Office of Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter --- July 13, 2018

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Office of Charter Schools

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 Upcoming Events


 July 19 - 20, 2018



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Professional Development Interest Feedback  


In order to best serve our schools, the Office of Charter Schools (OCS) is seeking input about professional development topics that would be most relevant.

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about how the OCS can provide the most useful development opportunities.


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Action Items Due


August 30, 2018

Extension of Performance Framework Submission


Future Action Items


July 15 - 17, 2018

NC Association for Public Charter Schools Conference


July 20, 2018

New Applicant Training in Durham, NC


July 26, 2018

New Applicant Training in Mooresville, NC


July 27, 2018

Renewals due for 2020 (See attached list of schools)


August 7, 2018

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


August 30, 2018

Extension of Performance Framework Submission


October 2, 2018

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


November 14 - 16, 2018

EC Conference


December 4, 2018

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





NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates


New Charter Grant Training Invite

Select Charter School Administrators

Select EC Coordinators/Lead Teachers

Select Finance Office Representative




This full day training will be in two parts.  The morning will be related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 611 Grant and how to complete the application and the afternoon will relate to fiscal accountability. 

It is recommended that the LEA send a team of two consisting of the EC Coordinator/Lead teacher, the School Administrator, and/or the Finance Office Representative.  The training will be held at the DPI Education Building at 301 North Wilmington Street in Raleigh on August 22, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Room 564.   


The EC grants training, scheduled from 9:00-12:00, is intended for all individuals who will be responsible for completing the IDEA 611 Grant for the first time.  The EC Grants training will be hands-on as LEAs are walked through how to complete the grant application.


The Fiscal Accountability training, scheduled from 1:00-4:00, will also be hands on and LEAs will receive information on preparing documentation for fiscal review.


To register follow this link:


Lunch will be available on your own at several locations within walking distance.  Parking is available in nearby lots for a daily fee.


If you have questions regarding content of this training please contact Kevin Allen by email at




Include Charter School Number with Charter School Name in Communications to NCDPI (For Charter Schools Only)


North Carolina has over 180 charter schools and several of the schools have similar names, so we ask you to please include your charter school number in all correspondence, preferably in the subject line.  This will minimize error and miscommunication.



Charter School check mark

Renewals 2020


The following schools are due for renewal in 2020.  Please submit renewal requests on your school’s letterhead to Shaunda Cooper by email attachment to, no later than July 27, 2018.


34D        Carter G Woodson School

64A        Rocky Mount Preparatory

32D        Kestrel Heights School

92M       PreEminent Charter

65B         Wilmington Prep Academy

36C         Mountain Island Charter School

81B         Lake Lure Classical

91B         Henderson Collegiate

32R         Excelsior Classical Academy

32S         KIPP Durham College Prep

35B         Youngsville Academy

41K         Piedmont Classical High School

44A        Shining Rock Classical Academy: CFA

61M       Charlotte Lab School

61N        Queen City STEM School

61P         VERITAS Community School, CFA

70A        Northeast Academy of Aero Tech

74C         Winterville Charter Academy

93J          PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School

74B         Ignite Innovation Academy


Shaunda Cooper

Office of Charter Schools

Statewide School Renewals &

Professional Development



School Safety Grants Program (SRO grants) application available

Attention School Leaders:


As you may know, this year the General Assembly worked with State Superintendent Mark Johnson to launch a new School Safety Grants Program.


A part of that program includes a funding opportunity for the training and/or employment of school resource officers in North Carolina's elementary and middle schools.



The application for funding, which will be awarded through a competitive grant process, is linked below. The application deadline is July 13, 2018.


If you have any questions, please email


Kym Martin

Executive Director, N.C. Center for Safer Schools




School Resource Officer

NC Elementary Math Classroom

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Please see the attached Memorandum regarding RRtCP and Foundations of Mathematics. For more information regarding the courses contact Dr. Paula Crawford, Section Chief and NC SIP Project Director at or (919) 807-3298.





 SLD Fact Sheet #6- Observations

Please see the attached SLD Fact Sheet #6 which addresses new requirements, effective July 1, 2020, related to the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).  This is the sixth 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. 


These fact sheets are intended to support your efforts in preparing for full implementation by July 1, 2020.  Please share and discuss this information with all appropriate staff within your district.


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









The ESL/Title III team within the K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction Division is excited to offer the English Learner (EL) Support Conference: Growing Success for ELs on August 7-9, 2018 at Greensboro College.

This year’s conference will offer fourteen (14) different 3-day courses with participants choosing one to attend for all 3 days.

Connections to digital tools and components of the teacher evaluation instrument (NCEES) will be embedded within each course.

The conference supports the statewide vision “to build capacity at the local school system/charter level and sustain statewide implementation of research-based strategies to meet the needs of our English learners.”

Audience: Administrators, Content teachers, ESL teachers and others working with English learners.


At the Growing Success for ELs Summer Conference, you will join educators interested in learning and sharing best practices in EL education.

During our courses, participants will review second language acquisition methodologies, academic vocabulary and discourse strategies, and scaffolding techniques to enhance language development instruction with English learners.

For more information visit:  --Register today!



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