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September 30, 2022

2022-2023: NC Virtual – Digital Transition Webinars for Educators

These webinars from a US-based K-12 online learning program may be of interest to readers.

Welcome to the NC Virtual Digital Transition Webinar Series!
The webinars are FREE and open to all educators!
CEU certificates are emailed to participants (within 1 week) upon completion of the exit survey.
October 2022 Webinars
Image of computer screen with light bulb showcasing topic areas within online learning
October 6, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Active Learning Strategies
for the English Classroom
Target Audience: English Teachers; All Are Welcome
October 13, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Discussion Tools for the
Traditional and Online Classroom
Target Audience: All Are Welcome
October 24, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Tech-based Formative Assessments
Target Audience: All Are Welcome
October Sessions Presented By:
Dr. Kim Warr Schroeder
NC Virtual English Teacher; and
NC Virtual Professional Learning Instructional Leader
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

September 20, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for Sept. 19, 2022 (See current enrollment options)

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

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
    Student Life    

Sept. 19, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

Regular fall enrollments are over, but we still have several options for you. We also have resources for those parent helpers. See our Trending News & Updates section below for details.

See earlier new items in our Previous News & Updates section.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Trending News & Updates

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Current Enrollment Options

Our regular enrollment period for Fall 22 block and yearlong courses has ended, but we still have several options for you.

Transfers – We can accept transfer students after regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have instructional time with a teacher, and have a grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer.

Open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to transfer students. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:

  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher

Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.

Co-teaching – You can add students throughout the semester to our co-teaching OCS and intervention courses. However, you can only add to existing sections. We can’t open new sections at this point.

PE/Health – Our second session health and PE courses are still open for registration.

Emergency Requests – We understand that unforeseen events can disrupt your regular school operations. Contact our Virtual Support Center for help.

Partnership Courses – You can continue to add students to your partnership courses throughout the semester. We will create a new invoice for you.

Spring Semester – Enrollment is still open for Spring 2023. We have a lot of capacity in our spring courses. Your students may temporarily land on a waitlist until we begin opening new sections.

Enlist Those Parent Helpers!

We know many parents are eager to support their students in our online courses. We have a guide for them developed by NCVirtual parents and teachers. Please share the guides featured on our Enlist Those Parent Helpers! post with parents and legal guardians. School facilitators can use this, too!

Digital Transition Webinars

We have two sessions remaining in September. Check out our Digital Transitions webpage for details and registration.

Whitelist NCVPS Domains

NCVirtual has two domains that need to be whitelisted for students to receive emails from our teachers and Virtual Support Center:

ncpublicschools.gov and help.ncvps.org.

Please share this with your school’s or district’s technology officer.

Virtual Schools Network (VSN)

The VSN is a great opportunity for all the virtual academies and schools in the state. The VSN is a partnership between the Friday Institute and NCVirtual that supports virtual academies and programs in our public schools. The VSN creates capacity-building opportunities, designs quality courses, assesses technology needs, and establishes support structures to assist in scaling for size and planning for sustainability. Visit the VSN website to join the network today.

Partnership Course Program

Let us provide the technology, content, training, and support to help your district develop its own virtual program! This program allows districts to expand their online course options while using their local teachers. See our Partnership Course Program page for details.

Previous News & Updates

Did you miss an e-lert? Check out our previous news items and updates below.
AP Join Codes

No-Show Reporting

CTE Internships 

Social Studies Courses with Old Standards Added to Catalog

Health and PE 1/2 Credit Courses

AP Chemistry Course Materials

OCS Enrollments – Adding a Second Classroom Teacher

TOT2 (Teacher Online Training) Registration Is Open

New District OCS Enrollment Option page

Current Reporting

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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Sept. 15 – Progress Reports Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

Sept. 29 – Progress Reports Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

See our Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines for a quick overview of NCVirtual’s grading and testing policies and procedures. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

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.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Session Start-End Dates

Summer: June 28 – August 5

Early Start Fall: August 15 – December 9

Standard Start Fall: August 29 – January 11

Early Start Spring: January 4 – May 5

Standard Start Spring: January 18 – May 12

Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Download an enrollment report when you’re done registering for the day. Check to see if they’re enrolled or waitlisted.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

Quick Tips for Semester Start

Drops and Withdrawals

Be aware of our last day to drop students each semester:

  • Summer: July 6
  • Fall Early Start: August 26
  • Fall Standard Start: September 12
  • Spring Early Start: January 17
  • Spring Standard Start: January 31

You can withdraw students throughout the semester. However, after the drop date, the enrollment will count in your allotment totals. See our Drops and Withdrawals Guide for details.

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

Getting Started

Please visit our Getting Started Page for Schools page for all your resources, and direct students to our Getting Started as an NCVirtual Student on or before the first day of class. Parents can check out our Parent Resource Center.

Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check

The first two weeks pass by quickly, and there are several important action steps to take for your NCVirtual students. See our Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check and Enrollment Options for all the details.

E-learning Advisor Orientation

We have a new E-learning Advisor Orientation course. This course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, and how to best support your online students. You can access the course 24/7.

Professional Development

Our Digital Transition webinar series shares best practices for supporting students learning online. Participants leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world.

The TOT (Teacher Online Training) Course is NCVirtual’s FREE professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.

Please share both programs with the teachers in your school! All educators are welcome to participate!

Meet the Outreach and Support Team

NCVirtual’s Outreach and Support team is here to help! Visit our Outreach page to learn more about how we can help.

E-lert Subscription

We regularly send news and updates to schools and districts in this format, our NCVirtual E-lert. Subscribe here.

Virtual Support Center

The Virtual Support Center helps students, e-learning advisors, school and district staff personnel, NCVPS teachers, and parents. Watch our Support Center video for an overview.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

Permalinks

District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
Digital Transition.png
 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
ToT.png
   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
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ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
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Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
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 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
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Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
Iwork.png
           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
Culture Cafe.png
     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
japanese-honor-society-icon.png
Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

Culture Cafe.png
Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

Research Alliance.png
Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
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    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

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NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

Mobile Apps

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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September 9, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for Sept. 9, 2022 (AP Join Codes and Fall Registration Updates)

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

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
    Student Life    

Sept. 9, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

Fall registration will remain open through Sept. 12. We have details on AP Join codes and the process to register students for their AP exams in the Trending News & Updates section.

We posted our Standard Start No-Show Report on Tuesday. See the details below on the action steps you should take in Previous News & Updates.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Trending News & Updates

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AP Join Codes

Our teachers shared their AP Join Codes with students during the first week of class. If students enrolled late or don’t remember the code, have them ask their NCVirtual teachers again.

AP Exam Registration Process for Online Students

Students taking AP courses through an online provider, such as NCVPS, must be enrolled in 2 AP Classroom sections (on the College Board’s registration site) for each course taken online. (NOTE: Students taking AP courses face-to-face enroll in only one AP Classroom section. This may potentially cause confusion for students taking both online and face-to-face AP courses.) All NCVPS AP teachers have created their AP Classroom sections (on the College Board’s registration site) and have provided the join code to all students enrolled in their section. AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools create “EXAM ONLY” AP Classroom sections and must provide the join code for that section to students. Joining the “EXAM ONLY” section is necessary for schools to order AP exam materials, but it does not grant students access to AP study resources for the course. NCVPS students must join the AP Classroom section associated with their NCVPS teacher in order to have access to valuable study resources.

AP Exam Fees

North Carolina requires students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order for those students to receive state funding for their exam. Students solely enrolled in an exam-only section for a given AP subject won’t receive funding in this case. For example, students taking AP courses at a virtual school must be enrolled in both the exam-only section at the school where they’ll be taking the exam and a class section for the corresponding course through their virtual school. AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools should confirm that their students are enrolled in both the exam and class section to avoid having their school charged for the corresponding exam registration fees. AP Coordinators should have students not enrolled in the class section contact their NCVPS teacher immediately to get the join code.

Spring Block AP Courses

Students enrolled in spring block classes will not be able to join the NCVPS AP Classroom section until after our spring semester starts. Look for those details in January 2023.

Virtual Schools Network (VSN)

The VSN is a great opportunity for all the virtual academies and schools in the state. The VSN is a partnership between the Friday Institute and NCVirtual that supports virtual academies and programs in our public schools. The VSN creates capacity-building opportunities, designs quality courses, assesses technology needs, and establishes support structures to assist in scaling for size and planning for sustainability. Visit the VSN website to join the network today.

Partnership Course Program

Let us provide the technology, content, training, and support to help your district develop its own virtual program! This program allows districts to expand their online course options while using their local teachers. See our Partnership Course Program page for details.

Previous News & Updates

Did you miss an e-lert? Check out our previous news items and updates below.

No-Show Reporting

CTE Internships 

Social Studies Courses with Old Standards Added to Catalog

Health and PE 1/2 Credit Courses

AP Chemistry Course Materials

OCS Enrollments – Adding a Second Classroom Teacher

TOT2 (Teacher Online Training) Registration Is Open

New District OCS Enrollment Option page

Current Reporting

report card icon.png

What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Sept. 6 – Standard Start Day-5 No-Show Report Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

Sept. 15 – Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

See our Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines for a quick overview of NCVirtual’s grading and testing policies and procedures. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

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.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Session Start-End Dates

Summer: June 28 – August 5

Early Start Fall: August 15 – December 9

Standard Start Fall: August 29 – January 11

Early Start Spring: January 4 – May 5

Standard Start Spring: January 18 – May 12

Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Download an enrollment report when you’re done registering for the day. Check to see if they’re enrolled or waitlisted.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

Quick Tips for Semester Start

Drops and Withdrawals

Be aware of our last day to drop students each semester:

  • Summer: July 6
  • Fall Early Start: August 26
  • Fall Standard Start: September 12
  • Spring Early Start: January 17
  • Spring Standard Start: January 31

You can withdraw students throughout the semester. However, after the drop date, the enrollment will count in your allotment totals. See our Drops and Withdrawals Guide for details.

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

Getting Started

Please visit our Getting Started Page for Schools page for all your resources, and direct students to our Getting Started as an NCVirtual Student on or before the first day of class. Parents can check out our Parent Resource Center.

Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check

The first two weeks pass by quickly, and there are several important action steps to take for your NCVirtual students. See our Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check and Enrollment Options for all the details.

E-learning Advisor Orientation

We have a new E-learning Advisor Orientation course. This course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, and how to best support your online students. You can access the course 24/7.

Professional Development

Our Digital Transition webinar series shares best practices for supporting students learning online. Participants leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world.

The TOT (Teacher Online Training) Course is NCVirtual’s FREE professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.

Please share both programs with the teachers in your school! All educators are welcome to participate!

Meet the Outreach and Support Team

NCVirtual’s Outreach and Support team is here to help! Visit our Outreach page to learn more about how we can help.

E-lert Subscription

We regularly send news and updates to schools and districts in this format, our NCVirtual E-lert. Subscribe here.

Virtual Support Center

The Virtual Support Center helps students, e-learning advisors, school and district staff personnel, NCVPS teachers, and parents. Watch our Support Center video for an overview.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

Permalinks

District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
Digital Transition.png
 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
ToT.png
   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
Training Series Thumbnail.png
ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
Lunch Break.png
Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
Parent Outreach Thumbnail.png
 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
Parent Outreach Thumbnail.png
Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
Iwork.png
           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
Culture Cafe.png
     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
japanese-honor-society-icon.png
Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

Culture Cafe.png
Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

Research Alliance.png
Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
Coding Club.png
    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

mobile-app-banner.png
NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

Mobile Apps

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

September 8, 2022

New cohort starting Monday, Oct. 3rd! NCVirtual: Beyond the Basics: Effective Online Teaching and Content Development

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

NEW NC Virtual course:
Beyond the Basics: Effective Online Teaching and Content Development
Educators, Advance Your Expertise in the
Online Learning Environment!
Register for the NCVirtual TOT 2 course and earn CEUs.
A new cohort starts October 3rd!
What is TOT 2?
TOT2 (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed as a follow-up to our ToT1 Introduction Course.
The course is: “Beyond the Basics: Effective Online Teaching and Content Development.” This course will focus on the digital teaching and learning strategies critical to effective online teaching and content development.
Note: It is recommended to complete the “An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development” (TOT1) course or have previous basic knowledge of online teaching and learning before taking this course. A pre-assessment is provided at the beginning of this course to help determine if TOT2 is appropriate for you.
Topics Include:
  • Effective Instructional Design Principle
  • Differentiating for Each Online Learner
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Exploration of Self-Selected Instructional Strategy
  • Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Open Educational Resources
  • and much more!
Upcoming Cohort Dates:
  • October 3-28
  • November 7-December 5 (allowing for Thanksgiving)
Duration:
  • 4 weeks
  • 4 modules
  • 20 hours
  • 2.0 CEUs
Once maximum enrollment has been reached, registrants will be moved to the next upcoming course date and notified.
How does it work?
Course Structure
  • The course is asynchronous and facilitator-led. Facilitators have many years of experience in online learning and are specially trained to work with educators transitioning to this environment.
  • Participants work in cohorts of 35-50 educators.
  • Participants will complete four modules.
Duration
  • The course is self-paced and designed to be completed within a specified 4-week time-frame (can be altered to be completed in a shorter time based on district needs).
  • The course takes 20 hours to complete.
  • Successful course completion will earn a certificate for 2.0 CEUs, via the NCEES transcript.
Next Steps?
NCVirtual is registering participants now!
Click below to begin the registration process.
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September 2, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for Sept. 2, 2022 (Fall Enrollment Open through Sept. 12)

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
    Student Life    

Sept. 2, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

Fall registration will remain open through Sept. 12. Our Standard Start No-Show Report will post on Tuesday. See details on the no-show report below.

We also have details on our new CTE internship courses and social studies courses using the old standards.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Trending News & Updates

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No-Show Reporting

Our No-Show report for Standard Start classes will post on Sept. 6. (See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports.) This report is an early warning notification that identifies 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.

CTE Internships

NCVirtual is excited to offer CTE Internship courses to North Carolina students. Our CTE Internship course requires students to have a job internship placement already set up to use as evidence of mastery of skills presented in the course content. (NCVirtual is not responsible for finding a job internship placement for students.)

You can find the internship courses in our registration system and course catalog. These courses do require an internship parental permission form.

For more details, contact program director Ellen Hart.

Social Studies Courses with Old Standards Added to Catalog

We have been able to add six social studies courses with the old standards back to our catalog. You can find these courses in our registration system now:

American History I (Old Standards)

American History I Honors (Old Standards)

American History II (Old Standards)

American History II Honors (Old Standards)

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics (Old Standards)

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics Honors (Old Standards)

1/2 Credit Health and Physical Education Courses

Per guidance from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, NC Virtual will offer ½ credit Health and ½ credit Physical Education courses only for students who have transferred into the NC public school system. Students who have transferred into your school from a non-NC public school with either a ½ credit in Health or ½ credit in Physical Education can be enrolled in the corresponding ½ credit course with NC Virtual.

If you have enrolled a student in either of these ½ credit courses for the 2022-23 school year with NC Virtual, please review the student’s situation and determine if they meet the eligibility of being a transfer student from an entity other than a NC public school. No change is needed in the NC Virtual registration system if the student is eligible. Students who are deemed ineligible should be dropped from the course during the drop/add period, which ends on September 12, 2022.

AP Chemistry Course Materials

We are excited to offer AP Chemistry and are looking forward to a fantastic year with the students.

We noted an alert to schools upon registering regarding lab materials and lab supervision that schools will need to provide to enrolled students. You will find list of lab materials and the instructions for lab supervisors below. Please reach out to jen.goldenbaum@ncpublicschools.gov if you have any questions.

Lab Materials

Lab Supervisor Instructions

OCS Enrollments – Adding a Second Classroom Teacher

If your school needs two classroom teachers in one course, you will need to enroll all students for both teachers in one course in our registration system. Then, submit a ticket via the NCVPS Virtual Support Center to identify the second classroom teacher for the course. See our OCS Learning page for more details on the OCS program.

TOT2 (Teacher Online Training) Registration Is Open

TOT2 is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed as a follow-up to our ToT1 Introduction Course. We have the following upcoming cohort dates:

  • September 5-30
  • October 3-28
  • November 7-December 5 (allowing for Thanksgiving)

See our full announcement for details and registration.

Virtual Schools Network (VSN)

The VSN is a great opportunity for all the virtual academies and schools in the state. The VSN is a partnership between the Friday Institute and NCVirtual that supports virtual academies and programs in our public schools. The VSN creates capacity-building opportunities, designs quality courses, assesses technology needs, and establishes support structures to assist in scaling for size and planning for sustainability. Visit the VSN website to join the network today.

New District OCS Enrollment Option

NCVirtual now has a process to allow students in the same district to be enrolled in a district section. This will make the OCS enrollment process easier for districts. See our New District OCS Enrollment Option page for details.

Partnership Course Program

Let us provide the technology, content, training, and support to help your district develop its own virtual program! This program allows districts to expand their online course options while using their local teachers. See our Partnership Course Program page for details.

Welcome to our New ELAs and Schools!

We would like to welcome our new ELAs and schools to the NCVirtual family! The e-learning advisor (ELA) is the primary contact for our teachers and staff. (District leaders, please forward this email to all of your school-level NCVPS ELAs.)

Here’s what we have for you . . . .

 

Contact Information

 

School ELAs should make sure their contact information in the NCVirtual registration system is correct. If you are no longer serving in the ELA role, please have the new ELA update the contact page in our registration system. Our teachers will need school contact information right away. See our Updating ELA Contact Information guide for help.

 

Important Fall Dates

 

Mark your calendars! We have these important dates for you:

 

First Day of Early Start Classes: August 15

Last Day to Drop for Early Start: August 26

Last Day to Add for Early Start: September 12

First Day of Standard Start Classes: August 29

Last Day to Drop/Add for Standard Start: September 12

E-lert Subscription

We regularly send news and updates to schools and districts in this format, our NCVirtual E-lert. Subscribe here.

Getting Started

Please visit our Getting Started Page for Schools page for all your resources, and direct students to our Getting Started as an NCVirtual Student on or before the first day of class. Parents can check out our Parent Resource Center.

Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check

The first two weeks pass by quickly, and there are several important action steps to take for your NCVirtual students. See our Weeks 1 & 2 – Access Check and Enrollment Options for all the details.

E-learning Advisor Orientation

We have a new E-learning Advisor Orientation course. This course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, and how to best support your online students. You can access the course 24/7.

Professional Development

Our Digital Transition webinar series shares best practices for supporting students learning online. Participants leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world.

The TOT (Teacher Online Training) Course is NCVirtual’s FREE professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.

Please share both programs with the teachers in your school! All educators are welcome to participate!

Meet the Outreach and Support Team

NCVirtual’s Outreach and Support team is here to help! Visit our Outreach page to learn more about how we can help.

Virtual Support Center

The Virtual Support Center helps students, e-learning advisors, school and district staff personnel, NCVPS teachers, and parents. Watch our Support Center video for an overview.

Current Reporting

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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Sept. 1 – Progress Reports for Early Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

Sept. 6 – Standard Start Day-5 No-Show Report Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

See our Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines for a quick overview of NCVirtual’s grading and testing policies and procedures. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

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.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Session Start-End Dates

Summer: June 28 – August 5

Early Start Fall: August 15 – December 9

Standard Start Fall: August 29 – January 11

Early Start Spring: January 4 – May 5

Standard Start Spring: January 18 – May 12

Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Download an enrollment report when you’re done registering for the day. Check to see if they’re enrolled or waitlisted.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

Quick Tips for Semester Start

No-Show Reports

Each semester, we post a Day-5 No-Show Report (Day-3 for summer) in our registration system. (See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports.) This report is an early warning notification that identifies 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. The school should take action if students fail to log in for any of the following reasons:

  • 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.

Drops and Withdrawals

Be aware of our last day to drop students each semester:

  • Summer: July 6
  • Fall Early Start: August 26
  • Fall Standard Start: September 12
  • Spring Early Start: January 17
  • Spring Standard Start: January 31

You can withdraw students throughout the semester. However, after the drop date, the enrollment will count in your allotment totals. See our Drops and Withdrawals Guide for details.

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

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District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
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 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
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   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
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ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
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Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
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 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
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Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
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           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
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     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
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Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

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Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

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Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
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    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

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NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

Mobile Apps

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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