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September 26, 2020

NCVPS Digital Transition Webinars for Educators Fall Series-(Week of 9/28/20)

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

Welcome to the NCVirtual Digital Transition Webinars for Educators Fall Series! Sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday weekly
Sessions are one hour in length and certificates of participation will be emailed to participants within one week of the webinar.
Week of September 28, 2020
Webinars
Join us for this interactive conversation focused on sharing best practices for supporting students in learning online. Leave with toolkit of resources to bring your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
Teacher-to-Learner: Reaching Your Students While Online
Students are at the heart of what we as teachers do. But how do you build effective teacher-student relationships when they are not in your room? How do you teach students online and in your room at the same time? Join veteran online teachers for tips and strategies to help.
Presenter
Kirk Kennedy, NCVPS Earth-Environmental Science Instructional Leader
NCVPS Earth-Environmental Science Instructor
Learner-to-Learner: Finding Ways to Make Student Interactions Work Online
Learning often happens in conversations, but finding ways to build in student-to-student conversations online can be difficult. Join us to learn strategies to ensure everyone in the room gets a voice and an opportunity to learn as a community of students – together.
Presenter
Jeni Day, NCVPS Chemistry Teacher
NCVPS Professional Development Specialist Lead
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

September 24, 2020

Register Now! NCVirtual, Introduction to Online Teaching Course

This is something that readers in North Carolina should take advantage of if they are able.

Prepare Your Educators for Success in the
Online Learning Environment!
Register for the NCVirtual, TOT course!
What is TOT?
TOT (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
The course is entitled “An Introduction to Online Teaching and Development”. Topics include using the Canvas LMS, moving content online, student engagement, and making content accessible to all. This course will focus on the basics of putting content online and the critical strategies for teaching online.
Note: The course is not a “how to” or “instructional” guide for Canvas but focuses on best practices for teaching and learning using any platform.
Topics include:
  • Assessment Tools
  • Teacher Talk & Clear Expectations
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Maintaining an Online Presence
  • Adapting and Placing Content
  • Engaging Through Feedback
and much more!
How does it work?
Course Structure
  • Course is asynchronous and facilitator-led. Facilitators have many years of experience in online learning and are specially trained to work with educators transitioning to this environment.
  • Participants work in district/school specific cohorts to complete five modules.
  • A cohort is 35 to 50 educators.
Duration
  • Course is designed to be completed within a specified 4-week time frame (can be altered to be completed in a shorter time based on needs.).
  • Course takes 20 hours to complete.
  • Successful completers will be issued a participation certificate for 2.0 units.
Next Steps?
NCVirtual is registering school and district cohorts now! Click below to begin the registration process.
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

September 23, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert for September 21 (AP Join Codes)

An item from one of the US-based K-12 online learning programs.

NCVirtual E-lert. It's all the news from your state's virtual school. Please like, share, and forward.
September 21, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
We will post a new progress report on Thursday. See details in the Trending Updates and Progress Report Action Steps sections.
We have full details on AP Join Codes, and we also have another week of Digital Transition webinars scheduled.
Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe here.
Trending Updates
Trends
Sept. 24 Progress Report – This Thursday, we will post a new progress report. You can help your students and assist our teachers by following the steps in the Progress Report Action Steps section below.
Semester Success with NCVPS – Students are registered, now what? We’re glad you asked! We have a webpage just for that. Visit our Semester Success page to see how you can support your students.
Early Start Students in Standard Start Courses – Our Standard Start classes end on January 8, 2021. However, if your students need to finish before the winter break, let our instructors know. They will adjust the pacing guide to make that happen. Please do that early in the semester to give our instructors time to adjust the pacing guides.
AP Join Codes
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Our teachers shared their AP Join Codes with students during the first week of class. If students enrolled late or don’t remember the code, have them ask their NCVirtual teachers again.
AP Exam Registration Process for Online Students
Students taking AP courses through an online provider, such as NCVPS, must be enrolled in 2 AP Classroom sections (on the College Board’s registration site) for each course taken online. (NOTE: Students taking AP courses face-to-face enroll in only one AP Classroom section. This may potentially cause confusion for students taking both online and face-to-face AP courses.) All NCVPS AP teachers have created their AP Classroom sections (on the College Board’s registration site) and have provided the join code to all students enrolled in their section. AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools create “EXAM ONLY” AP Classroom sections and must provide the join code for that section to students. Joining the “EXAM ONLY” section is necessary for schools to order AP exam materials, but it does not grant students access to AP study resources for the course. NCVPS students must join the AP Classroom section associated with their NCVPS teacher in order to have access to valuable study resources.
AP Exam Fees
North Carolina requires students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order for those students to receive state funding for their exam. Students solely enrolled in an exam only section for a given AP subject won’t receive funding in this case. For example, students taking AP courses at a virtual school must be enrolled in both the exam only section at the school where they’ll be taking the exam and a class section for the corresponding course through their virtual school. AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools should confirm that their students are enrolled in both the exam and class section to avoid having their school charged for the corresponding exam registration fees. AP Coordinators should have students not enrolled in the class section contact their NCVPS teacher immediately to get the join code.
Spring Block AP Courses
There are multiple AP exam deadlines communicated by the College Board. This can be confusing. This is the first deadline:
  • 11/13, 11:59 p.m. ET: Final ordering deadline. This is the deadline for the AP coordinator to submit the exam order for all full-year and first-semester AP courses, and all exam only sections. For details, go to Ordering Exam Materials.
For this deadline, schools need to submit exam orders for yearlong, fall, and any student they expect to take an AP class with us. It does not mean students enrolled in spring classes have to join our teachers section by that date.
Schools have another deadline in March to adjust their previous exam orders and make additions for students taking AP classes in the spring:
  • 3/12, 11:59 p.m. ET: AP Exam order deadline for AP courses that begin after November 13 and changes to fall orders. Submit any changes to existing exam orders or submit new exam orders by this deadline.
  • Check exam registrations. Before March 12, review any students listed as No or Undecided in AP Registration and Ordering and check with them to confirm their exam plans.
Students in our spring block AP courses will receive their join codes from our teachers once the spring classes start. This does not impact their ability to order exams for those students.
Enrollment Options
Enrollment Options
Transfer Students – We can accept transfer students after regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have instructional time with a teacher, and have a passing grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer.
Contact the Virtual Support Center to transfer students. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:
  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher
Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.
OCS Enrollments – We can still enroll OCS students into existing sections. We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though.
Spring Semester – Enrollment is still open for Spring 2021. We have a lot of capacity in our spring courses. Your students may temporarily land on a waitlist until we begin opening new sections.
Flex Enrollments – Our Flex Learning enrollment option is available for students who have special circumstances or in an emergency situation. Visit our Flex Learning page to see if this option is right for your student’s situation.
Student Spotlight
Meet Raj A., NCVirtual Peer Tutor
“When I originally took my first NCVPS class, I was looking to get ahead on my credits. The first class I took was during the summer before my ninth grade year as I was transitioning to high school. Until high school, there weren’t many choices you could have on the classes you signed up to take. The core classes were required as were many of the electives for my school. I looked into taking an NCVPS class because I wanted to get ahead on my high school path and prepare myself for higher curriculum. The very first class I took was Math 2 Honors. It was through this class that I was first introduced to the Peer Tutoring Center. Since then, I have taken many courses including Civics Honors and AP Government and Politics.”
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Sept. 10 – Progress Reports Posted in Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Sept. 24 – Progress Reports Posted in 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.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Schools should check the following two items on every progress report:
  • Check Student Progress – If you have any underperforming students, we have several supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
  • Check Teacher Comments – Our teachers will request data that they need from school, like parent contact information and IEP/504 modifications. They may need the school to contact the student if the student has stopped logging into the course and does not respond to teacher communications.
We have several levels of support for students.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Peer Tutoring Center – Do not let this resource go unutilized for any student who needs help. There is a link to the Peer Tutoring Center in every course.
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVirtual teacher to see if adjustments can be made for struggling students. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVirtual has a list of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open Virtual Support Center ticket. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Digital Transition Webinar Series
Our Digital Transition webinar series is back!
We have a great set of experienced online teachers lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments. Here’s our schedule for this week:
Creating a Better Teaching Experience – Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 PM
This session will cover a myriad of topics to create a virtual teaching experience designed for success and optimal learning outcomes. Participants will also be introduced to the following topics:
  • Start of the semester checklist
  • Setting up a routine that makes sense
  • Using SpeedGrader and the to-do list
  • Hacks like changing SpeedGrader to sort students
  • Using “Notes” in gradebook
Time Management and Shortcuts – Wednesday, September 23, 11:00 AM
This session will cover a myriad of topics to save time and increase productivity while teaching virtually. Participants will be introduced to the following topics:
Comment Banks and Text-Expander
Automatically graded quizzes
Saving announcements for future use
Importing from other courses
Course calendar to change due dates
Generic Rubrics that will “fit” many assignments
Visit our Digital Transition page to register and browse our playlist of previous webinars.
Daily Office Hours
The Outreach and Support team has office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.
Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Help
NCVirtual is a support organization, and we are here to help! Check out our guides and support pages below.
Virtual Support Center (Be sure to create an account before you submit your first ticket.)
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

September 19, 2020

NCVPS Digital Transition Webinars For Educators Fall Series-(Week of 9/21/20)

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

Welcome to the NCVirtual Digital Transition Webinars for Educators Fall Series! Sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday weekly
Sessions are one hour in length and certificates of participation will be emailed to participants within one week of the webinar.
Week of September 21, 2020
Webinars
Join us for this interactive conversation focused on sharing best practices for supporting students in learning online. Leave with toolkit of resources to bring your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
Creating a Better Teacher Experience
This session will cover a myriad of topics to create a virtual teaching experience designed for success and optimal learning outcomes. Participants will also be introduced to the following topics:
  • Start of the semester checklist
  • Setting up a routine that makes sense
  • Using SpeedGrader and the to-do list
  • Hacks like changing SpeedGrader to sort students
  • Using “Notes” in gradebook
Presenter
Laurie Sloan, NCVPS Partnership Program Instructional Leader
NCVPS AP Art History and Art of Fashion Instructor
Time Management and Shortcuts
This session will cover a myriad of topics to save time and increase productivity while teaching virtually. Participants will be introduced to the following topics:
  • Comment Banks and Text-Expander
  • Automatically graded quizzes
  • Saving announcements for future use
  • Importing from other courses
  • Course calendar to change due dates
  • Generic Rubrics that will “fit” many assignments
Presenter
Dustin Weaver, NCVPS NCVPS Math Instructional Leader
NCVPS AP Statistics Teacher and Math I Teacher
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

September 15, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For September 14 (Progress Reports Posted Sept. 10)

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

NCVirtual E-lert. It's all the news from your state's virtual school. Please like, share, and forward.
September 14, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
We posted a progress report last Thursday for all students, and our teachers need your help with a few items.
Check out our tips for a successful semester and this week’s Digital Transition webinar schedule.
Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe here.
Trending Updates
Trends
Sept. 10 Progress Report – Last Thursday, we posted a progress report. See the Sept. 10 Progress report details for some steps you can take to help our teachers.
Semester Success with NCVPS – Students are registered, now what? We’re glad you asked! We have a webpage just for that. Visit our Semester Success page to see how you can support your students.
NCVirtual Attendance Policy and Seat Time – The State Board of Education’s Policy CCRE-001 Course for Credit policy waives the seat-time and attendance requirements for online courses with NCVirtual. This allows students to take their online courses from home or off-campus and still be eligible for athletics and extracurricular activities. If you’ve enrolled with us before, however, you know that our courses are both robust and rigorous. We do advise that students in block courses should be prepared for 90 minutes of work a day. Yearlong courses generally require 45-50 minutes a day, and a bit longer for AP courses.
Early Start Students in Standard Start Courses – Our Standard Start classes end on January 8, 2021. However, if your students need to finish before the winter break, let our instructors know. They will adjust the pacing guide to make that happen. Please do that early in the semester to give our instructors time to adjust the pacing guides.
Enrollment Options
Enrollment Options
Transfer Students – We can accept transfer students after regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have instructional time with a teacher, and have a passing grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer.
Contact the Virtual Support Center to transfer students. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:
  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher
Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.
OCS Enrollments – We can still enroll OCS students into existing sections. We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though.
2nd Semester – Enrollment is still open for Spring 2021. We have a lot of capacity in our spring courses. Your students may temporarily land on a waitlist until we begin opening new sections.
Emergency Requests – If you’ve worked with NCVirtual in the past, you know that we always try to help seniors and students in emergency situations or with special needs. Open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center if you have a special situation.
Student Spotlight
Meet Melissa S., NCVirtual Earth and Environmental Science student
“I enrolled in Earth and Environmental Science because I want to become a doctor and advancing in my science courses will help me achieve that.
Taking an online class is helping me learn how to manage my time. A goal I had for this semester was to not procrastinate. To work towards this goal, I would do my work at school so I didn’t have extra homework and I would start working on school assignments when they were assigned.
I also want to learn a new language so I can then be trilingual. I would like to learn French or Italian.”
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Sept. 10 – Progress Reports Posted in Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Sept. 24 – Progress Reports Posted in 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.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – If you have any underperforming students, we have several supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVirtual teacher to see if adjustments can be made for struggling students. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVirtual has a list of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open Virtual Support Center ticket. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Digital Transition Webinar Series
Our Digital Transition webinar series is back!
We have a great set of experienced online teachers lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments. Here’s our schedule for this week:
CANVAS Advanced – Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
Do you feel you are an intermediate CANVAS user and ready to dive deeper into using CANVAS? This session is for advanced users of CANVAS. Participants will also be introduced to the following topics:
  • Linking to Powerschool
  • Linking SchoolNet
  • Student Analytics (finding out what students have done)
  • Copying documents from one course to another
  • Assigning tasks to individual students or individual groups of students
  • Canvas Commons Best Practices
  • Various External Tools
Creating a Better Student Experience – Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 AM
This session will cover a myriad of topics to create a student virtual learning experience designed for success and optimal learning outcomes. Participants will also be introduced to the following topics:
  • Easy Home buttons
  • How to navigate the course using navigation links, videos and announcements as support
  • How to check feedback and grades as a student
  • Using student view to check and experience course for issues prior to lessons
  • Setting up class procedures and routines to make “process” of each day/lesson/Canvas work period consistent (with examples)
  • Naming/labeling assignments (and quizzes, etc) and announcements with clear identifiers and/or numbers
Visit our Digital Transition page to register and browse our playlist of previous webinars.
Daily Office Hours
The Outreach and Support team has office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.
Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Help
NCVirtual is a support organization, and we are here to help! Check out our guides and support pages below.
Virtual Support Center (Be sure to create an account before you submit your first ticket.)
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
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