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  –  July 21, 2017

Upcoming Events


August 1, 2017 

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

August 2 - 3, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due Next Week


July 26, 2017

NC School Job Webinar

July 27-28, 2017

FBS Summer Conference

Future Action Items 

July 30 - August 1, 2017

2017 NCAPCS Conference


August 3, 2017

NCVPS  - Virtual Open House - Follow this link to register today! 

August 8-10, 2017

English Learner (EL) Support Conference: Growing Success for ELs


August 15, 2017

Federal Personnel Data Collection 2016-17.pdf


August 18, 2017

Consolidated Federal Grant Application

August 25, 2017 
ArtsR4Life: Registration Deadline 


August 31, 2017

Important 2019 Charter Renewal Information - Due


September 15, 2017

Nominations Due -  Educator of Excellence Recognition


October 12 - 13, 2017

2017 Charter School Leadership Institute

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


Charter Renewal Notification for Schools with Charter Terms Expiring 2019


Thirty-seven charter schools have charter terms expiring in 2019.  Per G.S. § 115C-218.6. (b), the State Board of Education shall renew a charter upon the request of the chartering entity. 

The attached  letter reminds the board of directors of each respective school on the list below to submit its renewal request to begin the process.  Specifically, the renewal request is due Thursday, August 31, 2017, must be submitted on your school’s letterhead and include the board chair’s signature.


Please contact Ms. Shaunda Cooper via email at or 919-807-3634 with questions or concerns regarding the renewal process.

Attached:     Important 2019 Charter Renewal Information

Professional Development

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities

OCS Huddle @ the FBS Conference

Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center, Durham, NC

Date: Friday, July 28

Registration Information: This event is the second day of the FBS Conference. Those wishing to attend this event must register to attend the FBS Conference before Monday, June 24. Session information for the second day (OCS Huddle) can be found here. The session grid for the FBS conference will be listed here.   


*Save the Date*: 2017 Charter School Leadership Institute

Location: Voyager Academy, Durham, NC

Date: October 12-13

Registration Information: Registration information will be released Friday, July 28.


If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin

There are over 50 charter schools live in the system and many are already posting positions, 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.


The next webinar training is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26. Please visit this website to learn more about and register for the training opportunities. Webinars 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, lead the trainings and are available to assist you with the implementation process.  

Thank You

Thank Lincoln Charter School

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Lincoln Charter School for hosting the OCS Huddle – West event on Tuesday, July 18. OCS appreciates your hospitality and generosity.

2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program

NCDPI is pleased to coordinate the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program. 

The program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary teachers in North Carolina and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession. Instructions for school level TOY coordinators can be found here, including a timeline for the selection process.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

School Improvement Online Tool Training (NCStar)

An abridged version of NCStar training will be conducted at the 2017 NCAPCS Conference on July 31, 2017, from 8:30am - 10:30am.  

Participants will learn about the online NCStar tool that over 50 districts and 1,400 schools have chosen to use in North Carolina to manage their school improvement process. This is a quick introduction for those that are curious about the tool and not an actual in-depth training but ALL will receive information to access the tool.

North Carolina Public Schools Logo

July 27 is Deadline to Comment on Every Student Succeeds Act Draft State Plan

Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are reminded that July 27 is the last day to comment on the draft North Carolina Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA State Plan). 


This document serves as the most recent draft of the state’s application for funds authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as reauthorized under the ESSA in accordance with the requirements of the template issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

All stakeholders and the public are invited to review the draft plan and provide any comments via email to NCDPI Federal Policy Director Lou Fabrizio or Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division Director Donna Brown.

NC Virtual Public School Advisory Council to Meet

The North Carolina Virtual Public School Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting virtually on Tuesday, July 25, from 10 a.m. - noon.

Agenda items include ad hoc committee updates, the NCVPS teacher evaluation process and spot check data, and legislative updates. The draft agenda is available here. 


Members of the public may access the meeting via this link. Make sure you follow the steps below and try logging in before the meeting so staff can assist if you have any issues.

  • Access the NCVPS Advisory Council Virtual Meeting Room via the Chrome browser using the link above. (Download the Chrome browser if needed.) If you attempt to access the guest link via a mobile device, you will automatically be prompted to download the application compatible with your device before entering the virtual meeting space.
  • Type your full name before entering the room as a guest. 

Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCVPS at 919.513.8550. Contact Brian Stephens or 910.248.4375 for assistance with accessing the meeting.


ArtsR4Life: Registration Deadline - August 25, 2017  

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is partnering with Meredith College to host the third annual “ARTS R4 Life” professional development conference for NC K-12 Arts Educators in Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. 

Pre-service arts educators and faculty from Institutes of Higher Education interested in K-12 arts education are also encouraged to attend. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Raleigh and is an opportunity for arts educators to develop personalized multi-disciplinary learning experiences and have cross-sector learning and collaboration around the 4R’s: Rekindle, Reflect, Reconnect, and Renew. 

This conference supports NC’s vision for Comprehensive Arts Education as part of a well-rounded education for all NC school children and has sessions and opportunities that address Arts Education, Arts Integration, and Arts Exposure. Register today! For additional information, please contact or

ESL/Title III: Registration deadline - August 1, 2017

The English Learner (EL) Support Conference: Growing Success for ELs will be held August 8-10, 2017 in Greensboro, NC. The conference is for educators and administrators of all content areas and offers 2 courses, Co-teaching and Digital Tools. Courses will spotlight the ties between the specific strategies for working with ELs and the NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES). 

Space is limited. Register today!  For additional information, please contact

NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Schedules Conference Call

The North Carolina State Board of Education will meet via conference call on Tuesday, July 25, at 11 a.m. The conference call will be hosted from the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 


The meeting’s opening will be audio streamed as the chairman calls the meeting to order then asks for a roll call. A motion will then be made to go into closed session to address personnel matters. The audio stream will end at that time. The audio stream will resume when the Board returns to open session before adjourning. 


Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

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Friday Institute Offers Professional Learning on Personalized and Digital Learning


Building upon the exciting work with leaders across the state, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in partnership with NCDPI, invites educators across NC to join their colleagues in ongoing, job-embedded cohort-based programs in 2017-18. These programs are targeted for superintendents, district leaders, principals and assistant principals, coaches, media coordinators, Instructional Technology Facilitators (ITFs), and teacher leaders.


The programs include face-to-face sessions in regional locations and opportunities to learn and collaborate with peers. Data from 2016-17 participants in the programs show that they are excited about the quality and the relevance, and many share examples of how the programs have contributed to or accelerated changes in their districts and schools. The programs provide educators at all levels the opportunity to learn while also working directly on challenges and ideas for their own school(s) and district.


Apply now for this face-to-face and blended opportunity to learn and share with your colleagues from across the region and state. Program details, FAQs, applications and deadline information are available here.

NC Science and Engineering Fair Teacher Workshop Opportunities


Want to learn how to inspire your students to conduct independent research? Interested in learning how to assist students in topic selection, time management, and presentation of science and engineering research projects? Planning your school’s science and engineering research competition? New to the process or looking for a more organized approach?


Plan to attend a NC Science & Engineering Fair Workshop

for the 2017-2018 Academic Year!


Workshops will be offered at the locations below. All workshops run from 9:00am to 3:30pm and include coffee, snacks and lunch.

  • July 27 - Biogen, Research Triangle Park
  • July 28 - Triad Math and Science Academy, Greensboro
  • August 2 - UNC-Wilmington

Register online at


There is a $15 registration fee but all attendees will receive a $65 stipend for participation and 0.5 CEU for completion of the workshop.


ONLY Teachers & Administrators in grades 3 - 12 are eligible to participate. Participants will be asked to implement a science and engineering fair for your class, grade-level or school during the 2017-2018 academic year and complete a survey spring 2018.


The following topics will be discussed during the workshop

  • Learn how to foster and guide scientific and engineering research in the classroom.
  • Learn how to initiate, manage, and evaluate student science and engineering research projects.
  • You will be guided through the steps in planning a school or district science & engineering fair.

Workshops are sponsored by the Biogen Foundation.