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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  January 28, 2016

Upcoming Events


February 3 - 4, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


February 8 - 9, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools Updates

Special Recognition Received from the National Association of Charter School Authorizes (NACSA)

We are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) scored 12 of 12 points on this year's NACSA Index of Essential Charter Authorizing Practices. For a breakdown of our score, as well as how we compare to other authorizers in the nation, please click on the link below.


Each year, NACSA releases this analysis of how well authorizers across the nation are implementing the 12 practices that NACSA believes are critical to fostering a community of high performing charter schools.


While we at the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools know that we must continue to strengthen our practices, we are pleased to receive this national recognition for being on the right track.


Link: NC NACSA Score Breakdown

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Other NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates 



Exceptional Children's Feeding Therapy Policy Clarification




Please see the attached memo regarding Feeding Therapy.  Please contact the Exceptional Children Policy, Monitoring & Audit Section at 919 807-3969 with questions or concerns.



Attachment: Feeding Therapy Clarification Memo

Advanced Learning Academically Gifted (AIG)  - Interest Survey Deadline Extended



The NCDPI Division of Advanced Learning hosted a webinar designed specifically for charter school audiences on November 30, 2015 who were interested in developing an official AIG program.  The following was covered during the webinar: 




  • Charter Schools and AIG possibilities

  • The SBE-revised NC AIG Program Standards.

  • The local AIG Plan process as it relates to Charters (including plan and program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation).


Listed below are the materials from the webinar. Contact Stephanie Cyrus at with questions or concerns.





AIG Webinar


AIG Program Standards


AIG Interest Survey - Due January 29, 2016


Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind



Please see the attached memo providing clarification on student placement at an Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind school.


If you have any questions, please contact Barbria Bacon ( / 919 715-0532) or Sherri Vernelson ( / 919 807-3982).



Attachment: Memo-ESDB Placement

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) - Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems


MTSS is a multi-tiered framework that promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices.  The framework  is designed to maximize growth for all students and is based on these critical components:

  • Leadership
  • Building the Capacity/Infrastructure for Implementation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Data-Based Problem Solving
  • Three-Tiered Instruction/Intervention Model
  • Data-Evaluation


Cohorts 1 and 2 are currently experiencing the specially designed, blended learning, with a focus on leadership teams establishing readiness for implementation, as well as the development and assessment of core academic and behavioral practices.  Additional professional development for all charters is planned to strategically facilitate the development of the six critical components.  The second session, focused on Data-Evaluation, is being offered in several locations, beginning February 3rd.  Find the details at this link:



If you have additional questions or concerns, please use the contact information found here:


North Carolina Teacher Virtual Career Fair



Please find the attached document regarding an upcoming Virtual Career Fair.  Please contact Cindi Rigsbee at 919-245-4050 with questions or concerns.



AttachmentNC Virtual Career Fair


Testing Students Enrolled in Credit Recovery or Repeating a Course for Credit



Please find the attached document from Dr. Rebecca Garland and Dr. Tammy Howard regarding Testing Students enrolled in either credit recovery or repeating a course for credit.



Attachment: Testing Students Enrolled in CR_RCC_RG_TH_01282016

State Board of Education Meets Next Week



The State Board of Education will meet next week, Feb. 3-4, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



An agenda and executive summaries are posted online (under Meetings tab). The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend.

NC Global Education

NC Global Education Webinar




In September 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state's effort to produce globally competitive graduates ready to live, work and contribute in an interconnected world. Based on its findings, the Task Force made a number of recommendations that would help to ensure that all public school students are well prepared.



NC Global Education will host a webinar on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Please see the information below to participate in the meeting. Contact Helga Fasciano with questions or concerns at



Webinar Information:


State Board of Education Global Education: From Planning to Doing


Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.



You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (872) 240-3212


Access Code: 498-982-741

NCDPI Web Highlights


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools January 22, 2016 Newsletter


Superintendents' Weekly Message



Home Base Newsletter



From the Board Room


Teachers' Biweekly Message


Home Base Biweekly Update



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Other Updates

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)



The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires traditional public, private, and charter schools to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building material and prepare management plans to take action to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. These requirements should be followed regardless of building ownership. AHERA Plans should be maintained and updated yearly 


Please contact The North Carolina Health Hazards Control Unit, the governing body for AHERA in NC,  at 919-707-5950 to answer any specific questions about AHREA and your school's compliance with this regulation.