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 26, 2017

Upcoming Events


May 30 - June 1, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 


June 13, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due

Weekly - May 2017 

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


May 26, 2017

IDEA Grant Due


May 20 - June 2, 2017

Accountability Roster (District Verification)

Action Items Due Next Week


June 1, 2017

Latest EOY Home Base News - Please Review and Respond

NC Health and Human Services Charter School Reporting Survey - Please Respond

Future Action Items


June 8, 2017

CSADM Webinar


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 

July 27-28, 2017

FBS Summer Conference


July 30 - August 1, 2017

2017 NCAPCS Conference

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

Financial Business Services (FBS) Summer Conference - Reminder


Please see the attached about the Financial Business Services Summer Conference on July 27, 2017. The Office of Charter Schools will host a half-day session on July 28, 2017. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.



Attachment:     2017_FBS SummerConference.pdf


Webinar Charter School ADM (Average Daily Membership) Projection System: Phase II Final Verification - Initial ADM Confirmation


Please register for the Charter School Average Daily Membership (CSADM) Projection System webinar: Phase II Final Verification - Initial ADM (CSADM) on Jun 08, 2017 3:30 PM EDT at:

The CSADM is an online system designed to assist each charter school administrator and board chair with improving the accuracy of key components in the budgeting process. Phase II will be used for the first installment of the annual allotment and will be the maximum actual ADM that the school may be funded on for School Year 2017-18.

Phase II Final Verification - Initial ADM submissions are required of all:


• current charter schools with 2016-17 school attendance,


• charter schools approved by the State Board of Education to open in School Year 2017-18, and


• University of North Carolina (UNC) laboratory schools scheduled to open July 1, 2017.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact Ms. Angela Harrison at or 919-807-3734 with questions or concerns.  

Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Monthly Audible (Webinar)


The OCS monthly Audible (webinar) hosted  its monthly webinar, Thursday, May 25 at 9:00 am


This month’s webinar featured a presentation on the Digital Learning and Media Inventory (DLMI) from Nathan Craver, Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant, NCDPI, and a presentation on the variety of programs available to educators at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) from Elizabeth Joyce, Digital Learning Specialist, NCCAT. 


The recorded webinar and presentations are attached.





Recorded Webinar


Digital Teaching and Learning Presentation


NCCAT Presentation 

NC School Office

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin - Reminder


There are over 70 districts live in the system and 40 charter schools are beginning to post positions as well, so we encourage you 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



If you have been trained and are not currently scheduled for next steps, please contact Craig Tucker via email.

Webinar training classes are scheduled on a weekly basis with the next one scheduled for Wednesday, May 31. 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.  

Home Base Opt-in Update - Reminder


As of Friday, May 26, forty-four 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.

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Charter School Evaluation Tool Flexibility

All charter schools now have evaluation tool flexibility. Specifically, Charter schools are no longer obligated to use the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES) process. The charter school needs to have its chosen instrument approved by its board of directors and indicate what instrument they are using to evaluate their beginning teachers (BTs) to verify  the appropriate number of observations (and summative evaluation) are conducted using their indicated instrument.  As your board of directors make plans to change its evaluation process, please be sure to request an amendment to your charter through the established amendment process.


This flexibility does not eliminate the requirement for charters to have a Beginning Teacher Support Plan (BTSP). The BTSP should be submitted for approval to your regional coordinator and a copy provided to OCS for our records. Also, remember that charters should have an approved licensure plan on file to facilitate the process of renewing teacher licenses and adding years of experience each year.


Please contact Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith via email at with questions or concerns. 


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Founding Principles Support Tool Launched on May 2nd - Feedback Needed


Why the Need for This Tool?





  • House Bill 588 (2011) and Senate Bill 524 (2015)
  • Focus on effective implementation of the “Founding Principles” into the American History:  Founding Principles, Civics and Economics course
  • Additional guidance on aligning curriculum, instruction, 
    and assessment to Essential Standards

This support tool is designed to:

1.     Provide guidance on the intentional integration of the founding principles outlined in NC General Statute;

2.     Propose a coherent framework for local districts and 
schools to organize and develop curriculum for the 
course; and

3.     Identify instructional resources that align to the course, 
legislation, and reflects effective strategies for teaching 
and learning.



This “Framework” is…

  • Comprised of four curricular “clusters”
  • A “cluster” is defined as:  a collection of academic 
    standards grouped together because of their connection to a particular idea or area of focus

Cluster 1:  The Founding Principles of the United States 

Cluster 2:  Structure and Function of Government

Cluster 3:  Individual’s Voice in Civics and Economics

Cluster 4: The U.S. on the Global Stage

As You Review, Remember…

  • This “Framework” is NOT a curriculum.
  • This “Framework” is NOT a set of curricular units.
  • There are several clarifying objects that appear in 
    multiple clusters with four appearing in every cluster. 
  • These four are: FP.C&G.1.3, FP.C&G.1.4, FP.C&G.2.3, 
    and FP.C&G.2.7

You have until May 31st to send us your Feedback Survey, which can be found here.  

You can find the link to Founding Principles Framework tool here. In addition, here is the link to the webinar conducted on May 2nd, which provides more information about the intent of the tool as well as how to review the document. 


Thank you in advance for completing the survey and providing us with complete and thoughtful information. Please share this with other teachers, curriculum leaders, district leaders, etc.  who may not be receiving the NCDPI K-12 Social Studies Update. 

Autism (AU) Coaching Teams Webinar


Please see the attached announcement of an upcoming webinar regarding Autism Coaching Teams.  The deadline to register is June 2.


If you have any questions, please contact

Attachment:     Memo-AU+Team+Webinar+0517.pdf


Grant for Digital Center on Improving Teaching of Students with Disabilities

The US Department of Education has posted application guidelines for a grant competition to provide up to $1.2 million to host a national center for dissemination of digital tools and resources to enhance personnel preparation and professional development for education of students with disabilities.  


State education agencies, local education agencies and charter schools are eligible to apply. Click here for details

Warning Lists for Significant Disproportionality


Please see the attached information regarding LEAs receiving a warning for the potential to have significant disproportionality.


If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Thomas ( / 919 807-3992), Nancy Johnson ( / 704 576-2760) or your regional consultant.



NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, May 30-June 1, in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.


On Tuesday, Board members will continue their planning/work session in Room 150 from noon – 4:15 p.m. Members will receive feedback from various education stakeholders (Business and Community, Charter School, Early Childhood Education, Institutions of Higher Education, Local Boards of Education, Principals and Teachers) on specific sections of the state’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan suitable for their designated group’s topic. Topics include Long-Term Goals and Interim Progress for Academic Achievement Growth, Graduation Rates and Measurements of Interim Progress; Supporting Effective Instruction and School Transitions; and School Conditions, School Transitions, English Language Learners, Rural and Low-Income School Programs, and Transitions Between Correctional Facilities and Local Programs. This meeting will not be audio streamed.


Board members will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in the 7th Floor Board Room. The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online (under Meetings tab). Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, May 31. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, June 1.

The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting will be audio streamed for those who can’t attend. To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedback.

Allotments Year End Deadlines


ABC Transfer Request - The last date to submit ABC Transfers for processing in FY 16-17 is May 31, 2017.


Revision Request - The last date to submit Allotment Revision items for processing (which includes Federal Grant approvals or funding) for the final revision for FY 16-17 is June 7, 2017. The final regular revision will be processed on June 14, 2017.


If an LEA or Charter School is expecting an allocation and it is not on an Allotment Report to date, please contact the Allotment Section at 919-807-3739 or the Program Grant Administrator.

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