Professional Learning with the OCS
July Opportunities & Reminders
Lake Norman Charter School, Pine Springs Preparatory Academy & Pinnacle Classical Academy Have Shared Their Re-Opening/ Remote Instruction Plans!
Pine Springs has shared their Remote Instruction Plan with us:
Lake Norman has shared their Remote Instruction Plan with us.
Pinnacle Classical shared their Remote Instruction Plan with us:
Pursuant to SB704 (SL2020-3) and SBE policy SPLN-006, each Public School Unit (PSU) must submit a Remote Instruction Plan to enable a framework of quality remote instruction by July 20, 2020. For ease of completion and submission, each PSU will use the template below for each of the required...
Remediation & Summer Jumpstart Update
In order to ensure accurate reporting for the Remediation & Summer Jumpstart plans affecting public school units please ensure that any large scale changes that impact your submitted and accepted budget template are re-submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 31, 2020. We understand that the ever-changing climate as it relates to executive orders and local regulations may cause a district or school to pivot, however large scale changes that require funding to be revised, should be accurately reflected in the plan DPI keeps on file. Should you have specific questions regarding what warrants a large scale change in your Remediation & Summer Jumpstart Plan, do not hesitate to contact your RCM or email us at email@example.com.
Note: PRC121 for all approved districts/schools have been allocated and are available for use.
NEW! MTSS Infographics Now Available!
Thank you for the work you are doing in preparation of schools reopening under the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view and share these two pertinent pieces of information that will support your system with maintaining MTSS implementation in the upcoming months. First, the IABS Division will be releasing weekly graphics to assist in continued installation of MTSS as you plan for reopening. This is the first of a series of infographics, focused on MTSS leadership within remote learning. Additionally, this graphic provides pertinent updates on the release of the ECATS MTSS Module.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charter Leaders' Weekly Check-In Calls Link
Recording from prior call: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19ohlKf-LIhUkyEab_C2tV4xrAM9UbcdyfzLWccyRLHA/edit?usp=sharing
Lighting Our Way Forward/Re-Opening Plans & Guidance
Please note the updates to Lighting our Way Forward can be found on pages 3 & 4.
COMING UP SOON
Extension on all Performance Framework deliverables to July 31st
Alternative Schools’ Accountability Model (ASAM) for the 2020–21 school year.
The decision to participate must be filed with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Accountability Services Division by August 1, 2020
The NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year timeline has changed due to these unprecedented times. See below. Please find a link here for everything you need to know about NCCAT BTOY:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1osnYxH_pF5o98cV0Tjn4FEqo2q5aL2Q6mz6luj4vV6U/edit?usp=sharing
IMPORTANT NOTICE From NC DHHS:
Annual Charter School Health Report
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current burden on North Carolina schools with extended closure, the 2020 Annual Charter School Health compliance reporting requirement has been waived. Please remember that while reporting for this school year has been waived, the related requirements that are associated with performance framework A17 still apply. During this time charter schools are still required to maintain 2019-20 school year records on the status of Health Assessments for those students who enrolled for the first time in a North Carolina public or public charter school (§ 130A-441(c)), and the Immunization status of all students in Kindergarten and in Seventh Grade (G.S. 130A-155(c)). Additionally, charter schools are required to comply with the Care of Students with Diabetes law (G.S. 115C-375.3.) and with the School Supply of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors law (G.S. 115-375.2A.). Charter schools also must follow State Board of Education Policy SHLT-001: Return-to-Learn After Concussion, charter school nursing services and identified student health conditions.
Charter Leaders' Standing Every Other Thursday @ noon Zoom Meeting with Drs. Stegall & Emory
COVID 19 Weekly Top Ten:
NC DPI Padlet: https://padlet.com/jessicaswencki/covidfaq
2020 Charter Schools Leadership Institute
CORONA VIRUS IMPACT REPORTING
Coronavirus Impact Reporting – All public school units
In anticipation of requests from legislators, health organizations and others on the impact of the coronavirus, please collect data on the following:
- School closures and number of days closed due to coronavirus
- Lost wages in the event of school closure, by fund, differentiating hourly by salaried
- Additional costs associated with School Nutrition services during school closure
- Overtime paid due to coronavirus, if applicable
- Staff absences due to coronavirus sickness (see next item)
- Staff absences due to coronavirus exposure/closures.
- Transportation costs associated with emergency management (recommend using the 4th digit of the purpose code)
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
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.
FREE Junior Achievement: Access to Program Resources & Remote Resources / Web Conferencing Systems List (COVID)
(from Junior Achievement for Elementary, Middle, and High School) https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/program-resources
Though schools are closed, Junior Achievement is here to support students, parents and teachers during this period of uncertainty.
Learning can continue and JA is providing access to learning experiences that students can do on their own, with a parent or other caring adult, or with teachers via a digital/virtual environment.
Resources are organized by school level and can be used whether or not you've engaged in a JA program in the past. We will be continuing to add to the content in the coming days so check back often.
Charter Chatter: What's New & Notable in the Charter World
Best Practices: Guide to Going Remote for Boards of Directors
- Video: Watch this on-demand coaching session to hear our experts talk through the key considerations for rapidly shifting to remote board work
- New Ebook: Charter Boards' Guide to Going Remote
Learn how to select the right tools, get the whole team on board, and more.
- Updated: Key questions your board must address
As the crisis evolves, we've updated these key questions to help guide your board’s decision-making and contingency-planning.
Retirement and Health Benefits Rates updated
2020-21 Benefits Rate
The retirement rate of 21.41% passed in SL 2020-31 and provided in the June 19 newsletters has been overridden by SL 2020-41 that became law today.
The following is the current legislation as stated in SL2020-41 related to 2020-21 retirement rate:
Retiree Health 6.88%
The health benefit rate:
Health benefit rate as stated in SL 2020-45 Section 3.15(e) www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/Senate/PDF/S818v5.pdf is $6,326.
Read to Achieve diagnostic tools update
This is a quick update on the list of approved Read to Achieve K-3 diagnostic tools for the upcoming school year.
If approved on Friday, the list of vendors will include:
- NWEA MAP (utilizing Growth plus Reading Fluency)
- STAR Early Literacy and STAR Reading
- Edmentum—Exact Path Individualized Learning Solution (pending finalization of EVAAS data verification)
The allotment of Read to Achieve funds should be coming to you soon.
DID YOU KNOW?
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:
Get to Know You Charter Agreement: Charter Amendments
What revisions to my charter are considered 'material' and must be submitted to the State Board of Education?
The nonprofit shall submit any proposed material revision of the charter to the SBE in accordance with guidance provided by the Office of Charter Schools Changes that constitute a materials revision include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Enrollment growth beyond the approved percentage outlined in N.C. G.S. Section 115C-218.5, or grade expansion not in the approved charter;
- Relocation outside a 5-mile radius or approved Local Education Agency (LEA);
- Transferring the charter to another non-profit entity;
- Altering the mission or targeted student population;
- Employing or terminating a management company; and
- Changes to the charter application with respect to the National School Lunch Porgram.
Office of Charter Schools Professional Learning Resources
OCS Professional Learning Resource Center
New! The 2020 Virtual New Charter Leaders Institute has been uploaded in Epicenter! Check it out!
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.
MTSS & More
Charter Regional Support
Karmen Mills, Sandhills and Southwest
Rhonda Harrell, Northeast, North Central and Southeast, Lead Charter School Consultant
Jennifer Phelps, Northwest, West, and Piedmont-Triad
What exactly is MTSS and what do I need to do in terms of data, systems, and practices within my school?
NC MTSS Definition
NC MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices. NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all.
Every NC Pre K - 12 public education system implements and sustains all components of a multi-tiered system of support to ensure college, career and community readiness for all students.
NC DPI will prepare and support LEAs and charters to implement a multi-tiered system of support for total school improvement by providing professional development, coaching and technical assistance, research and evaluation, and communication and visibility that results in college, career and community readiness for all students. NC DPI believes that MTSS is the most effective and efficient approach to improving school outcomes and student performance thereby ensuring equitable access to a sound basic education.
NEED TO KNOWS
Charter Schools & Athletics Need to Knows
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
12 Key Indicators in NC Star
Recent NC Star trainings
Making Connections: MTSS & NCStar
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.
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:
- NCEES/Unified Talent
- IAM/SSO (NCEdCloud)
- Staff & Student UID (eScholar)
Web: https://ncgov.service-now.com/sp_dpi - 24/7
Power School Support Need to Knows
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:
- CHAT: Chat support will be available for you through the PowerSchool Community at: Launch Chat Support
- CASE: Submit a case via the PS PORTAL: https://help.powerschool.com/
- 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.
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: https://nche.ed.gov/self-paced-online-training/
Artists' Haven & Poet's Corner
Gustave Caillebotte, “Canoe on the Yerres River,” 1878 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)
A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.
A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!
The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.
The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fete away.
This poem is in the public domain
Meet the Office of Charter Schools....."Who Ya Gonna Call?" at OCS?
Georgia Maimone is helping temporarily with communications and general office administrative support. Please reach out to Georgia at email@example.com at 984-236-2701.
OCS Main number: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Machado/984.236.2702/Director of the Office of Charter Schools
Georgia Maimone/984.236.2701/General Administrative Support
Shaunda Cooper/984.236.2712/Consultant, Renewals
Claire Porter/984.236.2707/ Consultant, Ready to Open, Planning Year, Professional Learning
Ashley Baquero/984.236.2708/Consultant, Amendments & Compliance
Joseph Letterio/984.236.2703/Consultant, Epicenter & Performance Framework
Darian Jones/984.236.2705/Consultant, Applications, Renewals, Professional Learning & performance Framework
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
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Raleigh, NC 27699-6307
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