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NCAPCS Announces Leadership Development Partnership with Rhodes Branding

The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) is proud to announce an annual leadership development partnership with Rhodes Branding, a mission-led branding and marketing agency exclusively serving K-12 education.


As a professional association created to support and expand successful charter schools in North Carolina, NCAPCS provides regular professional development to its member educators, administrators, and school board members. Through this partnership with Rhodes Branding, NCAPCS will leverage the agency’s expertise in key areas like competitive K-12 brand-building, engagement strategy, and enrollment and recruitment marketing, to enhance its 2024 professional development catalog. 

“We aren’t talking about logo and mascot design, although we do that, too,” said Austin Rhodes, the agency’s president and co-founder. "By sharing our expertise in school branding, marketing, and engagement strategies with K-12 leaders through our partners’ conferences and virtual professional development sessions, our team desires to make a sustainable impact for schools nationwide.”

“We feel extremely confident that participants in this unique professional development series will walk away with tools that will enable them to add immediate value to their educational organizations,” said NCAPCS Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham. 

“We are proud of this particular partnership because we have observed first-hand the power of Rhodes Branding to transform their client experience in the K-12 education space,” she said. “Charter schools are public schools – they are tuition-free and open to all – but there are many subtle nuances to elements like brand positioning and enrollment marketing that must be understood in order for effective professional development to be provided to our membership,” Dillingham continued.

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The Power of Black-Led Charters by Rep. Marcus Brandon

In observing and celebrating Black History Month, we took some time to catch up with former State Representative Marcus Brandon to talk about the good he sees in charter schools and the power of Black-led schools.  Check it out!

 

Name: Representative Marcus Brandon

Organization: CarolinaCAN

Title: Executive Director

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Honoring Black History Month with Dr. Michelle Johnson

The celebration of February as Black History Month is an important piece of any school's calendar, but it is more than just a one-time event.  We sat down with NCAPCS Board Chair Dr. Michelle Johnson, Director of The Point College Prep and Leadership Academy in Jamestown, NC to learn more:

When you think of Black History Month, what do you envision?

I envision a celebration of all that we have learned throughout the year.  It’s not just 28 days of studying important figures, but the culmination of yearlong inclusion of the important, little-known African Americans in our history.

 

Why is Black History Month relevant to the charter community? 

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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” -Chinese Proverb 


Isn’t change challenging? We spend so much of our time wanting to stay in what is comfortable. To be honest, I have been there too. I have wanted to teach the same lesson because it was comfortable. I have wanted to stay with the same curriculum because I had taught it for years. I have wanted to stay on the same team because they were my friends. I have even rolled my eyes when my former Principal asked me to move classrooms at seven months pregnant. The truth is, she knew I would find joy and growth in the new hallway. I just did not have the ability  to recognize it at the moment. 


However, change pushes us to be more. Sometimes, the push feels like a tap, and other times it feels like a drop off the side of a mountain. No matter what your change feels like, know that there is beauty on the other side of the push. 


This week is National School Choice Week. We celebrate our School, and how far we have come in a year and a half. There are several misconceptions about Charter Schools. This is the perfect week to clarify those misconceptions. 


“Charter school is private.” We are a public charter school that serves potentially all of North Carolina-tuition free! We currently serve students from Caldwell, Catawba, Burke, Hickory City, and Alexander counties. 



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NCAPCS Signs Collaboration Agreement with WGU

ASHEBORO, N.C. (JAN. 16, 2024) – As the state’s leading membership and support organization for public charter schools., the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools provides a wide array of services and support to help all the state’s charter schools provide a high-quality education to their students. To encourage employees of the organization’s members to upskill and further their careers by pursuing educational opportunities, NCAPCS has signed a collaboration agreement with Western Governors University, an accredited nonprofit online university.

 

As part of the agreement, NCAPCS employees and members will be able to apply for WGU’s Partner Connect Scholarships in the amount of $2,500, which is disbursed in increments of $625 per term for up to four academic terms based on satisfactory academic performance. Tuition at WGU is around $4,000 to $5,000 per six-month term, and students are able to accelerate at their preferred pace with the consent of their assigned program mentor.

 

Established in 1997, WGU offers more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the fields of K-12 education, information technology, business and healthcare. WGU currently has more than 5,200 students enrolled in North Carolina, including 964 in its Teachers College.

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NC Charter School Celebration Luncheon

Change for Good: The NC Charter School Review Board and the Road Ahead

by Rhonda Dillingham

Published in The Carolina Journal

What’s in a name? 

In the case of the newly-minted Charter School Review Board, that answer encompasses the entirety of the entity’s new charge and function.

Formerly known as the Charter School Advisory Board, or CSAB, this government body has moved from an advisory to a regulatory capacity.  It no longer makes recommendations to the State Board of Education on cases involving the granting, renewal, suspension and termination of North Carolina’s charter school agreements.  The CSRB is now first chair.  It is where the buck stops.  The BOE only serves as the course by which CSRB decisions can be appealed.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

As North Carolina’s Strategic Director for The LIBRE Initiative, Jeffrey Baldwin is passionate about advancing the principles of individual freedom, property rights, limited government and free markets for the US Hispanic community.  He is also a charter school advocate and Board member of Carter G. Woodson School in Winston Salem

From what Baldwin has seen and experienced in his work across the state, charter schools resonate with Hispanic families in significant ways.

“We are not used to having big schools, and with charter schools you will usually find that the student-to-teacher ratio is going to be smaller,” said Baldwin.  “There are other things, like uniforms, that are typical to many charter schools and also remind us of the schools in our home countries.”

“What you will find is that a lot of families understand the value of education,” said Baldwin.  “They will work really hard to learn and have a better life.”

That statement is personal for Baldwin, who at the age of 14 immigrated to the United States to escape the corruption, poverty and hopelessness of the Guatemalan Civil War and socialism.

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The Latest in Charter News Needing Corrections

See the Original Article Here and on our FB page!
While the author is correct in that NC charter school enrollment increased 19% during the pandemic and continues to rise, the author fails to discern that #charterschoolsarepublicschools. They are free, public and open to all. As tuition-free schools of choice, charters make up an essential part of NC’s school choice landscape, but they are not to be confused or categorized with private schools. To do so creates misinformation, which charters are accustomed to defending against.
In terms of oversight, NC charters are held to the same standards of accountability as traditional district schools, most notably when it comes to State test scores. The NC Office of Charter Schools - a state government entity - directly oversees all NC charter schools’ performance data, which is used to inform the NC Charter School Review Board in its duties of granting, denying, renewing or revoking charter agreements based on standardized metrics. There is also the fact that, as schools of choice, charters are held to even more stringent standards of accountability by parents, who vote with their feet.
Charter schools are legislatively granted more flexibility in areas such as curricula selection and teacher credentials, but at the end of the day they are expected to use that flexibility to innovate, not imitate; they must meet and/or exceed the acheivment standards set for all NC public schools. Failure to do so leads to reprimand and unfortunately, in persistent cases, closure. The fact that discipline or closure due to performance is a much more immediate threat to charter schools makes for higher stakes when it comes to each individual school’s accountability.

Charter Success Partners and the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools Partner to Launch Licensure Compliance Support

Charter Success Partners (CSP), a leading provider of charter school accounting and operational support services, and the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS), the foremost state charter schools’ advocacy organization, have announced a partnership to help NC charter schools adhere to new state licensure law requirements.

The dashboard will provide charter schools with everything required to be in compliance with state licensure requirements, including those established by State Law 2023-106, which was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in August 2023.

“The licensure dashboard is a valuable tool that will help charter schools stay on top of their compliance requirements,” said Zach Donahue, CFO of Charter Success Partners. “By providing schools with a dashboard that is easily embeddable on their website, parents and other interested parties will be able to access the information that they are entitled to and schools can be assured they are meeting all state requirements with virtually no disruption.”

The dashboard was developed with input from charter school professionals and attorneys. It includes a variety of features, such as:

  • ●  A personalized dashboard for each school that showcases their staff’s licensure information

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Esse Quam Videri

To Be Rather Than to Seem:  Gaining True Momentum in North Carolina by Rhonda Dillingham

Originally Published on CharterFolk: https://www.charterfolk.org/charterfolk-contributor-rhonda-dillingham-to-be-rather-than-to-seem-gaining-true-momentum-in-north-carolina/

North Carolina has entered a Golden Age of charter school legislation. Proposed statutes that would not have passed both Chambers of the Legislature just a few sessions ago have now been ratified by a Republican supermajority overriding the Democratic Governor’s vetoes. Two such statutes, HB 219 and HB 618, will have longstanding, positive repercussions for the charter school ecosystem in North Carolina. Our aim is to explore how our Charter School Association (CSA) played a major character in this political story and to quantify key progress indicators so that a similar approach might be systematically replicated in the future. Our state motto – Esse Quam Videri (To be rather than to seem) – rings true throughout the various stages of our approach.

1) Retain Ownership

House Bill 219 – Charter School Omnibus – was written with the founding principles of North Carolina charter schools in mind, some of which has been augmented and manipulated over the years. Its initial aims included overhauls to per-pupil local funding, enrollment growth, and local capital funding. House Bill 618 – Charter School Review Board – was built upon a major organizational change to the charter school approval, renewal, revocation, and termination processes. Our advocacy team was prepped and ready to help convey the value of these new bills to our stakeholders so that we could rapidly mobilize.

As soon as these bills were proposed we were briefed on their content, their sponsors, and the likelihood that they would pass. We immediately took an ownership stance. We translated the meaning of the bills and their potential impact to our Board and membership, preparing internal stakeholders to put their own advocacy hats on. Specific outreach was allocated to developing a rapport with primary sponsors and supporters of the bills in both the House and Senate, as well as all members of both Chambers’ committees on K-12 Education. 

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