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July Opportunities & Reminders

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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.

LNC Remote Instruction Plan (LEA 60D)

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 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

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

Lighting Our Way Forward/Re-Opening Plans & Guidance



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:


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:


2020 Charter Schools Leadership Institute

This annual event, typically held in October, has been postponed April 22/23, 2021. Please stay tuned for further details.


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)

NC Virtual@ncvps

North Carolina families, here is a map of internet service providers who are currently offering free or discounted internet service. (It is not a map, though, of current broadband coverage.)… #NorthCarolina #OnlineLearning #RemoteLearning #K12

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.

Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching & Learning

FREE Junior Achievement: Access to Program Resources & Remote Resources / Web Conferencing Systems List (COVID)

(from Junior Achievement for Elementary, Middle, and High School)

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

Union Academy Students Recognized for Academic & Athletic Achievements!

Best Practices: Guide to Going Remote for Boards of Directors

We do not promote vendors or entities but are sharing these resources with you from Board on Track for your consideration during these unprecedented times.


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:

Retirement Rate:

Retirement 14.78%
Disability 0.09%
Death 0.13%
Retiree Health 6.88%
Total 21.68%

The health benefit rate:
Health benefit rate as stated in SL 2020-45 Section 3.15(e) is $6,326.

RTA Updates

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:

  • i-Ready
  • Istation
  • NWEA MAP (utilizing Growth plus Reading Fluency)
  • STAR Early Literacy and STAR Reading
  • mClass
  • 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.


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: 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

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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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 Leaders, please note who your Charter Regional Support Team is for MTSS and all things IABS:

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.



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

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:

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

Support availability:

Web: - 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:

  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.

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:

Artists' Haven & Poet's Corner

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Gustave Caillebotte, “Canoe on the Yerres River,” 1878 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

Summer Shower
Emily Dickinson

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 at 984-236-2701.

OCS Main number: 984.236.2700/

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

6307 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-6307

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