John R. Larkins Award Nomination
State employees are encouraged to nominate their fellow state employees for the John R. Larkins Award. To be eligible for this award, the nominated employee must have a minimum of two years of service who best exemplifies the work of John R. Larkins in human and race relations in the workplace and the community.
Click here for nomination criteria for the John R. Larkins Award.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 14, 2012.
The winner will be announced at the annual State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony on Friday, January 18, 2013.
John R. Larkins Award Resources
Investing in Our Future
Career and College: Ready, Set Go
"Every kid - no matter where he or she lives in NC - must graduate from high school with what it really takes to succeed in a career, in a two- or four-year college or in Technical training."
Governor Bev Perdue
Increase the number of students who can read, write and do math at the end of grade three
- Develop an Early Childhood Advisory Council to increase ways for all kids to come to school healthy and ready to learn: better prenatal care, healthy kids, Smart Start, More at 4, etc.
- Continue to invest in smaller class sizes in K-3 where research has proven students learn more and have fewer discipline problems.
- Implement Diagnostic Assessments using hand held technology that allow teachers to check where each child is with reading, writing and math basics throughout the year so they have a solid foundation for continued learning.
Increase the number of students that perform at or above grade level
- Provide incentives to ensure there are Great teachers in every classroom especially in hard to staff schools and/or hard to staff content areas (Science and Math)
- Implement a Leadership Academy -schools need good leaders who know how to motivate teachers and students and data to make good decision
- Maintain high expectations, standards and strong accountability-
- Restructure the ABC's program to include diagnostic assessment, 21st Century skills and national assessments so we can see how our students compare to others across the nation and world
- Develop bonuses for schools that reward targeted increased student growth
- Adopt the Common Core national standards: PK-12, higher education, and business community agree on career and college skills -what all students need to know to graduate ready to work, go to college or vocational school
- Develop more international schools and learning partnerships with other countries for global awareness- especially with second languages - Students will need to compete, communicate, and collaborate globally
- Increase virtual learning opportunities so every child no matter where they live can reach his or her potential
- Put more technology into the hands of students and teachers to increase individualized learning options
- Increase the use of technology for providing professional development opportunities for teachers
- Implement the Student learning Conditions survey to find out how we need to change our classrooms and schools so kids learn and stay in school.
- Develop more Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives
- Expand the transformation model to partner with low performing schools, ie, Halfax
- Develop a P-20 longitudinal data system in order to provide comprehensive data and information on all students
Increase the number of students taking college credit courses while in high school; graduating from high school; going to college; and completing a degree from community colleges, colleges and universities
- Put into place a Community College readiness initiative to include using Accuplacer, Compass, or other diagnostic type assessment to provide accelerated learning opportunities to make sure that students graduate with skills necessary to do community college work
- Develop enrichment initiatives to provide support for students who need support in English, writing and higher level math
- Implement a Graduation Coach model to support students in meeting graduation requirements
- Consolidate high school transitions courses or programs so that students have access to more college level or specific career and vocational courses while in high school
- Develop more college level specific career and vocational courses on line courses available to high school students.
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