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Performance Framework reminders for items coming due....

Check Epicenter at the beginning of September for your performance framework measures due to OCS: A11, your Board meeting schedule is due by September 30th.

  • Provide the governing board's meeting schedule for the fiscal year (July 1 2019 through June 30, 2020)
  • List the date, time, location, and type of meeting (regular, special, called, annual)
  • The non-profit BOD is required to meet no less than 8 times a year (including annual meeting)
  • Do not include a narrative in lieu of an actual schedule.

In October, check Epicenter for your A14 (Certificate of Occupancy), due at the end of October.

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North Carolina Teachers and Instructional Support Staff,

Have you heard about the NC open educational resources initiative? Open educational resources (OER) are resources for students and teachers that are licensed to permit users to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. Imagine a space where a community of North Carolina educators can come together to curate, create, and share OER! That’s what GoOpenNC is all about!

GoOpenNC is the name of the OER initiative here in North Carolina, and it’s also the name of the platform where NC educators can become part of this OER community of practice as they find, develop, and share instructional materials. The platform will be available for all teachers in late December / early January, but you have an opportunity to join the community now!

Register to attend one of the four face-to-face sessions taking place across the state in October. You are encouraged to partner with others from your district or school to attend as a team.

These sessions are designed for classroom teachers, instructional technology facilitators, school library media coordinators, instructional coaches, and other instructional support staff.

During this session, participants will

  • Learn about open educational resources & open licensing
  • Explore and engage with the GoOpenNC platform
  • Discuss the definition of “quality” & apply knowledge to OER
  • Develop a plan for sharing and using OER

Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!

Dates and locations:

  • October 9 - Wilkes County Schools Stone Center, 613 Cherry St, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
  • October 10 - Rowan-Salisbury Schools Wallace Ed Forum, 500 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144
  • October 11 - Edgecombe County Public Schools Technology Center, 412 Pearl Street, Tarboro, NC 27886
  • October 22 - Wayne County Schools PD & Family Engagement Center, 415 S. Virginia St., Goldsboro, NC 27530


Each session will start at 9:00 AM and end by 4:00 PM. Lunch will be on your own. Additional details will be provided via email prior to the event.

North Carolina Educators Leap into Istation! 1 Hour Ed-Tech PD Webinar

The 2019-2020 school year is underway and the K-3 Literacy team wishes everyone a successful school year! We look forward to supporting the phenomenal educators and students in North Carolina! Please share the following information as needed to keep everyone informed and updated.

As noted in the message from Superintendent Johnson today, we are moving forward with Istation. Please continue training teachers and assessing students. Second Round Face to Face Istation Training coming in October.

Istation Upcoming Trainings:

NEW Istation Webinar Training Opportunity, please register by clicking the link below

Human Capital/Licensure webinar opportunities

Human Capital/Licensure Webinars

n an effort to keep you all better informed about changes to state policy, NCDPI will begin offering monthly webinars closely following State Board of Education meetings. The purpose of the webinars is to provide you with the opportunity to hear about proposed and approved changes to state policy that have an impact on Human Resources departments.

Because we anticipate many participants, the webinar will not offer a "Q & A" session. We will, however, have a chat feature enabled and will try to answer the most common questions raised from the field. Additionally, we will record these webinars and place those recordings online so you will be able to hear the information even if you are unable to attend. Attendance is, of course, optional, but we hope you all will join us for the webinars.

Charter School directors can designate a staff member to attend these webinars. To do so, the Charter School director/head of school should email Kimberly Evans <Kimberly.Evans@dpi.nc.gov> and request access to the webinar. Please include the designee’s name, position, and email address

Here is a list of the dates we are planning to schedule the webinars:

October 4

November 8

December 6

Lingua Folio for NC

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 3-5pm

This is an online event.

Webinar: LinguaFolio for North Carolina

Wednesday, October 2, 3-5 pm ET


Thursday, October 3, 4-6 pm ET

The LinguaFolio for North Carolina Webinar is designed for ESL and World Language educators to provide information about this formative assessment tool for all language learners, including specifics about how to access free LinguaFolio materials for classrooms in Word, PDF, and online formats. The registration form will let you choose which date and time slot work best for your schedule.


Direct link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6892320925682824204

CECAS 2019 EXIT COUNT Deadline is 9/27/19 (not applicable to new charter schools which opened in 19-20)

September 2019 Exit Count submission in CECAS has begun.

New Charter Schools that opened in the 2019 - 2020 school year will not have exited student data in CECAS from the 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019 reporting period; therefore, will not be required to submit the September 2019 Exit Count or the Indicator counts.

The September 2019 Exit Count opened on 9/16/2019 and the deadline to certify the submission is by close of business on 9/27/2019.

The following is information you may find helpful in conducting the September 2019 Exit Count. You may also reference documents C3, C4 and D1 on the CECAS Communication website under the Training tab under Handouts for additional information.

The Exiting data are based on the July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 fiscal year.

Indicator 11 will be submitted using the CECAS system this year. The count will open in CECAS on October 1, 2019. No changes have been made to this process for the 18-19 end of year collection. Reporting users that used the .xml upload in CECAS for the December 2018 child count, will use an .xml file for Indicator 11.

Indicator 12 will be submitted on spreadsheets by all LEAs. Charter Schools do not need to submit an Indicator 12 spreadsheet this year. The Indicator 12 spreadsheet has a tab with helpful clarifications to assist LEAs in entering data. The Indicator 12 spreadsheet is posted on the CECAS communication site on the Documents tab under Memorandums. This spreadsheet must be submitted no later than October 18, 2019.

The due dates for the Indicators are listed below. Cooperation in meeting the deadlines for data submission is greatly appreciated.

Please email all Indicator spreadsheets to ecindicators@dpi.nc.gov

Exit Count - September 27, 2019

Indicator 11 - October 18, 2019

Indicator 12 - October 18, 2019

NC STAR & MTSS resources

NC Star quick reference

12 Key Indicators in NC Star

Recent NC Star trainings

Making Connections: MTSS & NCStar

ESL Title III WIDA face to face workshops-FREE!

ESL/Title III has scheduled the following WIDA face-to-face workshops this semester. These workshops are free and designed for ALL educators and administrators who serve English learners in our schools.

Scaffolding Learning Through Language

September 25-26, 2019

Guilford County Schools

Doris Henderson Newcomer School, 411 Friendway Rd, Greensboro, NC 274110

Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement (Administrators ONLY)

October 7-8, 2019

New Hanover County Schools

Spencer Building room 111 1802 15th street Wilmington, NC 28401

Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement (Administrators ONLY)

October 10-11, 2019

Henderson County Public Schools

Historic Johnson Farm 3346 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28791

The workshop descriptions and registration links could be:

Personalized Learning

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 9:30am-3pm

415 South Virginia Street

Goldsboro, NC

Please join the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction this fall for an exciting opportunity to connect with practitioners from across North Carolina as we explore Personalized Learning and what it can mean for your district or charter school. Each of the regional events will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

During this time, teams of educators will be guided through:

  • An understanding of the working definition of personalized learning (what it can be and what it is not),
  • An alignment of current efforts and approaches in your district or charter school, and
  • Discussion and planning for next steps for personalized learning implementation through strategic plans and continuous improvement plans.

Each public school unit is asked to send a team of 2-3 staff to participate, so please consider those individuals who are influencers or key decision-makers in your district or charter school. Suggested participants may include those from Academic/Curriculum, Digital Learning or Technology, and a school-level leader.

Registration is open and can be accessed at bit.ly/PLFall2019Registration.




October 2


WCPS Professional Development & Family Engagement Center - 415 S. Virginia St. Goldsboro, NC 27530

October 3


BTW Educational Resource Center - 66 Booker T Washington Road, Clarkton, NC 28433

October 9


Beaufort County EdTech Center - 820 Bridge St

Washington, NC 27889

October 10

North Central

Franklin County School - 53 West River Road

Louisburg, NC 27549

October 17


Buncombe County Schools Central Office -

175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806

McKinney Vento Homeless Children & Youth Assistance Act NEED TO KNOWS:

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is the primary piece of legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act is also known as Title IX, Part A of the Every Students Succeeds Act. Each charter school must designate a McKinney Vento liaison and support the education and training of school staff around the law.

Here is a fact sheet for teachers, principals, and school leaders. If you’d like to order an informational poster for your school, click here.

McKinney-Vento 101 archived webinar

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2019 EC Directors Webinar Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 10am-12pm


  • October 8, 2019
  • December 3, 2019

Charter School Leadership Institute 10/17/19 & 10/18/19 Envision Science Academy


2019: Save the Date for the 69th Conference on Exceptional Children

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 22nd, 4pm

3121 High Point Rd

Greensboro, NC

The Exceptional Children Division is pleased to invite colleagues from across the state to join us for the 69th Annual Conference on Exceptional Children. This annual collegial event is an opportunity to share and learn about innovations and exciting practices to help exceptional children achieve. Numerous enriching activities include:

  • An uplifting Plenary Session with inspiring keynote presentation;
  • 90+ informative Instructional Sessions covering the broad spectrum of exceptional children education;
  • Educators of Excellence reception honoring outstanding North Carolina special educators;
  • Poster Display of innovative programs and practices;
  • School-Based Enterprise Bazaar showcasing products created and marketed by North Carolina Public School students with disabilities;
  • Exhibitor/Vendor area that offers interactions with organizations and companies specializing in serving exceptional children.

Home Base Meet Ups

The NCDPI Home Base Team would like to welcome you to the Beginning of the Year Home Base Meet-Ups. These regionally based meetings are devised for Home Base participants to meet, network and collaborate face-to-face.

Meeting Goals:

  • Foster positive, productive field-based relationships with stakeholders

  • Elicit feedback from the field to inform state-level decision makers

  • Provide coordination between different DPI-based groups that serve end users of Home Base Products

  • Communicate product-specific information to LEA personnel

Targeted Audience:

  • LEA/Charter-level lead contacts for PowerSchool, Schoolnet, *Canvas, and NCEES

You are free to attend any of the meetings according to your availability and proximity, and remember to bring your own device. Please designate one representative for each product: PowerSchool, Schoolnet, Canvas, and NCEES. This person will be responsible for bringing information and training items back to their district.

Power School Support

PowerSchool Support Reminders

In case You Missed It!

Effective July 15th, PowerSchool Support provides all technical support for your SIS instance.

Three ways to request PowerSchool support:

  1. CHAT: Chat support will be available for you through the PowerSchool Community at: Launch Chat Support
  2. CASE: Submit a case via the PS PORTAL: https://help.powerschool.com/
  3. CALL: 1-855-339-4790 NEW! - This is a dedicated NC Support line

* If you are reporting an outage or performance issue (P0 or P1), please CALL or use CHAT. This insures immediate attention by PowerSchool support.

NEW Second Round Face to Face Istation Training

This session will provide a closer look at your ISIPTM data through Istation’s real time reports. Web-based reporting provides formative insight to guide instructional decision-making and intervention strategies. Learn how to best implement Istation’sTeacher Resources into daily instruction. Set goals for your students' improvement and growth. Use Istation reports to form small groups and to meet the needs of all student populations including ELL and exceptional children. We will look at the ISIPTMSummary Report, learn how to take control of interventions with the Priority Report, plot an instructional course using theClassroom Summary and dive deep into the student centered data on the Student Summary Handout.

  • 3 hour data session
  • RtA District Contact and Campus Leaders should attend training
  • NEW On-Site Training Dates and Locations

    Durham – Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – Region 3 North Central

    Registration will close September 30th at 4:00 p.m.

    Durham – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Region 3 North Central

    Registration will close October 1st at 4:00 p.m.

    Greensboro – Thursday, October 3, 2019 – Region 5 Piedmont-Triad

    Registration will close October 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

    Greensboro – Friday, October 4, 2019 – Region 5 Piedmont-Triad

    Registration will close October 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

    Morganton – Monday, October 7, 2019 – Region 7 Northwest

    Registration will close October 6th at 4:00 p.m.

    Gastonia – Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – Region 6 Southwest

    Registration will close October 7th at 4:00 p.m.

    Gastonia – Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – Region 6 Southwest

    Registration will close October 8th at 4:00 p.m.

    Asheville – Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Region 8 Western

    Registration will close October 9th at 4:00 p.m.

    Greenville – Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Region 1 Northeast

    Registration will close October 14th at 4:00 p.m.

    Fayetteville – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Region 4 Sandhills

    Registration will close October 15th at 4:00 p.m.

    Wilmington – Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Region 2 Southeast

    Registration will close October 16th at 4:00 p.m.

    RtA Guidebook:

    We will notify all LEAs and Charters once the guidebook is approved. The RtA guidebook will provide guidance for RtA third grade proficiency, alternative pathways, exemptions, accommodations, reading camp, and other important RtA information.

    RtA Reading Portfolio:

    Beginning 2019-2020, RI.7 is no longer a required standard for the RtA Reading Portfolio. Students completing the reading portfolio while in a 3/4 transition or 4th grade accelerated class during the 2019-2020 school year will not be required to complete RI.7. As these student continue to complete their portfolio, please note on the score sheet RI.7 has been removed and the student does to need to complete that standard.


    The contract with Amplify has ended. As we move forward, please note the following:

    • Students can not be assessed using Amplify for state data collection
    • Amplify has not been approved as an alternative assessment for the 2019-2020 school year
    • User roles have been deactivated in Power School and icons were removed from NCEdCloud IAM service
    • The data flow between Powerschool and Amplify has ceased

    Reading Camp Data:

    The second and final data file is now available. Districts that had Reading Camps have data files loaded through the Accountability Secure File Transfer System (SSH). Please ask the LEA testing coordinator for these files as work continues to complete the 1st and 2nd grade reading camp data (FSRSupp files). Up to four files may be available. The data will be available to districts in the 2019 folder with the following names: mClass_Reading_Camp_2nd_Grade_XXX, mClass_Reading_Camp_2nd_Grade_XXXv2, mClass_Reading_Camp_1st_Grade_XXX or mClass_Reading_Camp_1st_Grade_XXXv2 (XXX represents the LEA code). NCDPI recommends that all districts review the v2 files for additional information if there is also an original file.

    Due to the unexpected delay of scores, the deadline for submission has been moved to August 30, but no later as the expectation for the 1st and 2nd grade report to be posted on local websites is still September 1st. Posting on your local website is a Legislative mandate that we can not change.