OCS Weekly Newsletter for March 13th, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- March 13th, 2020

We want to congratulate Patricia Nnadi-Purvis on her new opportunity in the finance department at NC DPI. We will miss her greatly. We also wish to welcome Georgia Maimone, who is helping temporarily, in communications and general office administrative support. Please reach out to Georgia at georgia.maimone@dpi.nc.gov  at 919-807-3981.

Important Update on COVID 19


Continuity of Learning Webinar, March 13th, 11:30 a.m.March 13th- Continuity of Learning webinar- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4261782241537927949.

Continuity of Learning Webinar

Upcoming Events and Reminders!



March 2 - March 31, NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey window


March 13th- Continuity of Learning webinar- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4261782241537927949


CANCELLED: March 17-For Counselors By Counselors conference, NC DPI


March 17- Deaf-Blind Annual Child Count due, see below


March 20-23rd- PowerSchool UPGRADE weekend


March 20-SECU Foundations Scholarship applications deadline for RECEIPT by OCS


CANCELLED March 26-Leading & Learning Day at The Capitol Encore Academy

Leading & Learning Day agenda


March 28- Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Wilmington, Cultivating Curiosity Conference


March 31-Performance Framework items A10, A1.1 & A21 due in Epicenter


April 1- School Start & End Dates for 2020-2021 will be pulled April 1


April 3- Computer Science Standards stakeholder feedback survey closes, see link below


CANCELLED April 5-9 Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders conference


April 27-5:00 p.m., deadline for DLI Implementation Grants in 2020-21 & 21-22 (2 year grant program) 


April 27- OCS CSADM Webinar, CSADM webinar, register here


April 30-Purple Star Award Ceremony, Wayne County, 10:00 a.m.- noon. 


Save the Date!


OCS Huddle West 

July 28th, 2020

Brevard Academy

1110 Hendersonville Hwy

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Charter School Leadership Institute 2020

October 22nd & 23rd

Triangle Math & Science Academy, Cary, NC 27511


Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates






Important Reminder Prior to Running Your Enrollment Lottery


Dear school leaders and vendors who assist with PowerSchool or the enrollment lottery, please note you must enter student records individually into PowerSchool. Do not import batch data.


As Charters begin to prepare for the new school year, NCDPI would like to remind PowerSchool admins and third-party management companies that students should not be imported into the system. Importing student records bypasses our UID integration and customization, therefore all students should be entered individually, following the steps providing in this Quick Reference Document. Importing student records bypasses our UID integration and creates duplicate records in PowerSchool if the student has an existing record in the UID system. We currently have an overwhelming amount of duplicate records and clean up of duplicate records could take an extended length of time. 

2020 SECU People Helping People Scholarship (DEADLINE IS MARCH 20TH)

SECU Scholarship Information

The NC ACCESS Fellowship Program Visits Bradford Preparatory School and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte


UNC Charlotte is one of ten universities throughout the UNC system to house the NC NTSP in the Cato College of Education. In the UNCC region, 410 beginning teachers in 90 schools are being supported by the largest NC NTSP team of 14 instructional support coaches. The schools are located in nine districts which include Anson, Cabarrus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Kannapolis City, Montgomery, and Union, as well as in charters Apprentice Academy, Bonnie Cone Classical, Bradford Preparatory, Iredell Charter Academy, Lincoln Charter, Piedmont Community Charter, Pinnacle Classical, Queen City STEM, Unity Classical, Union Day, Union Preparatory, and Veritas.

The UNCC regional team, led by Director Dr. Misty Hathcock whose sole job is to support beginning teachers in the region through the three core services of Institute, professional development, and individualized coaching. The coach/teacher ratio is 1/30 and coaches visit teachers face-to-face a minimum of once per week. The coaching focus at UNC Charlotte is “in-the-moment” coaching in the areas of planning, instruction, and assessment.  

NC ACCESS Fellows visited Bradford Preparatory School to observe teachers and the levels of support. Later, the Fellows engage on campus with the Dean of the College of Education and other professors. The presentation on cultural diversity was very informative.

For more information on how to partner, contact Dr. Misty Hathcock, mchathco@uncc.edu, or 704-694-8532.



Performance Framework Results


The review of the 2018-2019 PF is complete and final school reports will be posted in Epicenter within the week.  We had twice as many schools meet all operational and financial measures from the previous year and 97% of our schools met expectations.

Congratulations and a job well done to 35 charter schools who exceeded expectations on the 2019 Performance Framework. These schools met every single applicable measure(as many as 46), covering Operations, Governance, Finance, and Academics.

The Office of Charter Schools has decided to recognize these schools who exceed expectations with an individualized badge to be posted on their website and used in marketing to demonstrate the value we place on accountability. 

We look forward to sharing many more of these badges in future years!

Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters


Professional Learning 101


The Scoop With Coop-All Things Renewals 


Charter School News & Opportunities

NCCAT & OCS Charter School Connections Conference

NCCAT 2020 Charter Schools Collaborative Conference

Sugar Creek Charter: The Importance of High Expectations

Ashley Park/Movement: Collaboration Makes for a Win-Win!


Collaboration & Coffee: Life Skills Learned at Bradford Prep

Bradford 3

Global Connections

East Voyager

East Voyager Charlotte

Did You Know?

Charter Schoolhouse

Does the State Board of Education have to be named an additional named insured on my liability coverage? What about indemnification language on all of my contracts? What about indebtedness language?


Yes! You must name the SBE an additional named insured and you must include the required indemnification and indebtedness language in all contracts. Please review your Charter Agreement, particularly section 13 & 19.

NCDPI Updates

DPI Logo

Updated COVID 19 Guidance

Digital Learning Initiative Grants RFPs information



School Business Newsletter

Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction Nomination Forms Now Available

Read to Achieve Guidance March 2020

State Board Policy GRAD-004

IABS Message

NC DPI PowerSchool Upgrade

PowerSchool Upgrade


2020-2021 School Start & End Dates

School Start and End Dates for 2020-21 will be pulled on April 1, 2020.

G.S. 115C-84.2(a2) specifies that a report on the start and end dates of the instructional calendar for students for the next academic year be provided to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education by April 1 of each year.  To make this deadline, the start and end dates of the instructional calendar for students for each school must be in PowerSchool before April 1. For questions, contact LaShon Creech at studentaccounting@dpi.nc.gov

Computer Science Standards Revision Survey

Extending CCES Early Bird Registration & Session Details

NC DPI Webinars, Conferences, Institutes & Professional Learning Opportunitites

EL Data Day in Henderson County Registration Form

51st NC Reading & Literacy Conference Spark the Magic: Creating a Passion for Literacy





NCWiseOwl Webinars

Four NCWiseOwl Gale Webinars are available.


All webinars offer CEUs from GALE including full viewing of recorded webinars and alignment to the NC Digital Learning Competencies.


Detailed descriptions for each webinar are located in the NCWO Toolkit on the Professional Learning Page. Gale also houses recorded webinars and registration as a service for NC.

Audience:  Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Library Media, Instructional Technology, Other Certified Support Staff


14-Apr-2020 3:30-4:15 PM - REGISTER for CTE and your Gale Resources from NCWiseOwl



The North Carolina Virtual Public School invites you to attend NCVPS-U, "Digital Accessibility Everywhere!".  NCVPS-U is NCVirtual’s free professional development series for K-12 educators and administrators focused on digital learning. Emphasis will be placed on improving capacities for fostering student success. 

Click here to learn all about it!


NCEES  Webinars 

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Webinar Series document located on http://bit.ly/ncees-support.


Click here to see & register for webinars


The Canvas of ThingsFree Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Canvas Training Sessions:

  • March 14 in Johnston County 

  • March 28 in Union County.

Register for the Canvas of Things Here!

Potential to Earn Free DLC credit!

Attendees will receive a certificate for 5 hours of Digital Learning Professional Development.


Presenters will receive a certificate for 10 hours of Digital Learning Professional Development.


*CEU approval is subject to your district's policies.

Exceptional Children Division






Job Opportunities

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Executive Director Job Description


The IDYL School Principal Job Opening 


Lake Lure Executive Director Job Posting


Inquiry Conference

The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry in Wilmington, NC is having its first ever Inquiry Conference.  The Cultivating Curiosity Conference will be held on Saturday, March 28 with CFCI faculty and stakeholder presentations. It's a half day workshop focusing on the theme of Inquiry for All with keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Housand. Sessions are open to teachers, future educators, and parents who are interested in learning more about sparking wonder in their child's education. Topics included are "Inquiry and Innovation in the Math Classroom," "Emmitt Till and the Death that Ignited Change," and more. For more information, visit https://cfci.net/cultivatingcuriosity/


Whom Should I Contact at the Office of Charter Schools?

OCS Main number: 919.807.3981 ocs@dpi.nc.gov

Dave Machado        919.807.3992

Director of the Office of Charter Schools


Georgia Maimone       919.807.3981

Communications, Program Administrative Assistance


Shaunda Cooper     919.807.3299

Consultant,Renewals, For Counselors, by Counselors


Claire Porter              919.807.3980

Consultant, Professional Learning & Performance Framework


Ashley Baquero        919.807.3979

Consultant, Amendments & Compliance


Kebbler Williams      919.807.3920

Consultant, Ready to Open Process, Planning Year, Applications


Joseph Letterio       919.807.3870

Consultant, Epicenter Tech Support & Performance Framework


Darian Jones           919.807.3227

Consultant, Applications, Renewals, Professional Learning & performance Framework


Jay Whalen              919.807.3925

Program Administrator, NC ACCESS Program


Barbara O'Neal        919.807.3307

Program Coordinator, NC ACCESS Program


Mariama Janneh     919.807.4024

Finance Administrator, NC ACCESS Program