Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter (Includes Action Items)

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  September 29, 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


October 5, 2017

NCHEP McKinney-Vento Regional Compliance Forum - Williams Academy - Register Here

Future Action Items  


October 11, 2017

NC School Jobs Webinar

October 12 - 13, 2017

2017 Charter School Leadership Institute


October 15, 2017

Coding and Mobile Grant Program Applications - Due


October 18, 2017

NCHEP McKinney-Vento Regional Compliance Forum - Southeastern Academy -  Register Here


October 24, 2017

Boot Camp Charter Announcement Memo


November 13 - 16, 2017

Digital Teaching and Learning: The Charter School Connection


November 15, 2017

NCHEP McKinney-Vento Regional Compliance Forum - Socrates Academy - Register Here


November 16, 2017

NC Service Learning Coalition Summit

NCHEP McKinney-Vento Regional Compliance Forum - PAVE SE Raleigh Charter - Register Here


November 17, 2017

Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) chart (See template)


December 31, 2017

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Application

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Update



Researchers at the Friday Institute and SRI International are partnering with computer scientists from Worcester Polytech Institute (WPI) on a study funded by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to make middle school math homework more effective through an online homework intervention – We are seeking NC 1:1 middle schools to participate in this free math homework intervention beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Charter schools are eligible for consideration


The proposed study replicates a large-scale efficacy study conducted in Maine, involving 44 middle schools. ASSISTments was found to have significant positive impact on student learning in math in middle schools. Students learned more math when they used ASSISTments to support homework.  ASSISTments have been adopted by many schools in states including Massachusetts, Maine, New York, etc. Teachers found it easy to use, saves grading time, and makes their homework assignment and review more efficient and effective.


In addition as part of the study - the research team will deliver intensive professional development during the summer to provide support for teachers on how to use the reports from the ASSISTments system as a formative assessment tool that can inform both changes in classroom routines and the use of differentiated instruction based on group- and individual-level student data. Teachers’ time at summer professional development will be compensated.


If someone in your school is interested in attending an in-person or virtual Oct. 16  information session to learn more about the study, please indicate your availability by filling out this PLEASE RSVP HERE.


Additional information:

·  Project timelineSeptember 1, 2017- August 31, 2021 (Participating schools will use the program during 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years)

·  If students have 1:1 devices that they can take home they do not need to have internet at home to use ASSISTments.  We created a system that allows them to download the assignment at school and do it when they are not connected to the internet, with feedback. When they get back to the internet, the information is uploaded to the teachers.

·  For this study teachers can use their existing content whatever it is.  No need to use any of our pre-built content.  They may use our skill builders but they do not have to.

·  ASSISTments is a free service of WPI. It is and will always be free.


NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin

There are now over 150 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, October 11. 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.  

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities


2017 Charter School Leadership Institute

Location: Voyager Academy, Durham, NC

Date: Thursday, October 12 – Friday, October 13

Registration Information:

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. Registration for this event will close on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4.



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:

Please apply by Friday, October 6. 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.


OCS Training Camp


Date: Monday, October 30

Time: 8:30-4:00

Registration Information:

Registration is NOW OPEN for this event! Schools who have received or anticipate receiving a low performing designation are invited to attend. Registration information must be received by Wednesday, October 18. Please register HERE. This is a free event and lunch will be provided by KIPP Gaston.



If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact

Exceptional Children

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

ECATS Update


Attached are one-page communications concerning the three ECATS modules. These communiques provide basic information concerning each element of ECATS and will be the central component of the shared presentation by DPI and PCG on Monday October 2nd at the CASE conference in Wrightsville Beach.  The EC Division wanted to share these with you as a way to be prepared for next week's conversation/presentation.


The EC Division also wanted to make sure that if you are not at the CASE conference that you had access to the communiques which you can share. The presentation will be made available to all LEA and Charter School Directors, not yet sure in what manner, so that everyone has the correct and most up to date information.


State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, Oct. 4-5, 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).

Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5.

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.

NC Students in a Digital Learning Environment

Regional PD for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - October 2017


Attached is informational memo and flyer regarding professional development for teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Woytowich ( or Jenny Stroupe (



1st Month Principal Monthly Report (PMR) Reminder


As we near the end of the 1st month Principal’s Monthly Report (PMR) collection please be reminded of the following:

  • All PMR intervals should be set up for your schools.


  • All current students should have a schedule assigned along with instructional minutes.  Please note that in order for a student to be counted as MST1 (membership standard) the student should have a schedule that is at least half of the school’s instructional minutes.


  • All fatal errors need to be corrected prior to the end of the school’s submission end date.


  • All PMRs need to be run so that your student data can be received at the state level.  This will also reduce your need to submit a remedy ticket requesting the report to be unapproved.


  • All reports need to be submitted by the submission end date.


  • If you are having technical issues, a remedy ticket needs to be logged with the Support Center immediately to avoid delay with the submission of your school data as well as delaying the DPI’s ability to close out and publish the statewide data in a timely manner.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the submission of the 1st month PMR, you can contact Ozella Wiggins at

NC Professional Development

Specific Learning Disabilities: Free online learning opportunity by the Friday Institute


Registration is now open for the Friday Institute's free Learning Differences MOOC-Ed.  


The Learning Differences MOOC-Ed is a six-week long, online course that hopes to help educators understand the ways in which students’ learning varies and what they can do to meet every student’s needs.


The course first encourages teachers to understand their own learning differences and then goes into depth on strategies for learning differences in executive function, working memory, and motivation. Instructional coaches, media coordinators, and teacher leaders will have the opportunity to participate in an additional two units focused on strategies for coaching and supporting other teachers in their work with learning differences. Teachers in North Carolina receive 2.5 CEUS and those in other states will receive a certificate of completion for 25 hours of professional development. Teachers can complete course activities any time, any where as it works for them. Coaches will also have the opportunity to complete a coaching module for an additional 5 hours (0.5 CEUs) which might be a great way for these leaders to connect the course content to their role.


The course starts October 2 .  Check out to learn more!

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). 

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Other News

Reminder: NCHEP McKinney-Vento Regional Compliance Forums

Regional compliance forums for charter schools are scheduled to begin the week of October 2nd.  The schedule is posted below:



  • Northeast & North Central (1 & 3) - November 16th - PAVE SE Raleigh Charter
  • Sandhills & Southeast (2 & 4) - October 18th - Southeastern Academy
  • Piedmont-Triad & Southwest ( 5 & 6) - November 15th - Socrates Academy
  • Northwest and Western (7 & 8) - October 5th - Williams Academy


Host site address information is available to download from the Compliance Forum web page located at:


Registration link for forums:


Additional questions can be addressed to the Program Specialist serving your region:


Paullett or 336-315-7407

Regions:  Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Sandhills


Patricia or 336-315-7402

Regions:  Piedmont-Triad, Southwest, Northwest, Western

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Application Open for Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) Award



The Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics or PRISM Award provides NC public school teachers the opportunity to receive up to $3000 in funding towards the purchase of STEM-related materials and up to $1500 for any necessary training for those materials.


The award was created in 2012 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support teachers in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students.


“The PRISM Award enables teachers to provide new and inventive ways of teaching STEM in their classrooms,” said Dr. John Burris, president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. “For a relatively modest investment students all over North Carolina can benefit from the wealth of material that may not otherwise be available to them.”


The Fund has provided 238 awards to 77 of North Carolina’s 115 school districts for a total of $750,000. One teacher, Matthew Kinnaird in Buncombe County, used the PRISM Award to build a radio telescope with his class to gather information for NASA.


Teachers may apply at The deadline to apply is December 5, 2017.

Hope Street Group Teacher and Instructional Staff Survey

Teacher voice matters! Let your voice be heard on the topic of professional development and learning by taking the short survey linked below. In partnership with NCDPI and with support from, Hope Street Group NC Teacher Voice Network Fellows are asking teachers and instructional staff to complete a short survey to gather feedback. The survey will only take a few minutes and your participation would be greatly appreciated: your thoughts will be used in an effort to improve your professional learning experiences at the state and district level.


The survey will close on Sunday, October 1, 2017. All survey responses are anonymous and will not be made public. Only teachers and instructional staff are asked to respond, but please share widely to help garner as many responses as possible.


Desktop Survey Link
Mobile Survey Link

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. 


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.