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January 22, 2020

April DL Symposium Program Launched!

A newsletter from a pan-Canadian e-learning organization.

Canadian eLearning Network

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2020 Digital Learning Symposium

April 19 – 21, 2020 — Vancouver, British Columbia

Trevor MacKenzie #InquiryMindset – Both Sunday & Monday!

Mandatory eLearning ~ How? Why? Lessons from abroad

BC’s New Education Funding Model ~ Implications for DL Schools

  • Senior leaders from government, post-sec, and K-12

  • Structured dialogue, networking, and discussion

  • Hands-on learning and cutting edge tech tool demos

  • Emergent practices – high energy closing Demo Slam


Register now! ~ Groups/Members $445


  • 2020 DL Symposium registration includes Sunday afternoon and evening Pre-Symposium keynote & social!

  • In-depth workshops on skills, one-on-one with Trevor

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Can’t come Monday/Tuesday?  Register at $95 for Sunday only!

  • Join over 400 educators, technology coordinators, developers and administrators, K-12 & post-sec!

Register today!  More information at

Featured PD Events


Digital Learning Collaborative Annual Conference

February 24-26, 2020 – Austin TX

Delivering on the real promise of online, blended, and digital learning


2020 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together)

April 2-3, 2020 in Toronto

Evening keynote address // Full day skill building event

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Archived keynote from BOLTT Ottawa 2019 available here


2020 Digital Learning Symposium

April 19-21 in Vancouver (see above)



Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) Symposium 2020

  • Check out the shift in the organization and its new focus keynotes posted here

Joe Sisco’s Keynote from blendED Alberta


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The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.  CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities..

CANeLearn promotes effective practice in online and blended learning; fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators; and connects educators to online and blended learning organizations.


January 18, 2020

Reflecting On Our Mid-Year Staff Retreat

A newsletter from a US-based blended learning organization.

Highlander Institute

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Join the conversation as we partner with communities to design and implement school-based change.

In This Week’s Issue

  • Reflecting on our mid-year retreat, focused on DEI with Facilitate Change
  • Join Malika Ali at LearnLaunch Across Boundaries 2020
  • New Fuse MA blog post features Cohort 1 Alumna Julie Lowerre
  • 2 weeks left of early bird pricing for Personalization 2020 conference
  • Diversity Talks is hiring!
  • Apply now for The New York Times Teaching Project

Reflecting on Our Mid-Year Retreat

Our Highlander Institute team has been engaging in dialogue around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout the scope of our work. In the past year, we’ve increased our commitment to having regular internal dialogue on these topics through a partnership with Facilitate Change, a small consultancy group based in RI. We’ve been participating in monthly staff meetings and held a longer mid-year retreat this past Monday focused on team building and exploring how race and racism impact our workplace. We strongly believe that a large part of our work is focusing inward, to better understand how we can build meaningful relationships across difference with our partners, students and their families, and teachers. We look forward to continuing to challenge each others’ thinking and learn in the process.

The LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference is only 2 weeks away! Our Director of Pedagogy, Malika Ali, will be in attendance as a featured panelist for the session “Moving to Personalized Teacher Professional Development – How?” on Friday, January 31st.

How should we train and support educators to work with innovative platforms to deliver learning? Panelists will describe how districts are personalizing teacher PD, in particular what solutions they are using. Are these moves related to key initiatives like teaching CS in all grades, adding more STEAM to the curriculum, adopting  universal design for learning, or moving to personalized learning? How might CEUs/PDPs and additional salary be used? What about the role of unions, or teacher leader groups?

Participants will:

  • Investigate how innovating districts are addressing the move to personalizing teacher PD to support key initiatives and teacher career development
  • Explore which tech platforms are assisting them to make the move
  • Understand how blended learning, train-the-trainer approaches, coaching models, and other strategies are used
  • Review major challenges, and how they might be overcome

Click below for more information about the conference, including full agenda, keynote speakers, and details about the Learning Innovation Showcase – always a crowd favorite.

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Lowerre of Fuse MA

In Massachusetts, our Fuse MA partnership with The Education Cooperative keeps educators from over 10 districts connecting, sharing strategies, and pushing each other’s practice as both coaches and teachers. In this new blog post, Cohort 1 Fellow and Dedham 5th grade teacher Ken Toomey talks with Cohort 1 Alumna and Medfield Innovation Integration Specialist Julie Lowerre about pivotal moments in the fellowship and how her role as an educator has transformed since she participated in Fuse.

Early Bird Pricing Ends in 2 Weeks

Personalization 2020 includes 3 days of programming on April 2-4, 2020 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. You can find the agenda here. Thursday features school site visit opportunities to see classrooms in action and community site visits to hear about the complementary work of local organizations. Friday features half day workshops. Saturday features a more traditional conference symposium, offering over 40 sessions focused on supporting and delivering high-quality, personalized instruction. We hope you can join us in the Ocean State! Group discounts are available and early bird pricing ends on February 1. Click below for more information and to register.

From Other Organizations

Seeking: Program Coordinator & Director of Strategic Partnerships

Founded in July 2017, Diversity Talks specializes in increasing the cultural competence of educators by providing student-led professional development grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We partner with schools and businesses to create unique educational contexts where adults are learners and young people are the facilitators of learning. We believe that we will achieve lasting impact if we focus our efforts on increasing the cultural competence of adults and concurrently create a platform for youth voice.

Do you know someone who is…
Committed to uplifting youth voice?
Down to dismantle oppressive systems?
Not afraid to identify and confront racism?

We are seeking a full-time Program Coordinator and a full-time Director of Strategic Partnerships.

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Application Now Open for The New York Times Teaching Project

Apply now for a new program that will bring together a select group of educators who teach with The Times. This opportunity begins with a three-day summer institute in New York City, travel and lodging included. The program will continue through the 2020-21 school year as participants continue to work on their curriculum projects, collaborate virtually, share ideas with their individual school communities and have opportunities to work with the Learning Network community as a whole. Applications are due by February 25, 2020.

Highlander Institute thanks our Mission Sponsors for their generous support:

Choose From 25 Online Dual Enrollment Courses

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

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Guess what? We now have double the dual enrollment offerings

Dual enrollment for all.

For the 54% of Michigan counties that don’t have colleges within their geographic borders, online learning is the only way students can access dual enrollment opportunities.


Last semester, however, many students with colleges located 10 minutes down the road still chose to enroll in our online dual enrollment courses instead.


Why? Because online dual enrollment offer students the opportunity to:

  • Stay in their school building while taking college courses
  • Avoid transportation issues that often arise with dual enrollment (e.g., safety concerns during bad weather)
  • Fit dual enrollment in their busy schedules without giving up another class they want to take

We recently doubled our catalog of online dual enrollment courses available through St. Clair Community College. There are now 25 college courses in our catalog that Michigan high school students can take online to earn college credit.


Even better news:


Students can now meet Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements using only the online dual enrollment courses available in our catalog.


Of course, it takes some planning and scheduling to help them get all 30 credits before graduation, but it’s now possible to do entirely online.


You can see the breakdown of how our online courses align to the MTA requirements here.


Most of our dual enrollment courses begin on February 10 with enrollment closing on February 14*


*Exceptions include BUS 150 and CIS 110, which have special calendars. View our calendar for more details.

Choose from 25 dual enrollment courses in 13 disciplines, including:

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Computer Information Systems

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Criminal Justice



geology student taking records outside near a riverbed


medical professional taking records of patient data

Health Education

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Political Science

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network of people connected by lines


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View All Courses

Michigan Virtual, 920 Municipal Way, Lansing, Michigan 48917

LEARN News | January – 2020, A New Year, New Decade And LEARN’s 15th Anniversary!

A newsletter from a Canadian-based K-12 e-learning program.



Dr. Michael J. Canuel



Strengthening Collaborations

WHEN: FEBRUARY 11-12, 2020

LEARN has been supporting early childhood initiatives through its network of community schools (CLCs) for over 12 years. This year, Community and Education will come together to share knowledge and build stronger relationships in support of Early Childhood Education for the English-Speaking Community of Quebec. LEARN’s PRT is co-designing the symposium and it promises to be informative, interactive and offer opportunities for intersectoral collaboration and networking.

Register for Free



Come Explore LEARN’s OCS Days

LEARN‘s PED Services team is inviting all educators to experience firsthand our Open Creative Space! Join us for this is all-day, hands-on experience, free of charge to all educators (and a pizza lunch will be provided). We only ask that you register in advance – see our upcoming dates below.

February 21st, 2020
April 24th, 2020
May 22nd, 2020

Register for OCS Today


LEARN By Doing Is Our Motto

It is hard to keep up with new technologies. On our thematic OCS days, we focus on one theme or technology that is of notable interest to the community. The workshops will be hands-on, discovery learning with expert support.

Upcoming Thematic Dates:
February 7, 2020 – Scratch Day 2020
March 20, 2020 – Microcontrollers Day

Register Today for Thematic Workshops


Mining Matters Workshop

January 31st, 2020 9:30 to 3 PM (Lunch provided) at LEARN in Laval.

LEARN is excited to collaborate with Mining Matters in offering this free
full-day workshop on rocks and minerals for Grade 4 to 6 science teachers.

Register for Mining Matters Workshop


New LEARN Document Collections, Evaluation Tools and Gaming Activities

LEARN and its partners have posted many web-based resources and activities in line with the Quebec Social Sciences programs. Browse what’s new this month for Secondary Cycles 1, Cycle 2, on Cartograf, and for Elementary Cycle 1.

Discover the LEARN Social Sciences Section



Make Your New Year’s Resolution Today!

Happy New Year! January is the perfect time to plan for school success and many students are making academic achievement one of their resolutions for 2020. LEARN tutoring offers general homework help, in addition to subject-specific support, at no charge, to students from grades 2 to 11. Our winter session runs from January 6 to Feb 27, 2020.

Registration for our spring session opens March 30. Tutoring resumes on April 6 and continues until the end of June exams.

Make a Request Today for Tutoring


Virtual Campus Success Stories

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Planning Ahead for Fall 2020

In the spring, LEARN sends a needs assessment survey to all high schools that are part of Quebec’s English School Boards. To prepare secondary schools for thinking about the survey, this month we will be sharing more information about our 2020-2021 course offerings via email. Stay tuned!
LEARN More About Online Courses


Tools to Help Prepare for Mid-Term Exams

How-To’s provide step-by-step descriptions of common tasks for students. Mid-term exams are around the corner. Interpreting pictures is an essential technique in the social sciences. Discover this How-To video on how to interpret a picture.
Discover More How-To’s


Pockets with No Pants

There are many pockets of excellence in many schools – pockets of wonderful student-teacher relationships; pockets of collaborative, deep learning; pockets of engaged students making meaningful changes in their community or in the world. But there are not many pants – yet.

Read More about Pockets with No Pants



Reflections on Some Dangers to Childhood Creativity

Renowned author and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shares some important and perhaps surprising insights about childhood creativity.

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Demystifying the CEGEP Experience

Are there Sec 4/5 students in your school community that would benefit from talking to real students about their experience transitioning to CEGEP?

Vanier College, in partnership with LEARN, will be hosting a virtual information session for secondary 4-5 students on February 5th from 12:00PM to 1:30PM.  The session is intended to support transitions to CEGEP by demystifying the experience.

You must register to confirm your school’s participation – space is limited!
Students can participate individually or in a group.  A computer or tablet with access to ZOOM is required.

Register Today


New Applications Deadline Extended: January 31st, 2020
Connecting With Qualified Artists

Artists Inspire Grants (AIG) – an ELAN/LEARN partnership to provide students in English communities with hands-on creative experiences, funded by the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.

Annual funding from 2019-2023:  $1500/English public school (elementary/secondary) to connect with qualified artists from Quebec’s English-speaking Communities to facilitate creative experiences during the school day (plus travel costs for rural/remote schools) that take place before March 31st in each of the 4 years.  

ELAN’s ArtEd Team wants to support your school in getting the maximum benefit from your Artistslnspire Grant. They are ready to help, any teacher is welcome to call ELAN and they will help them to connect with an Artist to develop an inspiring hands-on creative experience with students.
This year’s projects need to be completed by March 31st.
– For all the details and how to apply download the AIG brochure here

Connect with ELAN’s Art Ed Team to learn more and plan your creative experiences: 438-979-1171
Folllow ELANArtEd on Facebook for inspiration and updates.

Hurry and Apply for this School Year



Félicitations Julie Paré!

Prix hommage Ghislaine-Coutu-Vaillancourt
(Ghislaine-Coutu-Vaillancourt Lifetime Achievement Award)

L’Association québécoise des enseignants de français langue seconde (AQEFLS) est fière de remettre le prix hommage Ghislaine-Coutu-Vaillancourt à Julie Paré, conseillère pédagogique à LEARN. Ce prix est décerné annuellement à un membre de la communauté de français langue seconde au Québec qui s’est démarqué par son implication au sein de l’AQEFLS et par sa contribution exceptionnelle à l’enseignement du français langue seconde au Québec.

Le prix lui sera remis le 16 avril 2020 lors du vin d’honneur dans le cadre
du 39e congrès de l’AQEFLS.

Bravo Julie!


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NCVirtual E-lert for Jan. 16, 2020

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

NC Virtual E-lert
Jan. 16, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
Final grades for fall block courses are posted in our registration system.
Spring Early Start classes have already begun, and traditional calendar classes start on Jan. 27. Please direct all enrolled students to our Getting Started as NCVPS Student page.
Take note of our Day-3 and Day-7 No-Show reports for the spring term. Our no-show reports will help you clean up your rosters and ensure students have a great start. See the details in the “Spring 2020 Kick-off” section.
Remember that you can follow live e-lert updates on our NCVPS Now page. You can also find the page linked at the top of our website:
We have a lot of good start-up information this week. Please see all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
Registration is still open for Spring 2020.
New Virtual Support Center
We launched our new Virtual Support Center on Jan. 5, 2020. It is linked on our homepage at the top and on various support pages. It will have several new features, and it’s intuitive and easy to use. Here are some new features:
  • Each user will create an account. This will help you better track the tickets you submit.
  • You can see the progress of your ticket in real time.
  • Because you have your own account, you will no longer receive a confirmation ticket when you first submit a ticket, but you will get an email when you review a response.
  • Users can view all of their previous tickets.
Early Start Students in Traditional Calendar Courses
We know a number of schools on an early calendar register in our traditional calendar courses, and that’s absolutely fine! Contact the NC Virtual teachers at the start of the semester and let them know when your students need to finish their courses. Our teachers will adjust the pacing guide for your students, but they need to be aware of this early in the semester. They can’t make that adjustment late in the semester.
Spring 2020 Kick-off
Spring 2020 Class Start Dates
Early Start classes begin on Jan. 6, and Traditional Calendar classes begin on Jan. 27. Here are the important dates to remember:
Early Start
  • Jan. 6: Early Start Classes Begin
  • Jan. 9: Early Start Day-3 No-Show Report Posted
  • Jan. 15: Early Start Day-7 No-Show Report Posted
  • Jan. 17: Last Day to Drop/Add Early Start Courses
  • May 6: Early Start Classes End
  • May 14: Early Start Final Grades Posted
Traditional Start
  • Jan. 27: Traditional Calendar Classes Begin
  • Jan. 30: Traditional Calendar Day-3 No-Show Report Posted
  • Feb. 5: Traditional Calendar Day-7 No-Show Report Posted
  • Feb. 7: Last Day to Drop/Add Traditional Calendar Courses
  • May 27: Traditional Calendar Classes End
  • June 4: Traditional Calendar Final Grades Posted
Weeks 1 & 2 Access Check
Schools have a few important checks during the first two weeks of class:
  • verify rosters
  • review status reports
  • ensure students have logged in
  • be aware of enrollment opportunities
Day-3 and Day-7 No-Show Reports
Each semester, we post a Day-3 and Day-7 Student Status Report in our registration system. (See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports.) These reports are early warning notifications that identify students who have not logged into their courses during the first week of classes. We realize some students are registered the same day we generate the report, and they’ve not had a chance to log in yet. That’s not an issue. Other reasons can be problematic, however. If students fail to log in for any of the following reasons, the school should take action:
  • Do not know their username/password
  • Unsure how to log in
  • Unaware they are registered
  • Do not intend to take the course
  • Registered by mistake
Please make contact with students (and their parents) who have not logged in. Determine the next steps for them. Sometimes, students need help getting started, and then they are good from there. If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop them from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist.
If students need help getting started, we have lots of help for them and for facilitators and parents, too! Visit our Printable Guides page for details.
Spring Registration Details
Registration is open for Spring 2020. See the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab on our NCVPS Now page for full details on how to register and what to expect once classes begin.
Reserve Funds
Did you know that if your district or charter school uses all its allotted funds, you can continue to enroll using NCVPS reserve funds? Contact us as you near the end of your allotment. We have a short request form for your district e-learning coordinator or charter principal to complete.
Spring Calendar Adjustments
NCVPS is adjusting its Spring 2020 calendar to meet the Office of State Human Resources requirements for NCVPS teachers. Our teachers must take a mandatory 31-day break in service from NCVPS annually to align with NC General Statute § 126-6.3(b). During the mandatory break in service, our teachers are not allowed to complete any tasks (paid or unpaid) for NCVPS.
To meet those requirements, we are ending our Spring 2020 semester two days early, shortening our spring course extension period, and pushing back the start of our summer school.
Here are the adjustments to our calendar:
Spring Block and Yearlong Classes End Dates
Early Start Original: May 8, 2020
Early Start Adjusted: May 6, 2020
Traditional Original: May 29, 2020
Traditional Adjusted: May 27, 2020
Spring Course Extensions
We will have a two-day extension period for Spring 2020 courses. Schools will not submit extension requests via the HelpDesk. Instead, they will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 2-day extension.
Final Grades Posted
Our dates for posting final grades have not changed:
Early Start: May 14, 2020
Traditional: June 4, 2020
Extension grades will be entered on the final grade report (not a reopened grade report).
Summer School
Moving forward, we will have a shortened summer session. Summer school for 2020 will begin on July 7 and end on August 18. We will work with districts that need grades earlier than that. We will share more details when we finalize our 2020-2021 calendar.
Fall Wrap-up
End of Semester Tips and Reminders
Please see our End of Semester web page for details! You will find information on exams, final grades, course extensions, and much more!
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Jan. 9 – Early Start Day-3 No-Show Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Jan. 15 – Early Start Calendar Day-7 No-Show Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Jan. 16 – Traditional Calendar Fall Block Final Grades Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Jan. 16 – Traditional Calendar Yearlong Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Jan. 30 – Early Start Progress Reports Posted in the NCVPS Registration System.
Jan. 30 – Traditional Calendar Day-3 No-Show Report Posted in the NCVPS 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.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
NC Virtual Cafe Sessions
We have a lot of great webinars coming up! Please share with our staff and students. Visit our NC Virtual Cafe page for details on how to join the sessions.
Previous News
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Request for Sections
If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!
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. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now at the top of our website:
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
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