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June 24, 2017

Announcing K12 Summer School Programs for 2017

From the inbox yesterday from K12, Inc. themselves.

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Dear Family,

Just because the school year is coming to a close doesn’t mean learning has to end!

We are pleased to announce our summer school program options and schedule, giving your kids the opportunity to keep learning. This is their chance to continue with their education over the summer, catch up, get ahead, explore an elective, or learn a new language.

We are offering two options over the summer. You can choose from:

  • Three full-length summer terms (with NCAA-approved courses)
  • Four condensed summer terms

Our summer programs are available with a variety of start dates to give your family flexibility. See the full list of courses and term schedules.

Don’t miss out—the deadline to enroll within the full-length summer school or the condensed summer school is fast approaching! Call 866.529.0167 to enroll your child today, and keep that learning momentum going!

K12 Summer School Team

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Catch Up On Your Summer Reading; Summer PD Opportunities | McREL eNews

From Wednesday’s inbox…

June 2017

Summer Reading & Professional Learning
We hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you looking for some good summer reading? Browse our book catalog, catch up on our blog posts, or read past issues ofChanging Schools magazine to learn new ways of transforming your teaching, leading, and learning.
We still have some spaces available in our summer professional learning sessions. Gain best-practice strategies you can use in your school or district throughout the 2017-18 school year to accelerate student success.
Request a free strategic session with one of our experts!
No fee, no obligations, just good ideas and inspiration for quick wins and game changers to keep your school, district, agency, or system on track for success.

Research Roundup | Call for participants 
McREL is conducting two research studies this fall, and we’re seeking classrooms and schools to participate. Please let us know if your district is interested in either or both opportunities.

Nationwide | K-5 Raz-Plus reading study
Learning A-Z, an education technology company dedicated to expanding literacy through personalized instruction, has partnered with McREL to conduct an efficacy study of its Raz-Plus program. Districts and schools will have an opportunity to use Raz-Plus materials in K-5 classrooms at no charge for up to 18 months by participating in this study, which is designed to understand whether and how the Raz-Plus program helps students improve their reading skills and outcomes. Learn more about this study and contact us.

Colorado | Pathways to Success digital game pilot study
McREL, South Central BOCES, the University of Southern California, and Filament Games have developed a digital game designed to increase middle and high school students’ academic motivation, school engagement, and graduation success. Grounded in research and theory on identity-based motivation, the game is now ready for pilot testing during the fall of 2017, and your schools can be among the first in the country to experience this leading-edge, innovative educational technology. We are seeking Colorado middle and high schools located in rural and non-urban areas, with 40% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The pilot study will involve students in grades 7-10. Learn more about this study and contact us.

New from McREL

McREL’s research and program evaluation
McREL’s roots are in education research and analysis. Every school system has its unique strengths, challenges, climates, and stakeholders, and our research and evaluation team centers its efforts on your needs and questions, helping your data better tell your story. Our collaborative approach ensures support at every stage —- from proposal writing, to securing funding, collecting data, and reporting outcomes. By analyzing your data in your context, we can help you uncover origins of your challenges and reveal your hidden bright spots. We’ll give you contextually relevant recommendations and reader-friendly reports you can use to develop, evaluate, modify, and sustain your efforts to support high-quality teaching, leading, and learning.  Learn more about McREL’s research and evaluation services in our new brochure.

Blog Post | Informal classroom observations —- not just for principals anymore
As a school leader, what keeps you from doing classroom walkthroughs? Is it time? Capacity? Distractions? In her latest blog post, Lisa Maxfield offers suggestions for sharing leadership —- bringing other observers “into the fold” and engaging instructional coaches, peer coaches, and teacher leaders in the walkthrough process, and building a purposeful instructional community in the process. Read her blog post.

Changing Schools, Spring 2017 | Measuring what matters: How data are making a difference
Educators have an abundance of data at their disposal these days, but how can they ensure they’re using it all in a way that improves outcomes for students? This issue of Changing Schools looks at the new and expanded ways that data are making a difference today, including the use of surveys to collect valuable stakeholder feedback; the increased flexibility of ESSA; how teacher collaboration makes formative assessment more effective; ensuring data are actionable; and the importance of mindsets in getting all stakeholders excited about data. Read the new issue.

White Paper | Finding Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity: A Strategic Planning Process Streamlines District Work and Improves the System for All
Managing a school district has become an increasingly complex endeavor. But district leaders who take a systems approach to strategic planning can simplify their work and increase the success of their principals, teachers, and students. In this white paper, Jay Harnack, the superintendent of Sublette County School District #1, and Matt Seebaum, a senior director at McREL, show how a strategic planning process reduces redundancy and workload by integrating district goals, strategic planning, and school improvement into one streamlined process. Read the white paper.

Events & Opportunities
Professional Learning with McREL
Our summer professional learning sessions are underway! We have some spots remaining in our workshops, and we’d love for you to join us! Gain research-based, best-practice strategies to help you —- and your students —- flourish. Join us in Denver for these engaging sessions with our expert presenters.
Classroom Instruction That Works®
June 26-28
Classroom Instruction That Works Authorized Facilitator Training
June 26-30
Balanced Leadership® for School-Level Leaders
July 11-14
District Leadership That Works®  
July 17-18
Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners®
July 19-20

Weeklong Chats on Twitter

Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our weeklong Twitter chats, where participants share best practices, strategies, and common (or uncommon) struggles and successes. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas on each week’s theme with other educators.
Summer professional learning
June 19-25
Question: What professional learning are you participating in this summer?
“Must read” books for students
June 26-July 2
Question: What are “must read” books for your students?
Maintaining a passion for teaching and leading
July 10-16
Question: How do you stay passionate about teaching and leading?
Inspiring movies about education
July 17-23
Question: What is your favorite movie about education and why?

Upcoming Conferences

Tennessee ASCD 2017 Summer Institute
June 29-30 | Gatlinburg, Tennessee
McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin will be the featured presenter at the Tennessee ASCD summer institute, a two-day conference with strands for administrators and teachers. School and district leaders will learn the keys to focusing improvement plans on what matters most, while teachers will explore the three imperatives of good teaching: being demanding, being supportive, and being intentional. For more information and to register, please visit the Tennessee ASCD website.
National Principals Conference
July 9-11| Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
McREL staff will present three sessions at NAESP’s and NASSP’s combined National Principals Conference for insights and strategies on school improvement, acceleration, and innovation to help students and staff flourish. Join us for these engaging sessions:
Sunday, July 9, 9:00 a.m.A Focused Approach for Leadership Coaching: Support Structures for Principal Improvement and Innovation
with Dr. Tony Davis
Monday, July 10, 7:30 a.m.Inside-out Coaching: Helping Teachers Flourish
with Dr. Bj Stone and Kristin Rouleau
Tuesday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.Developing a Pipeline for Tennessee School Leaders
with Dr. Tony Davis and the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee

To learn more and register, please visit the conference website.

Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more
about other upcoming conferences and events.
Are you a thought leader who’s committed to improving student achievement? We are now hiring for several positions
in our Honolulu and Denver offices.
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[AECT] New Special Interest Group: Learner Engagement

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

New AECT Special Interest Group, Learner Engagement
Contact Kay K. Seo,, The Learner Engagement SIG

Learner Engagement

Special Interest Group

Today’s rapid digital and technological advancements have presented new opportunities and challenges in facilitating learner engagement. For example, the popularity of social networking has not only accelerated communication but also changed the way learners can interact. The highly accessible, multimedia-based, instant connections have allowed for more meaningful learning environments via synchronous chat, webinars, video conferencing, podcasting, and so on. At the same time, they have posed significant challenges for institutions to support, designers to assist, and instructors to implement.

AECT’s newest special interest group (SIG), The Learner Engagement SIG, seeks to stimulate open, vibrant dialogue about the evolution of learner engagement and contribute to shaping the direction of effective pedagogy and instructional design.

The SIG covers cases, research, strategies, and tools concerning all dimensions of learner engagement including learner-to-learner, learner-to-instructor, and learner-to-content interactions. The degree of attention and interest that students show in the learning process is a critical consideration for maximizing instructional outcomes and building

powerful experiences for them. Aiming at promoting deep understanding of learning deep understanding of learning and engaging in the design and development of instructional interventions, the SIG seeks to raise awareness of the new implications technology has on learner engagement and foster innovative instructional strategies to increase learner engagement. The Learner Engagement SIG will promote research and discussions through a variety of media such as Facebook and Twitter. The social media aspect of the SIG is designed to bring together AECT members interested in both learning more about learner engagement and sharing research, strategies, and experiences, and allow them to participate in the inquiry involved with instructional design, pedagogical strategies, changing technologies, and ways to support the implementation and evaluation of different forms of learner engagement. The SIG will be both an active and interactive space, geared toward bringing together researchers and practitioners in a common area to ask and answer questions that will inform the study and application of strategies which address learner engagement.

The SIG will also add a new dimension to instructional design and how technology and pedagogical strategies impact learning. Through a shared interest in education and technology, members of the SIG will grow their understanding of the interplay between pedagogy and learner engagement and develop concepts about how that relationship can be better understood and improved in a range of contexts. Members of the SIG will have the opportunity to learn and share in a professional and enhanced environment that can lead to enriched practices and unique research opportunities.

For more information about The Learner Engagement SIG, please contact Kay K. Seo, PhD, University of Cincinnati (email:

DLIAward Deadline Extended: Apply For OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

From Thursday’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium -      
Deadline Extended!
Submission Portal Now Open Until July 15, 2017

Dear Michael,

Good news! We have extended the deadline for submissions for the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward). Submissions are now due before 12:00pm PDT on July 15, 2017. Still not sure you want to submit?

Learn more about the DLIAward from Willem Wallinga of Fisher College, one of our 2016 DLIAward recipients in this short video.


The DLIAward program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:
  • Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
  • Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

Winners will be announced at the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.

Visit the website for full details regarding the award competition. We look forward to reviewing your submissions, celebrating your successes, and identifying top innovators leading the digital learning landscape.
Best Regards,
Nori Barajas, Ed.D.

Online Learning Consortium – empowering educators everywhere

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NCVPS E-lert – June 22, 2017 – Summer Edition III (Student Status Reports Posted) —

A newsletter from Thursday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
CVPS E-lert – June 22, 2017 – Summer Edition III (Student Status Reports Posted)

CalendarCheckCalendar Check
2017 – 2018
Summer Dates
Start Date: Monday, June 19
Day 3 Status Report: Thursday, June 22
Last Day to Register: Friday, June 23
First Progress Report: Thursday, June 29
Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 30
End Date: Friday, August 11
Grades Posted: Thursday, August 17
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.

Essential Links

NCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

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Current E-lert News


Greetings, everyone!
We are on Day 4 of summer school, and so far the support requests have been low at the Virtual Support Center. We would like to thank everyone for such a successful start!
We posted the Day 3 Student Status Report in our registration system today.  We post two reports before our last day to drop students on June 30. Be sure to check today’s status report and next Thursday’s progress report.  If students have not logged in or are not participating, please contact them and see if they need to be dropped or see what assistance they need to get started.

Note that the last day to register is Friday, June 23, and the last day to drop is Friday, June 30. Please remember that districts and schools must drop students.

And here are the full details . . . .
New Updates
Important Information
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

ExamWeightsNCVPS Seeking Input for Final Exam Weights

NCVPS is considering re-weighting its final exam grade. Right now, our final exam is weighted at 25%, which is what all North Carolina school districts used in the past. Districts now have flexibility in what they weight their final exam grades. We would like to align ourselves with what most districts are using.
Keep in mind that districts and schools can always re-weight our classwork grade and final exam grade to percentages that align with their local policies.

ForensicsCodeForensic Science Honors Course Code

If you have students who have completed or are enrolled in NCVPS’s Forensic Science Honors course, please be sure you are using this course code:
Some schools have been using a code for a forensic science course that we do not offer.

SummerUpdatesSummer 2017 Updates

NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 17 classes.  Students 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 2017, 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.
June 19: Summer Start Date
June 22: Day 3 Student Status (No-show) reports posted in the NCVPS registration system. For details on this report, visit the Day 3 and Day 7 Student Status Report quick reference guide.
June 23: Last Day to Register
June 29: First Progress Report Posted
June 30: Last Day to Drop. Some districts and summer staff at schools are on an abbreviated summer work schedule by this date. Be sure your summer students know who to contact in the district if they want to be dropped. NCVPS cannot drop students. June 30 is the last day districts and schools can drop students with no penalty for the students and no cost for the district or charter school.
August 11: End Date
August 17: Final Grades Posted
Follow this link to our registration system.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
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, the guide at this link will help.
See the student checklist at this link. Be sure to send this link to your enrolled students.

GradeReportUpdatesGrade Report Updates

Report Card

 CurrentGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 1: Traditional Final Grades w/ Anticipated EOC/CTE Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
June 21: Summer School Day 3 Status Report

ReportOverviewReporting Overview

See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

Don’t panic if your students land the waitlist when you register them. Our instructional directors look at the waitlists daily to determine if a new section needs to be opened or if a current section needs to be expanded.
We do have a few courses operating at capacity, however.   See the list of courses at capacity here.  If a student is waitlisted in a course that is at capacity, the only way the student will move off the waistlist is  if an already enrolled student drops the course.
Important Dates
Start Dates
Early Calendar: August 14
Traditional Calendar: August 28
Day 3 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: August 17
Traditional Calendar: August 31
*Find this document in the registration system. It will show which students have not logged in yet. Please contact those students.
Day 7 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: August 23
Traditional Calendar: September 7
*Find the Day 3 and Day 7 no-show reports in our registration system (click “Reports.”) These reports show which students have not logged in. Please contact them to see if they need help or if they need to be dropped.
Last Day to Drop and Add
Early Calendar: August 25
Traditional Calendar: September 11
This is the last day districts and schools can drop students with no penalty for the student and no cost for the district or charter.
See the NCVPS Calendar Page for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.

Program and Catalog Updates

Flex Enrollment Update

Fall enrollments for Flex will begin after the NCVPS Fall 2017 registration period ends, in mid-September.

The Flex option is not for schools that are on a different calendar than what NCVPS offers. It is for individual student situations for flex learning needs.

CTEwithOCSCTE Courses for OCS Students

NCVPS has four CTE courses that have additional resources for OCS students. If you have OCS students who need NCVPS CTE courses, please enroll them in our Career Management, Personal Finance, Principles of Business, or Marketing courses. These courses are not part of our OCS program, but they do have supports in place for OCS students.

NCVPS Resources

Tech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.
ChromebookUpdateChromebook Update
Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.
Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within your courses may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System. If you experience an interruption in your learning, please open a help desk ticket at and we will make reasonable accommodations to support your learning experience.
Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.
When “Page Not Found” appears users should open a Virtual Support tickets by clicking on the ? Help button then clicking on “Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket.”
Password Reset
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 or click on “Forgot Password”.
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Sum16.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
javaflashUpdatesJAVA, Flash, and Browser Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 131.
Head to and follow the instructions from there.Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version

The Chrome Browser has had a recent update: 

Please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version 58.0.3029.96

To update Google Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome
  2. At the top right, click More
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click About
  5. Relaunch
Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for Canvas. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following page:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Virtual Support Center:
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor 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)

Courses – Vendor
Biology Honors – Edgenuity
Chemistry Honors – Edgenuity
Math 1 – Connections Education
Math 2 – Connections Education
Math 3 – Connections Education
Occupational Preparation 1 – Edgenuity
Physical Science Honors – Edgenuity
Physics Honors – Edgenuity
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