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  –  January 19, 2018

Upcoming Events


January 31 - February 1, 2018

State Board of Education Meeting 


February 12 - 13, 2018

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

Action Items Due This Week


January 19, 2018

Rural and Low Income Funding Data Corrections Due

Mindfulness Webinar Registration Due

Action Items Due Next Week



January 21 - 27, 2018

National School Choice Week

January 16 - 23, 2018

CSADM - Phase I

January 17, 2018

Charter School Webinar for Teacher Bonus Payments


January 21, 2018

Planning Year  Session #4 Registration -  link

January 26, 2018

CSD Fresh Take Conference - Fresh Take website.

Future Action Items  


January 31, 2018

Planning Year  Session #4

February 1, 2018

STEAM Webinar - 3:30 - 4:00 pm

February 5, 2018

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


February 9, 2018

CLC Applications Due

February 15, 2018

Annual Registration of Legally Blind Students


March 5 - 8, 2018

EC Institute

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

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates 


Charter School Webinar for Teacher Bonus Payments - Rescheduled - January 23, 2018 - Please Register Again 


The Division of School Business, in collaboration with the Office of Charter Schools, will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, January 23rd to provide information on the Teacher bonuses. 



Charter schools should have received through the secure shell notification of the teachers who are eligible for the bonuses (except for the Advanced placement exams).  If you have teachers who qualified for any of the following legislated bonuses, please have a staff member attend.



3rd Grade Reading Bonus

4th and 5th Grade Reading Bonus

4th to 8th Grade Math Bonus

Advanced Placement exam bonus

Certification or Credential bonus


Detailed below is information on how to register for the webinar. Please review the Q&As and allotment information posted on the FBS website at



Webinar Registration:

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


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 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.


Training Opportunity - Reminder


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 January session.  Registration ends on Sunday, January 21st.  Please use this link to register.

For questions, please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at

Email Delivery

From the Desk of Mr. Dave Machado, Director, Office of Charter Schools (OCS)


National School Choice Week is January 21st through the 27th. I encourage all our schools to “tell your story” of the great impact your school is having on your community. Invite your local and state representatives to come visit along with the media to observe what makes our charter schools some of the most sought after schools in North Carolina. 


With all the challenges we face on a daily basis, it is encouraging to know that in 2017/2018 we are educating over 100,000 students in our 173 schools and have over 55,000 students on our waiting lists. I especially want to thank all the administrators, teachers, staffs, and non-profit school boards that work so hard to provide the best possible education to your students. Keep up the great work!

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Fact Sheet #5

Please see the attached SLD Fact Sheet #5 which addresses new requirements related to the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).  This is the fifth in a series of fact sheets related to the definition, evaluation and identification of students with SLD under the policy addendum approved by the NC State Board of Education on February 5, 2016.  

Please distribute this information to the appropriate staff within your district.

If you have questions, please contact Lynne Loeser ( / 919-807-3980) or Lynn Makor ( /919-843-7049). 

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Updates - MTSS School Based Modules


As of early this week, there were 71 Charter School Cohort 5 educators enrolled in the School-Based MTSS Modules. Our team is thrilled that these additional schools are beginning to engage in the work of building a MTSS. The School Based Modules are designed for School MTSS Leadership Teams.


If your school is still determining who should be guiding this work, please carefully consider these recommendations. If you have a team but have not yet considered the use of this professional development option, a good next step is to discuss with your leadership team what the plan is for continual school improvement around academics, behavior and social emotional instruction for all students. The state level professional development supports were created to guide your team as they implement the critical components of a MTSS. To learn more about access to the modules, watch this YouTube video:


If you have questions about MTSS please contact us at

ESL/Title III Updates


Please see the attached ESL/Title III Updates. Contact Please contact Xatli Stox, ESL/Title III Consultant, at with questions or concerns. 



Attachment:     ESL/Title III Updates

ENCORE Webinar: STEAM w/Kim Brooks 2/1 @ 3:30



When:  February 1, 2018

Time:  3:30 – 4:00

Title:  Full STEAM Ahead: Incorporating the NC Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) into a STEAM K Classroom – Part 2

Description:   We hope you had an opportunity to join us for the January 11 webinar entitled Full STEAM Ahead: Incorporating the NC Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) into a STEAM K Classroom. The feedback to this webinar was incredibly positive; in fact, a significant number of folks who responded were eager for a “Part 2” to follow the initial webinar. Kim Brooks, the facilitator of the initial webinar, has graciously agreed to host a second webinar to extend from the wonderful information presented on January 11. If you were able to attend the initial webinar, we hope you will also register for Part 2; if you were not able to attend the initial webinar, we welcome and encourage you to attend Part 2.  

Register HERE.

Exceptional Children Division March Institute


Please see the attached information regarding institute sessions and post-institute sessions for the EC March Institute, March 5-8, 2018, in Greensboro.  The registration deadline is February 16.  There is no onsite registration.  Participants must be pre-registered. At this time, please register via the link within the attached memo until the March Institute webpage can be updated.


If you have any March Institute questions, please contact Sherry Thomas at or 919 807-3992.


NC Professional Development

Curriculum Leaders Collaborative (CLC) Applications Now Open!


The Curriculum Leaders Collaborative (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 your district needs a high level of change, this professional development is essential." 


  • "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


If you would like to benefit from learning how implementation science and evidence-based problem solving techniques can improve your school initiatives, then join the second cohort of the CLC taking place this school year (2017-18SY)! Below are some quick facts about this coming cohort:


  • What: The purpose of this optional 3-day Curriculum Leaders Collaborative will be to provide those responsible for the school level implementation of content standards (NC Standard Course of Study) with a process for discussing how professional development, technical assistance/coaching, communication/visibility and research/evaluation support quality implementation that can be sustained and monitored for fidelity. Each day of training will run from 9am - 5pm with 90 minutes for lunch, which will be “on your own.” 


  • Who: 3-4 Charter School leadership staff responsible for the implementation of content standards (Principal, Assistant Principal, etc.).


  • Where: Raleigh, NC. 


  • When: February 23rd, March 28th, and April 27th 2018.


  • Additional Information: Please checkout the CLC website or follow #NCDPI_CLC on Twitter for additional information and updates. 


If you are interested in participating in the second cohort of the CLC taking place this school year (2017-18SY), then please click on the link below and complete thapplication by COB on Friday, February 9th. Please note that applications will not be accepted until a signed Partnership Agreement has been emailed to




February EC Directors Webinar - Q and A


Please submit any question you want the Division to address during the February 5, 10:00 - 11:00, webinar to Tish Bynum ( no later than January 22. 


We look forward to the continued collaboration during the February EC Directors webinar.  Webinar invitation information is listed below.


Registration URL: Webinar ID: 103-027-419 

Spoken Language Facilitator Training

Please see attached regarding upcoming Spoken Language Facilitator training.


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

Attachment:     Memo-Spoken+Language+Facilitator+Training.pdf

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Charter Schools in the News - The Event Will Be Rescheduled Due to Weather


Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy​ and Lincoln Charter School ​Plan ​Major ​Event to Celebrate National School Choice Week!​ 

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy and Lincoln Charter School ​will hold a special event on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Lincolnton campus​ ​at ​133 Eagle Nest Road, Lincolnton 28092 beginning at 4:00 PM to celebrate National School Choice Week, school leaders announced today.  This event will feature​ ​​the​ ninth​ annual charter school rivalry between the schools​ ​to help raise funds for the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation. To date, our respective schools have raised over $​6​0,000 to help fund research to conquer cancer.​

The event features both middle school and high school basketball games with gate proceeds donated to the V Foundation, along with Talon Challenge shirt sales, and memorials and honorariums dedicated to cancer victims in the respective communities served by the schools.​​

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a ​p​ublic ​c​harter school serving grades K–12 with a student enrollment of 1,280.  ​Lincoln Charter School serves 2,050 students in Lincoln County, NC.​ TJCA​-CFA and Lincoln Charter​ are two​ of more than 13,000 schools participating in National School Choice Week (January 22–26​, 2018​).

“We are thrilled to have the ​TJCA Gryphons and the Lincoln Charter School Eagles ​participat​ing​ in National School Choice Week by holding this special event,” said Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week president. “The Week provides an opportunity for families in communities across America to discover more about the education options available to children. We salute the students, teachers and staff at TJCA-CFA and Lincoln Charter for their dedication to providing a quality education for children, and for their involvement in this nationwide celebration.”

For more information about National School Choice Week, visit

The History of the Talon Challenge  “Don’t Give Up…..Don’t Ever Give Up.”  – Jimmy V  

The Talon Challenge was started in 2009, to build upon the rivalry between Thomas Jefferson Classical and Lincoln Charter and to instill an atmosphere of service within the schools’ athletic departments.  The schools identified the V Foundation as the recipient of all proceeds from this event for several reasons;  the relevance of NC to the V Foundation, the V Foundation pledge that 100% of direct donations fund cancer research, and the impact of cancer on both communities.  In 2009, the schools decided to sponsor a game ball run, in which the basketball used for the Talon Challenge games would be run from the visiting campus to the hosting campus - in an attempt to raise awareness of the V Foundation and the overall event.  This journey, often run by members of TJCA/LCS cross country teams and students, is approximately 65 miles.  Since 2009, the students of LCS and TJCA have run over 500 miles.  The schools also have traditionally sold Talon Challenge shirts to raise money (approximately 4,250 total during the life of the event), along with several other fundraisers (Memory/Honor cards, LCS art classes making porcelain pins, selling uniform passes, etc.).  Over the course of this event, LCS and TJCA have raised a total of $65,147.01 for the V Foundation (2017 - TJ $4,755.43, LCS $8,947.26).  Also, both schools sponsor blood drives at each campus as part of this event. 


At the games, both schools remember the lives of Jimmy V, Stuart Scott, cancer victims/survivors from each school community.  The iconic Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award ESPY Jimmy V speech is played along with several other activities.  At the conclusion of the final basketball game, a trophy is awarded to the school that gains the most points - based on total pints of blood, basketball game victories and amount of money raised.