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 8, 2017

Upcoming Events


October 4 - 5, 2017 

State Board of Education Meeting


October 9, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due Next Week


September 11 - 12 & 14-15, 2017

ESL PD for Teachers of English Learners and Instructional Coaches


September 13, 2017

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin Webinar

September 15, 2017

Nominations Due -  Educator of Excellence Recognition

Future Action Items  



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

November 16, 2017

NC Service Learning Coalition Summit


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


Don't Miss This! - Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities


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

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


NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin

There are now over 149 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 the email address above.

The next webinar training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13. 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.  

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


NC Service Learning Coalition Summit


The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition (NCSLC) requests workshop proposals and showcase presentations for the 2017 NC Statewide Service-Learning Summit to be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 at UNC-Pembroke.  

All Requests for Proposals must be received no later than Friday, September 22, 2017.  All workshop presenters and showcase providers must register for the summit at We will inform all presenters and showcases by October 10, 2017. We encourage your submissions via our Google form:

Attachment:     NC Service Learning Coalition Summit - Save the Date!

First Vote NC logo

First Vote NC Update


First Vote NC is a non-partisan nonprofit organization (formerly known as Kids Voting NC) working to motivate young people to become more civically engaged by providing sophisticated resources, such as an online voter platform and expansive curriculum, to North Carolina educators. First Vote NC is now part of the EdNC family.


A foundation grant has made this resource free-of-charge for all public and charter high schools in the state.


Facebook at First Vote NC

Twitter at FirstVote_NC

Instagram at firstvotenc.


Please see the attached for more information and contact Hunter Buxton at or 919-605-5317 with questions or concerns.

Attachment:     First Vote NC and Charter Schools

ESL/Title III Updates 


The NCDPI EL Support Team offers training and coaching on effective theory-based concepts for best practices in EL student education year-round. During the month of September, the team has scheduled face-to-face and online sessions on SIOP, LinguaFolio PLC, SIOP and the NC Educator Evaluation System, and WIDA PLC. Additionally, NC educators are invited to participate in the WIDA Language of Science workshop. 


These PD offerings are FREE and participants receive a Certificate of Completion.  Click on each offering to read more information and register to participate.

September 12

SIOP (Session 1 of 3)



September 13

LinguaFolio PLC (Session 1 of 5)



September 14

WIDA Language of Science (Session 1 of 2)



September 20

SIOP & NCEES (Session 1 of 3)



September 25

WIDA PLC (Session 1 of 5)


Check the ELD Wiki Professional Development page for more PD offerings and follow us on Facebook: Growing Success for ELs and Twitter @NCDPI_ELs #NCELs

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Updates

If you are a new Charter School or have recently moved into a director role in a North Carolina Charter School, please consider how our team can support you in your school improvement efforts. In collaboration with the Office of Charter Schools, the Division of Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems has strategically designed professional development and technical assistance accessible to every charter school leadership team. 

Several resources are also available to deepen your understanding of critical components necessary for implementation of a multi-tiered system of support. We invite you to:


For information on joining Cohort 5, please access the MTSS wiki or contact Amy Jablonski, Director, Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems(IABS). 

Read to Achieve Alternative Assessments


Please see the attached memo, Read to Achieve Alternative Assessments, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard, to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - Read to Achieve Alternative Assessments

Governor's School Chorus

Office of the North Carolina Governor's School Updates


Please review the attached memorandum about the 2018 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School and share it with relevant school personnel.

If there are any questions, visit or contact the Office of the North Carolina Governor’s School at or 919/807-3319. 

Attachment:    Memo to Charter School Directors about Governor's School

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Application Period

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Other News


Beginning Teacher Leadership Network Accepting Applications


The Public School Forum's Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) is currently recruiting teachers in Cabarrus, Carteret, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Union, and Wake counties for the 2017-18 cohort. Applications are open through September 8, 2017.


North Carolina traditional and charter public school teachers in their first three years of experience are eligible to participate. Participants may remain in the network for three years, regardless of when they enter the program. The core program will consist of monthly sessions, one during each traditional teaching month, during after-school hours. Forums will consist of education policy briefings, teacher collaboration sessions, and interactive professional development.


By bringing together educational practice and policy, BTLN hopes to produce and retain teachers that are “empowered to lead and informed to change” in a new era of teaching. BTLN provides unparalleled access to information and key decision makers in education, while simultaneously giving beginning teachers high-level professional development.


To apply for the 2017-18 Beginning Teacher Leadership Network, click here.

Women in Educational Leadership Symposium


Registration is open for the second annual Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS). The purpose of WIELS is to bring women together to share, learn, and grow in leadership. Women who are interested in learning from others and those who are willing to share skills and expertise are urged to attend. This conference aims to provide personalized learning and mentoring opportunities for those who aspire to become, or currently serve as educational leaders.


The symposium will be held September 22 through September 24, 2017 at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. This year's conference theme is Advancing the Leader Within: Building Capacity.


Registration for the conference is online at Additional information can be found at

Call for Summer 2018 NCSSM Accelerator Course Proposals


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is looking for course proposals for their 2018 Summer Accelerator programs. NCSSM's Accelerator programs, for rising 7th-12th graders, offer talented students innovative courses and opportunities to explore complex subjects, collaborate with peers from around the globe, and gain hands-on experience to kickstart college readiness and career interests. 


Courses will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • alignment to NCSSM mission and learning competencies
  • uniqueness
  • market demand
  • cost-effectiveness (past courses costs minus salaries have ranged from $0 to $2300)
  • alignment to other NCSSM Online concentrations *Does not apply to Early Accelerator proposals.
  • scheduling and availability

NCSSM is open to courses from all disciplines, however the following areas will receive priority consideration from the evaluation committee: biomedical, engineering, fabrication, and coding.


Course proposals will be due by 5pm on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. Additional information regarding course structure, locations, qualifications, schedules, and more can be found online here.


The submission form for proposals can be found online here.