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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  February 11, 2016

Upcoming Events


March 3-4, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


March 7-8, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools


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


Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year 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.


In order to ensure that each charter high school’s graduating seniors are able to be considered for this opportunity, each charter school must establish a Scholarship Selection Committee.  The Committee from each charter high school will be responsible for nominating a graduating senior for the scholarship.  The nominees should be submitted to the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools. The nominee information for each school will be reviewed/evaluated and the SECU will award scholarships to three candidates.


The attached information will provide each school’s Scholarship Selection Committee with eligibility criteria, procedures, and information. 


Key points in the attached information:


  • Each school has flexibility in establishing its formal application process, but should ensure that every graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 is considered for the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarship


  • Scholarship recipient information from each school must be postmarked by 5:00 pm EST on April 15, 2016 to the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools.


  • Each school should submit an alternate or first runner up student in the event the first nominee is unable to accept the scholarship (if selected).


  • Each school must submit paper copies of nominations and any accompanying information to the following address:     

    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 each school’s Scholarship Selection Committee.  Your diligence and integrity enable the “People Helping People” scholarship program to continue providing important support to our college-going students. Please contact Deanna Townsend-Smith @ if you have any questions or concerns about the program.



Attachment: SECU Scholarship Memo

CTE Learning that works for North Carolina

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


2016-17 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Federal Fund Instructions


Traditional public and charter high schools have the opportunity to apply for federal CTE funds.  If you are eligible and would like to access these funds, you must submit your application through the online process to your assigned CTE Regional Coordinator by May 13, 2016.  


Attached below are instructions regarding how to apply for the federal CTE funds.


Please contact Jo Anne Honeycutt at with questions or concerns about the process.



 Attachment: 2016-17 LPS Instructions

Finance Officers' Updates



Attached below is the Finance Officers' Newsletter.  Please review the information and contact the individual listed in the newsletter with any questions or concerns.



Attachment:  Finance Officers' Newsletter


Distinguished Service Award Nomination Packet - Nomination Deadline Extended



The deadline to nominate an individual to receive the Distinguished Service award is extended to Friday, February 12, 2016.  Attached is information to nominate individuals who are distinguished for years of service and statewide impact on improving the education and lives of exceptional children.  Selected individuals from the nominations will be recognized during the March Institute being held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on March 8-9, 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact Sherry H. Thomas at 919 807-3992 or



AttachmentDistinguished Service Nomination Letter


In Case You Missed It

NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Advisory Council to Meet


The North Carolina Virtual Public School Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Spring Board Conference Room 205, Poulton Innovation Center, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1021 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh.


Agenda items include the Council’s bylaws, visioning the future and the NCVPS strategic plan, and the study on alternative funding options. The draft agenda is attached. Please direct questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCVPS at 919.513.8550.


AttachmentFeb. 23 NCVPS Adv. Council Agenda.docx

Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement Conference (CCSA) Update



The CCSA features a gallery of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members with an interest in innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.


The conference takes place on March 21-23, 2016 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.  This conference features 250 sessions that may be of interest to districts and charter schools. Topics include: K-12 learning standards, K-12 online and blended learning structures, policy, research, accountability, student engagement and more. The NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) will be hosting a full day (morning and afternoon focus sessions) at the CCSA to provide an opportunity for charter school leaders to come together to learn and network.


Attached below is a preview of featured presentations for the CCSA conference.



Attachment: CCSA Conference Updates

Professional Development

Educator Effectiveness February Professional Development Opportunities


Attached below is a bulletin outlining Professional Development opportunities from the Educator Effectiveness section. Please review the attached document for available training opportunities and contact Mandy Taylor @ with questions or concerns.



Attachment:    February PD Opportunities

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