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North Carolina

Contact and lead agency

Dianne Barber, Adult Basic Skills Professional Development, Appalachian State University in partnership with the North Carolina Community College System Professional Development Staff

Phone: 828-262-2384
Fax: 828-262-6086
Email: barberdb@appsate.edu

Professional development system

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) conducts state leadership activities in areas of identified need or priority, with emphasis on professional development and collaboration. NC has a credentialing process for NC adult educators. The credentials include a CORE credential consisting of seven (7) face-to-face trainings, and three Adult Secondary Education credentials (General, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science) which consist of sixteen (16) one day courses, 4 courses in each of the content areas and an ESOL credential consisting of online courses and six (6) face-to-face courses. The credentialing courses are offered 3-9 times throughout NC and STAR trainings institutes are held 2-3 times across the state each year. During the 2015-16 year over 200 days of face-to-face training is being offered.

The NCCCS College and Career Readiness professional development staff oversees all state sponsored professional development activities. The NCCCS professional development staff in partnership with the Adult Basic Skills Professional Development team at Appalachian State University develops the annual professional development plan. An Advisory Board recommends and approves changes to create a systematic training plan based on professional development needs according to NRS guidelines, needs assessments, and evaluations.

STAR implementation

In 2008, NC held its first STAR Institute. The North Carolina Community College System saw this reading reform initiative that includes professional development, tools, and resources as an opportunity to expand participants' knowledge of effective reading instruction and improve their ability to build local and state adult basic education systems that support reading improvement. For this first STAR Institute, we had 16 programs that participated and completed the training.

Currently (2015) NC has five (5) certified STAR trainers who facilitates 2-3 STAR Institutes each year. At present, NC has over 500 adult educators who have completed STAR. These instructors represent 54 of NC’s 58 Community College Basic Skills programs and 13 NC literacy organizations. The following programs have implemented evidence-based reading instruction in one or more reading classes: