Digital Teaching & Learning Standards

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The State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are committed to providing personalized, digital-age education that K-12 students need to be successful in college, careers, and as globally engaged, productive citizens. For student standards in the areas of Digital Learning (K-12), North Carolina has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Students.

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Implementation of the NC Standard Course of Study for Digital Learning Grades K-12 began in the 2020-2021 school year. North Carolin’s Digital Learning Standards are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers in all curricular areas and grade levels providing students the equitable opportunity to learn in a digitally enabled classroom. The Digital Learning Standards encompass the following:

  • Digital citizenship, data privacy, and cyber safety
  • Digital-aged skills that enable students to be college and career ready
  • Creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills
  • Inquiry and design thinking learning opportunities

Supporting resources are located in the NCDLS Toolkit as well as the NCEES professional learning system and #GoOpenNC.  NCBOLD professional learning sessions (includes recordings) also support educators as they implement the standards in NC classrooms. The standards are directly supported by resources available from EBSCO & Britannica via NCEdCloud. Supporting materials are located in the Resources Toolkit.

NC Digital Learning CompetenciesIn 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 23, which called on the State Board of Education to develop digital teaching and learning competencies that would “provide a framework for schools of education, school administrators, and classroom teachers on the needed skills to provide high-quality, integrated digital teaching and learning.” These competencies demonstrate skills that teachers and leaders should integrate into their practice in order to create digital learning environments. The State Board of Education approved the competencies in June 2016.

The teaching and learning process is a complex balance of content knowledge, pedagogical strategies, and technological resources. The Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers, informed by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), and the NC Professional Teaching Standards, are to be viewed within the context of the current North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards as extensions in relationship with the ways that digital technologies impact and affect schools.

The Digital Learning Competencies for Administrators are to be viewed within the context of the current North Carolina Standards for School Executives as extensions in relationship with the ways that digital technologies impact and affect schools. School and district administrators should use these competencies to improve their practice, build capacity in their staff, and drive student learning within their schools. Each Focus Area carries with it a subset of competencies that help to explain and ‘unpack’ the Focus Area.

Throughout all of the competencies is the underlying assumption of leadership and excellence with regard to digital citizenship. Administrators should model the behavior they expect from their staff and students and should continually seek to represent their schools and districts with the way they convey themselves both on and offline. Teachers and administrators should use these competencies to improve their practice and drive student learning within their classrooms.

Please find the Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators attached below. Additional resources are located in the state-provided Canvas courses for professionals and can be accessed through the NCEES professional learning system and #GoOpenNCNCBOLD professional learning sessions (includes recordings) also support the DLCs with direct alignment. The competencies are also supported by research & content resources  available from EBSCO & Britannica via NCEdCloud with supporting materials located in the Resources Toolkit.

The purpose of these Professional Standards is to guide the curriculum development and instruction in North Carolina graduate programs in Information & Library Science and Instructional Technology. The Standards set expectations by describing what new graduates should know and be able to do. These Professional Standards are the foundation for the Evaluation Instrument for library media and technology educators.  

Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF)
School Library Media Coordinator (SLMC)

  • The Professional Standards use a format and elements that align closely with other NC professional educator standards.
  • The Professional Standards are written to correlate with other national and state standards and Guidelines including AASL, ISTE, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians, CCSSO's Model Core Teaching Standards, NBPTS, the 2011 NC State School Technology Plan, IMPACT Guidelines, and State Board of Education priorities and policies.

Supporting resources are located in the standards toolkits as well as the NCEES professional learning system and #GoOpenNC.

NC PSUs may find addtional guidance and support through professional organizations and partners. National standards are reflected in DTL standards for students and educators.  Resources are provided as additional tools, not as an endorsement.

COSN - Consortium for School Networking

ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education

AASL - American Association of School Librarians 

All4Ed - Future Ready Schools