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  –  October 6, 2017

Upcoming Events


October 31  -  November 2, 2017 

State Board of Education Meeting (Includes the planning and work  session)


October 9, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due Next Week

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

Planning Year Session #2 Registration Due - link to register

Future Action Items  

October 18, 2017

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


October 22 - 24, 2017

NCAEE 14th Annual Elementary School Conference


October 24, 2017

Boot Camp Charter Announcement Memo


October 25, 2017

Planning Year Session #2


November 1, 2017

Charter Immunization Reporting

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)



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 October session.  Registration ends on Sunday, October 15th. Please use this link to register.


For questions, please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at

NC Professional Development

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities

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

NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet next Monday, Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 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.


State Board of Education Met This Week - Multiple Charter Schools Highlighted

The State Board of Education met this 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).



Henderson Collegiate presented on its innovation used to close achievement gaps - presentation here.



Metrolina Regional Scholars received recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. 



Reaching All Minds Academy Charter School had a student receive recognition for Outstanding Participation and Recognition at USED 21st Century Community Learning Centers Institute.



Congrats to the respective schools and students. Thanks for all you do for children in North Carolina. 

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.  

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Scholarship Opportunity for a High School Student to Attend 2018 Youth Legislative Assembly  

The Legislative Services Commission of the North Carolina General Assembly is hosting the 48th Annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) April 6 - 8, 2018, in the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh. Please sponsor a scholarship for a high school student to participate in this year’s YLA. Approximately 200 North Carolina high school students are expected to attend. The students draft bills, elect leaders, engage in debate, and vote on mock legislation.   

The cost for a student scholarship is $250, which covers hotel accommodations, meals, t-shirt, and participation in the general session to be held at the Legislative Office Building. Please partner with the YLA to develop youth leadership skills. The experience should be very instructive and rewarding for these students.

Mirroring the real North Carolina General Assembly, students will assemble to elect a leadership team, choose bill topics, draft bills to be debated and be voted up or down. Past topics include random drug testing of high school athletes, offshore drilling, and increasing the minimum drop-out age for high school students.

If you have questions regarding the YLA program or if you would like to sponsor a student, please contact Erica Gallion, YLA Program Coordinator or (919) 301-1372. 

For more information, scheduling, and application documents please select the following link. Youth Legislative Assembly 2018


Alternate Assessment Participation Under ESSA


Please see the attached memo, Alternate Assessment Participation Under ESSA, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - Alternate Assessment Participation Under ESSA

Webinar for Grades 3-8 Mathematics Alternate Test Specifications Confirmation


Please see the attached webinar invitation.  The registration link is in the attachment.

If you have any questions, please contact Iris.Irving 

Attachment:    CS+Math+3-8+Webinar.pdf

Elementary Student

Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA)


The NC Read to Achieve legislation states that every kindergarten student must complete the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) portion of the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process within 60 days of enrollment. Thus, the KEA was designed to be appropriate for the greatest number of students. During the initial year of implementation, it was clarified that completion of the KEA is also required for students in the Extended Content Standards.


Please work with the K-3 Formative Assessment Process/KEA point person in your district to ensure that your EC teachers receive professional development and support for implementing the KEA. If you are not sure who the point person is, please contact the Office of Early Learning K-3 Education Consultant who serves your LEA.


If you have any questions, please contact Dan Tetreault

K-3 Education Project Implementation Lead

Office of Early Learning (Pre-K – Grade 3)

State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction

 [P] 919/807-3752

Licensure Policy Update


On October 5, 2017, the NC State Board of Education approved policy changes to SBE policy LINC-001 that makes some significant changes to teacher licensure.  Attached is a copy of the approved policy for your reference.


Attachment:     LICN-001_20171005.pdf

Math Chalkboard

Graduation Policy Updates and NC Math 1 A&B Extended Content Standards


Please see attached requirements for students following the Occupational Course of Study pathway. 


Also included in the attachment is information regarding training on the newly aligned Math 1 A&B Extended Content Standards. 


If you have any questions regarding OCS pathway, please contact Beverly Colwell at


If you have any questions regarding the Extended Content Standards pathway Math 1 A&B, please contact Ginger Cash at


 Attachment:     Memo-Graduation+Update+OCS+and+Math+1+ECS.pdf

October 2017 Global Education Professional Development Opportunities!


NCDPI Webinars

Quarterly Dual Language/Immersion Webinar October 10, 2017/ 10:00 AM EDT

The focus for this webinar will be on DL/I Secondary Pathways. Special guest is Chad Morgan, Principal at Chatham Middle School in Chatham County Schools. Other news, information and resources will be shared. Register now!


Global Education Quarterly Webinar October 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT - Global Career Technical Education: Teacher Toolkit & Training

Ensuring that all students are globally competent is paramount in today’s interconnected economy. What does this  look like for CTE – what skills do students need? This session will share a new global CTE Teacher Toolkit with free online resources and a new online, interactive professional development course developed by ACTE and Asia Society. This session will introduce global competence as part of workforce readiness, show the alignment to the global economy and future careers, and discuss how global competencies can be integrated into CTE curriculum to support what is already being taught. Presenter: Heather Singmaster, Asia Society. Register now:


Educating for Global Competence in World Languages October 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT
Are you interested in how to better foster globally engaged and productive citizens? Join NCDPI for an interactive webinar on Global Awareness and the NCEES Connection. Learn more about the Global Educator Digital Badge process and how the North Carolina World Languages Essential Standards support globally aware and engaged students. Resources and support materials will be provided.
Register now!


NC Global Education State Partner Opportunities



October 26–27, 2017 The Friday Conference Center Chapel Hill, NC


Foreign Language Association of North Carolina: FLANC 51st Annual Fall Conference

Lighting Ways to Proficiency: October 20-21, 2017 (pre-conference webinars Oct. 17-19) Raleigh/Durham NC


Disciplinary Significant Disproportionality List and Warning Lists


Attached is an announcement of a Significant Disproportionality Discipline Problem Solving Technical Assistance session on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  This is for LEAs that have or potentially have significant disproportionality in discipline for students with disabilities.


Some have received an separate email. If so, your LEA has or has the potential to have significant disproportionality in discipline for students with disabilities.


The attachments provide registration/logistical information as well as an agenda.


If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Johnson ( or your Regional EC Consultant.



Attachments:     LEAs on Disciplinary Significant Disproportionality List and Warning Lists

NCAEE: Emotional-Social Development in K-3 Updates


NCAEE:  14th Annual Elementary School Conference

Engaging & Empowering Elementary Educators

October 22 – 24, 2017

Embassy Suites Resort and Convention Center, Charlotte-Concord, NC

Click HERE for Conference Registration Information!


We’ve Got the Tools for You! Emotional-Social Development in K-3

Join us to explore the Emotional Literacy and Emotion Regulation Construct Progressions using NC’s Formative Assessment Process. We will practice together: (1) ways to observe and elicit evidence of students’ emotional-social development, (2) how to interpret evidence using construct progressions, (3) how to adapt/respond to students’ emotional-social learning needs, (4) how to select learning targets, and (5) how to develop criteria for success. We have resources and hands-on activities for immediate use in your classroom!


Presenters: Cynthia Dewey & Darlene Germano

Date of Presentation:  Monday, October 23, 2017

Time of Presentation:  8:45 – 9:45


2017-18 Title II, Part A Allocations


As in previous years, NCDPI staff reminds local educational agency (LEA) staff that federal planning allotments do not necessarily reflect the actual award amount that will be received. Planning to actual allotments can reflect increases or decreases from year to year based on federal funding formulas applied to required data sets that are updated when the actual award amount is calculated.


The Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes And Equitable Services Requirements Under The Elementary And Secondary Education Act Of 1965 (ESEA), As Amended By The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was sent out on the listserv in February, 2017, contains the following changes to LEA allocations under Title II, Part A of ESSA:


The hold-harmless provision, based on the amount of funds an LEA received for FY 2001 under the former Eisenhower Professional Development and Class-Size Reduction programs, was eliminated. (ESEA section 2102(a))

Beginning in fiscal year 2017, under the ESEA, there is no longer a “hold-harmless” provision governing the calculation of LEA subgrants. An SEA, therefore, distributes funds to LEAs based solely on the following formula:


        20 percent of the funds must be distributed to LEAs based on the relative numbers of individuals ages 5 through 17 who reside in the area the LEA serves (based on the most recent Census data, as determined by the Secretary); and


        80 percent of the funds must be distributed to LEAs based on the relative numbers of individuals ages 5 through 17 who reside in the area the LEA serves and who are from families with incomes below the poverty line (based on the most recent Census data, as determined by the Secretary). (ESEA section 2102(a))


The elimination of the “hold-harmless” provision along with the Revised Final Fiscal Year 2017 Title II, Part A Allocations will result in changes to the amount of Title II, Part A funds your district receives for the 2017-18 school year. Some districts will see an increase while other districts, unfortunately, will see a decrease from the planning allotment provided this past spring.


The Federal Program Monitoring and Support staff remains committed to supporting your local needs. Therefore, they are again sharing the USED Non-Regulatory Guidance for Title II, Part A: Building Systems of Support for Excellent Teaching and Leading. The guidance contains many new and important ways LEAs can use their Title II, Part A funds more strategically and for greater impact.

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Other News


Charter Reminders on Reports


This is a reminder of the annual report requirement due date on the status of Health Assessments for new students 130A-441(c)), and the Immunization status of all students in Kindergarten and in Seventh Grade (G.S. 130A-155(c)). Students are required to be compliant with regulations within 30 calendar days of school admission. Reporting is mandated within 60 calendar days after commencement of the new school year. As a result, compliance reports are due no later than November 1, 2017, but may be completed at any time prior to that date, and are now open.

The combined compliance report is available, by school name, and must be completed on-line at: Charter Immunization Reporting



Attachment:     Charter Reminders on Reports

Gender Spectrum Inclusive Schools Network


The Gender Spectrum Inclusive Schools Network is a national learning community of school

leaders and educators committed to creating safe and supportive learning environments

where every students’ gender is seen, understood, and respected.. Please see the attached for additional information.


Attachment:    Gender Spectrum Inclusive Schools Network Flyer