Charter Schools Weekly News (Includes Action Items)

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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  December 2, 2016

Upcoming Events


December 8 - 9, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


January 4 - 5, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting

Action Items Due 


December 2, 2016
CTE Fall Training Opportunity
LEA_Charter Survey

Language Instructional Education Plan (LIEP) Due - 16 17 LIEP Template

Action Items Due Next Week


December 4, 2016

Planning Session #4 Registration



December 6, 2016

US Department of Education Reporting for ALL Charter Schools Due

Future Action Items


November 29, 2016

NCDPI ELA Section’s Webinar on November 29th


December 9, 2016

Wait List Survey Due


December 14, 2016

Planning Session #4


December 19, 2016

EVAAS Survey Due

January 27, 2017
Community School of Davidson Fresh Take Conference


March 20 - 27, 2017 

CCSA Conference Information and Registration


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


2016 NC Charter School Lottery, Enrollment, and Wait List Survey - Action Needed


The Office of Charter Schools surveys schools annually to fulfill data requests by the General Assembly. Please submit your survey response by Friday, December 9, 2016 to reflect your school's lottery, enrollment, and current wait list information for 2016-17 school year. 


All schools must submit an entry and all fields are required. Please note that we understand that these numbers fluctuate. The intent of this request is to capture a moment in time. Please click this link to access the Wait List Survey.


If you have questions about this survey, please contact Cande Honeycutt at or (919)807-3493. 

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, December 14th.  Registration is now open for this session, which will focus on Meeting the Needs of All Students. Registration ends on Sunday, December 4th. 


Please use this link to register: Planning Session #4 Registration

For questions, please contact Dr.  Kebbler Williams at 

NC Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunity for Low-Performing and Continually Low-Performing Charter Schools


The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) will host a professional development opportunity for any charter school that received a low-performing or continually low-performing designation for the 2015-16 school year. 


This Professional Development opportunity will be conducted December 6, 2016 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at NCDPI in room 150. If your school is low-performing or continually low-performing you received an invitation to attend last week.  We look forward to you participating in this amazing training opportunity.


US Department of Education Reporting Deadline Extended - All Charters Must Respond



The US Department of Education initiated a data collection for all public charter schools for  2016-17 which the Office of Charter Schools (OCS) is tasked with conducting. OCS will collect the requested data using the SharePoint database. Please go to: to submit your information. Your login credentials are the same username and password used for the 2016 Charter School Performance Framework. For your reference, step-by-step instructions are attached. This reporting requirement is now past due. Thanks to the 87 charter schools who have complied with this mandatory reporting requirement.

All charter schools are required to submit the information into the collection system by December 6, 2016 by 5:00 pm.  A document is attached listing the charter schools that need to respond to this request.


The information each school will enter includes:


  • Indication of your school’s partnership with an EMO or CMO
  • The name of the EMO/CMO
  • The EIN number for the EMO/CMO
  • The mailing address of the EMO/CMO
  • The physical address of the EMO/CMO


For technical assistance regarding your username and password, please contact Marianne Latham at or (919)807-3256. Please contact Cande Honeycutt at or (919)807-3493 with any other questions or concerns regarding this reporting requirement.



Attachment:     NCDPI Charter School Reporting for US Dept of Education Submission Instructions



                             List of Charter Schools Needing to Reply to US Department of Education Request

CSAB Meeting

NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9, 2016, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


The tentative agendas are attached but also are 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 NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.


Attachment:     1208-09 CSAB Agenda.pdf

Scam Alert


Attached is information regarding a company providing transportation. According to information received from one of our charter schools, this is a scam and the company should be avoided. 


Attachment:     Scam Alert!

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) Survey



NCDPI Educator Effectiveness is collecting information on the EVAAS training needs needs for the Piedmont Triad and Northwest Area regions.  Please complete the survey by December 19, 2016 as data will be shared with  trainers conducting this professional development opportunity.


Attachment:     EVAAS Survey

Online Training

Educator Effectiveness Instructor Facilitated Online Course Offerings


The NCDPI Educator Effectiveness Division will begin its registration for its first spring session of facilitated online courses soon. Below is the list of instructor facilitated online courses being offered for the Spring, 2017 Session 1. 

The facilitated courses provide the opportunity to interact with peers and an instructor along with high-quality professional development.  The courses combine the flexibility of working from anywhere at any time, and the benefits of working with a cohort of peers.

Implementing Action Research in the Classroom which is a 14-week course will start on Monday 1/9/17. Remaining courses will start Monday Feb 6, 2017. Registration for these courses will open December 19, 2017. Registration is limited to 35 participants per section. 


Additionally, Educator Effectiveness will also offer a session of Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet. Duration: 6 Weeks (20 hours) Credits:  2 CEUs    Maximum registration: 250, minimum registration 100. Please note that this course is structured differently from the traditional instructor-led courses . This course is designed for active, collaborative learners who are self-driven, motivated, flexible and enjoy sharing information and resources. There is less-instructor interaction and relies heavily on participant interaction. It focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning and enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state.  In this course, we will look at the 4Cs - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration; keystones for the 21st century classroom. This MOOClet:

·         Is learner-centered, focusing on participants’ professional   

          needs in different disciplines and grade levels

·         Focuses on participants as creators of content as much as 

          they are “consumers” of content

·         Involves extensive peer-to-peer communication

·         Includes a larger number of students than a typical facilitator-

          led course and less facilitator feedback.

These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by NCDPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given.  For a description of the courses, associated CEUs, and information on how to register, visit

Please contact Dr. Geetanjali Soni at  with questions or concerns.

Funding through PRC 118 for Support for Related Service Retention and Autism Coaching Teams


Please see the attached regarding PRC 118 Funding for Related Service Retention and Autism Coaching Teams.

Attachment:    Memo-PRC 118 Related Serv-AU_2016.pdf


Course Code Release: 2017-18 School Year

The new course code Master List for the 2017-18 school year is now posted at: These courses are also available for scheduling in PowerSchool. Please take note of the specific updates for next school year:



Approved local course options (LCOs) and requested Community College Career and College Promise (CCP) course codes have been added.


World Language Level IV High School Codes for Middle School Students 

World Language Level IV middle school course codes for high school credit have been added for dual language/immersion languages:

·         Cherokee

·         Chinese

·         French

·         German

·         Greek

·         Japanese

·         Spanish


Dual Language/Immersion

If you have students in a dual language/immersion program who are taking a standard content area course in the target language (e.g., Math in Spanish, Social Studies in Chinese, Science in French, etc.), please use the following coding scheme:

·         Place an “L” in the 8th local digit of the code

·         Rename the “Course Name” field in the following format: [State Course Title] DL/I


IB World Language "Other Language" Codes

Two new IB Language B- Other Language (SL and HL) world language elective course codes have been added (1I278X0 and 1I288X0). These course codes should be used for IB world language courses that do not have a language - specific course code assigned. 



If you need assistance with course code policies, the coding scheme, or scheduling please view this Course Code Guidance Document. If you continue to need assistance, please submit a help desk ticket at or call 919.807.4357. 

Exceptional Children (EC) Division Webinars


The December 6, 2016 EC Division webinar is cancelled.


Below are the 2017 EC Division webinars scheduled for EC Directors/Coordinators. All are scheduled for 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

  • February 7, 2017
  • June 7, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • October 3, 2017
  • December 5, 2017 

The November Directors' Advisory Council (DAC) Q&A will be posted on the EC Division website (under webinars) soon.


Literacy Consultant for Sandhills Region

Please see the attached announcement of Laura Dendy as the Literacy Consultant for Sandhills Region.



Attachment:     New Employee-Announcement-Laura Dendy.pdf

NC Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2017 Conference


Attached is information regarding the 2017 NC CEC conference.


Please contact: Glennda Mckeithan at or

919-749-9421 with questions or concerns.


Attachment:    CEC 2017 Agenda Draft.pdf


                         CEC 2017.pdf

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Applications Open for 2017-18 Kenan Fellowships


The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is accepting online applications for the 2017-18 fellowship year through January 16, 2017. These fellowships address the critical need to develop and empower high-quality teachers, who, in turn, make learning more authentic for students.


The fellowship begins with a summer internship in a higher education lab or industry setting and is supported by 80 hours of professional development that focuses on building leadership capacity and proven instructional strategies.


Fellowship projects have a unique set of criteria that in some cases is restricted by district, grade level and subject. Projects vary from scientific research to work experiences in the agriculture, energy and high-tech manufacturing industries.


Each Fellow is awarded at least a $5,000 stipend, and must develop and implement relevant educational materials and/or programs based on their internship experience. Fellows remain in the classroom while completing the year-long fellowship. Visit to see which fellowships are available to educators in your school district.