Office of Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter for December 6, 2019

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Office of Charter Schools

6307 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6307  •  919.807.3981


Upcoming Events


December 9 - 10, 2019

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


December 11, 2019

Licensure webinar at 10:00am


Future Action Items 


January 15, 2020

NC ACCESS Letters of Intent due in Epicenter


March 1, 2020

NC ACCESS Applications due in Epicenter


March 26, 2020

Leading & Learning Day at The Capitol Encore Academy


July 28, 2020

OCS Huddle West at Brevard Academy


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

Important Resources for Charter Schools: (Please Read)

Please click on each link.


Charter School Diabetes Memo


Charter School Epinephrine Memo



DPI Technology Support Center New Phone Number


The DPI Technology Support Center will be upgrading our phone system and changing our phone number effective Tuesday, December 10th.  Our new phone number is:    919-716-1840


(calls to the old number will be forwarded for a period of time)


Please call at our new number beginning Tuesday as we continue to meet your support needs for: 

  • Schoolnet 
  • NCEES/Unified Talent
  • IAM/SSO (NCEdCloud) 
  • Staff & Student UID (eScholar)

Support availability: Web:   -  24/7

Phone:    (919) 807-4357, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  excluding state holidays



Did you know…….. New and Improved DPI Website!


The Office of Charter Schools, and all of DPI, has a new website!  This site is designed to be much more mobile friendly and we hope you enjoy the new look and feel.  Direct links to the old website will no longer work, so please bookmark this url:

Charter school specific information can be found on the right side of the navigation and all other DPI information can be found from the several drop down menus at the top.



Question Marks



Professional Learning 101


The Scoop with Coop


The Scoop with Coop is a newsletter that focuses on the North Carolina Charter School Renewal process.  In addition, this letter provides insight on a variety of charter school topics to assist our leaders and readers alike!


OCS Quick Takes: Mini Webinars on select topics. Return to Learn Post Concussion


Return to Learn Webinar link




Licensure webinar

December 11th at 10:00 a.m.






Policy and Procedures

Required Planning Year Sessions Opportunities


Board members from charter schools that are opening in 2020 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:


















December 18, 2019

8:00 - 4:30

DPI: Room 150

Meeting the Needs of All Students

January 29, 2020

8:00 - 4:15

DPI: Room 150

Our School Opens in 7 Months!  Now What?

June 9 - 10, 2020

8:00 - 5:00

DPI: Rooms 150, 224, 564

New Charter School Leaders Institute


Registration is now open for the December session.  Registration ends on Sunday, December 8.  Please use this link to register:


For questions, please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at or 919-807-3920.



NC ACCESS Program Information and Application Training Sessions




The second application cycle of the NC ACCESS Subgrant Program is coming soon! The NC ACCESS team is holding several in-person technical assistance information and application training sessions from October 2019-January 2020 to assist prospective applicants with the subgrant application process.


Please note that each 2-hour session will consists of two parts: hour one is an informational session outlining the NC ACCESS Subgrant Program and its requirements, and hour two is an in-depth application training. Sessions with no registrants will be cancelled 24 hours prior to the training.


Learn more and view the full training schedule on our website or register for a training here.



NC ACCESS Subgrant Application Info


The 2019-2020 NC ACCESS Subgrant Application is available on the NC ACCESS Program website today!  Letters of Intent must be emailed to by January 15, 2020.  Applications are due by 5pm in Epicenter on March 1, 2020. 


For all NC ACCESS Program questions, please contact us at or 919.807.3981.



Early Registration Discounts to Fresh Take Conference


Fresh Take: Strategies for Student Success education conference is February 7, 2020 in Davidson, NC


Todd Whitaker's keynote is titled "What Great Educators Do Differently"


Visit our website to see all the details


Early registration and group discounts are available now


Register Now





Mark your Calendar

Save the date


Leading & Learning Day  Thursday, March 26, 2020 at The Capitol Encore Academy


OCS Huddle West  Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Brevard Academy





NC Charter Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Ms. Ashley Bailey on her selection as the 2020 North Carolina Charter Teacher of the Year!!!


“Roxboro Community School science teacher, Ashley Bailey,  was very surprised to find Mariah Morris, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year, and Doug Price, NC Charter Teacher of the Year, entering her classroom at 9:00 a.m. on November 26th, right as her Period One Honors Biology class was about to start. As students, staff, her children, her Principal, Darkarai Bryant, OCS consultant, Claire Porter, and her Roxboro Community School Executive Director, Dave Ebert, gathered around her, Ms. Morris read out loud some of the quotes that the selection team had gathered from various stakeholders which reflected the kind of qualities that an exemplary teacher would possess:



Principal: “She has a natural ability to relay content to students in a way that they get it while always holding them to high expectations.”  “She really is that good.” “When you picture the ideal teacher, that is who she is. She leads in and out of the classroom; her students respect her, her colleagues respect her, and she has a domino effect as she constantly betters herself and those around her.”


Peer Teachers: “She is who you aspire to be, personally and professionally. She makes time for you, she has time for the community, she supports her own children’s’ teachers as well, and is always a supportive parent.”


Students:“ She makes learning fun and always has new and creative ways for us to connect with the material and it never seems like work because she loves science and her passion makes us love it too.” 


Parents: “ It is very apparent that she comes to RCS every day because she loves what she does.”  “She is excellence, across the board, in everything she does.” 







NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates

20191202 Monday Message

20191202Monday Message_.pdf



MEMO: CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse


CDL Transportation Memo



Financial and Business Services Newsletter

Please click on the link below for important financial information



New NCDPI Website


The new NCDPI website has gone live.  The new site will replace the NC Public Schools website (, the NC SIS website ( and the Home Base website (  Once the site launches, anyone linking to the old URLs will be redirected to the new site’s URL:  Based on browser settings, it may take up to 48 hours for all sites to redirect to the new URL.  Please use the navigation instructions below for accessing all DTL information:

  • For Home Base Information:  Click on Educators à Home Base
    • Canvas
    • Imagine Math>
    • NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES)
    • Opt In to Home Base
    • PowerSchool (SIS)
    • Schoolnet
    • Support and Maintenance


  • For Digital Teaching and Learning:  Click on Districts & Schools à Districts & Schools Support à Digital Teaching and Learning
    • DTL Standards
    • Digital Learning Initiative Grants
    • Digital Learning NC
    • Digital Teaching and Learning Accountability
    • Future Ready Schools
    • Micro-Credentialing in North Carolina
    • Open Educational Resources
    • Policy and Legislation
    • Resources for Digital Teaching and Learning
    • Textbook Adoption

If you have questions or need assistance in locating Digital Teaching and Learning information, including Home Base, please contact Yolanda Wilson (



FY 2020 - Second State Installment - Charter Schools


DPI’s Allotment section has allocated the 2nd state installment on 12/4/2019 and posted with an effective date of 11/15/2019.  You should see the 2nd installment in the Allotment System at


The estimated state allotment that was posted on November 15, 2019 was reversed.


Any questions about your second state installment, please contact Sue Holly at or Lydia Prude at



PowerSchool and Version 75 or Earlier Chrome Browser Issues


PowerSchool and NCDPI have found that using version 75 or earlier Chrome browsers adversely creates duplicate race codes in PowerSchool. PowerSchool has run a script to remove these duplicate records, but we are finding that more are being created daily. Coordinators, please inform your data managers and others within your district of this issue and encourage them to either update their Chrome browser or use a different browser. 



The Effectiveness of Interventions


One important question that effective schools teams are beginning to ask, is, “Are the interventions we use positively impacting our students?” Determining the effectiveness of interventions implemented in schools requires analysis of the intervention implementation(adult data) as well as analysis of individual student data for students receiving the intervention.


While teams are familiar with discussing individual intervention effectiveness, part of building an MTSS requires school teams to also build skills in determining rules regarding overall intervention system effectiveness. In other words, when looking across school-wide data, ask the question, “are the majority of students receiving the intervention (all interventions) responding positively?”. Your MTSS Teams may wish to look to see the percentage of students moving out of the risk range with intervention in addition to the percentage of students moving towards grade level benchmarks. 


Establishing an effective system for students and an efficient system for staff means that this question is best examined first at a school leadership level. If your school leadership team needs additional supports with this topic,  please contact your school MTSS Leader or reference this Assessment System Guidelines resource.




Missing Program Schools in PowerSchool


NCDPI has discovered that several public school units (PSUs) are missing program schools that are required to be in all instances. DPI staff will be adding the following schools back over the next few days. 

  • LEP
  • Migrant
  • Homeless

PSUs missing any of these schools do not need to take any action at this time. However, once DPI has added the missing schools to all instances, PSU admins may wish to change the settings to exclude these schools from state reporting. Instructions on how to exclude schools from state reporting can be found on the NCDPI website. The link to the document is also below for your convenience.





#GoOpenNC Statewide Launch in Two Weeks


Greetings DTL Leaders and Canvas Admins, The #GoOpenNC Team is thrilled to be less than two weeks away from a statewide launch of our Open Educational Resources (OER) platform - #GoOpenNC. #GoOpenNC is a free, statewide platform that allows educators to find supplemental instructional resources aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and become a member of a community of open practice of sharing and improving instructional resources.


On December 16th, the icon for #GoOpenNC will be enabled for all staff statewide in the NCEdCloud tray.  Attached to this email is a PDF copy of the instructions for adding the #GoOpenNC external tool to your learning management system via LTI. The PDF has a default key and secret that allows users to see all content and groups they are a member of on #GoOpenNC.


If you would like a customized key and secret which allows users to see a specific local group when using the LTI in your public school unit, please send an email with the group name to Adding the LTI configuration in your learning management system should take approximately 10 minutes. Please complete this task prior to December 16th but we ask that you do not publicize it before then. If you have any questions, please send an email to


What's next? After you have added the LTI app, users can add content from #GoOpenNC using the external tool option to their courses in your learning management system. Here is a short tutorial video specific to Canvas:  Thank you for your support of a successful launch and we look forward to seeing your users on the site very soon!

- #GoOpenNC Team



2nd Round of Home Base Meet-Ups

The second round of Home Base Meet-Ups for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled for Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12, 2019. Don't miss this great opportunity to collaborate and network with your peers face-to-face. Live stream options for all products will be offered for those who cannot attend a face-to-face session.


For complete registration details, please link to the December 2019-20 HBMU Invite. Click on the Home Base Meet-Up Registration link to register, and visit the Home Base Meet-Ups 2019-20 Schedule for future meeting dates and locations.


CCES Call for Proposals


The proposal window is now open for the 2020 Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES).  This agency wide conference is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise to the field. This year's theme is Building Networks for Future Success.


The Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference features three types of sessions: Operational [45 minutes], Concurrent [1 hour 45 minutes], and Workshop [2 hours & 45 minutes]. 


Submit proposals through the 2020 CCES Call for Proposals form.  In an effort to assist you with the completion of the Call for Proposal, you may want to complete a 2020 CCES Call for Proposals - Worksheet.   The proposal window will be open through December 15, 2019.  Individuals selected for presentation will be notified of acceptance status by January 13, 2020.  

If you submit a proposal and it is accepted, registration fees -(conference only, excludes post-conference) for the lead presenter will be waived.  


Review of Important Dates

Nov 20 - Dec. 15: Proposal Window Open

Jan. 13: Presenters notified of acceptance status

Jan. 17: Schedule Posted Online




Join us for EVAAS Training for the Northeast Region


EVAAS 101: Advanced Topics ~ Satellite Training

In this coaching edition format, participants will work to interpret patterns in the reports and use data to support informed decision-making. Bring your team to work with your own data reports. Who should attend: District and School Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders

Monday, January 7, 2020 4:00pm - 7:30pm – Light refreshments will be served. Main site: Beaufort County Ed Tech Center. You may attend there or participate remotely at the Edenton-Chowan Technology Center or Currituck Knapp Center.


Teaching with EVAAS: Classroom Edition


In this highly interactive, advanced course for teachers, participants learn how to use student growth data to inform instructional decisions. Who should attend: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Administrators


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:30am - 3:30pm Edenton-Chowan (School TBD) *Lunch provided by the NERESA



To register, use this link;


Please register one person per form. Specific location information will be emailed to registrants closer to each event. Register your team today!


Contact Dr. Catherine Stickney at with questions.



English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC)


The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team has opened its application for membership to the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC). Becoming an advisor for this committee provides you with the opportunity to share your expertise and collaborate with the NCDPI ESL/Title III Team and other Education experts across the state. The main purpose of the advisory committee is to provide feedback and guidance on a number of topics and resources related to EL policy, guidance, curriculum, and instruction. 


Please see the scope of work for more information. If you are interested in serving on ELAC, please complete the application by January 15, 2020.  

Link for ELAC SOW:

Link for ELAC Application:



English Learners Tree

RTA November Newsletter


Please click here to view the RtA November Newsletter.  For your convenience (for printing purposes), I have also included an attached PDF version. In this edition of the RtA Newsletter you will find the following reminders/updates: 

  • MOY Benchmarks
  • EOG/RtA 
  • PowerSchool/RtA
  • Stipends
  • Devices
  • Invalidations
  • Istation Extended Time Accommodation

Click the image below for the PDF version.


Click here for November Newsletter link 



CDC: Students Interested in Government - NC Youth Leadership Assembly 2020 Applications


The North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) is a state program that continues to shape young leaders and provide them with a hands-on approach to government. 


The YLA program replicates a legislative atmosphere of geographic diversity similar to our legislature. In doing so, the YLA program builds, encourages, and strengthens character traits that equip students to take leadership roles in civic activities in their communities.


In April 2020, approximately 200 North Carolina high school students will convene at the NC General Assembly for YLA. 

Applications for the Youth Legislative Assembly are now online and can be found at


If you have questions regarding the YLA program, please contact Erica Gallion, YLA Program Coordinator, at or (919) 301-1372. 



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NC Service Learning Coalition Summit

Registration is now open for the 2020 NC Service-Learning Coalition Summit 


Date: February 27, 2020 Location: Fayetteville State University

The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition (NCSLC) is pleased to announce that registration for our 2020 North Carolina Service-Learning Summit is now OPEN!


We are excited to host service-learning supporters and experts at Fayetteville State University as they share practices and valuable trainings surrounding how to start or enhance your students' service-learning experiences in an all-day conference open to teachers, students, nonprofit partners, community groups, and service-learning rookies and experts.


The theme of this year's summit is "Strengthening Communities through Service-Learning". There will be sessions for K-12 educators, Higher Ed, and Community Groups/Non-Profits. For more information about the Summit and to register, visit the NCSLC Eventbrite page. 


Request for Proposals: Present at the 2020 NCSLC Summit Interested in speaking at the NCSLC Summit on Feb. 27th and sharing your experience with educators and non-profits across Norrh Carolina. Submit your speaking proposal today! Please apply HERE. Applications for proposals will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 17th. 


World View’s Spring Programs for K-12 Educators


Global Conflict and Peacebuilding K-12 Global Education Seminar March 24-25, 2020 

The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

K-12 educators will gain relevant information and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peacebuilding. Educators will be introduced to key themes, diverse resources and strategies for exploring these topics in the classroom. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020  Click here to register.  


Educators who have participated in a World View program in the past two years are encouraged to apply for the James L. Peacock Scholarship! One recipient will receive a scholarship to attend the March 24-25, 2020 Seminar on Global Conflict and Peacebuilding. Click here for more information.



Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives K-12 Workshop April 24, 2020


NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC Learn about food, food systems and how food is used to express culture and identity in our state and globally. Includes curriculum resources. For K-12 educators of all disciplines. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020  Click here to register.



Global Education Teacher Leader Institute K-12 Leadership Program June 15-17, 2020

Chapel Hill, NC


Educators are invited to apply to the Teacher Leader Institute to further their own knowledge and understanding of global issues and to develop global competencies that support global education initiatives in their classroom. Application period will open in January. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020 Click here to for more details.



Other News

Job Vacancies

Neuse Charter School Open Positions:


For more information or to apply, visit NC Teacher Match.


Neuse Charter School is a K-12 public charter that organizes instructional delivery and assessment into three academies focused on providing personalized instruction for each student:  Primary Academy (grades K-4), Intermediate Academy (grades 5-8), and Senior Academy (grades 9-12). Each Academy is served by an Academy Leader (Principal) and supported by the Academic Services department.


Neuse Charter School is operated in Smithfield, North Carolina.  Our current enrollment is just over 930.  Our mission:  Neuse Charter School provides innovative approaches to learning by focusing on high academic standards, critical and creative thinking skills, character development, and multicultural experiences for grades K-12.  All stakeholders work cooperatively to ensure the NCS community empowers every individual to achieve his or her maximum potential.


Neuse Charter School has the following openings:

Elementary Principal (K-4)

EC Teacher- Middle School

EC Teacher- High School

7th Grade Math

High School Spanish