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


Upcoming Events


January 3 - 4, 2018

State Board of Education Meeting 


January 8 - 9, 2018

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due 


December 2017 December Headcount Schedule


Future Action Items  



December 31, 2017

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Application


January 26, 2018

CSD Fresh Take Conference - Fresh Take website.


February 5, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am

March 9, 2018

SECU Scholarship Information Due to OCS


April 3, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


June 5, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


August 7, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


October 2, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


December 4, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am

Buses and Buses

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


Charter Schools Transportation Grant Opportunity - Reminder


2.5 million dollars was provided to the NC Department of Public Instruction to establish a Charter School Transportation Grant Program for the 2017-18 school year.


The purpose of the Charter School Transportation Grant pilot program is to reimburse a charter school that has a student enrollment of at least fifty percent (50%) of its students residing in households with an income level not in excess of the amount required for a student to qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch program. 



The Letter of Intent was the first step in the established process and was due September 1, 2017. Attached is the Letter of Intent for any school who did not complete initially and the Grant Application which is due December 31, 2017.  



Contact with questions or concerns. 






2017-18 Transportation Grant Letter of Intent



Charter Schools Transportation Grant Application

Community School of Davidson to Host its Fresh Take Conference - January 26



January 26, 2018 is this year’s Fresh Take: Strategies for Student Success conference in Davidson, NC. We are excited to present our 6th conference for teacher by teachers.  Each session, as you will see on the list below, honors and encourages those in the honored profession of education.


The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Lacretia Berry will address the fact that if we want multi-ethnic communities where bias is not attached to skin tone and race does not matter, we must get good at educating and engaging our children and students. She will also speak about educator’s responsibly to normalize conscious conversations about skin tone and race, and how to empower students to be competent, comfortable, and courageous as they navigate our hyper-racialized society and seek ways to bring healing and change.


Information about Fresh Take and a link to register to attend the conference can be found on the Fresh Take website.

Early bird rate is still available until December 15: individual registration is $75 or $325 for a group of five attendees ($65pp). Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a swag bag, t-shirt, and snack. CPU certificates will be available at the end of the conference.

Join us to celebrate the profession of education and learn from one another.


Fresh Take website:

State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity


Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees' Credit Union.


Below are the steps for applying for this scholarship opportunity:

 - Review the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA and share scholarship information with eligible students and their parents. New for 2018: The SECU People Helping People Scholarship is only available to graduating public high school seniors who are either members of SECU or the child of a parent/guardian who is a member of SECU.

 - Develop a school-level scholarship selection committee comprised of three or more members who will make the final decision on the school-level nominee. The scholarship selection committee must also identify an alternate (runner up) for each school-level nominee in the event the named nominee becomes ineligible (i.e., receives a full scholarship, declines the scholarship, chooses to attend a private or out of state university, etc.).

 - Submit the following information for the school-level nominee:

  • Completed Student Application and Essay. Note: This document must be sent as a Word Document only. The document is enabled to allow SECU Foundation to import student data into our database directly. Please do not send this document as a PDF or Google Doc.
  • Copy of University Acceptance Letter
  • Photo of Nominee (head shot only)
  • A Brief Bio Written by Nominee with Accomplishments and Awards Noted. A guide for writing them bio is provided HERE.
  • Written Scholarship Selection Committee Statement (signed by all committee members verifying the selection of the nominee). In this letter, include the name of the selected school-level alternate nominee.
  • Signed Consent Form. Each recipient of the scholarship and their parent/guardian must sign the Consent Form to release their names and images for press releases to the local news media as well as within State Employee’s Credit Union and the SECU Foundation. In addition, the nominee and their parents are asked to complete all the information on the Consent Form which will be used to verify their eligibility as an SECU member.
  • Scholarship recipient information from each school must be received by the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools by 5:00 pm EST on March 9, 2018. Application information must be sent via email to Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith at Schools should only submit application information for the school-level nominee. Application information should be collected for the alternate nominee, but the information should not be submitted until requested.

 - Schools should notify the Office of Charter Schools if the school-level nominee or alternate are no longer eligible for the scholarship.


The Office of Charter Schools appreciates the dedication and hard work by the members of each school’s Scholarship Selection Committee. Please contact Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith @ if you have any questions or concerns about the scholarship opportunity.



SECU Foundation also provides each North Carolina Community College two (2) $5,000 scholarships. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Selection Committee at the community college. If you have a student who will be attending a community college and exemplifies the membership philosophy of credit unions, “People Helping People”, please direct them to the Financial Aid office at the community college.

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies

Please see attached regarding requests for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies and/or Conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Wooten at 919 807-3801 or


Attachment:     Memo-Testing+Exceptions+Medical+Emergencies+1217.pdf

US Department of Education

US Department of Education (USED) Response to NC Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan


The U.S. Department of Education responded this week to North Carolina’s ESSA plan with a request that we address several items with clarifying or additional information before final approval is granted. We expect to provide those revisions to the plan within the next several weeks.


On the ESSA page of DPI’s website, we have posted links to the letter that we received from the Department of Education which includes the items they’ve asked us to address as well as feedback from peer reviews of the state’s plan.

Child Count Transfer System 


The time has passed for requesting Child Count Transfers for FY 2017-18. There are some unprocessed requests that will be processed in January 2018. If you have any questions, please contact School Allotments at 919-807-3739.

NC School Bus

Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card Updates


Attached is very important information regarding the requirement for DOT medical cards for drivers. 


Please contact Mr. Kevin Harrison, Director, NCDPI Transportation Division with questions or concerns at


Attachment:     Transportation FAQ

Request for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies and/or Conditions


Please see the attached memo, Request for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies and/or Conditions, from Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - Request for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies and/or Conditions

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Updates



As you begin to implement an integrated academic and behavior system in your school, it is critical to have well functioning teams in place. Within the MTSS framework, teaming structures exist to support communication and sustainability of the work around defining and examining core instruction as well as supplemental and intensive supports. The School Leadership Team (School Improvement Team) will prioritize problem-solving  core and supplemental instruction, the school curriculum and the existing environmental structures that impact school culture and the implementation of instructional practices.   

Recommended team members include administration, grade level/common department level teachers with academic and behavioral expertise.  The responsibility of the team includes:

  • building common language around MTSS,
  • problem solving school wide data,
  • planning professional learning (professional development  and coaching) based on staff needs, and
  • communicating with the Grade Level/Content area Teams.


For more information on preparing for installation, see our Live Binder. The self-paced modules being released next month will also provide a significant amount of resources for successful implementation. For questions about NC Multi-Tiered System of Support, please contact Amy Jablonski.

Exceptional Children Division Hosts Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Training Opportunity


The Exceptional Children Division will be offering non-violent crisis prevention intervention (CPI) training in January 2018.  

The proposed dates are January 16-19 and will take place in Greensboro.  Details will be confirmed in early January. There is no registration fee; however, travel and subsistence will not be covered. There will be space available for Charter School personnel.  


Please identify attendees from your respective charter school. When identified, please provide the contact information for potential attendees and they will be added to the database of participants.

Contact Mr. Joe Simmons at 919-807-3993 if you have questions.

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