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  –  September 1, 2017

Upcoming Events


September 5, 2017 

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


September 6 - 7, 2017 

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due 


September 1, 2017

AU PRC 118 Funding

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Letter of Intent Due

Action Items Due Next Week

September 7, 2017
New Homeless Liaison Training

Future Action Items  


September 11 - 12 & 14-15, 2017

ESL PD for Teachers of English Learners and Instructional Coaches


September 15, 2017

Nominations Due -  Educator of Excellence Recognition


September 27, 2017

Planning Year - Session #1


October 12 - 13, 2017

2017 Charter School Leadership Institute


October 15, 2017

Coding and Mobile Grant Program Applications - Due


November 13 - 16, 2017

Digital Teaching and Learning: The Charter School Connection

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



NC Charter Schools Advisory Board Schedules Meeting 


The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Ground Floor Hearing Room, Archdale Building, 512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh. The meeting room changed due to ongoing renovations to the 7th floor board room of the Education Building. 


The tentative agenda is available on the State Board of Education’s website under the Meetings tab but also is attached.


Those unable to attend may listen (but not actively participate) via webinar. To register, please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing participation instructions. Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.



Attachment:     CSAB_September+2017+Agenda.pdf

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Training Opportunity


Board members from charter schools that are opening in 2018 are required to attend 5 face-to-face Planning Year Sessions from September to January.  The school leader and some of the board members are also required to attend the New Charter School Leaders Institute in June.  

As a customer service, the Office of Charter Schools continues to open up these sessions to all charter schools.  If you have a new school leader and/or a new board member interested in attending any of the sessions, he or she must register to attend.  Please note the schedule below:



Registration is now open for the September session.  Registration ends on Sunday, September 17th.  Please use this Link to register.


For questions, please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities


Training Camp for Low-Performing Schools


Location: Community School of Davidson

Date: Wednesday, September 20

Time: 8:30-4:00


Registration Information:

Registration is OPEN! Schools who have received or anticipate receiving a low performing designation are invited to attend. We have a limited number of spots available for this opportunity, so please register soon. Registration information must be received by Friday, September 8. Please register HERE and you can view the agenda HERE. This is a free event.



2017 Charter School Leadership Institute


Location: Voyager Academy, Durham, NC

Date: Thursday, October 12 – Friday, October 13


Registration Information:

Registration is OPEN! Please register HERE and be sure to read and follow all instructions for registering. The registration fee for this event is $55. The agenda for the institute can be seen HERE.

We’re also pleased to offer a limited number of exhibitor/vendor booths and sessions for purchase at this year’s institute. Exhibitor/vendor registration options range from $150-$400. Please visit THIS LINK to learn more.



Digital Teaching and Learning: The Charter School Connection


Location: NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), Cullowhee, NC

Date: Monday, November 13 – Thursday, November 16


Registration Information:

This is a new and unique collaboration between OCS/NCDPI, NCCAT and the Friday Institute focused on digital teaching and learning within the charter school context. There are 24 spots available for this event. As such, we ask that only one person apply from each school. Participants will be notified if they are selected to attend. Though primarily focused on teachers, technology facilitators and administrators can also apply. Following the event, participants will be expected to be ambassadors for best practices and strategies for digital teaching and learning. All lodging and meals will be provided by NCCAT at no cost to program participants; participants will be responsible for all other travel-related costs. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEU credit. You can see the draft agenda HERE and apply to attend HERE.



If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact

Professional Development

Henderson Collegiate Offers Fall Leadership Training Opportunities


Henderson Collegiate is excited to expand its impact by presenting Want MoreDo More! Leadership Training this October! 


Please see the attached information regarding the sessions to be offered. 

Attachment:     Fall Leadership Training Opportunities

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Opportunity - Due Today


2.5 million dollars was provided to the NC Department of Public Instruction to establish a Charter School Transportation Grant Program for the 2017-18 school year.



The purpose of the Charter School Transportation Grant pilot program is to reimburse a charter school that has a student enrollment of at least fifty percent (50%) of its students residing in households with an income level not in excess of the amount required for a student to qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch program. 



Please see the attached Letter of Intent for more information about the grant opportunity. The Letter of Intent is the first step in the established process. 



Contact with questions or concerns. 



Attachment:     2017-18 Transportation Grant Letter of Intent

Contact Us

Charter Amendments

Any changes a charter school makes to its application require the school to submit a request to amend those documents to the Office of Charter Schools. The Office of Charter Schools has authority to approve some amendment requirements, while others require State Board approval. In certain circumstances, such as significant enrollment growth and/or grade expansion, a required approval must come from the State Board of Education. Below are details about such amendments.




SBE Amendment Policy



Submit amendment requests to the Office of Charter Schools via email at

NC Department of Public Instruction  (NCDPI) Updates


K-12 Social Studies Professional Development Update


Through a partnership with The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, the NCDPI K-12 Social Studies section is excited to announce a professional development seminar in Marion, NC on Saturday Sept 30, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. The topic is Origins of the American Idea. Through this intensive, one-day seminar, teachers will gain a greater understanding of the ideas surrounding the founding of the American Republic. They will receive 0.8 CEUs from the Ashbrook Center for their attendance. Lunch and a light breakfast will also be provided. 

To be selected, teachers will need to meet the following requirements:

 - Teaching one of the following courses during the 2017-18 school year: 

  • 7th Grade Social Studies
  • 8th Grade Social Studies
  • World History
  • American History: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics
  • American History I

 -  Prior to the seminar, completion of the first three modules of the Canvas course Introduction to Inquiry Design 

 - After the seminar, completion of the Canvas course – the remaining two modules of Introduction to Inquiry Design

 - Within 30 days after the seminar, working with their course-level team, completion of an Inquiry based on the primary sources studied during the seminar to be uploaded into Schoolnet


Upon completion of the Canvas course and submission of their Inquiry, teachers will receive another 1.2 CEUs from DPI.


At the completion of the seminar and the Canvas course, teachers will have an increased knowledge of content for their courses. They will also have some training and experience in use of and creation of Inquiries for use in their instruction. Districts can use these teacher-leaders to help others within the district gain some of these same skills and content.


If you think you can meet these requirements: be willing and able to commit to attend the seminar, complete the Canvas course, and create an Inquiry, please sign up at this link


This training will be offered at no cost to those teachers selected, but they are responsible for all travel costs to and from the seminar in Marion.


If you have any questions, please direct them to Tom Daugherty – or (919) 807-3862

Fall Tuition Reimbursement - 2017-2018

Please provide the attached information and application to lateral entry or provisionally licensed teachers seeking to become certified in the education of children with disabilities.


If you have any questions, please contact Carol Moffitt at or 919 807-3997




New Behavior Support Consultant - Teri Putnam

Please see the attached announcement regarding Teri Putnam, Southwest Region Behavior Support Consultant.  


Teri can be reached at or 704 692-0177.


Attachment:     New+Employee-Announcement-Teri+Putnam.pdf

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Educators of Excellence - 67th Conference on Exceptional Children

Please see the attached request for nominations to pay special tribute to Educators of Excellence at the 67th Conference on Exceptional Children.  The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2017.


If you have any questions, please contact Julie Whetzel at


Attachment:      Memo-Educator+of+Excellence+2017.pdf

2017-18 ACT WorkKeys Testing Modifications and Eligibility Requirements


Please see the attached memo, 2017-18 ACT WorkKeys Testing Modifications and Eligibility Requirements, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard, to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - 2017-18 ACT WorkKeys Testing Modifications and Eligibility Requirements


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Updates



After much research, investigation and collaboration internally and with external partners, NCDPI has made the decision to suspend the use of CTE Middle School Post-Assessments for the

purposes of determining student growth and informing teacher effectiveness.


Please see the attached memo for all details. 


Attachment:     CTE Memo

Principal Ready Sessions: Fall 2017

NCDPI announces the fall dates for the annual Principal READY sessions starting early October and extending through November

Each region across the state will host a session planned by your statewide Service Support Teams in collaboration with principals from each zone. Participants are free to choose the date that best fits their schedule. It is not required to attend the session in the home region if another date is more appropriate. 

The full calendar of sessions can be found here: NCEES wiki. The registration link is here.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Updates


As with any school improvement effort, installation of  a multi-tiered system of support will bring a wealth of  benefits as well as a few challenges. North Carolina teachers share how they are experiencing increased supports as a result of the work of  MTSS teams. The video created by East Wake Academy staff reinforces this idea in describing the shift that is taking place by teachers  in their school. MTSS  is allowing teachers to express confidence in their skills, “I know what this kid needs”, and then depend on problem solving teams to answer, “how can I incorporate this help inside my classroom?”. Thank you to teams like the one represented in this video who are defining and analyzing strong core academic and behavioral practices in order to improve outcomes for all students.


For a list of charter schools currently involved in a cohort, see this document. For information on joining Cohort 5, please access the MTSS wiki or contact Amy Jablonski, Director, Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems(IABS). 

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Advisory Council Meeting Rescheduled 

The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Advisory Council meeting that was scheduled for today (Aug. 30) has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 20


The meeting will be held from 2-5 p.m., in the Massey Building, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Campus, 1311 Highway 301 South, Wilson. 


American Sign Language and Voice Interpreters will be provided at the meeting. Prior notice of other languages requested will be required to make suitable arrangements.

Questions regarding the meeting may be directed Eartha Butler

NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, Sept. 6-7, in the 7th floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. 


The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online (under Meetings tab). Highlighting this month’s board meeting are the release of the 2016-17 Accountability and School Performance Grades Report, 2016-17 Four- and Five-Year Cohort Graduation Rates, schools qualifying for the Innovative School District, and the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act Draft Plan. Board action on these items will occur on Thursday.

Please note that board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Board members will summarize their committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7.

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.

Registration Open - 67th Conference on Exceptional Children

Prescriptive Instruction: The Key to Proficiency is the theme of the 67th Conference on Exceptional Children, North Carolina’s largest gathering of educational professionals and parents of children with disabilities. The Exceptional Children Division is pleased to invite colleagues from across the state to join us for this annual synergistic event to share and learn about innovations and exciting practices to help exceptional children achieve. Please join us for numerous enriching activities: an uplifting Plenary Session with inspiring keynote presentation, more than 90 informative Instructional Sessions covering the broad spectrum of exceptional children education, the Teachers of Excellence reception honoring outstanding North Carolina special educators, a Poster Display of innovative programs and practices, the School-Based Enterprise Bazaar showcasing products being created and marketed by North Carolina Public School students with disabilities, and an Exhibitor/Vendor area that offers interactions with organizations and companies specializing in serving exceptional children. Come be an integral part of this annual gathering in Greensboro of more than 3,000 professionals and parents, all working together to improve educational outcomes for all students!


Registration and additional information may be found at:


Attachment:     At+A+Glance.jpg

Professional Development

Autism Professional Learning

Please see the attached announcement of Autism Professional Learning opportunities. 


If you have any questions, please contact


 Attachment:     Memo-AU+Professional+Learning.pdf

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Please see the memo attached for distribution to Charter Schools. It’s the Health Assessment-Immunization Reporting memo and contains the link for schools to use in reporting their immunization and health assessment data.  

Attachment:     2017-18 Charter School Memos