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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  January 8, 2016

Upcoming Events



January 11 - 12, 2016


Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting



April 15, 2016


SECU Scholarship Nominations Due to NCDPI Office of Charter Schools



NCDPI Office of Charter Schools


Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 11-12, 2016 in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



Monday’s meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Agenda items include Performance and Policy Committee discussions, charter application update and charter application interviews with representatives from Bonnie Cone Classical Academy and Discovery Charter School.



On Tuesday, the Board will again meet from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Agenda items include an overview of the Annual Charter Schools Report to the NC General Assembly, charter school compliance updates, and charter application interviews with representatives from Next Generation Academy, Paul L. Dunbar Charter School and Ridgeview Charter School.



Attached is the tentative agenda for both days.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450




 Attachment:    CSAB January 2016 Tentative Agenda

Charter School EMO/CMO Annual Reporting - Due January 19




Attached is a memo to remind charter schools of the expectation to comply with requests from the public or the media for public records as defined in G.S. 132-1 of the Public Records Act.  

For charter school boards that contract with management companies, this memo contains an annual request for certain information, which, pursuant to your charter, is required to be provided to the Department of Public Instruction.



Please submit the information to the Office of Charter Schools via email to Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith via email at by January 19, 2016


Please contact the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools at 919-807-3491 with questions or concerns. Thanks.



Attachment:   Public Records Expectations

 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Process


The NCDPI Office of Charter Schools will begin the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year process soon. To be considered for the Charter School TOY candidates will submit a written portfolio and participate in interviews.  After the interviews school visits will be conducted for two final candidates. The culminating event of the TOY process includes an announcement from NCDPI and the employing school to the Charter School TOY candidate. 


Brandon Brown is the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year and is now eligible to contend for the 2016-17 NC Teacher of the Year!! Let's congratulate Brandon Brown and Lake Norman for this selection. Please click the WSOCTV News Link to view the local news coverage capturing this event.


For additional information about the 2017-18 TOY process please contact Brian Smith.

Other NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Opportunity to help NCDPI improve Schoolnet!



NCDPI is excited to offer districts and charter schools the opportunity to provide critical feedback about the instructional materials within Schoolnet, the Instructional Improvement System within Home Base.  To gather this feedback, NCDPI has created this survey. 



There are currently over 130,000 materials available for educators to use within Schoolnet.  To ensure that the materials and resources provided are of a high quality and high value-add in terms of improving instruction and student performance, we are seeking detailed feedback from teachers, principals, and other curriculum leaders regarding which materials are being used and the quality level of the materials.



Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey by Friday, Jan. 15, 2016!


PRC 118 Funds Now Allocated



PRC 118 funds have been allocated.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the individual Combined Expenditure Report is not yet complete.  To provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and charter schools with initial information, a breakdown of each LEA/charters’s PRC 118 funding by source ( i.e. PBIS, Related Services, Autism) will be provided through individual emails by Thursday, January 7, 2016, from Sherry Thomas.   LEAs should look for their individual Combined Expenditure Report  by January 15, 2016, from Kelly Breest.   Mid-year reports will not be due back to the EC Division until February 26, 2016.



Thank you for your patience and understanding. Questions should be addressed to Sherry Thomas at 919 807-3992 or .

NCEdCloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) Service Webinar Opportunity for Charter Schools


Janauary 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm , the NCEdCloud IAM team will host an informational webinar on the NCEdCloud IAM Service (see, with a focus on Charter Schools. Topics covered will include the processes used for getting user data into the service and managing user accounts. All of North Carolina's Charter Schools are encouraged to attend. Particularly, technology directors and PowerSchool data coordinators would benefit from the webinar.


Join the meeting:

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: ncedcloud


Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.


By phone:

United States - Hartford, CT   +1.860.970.0010

Access Code   664-116-397#


By computer via internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select 'Call via internet'. A small download might be required.

Delay in Scores for English II and NC Final Exams (NCFEs) with Constructed Response Items



Please see the attached updated memo from Dr. Rebecca Garland and Dr. Tammy Howard regarding the minimal delay in scores for fall English II and NCFEs with constructed response items.



Attachment:    Updated Memo - Delay in Scores



Other Updates



NC Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) - Free Webinar - January 26, 2016

Increasing Access to Higher Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness Webinar




In 2014 over 1.2 million children and youth attending public schools in the U.S. experienced homelessness.  Of these students over 56,000 indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that they were homeless while accessing post-secondary programs. These vulnerable young people contend with histories of abuse, neglect, trauma, and frequent educational disruption caused by mobility. Higher education is their best hope for a better life. Therefore, this webinar will provide Homeless Liaisons, School Counselors, and Single Points of Contact (SPOC) with information regarding access to higher education for McKinney-Vento students who have been identified during enrollment in K12 educational institutions.



Webinar Content:

This session will provide an overview of guidance and legislation which encourages homeless education and higher education professionals to advocate for homeless youth, and increase their access to higher education.  Resources for FAFSA completion, obtaining homeless status determinations, and other college access materials will be shared. An overview of Statewide Higher Education Networks and the SPOC model for homeless youth on campuses will also be discussed.

Webinar Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am 


Registration Information:

To participate in the webinar, please register at


Please visit the NCHEP Accessing Higher Education webpage for additional information.


Registration open for 2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute



For 15 years, the Inclusion Institute has been an opportunity for people from all early childhood sectors to come together to learn, share, and problem-solve about inclusion for young children. Last year, the popular 3-day conference sold out months in advance—and now you can register for this year's Institute:


The 2016 Institute will include dozens of groundbreaking sessions and workshops on many hot topics: challenging behavior, expulsion and suspension, dual-language learners, friendships, learning in outdoor environments, individualizing for each child, supporting children with autism in inclusive environments—and much more.


And this year, the Inclusion Institute is more than an event. All registrants also will get FREE access to 8 online Connect Courses on Inclusion. These courses award CEUs, and several states have approved them for training.


Read more about the 2016 Inclusion Institute and register at



The Inclusion Institute is hosted by the nonprofit Professional Development Center at:



UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

105 Smith Level Road (Carrboro, NC 27510)

UNC-CH Campus Box 8180

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180