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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  August 26, 2016

Upcoming Events


August 31 - September 1, 2016


State Board of Education Meeting


September 12,  2016


Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


October 10 - 11,  2016


2016 Charter School Leadership Institute

Action Needed

November 1, 2016

Kindergarten & 7th Grade Immunization Report Due

September 15, 2016

TOY Portfolios Due

EC Educator of Excellence Nominations Due

September 18, 2016

Registration Due for the September 2016 Planning Year Session

September 23, 2016

AU PRC 118 Funding Applications Due


In Case You Missed It

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


Training Opportunity


Board members from charter schools that are opening in 2017 are required to attend 5 face-to-face planning year sessions from September to January.  The school leader and some of the board members are also required to attend the New Charter School Leaders Institute in June.  


As a customer service, the Office of Charter Schools continues to open up these sessions to all charter schools.  If you have a new school leader and/or a new board member interested in attending any of the sessions, he or she must register to attend.  Please note the schedule below:



Registration is now open for the September session.  Registration ends on Sunday, September 18th. Please use this link to register:  September 2016 Planning Year Session Registration Link.


For questions, please contact Dr.  Kebbler Williams at

NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Monday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


Agenda items include discussions as to whether charter schools should be eligible to gain alternative schools status and expectations of charters that are delayed a year, status updates from two schools regarding its strategic plans, and an update on the 2016 Charter School Performance Framework.


The draft agenda is attached. The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.


Attachment:     0912 CSAB Mtg Agenda.docx

Don't Miss This

2016 Charter School Leadership Institute Registration Now Open

The OCS will host its 2016 Charter School Leadership Institute October 10 - 11, 2016 at The Expedition School in Hillsborough, NC. The two-day event will feature relevant charter school topics and several guest speakers.Please use the registration link below to register for this amazing opportunity!


Don’t miss this exciting charter school professional development event! Please contact Brian Smith @ with questions or concerns. 





Attachment:     2016 Leadership Institute Registration Link

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


2015-16 READY Results Webinar PowerPoint



The PowerPoint used at this week's 2015-16 READY Results webinar is available on Accountability Services' website. Click on the second bullet under 2015-16 Data Results. Please call Communications at 919.807.3450 if you have any questions regarding this year's data release.

NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online (under Meetings tab). Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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.


PLEASE NOTE: Release of the 2015-16 Accountability, School Performance Grades and Cohort Graduation Rate reports will occur on Thursday, Sept. 1, during the Student Learning and Achievement Committee report. Immediately following the conclusion of this presentation, State Superintendent June Atkinson will hold a media briefing in Room 224 of the Education Building.

September 2016 Periodic Count - End of Year Reporting:  Exiting Data

Please see the attached submission schedule for End-of-Year Reporting data on students exiting special education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at 919 807-4357 and press option 3 for CECAS.


Attachment:     Memo-End of Year 0916 Exiting Data.pdf

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Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Mathematics Sequence Exemption in the Future-Ready Course of Study


Please see the attached guidance regarding SLD students and Math 1.


If you have additional questions, please contact Lynne Loeser at or Matt Hoskins at



 Attachment:     Memo-SLD Math 1 082416.pdf

North Carolina Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) Training for the Upcoming 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Competition

For the 2017-18 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants competition, all applications must be completed on the web-based grants management system, the North Carolina Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP). Only applications submitted through CCIP will be reviewed and evaluated.


In order to ensure that new applicants are trained on the system, a number of training sessions have been scheduled for September and October. Space is limited to 21 organizations per session. This is a HANDS-ON training, REQUIRED for NOVICE 21st CCLC applicants. To register for one of these sessions, each participant must complete the Registration Form.  All sessions will be held in the Education Building, located at 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.


This information is provided for your awareness of the CCIP training sessions that will be offered in preparation for the new 21st CCLC grant competition. The training is primarily for applicant organizations that have not been trained on CCIP. Recognizing that all local education agencies and charters that apply for federal funds have someone trained, please share with any appropriate staff or other organizations in your community as needed to help us get the word out. 




Attachment:   NCCCIP Training Registration Form: 2017-18 21st CCLC Competition

Character Matters

Character Education Workshop





Please see the attached flyer detailing specifics for an upcoming character education workshop on October 7, 2016.  If selected, charters and districts applying  can receive State and National Recognition as a School of Character.




Attachment:     Character Education Workshop: October 7  

2016-17 Fall Tuition Reimbursement

Please provide the attached tuition reimbursement application to lateral entry or provisionally licensed teachers who are seeking to become fully certified in the education of children with disabilities. 

Applications my be received by December 2, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Crawford ( / 919 807-3298).



Attachment:      Memo-Tuition Reimb Fall 16-17.pdf

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Mathematics Online Sessions in Support of Revised Standards in NC Math 1, 2 and 3



NCDPI’s K-12 Mathematics section is pleased to announce the first five online, virtual sharing sessions in support of the revised standards in NC Math 1, 2 and 3.

Teachers, coaches, coordinators and other interested math instructional staff are encouraged to join these collaborative sessions. Please contact K-12 Math Section Chief Dr. Jennifer Curtis or Susan Hart with any questions. 



Click on the session title below to register.



Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Using the Math Resources for Instruction
All NC Math 1, 2, 3 teachers, coaches, coordinators, leaders



Thursday, Sept. 8, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

NC Math 1 Teacher Share Session
Connecting NC Math 1 teachers through conversations and collaborations



Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

NC Math 2 Teacher Share Session
Connecting NC Math 2 teachers through conversations and collaborations



Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

NC Math 3 Teacher Share Session
Connecting NC Math 3 teachers through conversations and collaborations



Thursday, Sept. 29, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

High School Math Leader, Coach, Coordinator Share Session
Connect with other math leaders around the state as we collaborate to support high school math teaching and learning.

Action Requested:  Family Engagement - Parent Involvement

In an effort to support "LEA facilitates meaningful parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities", the EC Division is requesting LEAs complete a short survey to identify LEAs who wish to initiate the development and implementation of a parent liaison role and/or parent advisory council.  

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Ouzts at

 Attachment:      Memo-Family Engagement Parent Involvement 0816.pdf

Autism (AU) PD and Reminder of AU PRC 118 Funding

Please see the attached information regarding upcoming AU professional development opportunities as well as a reminder that AU PRC 118 funding applications are due September 23, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact


 Attachment:     Memo-AU PD 2016-17 0816.pdf

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Other Updates



Charter School Annual Health and Safety Reporting to the Division of Public Health (DPH) 

Attached are annual memoranda to charter schools reminding of requirements, resources and actions steps related to School Supply of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors and Diabetes Training in the School Setting.


Please contact Ms. Catasha Williams at with questions or concerns. 

Attachment:     Charter School Annual Health & Safety Reporting Requirements


NC Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) August 2016 Annuncements


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has determined that the McKinney-Vento amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will take effect on October 1, 2016, with the exception of the removal of "awaiting foster care placement" from the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which will go into effect on December 10, 2016. Following are three resources to help homeless liaisons begin to understand how the changes will affect identification and supports for homeless children and youth.

Visit the NCHEP website for additional information

Guidance on Foster Care and Education

Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) about implementation of the foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was released on June 23, 2016. Visit the U.S. Department of Education's ESSA web page to access a 28-page guidance document as well as two Dear Colleague Letters. Visit the NCHEP website for additional information

New Homeless Liaison Compliance Orientation – September 8, 2016

NCHEP will be conducting its annual New Homeless Liaison Compliance Orientation on Thursday, September 8th, at the SERVE Center at UNCG. Homeless liaisons with 0-2 years’ experience in their position should participate in the all-day professional development training. The topics for training will include:

  • Compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act as they relate to the roles and responsibilities of a liaison,
  • ESSA, 
  • Identification and services for homeless children and youth,
  • How to handle disputes, 
  • Subgrant funds,
  • Data collection, and
  • Collaboration with other LEAs, the community and NCHEP.    ​

This is a free professional development event, but registration is required. Register for this event

2016-2016 Regional Compliance Forums for All Homeless Liaisons

Did you know that the appointed homeless liaison in an LEA or a charter school is required to attend scheduled compliance forums per U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(F)(ii) of the McKinney-Vento Act?

NCHEP conducts compliance forums in each region to assist school districts in understanding how to ensure: school personnel are identifying and enrolling students immediately, services are being provided, and barriers to education are eliminated.

These forums allow for continued learning opportunities regarding strategies in other districts, and to discuss the challenges and requirements in the delivery of services. Liaisons should plan to attend the Compliance Forum in their region. Register for the Compliance Forum in your region.

Note: new homeless liaisons who attend the New Homeless Liaison Compliance Orientation are still required to attend the compliance forum scheduled for their region. These regional forums contain information that supplements  information received during the NHLCO.

For more information (e.g., check dates, or access a draft agenda), visit the NCHEP Regional Compliance Forums web page.  Register for the Regional Compliance Forum in your region.

Reminder – McKinney-Vento District Website Information

Please be reminded that your district’s McKinney-Vento web page should include the following information (at a minimum):

  • Definition of the McKinney-Vento Act and who qualifies

  • Parent/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth rights

  • Contact information for the district McKinney-Vento liaison

Under the ESEA reauthorization (Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA), 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.

Each liaison is responsible for ensuring that their district's McKinney-Vento web page URL is accurate (and active) before submitting the information to NCHEP. If you have questions, you may contact Patricia Lentz at

Reminder – Homeless Liaison Designee

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

Other Professional Development Opportunities

NAEHCY Conference:

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

The pre-conference 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 September Webinars:

NCHE will host three new webinars related to changes to McKinney-Vento under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility: Changes Under ESSA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET 




Serving Young Homeless Children under the Child Care and Development Fund Program (co-hosted with Child Care Aware of America) 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET




McKinney-Vento School Selection Rights: Changes Under ESSA 

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET