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August 25, 2016

e-News August 2016 | New School Year, Fresh Start!

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

August 2016

New school year, fresh start!
Have you set your goals for student and personal success this year? Now’s a great time to take stock of what you know works in your schools and classrooms and build on it to reach new levels of achievement. Building trust begins on the first day of school and sets a foundation for student and staff success. Here are a few tips to help get you in the school mindset.
“Let students know you believe they can learn and that
you will partner with them to succeed.”
-Consulting Director Bj Stone
“Remember to encourage risk-taking and questioning in your classroom.
In order for students to learn, they need to feel both safe and accepted.”
-Managing Consultant Cheryl Abla
“No matter how little or how much English an English learner (EL) speaks
upon arrival at school, no matter how much of the EL’s native language
the educator speaks, a smile transcends all.”
-Managing Consultant Jane Hill
Need a customized solution?
We can provide you with contextualized consulting, coaching, and support to achieve your goals. Just let us know how we can help!

Research Roundup

Perceptions of school climate are predictive of student literacy results
McREL International

The Department of Education and Training in Victoria, Australia contracted with McREL to develop a highly reliable staff opinion survey to measure five key areas of school function: school climate, school leadership, professional learning, staff safety and well-being, and teaching and learning. Using a predictive validity study to examine the survey results as they relate to student achievement on standardized assessments, McREL researchers found that school climate was the greatest predictor of Grade 5 achievement in literacy. Further statistical analysis showed that strong leadership led to better teacher collaboration, which then led to academic optimism.

Caution flags for tech in classrooms

This NPR story profiles three recent studies on educational technology and its effect on student learning, which showed mixed results. In some cases, technology inhibited learning when overused or when students’ understanding of the purpose for the technology was limited and their use of technology was not fully supported.

U.S. Department of Education’s experiences with flexibility waivers could inform efforts to assist states with new requirements
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

GAO’s analysis of the ESEA flexibility waiver program revealed that 12 of the 43 states with waivers had difficulty with implementation, and the GAO recommends that, as the new ESSA law begins to be implemented, the Department of Education should incorporate applicable lessons learned.

New from McREL

White Paper | Applying best practices for effective vocabulary instruction
VocabularySpellingCity, in partnership with McREL, released a report showing that direct vocabulary instruction, coupled with engaging word study activities, builds critical vocabulary skills necessary to ensure academic success. Research has consistently shown the power of vocabulary in determining academic destiny. Students with weak vocabularies tend to decline academically, while students with stronger vocabularies tend to learn faster. Download the white paper.

How to select school interventions
Selecting and implementing the right intervention for your students’ needs can be a daunting task. Our newest resource, Recommended Protocol for Selecting School Interventions, walks school leaders and teams through seven key steps to take when selecting school interventions to accelerate student growth. From the first step (collect and analyze data to identify your priority area of focus) to the last (evaluate the efficacy of the intervention), the document provides multiple action steps and questions to consider that will help you make better intervention decisions. Download this free resource.


Blog Post | Igniting students’ passion to learn through National History Day
In this blog post for the Boost Collaborative Breakfast Club Blog, McREL managing researcher and evaluator Tara Donahue shares her experience visiting a Michigan classroom to view students’ exhibits for the National History Day competition, and offers her thoughts on why meaningful projects help students stay engaged and challenged.

Blog Post | Four fallacies that keep us from finishing what we start
What keeps us from finishing school improvement initiatives that we start? Often it can be traced back to fallacies that form our belief systems about school improvement. In this blog post, McREL consulting director Bj Stone offers four valuable tips to help implement and sustain initiatives and get them across the finish line. Read her blog post.


Simi Valley Unified rings the schoolbell
The Simi Valley Acorn reported that Simi Valley USD teachers received McREL’s Classroom Instruction That Works professional development over the summer. “This is giving us a systematic approach with regards to classroom instruction that we haven’t had for quite some time,” Superintendent Peplinksi said. Read the story.

Events & Opportunities

McREL consultants will be at the following conferences to present sessions and/or to share information in exhibit areas. If you or your colleagues will attend, please be sure to introduce yourself to our staff.
Visit our events page or contact McREL to learn more about each event.

Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents Fall Conference
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Sept. 11-14

South Dakota Indian Education Summit
Pierre, South Dakota, Sept. 25-27

Region 13 ESC – Advancing Improvement in Education Conference
San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 4-6

Georgia Department of Education Instructional Leadership Conference
Stone Mountain, Georgia, Oct. 5-6

MENA Teacher Summit
Dubai, UAE, Oct. 7-8

American Association of School Personnel Administrators Annual Conference
Orlando, Florida, Oct. 11-14
Client Testimonial
“The Classroom Instruction That Works framework is the design 
to provide quality instruction for all students.
Dr. Nancy Alexander, Retired School Superintendent, Alexander Consulting
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VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning

A final item for my Kiwi readers (overnight for us here in North America)…

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VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning  by Rachel Whalley

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VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners— Rachel Whalley

The Virtual Learning Network Primary School welcomes the news of the proposed regulatory framework for online learning in New Zealand. This mode of delivery is not new in New Zealand schools, however the educational policy that supports it, is definitely new. Read more
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August 24, 2016

Collaborate With Global Experts At The Deep Learning Lab (2-4 Oct, Christchurch)

One for my Kiwi readers…

Unique PD experience! Meet, work with and learn from innovative educators & global experts.

Join the action at the Deep Learning Lab

Learn from and collaborate with global experts

Kia ora Michael,

Whether you are an educator looking to improve your teaching practice or a school in the process of forming a Community of Learning (CoL), here is an excellent opportunity to investigate ways to improve your teaching practice and the outcomes for learners. Meet, learn from and share your ideas with innovative educators from around New Zealand and international NPDL experts at the Deep Learning Lab.

Join Global Directors of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn and Joanne McEachen, for a unique opportunity to explore leading-edge innovations for deep learning and tools to help your students succeed in today’s complex world.

We are committed to ensuring this event programme offers insights, learning opportunities and value for leadership roles in schools, clusters and at a national policy level (MoE representatives will be attending), as well as practical, hands-on activities to empower teachers and in-school leaders.

When: 2 – 4 October 2016
Where: Christ’s College, Christchurch 

Investment: $455 incl GST (discounts available for registered NPDL schools in NZ – please inquire directly to Margot McKeegan)

What we will explore together:

  • Keynote Michael Fullan: the big picture of NPDL, global insights and events, the ‘new measures’
  • Delve deeper into Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn’s book ‘Coherence’
  • Microsoft to share their ‘digital learning framework’, and launch a special kit for NPDL schools in NZ
  • Australian educators to share their cluster experiences
  • Development of a rubric around Cultural Responsiveness
  • Development of student learning experiences, drawing on success in Uruguay
  • Moderation activity: how does the process work?
  • Overview of the Deep Learning Hub and its resources
If you are an NPDL cluster member or if you are interested in finding out more about Deep Learning, then register now for this professional development workshop.

Places are strictly limited, to ensure this is an intimate and collaborative learning experience.

Registrations close Friday 23 September 2016.

Register >
This event is being hosted by CORE Education, in collaboration with NPDL.  As cluster lead for New Zealand, CORE are proud to offer the NPDL programme as part of our professional learning solutions.

If you have any questions about the Deep Learning Lab or NPDL, please contactMargot McKeegan.

We hope to see you there!

Nāku noa,
Margot McKeegan
CORE Education

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iNACOL Plugged In | 08.24.16

From the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)


Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is currently accepting nominations for the iNACOL Innovator Awards, designed to honor pioneers in personalized, blended and online learning. The deadline to submit your intent to nominate is this Friday, August 26, 2016. Final nomination packages are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2016. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to more here and share with your colleagues on Twitter:

Below are the latest events, news and trends across the field of competency-based, blended and online learning.

Upcoming iNACOL Events

September Leadership Webinar | Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned from Next Generation Learning Models

September 14, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register.

September Teacher Talk Webinar | How to Get Started with Maker Education

September 15, 2016  |  6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

September Special Edition Webinar | A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 29, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2016

October 25-28, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

Helpful Links:  

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

San Antonio Here We Come: Competency Ed at the iNACOL Symposium

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Inside the Online School That Could Drastically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

Chris Berdik, Wired

Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead: Buses Converted into Computer Labs

Karen Freeman, U.S News & World Report

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

Dr. Sherawn Reberry, Jeff Simmons, EdSurge

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture for Valuable Learning

Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

New Graduation Rules Stress Actual Knowledge

Andrew Martin, Stanley Blow III, Stowe Reporter

Learner-Centered Teaching: Are Schools Doing Enough?

Julius Bizimungu, The New Times

Palisade Crowd Gets Info on Performance-Based Learning

Katie Langford, The Daily Sentinel

Change Schooling to Improve Student Learning

Jill Berkowicz, Ann Myers, Education Week

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

9 Ways States Can Support Personalized, Competency-Based Education Systems

Creating an education system that prepares every student to succeed requires systemic transformation to high-quality, personalized, competency-based education. Today, the prevailing traditional, one-size-fits-all K-12 education…

Top State Policy Issues for Leading Edge Educators and Leaders

Each year, iNACOL surveys our members for the top federal and state policy issues they are seeing in their work. iNACOL’s more than 5,000 members represent diverse viewpoints from personalized, competency-based, blended…

5 Reasons Why Competency Education Can Lead Us to Improved Quality and More Equity

Ensuring quality and equity is as the heart of the movement to transform education toward personalized, competency-based learning. By placing the student at the center of the learning process and re-engineering around…

iNACOL in the News

Student Voices: Moving Beyond “When I Grow Up…”

JoEllen Lynch, The Huffington Post

A major task for high schools today is to guide students toward postsecondary opportunities. In the best schools, a strong college and career office develops relationships with students and families, presenting them with possible… 

Blended 2.0 Shifts Learning in Schools

Patricia Daddona, District Administration 

A third-grader studying the Spanish settlement of California found a virtual tour online and shared the trip with her classmates by slipping a smartphone into a Google Cardboard viewing device. Such limitless online resources represent…

Education Department Announces Grant Competition to Spur Innovative Tests

Corinne Lestch, EdScoop

The Department of Education announced a grant competition to encourage states to propose improved, innovative annual state tests that would incorporate technology-based tools and measure student achievement by 21st century…

Getting Smart Staff, Getting Smart 
It’s that time again! Time to vote for which panels you want to see at SXSWedu in 2017. Community votes and comments for SXSWedu are open on the PanelPicker from now until Friday, September 2. If you aren’t registered to vote…

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NCVPS E-lert for August 23, 2016 – Fall Edition II

From yesterday’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 August 23, 2016 – Fall Edition II

CalendarCheckCalendar Check
Start Dates
Early Calendar: Aug. 15
Traditional Calendar:  Aug. 29
Day 3 No-Show Report
Early Calendar:  Aug. 18
Traditional Calendar: Sept. 1
*Find this document in the registration system. It will show which students have not logged in yet. Please contact those students.
Day 7 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: Aug. 24
Traditional Calendar: Sept. 8
*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: Aug. 26
Traditional Calendar: Sept.12
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

Connect with us on Twitter!Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name toour list here.

Current E-lert News

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Registration is still going strong for Fall 2016. Classes start August 29. Early calendar classes already started (Aug. 15).
Here’s all the NCVPS news:
New This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

NCFEWebinarNCFE Webinar
Effective with the 2016-17 school year, all students enrolled in courses through North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) must participate in the North Carolina Final Exams. This includes NCVPS Occupational Course of Study 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
NCDPI’s Division of Human Resources along with the North Carlina Virtual Public School will host a series of webinars to discuss this update and answer questions.  Below are the webinar dates and link for joining the webinars:
  • Thursday, August 25, 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, September 7, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Evening Date: TBD
Inquiries can be made to Mia Murphy at or919-513-8550.
Please forward this message to the EVAAS and/or data personnel in your district or charter.

StudentLoginLogin Details for Students
Please remember that schools need to issue usernames and passwords to students. NCVPS does not do this. You can find usernames and passwords in your enrollment report. Here’s how to access your enrollment report.
Students will be able to log in on the first day of class. Students should initially go our Student Login Page here:
The Student Login Page gives some details about our Canvas learning management system (LMS), and it includes the troubleshooting steps below if they have difficulty logging in.
The Student Login Page then takes students to their Canvas login, which students should bookmark: .
If students have difficulty logging in, here are their troubleshooting steps:
1. Be sure that you have your correct username and password. Your school will issue you this login information. NCVPS does not issue usernames and passwords.
2. If this is your first time logging in, confirm with your e-learning advisor (ELA) that you are enrolled and not waitlisted.
3. If you were just registered today, it will take 24 hours to get access.
4. If you had an NCVPS class before in Canvas, and you changed your password, then that is the password that you will need to use.
5. If you still cannot log in, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center at this link. Be sure to include your name, PowerSchool ID number, school, and course that you’re trying to log in to.
6. If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password” feature on the login page. This will work if you have your correct email address identified in the course settings.

FallUpdatesFall 2016 Updates

Registration Details
Follow this link to our registration system.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here. 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, the guide at this link will help.
FallWaitlistsWaitlists and Course Capacity Issues
Don’t panic if your students land the waitlist when you register them. Our instructional directors look at the waitlists daily to determine if a new section needs to be opened or if a current section needs to be expanded.
We do have a few courses operating at capacity, however.  See the list of courses at capacity here.  If a student is waitlisted in a course that is at capacity, the only way the student will move off the waistlist is if an already enrolled student drops the course.
Important Dates
See our Calendar Check on the sidebar for our important fall dates.
Grade Reporting Updates
FallReportCardsFall Report Cards Update
NCVPS is transitioning all of its courses to the Canvas learning management system. Currently, Canvas does not have the functionality to let schools calculate weighted marking period grades.
Starting in Fall 2016, NCVPS will post grades in the NCVPS registration system following our new process:
  • Cumulative progress reports every two weeks.
  • Final class average at the end of term (75%), along with the final exam grade (25%), and final grade.
  • For EOC, CTE, NCFE courses, we report the final classwork grade (75%), and schools calculate in the exam grades (25%).
The cumulative progress reports are a very accurate indicator of exactly how a student is performing in the course. They are not weighted grades however, so they would not be grades that you would add to PowerSchool report card grades. Many schools will send home a separate NCVPS progress report when they send home report cards throughout the semester. They will record the final NCVPS grade in PowerSchool at the end of the term. It is a local decisions, however, on how to do this.
NCFinalExamsNC Final Exams
Prior to Fall 2016, NCVPS students were not required to take NC Final Exams (NCFE) since NCVPS teachers are contractors with no Standard 6 in their evaluations.  While NCVPS did not take NCFEs in the 28 NCFE math, science, English, and social studies subjects, students did complete a final project and/or take an NCVPS Final Exam.
Now, student growth is no longer affiliated with teacher evaluations – a decision by the SBE this Spring. For this reason, all NCVPS students will take the NCFEs as administered by their schools beginning with the Fall 2016*.  NCVPS will report the final course work grade, and just like EOCs, school districts will administer NCFEs and calculate final averages.
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Our Day-3 No-Show Report report for early calendar courses is posted in the registration system.  Look for the report with this name:  “Fall 2016 EC 3-day No Show Report due Aug. 17th at 11:59 pm.”
What’s Next on the Schedule?
The Day-7 No-Show Report for early calendar will be posted on August 24.
Reporting Overview
See our sidebar to find an overview of NCVPS grade reporting.

ParentCAnvasAccessParent Observer Access in Canvas
NCVPS is excited to announce that parents and guardians can now view their students’ progress in our Canvas courses. Observers have limited permissions that allow them to view what is happening in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. You can also download the Canvas Parent App in the iTunes and Android app stores.
Important Note: Parents will need their students’ login information to create their observer access. NCVPS will not be able to supply this information. Parents will need to get these details either from the local school or from their students. For more details, view our Observer Access web page here.
Catalog Updates
Our full catalogs are posted here. We have additional updated catalog information below.
LeadershipDevelopLeadership Development
In NCVPS’s Leadership Development course, students learn all of the skills and values associated with leadership. They will explore group dynamics, project planning, collaboration, and relationship skills. They will also investigate leadership qualities of present-day and historical leaders by identifying and analyzing leadership examples. This course has real-world applications, too. Students will develop personal leadership profiles and plans and leave the course as emerging leaders.
See what students are saying about the course here!
APArtAP Art History
NCVPS has a new art course and new Advanced History course! Check out the details on our new AP Art History course at this link.
APCalcAP Calculus AB and BC
We are happy to announce that we are offering the AP Calculus AB and  BC courses as block courses this year.  We will offer AP Calculus AB in the Fall ’16 semester and AP Calculus BC in the Spring ’17 semester. We do have a yearlong version of the AB course, but we do not have a yearlong version of the BC course. We are revising the BC course to meet the new College Board standards, and it will be ready in the spring.
Please note that AP Calculus AB is a prerequisite for AP Calculus BC.  Ensure students enrolled in the BC course have met the prerequisite. If your students are meeting that prerequisite with us in the fall, be sure they are enrolled in the fall block AB course.
Also consider that an AB subscore is provided when students take the AP Calculus BC exam. If students choose to take the AP exam, then they will want to register for the AP Calculus BC exam only.
NewMathStandardsMath 1, 2, and 3 New Standards
We are in the process of revising our standard and credit recovery Math 1, 2, and 3 courses to reflect the change in standards. The 2016 – 2017 courses will follow the new curriculum. We recognize that the next year will be a transition year. Our teachers will work closely with our district partners to ensure that the transition is complete.
APComputersAP Computer Science Principles – New Course Offering
NCVPS will offer the newly developed AP Computer Science course. Read more about this new course at the College Board’s website.
APPhysicsLabsAP Physics Lab Materials
To align with revised College Board requirements for AP Physics 1 and 2, we are revising the labs in these courses for the 2016-2017 school year. Students will require materials for these hands-on labs. We will post a list of required materials on our course description page later this summer.
PE_FallPhysical Education
We have a great comprehensive guide for our Health and Physical Education courses.  If you’ve not seen this resource, please check out the web page here.
We have recently added a Spanish language version to the page. We hope this helps!

QuickStartTempleteNCVPS Student Quick Start Template
This template is a guide to give to students before classes begin. It has a place for all the essential details to help students get started with their NCVPS courses.
You will need to fill in some of the details or you can have students come to you and complete the details themselves. You can print the template for students, or you can copy and paste it into an email that you send to students.
Here’s the link to the template. Feel free to add your own details!

SummerUpdatesSummer 2016 Updates
Summer is complete!
Important Dates
End Date: Friday, August 12
Final Grades Posted: Thursday, August 18
Grade Reporting
CurrentPostedReportsWhat’s Currently Posted?
Our seventh progress report will be posted in the NCVPS registration system on August 11. Look for the report titled “Summer 2016 Seventh Progress Report Due Aug. 10, 2016.”

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.
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”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
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.
Student Email Confirmations in Canvas and Blackboard
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.
In Blackboard:
Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
Click on setting
Click on Personal Information
Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Summer semester, NCVPS will be offering courses in two learning management systems, Canvas and Blackboard. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please follow this link:

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 91.Head to and follow the instructions from there.

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

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.
Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages
Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:
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:
Tech Requirements
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

HireDesignersNCVPS Hiring Course Developers
NCVPS is hiring course developers, writers, and designers.
Please forward this message to colleagues in your school or district who may be interested.
Thank you!

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
Art Appreciation – Apex Learning
French 1 – Apex Learning
French 2 – Apex Learning
Sociology – Apex Learning
Spanish 1 – Apex Learning
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