The NC Digital Learning Initiative is a coordinated framework of state-level actions that support the transition of all public schools to digital-age learning.
- NCDPI's Digital Teaching and Learning Team: Provided professional learning opportunities across the state for over 4,800 educators on topics including Home Base, digital learning competencies, and digital learning district leadership. 98% of districts and 37 charters participated.
- The Friday Institute Professional Learning Team: Provided programming and follow-up support to nearly 700 district and school leaders on tracking digital learning transition progress and moving to personalized digital learning. About 76% of districts and 5 charters/others participated in one or more programs.
Digital Learning Initiative Grants
- Awarded 10 Planning, 19 Implementation, and 4 Innovation Academy Grants.
- $2.175M in grants awarded statewide to urban and rural schools, Tier I counties, low-performing districts, and charter schools support over 5,400 educators.
- Provided technical assistance and supported locally-led professional development and leadership opportunities for grantees, prioritizing personalized learning, micro-credentialing, and student digital literacy.
Systemic Data Approach
- Provided legislators and stakeholders a Research Brief and Infographic summarizing existing data on the collective impacts of NCDLI efforts on teaching and learning.
- Updated the School Connectivity Initiative and the NC Statewide Digital Learning Overview dashboards, including information about Computer Science course offerings.
- Conducted focus groups with district and school stakeholders across the state and summarized key findings and recommendations about local data needs.
- Piloted and validated the NC Digital-Age Teaching and Learning Surveys, and developed wrap-around materials to support administration and analysis.
Home Base Roadmap
- Developed a Home Base website, with the Home Base suite of tools available to all public school LEAs.
- Partnered with Learning.com, a K-8 digital literacy curriculum and assessment solution (with reduced rates for economically distressed districts).
- Awarded a “convenience contract” for Imagine Learning to assist NC students, educators, and parents with math in grades 3-8, and Math 1 & 2.
Statewide Digital Content Strategy
- Developed a 2-year strategic plan for digital content in North Carolina.
- Identified school and district cooperative purchasing requirements.
- Established recommendations and next steps for collaborative vetting and procurement in North Carolina.
- Successfully piloted GoOpenNC, a curated library of high-quality instructional resources, with over 120 educators across the state, with planned roll-out in fall 2019.
- Created a "Digitalness Index" to and generate a rough longitudinal estimate of a school or district’s capacity for personalized, digital-age learning.
- Examined the effects of NCDLI through descriptive data on finance; connectivity and bandwidth use; and student mobility, absences, discipline, GPA, achievement, and graduation.
Educator Preparation Reform
- Co-hosted a 2-day Digital Learning Research Symposium (October 25-26, 2018) focused on digital learning and educator preparation.
- Developed and implemented a Digital Learning Progress Rubric for EPPs to identify assets and needs of EPPs for preparing teachers for digital-age learning.
- Reported on EPP Rubric findings and the professional learning needs of NCICU and UNC faculty.