Integrated Student Support Plans: EDPlan 504 & EL

PCG partners with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to provide ECATS to all public and charter schools across North Carolina. In addition to IEP and MTSS software, they also provide solutions for 504 plans, health plans, and English Learner plans – all in one, comprehensive program that you already use.
By using their integrated, single sign-on platform for multiple services, you can ensure legal compliance while also saving case managers and teachers valuable time throughout the school day. Over 30 charter schools and networks in North Carolina already use PCG’s 504, health, and EL solutions.
Register today to learn more about PCG’s EDPlan 504 and EDPlan EL and the exclusive pricing offered in partnership with NCAPCS.

Click here to RSVP today for a webinar on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET, and save your spot to learn more about PCG’s EDPlan 504 and EDPlan EL modules in ECATS. Please feel free to forward to your case managers and staff who manage 504 and EL plans as well! A recording of the webinar will also be made available to all who sign up.


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TMSA-Visit from North Carolina Representative Julie von Heafen

Cary, NC - North Carolina Representative Julie von Heafen visited Triangle Math and Science Academy today to learn more about TMSA on National Charter School Week.

“It is a school I heard a lot about. I am really glad to be able to see it in person,” said Representative von Haefen. “You guys are lucky that you have such a great school.”

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ECATS Support for NCAPCS Members Only

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is the statewide vendor for ECATS (Special Education Case Management, Medicaid Documentation, and MTSS). PCG has additional planning and management tools to complement the ECATS platform for such things as Section 504, ELL, and more. Would this be something you'd be interested in? They charge a set-up fee of $1500 per module and approximately $10 per 504/ELL/AIG student. They are proposing a 5% discount through a partnership with NCAPCS for our members. See the chart below for an example. Please contact Rhonda if you are interested at [email protected].
   Pricing EDPlan 504 | Per Charter School


Year 1

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Legislative Update from EQV Strategic May 2022

Utilities Oversight

A new Durham charter school is getting a second chance to open after state lawmakers required municipalities to provide water and sewer service to these non-traditional public schools. The State Board of Education approved a request Thursday from North Oak Academy to delay its opening by another year to 2023 as it tries to resolve a lawsuit with the city of Durham over access to utilities.


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ASCD Professional Learning Services & "The Achievery"

ASCD and AT&T Partnership Benefits NCAPCS Members

 ASCD is offering a free virtual professional learning opportunity.  ASCD has been partnering with AT&T to sponsor professional learning within schools around the country. Check out the flyer (attached) and let our contact at ASCD, Josh Sousa, know if your school would be interested.   You would choose three dates. And, during each of these dates, staff will receive 90 minutes of Professional Learning on the topic that they choose.  Staff will also receive 90 minutes of virtual coaching after each workshop.  Just complete one of the 90 min sessions this school year and you can schedule the other dates next year.

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Perks for People-National Charter Schools Week

Perks for People ( ) is an easy and intuitive platform for NCAPCS members to take advantage of huge discounts on brand name consumer electronic products including: smartphone cases, chargers, screen protectors, Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and so much more!

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National Charter School Week 2022

NC Charter "Why"

Your Day #1 Challenge - Join in on the fun by following us on Facebook and Twitter and posting a photo or video sharing WHY you LOVE your NC charter school. 

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Free eSports for Students

The Stride esports team is offering a variety of FREE two-week summer camps for students aged 8-18 in the US starting on June 13, 2022.  The camp is centered in eSports and coding/game design education. We are focused on in-game skill development as well as communication, teamwork and strategy featuring popular titles such as Rocket League and League of Legends. 

 Additionally, we are offering two-week increment classes that focus on Minecraft Coding, Music Editing for Games, Art Creation in Fortnite Creative and a lot more! 

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Regional Round Table Meeting

NCAPCS cordially invites charter school leaders to attend one of our Regional Roundtable Meetings to discuss topics affecting our schools.This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other charter school leaders and learn about what to expect for the Legislative Short Session. If you have a topic you'd like to add to the discussion, please email Rhonda at [email protected] in advance. All meetings will take place at 4:00 p.m. and pre-registration is requested.
Western Charter Schools       April 21         Mallard Creek STEM Academy  ( 9142 Browne Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)    
Eastern Charter Schools        April 28         Girls' Leadership Academy of Wilmington (4100 Sunglow Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405)     
Triangle Charter Schools        May 5             Voyager Academy  (101 Hock Parc Ln, Durham, NC 27704)  
Triad Charter Schools             May 12            Guilford Preparatory Academy (2240 E Cone Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27405) 

Free Soccer Clinic

 FSI Mechanical has partnered with the NC State Women's Soccer Team 'Wolfpack Soccer Series" to offer Free Soccer Clinic' to schools and communities in the Triangle.
This clinic is (2) 1 hour sessions for Girls only, ages 4-8 and 9-13.  Again, this one's for the girls only.  The clinic is coached by NC State's own assistant coach, Stephen McKenna as well as some other coaching staff and female players. The event would be held at each individual Charter School either in the gym or in your own outdoor facilities.
Contact Mark McNally at 919-848-9239 or email him at [email protected] for more information. 

Making the Most of your NCAPCS Membership

Thank you so much for being a member of NCAPCS. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing you with the highest level of member value and engagement, we want to welcome you to the Members Only area of our website. This message—and more coming in the near future— will help you get acquainted with the many self-service benefits you can manage from our website.

Please visit your profile to ensure that we have your correct contact information on file. In this area, you'll also be able to update several other key areas of information that will help us serve you better. 

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Activating the Charter School Base

Dear Charter School Leader,

Now more than ever we all need to come together to support all charter schools. NCAPCS would like to communicate with your parents and teachers in addition to you as school leaders. We would like to share information about the charter school movement with all stakeholders in order to activate our base.

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NC Education's Future

The House Select Committee on An Education System for North Carolina's Future held a Public Hearing on Monday, March 7, 2022 at  South Asheboro Middle School. In addition to the superintendent's from Randolph County Schools and Asheboro City Schools, Dr. Sharon Castelli, Superintendent of Uwharrie Charter Academy, gave a presentation on the future of NC education. See her PPT here:

House Passes 2022 Omnibus Bill with Charter Schools Program Funding


Statement from Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, on the House passage of the fiscal year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

“We are grateful to our allies in Congress who believe in and advocate for charter schools, which are student-centered, tuition-free, and always public.

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This is a post from the Durham Progressive Democrats on Facebook on March 9, 2022. A post like this contributes to the idea that charter schools are private schools and not part of the public school system. How would you refute this claim? As charter school stakeholders, it is important that we are prepared with the facts when these types of conversations arise, As part of our Mythbusting Series, we will address common charter school myths like this one and provide the truth.

Myth 1: “Charter schools are not public schools. They are unaccountable, private schools that take money away from district schools.”

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Resource Financial Affinity Program

Dear Charter School Leader:

Welcome to the Resource Financial Affinity Program. We are thrilled to have been chosen by the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools to be your company’s preferred mortgage lender, offering you many benefits and savings on your home financing solutions. 

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Purple Star Award

Shout out to our NC Charter Schools:

Anderson Creek Academy

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KLR Partners-EWIF

KLR Partners is offering editing and coaching services to NCAPCS members for the Educational Workforce Innovation Fund Grant (EWIF). This grant will be released September 1, 2022 and will be due October 31, 2022. The grant seeks to identify successful innovative programs that will lead to more students graduating career and college ready, and it focuses on five core areas:
  1. Align public schools with business and industry and colleges/universities.
  2. Provide greater choice for parents/guardians among high quality education options.
  3.  Enhance teacher and principal effectiveness.
  4. Ensure all students possess job-ready skills.
  5. Leverage technology to drive both student and teacher learning.
If you are interested in pursuing this grant but don't have the time to complete it, consider partnering with KLR PartnersKaty Ridnouer, a certified grant writer and veteran educator, will work with you and your team to develop a complete, compliant, and compelling application. This would include upto five (5) hours of strategic planning, advising, editing, and revising. The cost is $875.
Contact Katy at [email protected] to discuss a potential partnership for this or other grant opportunities. She's helped schools win over $19M in grant awards, and she can help you too!
Katy Ridnouer, MEd, GPC
Author, Certified Grant Writer, Virtual Assistant Principal, and School Start-Up Specialist  
With the right partner, anything is possible. 

Catalyze Challenge

The Catalyze Challenge

We are excited to announce that the Catalyze Challenge is returning for a second round of grant funding. Mark your calendars! Applications for 2022-23 school year grants close on March 6.

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Educational Workforce Innovation Fund

Grants | NC DPI

Education and Workforce Innovation Commission (EWIC) Grants

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