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  –  November 3, 2017

Upcoming Events


November 6 - 7, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


December 6 - 7, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due Next Week


November 8, 2017

Carter School CSADM

November 10. 2017

Wait List Survey - click this link to access the Wait List Survey


November 12, 2017

Planning Year Session #3 Registration

Future Action Items  



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)


November 21, 2017

Planning Year Session #3


December 4, 2017

PowerSchool Student Participation - October Headcount Due


December 31, 2017

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Application


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates 



Charter School Average Daily Membership (CSADM) Projections for SY 2018-19 – Due November 8, 2017 (Charter ONLY)


All Charter School Administrators or Board Chairs are required to submit their through the (CSADM), even if the school does not intend to increase their enrollment or expand grades in 2018-19.


The CSADM is accessible at any of the following links:


Requests for SY 2018-19 enrollment growth and/or grade expansion of the provisions of a charter application must be electronically submitted using the online CSADM by November 8, 2017.  Only electronic submissions using CSADM will be included in the materials considered by the State Board of Education for approval.


Guidelines for completing and navigating the CSADM are located within the system.

Please use your North Carolina Identity Management Identification (NCID) to access the CSADM.


Questions about NCID should be addressed to your LEA NCID Administrator: .


Questions concerning the CSADM should be addressed to Angela Harrison, 919.807.3734 or


NC Charter Schools Advisory Board to Meet 

The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Nov. 6-7, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.
The agendas are 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 may be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.


NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

November: Family Engagement Month

Please see the attached information and family engagement calendar that LEAs are encouraged to promote.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Ouzts at




Exceptional Children

Considerations for Supporting Student Sensory Processing Differences

The attached document provides LEAs and Charter Schools the Exceptional Children Division's perspective regarding the development and use of sensory rooms in public school buildings.


Attachment:     Guidance-Supporting+Student+Sensory+Processing+Differences.pdf

Institute of Education Services (IES) Updates - Charters are Eligible to Participate

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.


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 timeline: September 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.

CCES Conference

CCES Conference Proposal Window Extended

The Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES) team has extended the proposal submission window to Tuesday, Nov. 7. There will be 14 strands of learning offered at the conference this year. Please visit the CCES website to learn more about the process and to submit your proposal.


Nominations Open for CCES Marvin R. Pittman Champions for Education Award

The Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES) conference committee is looking for teachers, administrators, volunteers and support staff who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to student success, exemplify leadership in education, and have had a significant impact on students.

Please nominate these individuals for recognition during the CCES conference. Visit the Become A Champion web page on the CCES website to learn more about the award categories, nomination process, nomination criteria and selection process.

Summer School 2017-18


Please see the attached memo, Summer School 2017-18, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - Summer School 2017-18

math teachers

J-1 Visa Provider Updates



NCDPI vets any companies that wish to provide J1 Visa services for international teachers where districts utilize the conversion of 001 to 020 allotments per session budget law. This vetting does result in an official letter of support to the company. Licensure has used that approved J1 provider list to process the international teacher licenses.


Districts and charter schools may choose to utilize a J1 provider not vetted by NCDPI, but that the allotment conversion would not be utilized and that an international license would not be issued by NCDPI. That being the case, NCDPI would not issue a letter of support to this provider since they had not been vetted.

Please contact Ms. Helga Fasciano with questions or concerns at

U.S. Department of Education's Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

Please see the attached list to determine your school's eligibility to receive the Small Rural Schools Achievement Grant (SRSA Grant) and the Rural Low Income Schools Grant (RLIS). 

The USED Rural Schools Office will present information to LEAs and charter schools regarding the application process for 2018-2019 (see attached).  The process will begin earlier for next year.  Please plan to attend the webinar on one of the dates listed.  should you have any questions, please contact Elaine Ellington at or (919) 807-3894.

Attachment:     Rural School Spreadsheets


Federal Program Reporting Requirement and Submission Schedule

Every year all schools in North Carolina must complete the Eligible School Summary Report (ESSR) in Power School whether or not you plan to submit an application for federal funds. Attached is a power point and the data collection schedule to assist you in the completion of the report.


Should you have any questions, please contact me at

Attachment:     Federal Program Reporting Information

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