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May 23, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition To Virtual Learning (Week Of 5/25/20)

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature focused “Office Hours”.
Week of May 25, 2020
Office Hours
Join us for Office Hours! Office Hours are structured as Question & Answer time to assist educators as they transition to online learning. They are smaller groups to ensure that support is specific and targeted.
Tuesday
“Communicating with Parents and Students”
Office Hours
“Increasing Student Engagement (Quizizz, Video Creation, EdPuzzle, Kahoot)”
Office Hours
“Google Drive Tools You Will Want To Take Back to the Classroom Next Year”
Office Hours
Wednesday
“Concluding the Semester: End of the Course and Lifelong Learning Goals”
Office Hours
“How to pull everything together: modules, tools, announcements, and feedback as you look ahead to next year”
Office Hours
Thursday
“Useful Tools for Whatever Comes Next”
Office Hours
“Level 2.0 — 4 MORE Ways to Reduce teacher Workload Heading into Fall”
Office Hours
“Apps and Tools to Use as an Educator”
Office Hours
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

May 22, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert for May 21

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May 21, 2020
Greetings, all!
We have four important items for you today:
20-21 Registration – Registration is open! See our academic year and summer session guides.
Final 2020 Spring Grades – See our COVID-19 grading response below.
Partnership Course Program – We supply the courses. You supply the teachers.
Webinars and Office Hours – We’re here to help with your remote learning plans and general online support.
All the details are below, and please share with the NCVirtual E-lert with your district and school stakeholders.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details!
We have a number of new courses in our 20-21 catalog:
High School Courses
MS Word and PPT
MS Excel
Game Art Design
Math 3 Co-teaching
American Sign Language 1 & 2
Foundations to Information Technology
Middle School Courses
8th Grade ELA
8th Grade Math
Career Exploration
Creative Coding
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Summer Session
Remember that we have a later start for our summer session this year. We will start on July 7 and finish on August 17. Check out our Summer Session Guide for all the summer details.
Final Grades Spring 2020
Final Grade Report
We will post our final grade reports on the following dates:
Early Start classes: May 14,
Traditional Calendar classes: June 4.
Our final grade reports will include the following:
  • March 10th Progress Report Grade – This is the grade students had when schools were closed.
  • Final Coursework Grade – This grade will reflect all work that students submitted for the duration of the course. No zero grades will be given on missed assignments. Only submitted assignments will be graded. Note: Schools will use the highest of the two grades for the student’s final grade, but we want to provide all this data to the school.
  • Comments – Teachers will provide written comments as normal.
  • Academic Strengths/Needs (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This will help inform the transition efforts of the content teacher the student will have next year.
  • Social/Emotional Comments (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This, too, will help determine the social-emotional perspective to support transition efforts for next school year.
Schools will need to do the following with our final grades:
  • For seniors, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.
  • For students in grades 9-11 and middle school students in high school courses, schools will choose the higher of the two grades if the student wishes to receive a numerical grade. Or students may choose the PC19 or WC19 options.
  • For middle school students in our middle school courses, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.
Midterm Grades for Yearlong Courses
We were prepared to release updated midterm grades for students in yearlong courses. However, DPI’s Home Base released new COVID19 grading details yesterday. Districts were sent this memo:
Updates to 6-8 and 9-11 COVID-19 Grading QRDs
The Home Base team has made updates to the COVID-19 Grading for 9-11 & Non-Graduating Seniors QRD and the COVID-19 Grading for 6-8 QRD. Both updates deal specifically with grading for high school courses in response to questions raised by PSUs.
  1. If a PSU is unable to contact a student to get their preference for a PC19/WC19 vs. a numeric grade, PSUs should insert the PC19/WC19 code. These students will have a 45-day window next school year to provide their preference and have their records updated.
  2. For year-long high school courses, we have confirmed that PSUs may choose how to store the half credit for Semester 2. If a student’s cumulative Final Grade (F1) percentage in a yearlong course is higher than the Semester 1 (S1) or Semester 2 (S2) percentages, PSUs will replace their Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2) percentages with the higher cumulative Final Grade (F1) percentage. PSUs may choose to store either S2 or F1 into the C19 term for the second half credit.
So in light of #2, NCVirtual will not post an updated midterm grade. Any student who resubmitted work from the fall term will benefit from that work in the final coursework grade. Since schools are being directed to store the higher of the two grades, we will let the previous progress report grades stand and only report the final cumulative coursework grade on the final progress report along with the March 10 progress report grade.
See our COVID19 Response page for more details.
Partnership Course Program
Let us provide the technology, content, training, and support to help your district develop its own virtual program! It’s perfect for your remote learning plan. Visit our Partnership Course Program page to see all the details.
Webinars and Office Hours
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
Our webinars and office hours to support teachers in their remote learning efforts continue! We’re adding new webinar topics each week, and we have office hours afterward to support those webinars. We’ve had over 25,000 educators attend so far!
Visit our Digital Transition resource page to register. We post new sessions each Friday for the upcoming week. You can also stream all the archived webinars. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 14 – Final Grades for Early Start Courses Posted in the Registration System
May 14 – Progress Reports for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses 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.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

May 16, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition to Virtual Learning (Week of 5/18/20)

An item from one US-based K-12 online learning program.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature focused “Office Hours” and an interactive webinar.
Week of May 18, 2020
Office Hours
Join us for Office Hours! Office Hours are structured as Question & Answer time to assist educators as they transition to online learning. They are smaller groups to ensure that support is specific and targeted.
Monday
“Increasing Student Engagement (Quizlet, Quizizz, Padlet, GoFormative)”
Office Hours
“Level 2.0 — 4 MORE Ways to
Increase Student Engagement”
Office Hours
Tuesday
“Creating Screencasts to Guide Students and Stakeholders”
Office Hours
“Google Drive Tools for Online Teaching”
Office Hours
Wednesday
“Revisiting Physical Education with an
Emphasis on Communication”
Office Hours
“Embedding Materials in Canvas using Quizlet, Quizizz and Flipgrid to Increase Student Engagement”
Office Hours
Thursday
“Taking Care of You:
Self Care for Crazy Times”
Office Hours
“Creating a Homepage with Navigation links
and Announcements”
Office Hours
Webinar
SEL: 3 Signature Practices
In this session, we will define the 3 Signature Practices and share a vision for statewide use. You will experience the 3 Signature Practices and reflect on how you can begin using immediately. We will end with available SEL resources.
Facilitators: Beth Rice, Anne Nixon, and BriAnne Hall
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

May 10, 2020

New Support Office Hours: NCVirtual Lunch Hour

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The NCVirtual Outreach and Support Team is expanding its office hours. Adam Renfro, Outreach and Support Coordinator, and Chris Coby, District and School Liaison, will be hosting daily office hours online where district and school personnel can join them to ask questions and share needs as we all work to better serve our students in online and blended learning environments.
Any topics covered will be by request, so come with your questions to the NCVirtual Lunch Hour. Why eat alone, when you can visit with friends and your counterparts from other schools and district? Plus, you’ll get your questions answered along the way!
Access Details
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Security: Your safety and security are always top priorities for us. You will initially enter a waiting room when you follow the Zoom link. This helps us verify users before we bring them into the Zoom meeting.
But wait, there’s more!
We know you’d love to have lunch with us every day, but your schedule is busy.  No worries!  As the NCVirtual Lunch Hour gets rolling, Adam and Chris will take the trending topics of the week and interview our “go-to” experts on that topic to get more detailed answers. Be on the lookout for “NCVirtual Lunch Hour: The Podcast.” Coming soon!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

May 9, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition to Virtual Learning (Week of 5/11/20)

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning organization.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature focused “Office Hours”.
Week of May 11, 2020
Office Hours
Join us for Office Hours! Office Hours are structured as Question & Answer time to assist educators as they transition to online learning. They are smaller groups to ensure that support is specific and targeted.
Monday
“Increasing Student Engagement (Quizlet, Quizizz, Padlet, GoFormative)”
Office Hours
“Top 4 Ways to Manage Teacher Workload”
Office Hours
Tuesday
“Best Practices for Student Feedback”
Office Hours
“More Copyright Tips and Tricks” Office Hours
Wednesday
“Web Tools and Resources: Instruction, Collaboration, and Feedback”
Office Hours
“Increasing Student Engagement using EdPuzzle, Thinglink, and Nearpod”
Office Hours
Thursday
“Creative Online Strategies for EC students
and Early Grades”
Office Hours
“Tools For Communication (Revisit)”
Office Hours
Webinars
Reflecting and Learning from this Experience
In this session, we will explore differentiation strategies that will deepen students’ interest, comprehension, and engagement with course content in a remote learning environment.
Principal & Coach Focus: Closing Out the School Year & Bridging the Next
Your school has been engaged in remote learning for several weeks, and you are likely experiencing many successes and also some challenges. In this session, we will explore how you can lead and coach teachers and staff to support both academic and social emotional learning. We will identify ways to create opportunities for feedback and reflection with your teachers to support all students. We will specifically share specific strategies aligned to the Recommendations for Instructional Leaders for Remote Learning.
Is the Juice Really Worth the Squeeze? A Plea for Teaching Media Literacy & SEL in Your Classroom
In today’s world, media literacy and understanding social-emotional learning are more critical than ever! In this session, Darren will take you through two integrated lessons that will help you address the media demands of today’s student, as well as offer opportunities to commit to the whole child. After this webinar, you’ll be so willing to drink the “juice” that the “squeeze” will feel like no work at all.
Stress, trauma, and resilience: Helping students manage the challenges of remote learning
We are all concerned about our students and how they are doing during this time. During this session, we will examine research based strategies that can help students with stress, trauma and resilience.
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606
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