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October 13, 2018

Sevenstar News ☆ Spring Dual Credit Opportunities

A newsletter from a Christian-focused K-12 online and blended learning program.

Valuable Dual Credit Programs for Spring Study

Could students at your high school benefit from more opportunities to gain college credit,earn scholarships, and explore Christian colleges?

partnership with Sevenstar is an easy way for schools to add 145 courses to their catalog next spring from seven Christian colleges.Sevenstar’s enrollment office will also guide students through the unique registration process at each college.

Note: Most application deadlines for spring courses are from November to December.

2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

We are pleased to report that a number of Christian schools received the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education
Congratulations to each school receiving this prestigious award for academic excellence!

Biblical Worldview Institute (Student Training)

Please consider sending a group of students to the Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi) conference this fall.

The theme for 2018 is “Image Bearer”, andpresenters will discuss issues of gender, sexuality, and pornography from a biblical worldview. Speakers will equip students to think critically and provide worldview training on a variety of topics.

This event will also include a Christian college fair for students to visit with representatives from top Christian colleges and universities.

November 8-9Prestonwood Christian School

Plano, TX

Welcome to Our New Partner School

Thank you, Lord, for blessing Sevenstar with the opportunity to serve this new school through online Christian education:
  • Word of God Academy (LA)

Upcoming Conferences

Please contact us if you would like to discuss online education with a Sevenstar expert at an upcoming event.

News from around the Web

Three Shifts as Big as Print to Digital
We just lived through the biggest shift in learning since the printing press—a 25-year shift from print to digital. While it extended access and options to billions, it didn’t prove as transformational as many of us expected. It did, however, set the stage for three shifts that will change what and how people learn. Read More

Change Agent and the Curriculum
Commitment can be demonstrated by a trusted school leader when they function as a Change Agent in relationship to the curricular program. Most notably, and with few possible exceptions, trusted leaders make those changes in small incremental steps. Read More


An online version is also available here.

NCVPS E-lert – Fall Edition VIII – October 11, 2018

A newsletter from a K-12 online learning program from a couple of days ago.

Fall Edition VIII
October 11, 2018
Greetings, everyone!
Our Hurricane Florence recovery plan is underway. After Hurricane Michael clears, we will reassess. Please see the note below on our current recovery plan.
We have a SAR Data note in the “2018-2019 Academic Year” section below.
In This Edition
Hurricane Recovery Plan
Enrollment Options After Sept. 10
2018-2019 Academic Year
Grade Reporting
Calendar Check / Important Links
Live Support / Tech Updates
Previous News
Accessibility Statement
Hurricane Recovery Plan Survey
We sent a survey yesterday to 28 counties and 30 school districts that were impacted by Hurricane Florence. District leadership will choose between a 10-Day or 20-Day modified plan for students. Or they can choose no modifications if instruction was not interrupted for their online students.
These modified plans will relieve students of work (and stress) but will still teach the essential power standards of the course.
Additional Options
Students will also have the option to take our 2-week extension at the end of the semester if they need additional time. ELAs will need to request that through our Virtual Support Center. Schools also have the option to enroll students in our Flex Learning program, which would give students until the end of the spring semester to complete their courses.
If you have students who are not enrolled in NCVPS classes but are unable to return to school or are facing other obstacles, you can transfer them into the course online with NCVPS, providing that we offer the course. Open a ticket with our support center if you wish to request a transfer.
Current Fall Enrollment Options
Registration for Fall 2018 closed on Sept. 10. However, we will still have a number of fall enrollment options for schools.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. However, we cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 10.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health and PE courses will remain open until October 26 for Early Start classes and November 9 for traditional calendar classes.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 10, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We are able to accept transfer students through November 7 for Early Start classes and November 21 for traditional calendar classes.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s School & District
5. Course transferring in to
6. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
7. Does the student have an IEP? Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
Please remember, we must have an open seat in the course to complete the transfer.
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out our Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
2018-2019 Academic Year
2018-2019 Registration Details
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information.
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.
Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our Canvas Orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.
Catalog Updates
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.
Courses at Capacity and Course Closings
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.
Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts webpage for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.
SAR Data
Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!
Culture Cafe
Our Culture Cafe is free webinar series open to everyone. World Languages is the center piece of the series, but we also feature STEM topics. See ourCulture Cafe webpage for details.
Canvas Parent App
Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student’s progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.
Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.
Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS webpage for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.
Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Grade Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Oct 4. – Early Start and Traditional Progress Report Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Oct. 18 – Day 3 Student Status (No-show) Report for 2nd Session Early Start Heath and PE Courses
Oct. 18 – Final Grades Posted for 1st Session Early Start Health and PE Courses
Oct. 18 – Early Start and Traditional Progress Report 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.
Calendar Check and Important Links
Fall 2018 Dates
Early Start: August 13
Early Start Drop/Add: Aug. 24
Traditional Start: Aug. 27
Traditional Drop/Add: Sept. 10
Early Start End Date: Dec. 14
Traditional End Date: January 11
Spring 2019 Dates
Early Start: Jan. 7
Early Start Drop/Add: Jan. 18
Traditional Start: Jan. 28
Traditional Drop/Add: Feb. 8
Early Start End Date: May 10
Traditional End Date: May 31
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Live Support and Tech Updates
NCVPS offers live online support each week for ELAs and facilitators.
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Access: Access Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
See our Tech Updates and Messages page for the latest news from our technology department. We are currently reporting on the following:
  • Issues with certain emails
  • Chrome updates
  • Opening tickets with our support center
  • password resents
  • Confirming student emails in canvas
Previous News
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 open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center.
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October 12, 2018

Why A Web Of Connections—Not A Single Relationship—Should Surround Students

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

October 11, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (10-08-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week. Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
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October 10, 2018

Intelligence Artificielle En Éducation Et Autres Nouvelles…

Un autre article pour mes lecteurs francophones.

Another item for my Francophone readers.

Ce message s’affiche mal? Affichez la version web.

Intelligence artificielle en éducation et autres nouvelles…

26 impacts positifs et potentiels de l’arrivée de l’intelligence artificielle en éducation 

Infographie par Thierry Karsenti, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les technologies en éducation, Université de Montréal:

Appel de projets d’innovation liés aux technologies numériques

Dans le cadre du Plan d’action numérique en éducation et en enseignement supérieur du Québec, le Ministère souhaite stimuler le développement de pratiques pédagogiques innovantes en soutenant financièrement des projets d’innovation liés aux technologies numériques.

Date limite, 31 octobre 2018:

***** Infolettre CAPRES *****

La dernière infolettre du Consortium d’animation sur la persévérance et la réussite en enseignement supérieur (CAPRES)

* Voir aussi Webinaire CAPRES 22 octobre – Pistes pour favoriser la santé mentale dans la, et Transition vers l’université (Outil)

Emploi / Direction générale CDÉACF

Emploi: Direction générale / Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF Date limite: 19 octobre 2018

Nouvelle revue “Enjeux et société – Approches transdisciplinaires”

Cette nouvelle revue se propose de confronter les apports de différentes disciplines en abordant des questions cruciales pour la société. Fidèle aux thématiques d’apprentissage et de recherche transdisciplinaires proposées par l’Université de l’Ontario Français (, Enjeux et société se penche sur les grandes problématiques sociales du 21e siècle.

Les articles soumis sont évalués par les pairs selon un processus d’évaluation en double aveugle et les normes de qualité appliquées par les revues savantes. Afin d’être considéré pour publication, le texte proposé doit respecter les directives aux auteur(e)s.

Pour information:

***** L’École de l’Océan *****

L’École de l’Océan est maintenant accessible en ligne! Joignez-vous à cette expérience d’apprentissage immersive sans frais.

Le communiqué via l’ONF:

Enseigner la bonne conduite favorise la réussite scolaire

Devant le succès du système Soutien au comportement positif (SCP), qui a été déployé dans plus d’une soixantaine d’écoles québécoises pour favoriser la bonne conduite des élèves et, partant, leur réussite scolaire, le spécialiste en psychoéducation Steve Bissonnette (Université TÉLUQ) cherche à en étendre la portée.

Le Soleil:

Plonger dans le difficile quotidien d’une école secondaire

La série documentaire 180 jours (Télé-Québec) est une incursion inédite au cœur d’une école secondaire. De la rentrée au bal des finissants, on suit le quotidien d’élèves et de membres du personnel de Gérard-Filion, la première école secondaire publique fondée au Québec.


* Aussi via Radio-Canada Quand le manque d’enseignants nuit à la réussite des élèves, et Une école de Montréal aura son programme de sport électronique-études

***** Infolettre CVE *****

L’infolettre de la collection de vidéos éducatives de la Société GRICS:

Active Presenter : un logiciel complet pour la production de capsules vidéo

Quelques stratégies d’enseignement et d’apprentissage avec les capsules vidéo, via

* Aussi via Profweb La classe inversée en comptabilité grâce à Office 365

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Comment une société soi-disant avancée et riche comme la nôtre peut-elle montrer si peu d’intérêt pour ses écoles ?

La Presse:

Devoirs : pourquoi les élèves n’en font pas plus que ce que demandent les profs

Via The Conversation France:

***** Infolettre Carrefour Éducation *****

L’infolettre d’octobre 2018 via

* Voir aussi via Carrefour Éducation L’intimidation, t’en penses quoi? Un nouvel outil à ajouter à votre plan de lutte contre l’intimidation! (Éducaloi)

Évaluer autrement pour évoluer librement 

À l’occasion du CréaCamp du 17 mai à Valcartier, l’École branchée a rencontré Catherine Michaud, enseignante de mathématiques dans le programme Voie d’avenir du Collège Saint-Bernard et facilitatrice de la thématique sur l’évaluation, qui partage des stratégies pour développer l’autonomie chez ses élèves et mettre fin à la correction à la maison.

* Aussi via l’École branchée L’approche inclusive : pour que chaque élève puisse réussir, et Ces jeunes extraordinaires à supporter en contexte scolaire

Intelligence artificielle (IA) et emplois: revue de presse 2017-2018

Entre économistes et sociologues technoptimistes et technopessimistes, les chiffres divergent de manière importante…

L’Éveilleur (Université de Sherbrooke):

***** Infolettre Canal Savoir *****

L’infolettre d’octobre via

***** Les 5 tendances e-learning à suivre *****

Via le blogue Articulate (France):

***** Infolettre PUL *****

L’infolettre des Presses de l’Université Laval via

La liberté d’expression : l’éternel débat se poursuit

La question des limites de la liberté d’expression sur les campus continue de diviser les Canadiens. Affaires universitaires:

* Aussi via Affaires universitaires Utiliser la rupture productive dans le milieu de l’enseignement supérieur

3 outils pour prendre des notes sur des pages Web

3 outils simples pour obtenir des notes autocollantes numériques que vous pourrez mettre sur une page Web. Les Outils TICE (France):

Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne

Le dernier bulletin de Contact Nord (anglais-français) via

«En classe!»: stratégies pédagogiques au postsecondaire 

Plusieurs études récentes ont démontré que les élèves du primaire et du secondaire apprennent mieux lorsque l’enseignant utilise des stratégies pédagogiques actives centrées sur l’apprenant plutôt qu’un enseignement traditionnel basé sur l’exposé magistral. Mais qu’en est-il pour les étudiants de niveau postsecondaire? Le cours Modèles et stratégies d’enseignement au collège et à l’université (UQAM) se penche sur cette question.


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