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August 17, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – Fall Edition I – August 16, 2018

A K-12 online learning program newsletter from yesterday.

Fall Edition I
August 16, 2018
Greetings, everyone!
Final summer grades have been posted in our registration system.
Early start courses began on Monday, August 13. We posted today the Day-3 Student Status Report that shows which students have logged in and those who have not. If you registered students for early start courses, and they have not begun classes yet, please email their NCVPS instructors to let them know when they will start Or, if the student should have logged in already but hasn’t, then please contact the student. We will have a Day-7 report for you, also.
Traditional calendar classes begin on Monday, August 27.
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.
See the details on all these items and more below.
In This Edition
Student Course Access
Canvas Parent App
Virtual Open House
2018-2019 Updates
Grade Reporting
Calendar Check / Important Links
Live Support / Tech Updates
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes.
For students registered in Early Start courses, that was Monday, August 13. For Traditional Calendar courses, that is August 27.
Many districts and charter schools have their own link for Canvas courses. Be sure your students are logging into their NCVPS courses at this URL:
Before classes begin, students can go through our Canvas Orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.
Canvas Parent App
The Canvas Parent app has a new (and easier) procedure to connect to student accounts. Students will now generate a “pairing code” that parents, advisors, and mentors will use to connect to the student accounts.
See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.
Virtual Open House – Aug. 16
NCVPS invites you to its 2018 Virtual Open House.
We have one session left if you would like to attend: Thursday, August 16, 7 PM to 8 PM
See our Virtual Open House Announcement for more details and registration.
2018-2019 Updates
2018-2019 Registration Details
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information.
Please remember that there is only one login per school. If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password. If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, Quick Registration Guide or our Registration System User’s Guide.
Catalog Updates
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
Courses at Capacity and Course Closings
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.
Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts webpage for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.
Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS webpage for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.
Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Grade Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
August 16 – Final Summer Grades Posted in Registration System
August 16 – Early Start Day 3 Status Report Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
August 22 – Early Start Day-7 Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Calendar Check and Important Links
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
Final Grades Posted: Aug. 16.
Fall 2018 Dates
Early Start: August 13
Early Start Drop/Add: Aug. 24
Traditional Start: Aug. 27
Traditional Drop/Add: Sept. 10
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Live Support and Tech Updates
NCVPS offers live online support each week for ELAs and facilitators.
Dates and Times: Mondays from12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Access: Access Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
See our Tech Updates and Messages page for the latest news from our technology department. We are currently reporting on the following:
  • Issues with certain emails
  • Chrome updates
  • Opening tickets with our support center
  • password resents
  • Confirming student emails in canvas
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is continually striving to improve our courses for all students, ensuring courses are accessible to everyone. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the accessibility of a course please do not hesitate to reach out to the NCVPS teacher or open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center.
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Ideas For Incorporating NEPC Resources Into Your Instruction

An item from the National Education Policy Center that may be of greater interested to my readers in higher education.

Ideas for Incorporating NEPC Resources into Your Instruction

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Ideas for Incorporating NEPC Resources into Your Instruction


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As part of his Effecting High School Improvement course, University of Nebraska professor Ted Hamann usually requires his graduate students to make multiple site visits to schools. But in the spring of 2017, the students had too many scheduling conflicts, so Hamann decided to substitute depth for breadth. Students focused on just one school—nearby Lincoln High School—but in a way that intensely explored that school’s history and process of improvement. Hamann found the NEPC’s Schools of Opportunity criteria to be particularly useful, so his students used the project’s rubric as a lens through which to view the school’s policies and practices. The Schools of Opportunity project recognizes high schools that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to equity and excellence by closing opportunity gaps. At Lincoln, the graduate students interviewed teachers, administrators, and students. Then, to make the experience even more meaningful, they followed up by writing a first draft of the Schools of Opportunity application, and they added 20 pages of narratives, descriptions and data about the diverse, 2000-student school. Lincoln took things from there, completing the process. A few months and one site visit later, the good news arrived: Lincoln had been named one of eight recipients of the 2017 recognition.

Hamann’s project is just one example of creative ways instructors use NEPC resources in the classroom.

Others include:

  • Ruth López, an assistant professor at the University of Houston,wrapped up her doctoral-level course in K-12 policy, politics and governance by assigning students a reading from Closing the Opportunity Gap, an NEPC book that describes the principles behind the selection criteria for the Schools of Opportunity project. López then asked students to select one of the ten criteria for the recognition, reflecting upon implementing equity-based policies in their own districts or schools.
  • Wagma Mommandi, a doctoral student instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, assigned a paper in which participants in her undergraduate School and Society course were asked to use the Schools of Opportunity framework to reflect critically on their own high school experiences. “After using the Schools of Opportunity framework as a guide, students produced more thoughtful and critical reflections,” Mommandi said.
  • Meredith Mountford, an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University, asked her doctoral students to write NEPC-style critiques of reports that had not undergone peer review. In July, NEPC published one of the critiques, doctoral student Dustin Pappas’ analysis of a Heritage Foundation report, Focusing on School Safety After Parkland. Mountford reflects here on how she organized the assignment and what her students learned.

Other ideas for using NEPC in the classroom:

  • Ask students to subscribe to NEPC emails, which include press releases highlighting new publications and newsletters on timely topics. Click here to subscribe.
  • Assign readings from the hundreds of freely available resources on NEPC’s website. Here is an explanation of the types of publications NEPC provides.
  • Use the audio interviews, available here, that NEPC Fellow Greg Smith conducts with researchers about their recent work.
  • Enrich your class time by sharing videos in which NEPC Fellows discuss their work. Click here to browse the Fellows’ biographies.

How do you use NEPC resources with your students? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

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16 August 2018: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ August 16, 2018
K12 Inc (LRN) Moves Lower on Volume Spike for August 14

K12 Inc (LRN) traded on unusually high volume on Aug. 14, as the stock lost 1.8% to close at $16.88. On the day, K12 Inc saw 238,999 shares trade …
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Loopring [NEO] (CRYPTO:LRN) Price Reaches $0.0719 on Top Exchanges

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 8.4% higher against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 23:00 PM Eastern on July …
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The K12 (LRN) Setn Purchase Rating from Barrington Research

K12 (NYSE:LRN)’s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities research analysts at Barrington Research in a research report issued to clients and …
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Here’s Why These Stocks are in the Spotlight: The Navigators Group, Inc. (NAVG), K12 Inc. (LRN)

The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) shares ended at $61.65 with 0.09 mln shares exchanging hands. That puts the market capitalization at …
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K12 (LRN) Receiving Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about K12 (NYSE:LRN) has trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative …
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Technology Crossover Management Vii LTD Trimmed K12 (LRN) Holding; James River Group …

Technology Crossover Management Vii Ltd decreased K12 Inc. (LRN) stake … Some Historical LRN News: 14/05/2018 – Fuel Education Enables Polk …
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K12 (NYSE:LRN) Raised to “Hold” at ValuEngine

K12 (NYSE:LRN) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on …
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New Research on Corporate Compliance Training Market CAGR of +10% by 2025: Top impacting …

Companies Profiled in this report includes, City & Guilds Kineo, GP Strategies, LRN, SAI Global, GlobalCompliancePanel, EI Design, Interactive …
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As Voya Finl (VOYA) Shares Rose, Gator Capital Management Has Trimmed Its Position; As K12 …

Deutsche Bank Ag increased its stake in K12 Inc (LRN) by 107.66% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Deutsche Bank Ag …
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MarketBeat Daily: Headlines and Analysts’ Updates for 8/16/2018

The MarketBeat update for K12, Inc. and Pearson Education from yesterday.

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August 16, 2018

Reminder – iNACOL Webinar | 8/28: Fit For Purpose: Taking The Long View On Systems Change And Policy To Support Competency Education

And from the neo-liberals to finish off the day.

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Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2-3 p.m. EDT (register)

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to explore details of a CompetencyWorks report discussing the long game in moving toward personalized, competency-based education.

Earlier this year, the iNACOL CompetencyWorks project released Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education, which introduces four “threshold concepts” to help us think differently about what is possible in an equitable future education system where all students succeed. Fit for Purpose also tackles deep-seated system design flaws across K-12 education.

Join this webinar to be a part of the conversation about designing learning experiences for true preparedness and to be a part of the work to accelerate the shift toward a holistic competency-based education system that ensures mastery for every student.

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education


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