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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  April 22, 2016

Upcoming Events


April 29, 2016

Charter School Board Chair and Vice Chair Information due in EDDIE

May 4 - 5, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


May 10, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Professional Development

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools Updates


New Charter School Leaders Institute


Registration is now open for the 2016 New Charter School Leaders Institute.  This 2-day event will be held June 14-15 at the DPI Building in downtown Raleigh (301 N. Wilmington St.).  


Participants will have an opportunity to hear from experts from DPI, DHHS, DPS, and local charter schools on various topics.  Some of the topics will include the Multi-Tiered System of Support, School Safety, State Health Requirements, Building Culture Through the Hiring Process, and more! 


Please use this link to register:

The registration deadline is Sunday, May 22.  Please contact Kebbler Williams at or 919-807-3598 if you have any questions about the Institute.


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Requirements for Educational Sign Language Interpreters



Please see the attached information regarding the requirements of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).


If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Vernelson ( / 919 807-3982) or your regional consultant for Deaf/Hard of Hearing.



Attachment:  Memo-Educ Sign Language Interpreters 0416


NC Textbook Commission Meeting Notice


The North Carolina Textbook Commission will meet Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. - noon, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Agenda items include textbook evaluation week logistics and responsibilities, online evaluation forms, and updates on advisor selections.


The meeting will be audio streamed (click on the live audio stream link) for those who cannot attend. Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Carmella Fair.

Invitation to Apply for the English Language Arts (ELA) Data Review Committee



We are currently in the 4th year of implementing the ELA NC Standard Course of Study.  These standards were adopted in 2010 and implemented in 2012. State Board of Education policy requires that standards be reviewed every 5 years.   


The NCDPI ELA Section invites you to be a part of this process.  The first step is the establishment of a Data Review Committee (DRC).  We are now accepting applications for participation on this committee.  Approximately 50 educators will be selected from this pool of applicants.  As part of this committee, members will be asked to review data from surveys, focus groups, and the Academic Standards Review Commission Report.  During the review, members will be asked to determine patterns and themes that could inform the revision of the current ELA standards.  Writing teams will be selected following the work of the DRC.  


DRC members will be asked to review qualitative data approximately one month prior to the first meeting which is currently scheduled for the end of June.   During the meeting, DRC members will compare findings.  Recommendations for revisions will be made based on the DRC’s consensus.  


Please contact Amy Betsill via email at with questions or concerns.  Applications are due no later than May 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  Please submit your application using the provided survey link:


NC Professional Development

Opportunity to Review Draft High School Math I, II, and III Standards



Please open the attached memorandum and corresponding documents from NCDPI Deputy State Superintendent Rebecca Garland, K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Director Tiffany Perkins and Mathematics Section Chief Jennifer Curtis regarding Draft High School Math I, II and III Standards.




Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)



NCDPI has implemented a Kindergarten Entry Assessment for use in kindergarten classes in all regular public schools in the state. Charter schools may also choose to participate in the assessment, which has been developed to respond to legislative mandates as well as a growing body of research supporting formative assessment as an effective strategy to improve teaching and learning.


Please see the attached memo regarding the KEA  and contact the appropriate people within the memo for questions or concerns.



Attachment:    KEA Letter for Charter Schools


PRC29 Funding 2016-2017


Please see the attached information regarding PRC29 funding for fiscal year 2016-2017.  Funding requests are submitted online through May 1.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Simmons ( / 919 807-3993).



Attachment:    PRC29 Funding 2016-2017



Virtual Meeting for Beginning Teacher Support



The Beginning Teacher Coordinator in Pitt County will host a virtual meeting on successful scaffolding and supports the county has used fort Beginning Teachers. The virtual learning session will be hosted on May 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  Please use the registration link provided below to participate in this event.



Attachment:   Registration Link


Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) 2016-17 Funding



Please see the attached information regarding PBIS funding for fiscal year 2016-2017.  Funding requests are submitted online through May 1.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Simmons ( / 919 807-3993).


Attachment:  PBIS Funding 2016-2017



Warning List for Significant Disproportionality



Please see the attachments regarding a warning to LEAs and charters for the potential to have significant disproportionality in future years.   


If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Johnson ( / 704 576-2760) or Sherry Thomas ( / 919 807-3992).



AttachmentsWarning List Documents




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NC Homeless Education Program's (NCHEP) 2016 Annual Learning Institute

There are still available spaces at the NCHEP professional learning event. Register today to reserve your spot.

Meeting Date & Times:

Friday, May 13, 2016 

8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: Check-in begins at 8:15 and the first session will begin promptly at 9:00.


Meeting Location:

Hilton Wilmington Riverside 

301 North Water Street

Wilmington, NC 27401

Camellia & Azalea Meeting Rooms



The NC Homeless Education Program's Annual Learning Institute is intended for Homeless Liaisons, Migrant Consultants, and other Educators who work directly with homeless children and youth in North Carolina LEAs and charter schools.

Note: This is a statewide event and is open to all regions. This is the only NCHEP Learning Institute scheduled for 2016. 


Agenda & Session Topics:

Sessions are designed for participants to learn about the McKinney-Vento Act and ensure compliance in districts and charter schools. The Institute provides opportunities for professionals to acquire strategies and best practices in identifying, enrolling, and serving children and youth who are homeless.

  • ESSA and Reauthorization Impacting Homeless Education
  • Migrant Education and Homelessness
  • Title I and Homeless Education
  • Best Practices for Your McKinney-Vento Program
  • Social Services, Foster Care, Awaiting Foster Care and Homelessness
  • The McKinney-Vento Subgrant Process: Should your district apply?

Additional agenda details will be posted to the Learning Institute page of the NCHEP website prior to the Institute.


Note: The agenda is subject to change.



Registration for this event is free, but is registration is required. Space is still available at this NCHEP professional learning event. Register for this event by Friday, April 29th to secure your place at this event.



Hilton Wilmington Riverside

301 North Water Street

Wilmington, NC  28401

Local: (910) 763-5900

Toll Free: 1 (888) 324-8170


Participants are responsible for making their individual hotel reservations.

Note: The Group Code of NCH cut-off date for the state rate of $67.30 was 4/15/16. Individuals still needing to book a room may request the special rate, but will not be guaranteed rate or space.



If you have questions about this event, you may contact:

Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator



For more information, visit the NCHEP Learning Institute web page.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Webinar Opportunity


Learn more about how ESSA can support early learning!  Please see webinar information below.


When:  Thursday, April 21, 4-5pm EDT (Webinar)


What:  "The Nuts and Bolts of ESSA: What Principals Need to Know to Support High Quality Early Childhood Education and Leadership"


This presentation will identify specific areas of the new law that directly support early childhood education, and explore how states and districts can provide programmatic opportunities, including professional learning, to help facilitate collaborative efforts between principals, teachers, early childhood educators and related practitioners.


Who:  Co-hosted by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE)


Registration details Register Here