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August 17, 2014

Your August CORE Education Newsletter — Learner Orientation, Language And Identity, And Staying Connected

One for my Kiwi readers…

For those interested in education. Packed with education news, information, resources and inspiration.
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Kia ora Michael,

Thanks for subscribing to CORE newsletters. We are dedicated to supporting New Zealand’s educators and are passionate about future-focused learning.

What you’ll find in this issue:

  • Learner Orientation: The spirit of teaching learners, not subjects, and the role of UDL.
  • What it means to be a Cook Islander in 21st century Aotearoa.
  • Links to resources for celebrating International Language Week in your school or centre.

Feature Article

Learner Orientation

No.6 of 10 trends in education

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Watch: Mark Osborne on Learner Orientation on the CORE websiteMark Osborne discusses the impacts, implications, and drivers of Learner Orientation: How a learner orientates themselves towards learning, and how the school and community orientate themselves towards supporting that learner.

“The spirit of the NZC is to think about teaching learners, not subjects…We’re seeing teachers starting from their pedagogical vision of what powerful learning looks like for the learners sitting in front of them…read more and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

From the CORE blog

What does it mean to be a Cook Islander in 21st century Aotearoa?

by Teanau Tuiono

Read: What does it mean to be a Cook Islander in 21st century Aotearoa on the CORE blog.

Mou i te ko, mou i te ‘ere — Take up the challenge. Teanau suggests some small steps that could lead to big changes in the way Cook Island and Pasifika students express and maintain their identities through language.

“I remember as a child finding out that my father’s name wasn’t…Tony — his actual name was Teanau, my name, and people called him Tony because it was easier…I remember dreading the beginning of the school year, as teachers would read out names, and inevitably get to mine and stumble…Every now and then, a teacher would get it right…my ears would prick up and I would pay attention, because obviously this teacher knew a thing or two…read this post in full and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

Latest News and Information

New Connected Educator Site

Latest updates direct to you

Visit: The Connected Educators NZ website and sign up to receive the latest updates.

If you haven’t yet signed up for this free, global event, head to the new #CENZ14 website and sign up for information. You’ll receive all the latest news, as well as tips on how to get started or pledge an event.

International Language Week 17-23 August

How to celebrate in your school

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New resources, examples, and ideas for celebrating International Language Week in your school or centre are now available at NZC Online. Make sure you check them out.

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo,
te tuakiri tangata.
Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako.

Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.
May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.

podcast imageListen: CORE Podcast “100% success in language learning/embrace your dickness” — An interesting, engaging, and totally relatable podcast about the struggles of learning another language.

Teachers of Technology

New newsletter available

Technology Online is launching a newsletter for all teachers of technology from years 1–13.
It will be published twice a term. Go to to sign up.

Check out some of  the recently added primary resources:

Pasifika Education Implementation Plan

Now available to view

PEP Implementation Plan 2013-2017 has been released. The vision of the Pasifika Education Plan (PEP) is to see ‘five out of five Pasifika learners participating, engaging and achieving in education, secure in their identities, languages and cultures and contributing fully to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing’.

podcast imageListen: CORE podcast “Putting the ‘e’ in Pasifika/In order to teach you, I have to know you” — A podcast from the Pasifika channel on Sound Education about putting the learner before the e-learning tools.

Other CORE initiatives

For the latest information on:

CORE BreakfastsLEARNZEDtalks
Key dates for your diary


9 SeptemberChristchurch
Breakfast: Digitising appraisal and inquiry

10 SeptemberDunedin
Breakfast: MLEs — Machines for learning

11 SeptemberHamilton
Breakfast: Future-focused education

12 SeptemberAuckland
Breakfast: Leading learning from the edges

12 SeptemberWellington
Breakfast: Gracious to strangers

19 SeptemberNZ-wide
Term 3 Ends

20 SeptemberNZ-wide
Election Day

23-26 SeptemberInvercargill
NZPF Conference 2014

7 OctoberRotorua
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8-10 OctoberRotorua

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8-10 October 2014

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There’s still time to register for ULearn14 and be part of New Zealand’s largest educational conference and the ‘live’ side of Connected Educator Month.


Winner #edchatNZ

Karen (@virtuallykaren) with CORE Education sponsored delegate, Terry Beech (@beechEdesignz) at the inaugural #edchatNZ (@edchatNZ) conference

Terry received $500 towards teacher release and travel expenses to attend #edchatNZ conference. CORE was proud to support and participate in this community-led conference — He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

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Coming soon to Sound Education, the opportunity to have your questions answered by the experts!

Watch this space…

Tīhau atu tīhau mai!

Get tweeting and join the conversations. Breakfasts, conferences, topics, and news — share and connect with us and one another.


#ulearn14  #corebreakfast  #tentrends #efellows14  #cenz14

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AOA Today | Reading Rocks Challenge + Updates for the New School Year

From Friday’s inbox…

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August 2014
Alpha Omega Academy has several exciting changes in store for the new school year, including new teachers, policies, dual credit courses, and a brand new look for Ignitia online curriculum.

Reggie Hills
Student of the Month
Meet Reggie Hills, a senior who is graduating a year early, thanks to his hard work. Read more about Reggie to find out what his future holds!

Did You Know?

In the game of Scrabble, using all of your letter tiles in one turn is called a Bingo.

This month, teachers at Alpha Omega Academy invite all elementary students to pick up some good books and participate in our summer “Reading Rocks” challenge.

As the academic school counselor at AOA, Adree Borho works with students, parents, teachers, and education coordinators to help students who are on academic probation complete their coursework successfully.
AOA Closed on September 1
Alpha Omega Academy will be closed on Monday, September 1, to observe Labor Day. Academic support will not be available that day, but students may continue to work in all courses if desired. Please contact your teachers ahead of time with any questions or concerns.
MAP Testing Opens August 18
The fall MAP testing window opens on August 18 and runs through November 14. Alpha Omega Academy requires all full-time students in grades 3-10 to be tested twice per school year. Please refer to the AOA resource center to review our full achievement testing policy, and call your education coordinator to sign up.
AOA Introduces Semester Reports for Print Students
To help reduce the amount of paperwork our families must complete, families who use print curriculum are now required to submit reports only once per semester instead of once per quarter. The change applies only to students who began coursework on or after August 1, 2014. Students who began before then will make the switch during second semester. For full details, visit our website.
New Dual Credit Opportunity
Alpha Omega Academy is now offering dual credit college courses online through the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Through the program, students can earn high school and college credit simultaneously in a variety of subjects. Registration for spring semester is open through December 1, 2014. More information about the program will be available soon. To learn more about dual credit now, please contact your education coordinator at 800-682-7396.

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August 15, 2014

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Is America ‘Post-Education’?
Getting Smart
There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on when it comes to education. It seems like education is getting more publicity than ever. It’s everyone’s new political platform darling, it’s making headlines in the evening news, and everyone has an opinion. These (read)
Building a school with a future
If you’ve gone back to visit your old elementary or high school recently, you may have been surprised to find it’s still there.  And, it’s pretty much the way you left it – dark classrooms, narrow hallways. But after a big slowdown during the recession, spending on new (read)
Walking the Walk: Professional Development Personalized
Blend My Learning
As the leader of various instructional and non-instructional teams for the past eight years, I thought I had things figured out when it came to onboarding PD. People generally had a good time getting to know one another, my PD laid the foundation for healthy, high ( read)
Video Games And The Future Of The Textbook
The textbook is a problem that consistently plagues classrooms. At best, textbooks are innocuous, offering simple summaries of a very broad subject area. At worst, they oversimplify things, providing less information than an encyclopedia article without (read)
Graduation Achievement Center offers another diploma chance
WALB | Albany, GA
A unique opportunity for teens to earn a high school diploma has come to Albany. Graduation Achievement Centers of Georgia had an open house Thursday, inviting teens to register. Kids who are not allowed or unable to attend public school or cannot (read)
When do teacher evaluations constrain teacher effectiveness?
Christensen Institute
Last week, the Fordham Institute’s new president, Mike Petrilli, wrote a thought-provoking opinion piece on how different strands of education reform are often incongruent with each other. In that piece, one of the conflicts he noted is the tension between “teacher ( read)
How To Build Your Professional Learning Network Online and Offline

If you are like me, I am sure you have said this at least five times a day. What is a lone nut to do? I was surrounded by others who were great teachers, but didn’t want to change. I was stuck. That was, until I found the magic of a PLN, and since then, I haven’t had (read)

A call for national online teacher credential
Cabinet Report
The principal of one of the nation’s largest and oldest online learning academies recently visited a Pennsylvania district that needed advanced placement instruction for about 100 students. The online program seemed a perfect fit, having full accreditation and (read)
Social Impact Investment in Latin America: Lessons From Colombia
Huffington Post
Philanthropy is on the rise in Latin America. And, increasingly, corporate foundations, wealthy families, and high net worth individuals are getting involved in social impact investing. In a region where the government is still the default for social programs ( read)
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NCVPS E-lert for August 14, 2014

From yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: .
August 14, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
August 12 – Early calendar classes begin.
August 14 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 15 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
August 20 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
August 25 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.
August 29 – Traditional Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 5 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from traditional calendar classes.

We heard . . . .
“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Registration Updates
Student Status Reports
NCVPS will post a Day 3 and Day 7 Status Report in the registration system. The status reports will indicate if students have or have not logged in to their courses.
If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started, and that they have their usernames and passwords.
Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.
Here are the dates for the status reports and last days to drop:
Early Calendar
Day 3: August 15
Day 7: August 20
Day 10: August 25 – Last Day to Drop
Traditional Calendar
Day 3: August 29
Day 7: September 5
Day 10: September 9 – Last Day to Drop
Student Rosters
We have recently synced with the latest PowerSchool year-end transition data. You should see all current promotions and rosters in your NCVPS registration system account.
If you are missing any students on your rosters who you need to register, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center here:
Include the following minimum information in your ticket:
  • Student’s name
  • Student’s PowerSchool number
  • School name
If available, we also request the following information to expedite the enrollment process:
  • Student’s Email
  • Does the student have an IEP?
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan?
Waitlisted Students
We will continue to open new sections based on what we see on the waitlists. Please go ahead and add students to the waitlist for a course if you would like to enroll them.
We do have a number of courses that are at capacity. Courses that are at capacity will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. We will continue to move students off the waitlist in courses that are at capacity through Day 10 of the course as enrolled students drop.
Early Calendar Closed Courses
We have closed a number of early calendar courses that had low enrollments or no enrollments. Students enrolled in those courses were moved into traditional calendar courses. We have emailed the schools that had enrollments in those closed courses.
If you had an early calendar enrollment that was moved to a traditional calendar course, and if that schedule does not work for your student, you may withdraw the student if you need to. We are sorry for that inconvenience! Our traditional calendar instructors, though, will work with early calendar students to allow them to finish the course early if that helps.
Allotment Totals
If your district or charter schools is out of allotment funds, your district office or charter office may apply for the use of our reserve funds. Using our reserve funds does not cost your district any additional money this year; although, you may see your allotment totals go up slightly next year.
To access our reserve funds, please complete this form.  The form should be completed by the district’s e-learning coordinator or the charter school’s principal.
AP German Enrollment
AP German through Oklahoma State University has been approved as a vendor course. To enroll students in AP German, schools will need to go directly through OSU. You will not register students into AP German through the NCVPS registration system.
NOTE: AP German enrollments are NOT covered in your allotment funds. Districts and schools will directly pay OSU for those enrollments.
NOTE: Schools can still enroll students in German 1-4 in our registration system, and those enrollments ARE covered by your allotted funds.
Here is the contact information for OSU:
Sabine Lewis

District and School Semester Prep
Early calendar classes started on August 12, and traditional classes are not far behind on August 26.
Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.

Tech Updates
We hope you are off to a great start for the Fall Semester!

Below are some helpful tips and reminders to help you get off to the start of a wonderful school year!


Student Login Check

We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start. Students can first access their courses during our “Meet the Teacher” week, which starts the week before classes begin.


Our Meet the Teacher week for traditional calendar begins on August 21.


Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.


Password Resets

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password.
Course Issues

When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example CourseSec01Fall14.


Help Desk Ticketing Tips

When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include students first & last name as well as ID number. This will help to insure we have the correct student.


Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard

Please have students confirm or update their e-mail address in our learning management systems. Here’s how to do that. (This is also on our Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students.)
In Moodle:
* Navigate to Administration
* My Profile settings
* Edit Profile
* Verify or update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
* Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
* Click on setting
* Click on Personal Information
* Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and Submit

For Your Information

Pilot Programs
NCVPS wants to be a solutions option for our schools and for the learning needs of your students. We are currently working on programs for the future that will provide more options for schools.

One program is part of our ongoing partnership with NC DPI Exceptional Children’s division to provide co-teaching courses for students who need inclusion classes for core subjects.

Additionally, we know the needs the English Language Learner (ELL) brings to a school, so NCVPS is partnering with NC DPI’s ELL experts to determine how NCVPS could best meet the needs of these learners.
Finally, NCVPS is piloting this fall ways to do mastery learning for first time credit as an intervention strategy for students who need enrollment options beyond regular start and end semester dates.

NCVPS is excited to continue our history of innovation so that we can meet the needs of North Carolina students and public schools. More details to come!

Middle School Success 101
NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own.  Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.


We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections.  However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.


Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.

ACT Prep Course

NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015.


If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.


If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.
Vendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP German – Oklahoma State University
  • Physics – Edmentum

In The Loop

Speaking Virtually
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon?  We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:
Browser: The computer program used to view the internet. Firefox is the preferred browser for NCVPS. Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer are other popular browsers.


Streaming Media: Streaming media refers to video and audio that is downloaded to a computer from the Internet as a continuous stream of data and is played as it reaches the destination computer.

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
 Learn with us on Twitter here:
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:

August 14, 2014

Plugged In | 08.14.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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Christensen Institute
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Getting Smart
August is all about the planning for the year ahead. As we look to a new school year, many of us see this month as an opportunity to start fresh. What if this year, you were able to connect with others from all over the world to learn something new through a MOOC…
Allowing students to bring their own devices to class can be a cost-effective way to quickly get access to the internet and to the many useful tools those devices carry. But students don’t always get the chance to use their devices, especially in low-income schools. As…
Digital Learning Now
We were excited to see that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington introduced a bill just before Congress’ August recess, H.R. 5303, to promote high-quality blended learning schools across the country. Successful blended learning schools are…
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Campus Technology
When Julie Schell makes a presentation on innovation in teaching and learning, she likes to share a photograph of college classroom from the 1800s. Compared to a typical classroom today, it’s hard to see any substantial differences. The lesson: Educators…
The Department of Education will have to make a lot of choices in its forthcoming college ratings system. While it’s unknown what that effort will look like, there is one thing we can confidently predict: indicators of actual student learning will be nowhere to be found…
The Knewton Blog
At Knewton, our analytics transform anonymized strings of data into actionable information that make teachers’ jobs just a bit easier. We generate metrics and predictions that teachers using Knewton-powered learning products can use as they see fit. Rather…
Here & Now
MOOCS – massive open online courses – are a craze in education now. Many are affiliated with brick-and-mortar universities and offer free academic courses. is little different. The name “Udemy” is a combination of “university” and “academy”…
Federal Communications Commission
Last month the Commission took a major step forward in modernizing E-rate by tackling the school and library Wi-Fi gap, maximizing cost-effective purchasing, and phasing down support for non-broadband services. In addition, the item includes a Further Notice of…
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