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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  February 4, 2016

Upcoming Events


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


Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9, 2016 in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


Attached below is the tentative agenda for the upcoming CSAB meeting. The CSAB committees will discuss policy changes that impact charter schools. The materials for the meeting are available by accessing the following links:


Monday, February 8, 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 2016



If you wish to listen to the CSAB deliberations, you can access a livestream link to the meeting at Live Audio Streaming of the Advisory Board Meeting.




 Attachment:   CSAB Tentative February Meeting Agenda

In Case You Missed It

State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity Reminder


Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004,  they have awarded $10,000 scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina.  These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees' Credit Union.


Each charter high school should establish a Scholarship Selection Committee. The committee from each charter high school will be responsible for nominating a graduating senior for the “People Helping People” four-year scholarship.  The nominees should be submitted to the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools for the final selection process of three students.  


The attached information will provide the Scholarship Selection Committee with eligibility criteria, procedures, and information. 


Please Note:


  •  The Scholarship Selection Committee at your school should follow the formal application process developed at your school.   Every graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 should be considered for the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarship


  • .Deadline for returning the scholarship recipient information is April 15, 2016. 


  • Provide an alternate or first runner up student in the event the named recipient is unable to accept the scholarship for whatever reason


  • Information should be submitted to:     
    NCDPI Office of Charter Schools
    Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith
    6303 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  27699-6303    


The Office of Charter Schools appreciates the dedication and hard work by the members of the Scholarship Selection Committee.  You maintain the integrity and ensure the “People Helping People” scholarship program is highly successful. Please contact Deanna Townsend-Smith @ with questions or concerns.

Attachment: SECU Scholarship Memo


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


PRC 118 Related Service Retention and Autism Coaching


Attached please find information regarding PRC 118 expenditures. 


For questions regarding appropriate expenditures or content-specific meetings, please contact the appropriate related services consultant or the regional Autism consultant.  PRC 118 funding questions should be directed to Sherry Thomas at or 919 807-3992.



Attachment:  Memo-PRC 118 Related Serv-AU 0216

NC Global Education

NC Global Education Webinar Rescheduled




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 Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 4:30 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

Progress Monitoring Training Opportunity


Attached is an announcement of a NCDPI progress monitoring training in Cleveland County.  There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required.


For questions regarding location of training, contact Cindy Phillips @ 704-476-8000 or Contact Lauren Holahan (919-428-7201) or with any questions about content.



Attachment: Progress Monitoring Training Flyer

North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teachers


The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and the NCDPI strive to recognize and reward Secondary school teachers who exemplify mathematics teaching excellence by nurturing students' enthusiasm through involvement in mathematics fairs, projects, and competitions to supplement and enhance everyday classroom experiences. 

This recognition is for those teachers who succeed in motivating students to excel in mathematics.  This is an excellent opportunity to identify one Sixth-Twelfth grade teacher from your LEA or charter school that you feel is deserving of this recognition.


Complete the attached form with information about your selected awardee and submit to Kitty Rutherford @ by May 2, 2016




Outstanding Math Teacher Memo


Outstanding Math Teacher Form



State Advisory Council on Indian Education Schedules Quarterly Meeting


The State Advisory Council on Indian Education will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., in Room 504 of the Education Building, 301 North Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The meeting agenda is attached. For additional information, please contact Debora Williams.



Attachment:  Indian Education Advisory Council Mtg Agenda.doc

Exceptional Children's Institute

Attached is information regarding the Exceptional Children Institute, March 7 – 10, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. 



Registration deadline:  February 17, 2016



If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Breest at or 919 807-3299.



Attachment:  March Institute Memo


Professional Development

NC Textbook Commission Meets Feb. 12


The North Carolina Textbook Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 12, from 1–4 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


Commission members will review the process and procedures for textbook evaluation and adoption. The draft 2016 Invitation proposed for health and social studies is currently scheduled for presentation at the State Board of Education’s March meeting.


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.

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