Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter - (Includes Action Items)

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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  March 3, 2017

Upcoming Events

March 6, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

April 5 - 6, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Past Due - All Charters Must Respond


January and February Performance Framework Submissions

12 Schools without Submissions - Click Here

Action Items Due 


Each Tuesday - September 19, 2017

Finance Officers' Webinar - 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Action Items Due Next Week



March 6 - 9, 2017

EC March Institute

March 10, 2017

PowerTeacher Interest Surveythis brief survey

Future Action Items



March 20 - 27, 2017 

CCSA Conference Information and Registration


March 31, 2017

Performance Framework Submission Pt. 3 Due


April 4 - 5, 2017

Free Leading with Character Workshop - Register Now!


April 13, 2017

SECU Nominations Due to OCS


April 18, 2017

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Application Due


April 30, 2017

Performance Framework Submission Pt. 4 Due


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


2017 Charter School Performance Framework Submission Dates


OCS collects evidence of operational, financial, and academic compliance through the Charter School Performance Framework (PF). January 2017 begins the collection process for the 2017 Charter School Performance Framework . 

Based on feedback, submissions for the 2017 PF are staggered to allow extended periods of collection and review.  The 2017 Charter School Performance Framework document library is now open for submissions. Your school’s username for the 2017 SharePoint system is the same as your 2016 PF.  


Deadline- March 31, 2017- New Schools Opening in 2016-17 and Previous Operating Schools with Updates from Prior Year Submission (if your school had no compliance issues and there are no changes from your policies submitted last year, you are not required to submit items this for this submission)


                A8- Grievance Policy

                A9- Conflict of Interest Policy

                A10- Nepotism Policy

                A16- Criminal History Policy

                A14- Certificate of Occupancy


Performance Framework Upload Center Instructions - How to Submit Performance Framework Documents



1.     Review Performance Framework Criteria under the “Criteria” section. Click the small triangle next 

         to each category to read the descriptions.


2.     Before uploading any documents ensure all files are prepared in PDF format using the naming 

        convention “SchoolName_MeasureName_YY”.


3.     Under “Upload Documents” section, click “Add Document”. Click “Choose File”, navigate to the 

        file’s location, and affirm your selection. Uncheck “Overwrite existing files”.


4.      Another dialog box will appear with required fields. Select the “LEA” and “Measure”. Enter   

        “Contact Name” and “Contact Email”. Click “Check-In” to complete upload process. The uploaded 

         documents will display under the “Upload Documents” section.

5.      Repeat Steps 1-5 for all documents. A confirmation email will be sent for each 

         uploaded document. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your upload did not go through 

         correctly.  Please try uploading the document again.


Please refer to the 2017 Charter School Performance Framework Resources for item specifics (included in the document list). To access the system, please go to


For questions regarding the 2017 Charter School Performance Framework please contact Cande Wood at (919) 807-3493 or


Moving forward we are asking that all Charter School requests for SharePoint assistance be requested through the Support Center by calling 919-807-4357 to help ensure you are getting the assistance you need as soon as possible. While the monthly submissions are due on the last day of the month, please do not wait until the last day to submit as you may need technical assistance. The Service Support Center can take several days to address password resets and other technical support.


NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Monday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



The agenda and supporting materials 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.

Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Launches Training Camps for Low-Performing and Continually Low-Performing Charter Schools- Save the Date

As part of our new professional development model, OCS is launching Training Camps. Training Camps are intended for schools categorized as low-performing or continually low-performing. 


Please see the OCS Training Camp dates below:


OCS Training Camp @ Henderson Collegiate (Henderson, NC)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


OCS Training Camp @ Sugar Creek Charter School (Charlotte, NC)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Please use the following link to register for these opportunities: Training Camp Registration Form. To ensure a productive training camp for attendees, we will host a pre-camp webinar Wednesday, March 8 from 9:00-10:00 am. 

Please join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 808-290-941


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Craig Tucker at


Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Monthly Audible (Webinar) on NC School Job by PeopleAdmin


OCS hosted its monthly Audible (webinar) on Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 am. Ms. endy Hinson, Technology Support Specialist at NCDPI, provided updates and training on the NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin system. Please access the recorded webinar using March Audible Presentation.


The Office of Charter Schools will host a more intensive follow up training to help individuals transition from the training to production phase (posting to NC School Jobs). This follow up training will be offered Friday, March 10 from 10:00-12:00. Please note, schools must register and complete the intensive training before they can move to the production phase. The Office of Charter Schools will host additional intensive training sessions in the next couple months. 


Please register for the Charter Schools Training for NC SchoolJobs powered by PeopleAdmin on Mar 10, 2017 10:00 AM at:

This session includes training for tasks such as, but not limited to:


-Adding new job orders
-Editing/Cloning job orders
-Adding Users
-Processing Candidates
-Viewing Candidate Pool and Prospects

Attendees should have their login information for the training/test environment prior to attending the session, which is generated from a configuration using information provided in a workbook. 

Please contact Mr. Craig Tucker at to get this workbook or if you have any questions. Please include NC School Jobs in the subject line. In order to ensure that schools have access to the test environment before the training webinar, please request and complete your workbook by Monday, March 6.  

Office of Charter Schools (OCS) at the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement (CCSA)


If you are planning to attend the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement (March 20-22, 2017, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro), please make sure to join us for the “Moving Forward” focus session on Tuesday, March 21 from 8:00 - 11:30 am. This focus session will feature valuable information for charter schools. See the session information below:


Digital Learning Initiative for Charter Schools – Dr. Jeni Corn (Friday Institute) and Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin (NCDPI)


Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) – Amy Jablonski (NCDPI)


NAIP: A New and Improved Process to Teacher Evaluation – Jonathan Bryant, Tiffany Moceri, Kyle Pierce and Melissa Peterman (Lincoln Charter School)


You must register and pay the registration fee to attend this conference session. If you are interested in attending the conference and have not registered, please use the following link: CCSA. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Culture Café


The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Culture Café sessions are hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish to broaden students’ cultural and world views. The presentations are delivered by NCVPS faculty or invited guests as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of themes (ex. career, cultural, geographic, historical, etc.) related to the target languages.

These sessions are FREE and available to any educator or student interested in the topic.  There are three upcoming sessions:

·  French: A Look at the Portuguese and Spanish Age of Discoveries @ 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2

·  Exchange Students Share Their Cultures @ 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7

·  French: Les Chateaux de la Loire @ 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9

Please see the NCVPS Culture Cafe webpage for details, including a short informational video, the current Culture Cafe calendar, and links to the session archives and the upcoming Culture Cafe sessions.

Questions about the NCVPS Culture Cafe Sessions can be directed to Herman Hall, Instructional Leader for the Culture Cafes, at .


Changes to Federal Quota Funds for Students with Vision Impairment

Please see the attached information regarding changes to federal quota funds for students with Vision Impairment.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Campbell at or 919 807-3988.



MEMO - Online Testing Updates 2017-18



Please see the attached memo, Online Testing Updates 2017-18, from Dr. Rebecca Garland and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.


Attachment:    2017-18 Online Testing Memo


PowerTeacher Pro Cohort I Interest Survey

In an effort to determine interest in participating in Cohort I of the PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook) release this Spring, for the 2017-18 school year, we are asking you to complete this brief survey



Your support is integral to the success of how PowerTeacher Pro is implemented in your school and ultimately statewide. The survey will close on March 10.


PowerTeacher Pro offers increased functionality for managing the classroom, including advanced features for grading. Teachers can use the mobile-friendly Gradebook to get their work done faster and analyze student performance. Some of the most significant improvements include:

  • No more Java dependencies--Gradebook can be launched right from your attendance dashboard without installing any additional software (this is especially beneficial on Chromebooks)


  • Mobile responsive design--The site will look the same no matter what kind of device you bring it up on


  • Fully integrated Standards-Based Grading--Allows teachers to easily track student progress by standards performance as well as by traditional grade completion

  • Built-in progress reporting--Allows the teacher to track by individual student or whole class section

  • Cleaner interface--Makes toolbars easier to find and locate and simplifies assignment and category creation

  • Multiple course set-up--New assignments can be applied to multiple sections all at the same time (no more copy and paste)

Public Notice for Participation and Comments on the NC Application for Grant Award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2017


Please see the attached notification to post the public notice for participation and comments from March 6 - May 5.  

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Riddle at or 919 807-3948. 



Attachment:      Memo+-+IDEA+Part+B+Grant+Public+Notice+-+Attachmt+0317.pdf




Math Chalkboard

2017-18 Mathematics Graduation Requirements for Students

Please find attached the updated "Mathematics Graduation Requirements for Students" chart. Changes include:

  • updated course codes for the math courses affected by the change to NC Math 1, 2, 3 standards

  • removal of courses no longer valid (e.g. 2407 - Probability and Statistics) 

  • listing courses alphabetically and/or numerically by course code


Please direct questions to Lisa Ashe at or Joseph Reaper at

Attachment:     Math Options Chart

Multi-Tiered Sytem of Support (MTSS) Presentations for Charter Leads


Last month, Charter School Directors as well as their Curriculum and Exceptional Children counterparts were invited to attend overview presentations offered in every region across the state.  These meetings were well attended indicating a strong interest in state support for installation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).  

Additional MTSS learning opportunities are available at this month’s Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement,  where the NCDPI Team will be offering several sessions pertinent to Charter Schools. On Tuesday, March 21st  Amy Jablonski, Director of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems will be presenting at the “Moving Forward” Session. Additionally, a session is available for schools currently in an MTSS Cohort. A full-day has been planned which will allow team members to work on focused implementation facilitated by stories from the field. Topics will include SAM administration planning, communication planning and secondary installation.  Participants will have an opportunity to rotate between presenters who will talk about their experiences in supporting schools using tools and resources as well as key learnings and recommendations.


To register for CCSA, go to:  

All MTSS Charter School MTSS  Coordinators were emailed the link for the full day session MTSS Session. We look forward to seeing your representatives in Greensboro. 

Please contact Amy Jablonski at for more information. 

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Journal for Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership Submissions


The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is accepting articles and literary reviews to be featured in the third issue of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL).


The peer-reviewed publication features original work on K–12 educational topics from research to pedagogy to policy, and more.


Special consideration will be given to works that address:

  • STEM education and science literacy
  • Project and inquiry based learning
  • Teacher leadership and research experiences for educators
  • Data literacy and digital learning

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2017. For submission guidelines, visit Please send questions to the managing editor, Amneris Solano, at