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Office of Charter Schools

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  April 29, 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


June 14-15, 2016

New Charter School Leaders Institute


US Department of Education

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


Charter Schools Program Grants for State Educational Agencies

Have you heard that the US Department of Education just announced on April 21 an opportunity for NC to apply for a federal grant to support new and “young” charter schools?  Wondering whether NC will apply (Spoiler Alert: Yes!), what the program might look like, and when the grant funds might be available?  Wondering if you could help OCS in preparing the grant proposal by the submission date of June 1, 2016? 



If you answered yes to any of the above, you might want to tune in to a webinar hosted by OCS this Friday, April 29, at 2:00 pm to hear more about the “CSP Grant” and NC’s work to apply

To register for the webinar, please use the following link:



Until then, for more information about the FY 2016 CSP Grant, including a word version of the application package instructions, please visit the SEA Applicant Info and Eligibility page at


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



NCDPI Educator Effectiveness Service Support Coordinator for Charter Schools



The Educator Effectiveness Division has recently hired Dr. Terry Cline as a Service Support Coordinator for Charter Schools. In his new role, Dr. Kline will continue to work within the Educator Effectiveness Division and with the Statewide System of Support, under the leadership of Dr. Lynne Johnson and Dr. Yvette Stewart.  His focus is on school improvement, student achievement and growth, developing teacher leaders, and professional learning. Along with the Service Support Coordinators, other DPI consultants in your regions, and through collaboration with the Office of Charter Schools, we will coordinate, design, and lead professional development.  The goal is to connect your schools with statewide and regional trainings, coaching, and customized assistance provided by the Statewide System of Support. 


Please see the attached introduction letter which details Dr. Cline's role and past experiences.  

Attachment:  Dr. Cline_Intro Letter




Multi-Tiered System of Support

Alignment of MTSS as a School Improvement Framework


Recognizing common language in the work of the state agency, school districts, and charter schools allows for alignment of the many opportunities to improve systems. The NCDPI Divisions of Federal Program Monitoring and Support, and Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems have collaborated to identify clear connections within the work around school improvement. Each of these divisions focus on raising student achievement through:
      High expectations for staff and students
      Support installed through teaming structures
      Systematic problem solving, such as PDCA
      Data analysis and instructional planning
      Curriculum and instructional alignment
      Installation and monitoring of effective practices
      Family and community engagement
Districts and school leaders attending NCSTAR training were introduced to clear connections between installation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support, and the use of NCSTAR as a tool to manage the school improvement process. For additional information on the alignment, please go to NCSTAR/MTSS Crosswalk.
If you have additional questions, please contact Amy Jablonski at or Alessandro Montanari at


State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, May 4-5, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, May 4. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, May 5.

The agendas 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.



To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedback.


Celebrate NC Public Schools Monthly Feature Update



Congratulations to Socrates Academy!  Please see the Celebrate NC Public Schools Monthly Feature at which is the article by Frank Maley, Socrates Academy parent, about Greek Letters Day.

North Carolina School for the Deaf Advisory Council to Meet


The North Carolina School for the Deaf Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 5, from 2-5 p.m., in the Main Building Auditorium and Large Conference Room, North Carolina School for the Deaf, 517 West Fleming Drive, Morganton. An agenda for this meeting is attached.

American Sign Language and Voice Interpreters will be provided at the meeting. A Spanish interpreter also will be available. Prior notice of other languages requested will be required to make suitable arrangements.




Please direct questions regarding the meeting to Kim Collins.




Attachment:     NCSD Advisory Council May 5 Agenda.pdf

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Meredith Math and Science Institutes (MMSI) Professional Development Opportunities



Registration for MMSI Summer 2016 courses is now open. This year the Institute will offer a selection of two-day sessions taking place during the first week in August for educators, K-12.  Specific course descriptions may be accessed from the main Meredith Mathematics and Science Institute web page or through this link:


A special K-8 Mathematics Leadership Institute for Administrators will be held the last week of July plus a special symposium in January 2017 for leaders. Registration for this Institute is limited to 100 participants and can be accessed using the following link:.



Please contact the individuals listed below with questions or concerns:

Jeane Joyner, Director


Cindy Bell, Enrollment Manager