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Office of Charter Schools

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  May 13, 2016

Upcoming Events

June 1-2, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


June 7, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


June 14-15, 2016

New Charter School Leaders Institute


In Case You Missed It

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) 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 Dr. Kebbler Williams at or 919-807-3598 if you have any questions about the Institute.

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet


The Driver Education Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



Agenda items include an update on NC Driver Education Reform, Subcommittees’ Recommendations Regarding the 2015 Driver Education Assessment, and Community Involvement Requests.



The meeting will be audio streamed (click on Live Audio Stream link) for those who cannot attend. For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

Home Base

Home Base Usage for the 2016-17 School Year

The period for school districts and charter schools to acquire access to the full suite of Home Base tools for the 2016-17 school year will close on June 15

 In order to access all of the content Home Base offers, please be sure to complete the form located at: 

To see if your school district or charter school intends to access all of Home Base during the next school year, please see the running list posted at:

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Advisory Council to Meet



The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) will hold its quarterly Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 2 p.m., in the Massey Lounge, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, 1311 US HWY 301 South, Wilson. A tentative agenda for this meeting is attached.


American Sign Language and Voice Interpreters will be provided at the meeting. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to ENCSD Director Carter Bearden.



Attachment:     ENCSD Advisory Council Mtg. Ten. Agenda.pdf

Professional Development

Exceptional Children (EC) Professional Development for 2016 - 17


Please see the attached regarding Exceptional Children Professional Development for 2016-17 and the LEA/Charter Self Assessment.


If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate EC Regional Lead:


Northeast/Southeast (Region 1, 2):  Regi Bolen / 252.328.1519


North Central/Sandhills (Region 3 ,4):  Barbara Scriven / 910.703.8350


Piedmont-Triad/Southwest (Region 5, 6):  Nance Bellizzi / 704.687.8824


Northwest/West (Region 7, 8):  Karen Broome / 336.667.6059



Attachment:   EC Professional Development 2016-17 

Don't Miss This

NCDPI Newsletters


NC Principal of the Year  Announced Thursday



Cumberland County Principal Named Principal of the Year



Buckle Up! School Bus Driver ROADeo Competition Set for Thursday



Public Feedback Sought on High School Math Standards



Digital Teaching & Learning Newsletter



Superintendents' Weekly Message



NC Public School Partners Newsletter



Principals' Biweekly Message


Other News


NC Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) Data Collection



All LEAs and Charter Schools are required to submit McKinney-Vento data, even if there are “0” students to report.  The deadline for submission is:  June 15, 2016.  There will be no extensions granted for submission of data.



  • Do not “submit” your data early; wait for your academic year to close.
  • Please check with your PowerSchool Coordinator on their deadline for all data entry into your LEA’s PowerSchool system to be sure you know their deadline for entry. 
  • Please periodically review the NCHEP Data Collection page, including the FAQ section for any updated information posted prior to submitting your data. 
  • If you have unresolved technical issues preventing the entry of student data, please notify Patricia Lentz immediately, but not later than June 8th so that the issue can be reviewed for possible resolution. 
  • Do not send any PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in any emails when asking for assistance with a data entry. You may send student number only, but not the name. 
  • Any technical difficulties that ultimately prevent the entry of any student into collection for submission on June 15th, should be documented.
  • If you are a current subgrant recipient, please provide a written statement within the End of Year Report due on June 30th.
  • If you are not a current subgrant recipient, please email a written statement to Patricia Lentz no later than June 30th.



For further information on McKinney-Vento data collection visit the NCHEP data collection page to:

  • View the training video
  • Access the presentation slides
  • Review the FAQ section and attached documents
  • Review the “new” McKinney-Vento Data Collection Checklist

If you have questions about data collection, please contact Patricia Lentz at

2016 Annual Learning Institute


Reminder: The Annual NCHEP Learning Institute is this Friday, May 13 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. For more information about this event and how to register if you haven’t already, visit the NCHEP Learning Institute web page.

End of Year Reports due 6/30/16 for Current McKinney-Vento Subgrant Recipients


As a reminder, the End of Year reports for current McKinney-Vento subgrant recipients are due June 30th by 5:00 pm.  Please contact one of the following individuals with questions:

McKinney-Vento District Website Information


Please be reminded that your district’s McKinney-Vento web page should include the following minimal information:

  • Definition of the McKinney-Vento Act and who qualifies
  • Parent/Unaccompanied Youth rights
  • Contact information for the district McKinney-Vento liaison

Under the ESEA reauthorization, state homeless education programs must post on their websites links to LEAs’ and charter schools’ McKinney-Vento web pages along with their homeless liaison contact information. To submit your web page URL complete the online form at:

If you have questions, you may contact Patricia Lentz at

Homeless Liaison Designee


If your district has appointed a new homeless liaison for the 2016-2017SY,  please ask that the new designee visit and complete the information form so we can add them to the NCHEP Listserv as well as update the records in our office.

Professional Learning Opportunities


NAEHCY Conference


The NAEHCY Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida October 30 – November 1, with a preconference on October 29.  The registration rate includes conference materials, CEUs, membership in NAEHCY, training, and networking.


The preconference workshops delve into topics on special populations and relevant issues. This conference will equip you with the knowledge, skills and inspiration to remove barriers and ensure students experiencing homelessness are successful academically, personally, and socially. Help shape the future and promote access to education for all students by joining NCHEP in Orlando.

Visit for more information or to register.


NCHE May Webinars:

McKinney-Vento 101: School Access and Stability under the McKinney-Vento Act 

Friday, May 13 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET 


Description: In this NCHE webinar, which serves as Part 1 in a 2-part webinar series, NCHE staff members provide an overview of important foundational concepts outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act. Specifically, the webinar will explore:


·         The role of the local homeless education liaison

·         Determining eligibility for McKinney-Vento rights and services

·         A homeless student's right to school selection

·         The immediate school enrollment of homeless students

·         The provision of school of origin and comparable transportation

·         The resolution of disputes


McKinney-Vento 102: Support for School Success and Special Populations 


Tuesday, May 17 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT


Description: In this NCHE webinar, which serves as Part 2 in a 2-part webinar series, NCHE staff members provide an overview of important foundational concepts outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act and related federal laws. Specifically, the webinar will explore:

Support for school success available to homeless children and youth through federal programs other than the McKinney-Vento Act, including:

o    Title I, Part A

o    Special Education under IDEA

o    School meals under the Child Nutrition Act, and


Support for special populations under the McKinney-Vento Act, including:

o    ​Young homeless children

o    Unaccompanied homeless youth


Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET


Description: In this interactive webinar, NCHE staff will review the main points of the McKinney-Vento Act referring to the education of unaccompanied students experiencing homelessness. Presenters also will highlight important provisions of other federal laws dealing with the education of unaccompanied students, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with presenters and fellow attendees through interactive polls and discussion periods.