Professional Learning with the OCS
September Opportunities & Reminders
If You Are Back to School-Virtually or Hybrid- Congrats! If You Are About to Begin, We Wish You Luck! You GOT This!
Charter Leaders Weekly Need to Knows
OCS Office Hours
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September NC DPI Academic Policy Check-In
Thanks for your continued hard work; we remain completely in awe of what you all are doing to educate NC’s students.
Based on questions from the field, we want to check-in with you on a few items:
- Please see July Attendance Update for information regarding daily attendance that were made prior to school starting.
- Daily attendance is to be taken for all students, including those who are “Present On-Site” and “Present Off-Site”.
- Question: For middle and high school students, do we take attendance with every teacher? Yes. This is to monitor student attendance throughout the schedule and encourage participation, especially as students are in remote settings. Remember, the default in PowerSchool is “Present On-Site” You can also find this information in the Lighting the Way Back Guidebook.
Amended SBE policy TEST-003:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in some public school units implementing remote learning plans, SBE Policy TEST-003, Requirements Regarding End-of-Course Assessments, was amended by the State Board of Education on August 7, 2020.
The State Board of Education approved amending the number of days allowed to remove a student from an EOC-associated course from the first 10 days of a semester block schedule or the first 20 days of a yearlong traditional schedule to the first 30 days of a semester block schedule or the first 60 days of a yearlong traditional schedule. This is effective for the 2020– 21 school year only.
CAREER AND COLLEGE READY GRADUATES (CCRG):
In compliance with legislation, the CCRG program will take place in the 2020-21 academic year. Now that the NROC/EdREADY platform has been procured, we are moving forward with professional development this October and implementation of CCRG in the Spring 2021 semester. Each LEA has one CCRG Coordinator, which has already been collected, to coordinate a team that will become trainers for the implementation process and work with NCDPI and the NCCCS (NC Community College System) for implementation. LEA teams could include, but not limited to CCRG Lead, CAOs, student advising lead, high school principal or assistant principal, math lead or teacher, English lead or teacher. The professional development opportunities being offered in October is a “train the trainer” opportunity, so plan for your team to serve as CCRG leaders in their respective areas of expertise. The trainings are coordinated by the NCCCS and will be held virtually, NROC trainers will also be present. The trainings will be also recorded for your use later if you are unable to attend and we are working towards the professional development to be available.
Dates have already been sent out to CCRG Coordinators but please also find them below regarding the October trainings. NCDPI is partnering with the NCCCS, who is directed by the legislators to implement CCRG, to help with the trainings and support of LEAs. Again, the law states that the NCCCS creates the training, determines parameters for identifying students and ensures implementation at high schools. We (NCDPI), are doing our best to provide input and support to you as you implement this legislation.
Note: NCDPI will be releasing a CCRG Orientation recorded webinar for any new leaders to CCRG. This will be available no later than Friday, Sept. 25.
CAREER AND COLLEGE PROMISE (CCP) LEA COORDINATORS:
Please send us your staff member who is responsible for CCP in your district. Fill out this CCP LEA Coordinator Form so we can make sure our list is accurate! This program is such a great opportunity for students, but also needs a lot of attention and intentional planning. We want to make sure we are all connected with this program.
CREDIT BY DEMONSTRATED MASTERY:
See the released Back-to-School Memo for various updates regarding the CDM process, including extended testing windows, securing the released NC Final Exams for local use, and various CTE and World Languages updates.
DRIVER’S EDUCATION ELIGIBILITY:
Regarding Driver’s Education Eligibility, NCDPI encourages LEAs/Charters to use the most recent semester with grades to calculate a student’s eligibility. For students who chose to have WC19s based on their COVID-19 context last Spring semester, use the Fall 2019 semester to determine eligibility. Note: NCDPI will be considering revising the current SBE policy to better meet the needs of students. Karl Logan, NCDPI’s Driver’s Education Consultant, will be gathering feedback to guide the is process over the next few months.
ECATS: MTSS UPDATE:
In July of 2020, 99 traditional districts and 71 charter schools, lab schools, and non-regionally based schools participated in ECATS (Every Child Accountability Tracking System) MTSS training. The ECATS MTSS is a module of ECATS available free of cost for all LEAs that houses an Early Warning System and additional features to assist districts and schools in implementing a well-designed, well-functioning multi-tiered system of support. Within the next week, students and classes will be loaded into ECATS MTSS from PowerSchool which allows MTSS users to use the core and intervention planning feature of the module. See this infographic for additional information about NC ECATS MTSS.
GRADING and 45-DAY OPTION:
On April 23, 2020, the State Board of Education adopted a new grading policy to conclude the 2019-20 school year. As a reminder, this policy does not extend to the 2020-21 school year. Note that the 45-day option for students to change their grades for Spring 2020 is still open and will be ending at the end of the quarter for most of school calendars. With so many changes with grading last year, please also encourage transcript reviews for your students. Your data managers have received several resources to help them with that process from the NC-SIS listserve.
NCDHHS Q and A: Given that Governor Cooper announced last Tuesday that he is reopening all public playgrounds, what guidance will be forthcoming from DHHS with respect to access to school playgrounds by Plan B students? Playgrounds were never closed at our public schools under our guidance, so actually nothing needs to change there. There are requirements outlined on cleaning and social distancing during recess, though, and those stay the same.
Secretary of Education Letter Regarding Testing
On September 3, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a memo to state education chiefs affirming statewide tests would not be waived for the 2020-21 school year. Please see link for letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wEUAAof61waLwGokEXPBqt8XsanUb2o8/view?usp=sharing
WEEKLY TOP TEN
Please check out this NCDPI COVID-19 Top Ten Link every Friday! This link shares weekly developments from NCDPI. This is an on-going list; you can even scroll back through – it’s amazing to see how all that continues to be accomplished.
North Carolina Standard Course of Study Guides!!
September Updates from the Division of School Business
The FBS website continues to be updated with COVID-19 policies and information related to School Business and operations, as well as our ongoing operations. Please check this site regularly for updates: www.dpi.nc.gov/districts-schools/district-operations/financial-and-business-services
· COVID Allotment Policy Manual 2020-21 Updated September 8, 2020
· Schedule of COVID Funds as of September 10, 2020
Zero Out for August
We anticipate processing the Zero Out for the month of August next week. This processing will include July’s and August activity. If the accrual reversals were not posted to your books in July or August there will be an adverse impact on the Zero Out.
For LEAs that need to have their July Installment Summary and Payroll files rebuilt, pleas resubmit to DPI by Monday, September 14, 2020 by 11:59pm. If DPI does not receive the updated files, the zero out process may result in your district having FY 2020 cash being pulled back. Please notify Icilma Burroughs once you resubmit your files.
If you have any questions, please send them to Icilma Burroughs at Icilma.Burroughs@dpi.nc.gov.
FY 2020 - 13th Month MFR File – Reminder - LEAs only
This is a reminder that DPI will need to have your final FY 2020 13th month MFR by Wednesday evening, September 16, 2020. Please make sure your LEA is signed into FY 2020.
If you made changes to your general ledger since your last FY 2020 13th month MFR file, please rebuild your 13th month MFR data files.
If you did not make any changes to your last FY 2020 13th month MFR files, then you do not need to do anything. If you have any questions, please contact Roxane Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voluntary Shared Leave Reporting 2019-2020 - LEAs only
(Excludes Independent Public School Operations: Charter Schools, Lab Schools, Regional Schools and the Innovative School District)
This survey is collected annually in response to General Statute 126-8.3(c) and is due September 23, 2020.
The survey is posted on the Financial and Business Services home page at www.dpi.nc.gov/districts-schools/district-operations/financial-and-business-services under What's New or accessed directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/QVWXWB2.
Note: Do not enter decimal points or any symbols when entering numbers.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Angela Harrison in the Division of School Business at 984-236-2449 or email@example.com.
HB1105 – SL2020-97 Temporary flexibility for Transportation Allotment
For the 2020-2021 school year, LEAs may use funds in the transportation allotment PRC056 for the following additional purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. School nutrition.
2. School- and community-based child care.
3. Sanitizing schools and buses.
4. In order to facilitate in-person instruction, personal protective equipment that meets applicable federal standards and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
5. Remote instruction.
School Business will modify the chart of accounts for PRC056 to accommodate some of the anticipated expenditures that are not allowable in other PRCs in the State Public School Fund. ABC transfers are permissible from PRC056 with no penalty to the allotment formulas for 2021-22.
Please contact Roxane Bernard firstname.lastname@example.org for additional requests.
Tydings Amendment and CARES Act Funding
The Tydings Amendment is a Federal provision that extends the period of availability for certain formula grants administered by the U.S. Department of Education for an additional 12 months beyond the fiscal year in which they are awarded. As a result of the Tydings Amendment and the difference in the Federal and State fiscal year, the standard U.S. Department of Education formula grants like Title I, Part A, IDEA, Title II, Part A, Title III, Part A, etc. have a period of availability totaling 27 months (July 1 to September 30 two years later).
While the K-12 Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF – PRCs 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, and 168) and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER – PRCs 169 and 170) authorized under the CARES Act are unique programs given the context of the coronavirus pandemic, both programs are nonetheless formula grants administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education has, through non-regulatory guidance, made clear that the expectation is that the Tydings Amendment would apply to the CARES Act funds despite the CARES Act itself listing September 30, 2021 as the expiration date for the funds. As a result of this application of the Tydings Amendment to the ESSERF and GEER programs, the period of availability end date would be extended by a further 12 months to September 30, 2022.
Based on the guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, we fully anticipate that the ESSERF and GEER funds will be available for obligation until September 30, 2022. However, because this was stated in nonregulatory guidance and the CARES Act funds are not standard programs, we are still unsure whether something more formal will be issued with the U.S. Department of Education to support this position. Accordingly, the State Board approved allotment policies for the PRCs list “September 30, 2021 + Tydings” to reflect the U.S. Department of Education guidance related to these funds.
Federal Programs Monitoring and Support Division Update
Notice from USED - Federal Guidance Portal and Guidance Review
The US Department of Education has created a guidance portal located at- https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/types-of-guidance-documents.html. This portal links to a searchable index of all of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (OESE’s) guidance documents written to support the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The guidance documents found in the portal are effective as of the date issued and provide guidance that is non-binding both in law and practice.
OESE completed a comprehensive review of its guidance documents and rescind guidance that was deemed outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective. To this end, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register on August 31, 2020, notifying the public of the guidance documents rescinded by the Department as a result of its review. At this time, OESE has a total of 46 guidance documents that have been rescinded as a part of this effort. These documents are being rescinded because they are outdated or have been superseded, and therefore are no longer relevant. Information specific to those guidance documents that have been rescinded, as of the date of the Department’s notice, is available at www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/31/2020-19144/notice-of-the-rescission-of-outdated-guidance-documents.
Innovative Childcare and Remote Extended Support (ICARES) Grant Application
The purpose of the ICARES grant is to fund high-quality, independently validated extended learning and integrated student support service programs for Pre-K-8 at-risk students that raise standards for student academic outcomes and will be a competitive grant opportunity processed through the CCIP system. ICARES grant amounts will range from $200,000 to $500,000 depending on the number of at-risk students identified to be served. Only Districts, Charter Schools and Lab Schools are eligible.
Only applications submitted through CCIP will be reviewed and evaluated. Applications must be submitted through CCIP by 5:00 pm EDT on October 5, 2020. Applications received after 5:00 pm EDT on October 5, 2020 will not be accepted.
A CCIP training focusing upon ICARES grant application completion will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Click on the following to register: ICARES CCIP Technical Assistance Webinar.
ICARES website: www.dpi.nc.gov/districts-schools/federal-program-monitoring/icares.
If you have questions about ICARES, please contact Melissa Eddy at Melissa.email@example.com.
Exceptional Children Division Update
Special State Reserve
The PSU can apply for Risk Pool or Special State Reserve funding for students eligible for funding while the student is being served remotely. The funds may be held by DPI until the PSU returns to in-person instruction.
Indicate in the narrative if the student is currently served remotely or in-person. If remote, an update will need to be provided upon re-entry to in-person instruction.
Maintenance of Effort (MOE)
The MOE Expenditures for the 2019-2020 school year is due by October 31, 2020. The MOE Expenditure section of the IDEA grant will be open for submission by the end of September for all PSUs with an approved IDEA grant. All others will be open for submission after the IDEA grant has been approved.
The MOE Calculation Form. Justification Form has been uploaded to the NCCCIP Grant System in the NCDPI Resources Section under EC Resources tab.
REMINDER: PRC 132 COVID-19 Relief Act Funding Update
Due to a portion of unallotted funds after the grant application process, an approximately 16% increase to the second COVID-19 Relief Act grant allotment has been applied to approved applications. This second allotment of funding will be made in the near future. If there are expenditures from the additional funds that your PSU needs to make that are not aligned to your original PRC 132 applications, please alert your Regional Coordinator so this update can be made to the second grant application. Expenditures must align to the Public School Units (PSUs) application and be an allowable expense within the chart of accounts. Please be aware, there will be additional information in the near future concerning reporting requirements for these funds. As a reminder, these funds must be expended by 12/31/2020. If you believe you will be unable to spend your allotted PRC 132 funds in this timeframe, please alert your Regional Coordinator as soon as possible.
· 2020-21 Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund - Application due September 15, 2020 Details are in the August 28, 2020 newsletter. *
· September PSBCF and NBPSCF Lottery Distribution Requests - Requests due September 25, 2020 Details are in the August 28, 2020 newsletter. *
· PRC 082 - Expenditure report is due September 30, 2020 Details are in the September 4, 2020 newsletter. *
· 2020 Statewide Facility Needs Survey – Surveys due January 8, 2021 Details are in the August 28, 2020 newsletter. *
Updates from DHHS
The following message is forwarded from NCDHHS:
Hello Community Partners,
Thank you for sharing these emails containing valuable state information on NC’s COVID-19 response with your stakeholder listservs and other contacts. Please find important information, tools, and updates for this week.
As many of our partners on this email list are providing support in our schools and child care programs across the state, take a look at these resources specifically for you:
For K-12 Schools:
- NEW family-friendly resource on what to expect when our schools reopen in English and Spanish.
- NEW Schools Guidance - NCDHHS Instructions on How to Adjust Cloth Face Coverings Distributed to K-12 Students, Teachers and Staff (English, Spanish)
- Updated Infection Control and PPE Guidance for K-12
For Early Care and Education:
- NEW in Child Care guidance - Flyer to Promote Child Care Hotline for School-Age Children (Spanish)
- Updated Child Care Guidance
And, as always, make use of the COVID-19 Prevent and Protect Media Toolkit: full of social media posts and images, infographics, customizable flyers, and more – updated often, and all materials are available in English and Spanish.
Read more below and please share!
Wear A Mask,
PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:
- North Carolina Offers Expedited Funding to Increase Community Non-Congregate Shelter Options During COVID-19
- North Carolina Has First Reported SARS-CoV-2 Positive Case in Dog
- NCDHHS to Pay for Ongoing Testing of Nursing Home Staff, Codifies Requirement for Biweekly Nursing Home Staff Testing
- NCDHHS Selects Vendors to Supervise 250+ New Community Health Workers in 50 Counties with COVID-19 Hot Spots
- (Governor) State of North Carolina Has Distributed 3.5 Million Cloth Face Coverings, 4.5 Million Procedure Masks and Additional PPE Supplies Across the State
- (DPS) Mass COVID-19 Testing of All Offenders in State Prison Completed
NEW HUD resources in non-congregate sheltering page:
- HUD Eviction Prevention for At Risk Tenants: A Message to HUD Program Grantees
- HUD Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19
- HUD Tenant Guidance: Rental Repayment Plans
NEW graphics and media resources:
- NEW Know Your Ws Zoom/Teams backgrounds available on the Know Your Ws page
- NEW web page on the COVID-19 Support Services Program, under Human Services
- Updated Phases graphics in Phase 2 guidance and in social media
UPDATED guidance since the last update include:
- NEW Schools Guidance - NCDHHS Instructions on How to Adjust Cloth Face Coverings Distributed to K-12 Students, Teachers and Staff (English, Spanish)
- NEW in Child Care guidance - Flyer to Promote Child Care Hotline for School-Age Children (Spanish)
- Updated Infection Control and PPE Guidance for K-12
- Updated Child Care Guidance
- NEW Business Guidance:
UPDATED reports since the last update include:
- Updated Ongoing Outbreaks in Congregate Living and Ongoing Clusters in School Settings: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/outbreaks-and-clusters
- Updated Risk Factors for COVID-19 report: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/dashboard/Risk-Factors-for-Severe-Illness-from-COVID-19.pdf
- Updated Outbreaks in Congregate Settings and School Cluster outbreaks reports: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/outbreaks-and-clusters
- Updated CLI Surveillance report: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cli-surveillance
NEW & UPDATED resources available in Spanish:
- NEW Resources for Renters Facing Eviction in English and Spanish on the Assistance page an in the Individuals guidance
- Updated Spanish version of NCDHHS Interim Guidance for the Safe Application of Disinfectants (Spanish)
- Updated P-EBT FAQs in Spanish
Rebecca Planchard, MPP
Senior Early Childhood Policy Advisor
Office of the Secretary
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.
COMING UP SOON
NAEHCY 2020 Goes Virtual!
NAEHCY 2020 Goes Virtual!
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the decision has been made to shift the NAEHCY Conference to a fully virtual event. This shift was made out of an abundance of caution, with the safety and well-being of our attendees at the heart of the decision. We are also shifting the conference dates in an effort to make it more accessible to everyone. The Preconference sessions will take place on Thursday, October 1. The full conference will take place Monday – Friday, October 5-9, 2020. Registration is NOW OPEN! Non-members may join for just $50 during the registration process in order to receive member rates. For more information visit https://naehcy.org/conference/2020-conference/.
Nominations for the 2020 NAEHCY Awards are now open!
Go to https://naehcy.org/conference/2020-conference/awards/ to learn more about the following awards:
- Homeless Liaison of the Year Award
- McKinney-Vento State Coordinator of the Year Award
- The Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award
Award submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2020. Please read the award criteria completely prior to completing the online application form
Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
NC Department of Public Instruction
Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Innovation
Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division
The SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro
Second Annual NCCAT BTOY Awards Nomination Open!!
Nominate your beginning teachers (must be in their second year of teaching in 2020-2021, at the same charter school) through October 2nd here:
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.
Sharing the Best Practices in Digital Teaching Handbook from The Exploris School
Charter Chatter: What's New & Notable in the Charter World
New! September Legislative Update
Major Education Allocations
- $10M for improving Internet connectivity for students through mobile Internet access points. Cost of devices, not subscription. This would be in addition to the $11M in PRC128
- $20M for PPE. This would be in addition to the $7m appropriated in HB1023
- $17M for grants for EC students' services. This would be in addition to the $20M in PRC132
Major Education Policy Changes
- Eliminates the requirement for DPI to adjust initial allotments for the actual best 1 of 2 ADM
- Allocation transfers for new and growing charter schools will be made, therefore the result for LEAs would be the initial allotments less the charter school transfers
- Increases the cap for the 2 virtual charter schools by 3,800 students
- Requires principal salaries to be determined based on the 2019-20 ADM for principal pay as of January 1, 2021
- Temporary flexibility for transportation allocation
- Allows LEAs to use funds provided from the transportation allotment (PRC056) for school nutrition, childcare, sanitizing schools and buses, in-person instruction, and remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic
RTA Updates & Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year
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
FREE! NC DOL Resources to Support Your Bloodborne Pathogens Training
- 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
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/
Artist's Haven & Poet's Corner
Georgia O'Keefe, Autumn Leaves, 1924, private collection
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
This poem is in the public domain.
Meet the Office of Charter Schools....."Who Ya Gonna Call?" at OCS?
OCS Main number: email@example.com
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, 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
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
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