Office of Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter for March 8, 2019

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Office of Charter Schools

6307 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6307  •  919.807.3491


Upcoming Events


March 11 - 12, 2019

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


March 13, 2019

Low Performing Training Camp (Davidson, NC)


March 13, 2019

NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Training (NCDPI)


March 18 - 21, 2019

Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES)

Greensboro, NC 


Action Items Due


March 31, 2019

NC ACCESS Subgrant Program Applications Due


March 31, 2019

March Performance Framework Submissions Due


Future Action Items 


April 30, 2019

April Performance Framework Submissions Due


June 30, 2019

Resubmission Deadline for Performance Framework


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Update

Low Performing Training Camp



Community School of Davidson will be hosting a Low Performing Training Camp for all charter schools identified as low or continually low performing. This day-long development will be focused on school culture and instructional best practices with classroom observations and reflections. Join us on Wednesday, March 13th!


Register here.


2019 Performance Framework March Submission


OCS collects evidence of operational, financial, and academic compliance through the Charter School Performance Framework (PF). Please find the submission criteria due on Sunday, March 31, 2019. 

Deadline- March 31, 2019 - All Schools


A01.2 – Parent Letter for Schools with a D or F

A13 – Fire, OSHA, and Other Required Health or Safety Inspections

A15 – Civil and Liability Insurance Certificate

A16 – Board Criminal History Check Policy

A19 – EMO/CMO Public Records Request

A21 – School Improvement Plan


For more information, please check out to the March Submission Guide linked here. This guide contains Frequently Asked Questions, submission instructions, and general guidelines for the PF evidence documents due by March 31, 2019. [Note: for optimal use of the links within the document, it is best to download a copy of the PDF]


All schools must submit the required documents per the established reporting timelines. Please submit information through the web-based tool Epicenter; to view the webinar training recording click here. Submission tasks have been assigned to all schools, including items that may be deemed Not Applicable. Please read the instructions provided in Epicenter for each submission task carefully.


Users are invited to the Epicenter by NCDPI OCS staff. To request a user for your school, the lead administrator must send an email to with the following information of the requested user: 1) first and last name, 2) school email address, 3) position at the school, and 4) the name of the school.


Web-based Resources:

March Submission Resources

Frequently Asked Questions


For questions regarding the 2019 Charter School Performance Framework, please send an email to


For technical support, please contact the Epicenter Support Center at (855) 899-1624 or



Regional NCStar Trainings in March & April – Registration NOW OPEN


From 8:30am – 1:00pm at each location, beginner training will be conducted and then from 2pm-4pm each location will have a Q&A session for experienced users. Registration is open at Space is limited and registration for each site will close once site capacity is reached. Please remember that any school identified in a federal or state list will be required to use NCStar to create and manage their school improvement plan.


  • SANDHILLS o March 29th – Sampson County Schools Boardroom at 437 Rowan Road in Clinton
  • NORTHWEST o April 12th – Olive Hill Resource Center at 509 West Concord Street in Morganton
  • WESTERN o April 5th – Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College at 447 College Drive in Sylva
  • SOUTHWEST o April 3rd – Linda Rader Staff Development Center at 240 Eighth Avenue in Cramerton
  • NORTH CENTRAL o April 10th – Harnett Health Sciences Center at 51 Red Mulberry Way in Lilington
  • SOUTHEAST o March 26th – New Hanover County Schools Board of Education Center at 1805 South 13th Street in Wilmington
  • NORTHEAST o March 28th – Sadie Saulter Educational Center at 400 Spruce Street in Greenville
  • PIEDMONT-TRIAD o April 11th – Workforce Development & Continuing Education Building at 629 Industrial Park Avenue in Asheboro, NC
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Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies Student Expo,

NEAAAT, in Elizabeth City.

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Update

Re-Branding of Truenorthlogic (TNL)


Unified Talent

Perform & Professional Learning


With the Powerschool acquisition of Performance Matters,  Truenorthlogic/NCEES has been re-branded as ” PowerSchool Unified Talent Perform & Professional Learning”. Unified Talent  will replace the Truenorthlogic name and TNL green compass logo.


NCDPI, LEA and Charter staff will see the new Unified Talent logo after maintenance weekend, Mar. 8-10, 2019, DPI, when logging into NCEdCloud/IAM ( dashboard.


The system will remain as the North Carolina Educator Effectiveness System (NCEES) for evaluations and professional development. The new NCEES icon will be PowerSchool’s cyan letter P with Unified Talent underneath and NCEES in the bar below the dashboard icon.



FY 2019 Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Grant Application


Dear Rural Educational Agency Contact,


The FY 2019 Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) grant application is now open in To access the application package, click this link: SRSA-eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) have until April 26, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time to submit an SRSA application.

Applicants must complete the following pre-application actions in order to complete and submit an FY 2019 SRSA application in

  1. Check Column K on the FY 2019 REAP Eligibility Spreadsheet for your LEA's SRSA eligibility status. Only those LEAs listed as eligible on this spreadsheet can receive an FY 2019 SRSA grant award.
  2. Make sure you accurately record your LEA’s NCES ID number from Column A of the spreadsheet. You will need this number to successfully complete the SRSA application in
  3. Make sure your LEA’s DUNS number is active and registered in
  4. Register in as an Organization Applicant.
  5. Create a Workspace profile in for your SRSA application.

 FY 2019 SRSA Application Walk-Through Webinars

The REAP Team will offer SRSA APPLICATION WALK-THROUGH WEBINARS again this year.


To register, click the hyperlink under any of the dates listed below for the webinar session you plan to attend:


Tuesday, March 21, 3-4:00 p.m. EST


Tuesday, April 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST


Please send any questions regarding this email to




In May of 2018, the IABS Team shared our vision to provide the field with an integrated MTSS assessment tool. After months of development and collaborative work with the NC MTSS Consortium, the tool that measures school level progress towards full implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support was released.


Therefore, last month your MTSS and PBIS  Coordinators were provided with access to the Facilitated Assessment of MTSS-School Level (FAM-S) for use within your schools. They received an infographic containing a link to the FAM-S website which houses the tool as well as supporting resources. It is our belief that this tool will promote conversations and provide data that will support your work in building an efficient and effective system for all students and staff.


For more information, we encourage you to read the FAQ document. We sincerely appreciate your support and leadership around school improvement.  If you have additional questions about MTSS or the use of the FAM-S, please contact your IABS Consultant.



April 2019 Child Count


Please see the attached submission schedule for the April 2019 Periodic Child Count.  If you have any questions, please contact the CECAS Help Desk at (919) 807-4357, option 3.



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2019 Application Process for the North Carolina State Improvement Project


Attached is a Memorandum announcing the process to apply for participation in the NC State Improvement Project (NC SIP) grant. To apply, please complete the readiness survey found at:


If you have any questions contact Dr. Paula Crawford at or 919-807-3993.


Superintendents' Weekly Message: March 5


Superintendents' Weekly Message: March 5


NC Beginning Teacher Twitter Chat


NC Beginning Teacher Twitter Chat


Other News


NCHEP 2019 Learning Institute Reminder


NCHEP 2019 Learning Institute


April 2-3, 2019        8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (daily)


Hilton Charlotte University Place


8629 JM Keynes Drive Charlotte, NC 28262 (704) 547-7444


Registration for the Learning Institute is required (by March 26th).

Go to the registration page. The special hotel rate for NCHEP has been extended until March 13th. Reserve your room before March 13th to receive the special rate. 



The North Carolina Homeless Education Program's Annual Learning Institute is intended for Homeless Liaisons, Migrant Education Consultants, and other Educators in NC districts and schools, including charter, lab, ISD, and virtual schools, who work directly with children and youth experiencing homelessness. Sessions are designed for participants to learn about the McKinney-Vento Act and ensure compliance in school districts, including charter, lab, ISD, and virtual schools. The Learning Institute provides opportunities for professionals to acquire strategies and best practices in identifying, enrolling, and serving children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. This is a free professional learning event for NC Educators in districts and schools, including charter, lab, ISD, and virtual schools, who serve children and youth experiencing homelessness.



If you have questions about this event, please contact your regional program specialist: Paullett Wall - email: or phone (336) 315-7407 (Regions 1, 2, 3, 4) Patricia Lentz - email: or phone (336) 315-7402 (Regions 5, 6, 7, 8)



Job Vacancies


Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy


Instructional Technology Facilitator


Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a public charter school, offering a college-preparatory education to students in grades K-12. We are seeking an Instructional Technology Facilitator to provide leadership, training, and support to teachers and staff in the integration of technology devices and software with the purpose of enhancing and deepening student learning.


For more information about this position and to learn more about TJCA, please visit



Casa Esperanza Montessori


Head of School


Casa Esperanza Montessori is a Charter School grades K-8; and a private preschool located in Raleigh, NC.  We offer a stimulating, enriching curriculum emphasizing academic core subjects, independence and organizational skills. At Casa, students develop a world view that is both practical and thoroughly inspirational. Because of our Montessori philosophy our students are creative, independent learners and self-directed problem solvers. With our multicultural options, families may choose a Spanish immersion speaking curriculum, or a significantly useful Spanish enrichment curriculum


Casa Page Link:



State Direct Link:



The Learning Center


Head of School- in training

Open Position

2019-20 school year



The Learning Center Charter School, located in the mountains of western North Carolina in Murphy, seeks a Head of School- in training who is interested in becoming the Head of School.   The HOS-in training will have the opportunity to work alongside the current Director to advance the school’s vision as a national benchmark in educational excellence through an integrated E-STEAM open approach to learning.  To apply send a letter of intent and curriculum vitae by  April 1 to   


The full job description is available on the school’s website,, then scroll down to News and Newsworthy.


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