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February 27, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers.

28 February 2017
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Kia ora and welcome to the February newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum. Our theme for the February edition is curriculum design and delivery.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Curriculum delivery
This blog post describes some key considerations for the implementation of your school curriculum. It includes a series of questions and school stories to enable you to reflect on and refine your curriculum delivery.
Have you seen?
Reviewing your curriculum – What is important to your community
The New Zealand Curriculum includes the expectation that schools will listen to the ideas of students, parents, families, whānau, and the wider community when designing their school curriculum. This section provides ideas, resources and school stories to help you develop a deeper understanding of the values and expectations of your community.

Making it our curriculum
This short video shows how Matakohe School worked together as a community to redesign their school curriculum. Find out how they collaborated with students, parents, whānau, and the local high school to develop a graduate profile that reflects common values and aspirations.

For the calendar
This year Anzac Day and Earth Day fall in the school holidays. Check out our resource pages to try and incorporate learning around these events before the end of term one.

Earth Day, 22 April 2017
Earth Day is a global event where people honour the natural environment and raise awareness of environmental issues that trouble the world. By taking part in Earth Day students have the opportunity to learn about the future focus issue of sustainability.

Anzac Day, 25 April 2017
By examining this national event students can develop key competencies, explore values such as respect and honour, and examine the social science concepts of identity, continuity, and change.

Have your say
NZC spotlights – Quick survey
We are in the process of creating a series of NZC spotlights which are PLD support packages that explore The New Zealand Curriculum. What do you want to see under the NZC spotlight? Please fill out this quick 3 question survey to help us develop PLD packages that are right for you.
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Spiral of inquiry: leaders leading learning
This resource from Educational Leaders promotes the leadership of collaborative, evidence-informed inquiry in ways that keep learners’ progress at the centre. It provides field-tested tools and ideas to support leaders and teachers to apply spirals of inquiry, learning and action with their learners.
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February 26, 2017

Streaming Breakfast Seminar — 3 March: Digital Technologies And The NZC – What’s It All About?

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Inspiring professional learning at your convenience — streamed straight to you!
Kia ora Michael

Our popular streamed-live breakfast seminars are back this year!

We invite you to join our next live-stream presentation on Friday 3 March:

Digital technology and the NZC – what’s it all about? 

Digital Technology will be fully integrated as a strand of the Technology learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum and as a whenu within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by 2018. This is the first change to the NZC since its introduction in 2007 and represents an exciting development.

But how can topics such as programming, data representation and algorithms be taught in a primary school and what do they even mean? This seminar will introduce some of the topics likely to be covered in this new strand, discuss what they might look like within a classroom programme, how it differs from what is already being done in schools and some tips for getting up to speed with the new material.

This CORE breakfast seminar will

  • explain the topics that make up what we know of as ‘digital technologies’
  • give a national and international perspective as to why learning digital technologies is important for all learners
  • show how these topics can be integrated within other subject areas
  • demonstrate how computing topics can be taught “Unplugged” without using computers
  • report on the learnings and successes from a University of Canterbury pilot

Key Details
Date: Friday 3 March 2017
Seminar time: 7.30 am — 8.30 am (live stream)
Cost: Live stream only — $80 plus gst
Recorded video only — $80 plus gst
Live stream and recorded video — $120 plus gst
Presenter: Tim Bell
Venue: Streamed live

Viewing options

Live stream: Watch the seminar as it happens, with the opportunity to ask the presenter questions via a virtual discussion space. $80 plus gst.

Recorded video: View a recording of the seminar at a time that suits you. We aim to have this available the Monday following the event. $80 plus gst.

Live stream and recorded video: Watch the live seminar, benefit from the discussion space and also receive access to the recorded video for future reference. $120 plus gst.

Want to see how streamed breakfasts work? Watch our short video

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Who will benefit from attending this seminar?

This session will be of interest to senior leaders wanting to understand the new developments to enable them to plan for the change, as well as classroom teachers at all levels interested in finding out more about the approaches that could be used to teach the topics within this new strand.

About our presenter

Manu Faaea-SemeatuTim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the IITP (NZ) Excellence in IT Education Award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.

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February 25, 2017

NCVPS E-lert for Feb. 23, 2017 – Spring Edition V (Summer Calendar & Catalog) –

A newsletter from Thursday’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. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert for Feb. 23, 2017 – Spring Edition V

CalendarCheckCalendar Check
Spring 2017
Start Dates
Early Calendar: Jan. 4
Traditional Calendar:  Jan. 23
Day 3 No-Show Report
Early Calendar:  Jan. 9
Traditional Calendar: Jan. 26
*Find this document in the registration system. It will show which students have not logged in yet. Please contact those students who have not logged in.
Day 7 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: Jan. 13
Traditional Calendar: Feb. 1
*Find the Day 3 and Day 7 no-show reports in our registration system (click “Reports.”) These reports show which students have not logged in. Please contact them to see if they need help or if they need to be dropped.
Last Day to Drop and Add
Early Calendar: Jan. 18
Traditional Calendar: Feb. 8
This is the last day districts and schools can drop students with no penalty for the student and no cost for the district or charter.
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
ReportingOverviewNCVPS Reporting Overview

Progress Reports 
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Final Grade Report 
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports 
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.
Additional Grade Reporting Resources
Essential Links

NCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

Celebrate & Connect

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Current E-lert News


We have posted our summer calendar and catalog on our website. We are finalizing a few details in our fall calendar and should have that posted by next week. See the details below.
We have a few important dates to keep in mind. March 3 is our last date to transfer into early calendar courses. Students can still transfer into traditional calendar courses until March 24.
Updated This Week

Summer Calendar and Catalog

Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

calendarandcatalogNCVPS Calendars and Catalog

We have posted our summer calendar at this link. Classes begin June 19, and registration will open in March. Be sure to check out our Summer School Guide at this link.
We have a new format for our course catalog, which we believe will be easier for schools to navigate. Please view our new catalog at this link.

Math1WebinarsNCVPS Math 1 Intervention Webinars
The NC Math 1 course is a barrier to graduation and post-secondary school success for some students. The NCVPS NC Math 1 Intervention program is designed for students who have not experienced success in their past mathematics courses.
We had our first NC Math 1 Intervention webinars this week.
To view the webinar, please follow this link.
To learn more about the program and how to enroll, check out our NC Math 1 Intervention web page at this link.

SpringUpdatesSpring 2017 Updates

CurrentOptionsCurrent Enrollment Options
Our Spring 2017 enrollment has closed. However, we still have a number of options for schools.

Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until March 24, 2017 Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.

OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new sections at this time.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until March 21.
Transfer Students: We are now 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. If a student has a grade to transfer in with, open a ticket with our virtual support center, and include this information:
Student’s Name:
Course Needed:
Is course Year long or Block?
Grade Level:
Numeric Transfer Grade:
The school’s support plan if student does not have a passing transfer grade:
Reason for Transfer:
Student’s School:
Student’s PowerSchool Number:
Student’s Email: (do not use ELA’s email address)
Student’s Phone Number:
Does the student have an IEP? (yes/no):
Does the student have a 504 Plan? (yes/no):
Is the student an English Language (EL) learner? (yes/no):
Parent Contact information:
We are able to accept transfer students through March 24, 2017, for traditional calendar courses.
Flex Learning (formerly Mastery Learning): Our Flex Learning program will 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 the details here for Flex Learning enrollment.
February 23: Progress Reports for All Classes
March 9: 1st Session Final Grades for Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Courses Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
March 9: Progress Reports Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
 See our sidebar to find an overview of NCVPS grade reporting.
Parents and facilitators can now download the CanvasParent app in both the iTunes and  Google Play stores.

Parents and facilitators will need student login information to set up their parent accounts. This will have to come from the school. NCVPS cannot supply login credentials to parents or facilitators. Check with your school’s e-learning advisor (ELA).
The Canvas Parent app is designed to provide visibility into a student’s progress at a glance. Canvas Parent allows both parents and facilitators to:

  • View assignment descriptions and due dates
  • Set reminders for assignments
  • View assignment grades
  • View course grades
  • Set grade alerts
  • View course announcements
Here are several helpful links:
Parents and facilitators can also use the Parent Portal online. Directions on how to use the portal are here.

NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”
Help your students establish a daily routine for their online courses. Effective steps in a successful routine include the following:
Log in Everyday Monday through Friday – Check the NCVPS calendar. If it’s a school day, you have work! Make it a habit every single school day, and you will be successful. A little each day is better than cramming all of your work in at once.
Check Daily Announcements – Each day your NCVPS teacher will post an announcement that is directly related to your learning for that day. Be sure to read it! There’s valuable information there. You should also be receiving these announcements via email. If you’re not, please check your Canvas settings to be sure that your email is registered correctly in your profile.
Check the “to-do” List in Canvas – You should never be surprised with work is due or a test is coming up.
Check Grades for Feedback – We teach in our feedback! We want you to learn the material, not just receive a grade.
Communicate with Your Teacher Regularly – Ask questions. Let the teacher know if you need help.
Let Someone Know When You Have a Problem – Don’t let a small problem turn into a big problem. Contact your teacher right away if you are having a problem in the course. If you can’t log in, contact your ELA or the NCVPS Virtual Support Center. If you need a tutor, we have those, too! Ask your NCVPS teacher about our Peer Tutoring program or explore the link on your course home page.
Create a Schedule and Follow It – If you are working from home, have a specific time each day to work in your NCVPS course. You will have something to do every single school day. Be aware of your assignment due dates. Be sure to sign in to your course each day and complete that work.
Stay Organized – Keep track of our course work! You should save copies of your work on flash drives or on online. Know where everything is. Also, keep track of your NCVPS calendars and pacing guides. Know what’s up next.
Have a Consistent Workspace – You need an organized, clean workspace to do your NCVPS work, whether it’s in your school’s lab or at home. Your workspace should be free from distractions. In front of your Playstation or television might not be the ideal workspace.

NCFETEstingNCFE Testing Update
Please remember that districts and charter schools must test all students enrolled in NCVPS courses that have a North Carolina Final Exam. This includes OCS courses that are taught jointly between the LEA and NCVPS.

Twenty-eight courses have NCFEs:
English 1, 3, 4
American History: Civics, World History, American History 1 and 2
Physical Science, Earth/Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics
Math 2, Math 3, Advanced Functions and Modeling, Pre-Calculus
Please check your rosters to see if you have students enrolled in these courses with NCVPS. You will need to administer the NCFE test to them. You do not need to report the scores back to NCVPS, but you will need it to determine the final grade for students in those courses.
DPI’s Accountability Services will communicate with districts and charters about the testing windows.

RepordcardUpdateNCVPS Report Card Update
Beginning Fall 2016, NCVPS will no longer report two grading period averages for students. Instead, NCVPS will report cumulative progress reports every two weeks. At the end of the semester, we will report a Final Course Work grade.
In the past, our weighted grades for report cards looked like this:
First Grading Period: 37.5%
Second Grading Period: 37.5%
Final Exam/Project: 25%
*Schools administered EOC and CTE Exams and averaged in those scores with our two grading period averages.
Now, our weighted grades will look like this:
Final Course Work Grade: 75%
Final Exam/Project: 25%
*Schools now administer EOC, NCFE, and CTE Exams and average in those scores with our Final Course Work grade.
As always, schools may recalculate grades if the district policy has different weights for the final exams.
NOTE: NCVPS progress report grades are not weighted grades. Therefore, our progress report grades would not be accurate for schools to use when they are generating their weighted Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 or Midterm and End term (or whatever variation a district might use) report card grades. The school’s final averages and NCVPS’s final course work grade will not match each other when districts do this.
A number of districts are only entering NCVPS grades at the end of the term. Districts use a similar method when students take courses at the local community college. These districts are sending home separate NCVPS progress reports when they mail home progress reports, Quarter 1, or Midterm grades.

Tech Updates
ChromebookUpdateChromebook Update
Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.
Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within your courses may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System. If you experience an interruption in your learning, please open a help desk ticket at and we will make reasonable accommodations to support your learning experience.
Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.
When “Page Not Found” appears users should open a Virtual Support tickets by clicking on the ? Help button then clicking on “Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket.”
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. 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”.
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Sum16.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
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.
javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 111.
Head to and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for Canvas. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following page:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Virtual Support Center:
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.
VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor
Chinese 1 – Florida Virtual
Chinese 2 – Florida Virtual
Chinese 3 – Florida Virtual
Comprehensive PE Grades 7 & 8 – Florida Virtual
Physical Education Grades 6 & 7 – Florida Virtual
Pre-Calculus – Florida Virtual
World History – Florida Virtual
World History Grade 6 – Florida Virtual
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How Career & Technical Education Changed My Life

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In honor of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, I would like to reflect on the influence CTE has had on my life – even though I didn’t realize it until a decade later. As a teenager, I wasn’t a big fan of school. Classes, homework, and way too much science! I couldn’t stand it. […]

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