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 13, 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 


October 15, 2017

Coding and Mobile Grant Program Applications - Due

Planning Year Session #2 Registration Due - link to register

Action Items Due Next Week

October 18, 2017

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

Future Action Items  


October 22 - 24, 2017

NCAEE 14th Annual Elementary School Conference


October 23, 2017

2017-18 NC State Improvement Project_Information_Memo


October 24, 2017

Boot Camp Charter Announcement Memo - Child Nutrition


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

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


Curriculum Leaders Collaborative (CLC) for Charter Schools - 2017-18 SY Update


The CLC was a huge success in its first year and is coming back again this school year! Here's what the first year participants are saying about it:

·         "It is a chance for the school leaders to think systematically about their approaches, without interruption of day-to-day activities.

·         "If you want to feel more effective and efficient in your efforts, and feel that you are making progress with the hours of work you are putting in, then CLC is an important step."

Additionally, over 96% of year one participants agreed that the CLC met its goals and will improve student outcomes.

Applications for the 2017-18SY Charter School Cohort will be sent out in late 2017 and will be held between February and April 2018 in Raleigh NC.

Please keep an eye out for more information in the coming months! If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Hunter Huffman, Special Projects Manager, at (e): or (p): 919.807.3633.

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Seeking Proposals for the (Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES) 2018 Conference!

Interested in Presenting at DPI’s NEW Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES) Conference?

The Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES) Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals for the CCES 2018 Conference. Preference will be given to proposals that address this year’s conference theme, “Fostering Innovation Across Our State,” as well as highlighting conference goals and strands.

This year, the conference will feature three types of sessions: Operational (45 minutes), Concurrent (75 minutes), and Poster (75 minutes). Exemplary proposals demonstrate clarity in content, processes and solutions. Proposals may only be submitted through the online proposal system.

The proposal window is open now through Oct. 31. Visit the CCES web page for more information. Please click the link at the bottom of the CCES Proposal web page to access the proposal submission form.

NC Virtual Public Schools Logo

NC Virtual Public School Advisory Council to Meet

The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. – noon. The meeting will be held in the Springboard Conference Room 205, Poulton Innovation Center, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1021 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh.


Agenda items include updates on the NC Digital Learning Plan, NCVPS Math I Intervention Pilot, NCVPS research, and election of officers. The draft agenda is available here


Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCVPS at 919.513.8550.

Supporting Third Grade Readers


As NCDPI continues the Read to Achieve work, the K-3 Literacy team would like to offer an online option for the formative, diagnostic reading assessment for third grade students.



Amplify has released an online assessment, mCLASS Flex, which brings the flexibility of both observational and online assessments to teachers.  Some of you will be familiar with it because you have purchased mCLASS Flex for 4th and 5th grades. 



Research shows that observational assessment is the best way to measure early literacy skills for beginning and off-track readers.  Research also validates the use of online assessment as an effective choice for students exhibiting proficient or above proficient behaviors.  mCLASS Flex allows educators using mCLASS:Reading 3D the opportunity to maximize instructional time by differentiating assessment opportunities based on student need.



After BOY completion, teachers will have the option to use mCLASS Flex to progress monitor and benchmark third grade students who have shown proficiency in ALL Reading 3D assessments.  Proficiency means students are



  • in the green or blue area in the DIBELS composite AND
  • in the green or blue area in all DIBELS sub skills AND
  • in the green or blue area in TRC AND
  • reading beyond the end of third grade level expectation (above and beyond Level P).

The K-3 Literacy Division values the diverse needs of all students and acknowledges that third grade students demonstrating proficiency of all Reading 3D skills are ready to move to more student-driven assessment modes.



If at any time a student begins to decline in skills (less than green in DIBELS subskills, composite, or TRC), the teacher MUST return to progress monitoring in the observational Reading 3D process.

It is important to remember that in October of 2016, a progress monitoring option was provided for teachers of third grade students with the same proficiencies as those bulleted above.  That option provides the third grade teacher a choice about continuing to benchmark a third grade student reading at level U in any subsequent benchmark periods. (The device prompts the assessor to choose whether or not to continue when the child has reached level U.) 



Please remember that if level P is to be used as an alternate pathway for a child to show proficiency, the child MUST be assessed in third grade and achieve a Level P or higher during the third grade year.  As we look at the state results after each benchmark, we see that some students are reaching level U before the end of second grade.  This means that the students are decoding words with accuracy at a fifth grade level AND are able to understand and apply fifth grade level standards.  The child’s teacher would have been differentiating for those students on fifth grade standards in every day instruction.



NCDPI hopes that this additional online option for assessing third grade students reading beyond grade level expectations will support teachers in targeting specific individual needs. 


For more Flex implementation information, you may log in to with your username and then click on the orange “Training” tab.  You may also visit the link below, review the attached planning document, and contact your K-3 Literacy consultant.


Attachment:    Implementation+Planning+for+R3D+with+Flex.pdf


K-12 Social Studies Beginning Teacher Webinar Series


On Wednesday, October 25th from 3:45-4:45 PM, NCDPI K-12 Social Studies will have the third webinar of the series for beginning teachers. The five-part webinar series is a way for us to continue to provide support on effective implementation of  the Standard Course of Study for social studies teachers. The webinars will feature some strategies to assist teachers with planning their lessons and/or units in a way that will not only help students gain a deeper understanding of the content, but also help teachers in the transition to conceptual teaching. 

The focus of this particular webinar is providing a better understanding of how to teach North Carolina Essential Standards' clarifying objectives written using  Disciplinary Literacy.


To register for the webinar:


Did you miss the previous webinars? Access it today:

K - 12 2017 Social Studies Leaders' Institute 


Please see the attached information regarding the 2017 Social Studies Leaders' Institute. Please register using this link -


Attachment:     2017 Social Studies Leaders' Institute

Professional Development

Reminder:  Register by Oct. 24 to Receive Early Bird Rates!

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:


We look forward to seeing everyone in November! 


Attachment:     At+A+Glance.jpg

Invitation to Apply - 2017-18 NC State Improvement Project 



Please see the attached memo inviting you to apply to become an NC SIP partner LEA. We look forward to receiving your application for review by October 23 at 5:00 pm.


Attachment:     2017-18 NC State Improvement Project_Information_Memo

NC Student Leadership Institute

Curriculum Leaders Collaborative (CLC)


Please see the attached announcement of the second CLC cohort.


If you have any questions, please contact Hunter Huffman, /  919 807-3633.


Attachment:     Announcement-Curriculum+Leaders+Collaborative.pdf

Low-Performing Schools Information


Please see the attached letter from Dr. Pitre-Martin and Dr. Nancy Barbour to LEA Superintendents and Charter School Directors. 


Attachment:     Letter on Low-Performing Schools


Upcoming NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process (FAP) Webinar Opportunities



OCTOBER NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process Webinars Coming Your Way:  Check out these 30-minute educational opportunities for teachers, administrators and instructional coaches!


APPsolutely an Easy Way to Collect Evidence: Using the NC K-3 Formative Assessment APP:  Thursday, October 12, from 3:30-4:00

This session will enable educators to manipulate this user-friendly app to learn how to easily capture documentation in the moment.  Educators will leave this session ready to gather different types of evidence with just a few taps within the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process APP. Be sure to have your devices ready so you can practice during the presentation.

Register HERE!


Got Evidence?:  Monday, October 16, from 3:30-4:00

Got Evidence?  Now What?  This webinar will walk you through how to locate the evidence collected, how and when to individualize a piece of group evidence, how to view the performance descriptors when making a learning status, and much more about evidence collection!  

Register HERE!

K-3 Literacy Progress Monitoring Webinar Opportunity


Join the K-3 Literacy team on October 25 at 3:30 for a webinar focused on progress monitoring in the elementary reading classroom.  We will discuss connections to instruction and offer tips for managing the progress monitoring process.  Please share this opportunity with your elementary teachers, instructional facilitators, and building-level administrators.


See registration details below.


Please register for Best Practices in Progress Monitoring in Reading on Oct 25, 2017 3:30 PM EDT at:

As teachers, we are constantly checking in with our students to see if they are responding to our instruction. This can be done formally or informally, through observation or formal assessment measures. Do you often find yourself wondering…what are the components of effective progress monitoring? How should progress monitoring connect with instruction? How do I begin to manage it all? Participate in this webinar to learn about getting the most out progress monitoring! 

This webinar will be recorded and archived on the Read to Achieve LiveBinder. CEUs are not offered for this session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Whole Child Model

Whole Child Conference


Please see the attached on the Whole Child Conference.


If you have any questions, please contact Lillie Cox,


Attachment:     Flyer-Whole+Child+Conference.pdf

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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.

Call for Papers: Teacher Leadership Journal

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership, an online scholarly publication of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, announces a call for papers for its next issue to be published in early 2018.


The program is most interested in manuscripts that address educational leadership, specifically how teachers can grow their influence without leaving the classroom, the interdisciplinary nature of STEM, project- and inquiry-based learning, agricultural education, science literacy, and education policy and advocacy.


They welcome articles on research, case studies, analysis and literary reviews. They will also accept evidence-based essays and editorials that are not simply personal accounts or strictly opinions. Full manuscripts must be submitted through by December 1, 2017.


Submissions will undergo a blind peer review. Please direct questions to Amneris Solano, managing editor, at