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June 16, 2018

iNACOL Publishes National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

And from the neo-liberals.

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iNACOL Publishes National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

Today, a new report published by iNACOL, A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United Statesprovides findings from a national survey of teachers and students to examine what core elements of personalized learning are taking hold in K-12 schools and districts across the United States. The report finds that teachers across America are working to create learning environments that center on the learning needs of their students, but also require additional support to better tailor teaching to the unique backgrounds and interests of each student.

iNACOL partnered with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), NORC at the University of Chicago, and LEAP Innovations to conduct a national survey of more than 3,600 teachers and 1,000 students. This report summarizes what these responses reveal about how personalized learning is emerging and developing in schools across the country.

The report found notable progress in creating learner-focused classrooms: more than 50 percent of teachers reported that they understood the learning challenges and strengths of at least three-fourths of their students, and 50 percent of students agreed that their teachers knew how they learned best and understood their interests. However, only 40 percent of students agreed that their teacher knew what activities they like to do outside school, and only 20 percent of students reported that their teachers would let them skip a topic if they could show they understood it.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “The field of K-12 education is in the earliest phases of a systemic transformation to personalized learning, where each student’s unique needs are addressed. The surveys of teachers and students show how important empowering relationships are for personalizing learning. Teachers empowered with the strategies for personalizing learning are getting to know their students better, are working together to map goals and are using personal learning plans for each student to build the knowledge and skills needed for success. Eliminating gaps in learning and harnessing each student’s interests and passions to make learning relevant are important aspects of personalizing learning.”

Phyllis Lockett, founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations, said, “The transition to personalized learning in schools is still nascent; studies like these are important tools to understand what is happening in schools and what additional supports are needed. This is why LEAP developed our survey tools, to ensure that we’re learning from the early work taking place and providing teachers, schools and districts with the data they need to understand how their efforts to implement personalized learning practices are impacting the learning experiences of students.”

Download a full copy of A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States.

iNACOL is hosting a webinar exploring findings in this report on June 26, 2018 from 3-4 p.m. ETLearn more and register.

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Show Me The Evidence: Do New Staffing Arrangements Actually Work?

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. 
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[WEBINARS] Toolkits for Making Websites and Videos Accessible

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

Is your institution doing all it can to be accessible? The following upcoming webinars will help you protect your institution.

These complimentary resources, provided by 3Play Media, feature industry leaders with expertise in accessibility legal requirements and making videos accessible.

WEBINAR: Quick Start to Captioning
Thursday, June 14th at 2pm ET
Learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers legal compliance, closed captioning lawsuits, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integrations with lecture capture and video platforms.  Register now.
WEBINAR: Intro to Audio Description

Thursday, June 28th at 2pm ET

What is audio description? While most people are familiar with closed captioning, audio description is another important accessibility requirement for video content. This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility.  Register now.

WEBINAR: How to Write a Web Accessibility Statement & Why You Should Be Proactive

Thursday, July 12th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, Marc Dubin, former Senior Trial Attorney of the US Department of Justice and CEO of ADA Expertise Consulting, will discuss why it is essential to be proactive with web accessibility. He will help businesses and state & local governments understand their web accessibility requirements under the ADA, as well as what to include in a web accessibility statement. Register now.

WEBINAR: A Toolkit for Digital Accessibility
Thursday, July 26th at 2pm ET
In this webinar, Jack Nicolai, Accessibility Product Manager at Adobe, will share tools, techniques, and best practices to integrate accessibility requirements into your projects. This presentation will help professionals create better documentation to effectively communicate accessibility requirements throughout all phases of the product development lifecycle.
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Make Your Travel Plans now for OLC Accelerate 2018

Note this up-coming conference that has made some overtures to including K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning content in the past.

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OLC ACCELERATE 2018  Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide
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Register now and plan your travel to arrive early for a number of special events at OLC Accelerate 2018!
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OLC Accelerate | November 14-16 | Orlando, FL
Join us on Tuesday, November 13 for:

  • OLC pre-conference workshops
  • OLC Leadership Network (now open for registration)
  • OLC Awards and Leadership Ceremony and Reception – add a ticket to registration
  • Early registration access (beat the crowds to pick-up your conference materials!)
  • Exhibit Hall Preview Reception
  • National Titanium sponsor Proctorio’s Totally Tubular Time Warp 80’s dance party at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk!

On Wednesday morning, join us for a full slate of workshops, the IELOL Master Class, the OLC Global Quality Summit, or the new OLC Digital Learning Research Summit. New this year, we include all of these Wednesday morning events in your OLC Accelerate 2018 conference registration at no additional feeCheck out the general schedule. Make sure you don’t miss a single moment of this exciting conference program!

While booking your flights, be sure to also make your hotel reservation at the WDW Swan & Dolphin Resort. Our room block sells out early each year, so reserve now to secure your room right at the conference property.

OLC Accelerate | November 14-16 | Orlando, FL

Join this special half-day event that hosts senior digital learning leaders collaborating to address the biggest challenges we face today in higher education. Modeled after our popular OLC Collaborate events, participants will gather in small groups after each presentation to discuss, collaborate, and tackle the leadership issues at hand. Make plans to join us at OLC Accelerate in Orlando on Tuesday, November 13, 2018,12:30pm – 4:45pm. Learn more.


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OLC COLLABORATE 2018 Regional events
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Diane Recinos

Diane Recinos,
Berkeley College
Devon Cancilla

Devon Cancilla,
University of Missouri at Kansas City
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OLC Collaborate| August 7 | New York

Join digital learning experts from WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Berkeley College, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and more as we take a deep look at federal, state, and accreditation policies, identify trends and behavioral patterns in online learning and learn how you can use predictive analytics at your institution, as well as learn to develop technologies, policies, procedures, and practices to identify and prevent online fraud.

OLC Collaborate – New York City, hosted by Academic Partner Berkeley College is coming up soon. Learn more and register today!

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NCVPS E-lert – June 15, 2018 – Summer Edition I

A newsletter from a US-based online learning program in yesterday’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.
NCVPS E-lert – June 15, 2018 – Summer Edition I


Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
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Current E-lert News


Summer classes begin Monday, June 18! That time is here already.
Please follow these steps to ensure your students have a successful start:
1. Give students their login information.
2. Share with students the printable guides that we provided in our Summer 2018 Updatesbelow.
3. Be sure students know who to contact at your school or in the district in case they want to drop the course before the tenth day of class. NCVPS can’t drop students.
4. Be sure to check the Day-3 status report and make sure students can log in. We will post a progress report on Day 7. Please be sure to check that, too. Those two reports can help you determine who needs help to get started or who needs to be dropped.
5. Registration will remain open until June 22. You can drop students without penalty through June 29, our tenth day. After that, you can withdraw students throughout the summer, but their enrollments will still count in your overall allotment totals.
See all the details below.
New Updates

Fall 2018 Updates

Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

ELAYearLouise Carte Named ELA of the Year
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NCVPS is pleased to announce that Louise Carte has been selected as the 2018 NCVPS e-Learning Advisor of the Year. Her leadership and support at Mallard Creek High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district have been exemplary.
Please join us in congratulating her.
NCVPS teachers and staff members nominated educators at the school and district level who have had a positive impact on their NCVPS students. Nominated ELAs employ innovative practices that can serve as a model for other schools or districts. Their practices improve the overall effectiveness of online learning and contribute to the success of students taking NCVPS courses.
Nominations included individuals working in various roles such as the e-learning advisor, lab facilitator, EC coordinator, data manager, principal, and the district e-learning coordinator. Nominees were then invited to submit a portfolio that showcases their e-learning program.
NCVPS would also like to congratulate the other two finalists:
Jo Ann Eckerd – Draughn High School, Burke County Schools
Erin Schneider – Orange High School, Orange County

SummerUpdatesSummer 2018 Updates

Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Monday through Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too. Students must have daily access to the internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the internet.
Due to the workload, we recommend that students only take one NCVPS course over the summer, especially if the student has not had an online course before. Students are much more successful in our summer program if they only take one course.
Students can work on our courses any time during the day or night, 24/7. They just need to pay close attention to the due dates for the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Students can also work from any location as long as they have access to their classes for 3-5 hours a day.
Allotments from  Summer 2018 come from your NEW allotment totals for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
SummerContactSummer Contact Information
Please complete our Summer Contact Information Form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 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 2018, 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.
Start Date: Monday, June 18
Last Day to Register: Friday, June 22
Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 29
End Date: Friday, August 10
Grades Posted: Thursday, August 16
If you need access, contact our  Virtual Support Center.
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.
We have three printable guides that you can give to students before classes begin.
Student Enrollment and Access Guide. You will need to fill in the password details.
Students can also explore our Student Resource Center before classes begin.
Visit our Getting Start for Schools page to find our checklist for schools and other details.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 7 – Final Spring Block and Yearlong Grades Posted
June 21– Day 3 Student Status Report for Summer School
Reporting 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.

SummerLoginSummer Login Details for Students

Please remember that schools need to issue usernames and passwords to students. NCVPS does not do this. You can find usernames and passwords in your enrollment report. Our Accessing Enrollment Reports page shows how to find your students’ usernames and passwords.
Students will be able to log in on the first day of class. Students should initially go our Student Login Page here:
The Student Login Page gives some details about our Canvas learning management system (LMS), and it includes the troubleshooting steps below if they have difficulty logging in.
The Student Login Page then takes students to their Canvas login, which students should bookmark: .
If students have difficulty logging in, here are their troubleshooting steps:
1. Be sure that you have your correct username and password. Your school will issue you this login information. NCVPS does not issue usernames and passwords.
2. NCVPS uses Canvas for its learning management system. Many schools and districts also use Canvas. NCVPS has its own Canvas login web address. Be sure you are logging in to your NCVPS courses at this link:
3. If this is your first time logging in, confirm with your e-learning advisor (ELA) that you are enrolled and not waitlisted.
4. If you were just registered today, it will take 24 hours to get access.
5. If you had an NCVPS class before in Canvas, and you changed your password, then that is the password that you will need to use.
6. If you still cannot log in, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. Be sure to include your name, PowerSchool ID number, school, and course that you’re trying to log in to.
7. If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password” feature on the login page. This will work if you have your correct email address identified in the course settings.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

NewLookNew Look for Online Professional Development

The online professional development modules offered by NCDPI and NCVPS now have a new look. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website:
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

FallUpdatesFall 2018 Updates

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
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.
NewCoursesNew Courses for 2018-2019
Accounting I Honors (BA105X0)
Computer Programming I Honors BP105X0
Workforce Ready (96102X0)
OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics (9249BX0)
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

NCVPS Resources

TechUpdatesTech 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.

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

AccessStatementNCVPS 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 to the NCVPS Director of Exceptional Children Services, Sherry Bell.
If you are aware that a student has course accessibility needs prior to the start of the semester, it would be very beneficial to discuss with Sherry Bell so that our team can ensure that the student has the access needed to the course content.
Examples of accessibility options may include captioning for videos, or transcripts needed for audio.
Contact information for Sherry Bell:
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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