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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  – March 18, 2016

Upcoming Events

April 6-7, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting

April 11-12, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools Updates

Interscholastic Athletics Participation Survey - Reminder

Interscholastic Athletics Participation Survey


At its April 2016 meeting, the State Board of Education (SBE) plans to discuss health and safety requirements for students participating in interscholastic athletics.  To inform this discussion, the SBE has requested information on charter school students participating in interscholastic athletics.  ALL charter schools should complete the attached brief 2-question survey by March 25, 2015.  If you do not participate in interscholastic athletics please respond “no” after you complete the school name field.


Please contact Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith via email at with questions or concerns.


Attachment:  2016 Charter School Interscholastic Athletic Survey

In Case You Missed It

Charter School Middle School Math Professional Development on Ratios and Proportions



The NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics Section is hosting a middle school Math Professional Development Opportunity for charter schools. Participants in this session will look at the different tasks and the use of representations in the ratios and proportional relationships domain. This includes building understanding based on the progression from concrete to abstract representations and using various models. An emphasis will be placed on language and the progression from middle school into higher-level mathematics.  




This is a repeat of the Middle School Math Summit and is open ONLY to charter school teachers in NC. It is being held during NCDPI's Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement, but participants do NOT have to register and pay for the conference if attending this professional development. It will also take place at a different time for those who are registering for the conference. Location for this training is at the Koury Convention Center in the Imperial D ballroom.




Please sign up to attend this free training opportunity using the following link:

Middle School Math Summit Registration for Charter Schools.


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates




Exceptional Children's (EC) Related Services Workforce Survey


The NCDPI EC Division is conducting a survey of existing related services resources to support charters and districts as they recruit and retain qualified related services staff. 


The attached Excel tool is to assist with calculating IEP hours per week on the Related Services Workforce Survey. A few sample frequencies are included as examples. This can be used for the individual therapist, school, or entire charter or district for each discipline. For speech services, please include BOTH primary and related service students in your calculations.

The survey closes April 30, 2016If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Holahan at or (919) 428-7201.

Attachments:     Memo-Related Services Workforce Survey 2016


                            Survey Roster

New Exceptional Children's (EC) Southeast Region Literacy Consultant Announcement

Attached is the announcement of Beth Gilchrist as the EC literacy consultant for the southeast region.



Attachment:  New Employee Announcement

CCSA: Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement Conference (CCSA) Update 

The CCSA features an array of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members who have 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) on March 22 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 and  information regarding the OCS Focus Sessions. 



Attachment:  CCSA OCS Focus Sessions


                       Spotlight on KEA

PowerSchool Graduation Screen Updates 



Attached is information for any district or charter school using the NC standard graduation requirements as stated in SBE policy GCS-N004

If you have any questions regarding PowerSchool programming, please contact Aaron Bissonnette at


Attachment:     PowerSchool Graduation Screen Updates


NC Professional Development

Educator Effectiveness Professional Development Opportunities



Attached are Professional Development sessions hosted by the NCDPI Eudcator Effectiveness Division. The second attached document provides training opportunities designed for charter schools.


Please contact Dr. Mandy Taylor via email at with questions or concerns about these training opportunities. 


Attachments:     PD Opportunity Designed for Charter Schools



                           Educator Effectiveness PD Opportunities

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