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July 13, 2021

Preparing for the New School Year: Three Ways to Ease Transitions for Young Learners

This REL item may be of interest to some readers.

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By Jennifer Tippins and Jaimie Orland

Young child preparing to go to school

Summer forms the bridge between one school year and the next. For children going into kindergarten or first grade, the transition represents a milestone worth celebrating and preparing for, but it also involves big changes that can be emotionally unsettling for young kids. We know from prior studies that poor transition experiences can negatively affect a child’s academic achievement, social-emotional competence, and behavior. Efforts to support children’s positive transitions, however, can strengthen early success.


As schools return to in-person instruction this fall after an unusual and challenging year, supporting these transitions is particularly important for young learners. Based on the research in this area, REL Mid-Atlantic has identified three ways that states, districts, and schools can promote successful early grade transitions.


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NCVPS Digital Transition Webinars for Educators – July Schedule

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

Welcome to the NCVirtual Digital Transition Webinar Series!
These webinars are open to all educators and
registration is FREE.
Each session is one hour in length.
Certificates of participation are provided to
participants upon completion of an exit survey.
July Webinars
Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D
Kim is Executive Director of the Southwest Learning Community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and English Instructor for NCVirtual
July 27, 2021
Aligning Your Learning Management System with the Traditional Classroom Experience
Description: During COVID-19, learning management systems (LMS) like Canvas and Google Classroom helped districts pivot to remote learning. As school leaders and teachers plan for how teaching and learning will look in the fall, consider how you will continue to utilize Canvas or Google Classroom. Join us to hear how these learning management systems can support traditional teaching and learning.
Target Audience: All are Welcome!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

July 9, 2021

Assessments don’t always translate outside class, but students’ networks do

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

4 differences between traditional teaching methods and competency-based education

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

The Digital Backpack: Your Resource for Online Learning | Powered by Michigan Virtual
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Hi Michael,

The Digital Backpack — powered by Michigan Virtual — is your resource for everything online and blended learning, including  tips, tricks, & the latest research on supporting online K-12 students and, more broadly, using technology to innovate learning.


On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!


This week, we’ve got some great stuff packed up for you. Check it out below!

4 differences between traditional teaching methods and competency-based education

By Nikolas McGehee, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:38 PM


What is competency-based education, and why are so many schools making the switch? Competency-Based Education (CBE) is a student-centered method that allows students to work asynchronously on their skills and show mastery in many different ways. This method differs from simply passing a summative assessment or exam. In a competency-based classroom, students have choices and… Read more



What is human-centered design?

By David Byron, Friday, July 2, 2021 3:01 PM


Human-centered design is focused, action-oriented, and most of all, empathetic. Its tenets are similar to what it takes to be a good educator. Learn about the correlation between good human-centered design and education. Human-centered design educates Human-centered design improves an experience by employing empathetic activities to solve a functional problem with a desired emotional result… Read more



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July 7, 2021

State Virtual School Survey

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State Virtual School Survey

Greetings, everyone!

NCVirtual is participating in a research study with the Virtual School Leadership Alliance. The study seeks to learn more about the partnerships between state virtual schools and their school or district partners, particularly during this past year of remote learning.

Here’s the direct link to the survey:

We would love for you to complete the survey! It will take about 20 minutes. The results will help the alliance and all of its state virtual school members prepare for the future.

Thank you, and below are the full directions for the survey.



WELCOME to the C4RI State Virtual School Partnerships Survey! The goal of this research project is to learn more about effective partnerships between state virtual schools and their school or district partners, particularly during this past year of very creative problem-solving together. This stakeholder survey is an important part of that process.

We are asking that state virtual school leaders share this link widely with your school/district networks – it should take 20 minutes max to complete and can be completed by the person at the school/district with the best knowledge of their relationship with the state virtual school. Sometimes that is a principal, a teacher or a counselor, depending on the set up of the school or district. More than one person can complete the survey if needed. The results of this survey will be used to help develop state policy recommendations and to support increased student success.

State Virtual School Partnerships Survey:


The Rural Student Success project examines some of the creative partnerships that state virtual programs have forged with their schools and districts, often around solving a particular issue or problem that is particularly impactful in the rural education setting. We have created a blogpost series to document our process and initial findings based on our initial interviews with 10 state virtual programs and their rural counterparts. Our survey, designed with input from our Advisory Council and field-rested with support and input from Bladen County Schools in North Carolina, will be disseminated in late May. We anticipate presenting our key findings to the Advisory Council in early August with a final report due to launch to policy-makers and state officials in fall of 2021.

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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