April 2017 Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights

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Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights

April 17, 2017

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Lincoln Charter School Presents on its Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Implementation

The North Carolina CSAB met Monday through Tuesday, April 10 - 11, 2017, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. 

During the April 10, 2017 meeting, the CSAB heard from Ms. Amy Jablonski, Director, NCDPI, Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems and Lincoln Charter School (Ms. Beverly Sipe and Ms. Tiffany Moceri) on its MTSS implementation. The presentations from the CSAB meeting are attached. 


Attachment:          April Presentations and Materials


 Ms. Cheryl Turner and Mr. Eriz Sanchez Receives Recognition



During the April 10, 2017, the Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) in collaboration with the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) recognized Ms. Cheryl Turner and Mr. Eric Sanchez for hosting training camps for low-performing and continually low-performing charter schools. 


As part of its new professional development model, OCS recently held two training camps for low-performing and continually low-performing charter schools. Thank you to the schools that attended and a special thank you to the schools and leaders that hosted (Henderson Collegiate and Sugar Creek Charter School). The teams at the host schools did an awesome job planning for the events and we are truly appreciative of their dedication to this effort. Again, thank you for the partnership and collaboration!


OCS plans to offer more training camp opportunities this fall. Dates and information for these camps will be included in the Office of Charter Schools weekly newsletter starting in late summer/early fall. 


Charter School Application Interviews



The CSAB committees continued the interview phase for 7 of the remaining 11 applicants it recommended during its March 2017 meeting.  The CSAB also considered additional information on Essie Mae Kiser Foxx and Kaleidoscope Charter High School resulting the CSAB conducting 9 one-hour interviews. After the interviews were conducted, the CSAB determined that 8 of the 9 applicant groups interviewed would be forwarded to the State Board of Education (SBE) to begin the Planning Year/Ready-to-Open process. 


The schools applicant groups interviewed and the CSAB recommendation is detailed below: 


  • Carolina Charter Academy -  Recommended to the SBE

  • Davidson Charter Academy - Recommended to the SBE

  •  Kaleidoscope Charter High School -  Not Recommended to SBE

  •  Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School - Recommended to the SBE

  •  Monroe Charter Academy - Recommended to SBE

  • The Experiential School of GreensboroRecommended to the SBE

  •  East Voyager Academy - Recommended to SBE

  • The Paideia Academy - Recommended to the SBE

  •  Global Achievers School  - Recommended to SBE

Attached below is the approved application timeline and process which details what happens with each phase of the application process for schools proposing to open in 2018-19. The CSAB has concluded its work for applicants proposing to open in 2018. A new timeline and process will be presented at the May State Board of Education meeting for applicants proposing to open in 2019.



Attachment:     2016 Charter Application Timeline and Process (pdf, 86kb)

Reflections from Mr. Steven Walker, Vice Chair, Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB)

Whew! That is probably the reaction of the membership of the Charter Schools Advisory Board after a busy two days of meetings last week. We have now completed our annual review of new charter school applications. This process is the most time-consuming and labor-intensive task that the CSAB undertakes each year, but the time we spend pouring through the applications, interviewing applicants, and deliberating is very important in meeting our mission statement. Congratulations to the 15 applicants that received a recommendation to the State Board of Education to begin the Planning Year from the CSAB. We look forward to seeing great things from you in the future.


Although we have reviewed thousands of pages of applications, had many multiple-day meetings, and spent dozens of hours interviewing applicants, our work as a board is not done. We are constantly looking over policies and procedures to make the process of opening and operating a charter school more manageable. I am happy to report that we are sending a recommendation to the State Board regarding the accelerated opening of charter schools that meet certain criteria beginning in the next application cycle. We are also recommending an revision to the current amendment policy. Both policies are attached.


I can't begin to express how thankful I am for the hard work that each Advisory Board member has put into this application cycle. I also thank our external reviewers who spent hours reviewing the applications and pointed out to us many strengths and weaknesses. Finally, I thank the Office of Charter Schools, especially Director Machado and Assistant Director Dr. Townsend-Smith, as the Office's work makes what we do possible.



Attachment:          April Presentations and Materials