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Requests for NC DPI ECD Professional Learning should come from a PSU Administrator.  If you are interested, or in need of Professional Learning , please contact your local PSU Administrator.   The link is provided below, so that you will know what information is required from the PSU Administrator.
Individual Practitioners should not use this link to request Professional Learning sessions.
DPI is working to complete the PL catalog, the link will be posted on the DPI website.

Requesting NC DPI ECD Professional Learning

Virtual Meetings and Office Hours

Office hours/Meetings will be open for the duration of the time scheduled, join as your schedule permits!!

Please see the Hub for Virtual Meetings for all meeting/office hour details.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

Exceptional Children Conference

The NC DPI EC Annual Conference is held each year in Greensboro.  Information on the upcoming EC Conference and previous conferences can be found on the EC Annual Conference Page of the NC DPI website.

NC DPI Summer Institutes

Annually, the EC Division schedules a weeklong Summer Institute, with a wide variety of offerings.  This professional development is designed to provide opportunities for administrators, teachers and related services personnel seeking in-service training in the education of exceptional children.  A list of summer courses is provided, and registration includes a minimal fee for this professional development.

Information and registration on the upcoming summer institutes can be found on the Summer Institutes page of the NC DPI website.

NC DPI Statewide Meeting of Related Services Representatives

Best Practices in Related Service Documentation

NC DPI has prepared a webinar to support related service provider documentation for a variety of service plan types. The guidance, in the form of a recorded webinar, is provided as an overview of documentation standards based on recent changes to the NC Division of Health Benefits (DHB) Medicaid policy 10-C and NCDPI’s launch of the Every Child Account Tracking System (ECATS) for school year 2019-20. Content informed by licensure and professional standards of practice for documentation in School Psychology, School Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-language Pathology, and Audiology are reviewed in the webinar. In addition, the best practices shared in the webinar are inclusive of documentation of services to students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs), Individual Healthcare Plans (IHPs), Section 504 plans, and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). The guidance applies to all practitioners serving students under one of these plan types, including contracted providers.

Integrated IEP Development

This half-day course focuses on practical strategies to develop more student-centered IEP goals and progress monitoring to collaborate with all team members to improve student achievement and function throughout the school day.

To request this PD in your area, please have your EC Director complete a request form.

Movement Based Instruction

Movement Based Instruction Understand the role of movement in learning. Experience movements that help the brain and body work together. Acquire resources and ENTHUSIASM for implementing movement in classrooms. Design bank of movement-based instructional strategies.

This course provides an overview of the theoretical underpinning, evidence base, and ideas for movement-based learning activities in schools. Content and resources will cover strategies for use with students across grade and ability levels. Participants will engage in sample activities throughout the day and have opportunities to plan their own, additional, movement-based teaching methods using the NC SCoS as a guide.



Medicaid in Education

Get Started with the Medicaid in Education On-Demand Course
  • Medicaid in Education On-Demand Course
    • These on-demand modules provide background on why public schools recover costs for health services from Medicaid, the three programs available for Public School Unit (PSU) participation, how each program works, helpful practices and considerations for all who participate (and much more…). This course includes 4 modules; and will provide .3 CEUs (3 hours).
    • Trouble accessing the on-demand course through NCEES? Please complete this request form for alternate access
  • Medicaid in Education Live Sessions (in-person or virtual)
    • This course provides an overview of school-based Medicaid programs, including administrative claiming, fee-for-service, cost reporting, and documentation. Content can be tailored to meet the needs of a given audience.
    • To request this PD in your area, please have your EC Director complete a request form.

Overview of School-Based Practice

The Overview of School-based Practice is offered annually as a Summer Institute to support the orientation of newly hired or contracted practitioners into educational practice. Your consultants for Psychological Services (Lynn Makor), Occupational Therapy (Bridgette LeCompte), Physical Therapy (Laurie Ray) and Speech-Language (Perry Flynn) are also working with the talented Amy McLemore to develop this content into on-demand modules for availability through NC DPI ECD Professional Learning. Recognizing the remarkable personnel turnover of late, we have posted the recorded Overview of School-based Practice sessions from the 2020 Summer Institute for interim access.

Get Started with Overview of School-Based Practice On-Demand Course

  • Trouble accessing the on-demand course through NCEES? Please complete this request form for alternate access

Additional Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

If you would like to add an event to share, please contact Amy McLemore

These are offered for your information, they are not necessarily endorsed or co-sponsored by DPI.  Please see additional information.

  • NC Department of Public Instruction logo

    December 2022- Virtual meetings & Office hours

    Please see the Hub for Virtual Meetings for all meeting/office hour details. NOTE- I hope many will read and participate in our article discussion this month…Dr. Chiarello will be joining us! 12/1 (Th) 3-4p Equipment for School – Office hours to discuss equipment for school, potential procedures, program management options, resources, liability, collaboration and the … Continued

  • Change to the Statewide Meeting due to inclement weather

    Due to the inclement weather forecasted across areas of NC in the coming days, the plans for this meeting have been adjusted as follows: The agenda/topics (sent in previous email) for the morning session (9am-12pm) will be delivered virtually. Registered participants should have already received the login information. If you had cancelled previously and now … Continued

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    Upcoming Opportunities to Learn and Connect with Colleagues!

    I have planned some virtual meetings across SY 2022-23 to better connect specific groups as a cohort and to discuss relevant practice topics. These are intended to be informal and you can submit these meetings for continuing competency credit; however, CEUs will not be provided. These sessions will not be recorded. The various meeting dates, … Continued

  • Medicaid in Education

    Medicaid in Education On-Demand Course Now Available!

    These on-demand modules provide background on why public schools recover costs for health services from Medicaid, the three programs available for Public School Unit (PSU) participation, how each program works, helpful practices and considerations for all who participate (and much more…). This course includes 4 modules; and will provide .3 CEUs (3 hours).

  • Healthful Living

    NC Healthful Living Standards 101

    February 22, 2022 | 3:30 pm – 4-30 pm Effective curriculum and instruction are built on a solid foundation using standards. In this webinar, participants will learn the basics of the Healthful Living Standards, their organization and methods by which to implement them. Participants will be able to analyze their current instruction as to whether or … Continued

  • 10 reminders and great resources

    I just learned of some great resources and reminders that I wanted you to be aware of… NC DPI EC Division resources: EC Division Professional Learning & Resources  (MUST be submitted by LEA/PSU/Charter EC Director or Coordinator) EC Division Professional Learning & Support Request Form NC DPI EC Division Summary of Resources NC School Nurse- Social Emotional … Continued

  • NC Healthy Schools

    January 2022 Healthful Living Professional Development

    WSCC Connection: School Counselors and Health Educators January 12th   3:30 – 4:30 Just as it takes a whole village to raise a child, it takes the whole school to educate a child. To do that best, we must collaborate to promote the success of the whole child. The Healthful Living Essential Standards and Guidance Essential … Continued

  • North Carolina 6th Annual Inclusion Summit

    North Carolina 6th Annual Inclusion Summit (NC6AIS)

    The Annual Inclusion Summit brings a wide variety of disability inclusion stakeholders together to discuss current practices and future innovations. Thus, we invite participants and presenters from among educators, school administrators, related service providers, individuals with disabilities and their families, employers of individuals with disabilities, community-based service providers, vocational support service providers, researchers, policymakers, and … Continued

  • 2021 WI Statewide School-Based OT/PT Conference

    Wisconsin School-based OT/PT Conference

    This year, NC OT & PT practitioners can register for the Wisconsin School-based OT/PT Conference (there is a cost). “The 2021 WI Statewide School-Based OT PT Conference will be held in a virtual, on-demand format again this year—but with a twist! In addition to the on-demand sessions, we have some fun, engaging programming planned, such … Continued

  • 70th Annual Conference

    70th DPI Conference on Exceptional Children (and Institutes)

    NC DPI ECD is planning the 70th Conference on Exceptional Children as a face-to-face conference Nov 17th (Institutes)- 18th (Conference, all day) & 19th (Conference half day) in the Koury Center in Greensboro, NC. Please review the attached announcement, confer with your administration and register EARLY as registrations will be limited due to COVID-19 precautions. … Continued

  • ReImagine 2021 Call for Proposals. Free virtual Back t School Conference for school based OTs and PTs.

    Call for Proposals: ReImagine 2021

    Planning is underway for the second annual ReImagine school occupational and physical therapy conference to be held virtually throughout the month of September. Last year, we introduced this exciting collaborative learning event that involved over 5000 participants from all around the globe including the US, Puerto Rico and Canada, Europe (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Malta … Continued

  • Spring 2021 Statewide Physical Therapy Meeting Recording

    Spring 2021 Statewide Physical Therapy Meeting Recording

    The recordings from the Spring 2021 Statewide Physical Therapy Meeting are now available. The page linked below includes: Agenda Meeting notes Links that were shared during the session 3 separate recordings, 2 from the guest presenter, and 1 from Laurie Ray Once you have viewed all three you can receive a certificate.  Please view the … Continued

  • Social Emotional Learning: Free Virtual Training for NC Teachers, Support Staff, School Nurses, & Administrators!

    Social & Emotional Learning Resources

      We know how important and foundational this aspect of learning is for all students. More and more resources are becoming available. I wanted to make certain you all know about them and leverage them to assist your student, the professionals you work with and yourself! And more great Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) resources: … Continued

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    2020 NC SHAPE Virtual State Convention November 1-3, 2020

    Please click HERE to go directly to our State Convention Page.  Once on this page, register by scrolling down to the bottom… Focus on Adapted Physical Education: Our APE Association has been a terrific line-up of outstanding sessions this year. They include: Bethany Chapple’s “The Toolbox for Supporting Students with Disabilities in Physical Education” Barbara … Continued

  • Understanding Communication in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    The NCDPI Autism Team is pleased to offer a 2-hour live webinar on November 19, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with Perry Flynn, NCDPI Consultant for Speech Language Pathology. We will be exploring communication skills, pragmatics, communication differences in students with ASD, and effective collaboration with speech language pathologists (SLPs) to support improved … Continued

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    Student-Directed Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Bringing Person-Centered Practices to Schools and Beyond

    NC DPI is not endorsing or promoting this webinar. This notice is provided for your information. The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) presents this upcoming webinar: Student-Directed Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Bringing Person-Centered Practices to Schools and Beyond Register for the webinar on Tuesday, October 27 at 3:00 – 4:30 pm … Continued

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    2020 Color of Education Virtual Summit

    A Month of Convenings The 2020 Color of Education Summit will be held virtually, and will consist of weekly events during the month of October.

  • Summer Institute PD Available

    For those interested in the Summer Institute sessions that they were not able to attend or those that would like to review the content again, you may now watch the recorded sessions. No CEUs are available for these recordings. All sessions are available at the link below: 2020 Summer Institute Recorded Professional Development

  • 10th Annual Regional Transition into Adulthood Conference

    What happens next? Post-secondary Education, Work? A Journey toward Independence: Positive Outcomes for Youth With Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities Sessions will be held throughout the month of October 2020 Monday’s 12pm-1:30pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm Thursday’s 12:00pm-1:30pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm Registration will be required to attend!

  • Duke Autism Speaker Series

    2020-2021 Autism Speaker Series – Duke

    Oct. 7, 2020 – Chris Chatham, PhD, & Kevin Sanders, MD, Roche,“Challenges in Developing Novel Interventions for Autism at the Global Scale” Nov. 4, 2020 – Darren Hedley, PhD, La Trobe University, “From Employment to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Reflecting on Five Years of Research with Autistic Adults” Dec. 2, 2020 – Fred Shic, PhD, University of Washington, “Visual Attention in ASD: Explorations … Continued

  • N.C. Assistive Technology Expo October 16th

    The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) will be hosting a One-day Virtual Vendor Fair. The virtual platform will be Zoom powered by the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, NC. This virtual vendor fair is intended for individuals with disabilities, family members/caregivers, employers, local/state/national resources providing supports to individuals, senior living providers, students, … Continued

  • ReImagine: Innovative Remote Learning Practices in School-Based Occupational and Physical Therapy

    Register here: In this free, virtual school-based conference, you will have access to live and recorded lectures and learning activities beginning on August 31, 2020 through the month of September.

  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor Program 2019

    Great opportunity! Have you been thinking you need some additional training to be a CI?  Please see the information linked below offering the APTA CI certification course at ECU June 1 &2. APTA Certified Clinical Instructor Program 2019 Flyer We will also offer a 1 day Summer Institute (last full week in July, day tbd … Continued

  • Continuing Competence Requirements

    To renew a North Carolina PT or PTA license, NCBPTE Rules require licensees to complete Continuing Competence Activities for the appropriate reporting period. For information review:, Continuing Competence links. NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Continuing Competence