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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  October 7, 2016

Upcoming Events


October 10 - 11,  2016


2016 Charter School Leadership Institute


October 13, 2016


Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


November 2 - 3,  2016


State Board of Education Meeting


Action Items Due 

October 7, 2016


Course Code Feedback Survey

2016-17 Eligible Schools Summary Report (ESSR)

Action Items Due Next Week


October 7, 2016


Course Code Feedback Survey

Future Action Items


October 16, 2016

Planning Year Session #2 Registration 


October 16 - 18, 2016

13th Elementary School Conference

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

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

The tentative agenda is attached but also is available on the State Board of Education’s website under the Meetings tab.


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:     Oct. 13 CSAB Meeting.pdf

In Case You Missed It

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 - Final Reminder


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.  Those not registered by now 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 take a moment to complete a brief survey to help facilitate discussions during one of our planned sessions. 


Please contact Brian Smith @ with questions, concerns or special meal considerations. 



Attachment:     Leadership Institute Booklet




                             OCS Customer Service Survey

Professional Development

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



2016 Fall Regional Training Sessions



Attached is the 2016 Fall Regional Principal Training Session schedule which includes registration links. Please review and attend these available training opportunities. 


Attachment:     PReady Dates and Locations

2016-17 Eligile Schools Summary Report (ESSR) Due



The 2016-17 Eligible Schools Summary Report (ESSR) must be submitted in PowerSchool for all local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools in North Carolina, and is now overdue.  Please see the attached list to determine if your charter school has completed this task. If your name is on the list contact Allison Yarborough via email to indicate your expected date for completing ESSR through the PowerSchool system. 


For more information about ESSR in PowerSchool, go to: If you have questions, please contact Allison Yarboro at

Attachment:     ESSR Data is Overdue



Leadership on Blended and Digital Learning Training Opportunity

The NC Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Friday Institute at NC State University and the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association, is pleased to offer educators in North Carolina a comprehensive and layered professional learning approach to support digital teaching and learning in NC classrooms.

The NC Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning, NCLBDL, is one component of this approach; other opportunities include job-embedded year round and just-in-time professional learning for district leadership teams, superintendents, technology and media directors, principals, instructional coaches, media coordinators, and instructional technology facilitators. Please help spread the word and look for applications/registrations to engage in further opportunities.


The Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning is a program that provides North Carolina principals with ongoing and job-­embedded professional learning opportunities to build capacity in blended, digital, and personalized learning. This program is a unique opportunity to bring together principals from across the state for a year­long, blended learning experience that will help them grow as educators and coaches and assist them in building a strong professional learning network. Participants will acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in leadership, coaching and supporting educators, students, and administrators in their schools.


This yearlong program consists of 80 hours total - 40 hours face to face and 40 hours of outside work in action planning and readings.


There will be three cohorts, divided geographically: an eastern location in Wilmington, a central location in Raleigh, and a western location in Asheville.  Seventy-five participants will be accepted for each of the three cohorts.


Dates for each cohort are as follows:

  • East - Wilmington: December 14, January 31, March 14, April 27, and June 22 or 23
  • Central - Raleigh: December 2, February 2, March 14, April 26, and June 22 or 23
  • West - Asheville: December 14, January 31, March 9, April 25, and June 22 or 23

The application is available in Truenorthlogic (now Performance Matters). You can find more information by following the step-by-step directions in the How to Register for Access to NCLBDL Applications - (#5787) document.



Registering for the course does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applications are due Nov. 7th.  Letters of acceptance will be sent Nov. 14th.



For any issues with accessing and/or registering for the course, please contact   For program information, please contact Theresa Gibson

North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey Interactive Workshops

What do 101,800 educators who participated in the 2016 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey (NCTWCS) have to say about education in their schools, districts, and the collective state? 


The Department of Public Instruction and the New Teacher Center (NTC) will be hosting two, three-hour, regional, interactive workshops to assist school administrators with understanding their school/district results, facilitating dialogue on teaching and learning conditions, and utilizing resources for school improvement planning. Time will also be dedicated to discuss how beginning teachers’ experiences in the state may impact decisions made about retention.  We ask that each administrator attending bring an electronic device to access data at  and a colleague/teacher leader.


If you are interested in attending these fall sessions, please click HERE to register for your preferred location and date or use this link:



Note:  Each region’s three-hour session is repeated in the afternoon to provide flexibility for attendees. The content for each morning session is identical to the afternoon session.


Health (apples, tape measure, stethoscope)

Healthful Living Professional Development Opportunity



The Healthy Schools section of NCDPI is pleased to offer a full day Health / Physical Education Professional Development for Regions 2 and 4. Please see the attached documents for specific details. 

Attachment:    Healthful Living Professional Development Opportunity



Coordinator Contacts and the 2015-2016 School List

Thank you for providing your contact information in the EDDIE system before September 23, 2016!  As a reminder: Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Coordinators contact information, Student Information Coordinators contact information and Superintendent contact information was sent to the Federal Government on September 28, 2016 in preparation of the Office of Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). 


The OCR will begin to create accounts to the Federal Submission Portal in late October.  Those staff that receive initial access to the Federal Submission Portal can then create accounts for other staff.  If contacts were not identified or updated in the EDDIE system by Friday, September 23, 2016, LEAs and Charters will need to contact Partner Support at the federal level for accounts to the Federal Submission Portal.  Partner Support can be reached at (855) 255-6901. This may result in significant delays in completing the collection.


For your convenience, attached are two files that were sent to the Federal Government.  One file lists the OCR contact information for each LEA or Charter.  The second contains the list of schools for the SY 2015-16 schools that will participate in the collection.   These files will also be published on the NC DPI OCR website.

LEAs and Charters that did not update EDDIE are still encouraged to do so in order to receive direct communications from the State OCR Coordinator.


Please contact Terra Dominguez at with any questions or concerns. 

Attachment:     OCR Lists

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