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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  – September 30, 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 


September 30, 2016


2016 Leadership Institute Registration


Charter School ESSA Feedback Due

Action Items Due Next Week


October 7, 2016


Course Code Feedback Survey

Future Action Items


October 16, 2016

Planning Year Session #2 Registration 

October 26, 2016

Planning Year Session #2


November 1, 2016


Kindergarten & 7th Grade Immunization Report Due


Health Assessment Compliance Report


November 15, 2016


NC Governor's School Nominations Due


November 18, 2016


Language Instructional Education Plan (LIEP) Due


Professional Development

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.  

The next session is scheduled on Wednesday, October 26th.  Registration is now open for this session, which will focus on Charter School Finance. Registration ends on Sunday, October 16th. Please use this link to register:  Planning Year Session #2
For questions, please contact Dr.  Kebbler Williams at

2016 Charter School Leadership Institute 


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. Today is the final day to register in advance. Those not registered by today will need to register and pay at the event.


Attached is the finalized institute booklet detailing session offerings and the registration link.  Do not miss this exciting charter school professional development event! Please contact Brian Smith @ with questions, concerns or special meal considerations. 



Attachment:     Leadership Institute Booklet



                            2016 Leadership Institute Registration Link

Multi-Tiered System of Support

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Self-Assessment of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Implementation

In August 2016, the Exceptional Children Division sent a memo regarding Intent to Implement and the Policy change for Specific Learning Disabilities. For those charters considering implementation of the policy prior to the July 2020 date, the memo suggested use of the Self-Assessment of Implementation(SAM) as an implementation fidelity measure.

Charters in MTSS Cohorts 1 and 2 have already been introduced to this tool which provides ratings for schools across all six critical components of MTSS installation. In the spring, MTSS Coordinators in these cohorts were provided training in facilitation of this tool. 

As Charters in Cohorts 3 and 4 begin engagement in the online course, they will become more familiar with these six critical components, as well as use of the SAM. Deeper understanding of where your school falls within the critical components will allow for identification and prioritization of implementation steps. 

For information on charters participating in the MTSS Cohorts and additional information on the SAM, please the wiki.



If you have any questions, please contact Amy Jablonski at

Call for 2017-18 School Year Course Code Suggestions

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is in the process of preparing the release of the 2017-18 school year course codes. A critical part of this process is to review and consider feedback from stakeholders. 



If you have suggestions for specific course codes or feedback for how the course coding system could be improved, please submit a survey response at:

All responses must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, October 7th. For your reference, course code background and guidance information can be found here. Thank you in advance for your input as we strive to best serve your needs! 

Financial and Business Services Newsletter

Charter School Cash Management and Management Sciences America (MSA) Training 

NCDPI will have a Charter School Cash Management and MSA training class, Monday, October 24, 2016 or Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, NC, Room #564 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There is no registration fee to attend, but registration is required. 

The class is designed for those working with charter school finances including any relevant staff.  The class consists of "Hands-on" training with the emphasis on understanding the monthly financial reports, a brief lecture on Compliance & Monitoring, and a brief overview of the Cash Management System. 

Instruction is geared to the beginner or new user and as a refresher for others.  Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.


If you would like to attend this class, please provide your first and second date choices to Roxane Bernard at  If you have questions, please call Roxane Bernard at 919-807-3725.  You will be notified by email when you have been successfully registered for the training class.

State Board of Education to Hold Fall Planning/Work Session; Monthly Meeting

The State Board of Education will hold its fall planning/work session in addition to its regular monthly meeting next week, Oct. 4-6, in the Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University, 263 Locust Street, Boone.

Tuesday’s planning/work session begins at 11:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:50 p.m. Following adjournment, Board members will attend a reception hosted by Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts in the lobby of the Reich College of Education.

Wednesday’s planning/work session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5:15 p.m.

The Board’s Thursday regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 12:40 p.m. Board members will discuss and take action on items as appropriate.

The full agendas and executive summaries are posted online under the Meetings tab. Both the planning/work sessions and regular meeting will be audio streamed. To access the audio stream link, go to the State Board’s meeting page and click on the agenda for that day. At the bottom of the agenda will be a link to access the audio stream.

To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email the State Board members individually (addresses available online) or email your comments/feedback.

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NC Students Make Gains on SAT, AP Exams 

38 New Charter Applications Received; Approved Schools Will Open for Students in Fall 2018 

State Education Leaders Congratulate Halifax for Academic Progress 

Public Invited to Comment on NC’s K-12 Education Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act; Second Round of Sessions Begins
Oct. 6 

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

Other News


33rd Annual School Nurse Conference



The Annual School Nurse Conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, School Health Unit.  The event will be hosted at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Reproductive Health Services is the pre-conference session which will be held from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on October 12th.  Space is available on a on a first-come, first-served basis. Charter school staff working in school health are encouraged to register.



If you are interested, please contact  Catasha Williams, Charter School Health Consultant, at who will connect you with the program coordinator to answer any questions and assist you with registration.