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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  July 22, 2016

Upcoming Events

August 3 - 4, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


August 9, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


2017 Teacher of the Year Nomination Process


The NC Department of Public Instruction is pleased to coordinate the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program. OCS will specifically coordinate the TOY process for charter schools. The program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary school teachers, including teachers in charter schools,  in North Carolina and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession.


Each school should select a TOY Coordinator. As the TOY Coordinator, you are asked to submit one teacher from your charter school to proceed in the regional process.   Your nomination must hold a Continuing License, be employed full-time, and spend at least 70% of his or her time in direct instruction of North Carolina public school students. The 2017 NC Teacher of the Year schedule includes changes to the processes this year. Charter school TOYs will participate earlier in the local processes of interviewing and will compete in their region.


The top two charter school candidates from each region will be forwarded to the Office of Charter Schools. The Office of Charter Schools will evaluate those portfolios, conduct interviews, and visit the top two charter school candidate’s school. The Office of Charter Schools will submit the Charter Teacher of the Year to participate in the state process. One of the remaining regional Teachers of the Year/Charter TOY will be named the State Teacher of the Year.


We will communicate directly with your selected Charter Teacher of the Year to collect their nomination packet/portfolio.  We will work collaboratively with you to support your teacher and to ensure we receive their portfolios by the deadline of September 15, 2016. The State Teacher of the Year will advance as a finalist and compete for the national title.  For more information on the National Teacher of the Year process, please visit


The 2017 TOY selection schedule is attached.  Please complete the electronic Nomination Form once your teacher has been selected: Thank you for your commitment and dedication to this process and for all the ways you support the retention of qualified professional educators in our state.  Please contact Brian Smith @ with questions or concerns.  





Attachment:     NC TOY Selection Schedule


Multi-Tiered System of Support

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Communication and Collaboration that Supports Implementation


Charter Schools involved in Cohorts 1 and 2 have been introduced  to the Self Assessment of MTSS  (SAM) designed to measure implementation at the school level. This data is conveniently aggregated to the administration level for a larger scope lens of implementation.  SAM provides schools an opportunity to reflect on all aspects of MTSS implementation such as:


        Does the staff have consensus and engage in MTSS implementation?

        How does the school actively engage families throughout all layers of support?

        What infrastructure exists to support the goals of family and community engagement?

        What opportunities are available to collaborate around both implementation and outcome data?


The state’s MTSS strategic plan addressing communication and visibility, professional development, coaching and technical assistance, and research and evaluation supports effective installation in districts, charters and state operated program. For a recent example of communication support, please see this update sent out to the 350 member listserv.


If you have additional questions, please contact Amy Jablonski at

NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Schedules Open House

The North Carolina Virtual Public School will hold its 2016 Open House on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-7 p.m., via an online classroom.

NCVPS staff and teachers will provide presentations on Who is NCVPS, Teaching and Learning with NCVPS, Meet the Teacher, See the Classroom, Support All Around, and Q & As.


While the presentations are geared toward parents and students in public schools, private schools, and home schools, the NCVPS Open House has something for everyone. Educators will learn about the NCVPS teaching and learning process, and the general public will discover what online learning is all about!



Follow this link to register. Once registered, additional details will be sent.


Exceptional Children (EC) New Employees



Please see the attached announcing Andrea Dunn as the statewide consultant for audiology and Nancy Kueffer as the new Behavior Support Consultant for the Piedmont-Triad (District 5) Region.  



Attachments:    Statewide Audiology Consultant - Andrea Dunn 

                              Piedmont-Triad Behavior Support Consultant - Nancy Kueffer

NC Committee of Practitioners Meets Aug. 4

The North Carolina Committee of Practitioners (COP) will meet Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1-3 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



The draft agenda includes an overview of programs administered under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the timeline and development status of the state plan for ESSA, and proposed changes to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grants.



COP members serve as advisors to the State Board of Education on rules or regulations related to ESSA, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).



The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.


“ARTS R4 Life” Professional Development Conference

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is partnering with Meredith College to host the second annual “ARTS R4 Life” professional development conference for NC K-12 Arts Educators in Dance, Music, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts. Pre-service arts educators and faculty from Institutes of Higher Education interested in K-12 arts education are also encouraged to attend. 


The conference is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016, and will be preceded by Arts Education Think Tank, Arts Education Coordinators, and Arts Education Leadership Coalition meetings on Friday, September 9, 2016. 


Read more at: or register online at:


For questions about the conference, please contact: Christie Lynch Ebert ( or 919-807-3856) or Slater Mapp ( or 919-807-3758).

Attachment:      ArtsR4Life Professional Development Opportunity

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