Virtual School Meanderings

April 20, 2019

NCVPS E-lert for April 18, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program from Thursday’s inbox.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
April 18, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
We have a new look and a new way to keep up to date with your state’s virtual school.
Check out the “new news” below for details, and thank you for your continued support and partnerships!
What’s New?
NCVPS Now – 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.
Explore the tabs on NCVPS Now to read our latest news, see our most recent grade reports, find guidance for the academic year, and more.
The NCVPS Now web page is essentially a live version of the e-lert. However, we still want to reach out to you as needed with only the most current updates in our e-lert. Continue to look for us in your inbox, but we promise it will be brief!
Bookmark the NCVPS Now page or find it on the drop-down menu on our navigation bar’s HOME button:
Hiring – The NCVPS curriculum team is seeking applicants to join our Middle Grades Math and Language Arts Development teams for next year. If you’ve recently or currently teach middle school courses, please see our Develop for NCVPS page to apply. We are hiring both writers and reviewers for contract work.
Health and PE Forms – If you’re registering for our Health and PE courses, you’ll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school. You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Heath and PE page for details.
NCVPS Teacher of the Year Award – Congratulations to 2019 NCVPS Teacher of the Year Sarah Johnson! She was recognized at the State Teacher of the Year ceremony, pictured here with State Superintendent Mark Johnson and NCVPS Executive Director Eliz Colbert. Great job, Sarah!
Registration is open next year.
For details, visit our NCVPS Now page and click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab for full 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.
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606


Workshop Registration Open!

An update from the folks at AACE about this up-coming conference.

April 19, 2019, 11:59PM EST
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Monday, June 24
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the eLearning Insider.

After a rocky year that included a massive data breach, a series of employee disputes, the departure of the school’s longstanding legal counsel, and a series of sexual harassment allegations, the Florida Virtual School has appointed a former member of the board, Dhyana Ziegler, to serve as its interim chief executive. Ziegler’s appointment comes after the recent death of 60-year-old… Read more.

Next, the semi-regular SmartBrief for EdTech.

Why blended learning doesn’t have to involve technology

When teachers think of blended learning only in terms of high-tech interventions they limit themselves, asserts Brian Seymour, director of instructional technology at the Pickerington, Ohio, Local School District. Seymour calls for the traditional teacher to give way to the “tradigital” teacher, who uses digital tools to support instruction and helps students develop agency for their learning.
EdTech online (4/11)

Online program teaches S.D. geography, history, ag

A South Dakota school district is using a web-based program to take students on a virtual road trip around the state to learn about agriculture, geography and history. The “South Dakota Road Trip” program, piloted last year, is expected to be incorporated fully into the curriculum in the 2019-2020 school year.
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (S.D.) (4/16)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Pembine school board OKs insurance changes, holds closed session on administrative contracts

Approved an open enrollment out so a student can attend virtual school. — Heard a letter written by James Brent Griffin, who received 257 votes as a …

EC school board to decide on virtual charter school proposal

The proposal is to start the virtual school as a pilot program for the 2019-20 school year with a maximum of 28 students in grades six through 12.

eau-20190414-news skyboxes

Virtual school considered. Eau Claire School Board to look at creating charter school. Page 3A. World economy on the grow. Analysts believe the …

@FGCU_WTen Blanks Kennesaw State, 4-0, On Senior Night

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Following a three and a half hour delay due to wet courts from rain before the 5 p.m. start time, the FGCU women’s tennis team …

Briefcase: April 14

On March 27 in a special meeting of the Board, the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Board of Trustees appointed Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D., …

The 65 council jobs available in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland

Salary: £47,545 – £49,467. • Virtual School Head Teacher. Salary: £55,704 – £57,957. • Community Learning and Skills Coordinator. Salary: £26,999.

Virtual Schools Market 2024: Trends and Growth, Segmentation and Key Companies

Virtual Schools Market gives theoretical, experimental learning outfitted to the provisions of advertising researchers. market will meet imposing …

Global Virtual Schools Market Outlook 2019-2025-K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica …

Major Key Players in Virtual Schools are: K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School , Charter …

Greenville County Schools to pilot one-stop online program for parents

The system will also allow parents and students to apply to the district’s Fine Arts Center, career centers, and virtual school. Eventually, parents will be …

Virtual schools see major budget cuts under Indiana Senate plan

Indiana’s virtual schools would see budget cuts in a proposal from state Senate lawmakers that would also cap how much the controversial schools …

At least 465 truant students were kicked out of Indiana virtual schools under a law meant to keep …

A controversial state policy designed to ensure virtual school students learning remotely are engaged with their coursework has resulted in hundreds …

Florida Virtual School faces leadership crisis after resignation, investigations, unexpected death

Well-known Orlando attorney Frank Kruppenbacher’s ties to former Gov. Rick Scott helped him amass authority at the state-run Florida Virtual School …

Indiana paid for thousands of students who never earned credits at virtual charter schools

Last year nearly 2,000 students never earned a single credit across Indiana’s six virtual charter schools, according to new data — even though most of …

EC school board to decide on virtual charter school proposal

School Board President Joe Luginbill said the district loses students to other virtual schools every year, and he hopes the program, if approved, could …

FLVS says DOE hasn’t contacted school about audit

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Virtual School said the state department of education has not said anything about the possibility of a full audit of the …

Virtual Schools Market is slated to grow rapidly in the coming years

Latest Summary of Virtual Schools Market. An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or …

Academy opens 2019-20 enrollment

DULUTH — Georgia Connections Academy, a statewide virtual charter school providing free, completely online 5-12 education to students in every …

TPS seeks to move Tulsa Learning Academy from Promenade Mall to site of soon-to-be closed …

The impending closure of the McLain 7th Grade Academy might allow the district’s alternative virtual schoolto leave Promenade Mall next year.

Contact North enables virtual learning on Manitoulin

“We’re Ontario’s online learning network and we partner with 24 colleges, 22 universities, nine Indigenous institutes and 76 district school boards,” …

DeSantis: Restore accountability to Florida Virtual School

The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he is taking problems at Florida Virtual School “seriously” in response to an Orlando Sentinel story that …

At 12.8% CAGR, Virtual Schools Market Size, Set to Register 4920 million USD by 2024

Japan start virtual school business since April 2015, while China start this business in Feb 2017. K12 Inc and Connections Academy are market leader …

UW Lab School Conducts Educational Outreach Remotely Aboard Research Vessel

… River, Converse County rural schools, Powell and the virtual school in Wyoming,” Williams relayed from sea during the early stages of the journey.

Worldwide Virtual Schools Market by Product, End User, Marketing Channels & Forecast To 2024

“Virtual Schools Market Report 2019 to 2024” is the definitive study of the global Virtual Schools market. The content includes orientation technology, …

FCPS names five finalists for Teacher of the Year

He also teaches Fitness for Life though the FCPS Virtual School, coaches baseball, coordinates the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge and chairs …

Westby Area School District becomes an ‘Invested Member’ in virtual schoolconsortium

First, the RVA serves full-time virtual school students from all across the State of Wisconsin, and secondly they serve the digital learning needs of all …

Florida education news: School taxes, student voices, public comments and more

Ron DeSantis calls for an overhaul of Florida Virtual School leadership in the wake of reports of lacking accountability and oversight, the Orlando …

Reddick updates council on schools; new BOE members sworn in

Reddick was given a number of questions to answer, ranging from morale among system personnel to virtual school programs and enrollment.

Charge it RPOF — Oliva flips on cancer bill — Broward Health is sick — Has Rivera run out of …

“DeSantis: Restore accountability to Florida Virtual School,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Beth Kassab and Leslie Postal: “The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis …

@FGCU_WTen Set For ASUN Quarterfinal Matchup Against Stetson

DELAND, Fla. – The fourth-seeded FGCU women’s tennis team’s (9-9) quest for its first ASUN Championship will begin Thursday morning in a 9 a.m. …

Global Virtual Schools Market Forecast, Marketing Channels, Major Industry Participants, and …

… Florida Virtual School (FLVS), Charter Schools USA, Lincoln Learning Solutions, Inspire Charter Schools, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual …

Diversity 5K unites religious leaders, students for college scholarships

… High School, Franklin Academy, Cypress Bay High School, Western High School, Pines Charter Middle Central Campus and Florida Virtual School.

‘Virtual student day’ announced for Iredell-Statesville schools on May 1

They then decided to make it a ‘virtual school day.’ This means students will have three days to complete assigned work at home to be counted …

Virtual Schools Market in-depth approaches behind the Success Of Top Players like Connections …

One of the latest trends to gain popularity in the virtual school market in North America is the growing demand for distance learning. Distance …

10 students honored as Incredible Kids

… Alyssa Kimble, a freshman at Copperas Cove High School; Christopher Johnson, a junior in the virtual school Texas Connections Academy; Briana …

@FGCU_WTen Advance to ASUN Semifinals With 4-0 Win Over Stetson

The tandem of Bridget Forster (Boca Raton, FL/Florida Virtual School) and Sofia Perez (Alajuela, Costa Rica/Florida Virtual School) cruised to a 6-2 …

MPS to accept applications to Virtual School Program starting Monday

Montgomery Public Schools is begin accepting applications for its Virtual School Program on Monday. The application window will close Friday, May …

Iredell-Statesville Schools opt for Virtual Day on May 1; students stay home, complete online work

In a 5-2 vote, the board decided to hold a virtual school day, where children stay home and complete online schoolwork while teachers have a work …

Virtual Schools Market Outlook, Geographical Segmentation, Industry Size & Share …

… Size & Share, Comprehensive Analysis to 2025 | K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School.

McAlester Achievement Center prepares students for life

A school report states 98 students — from fifth grades to seniors — are enrolled in the MPS Virtual School. Ten students transitioned from alternative …

Students at Beaver Dam High School learn the value of a dollar

Virtual school coordinator Rebecca Droessler Mersch said the students are pretending to be 28, so 10 years out of high school. They are all required …

@FGCU_WTen Completes Historic 3-0 Comeback, Advance to ASUN Championship Final

Florida Virtual School) gave FGCU’s first point of the afternoon. After dropping her first set 4-6, the Boca Raton native reeled off a 7-6 second-set win …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

District pays over $1M, cyber school tuition

Discussion has increased in the Pennsylvania legislature to take another look at the high expense to local school districts paying for the tuition of …

Virtual Schools Market Outline, Scope & Future Growth Forecast To 2024

Instant of Virtual Schools Market: An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through …

District pays over $1M, cyber school tuition

Discussion has increased in the Pennsylvania legislature to take another look at the high expense to local school districts paying for the tuition of …

Muhlenberg School District exploring starting cyber school program

The Muhlenberg School District is “aggressively” pursuing options for starting a district-based online education program, the superintendent said …

Bradford school board expels two, talk charter schools at Monday meeting

The expulsion of two students and the approval of Senate and House Bills that would support school districts in providing their own cyber education …

Spring Cove District Seeks Relief from Cyber School Costs

Last year, she said, “Spring Cove was required to pay a total of $454,884 for 58 students to attend cyber charter schools – an average of $7,842 per …

Project PA I Truancy Cases Rise as Some School Districts Prematurely Report Cases to CYS

Project PA I Truancy Cases Rise as Some School Districts Prematurely … Bolton says school officials eventually agreed to move Josh into a cyber …

School board reviews early budget

The bills allow any district that has its own cyber school system to forgo making payments to cyber charter schools. TASD has a cyber school, and thus …

Agora Cyber Charter School Designated Trauma-Informed School, The Only Cyber School To …

“The model of a cyber school is such that a lot of students are more open about their personal lives because they are behind a computer. In an online …

Fox Chapel Area teacher wins Carnegie Science Center award

15 minutes ago. The director of Fox Chapel Area’s cyber school is the winner of the Carnegie Science Center’s 2019 High School Educator Award.

School board addresses cyber charter school funding issue

… parents of students who choose to attend cyber charter schools instead of on the district, provided that the district has its own cyber school program.

Millcreek school budget would raise taxes 2.8 percent

Increased costs next school year also include an $800,000 increase in employee health care, an additional $300,000 for charter and cyber school …

Weatherly Area, teachers union agree on contract

“For a regular student that goes to a cyber school, we are losing about $14,000, and for a special ed student we are losing $33,000 each. The bills that …

April 19, 2019

Plugged In | 04.19.19 – #iNACOL19 Registration Now Open and New Webinars Slated for May 2019

And a newsletter from this neo-liberal organization…

Plugged In
April 19, 2019
Registration Now Open for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium
Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium, which will run October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center under the theme “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

The annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, innovators, and students gather and work to transform education.

The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency education, assessment for learning, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, research and many more.

To take advantage of special early-bird discounts, register to attend by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2019 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.

Direct all questions about registration to the contact the iNACOL Symposium team.

Register for an Upcoming Webinar on Reimagining Credentialing
For students to experience the future of learning, we must transform educator learning. In this final webinar of a three-part series with 2Revolutions , we will offer policy context for key trends in educator credentialing and hear about an innovative new master’s program developed in partnership between Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and 2Revolutions. Participants will consider how we might redesign credentialing programs so that they support the future of educator learning. Join hosts Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions Founder and Partner; Ali Brown, 2Revolutions Principal; Wendy Baker, SNHU’s Head of Graduate Studies; and iNACOL Policy Director, Natalie Truong on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
Sign up for an Upcoming Webinar on Competency’s FAQs
Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career, and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes up an effective competency-based model, and what policies need to be in place to fully support it. Click below to register and hear from competency education leaders Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director, and Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Funding Challenges and Action Steps for Policymakers to Support Education Transformation
States and school districts around the nation are advancing policies to support the shift toward student-centered, personalized, competency-based education. iNACOL is frequently asked to offer guidance on how to fund this transformation, and to that end, we released State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation. The issue brief presented several case studies showing the diverse approaches states have used to resource their innovation initiatives. Policymakers can begin their resourcing approach by examining their state’s funding formulas and how they might pose barriers and challenges that limit the flexibility needed for innovative learning models.

– Maria Worthen and Natalie Truong



The Role of School Libraries in School Transformation
In a learner-centered paradigm, libraries serve an important purpose, for one of their main commitments is to cultivate self-interest in learners and equip them with the skills to independently evaluate sources of information. Materials that libraries supply for students – books, computers, audiobooks, microfiche, etc. – are all just mediums for the transfer of information. Librarians act not only as guides to assist students in finding materials that are suitable to their academic goals and interests, but also as an arbiter of the sources to which students are given access.

Dustin Hensley

Featured Resource: Webinar – Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education
In this webinar, Katherine Casey takes an in-depth look into her report, Moving Toward Mastery, which examines how the educator workforce can be redesigned for a personalized, competency-based system. Professional learning environments for educators should reflect those of their students, as it is ciritcal that educators are properly equipped for their new roles. View this webinar to learn more about rethinking professional learning.
BONUS: The Future of Teacher Learning
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
How to Unlock Students’ Internal Drive for Learning
Tara García Mathewson, Hechinger Report 

Fixing America’s Education Crisis-Kevin Chavous
Jan Jekielek, The Epoch Times

When Will K-12 Classrooms Scrap Those Age-Old, Rigid Desk-Chairs?
Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief

The 74 Interview: Priscilla Chan on Supporting Whole-Child Education, Nurturing Diverse Scientists and Measuring Success Beyond Math and Reading
Richard Whitmire, The 74

Derry Schools Pilot ‘Genius Hour’ and Other Competency Education Programs
Ryan Lessard, New Hampshire Union Leader

National Urban League and Urban One Announce Evaluation Results Of Several State Education Equality Plans
Nigel Roberts, NewsOne

No Longer Forgotten: The Triumphs and Struggles of Rural Education in America
The Aspen Institute

Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education
House Committee on Education and Labor

The Teacher Diversity Gap is Literally Inherited
Seth Gershenson and Alberto Jacinto, Brookings Institution

How Schools Are Responding to Migrant Children
Kavitha Cardoza, Education Week

iNACOL in the News
Report: Time to Test New Forms of Teacher Prep
An organization advocating for personalized learning and competency-based education has issued a brief intended to help federal decision-makers improve professional development for teachers…Read More.


The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
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Innovators Worth Watching: Bootcamps

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
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