Welcome to the Summer Institute 2013 Planning Page


Building Instructional Capacity | Utilizing NC’s Home Base ©

Course Description:
Join NCDPI staff for a workshop-based look into building instructional capacity through the use of Home Base assessment and data tools. Participants will explore ways in which Home Base can assist them in identifying students’ areas of need, enabling them to create highly focused instruction, remediation, and enrichment opportunities. Participants will experience the capabilities of Home Base from the perspective of a student, a researcher, and a reflective practitioner. Participants will discuss ways in which LEAs can use the assessment and data tools available within Home Base to provide professional development for classroom teachers. A digital device (such as a laptop or tablet) is required for this session.

Team Members:
Email Address
Phone Number
Helga Fasciano
Section Chief, K-12 Program Areas
Anna Frost
English Language Arts Consultant
Alex Kaulfuss
English Language Arts Consultant
Jennifer LaGarde
Digital Teaching and Learning
Robin Loflin-Smith
Regional Lead/Region 2
Jody Cleven
Educational Effectiveness
Becky Pearson
Educational Effectiveness

Team Norms:
  1. Honor Deadlines
  2. Respect all Contributions
  3. Listen
  4. Share the Workload

Outline of our 3 hour “Design Studio”, Building Instructional Capacity Utilizing NC's Home Base:
  1. Introduction: Purpose and how use of data makes it or breaks it (geared to the classroom level) (Helga)
  2. Participants take a test (representative of different content areas/or as inclusive as possible; is literacy the key) (Alex will develop first draft)
  3. Participants look at reports generated by test (Becky and Jody)
  4. Participants look at how to select materials and resources to assist in helping students master standards missed. (What are the considerations) (Alex)
    • Ties to formative assessment, reaching all students (Anna and Jody)
    • How do participants use information from the test reports to plan for instructional intervention and what difference does that make; have to use the data to inform instruction and how do we know that it has made a difference (Robin and Becky)
    • Building background (how materials were selected, process, rubrics) (Helga)
    • Submission Process: Teacher, LEA and State level (Helga)
  5. Next steps
    • How do you propose to use this information to provide PD for your LEA (Template? Or other mechanism for them to sketch out a plan) (Anna and Robin)
    • (SBAC digital library, etc.) (Anna)

List of team members supporting and/or facilitating the SI Sessions:
  • East: Alex Kaulfuss, Anna Frost, Robin Smith, Jody Cleven
  • West: Helga Fasciano, Becky Pearson

Supporting Documents:

Draft 1 Outline of Work Google Doc.

Draft Assessment Google Preso.

Integrated Power Point Presentation

May 7, 2013 version

May 15, 2013 Version

June 2013 Version

Pre Work:

Please read with a focus on the teacher section.

Session Objectives:
Participants will be able to...
  • Describe the use of data for instructional intervention
  • Find and select appropriate resources within Home Base ©
  • Describe the process used for selecting Home Base © materials
  • Develop a PD plan for building instructional capacity in your district