• Welcome to the Curriculum and Instruction Department Website.  As a driven and focused team, we are committed to:

    • Collaborate around the needs of all the schools’ stakeholders
    • Make decisions based on data
    • Commit to quality support to schools in real time
    • Be passionate about the success of all students
    • Provide authentic learning experiences for all
    • Provide instructional leadership, support, and professional development to maximize learning for students in grades K-12


    All public schools in the state of North Carolina adhere to the curriculum standards outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, which is comprised of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and literacy and Essential Standards for all other curriculum areas.  The state’s Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. The goal of these research-based standards is to prepare all students to become career and college ready. While the focal point of educational thought of the past was limited toward success during the years of K-12 learning, the Common Core/Essential Standards mindset is targeted toward success well beyond completion of high school or college. Thus, the overall goal is to prepare North Carolina’s children for optimal function on a global scale.

    It is our goal to ensure that our website provides links to resources and quality information.  Please feel free to contact our office should you have questions or need more information.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Investigating in Your Environment Workshop

    Each summer the N.C. Forest Service offers educators a chance to explore the environment with innovative learning activities suitable for integration into any school curriculum. In “Investigating Your Environment” workshops, teachers become the students; collecting, recording and interpreting information about the environment. They then analyze the information and make inferences about the physical, social and economic impacts on the environment. All the while, learning to use the outdoors as a classroom with their students. One day will be dedicated to visiting other environmental education facilities in the area. This workshop focuses on “teaching methods” for the outdoor environment, along with content material.

    This workshop is eligible for 3 C.E.U.'s, 10 Criteria I hours, 11 Criteria II hours, 7.5 Criteria III hours toward North Carolina Environmental Education Certification.

    This year's workshop information:

    • July 16-21, 2023
    • Register by June 30, 2023.
    • $35 Registration Fee
    • No charge for meals and lodging
    • Corpening Training Facility, Crossnore, NC
    • Lodging is for five nights, beginning Sunday. Meals begin breakfast Monday and conclude with lunch Friday. Check in by 5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Dress code is casual, so bring your Play Clothes!

    2023 Investigating Your Environment Workshop Information Sheet and Registration Form



    The NCDPI Office of Academic Standards is offering state-wide professional learning with a focus on integrating the Literacy Instruction Standards (LIS) into standards-aligned content area instruction. These sessions are open to K-12 educators.

    To learn more about the LIS, view the DPI LIS webpage at https://www.dpi.nc.gov/districts-schools/classroom-resources/academic-standards/literacy-instruction-standards

    To view LIS resources, visit the LIS Toolkit (LIST) online at https://ncdpi.instructure.com/courses/7580


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    NC PSU Self-Paced PD Courses

    For any NC PSU Staff who need CEU credits, DTL now has a database of all current asynchronous NCEES PD opportunities for staff.

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    Digital Learning Competency




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