Professional Development

Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

OCS presented some updates at the NCAPCS Charter Conference. In case you missed it, or want the presentation, please find it linked HERE. 

Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Candidate Portfolios due November 3rd. 

NCDPI is pleased to coordinate the 2024 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year (POY) Program. Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported a program in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction to recognize outstanding principals from the North Carolina public schools. Since the inception of the program, we have recognized 43 state Wells Fargo Principals of the Year, 290 regional award recipients, and 3,640 local Wells Fargo Principals of the Year.
Charter School Principals are invited to submit the following portfolio to be considered for NC Charter School Principal of the Year 2023-2024. The top two candidates will be invited to a final round of interviews within the first two weeks of December, 2023. We are so proud of our charter school leaders and look forward to scheduling candidate interviews immediately after the first review has taken place within the Office of Charter Schools, where last year’s Principal of the Year and OCS Consultants interview the nominees for Principal of the Year for NC Charter Schools. This application is due no later than November 3rd, 2023 by 5:00 pm.

 Portfolio Submission Guidelines- A completed application includes all of the following: 

  1. Board/Executive Director Nomination
  2. Complete Portfolio Entry in PDF Format.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation.
  4. Headshot

Governing Board/Executive Director Nomination Letter:
Nomination Letter from the school verifying the nominee has the Board agreement in the nomination and to their knowledge meets all of the requirements. In addition, the Board is encouraged to supplement or support the nominee’s application with any additional words that reflect the school leader’s alignment to the core values of this award. Should be emailed after completing Form to Dr. Natasha Norins. (2 Pages Maximum)

Review the Google Form and complete, along with the attached PDF Portfolio questions and information. After completing the form, all other documents should be emailed to Dr. Natasha Norins in the Office of Charter Schools as a PDF document..Principals will submit all components via email to Dr. Natasha Norins, no later than November 3rd, 2023 by 5:00 pm. The selection committee will review and consider only the required materials, thus no additional materials shall be submitted with the email submission. 

The candidate must:

- Be a principal of a North Carolina public school.

- Have at least four years’ experience as an administrator (years may be a combination of assistant principal, principal and central office experience).

- A principal is a person designated by a local Board of Education as the head of a school with 100 or more pupils in average daily membership (ADM) and/or with seven or more full-time, state-allotted teachers.

- A principal is the executive head of the school.

- Be employed as a school administrator throughout the local and regional selection process.

- Be a practicing school administrator in order to compete for the Wells Fargo Principal of the Year state title and remain practicing principal for the entire term.

- Hold a valid principal's license.


Previous state Wells Fargo Principals of the Year are not eligible to be nominated as candidates.  If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Dr. Norins and she will be happy to assist in the collection of all of the portfolio and nomination elements. We wish you the best during this journey!


Office of Charter Schools' 2023-2024 Open Office Hours
Time Topic



September 13, 2023

11:00 AM 

Read to Achieve 
Tonya Parrish

October 12, 2023

10:00 AM 

School Safety
Dr. Karen Fairley


November 28, 2023

10:00 AM 

North Carolina Homeless Education Program  
Savannah Gay 

December (TBD)

10:00 AM 

Home Base, NCEES, Mental Health docs
Matthew Mayo, John Mair, Cami Narron



February 14, 2024

10:00 AM 

School Leaders Inspire Us All
Dr. Andrew Smith, Dr. Erika Shoulders- Royster, Tabari Wallas, ED.S.



March 20, 2024

10:00 AM 

SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
Anne Nixon and Dr. Natasha Norins


April 17, 2024

10:00 AM 

MTSS - Addressing Misconceptions

 Ashley Springs + Rhonda Harrell (IABS) 

Office Hours Recordings and Slides

OCS September Office Hours- Office of Early Learning with Tonia Parrish
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
7:42 PM  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
NC OCS Webinar 2023 Early Literacy Presentation.pptx
Play recording (40 mins)
Recording password: nV5mJt9aAg7


2022 NC OCS PHP Scholarship Information

The 2022 NC Office of Charter Schools People Helping People Scholarship Application is now Open!  Final submissions should be returned to Dr. Darian C. Jones, no later than March 18th, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. with all of the requested information.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Jones at the above email.


2021 SECU Scholarship 

See the Gallery for All Our NC Charter School SECU People Helping People Nominations:

Charter School Principal of the Year Announcement

Please Pass Along to your Staff/Board…

Below you can find presentation materials and resources from OCS professional development events.

2020 Virtual Institute Presentations and Handouts 

2020 Virtual New Charter Leaders Institute

Institute Agenda



Charter School Leadership Institute 2019 at Envision Science Academy

West Regional Charter School Huddle at Greystone Day (July 16, 2019)

Low Performing Training Camp #1

March 13, 2019, Davidson, N.C.

Session Title  Session Materials 
Meeting the Needs of Our Most Complex Students Presentation
Avoiding Meltdowns and Shutdowns Presentation
Total Participation Techniques Presentation
Understanding by Design (Backward Design) Presentation

Charter School Leadership Institute

Oct. 18-19, 2018, Holly Springs, N.C. — Agenda 

Session Title  Session Materials
Comprehensive, Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) and Consolidated Monitoring ppt
Ready to Learn: Fostering Academic Success Through Social-Emotional Learning ppt
Aligning School Culture and School Mission ppt | pdf
Performance Framework: Past, Present, and Future ppt
Unlock the Power of Home Base ppt
NC New Teacher Support Program + NC Charter Schools = Beginning Teacher Success ppt
Parent Grievances: Dig into the Data ppt
Specially Designed Instruction within an MTSS Framework ppt
School Health Requirements for NC Charter Schools – Parts I & II










The McKinney-Vento Act and Compliance Requirements





Critical Elements for Leading MTSS Implementation ppt
Examining Leadership Purpose



Related Service Provision Contracting pdf
Adapted Physical Education 101 – The Basics pdf
Read to Achieve Updates ppt
Managing Leadership Teams Parts I & II






Flipped Learning ppt
Middle School Peer Mentoring Program ppt
Students with Disabilities: Discipline Decision-Making Do’s and Don’ts pdf
School Connectivity and ERate Services ppt
What to Expect with Fiscal Monitoring pdf
Charter School Fiscal Compliance pdf
How to Prepare for the Annual Audit pdf
Contracts and Procurement pdf

Monthly Webinar Series

Month Topic Materials
September 2018 Read to Achieve Updates


Charter School Law

Alternate Assessment Memo

Alternate Assessment List


August 2018 Post-Legislative Financial Updates



OCS Huddle at the FBS Conference

July 20, 2018, Durham, N.C. — Agenda

Session Title Session Materials
Building Partnerships Between Districts and Charters ppt
Renewal Training ppt
Federal Regulations for Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions ppt
Effective and Reflective Governance ppt
Dynamic Teaching Yields Dynamic Results-An Introduction to Differentiated and Tiered Instruction ppt
Charter School Transportation ppt
Project Based Learning STEM ppt
English Learners in NC schools (ESSA, Title III) ppt
School Culture ppt
Leveraging Parent Grievances ppt

OCS West Regional Huddle

July 26, 2018, Pine Lake Prep, Mooresville, N.C. — Agenda

Session Title Session Materials
NC New Teacher Support Program + NC Charter Schools = Beginning Teacher Success ppt
Staying True to Your Mission pdf
STEM: K-5 Curriculum and Strategies ppt
Project Based Learning ppt
K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simply Simple): Promoting Unity and Eliminating Stress ppt
Federal Regulations for Students with Disabilities: FAQs ppt
Navigating the Charter Renewal Process - Start to Finish ppt
Charter School Athletics-Best Practices ppt
Charter School Transportation ppt
North Carolina Multi-Tiered System of Support Statewide Implementation ppt
One to One Programs, "What works, and what doesn't" ppt
Economic Integration and Lottery Policy and Practice ppt
Effective and Reflective Governance ppt
Conversations in School Safety & Security - Idea Share pdf
Flipped Learning ppt