
This facilitated course focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning and enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state in their subject and grade level. In this course, we will look at the 4Cs — Creativity (and Innovation), Critical thinking (and Problem solving), and Communication and Collaboration — which are critical keystones for the 21st-century classroom. We will collaboratively investigate digital tools and strategies that can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of these skills. (2.0 CEUs)
Offered spring 2014. Registration closed for current session.
North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
This Phase II module is available as an online course taught by an NCDPI instructor. It provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and is designed to build on the learner’s prior knowledge and analyze the learner’s current practices. The course was offered multiple times during the 2012–2013 school year and in summer 2013. New sections will be offered Fall 2014. Click here for currently available sections.

For more information, see the 2013–14 Implementation Guide.

Teach a local section

Beginning in spring 2013, districts and charter schools can teach their own sections of the Phase II modules at NC Education. Access to Moodle will be provided, but the LEA must provide a trained and qualified instructor for each section. Only learners enrolled by the LEA in question will be enrolled in that section of the module.

For more information, see the 2013–14 Implementation Guide.

Additional modules: Phase II

The North Carolina Educator Evaluation System: Online Tutorials for Administrators
These tutorials provide training for principals on the use of online forms such as the Principal Self-Assessment form, the Teacher Observation Form, and the Teacher Self-Assessment and Professional Development Plan used when completing NCEES. This tutorial is accessible without registration and is available at http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/NCEES+Tutorials+for+Administrators.
The North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (Instructor-led)
This module provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, designed to build on the learner’s prior knowledge and analyze the learner's current practices. This is a facilitator-led course available through LEARN NC. For more information, see the 2013–14 Implementation Guide. (2 CEUs)