Professional Learning with the OCS

October Opportunities & Reminders

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Charter Leaders Weekly Need to Knows

OCS Office Hours

Join us Mondays at 11:30 a.m. for 'OCS Office Hours'!

Our next Office Hours will be on Monday, October 19th.

The NC DPI IABS/MTSS team will join us!

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Charter Collaborative

Charter Leaders, did you miss the Charter Collaborative between OCS/EC/ISAB/MTSS? No worries, it's all here:

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OCS Guidance on New Title IX Regulations & Compliance Requirements


Ready to Open Planning Year Session II: Charter School Finance

As part of the Ready to Open process, all schools planning to open in 2021 and acceleration applicants must attend mandatory planning year sessions. Our next meeting is coming up on October 28th. If you are a new BOD member or new school leader, you are also welcome to attend these sessions.



Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

North Carolina Standard Course of Study Guides!!

Amazing resources, these quick reference guides for the North Carolina Standard Course of Study

Classroom Resources from NC DPI

DPI has a wealth of information and resources available to schools. Most divisions have consultants specifically assigned to charter schools or state regions. The DPI website has been redesigned and the search function is very helpful. This link will also provide a variety of resources that may be helpful. If you need assistance finding resources or contacting staff, please reach out to our office.

Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching & Learning



Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Did You Know?

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (GCS-M-001.8) allows students to earn course credit in a manner that does not require specific seat-time requirements.

The State Board of Education defines “mastery” as a student’s command of course material at a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the content standards and the ability to apply his or her knowledge of the material. “Credit by demonstrated mastery” is the process by which LEAs shall, based upon a body-of-evidence, award a student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.

CDM is a very responsive instructional practice that supports differentiating for and accelerating students who have a clearly expressed need.

If you are thinking about Credit by Demonstrated Mastery or, already have a plan and team in place and need a refresher, please check out the following:

FAQs regarding Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Get to Know You Charter Agreement: Criminal Background Checks

Section 22 of your Charter Agreement is very specific about criminal background checks:

Criminal History Checks. -

(1) If the local board of education of the local school administrative unit in which a charter school is located has adopted a policy requiring criminal history checks under G.S. 115C-332, then the board of directors of each charter school located in that local school administrative unit shall adopt a policy mirroring the local board of education policy that requires an applicant for employment to be checked for a criminal history, as defined in G.S. 115C-332. Each charter school board of directors shall apply its policy uniformly in requiring applicants for employment to be checked for a criminal history before the applicant is given an unconditional job offer. A charter school board of directors may employ an applicant conditionally while the board is checking the person's criminal history and making a decision based on the results of the check. If the local board of education adopts a policy providing for periodic checks of criminal history of employees, then the board of directors of each charter school located in that local school administrative unit shall adopt a policy mirroring that local board of education policy. A board of directors shall indicate, upon inquiry by any other local board of education, charter school, or regional school in the State as to the reason for an employee's resignation or dismissal, if an employee's criminal history was relevant to the employee's resignation or dismissal.

Office of Charter Schools Professional Learning Resources

OCS Professional Learning Resource Center

Please check our Epicenter and the new OCS Professional Learning Resource Center.

New! The 2020 Virtual New Charter Leaders Institute has been uploaded in Epicenter! Check it out!

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FREE! NC DOL Resources to Support Your Bloodborne Pathogens Training

The Training Network

  • NC Department of Labor Library free web-based training library
  • In order to access the streaming safety videos via subscription, you will need to submit a completed, signed library loan agreement which can be accessed from this page:

Nick J. Vincelli, Librarian
NC Department of Labor Library
phone: 919-707-7880

fax: 919-807-2849

Roster Verification-Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Doing What Works, Research-Based Instructional Practices and Resources

Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.

Charter Schools & Athletics Need to Knows

Charter School Athletics..Did You Know? The NC Middle/Junior High School Athletic Manual provides guidelines for Charter Schools for students who choose to participate in interscholastic athletics. Check it out:

The Regional Education Facilitators monitor and guide Public School Units (PSU) as they provide quality induction programs that nurture and support the professional growth of a beginning teacher. The work of this team is to ensure that State Board of Education policy TCED-016 is understood and implemented at the local level. Program webinars for beginning teacher coordinators, yearly Beginning Teacher Support collaborative meetings, annual Peer Reviews with critical friends, and continuous professional development allow each stakeholder to stay abreast of current policy while building networks and professional relationships. These networks establish avenues for support from teacher preparation programs through the three year induction period in an LEA/Charter. A five-year program monitoring cycle ensures compliance with State Board policy for induction and evaluation requirements. Program monitoring is not intended to be punitive yet to provide avenues for assistance and growth as each PSU in the state of North Carolina works toward meeting state guidelines. Data collected from these monitoring visits serve as a catalyst for support in terms of technical assistance and professional development.

Epicenter Need to Knows: Adding and Removing Users in Epicenter

NC STAR & MTSS Resources & Need to Knows

NC Star quick reference

12 Key Indicators in NC Star

Recent NC Star trainings

Making Connections: MTSS & NCStar

NC DPI Technology Support Center

Reminder! Phone Number for NCDPI Technology Support Center Has Changed

Last year, NCDPI's Technology Support Center changed its phone number to 919-716-1840. Calls to the old number have been forwarded, but the phone company's forwarding service will be ending soon. To ensure we continue to meet your support needs without issue, please make sure you are calling us at our new support center number.

NCDPI Technology Support Center supports you with the following applications:

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

Support availability:

Web: - 24/7

Power School Need to Knows

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.

Power School Support Need to Knows

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:
  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.

PowerSchool training is now through the vendor, PowerSchool. Reach out to the PowerSchool training team for further training opportunities.

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.

Online training here:

Artist's Haven & Poet's Corner

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Paul Gauguin Les Alyscamps, 1888

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

-By Robert Frost

This poem is in the public domain.

Meet the Office of Charter Schools....."Who Ya Gonna Call?" at OCS?

OCS Main number: 984.236.2700/

Dave Machado/984.236.2702/Director of the Office of Charter Schools

984.236.2701/General Administrative Support

Shaunda Cooper/984.236.2712/Consultant, Renewals

Claire Porter/984.236.2707/ Consultant, Ready to Open, Planning Year

Ashley Baquero/984.236.2708/Consultant, Amendments & Compliance

Joseph Letterio/984.236.2703/Consultant, Performance Framework & Epicenter Tech

Darian Jones/984.236.2705/Consultant, Professional Learning

Melanie Rackley/Consultant, Applications

Jay Whalen/984.236.2711/ Program Administrator, NC ACCESS Program

Barbara O'Neal/984.236.2706/ Program Coordinator, NC ACCESS Program

Office of Charter Schools

6307 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-6307

We are here to support YOU!

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