Virtual School Meanderings

May 25, 2019

NCVPS E-lert May 23, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program from earlier in the week.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
May 23, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
The spring semester is nearing an end, and the summer session is ramping up. Here’s where we are:
  • Early Start final grades are posted in the registration system.
  • Course extension requests begin on May 27.
  • Traditional calendar classes end on May 31.
  • Final grades will be posted on June 6.
  • Your summer contact information is needed.
  • Summer Session beings June 17.
  • Registration for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is open.
  • We’ve posted new printable guides for students, parents, and mentors.
  • The NCVPS District Stakeholder Survey is ready for you.
See all the details below!
What’s New?
District Stakeholder Survey
It’s time for our stakeholder survey! This survey is designed to assess NCVPS customer service, processes, and partnership efforts. If you are district or school personnel, please participate in our NCVPS District Stakeholder Survey.
The results of this survey are one component of the on-going process for improvement in our collaboration with districts across the state. Results provide insightful information to create positive change, improved processes, and optimal customer service. Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit your responses!
Printable Guides
We’ve created new printable guides for parents, students, and mentors. If you have students in summer school, be sure they leave with all four student guides:
We also have an important guide for parents and mentors. Please try to get this guide into the hands of anyone how may be in a position to help the student over the summer. Sometimes just a little facilitation can go a long way in ensuring student success.
Summer Contact Information Needed
Districts and schools that are registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVPS Summer 2019 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2019 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2019, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
End of Semester Tips and Reminders
Classes end on May 10 for Early Start and May 31 for Traditional Calendar courses. See our End of Semester Tips and Reminders page for all the details on how to close the semester.
Registration for 2019-2020
Registration is open next year.
For details, visit our NCVPS Now page and click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab for full details. Click on the Summer Session 2019 tab for summer school details.
NCVPS AP Testing Code
Please have students input the NCVPS code (045) into the ‘Online Provider Code’ found on Page 1 of the student’s AP answer sheet during administration of the exam. This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of their 2019 test scores for our records. These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.
You no longer have to wait for the e-lert to see the latest NCVPS updates. Just visit our new NCVPS Now page where we bring you live updates on the state’s virtual school. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now under our HOME button.
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606


Your Webinar Recording + Ways To Improve The Student Experience

Note the recording from this QM webinar.

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Resources to Strengthen the
Student Experience

Thank you for your interest in the online student experience. The recording for the webinar “The Online Student Experience: Results from a NSSE-QM Collaboration” is now available.

Examine the Experience
During the webinar, the results from a test set of questions about the online student experience were shared. Overall, the news was encouraging, with the majority of students reporting that their online courses include key design elements such as grading policies and clearly stated objectives. What about courses at your institution? How do they measure up? Find out with QM course design reviews. Choose from Self-ReviewsPreparatory Reviewsofficial reviews, and other options to see if the course design is meeting student needs. With a QM Official Review, a course that meets Standards can earn the QM Certification Mark — the symbol of quality course design.

Improve the Experience
The survey did show room for improvement, especially when it comes to engagement. Learn how to create engaging online environments in the Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement workshop. During the two-week workshop, you’ll discover how course materials and technology can be put to work to support learner outcomes. The next session starts May 30, 2019 — register today! Then, join the QM community this fall at QM Connect to participate in presentations on engagement, including engagement strategies for learners.

Study the Experience
Ready to learn more about the online student experience at your institution? Consider doing your own study. Get started by participating in the ABCs of Online Learning Research workshop. During this three-week workshop, get the tools, resources and personal coaching you need to bring your online learning research ideas to life. The next session begins August 7, 2019 — register now. Or, explore the QM Research toolkit, which explains the steps of conducting a research project and provides examples for each step.

Do you have a research interest you’d like to see addressed in a QM research webinar? Let us know. Send your ideas to QM’s Manager of Research & Development Barbra Burch.

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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eLearning Insider.

Since its inception, online learning has been hailed as beneficial because it enables us to study anytime and anywhere. A new study by two Royal Roads University researchers, Shandell Houlden and George Veletsianos, casts doubt on this assumption. In fact, according to Houlden and Veletsianos, the flexibility associated with online learning may even be compromising student… Read More.

Next, the ASCD SmartBrief.

Study questions benefits of online learning

Taking high-school courses online may help students graduate, but it may not help them learn, according to a study of students at 18 Milwaukee schools. The Milwaukee district operates the courses through a partnership with Edgenuity.
Chalkbeat (5/20)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

St. Johns Tech, St. Johns Virtual kick off graduation season

Celebrations were held for students of St. Johns Technical High School and St. Johns Virtual School this week, kicking off graduation season in St.

Virtual Schools Market Is Booming | Pansophic Learning,Mosaica Education, Virtual High School …

Company profile section of players such as K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School (FLVS), …

Lee County’s high school graduation rates are the highest ever

Also on Sunday, Lee Virtual School is holding its graduation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway.

Ginnie Graham: A measles outbreak in Tulsa has become a very real possibility

… that have reported to the state show lower immunized rates than public schools, and no reporting exists on virtual school or home-schooled children.

Global Virtual Schools Market 2019 | Top Leading Countries, Companies, Consumption, Drivers …

Global Virtual Schools report offers the latest industry trends, technological innovations and forecast market data. A deep-dive view of Virtual Schools …

BCVS Class of 2019

BRADLEY COUNTY VIRTUAL SCHOOL celebrated 13 graduates during its commencement Friday night. Pictured are graduates Kaitlynn Ben-Judah, …

Northwest Arkansas schools working to boost graduation rates

The district also is growing its virtual school offerings to appeal to students who prefer that sort of delivery. Students who are expelled are offered a …

Idaho Technical Career Academy to Hold Commencement Ceremony on May 24

MERIDIAN, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 20, 2019–. Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA), Idaho’s only career-focused virtual school, will …

1 in 5 school districts in Alabama faces financial struggle

… schools are maintaining student enrollment numbers from year to year, and the virtual school more than doubled enrollment—from 953 students last …

State school districts see increase in graduation rates

The district also is growing its virtual school offerings to appeal to students who prefer that sort of delivery. Students who are expelled are offered the …

Projected $10.2-million deficit leads Hammond superintendent to recommend school closures

To address declining enrollment, Miller made two revenue generation proposals Wednesday night — reopen enrollment and pursue virtual school …

NC virtual school gets go-ahead to split from management

RALEIGH — Despite low performance scores, one of North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools has been given the go-ahead to break away from its …

St. Johns Tech, St. Johns Virtual kick off graduation season

Celebrations were held for students of St. Johns Technical High School and St. Johns Virtual School this week, kicking off graduation season in St.

Ferris State dedicates Swan building project, plans for Center for Virtual Learning

The Center for Virtual Learning includes the renovation of and an addition to Vandercook Hall to house the School of Digital Media, Information …

North Carolina OKs virtual school’s split from for-profit manager

One of North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools will be allowed to break away from a for-profit management company, but it will be placed under …

Global Virtual Schools Market by Product, End User, Marketing Channels & Forecast To 2028

The Research Report on “Virtual Schools Market-Global Market Analysis And Forecast — 2028”, expressed by, the market has come …

Bradley County Virtual to graduate 15 at WVHS

Bradley County Virtual School, the Bradley County school district’s online education option, will hold its graduation Friday. A ceremony honoring 15 …

37 graduate from Virtual Academy of Lafourche

VAL Director Julie Bourgeois said the virtual school, which has been up and running since 2007, can actually provide a more personal educational …

Graduation ceremonies scheduled this weekend

Local high schools will be having commencement ceremonies this … students from the school district’sVirtual School, according to Ashley Razak,.

Latest innovative report on Virtual School Software Market by 2025| Litmos, Saba Cloud, Thought …

virtual school teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. It has been defined as “education that uses one or more …

Virtual Schools Market Set to Register 12.8% CAGR During 2019-2024

Global Virtual Schools Market Growth Status and Outlook 2019-2024. An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students …

Virtual school kicking off in the county this fall, meeting tonight

A time of registration for the virtual school will be set for those interested in participating in the program. There is no charge for tuition or curriculum, …

Indiana lawmakers will scrutinize school funding, but virtual schools aren’t on the agenda this …

A 2017 Chalkbeat investigation of Indiana Virtual School also showed how the school paid millions to companies linked to the school’s founder …

Clarke School Board considers clarifying online course policy

… Board decided to take some more time considering policy IGBGA – CCPS – R, formally titled “eligible on-line courses and virtual school programs.”.

Virtual Schools Market Status and Outlook 2019 : Connections Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica …

… Education, K12 Inc, Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School.

Summer McLeod to take part in National Youth Leadership Forum

Along with being a student at Madison Creative Arts Academy, Summer is also enrolled in Florida Virtual School, where she takes additional classes.

Florida education commissioner suggests takeover authority for long-struggling schools

This spring, the Legislature effectively ousted the board of trustees for Florida Virtual School and handed the role to the State Board of Education.

Virtual Schools Market – Major Industry Giants in Buzz Again || K12 Inc, Connections Academy …

The report covers forecast and analysis for the Virtual Schools market on a global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2012 along …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

11 Hempfield School Board candidates vie for 3 open seats

“Way too little help from the state, way too many unfunded mandates from the state, spot assessments, cyber school tuition unfairly paid through our …

My Turn: Monroe, Pike taxpayers foot the bill for online charter schools

Same goes for those radio ads, TV ads, and internet ads promoting free cyber school — all paid for with public money. In fact, over the last three …

Max Bartos found his life’s passion after a bike accident nearly killed him

Right now, Bartos is in cyber school, still getting great grades. In September, he will start at the Stone Independent School as a junior. “I’m going to …

VOTER’S GUIDE 2019: Contested races in the Crawford County primary election

A. The cost of cyber school is draining public education funds. Cyber schools are for profit businesses and are not required to perform to the same …

Local school district must accept competition

As I recall, the cyber school programs were established to provide a school choice program where the students and their parents wished to use as …

21st Century Cyber Charter School inducts 24 students into the National Honor Society

DOWNINGTOWN — A total of 24 cyber school students were inducted into the National Honor Society at an induction ceremony held at St. Anthony’s …

Local school district must accept competition

As I recall, the cyber school programs were established to provide a school choice program where the students and their parents wished to use as …

My Turn: Monroe, Pike taxpayers foot the bill for online charter schools

Funny thing about those billboards advertising “free” online education: The education isn’t free — and neither is the billboard. Both are paid for with …

‘Organized crime’ behind TrickBot cyber attack on Coventry schools, says FBI

A cyber attack that closed Coventry Local Schools on Monday and compromised the district’s computer system has drawn the attention of the FBI, …

Reading superintendent calls for school funding reform

“When a cyber charter school is approved, the cyber charter, it never comes to the local school district. It goes straight to the state. And we are tasked …

Three candidates vie for two Mifflinburg School Board seats

Lunch school debt is a challenge, all three candidates agreed. … On the issue of cyber schools, Keiser was adamant: “Cyber schools do not work.

Online Charter School Gets Approval To Sever Ties With Management Company

An online public charter school that serves more than 2,400 students across North Carolina will be allowed to end its contract with its for-profit …

Deeper dive needed on cyber students’ cost

As I read Russ O’Reilly’s article, “Schools strained by cyber options,” in the May 13 edition of the Mirror, several questions came to mind that were not …

Tentative tax increase is scheduled for Shamokin Area residents

The district, according to business manager Karen A. Colangelo, spent $1.6 million so far this year on cyber school costs, and it will likely reach $2 …

Student Engagement Hits Plateau Following Jump

Surveys and expanded course options through things like the Chinook Cyber School program have been helping give students both choice and voice.

Penn Hills School District’s recovery plan includes cuts, furloughs and tax hike

… elementary Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System scores and CHIEFS Academy, the district’s in-house cyber school. He said Penn Hills …

Spring Cove plans tax hike

Cyber school tuition costs are expected to eat up about $500,000 for the year, she said. Baker also pointed out the district has eliminated woodshop …

Shamokin school district’s prelim budget includes 1.12-mill tax hike

The tax increase was primarily necessitated by hikes in health care, retirement contributions and cyber school costs, according to business manager …

Elk Lake anticipates tax increase

The preliminary budget also totals $673,147 towards cyber school education to cover the estimated increase of $91,647 in cyber tuition. “In the past …

Students Recognized By NB School District

… coming year including the need to hire more staff for increasing student enrollment as well as the increasing costs made by Cyber school tuitions.


May 24, 2019

“Free College:” Why Offering Access To Something Broken Does Not Make It Better

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
Christensen Institute · 92 Hayden Avenue · Lexington, MA 02421 · USA

Last Chance To Join OLC Collaborate In San Diego

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OLC Collaborate 2019 – San Diego

Vision 2029: Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning

We know many in California are under out-of-state travel restrictions, so OLC is bringing a regional event to you! Let’s explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success in online and digital learning.

Join us Tuesday, June 4th at Ashford University for OLC Collaborate – San Diego.

Upcoming OLC Collaborate events:
Ashford University – San Diego, CA
June 4, 2019
University of Hawaii – Kahului, Maui, HI
September 19 & 20, 2019
Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
OLC Accelerate 2019

A Quick Guide to Gamifying Your OLC Accelerate Presentation

New to OLC Accelerate 2019 is the gamification session type! If you’re not familiar with gamification, you may be wondering how to create a presentation in this highly-interactive format.

Program Co-Chairs Megan Kohler and Doug Geier share 5 tips to help in this recent blog post.  Learn if your proposal fits this session type and submit today!

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on June 3, 2019.

Friday Keynote Speaker Announced

Ross Dawson will deliver the Friday Keynote Address at OLC Accelerate, “The Next 25 Years: The Future of Online Learning.”

Strong demand for Ross’s expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches and executive workshops in 29 countries across six continents and consult to leading organizations worldwide such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, News Limited, Procter & Gamble and many others. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear his presentation – register today!

Ross Dawson is globally-recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author.
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