Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter (Includes Action Items)

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Office of Charter Schools

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  June 2, 2017

Upcoming Events


June 13, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

July 6, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due

May 20 - June 2, 2017

Accountability Roster (District Verification)


June 1, 2017

NC Health and Human Services Charter School Reporting Survey - Report Deadline Extended to June 5, 2017 for those charter schools that have not responded - Please Respond

Action Items Due Next Week


June 8, 2017

CSADM Webinar

Future Action Items


June 13 - 14, 2017

New Charter Schools Leaders Institute

June 13, 2017

CDM Refresher Webinar


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

Thank You

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

Union Academy (UA) Presents at May 31 State Board of Education (SBE) Meeting



Dr. Ann Walters and Ms. Lynn Kroeger from UA delivered a presentation to the SBE. The presentation from the meeting is attached for your review. Thanks to the UA leadership for this presentation. 



Attachment:     UA_SBE Presentation_06022017

NC Charter Schools Advisory Board Schedules Meeting

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, June 13, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

The agenda is 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.


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.  

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin - Reminder


There are over 70 districts live in the system and over 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. 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

Home Base Opt-in Update - Reminder


As of Friday, June 2, forty-nine 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.


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children to Meet

The Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children (CESEC) will meet June 13-14 in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.



The June 13 meeting will be held in Room 504 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This will be a training session for Council members regarding their roles and responsibilities.



The June 14 meeting will be held in the 7th Floor Board Room from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (this may be an abbreviated meeting). This meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend.

Agendas for both days are attached.



The purpose of the CESEC – as established in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) federal regulations in §§ 300.167-300.169 and the North Carolina General Statutes in §115C-121 – is to advise the State Board of Education with respect to:


  •  the unmet needs of children with special needs and in developing and implementing of  policies related to the coordination of services for disabled students;
  •  developing evaluations and reporting on data; and
  •  developing corrective action plans to address findings in federal monitoring comments.


If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact NCDPI Communication and Information Services at 919.807.3450.







    NC Elementary Teacher and Student

    Teacher Of The Year (TOTY) Streaming Event


    The National Humanities Center is proud to launch the 2017-18 America in Class webinar series with an exclusive streaming event of Teacher of the Year, a new documentary that offers a poignant look at the teaching profession through the eyes of North Carolina high school social studies teacher Angie Scoli.  

    More than simply a first-person look at the rewards and challenges of teaching, the film also asks us to consider the ways that our culture and media expects educators to be either “heroes” or “hacks” - and the struggle for our teaching faculty to find the right balance in their lives.  This film will create instant conversation and discussion around the goals and challenges facing our teaching faculty - and can serve as an ideal start to the next academic year.


    You can view a trailer of the documentary here:


    Starting on June 1, you can register for a code that gives you access to the full length documentary for a 48-hour window.  You will also be registered to attend a panel discussion of the film scheduled for August 2 that will feature address the central themes of teacher support and professional growth. Confirmed panelists are:



    • Fay Gore, Section Chief, K-12 Social Studies, North Carolina Department of Instruction (Raleigh, NC)
    • Stacey Greer, Director of the History Project, UC- Davis (Davis, CA)
    • Joe Schmidt, Social Studies Specialist, Greater Manhattan New York Public Schools (New York, NY)
    • Todd Wigginton, Director of Instruction, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Board of Directors - National Council for History Education (Nashville, TN)

    You you will find numerous aspects of Teacher of the Year that speaks to the reality of teaching and the value of teachers - and will lead to rich conversations with your colleagues and staff.  We will also make available a school or site license to showcase the film with your faculty, your school administration, your parent and advocacy groups, and with anyone in your community who values education.


    Register for your viewing today using this link:


    Please also share this notice with anyone who has an interest in education and educators.

    Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) Refresher Webinar


    Announcing a CDM Refresher webinar to be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:30


    This session is intended for those individuals directly involved with CDM implementation at either the school or district level.  We will quickly review the goals and key points to consider when implementing the CDM policy.  We will share pertinent information from the CDM implementation guide and share resources available within the CDM toolkit.  This refresher is designed to support those individuals new to CDM implementation and those who may need support in developing effective CDM practices and policies at the school and/or district level. 

    Please register for Understanding Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) - A Refresher on Jun 13, 2017 2:00 PM EDT at:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    If you have questions or comments, please contact Stephanie Cyrus, Consultant for AIG and Advanced Learning at .


    Key Dates for the 2016-17 READY Accountability Report and School Performance Grades


    Please review the attached memo, Key Dates for the 2016-17 READY Accountability Report and School Performance Grades, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard for all LEA Superintendents and Charter School Directors.

    Attachment:     Memo - Key Dates for the 2016-17 READY Accountability Report and School Performance Grades

    PowerTeacher Pro Resources


    Spring training for PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook) is winding down.  Another round of training sessions is being planned for July and we will have those dates out soon.  As we get closer to the implementation of PowerTeacher Pro we are sharing resources that you may find helpful.  Keys to a successful PowerTeacher Pro Rollout will help in ensuring your rollout is successful and your teachers are on board and happy. 


    Another resource is the Using the PowerTeacher Pro Quick Reference Card.  There are many other resources available in PowerSource


    We have also shared that Canvas has implemented a new solution for provisioning/rostering with their SIS integration platform.  This new solution, specifically leveraging SIF 2.0 technology, transfers your PowerSchool data into Canvas with bulk uploads and/or near real-time events.  For more details, please see Canvas & PowerTeacher Pro - What are the plans in North Carolina for Canvas, PowerSchool, and PowerTeacher Pro?.


    Coming Soon: self-paced PowerTeacher Pro course in Canvas. 


    Click here if you would like to see the Charter Schools that have chosen to participate in early implementation (Cohort I).  Full implementation for the remaining schools will occur in Summer 2018.


    If you have any questions regarding PowerTeacher Pro and the rollout, please contact Hunter Huffman, Special Projects Manager, at or 919-8047-3633. 


    Save the Date:  STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities


    Please see the attached announcement to save the date of November 14 for the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities.


    Additional information is available at:


     Attachment:     Memo-STEM+Save+the+Date+0517.pdf

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