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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  – September 16, 2016

Upcoming Events


October 4 - 6,  2016

State Board of Education Meeting


October 10 - 11,  2016

2016 Charter School Leadership Institute

October 13, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due Next Week


September 18, 2016

Registration Due for the September 2016 Planning Year Session


September 23, 2016

AU PRC 118 Funding Applications Due

Future Action Items


November 1, 2016

Kindergarten & 7th Grade Immunization Report Due


Health Assessment Compliance Report


November 18, 2016


Language Instructional Education Plan (LIEP) Due

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

In Case You Missed It

2016 Charter School Leadership Institute Agenda Reveal

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.


Attached is the finalized institute booklet detailing session offerings.  Don’t miss this exciting charter school professional development event! Please contact Brian Smith @ with questions or concerns. 



Attachment:     Leadership Institute Booklet

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Site Announcement for the NC State Improvement Project (NC SIP) Award Grants

The Exceptional Children Division (ECD), Program Improvement and Professional Development (PIPD) Section has selected seventy-one LEAs to participate in the 2016-17 NC SIP grant partnership. Please see the attached memo for additional information. 

If you have questions, you may contact Dr. Paula Crawford at or (919) 807-3298.

Attachment:    NCSIP Memo Announcing Sites 2016-17 FINAL 


Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Coordinator Contact Reminder  PowerSchool (PS) Maintenance Weekend



Coordinator Contact Information for the Federal Government

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) may have communicated with each LEA and Charter school indicating they should verify school and contact information in the Advanced Website System (AWS).  This communication was sent erroneously.  As a service, NCDPI will provide updated school and OCR contact information on behalf of all North Carolina public schools; therefore, LEAs and Charter schools do not need to verify the school and contact information in the AWS. An updated schools list has  been sent to the OCR in preparation of the upcoming collection.

NCDPI requested that all Districts and Charters verify and update/add an Office of Civil Rights Coordinator and a Student Information Coordinator contact in the EDDIE system by Friday, September 9, 2016.  Due to challenges with the EDDIE system last week, NCDPI will extend the deadline to close of business Wednesday, September 21, 2016.


Please ensure your LEAs or Charter has updated this information in EDDIE.


Please contact Terra Dominguez at for questions or concerns.


PowerSchool Maintenance Weekend and Webinar

PowerSchool's maintenance weekend will be September 16-19, 2016.  A webinar will be hosted by NCDPI to discuss the upcoming collection on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 9:30 AM -11:30 AM.  

Use the following link to register for this event:  contact Terra Dominguez at for questions or concerns.

Professional Development

NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process Webinar



The Office of Early Learning is offering free webinar professional development. Please see the attached document for additional details and to register. 



Attachment:      NC K-3 FAP Webinar: Supporting Teachers


Charters and NC Virtual Public School


Effective with the 2016-17 school year, the administration of NC Final Exams (NCFEs) is optional for charter schools. 


An exception to this policy is for charter school students enrolled in courses through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). These students must participate in the corresponding NCFEs. This includes charter school students enrolled in Occupational Course of Study (OCS) courses through NCVPS.

NC Global Education (Larger)

2016 -2017 Global-Ready School Application Process

Schools may apply for "Acknowledgement" as a school that has chosen to implement strategies towards the Designation status. These submissions will be reviewed to provide feedback, resource suggestions and be invited to NC Global Education Collaborative initiatives and professional development opportunities.

Schools may apply for "Acknowledgement" as a school that has chosen to implement strategies towards the Designation status. These submissions will be reviewed to provide feedback, resource suggestions and be invited to NC Global Education Collaborative initiatives and professional development opportunities.


Schools that apply for the "Designation" status and meet both the criteria for “Prepared” or “Model” and the student achievement requirements will be notified in May. These schools will be scheduled for a site visit in September. These schools will also be invited to North Carolina Global Education Collaborative initiatives and professional development opportunities.


Applications are due by April 7, 2017.  Schools interested in applying should submit the Intent to Apply form. The contact person listed will receive a PDF fill in version of the current year application, along with direct updates regarding the application, resources and webinars. Completing the Intent does not obligate the school to apply.

Please see the Application and Guidance Document (pdf, 1.4mb) for more information or contact Helga Fasciano (, Special Assistant for Global Education.

NC SIP Regional Coaches:  Contracting

Please see the attached regarding the selected NC SIP Regional Coaches.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Crawford at


Attachment:     Memo-SIP Regional Coaches 090916.pdf

Deaf-Blind Training Opportunities (Open Hands Open Access)

Please see the attached regarding two opportunities for educators of deaf-blind children.

The appropriate contact information is provided in the attachment.


Attachment:     Memo-DB Intervener Training 0916.pdf

Change in Process:  Indicators 11 and 12

Please see the attached regarding a new process that will be implemented for 2016-2017 forward regarding Indicators 11 and 12.

If you have any questions, please contact your regional monitoring consultant or Carol Ann Hudgens at


Attachment:     Memo-Indicator 11 12 - Change in Process 0916.pdf

Don't Miss This

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Statement from State Superintendent June Atkinson Regarding the Death of NCAE Past President Rodney Ellis 

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Students Play Critical Role in School Bus Safety 

Public Hearing Scheduled to Receive Comment on Proposed change of NC Extended Content Standard Math 1 (Grade 10) 

Gaps Narrowing as NC Graduation Rate Climbs 

School Grades Improve – More Earn As, Bs and Cs

Other News

2016-2017 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?

NC Homeless Education Program (NC HEP) conducts compliance forums in each region to assist school districts and charters  in understanding how to ensure: school personnel are identifying and enrolling students immediately, services are being provided, and barriers to education are eliminated.

With the ESSA McKinney-Vento amendments becoming effective October 1st, 2016, the implications for implementing McKinney-Vento in your districts will be reviewed. Additionally, these forums provide learning opportunities to discuss the challenges and requirements in the delivery of services and to share best practices.


Liaisons should plan to attend the Compliance Forum in their region. This year's forums are being conducted September 23rd through October 20th, so, register today for the Compliance Forum in your region.

Note: new homeless liaisons who attended the New Homeless Liaison Compliance Orientation (NHLCO) 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 today!

Natural and Cultural Resources Newsletter


Natural and Cultural Resources is all about what’s happening today in the arts and music, but also about what’s happened in the past  and preserving our state's scenic splendor. They are home to 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology.


NCDPI is honored to partner with Natural and Cultural Resources to ensure educators know about, have access to, and take advantage of these resources that are aligned to the NC Standard Course of Study. 


The September newsletter that highlights incredible field trip opportunities can be accessed HERE.  Anyone with the link can view, so please copy, paste and forward this segment to administrators, teachers and parents!