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  –  May 12, 2017

Upcoming Events


May 30 - June 1, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 



June 13, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due

April 22 - May 19, 2017

Accountability Roster (School Verification)


Weekly - May 2017 

NC School Jobs Webinar - Please visit this website to learn more about and register for the training opportunities


Action Items Due Next Week


May 17, 2017

Charter Schools Cash Management and MSA Training

May 20 - June 2, 2017

Accountability Roster (District Verification)

Future Action Items


June 1, 2017

Latest EOY Home Base News - Please Review and Respond


Eligible Schools Summary Report (ESSR) Webinars - (See Dates Below)

May 22nd 10am


May 22nd 2pm


May 23rd 10am


May 23rd 2pm


May 24th 10am


May 24th 2pm


May 26, 2017

IDEA Grant Due


June 13 - 14, 2017

New Charter Schools Leaders Institute


June 15, 2017

McKinney-Vento Data Submission


June 16, 2017

Home Base Opt-In


June 30, 2017

EC Summer Institute Registration Due 

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin - Reminder

There are over 70 districts live in the system and a number of charter schools are beginning to post positions as well, so we strongly encourage charter schools to take advantage of this resource as soon as you can. We have thousands of applicants in the system which your school will have access to when you go live in the system.


The steps associated with implementation are: 



  • Contact Craig Tucker at to request an NC School Jobs workbook
  • Complete the workbook and submit your school’s logo
  • Participate in Training
  • Familiarize yourself with the system
  • Execute a few cutover steps and go-live in the system



Webinar training classes are scheduled on a weekly basis through the end of May 2017. Please visit this website to learn more about and register for the training opportunities. Webinars will last 1.5 hours with the ability to continue an additional 30 minutes if requested. Team members from the service provider, Jeff Davenport and Bill Barry, will lead the trainings and assist you with the implementation process

Professional Development

New Charter School Leaders Institute - Reminder


Registration is now open for the  2017 New Charter School Leaders Institute.  This 2-day event will be held June 13-14, 2017 at the NCDPI Building in downtown Raleigh (301 N. Wilmington St.).  


Participants will have an opportunity to hear from experts from NCDPI, DHHS, DPS, and local charter schools on various topics.  Some of the topics will include the Multi-Tiered System of Support, School Safety, State Health Requirements, Building Culture Through the Hiring Process, and more! 


Please use this link to register: Registration Link

The registration deadline is Sunday, May 21.  


Please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at or 919-807-3598 if you have any questions about the Institute.

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Home Base Opt-in Update - Reminder


As of Thursday, May 11, twenty-three charter schools have opted-in to the Home Base suite of tools for the 2017-18 school year. 


To access the opt-in tool please go to


June 16 is the closing date for your decision.  Please contact Jamie Woodlief, Project Coordinator at or 919-807-3745 if you have any questions or see our FAQ's.


Cash Management and MSA Training (Charter Schools) - Reminder

We will have a Cash Management and MSA training class for Charter Schools on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, NC, Room #564 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

There is no registration fee for the class, but you must register in order to attend.


The class is designed for those who work in the charter school finance office.


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.

There are only a certain number of seats in the training room, so limited space is available on a first come, first serve basis.


If you would like to attend this class, please provide your name, your email address, and charter school name and charter school number and email Roxane Bernard at The training class is for current year charter schools.

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.

School Based Enterprise Bazaar, 67th Conference on Exceptional Children

The EC Division has been advised that the link provided in the attachment is not always accessible.

Below is the link:


Please see the attached invitation to sell products students create in School Based Enterprises at the 67th Conference on Exceptional Children on November 16. 

Applications will be accepted from May 1 - June 2, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email Beverly Colwell ( with "School Based Enterprise Bazaar" in the subject line.


 Attachment:     Memo-EC+Conference-School+Based+Enterprise+Bazaar.pdf

Don't Miss This

Advanced Placement (AP)/ International Baccalaureate (IB) Updates



Please see attached the NC AP Partnership Exam Registration and Fees Guidance document that was originally sent out in November 2016 for general information regarding this year’s AP/IB Exam coverage.



With AB exams approaching, it is very important to make sure that the testing/AP coordinators at your schools are aware of the AP Exam invoicing due date of June 2 NC public schools. If your schools do not submit their invoices to College Board by this date, DPI will not be responsible for your students’ test fees and invoices will be the school’s or district’s responsibility. Note that late fees or other fees remain the responsibility of the school or district.


All testing/AP coordinators should watch a short instructional presentation which explains the invoicing process for NC public schools this year:

Districts that do not submit their AP Exam invoices to College Board by June 2 will be responsible for AP exam costs in their districts. You do not need to send DPI a copy of your invoice.  Please make sure your school AP Coordinators know how to submit the invoice and do so before June 2.   .



Five North Carolina school districts have earned recognition by the College Board for boosting both participation and performance on Advanced Placement exams during the last three years.


The five districts are among 433 nationwide named by the College Board to its 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement courses for a greater diversity of students while also increasing or at least maintaining the passing rate (score of 3 or higher) on AP exams, including among minorities underrepresented in higher education. Because improvement in AP results typically takes sustained efforts, the District Honor Roll is based on three years of AP data.

Honor roll districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better. North Carolina’s AP honor roll districts for 2016 are:


  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Clinton City Schools
  • Columbus County Schools
  • Duplin County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools


Congratulations to each of these school districts! Overall, the state’s participation and performance continue to increase on Advanced Placement exams. This is a testament to the great work you all do.



Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet

The Driver Education Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agenda is attached.


The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. For more information, please contact NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.


Attachment:     0516+DEAC+Agenda.docx

Buses and Buses

Courtesy Bus Inspections offered by NCDPI Transportation Services

NCDPI Transportation Services offers an inspection on the safety of the school bus fleet for each LEA and charter school once a year.  The purpose of the inspections is to give school leadership a picture of the overall condition of the bus fleet and its ability to provide safe transportation for students. 


Please send an email to in Transportation Services to let her know that (1) you do not operate any school buses, (2) that you request this courtesy inspection and how many school buses you operate, or (3) that you operate school buses but do not want the inspection. 


Questions can be directed to Transportation Services Section Chief, Kevin Harrison  at (919) 807-3579 or

2017 Data Submission for Indicators 7, 11 and 12

Please see the attached regarding the due dates for 2016-17 data submission for Indicators 7, 11 and 12.


If you have any questions, please contact Kelley Blas at or 919 807-3967.


Attachment:     Memo-Indicator+7+11+12+Submission+0517.pdf

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Presentation at NC Charter Advisory Board Meeting

Approaching the work with a sense of urgency and intentionality, fifty Charter Schools are engaged in MTSS implementation thru the DPI professional development plan. These Charter Schools are designing a Multi-Tiered System of Support in order to strategically meet the needs of every student. The focus of building an MTSS begins with a foundation of  strong Core instruction. We are especially appreciative of Beverly Sipe and Tiffany Moceri from Lincoln Charter who provided an implementation update to the Charter School Advisory Board on  April 10th.

Lincoln Charter demonstrates how clear understanding of teaming structures and innovative access of state support can move installation from a stated vision to actionable and measurable goals. This school, of over 2000 students, is focused on building a system of support for all students across instruction, curriculum and environment, because they “want to do what is right for all kids, and by all kids.”

For more information on this presentation, go to NC Charter Advisory Board Meetings. For information on MTSS, please contact Amy Jablonski, Director, Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems. at

PRC 118 Funds to Support Autism Teams

Please see the attached information regarding funds to support Autism Coaching Teams.


If you have any questions, please contact


Attachment:     Memo-PRC+118+AU+Teams+0517.pdf


Spring Regional HS Math Implementation PD Sessions

In preparation for Year 2 of Implementation of the High School Mathematics Standard Course of Study, the Spring Regional Face-to-Face sessions will focus on supporting LEAs and charters with implementation needs specific to their districts or charter. This support can include any activities that will inform summer work and preparation for the second year of implementation of the revised standards. 

This session is intended for math district and charter leaders. Districts and charters may bring three-four participants including coaches, directors, coordinators and/or math department heads. LEAs and charters with an average daily membership (ADM) of less than 10,000 may register three participants; LEAs and charters with an ADM of 10,000+ may register four participants.


There will be four sessions covering all eight regions. The four sessions are grouped by region. Please chose your respective regions:

  • Regions 1 & 2: Friday, May 26, Teachers Memorial PD Center, 500 Marcella Dr., Kinston
  • Regions 3 & 4: Thursday, May 25, CCRESA, 7208 Falls of Neuse Rd #104, Raleigh
  • Regions 5 & 6: Monday, May 22, RCC Corporate Training Center, 413 Industrial Park Dr., Asheboro

Regions 7 & 8: Wednesday, May 10, NC School of the Deaf, 517 W. Fleming Dr., Morganton. Please contact Ms. Lisa Ashe with questions or concerns at 919-807-3909.

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North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) May Updates

DATA COLLECTION REMINDERData collection submission deadline is June 15th, even if your LEA has “0” students to report.:

  • If your LEA’s last school day occurs after June 15th, your Program Specialist needs to be notified no later than Monday, May 15th. Visit the NCHEP data collection web page, under “Requested LEA Actions” for details.
  • Include all students identified during 2016-17SY, including those who may have already withdrawn and any qualifying siblings (0-5 years of age and school-aged, out-of-school youth).

Contact your regional Program Specialist with any data entry questions you may have

 NCHEP Data Collection web page:



NAEHCY 2017 Conference:

The 29th Annual NAEHCY Conference will be held October 28-31, 2017 in Chicago.
Submissions for presentation proposals are being accepted through May 8th.
Registration and reservations are now open.