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April 4, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition To Virtual Learning (Week of 4/6/20)

See all of the NCVPS webinars coming up next week.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature Interactive Conversation Webinars.
Week of April 6, 2020
Webinars
Join us for this interactive conversation focused on sharing best practices for supporting students in learning online. Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
How do I effectively teach CTE courses online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching CTE courses in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach Science online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Science in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach high school
English online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching English in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach
Social Studies/History online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Social Studies in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How to cope with this new way of teaching?
This session provides best practices for organizing and simplifying tasks to help the teacher stay calm and enjoy their role as the online instructor.
How do I effectively teach Math online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Math in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach Biology online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Biology in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
Webinars
We Are All Language Teachers: Supporting English Learners Across the Content Areas
In this professional learning session, K-12 educators will deepen their understandings of the context for why cross-disciplinary support for English Learners (ELs) is needed; be introduced to the theory informing Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL); and will engage in and share research-based instructional practices that support ELs’ literacy and language growth.
Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students through Distance Learning
In a moment in history where we are all isolated, it has never been more important for us to feel connected to our students and each other. In this session, we will discuss strategies and activities to foster meaningful relationships and build a virtual learning community that supports our students’ social and emotional needs through empathy in our new virtual learning context.
Instruction, Remote Learning, and the Adolescent Brain
In only a few short weeks, teaching and learning has drastically changed. In this session, we will share strategies and resources based on brain sciences. In particular, we will explore how secondary teachers can best align remote instruction to how the adolescent brain works to keep students engaged and excited about learning.
Principal & Coach Focus: Supporting Teachers in Implementing Remote Learning
The importance of principals and coaches providing support for their educators and students is more important than even in the challenging transition to remote learning. In this session we will focus on strategies for supporting instruction, social and emotional learning (SEL), and strong communication with the school community. Additional recommendations for coaching and leading from afar will be shared.
Fostering Engagement in Times of Uncertainty
During this time of uncertainty, educators are exploring new and effective ways to engage with their students, families and school communities. Together we will share strategies for supporting active engagement and discuss ways you can capture new learnings for personal and professional reflection.
Scaffolding Instruction with English Learners
In this professional learning session, K-12 educators will analyze dynamic and situated instructional supports that develop English Learners’, and all students’, ability to engage with and make meaning of disciplinary concepts through interactive language practices.
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

April 1, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For April 1 (Current Grades / Registration Is Open For 20-21)

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

April 1, 2020
Greetings, all!
We know everyone’s focus is on teaching and supporting students remotely right now, as it should be. In addition to that, we are preparing for next year. Our registration for 2020-2021 opened Monday for those who are working remotely or are in the building. See the link in the Announcements section for all the registration details.
Based on the State Board’s decision, we have revised our grading guideline for currently enrolled students and for students who you may transfer in due to school closings. Please read all the details in the COVID-19 section below or on our COVID-19 web page.
Announcements
Registration for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year web page for all the registration details!
Office Hours and Webinar
Last week, NCVirtual hosted over 3000 educators in 6 webinar sessions where we shared best practices for moving from the traditional classroom to a virtual one. This week, we are hosting office hours and an additional webinar to support classroom teachers. Here’s what we have for your teachers:
Visit our Digital Transition resource page to register. You can also view last week’s webinars there. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Resources for Your Classroom
NCVirtual has 28 online courses in the NC Canvas Commons, and we are sharing content in the NC GoOpen repository for teachers to use while they create remote learning opportunities. These resources are free. Find links on our Digital Transition resource page.
COVID-19 Response Plan Updates
NCVirtual has implemented its COVID-19 Response Plan for all districts.
Current Enrollments
NCVirtual has years of experience providing instruction in online and blended learning environments. We proudly serve students from LEAs/charters across the state and a variety of non-public education institutions. As all students across the state are now engaging in remote learning, NCVirtual has become aware that many of our students who previously accessed our courses in their school buildings are attempting to continue their learning under very different circumstances. This sudden shift has caused many students to be unable to consistently access and engage in NCVirtual courses
NCVirtual is committed to collaborating with our school partners to address issues of accessibility to the best of our ability. For students enrolled in co-teaching courses, the f2f teacher has the ability to download some course content to share with students in a non-online format. If additional course material needs to be printed or downloaded, the f2f teacher may submit a request through the Virtual Support Center. For non co-teaching courses, schools may submit a ticket via the Virtual Support Center requesting support for providing alternate access to course content.
During this unprecedented time, NCVirtual cannot ensure that all critical factors for effective remote learning are being met for all of our students. In alignment with recent State Board of Education action, we will shift our focus more to student engagement than evaluation. Therefore, we will implement changes in how we grade individual assignments and report student progress to schools.
NCVirtual Grading Practices for all Students
NCVirtual teachers will:
  • continue to provide feedback on all assignments submitted. (Numerical grades will be given for individual assignments submitted in Canvas.)
  • not record zeros for missed assignments that were due after 3/13. (Missing assignment grades will be left blank and are not calculated in the student’s grade in Canvas.)
AP Course Enrollments
NCVirtual teachers are ensuring content on the revised testing specifications recently released by the College Board has been taught. If not, the course will be adjusted to provide the instruction necessary for students to take the AP exam. We will alert our stakeholders to further changes after the College Board provides additional clarifications on April 3.
Determining a Student’s Grade Level
Data in the NCVirtual registration system will be used to determine a student’s grade level. LEAs/Charters should double-check the grade level of students in the NCVirtual registration system to ensure it is accurate. Submit a ticket via the Virtual Support Center to report grade level errors for students enrolled in NCVirtual courses.
NCVirtual Grading Practices for Seniors
In co-teaching courses, the NCVirtual teacher will follow the lead of the f2f co-teacher for grading assignments and supporting failing seniors. The enrolling school is responsible for grade reporting and determination related to passing/not passing.
The table below outlines how NCVirtual teachers will handle senior course activity and future NCVirtual Progress Reports:
Midterm Grades for Seniors in Yearlong Classes
Per N.C. State Board of Education action on March 27, 2020, the fall term grade of yearlong courses will be used in GPA calculations for seniors. NCVirtual provides cumulative averages roughly every two weeks through our progress reports. Many LEAs/charters have opted to not use our progress report grades to record a fall term grade due to them not being weighted for the final exam. With the suspension of SBE TEST-003, LEAs/charters may record NCVirtual progress report grades for fall term grades. NCVirtual recommends the following progress reports for recording a fall term grade based on the course start date:
Early Start calendar courses – record the grade from the report labeled, “Fall 2019 and Year Long Progress Report Due Dec 17, 2019.”
Traditional calendar courses – record the grade from the report labeled “Fall 2019-20 Year Long Progress Report Due Jan. 14th, 2020.”
Both reports can be accessed in the NCVirtual registration system. Should the dates of these two progress reports not align with your district/school’s calendar, please select the progress report that most closely falls with the midpoint of your calendar.
NCVirtual Grading Practices for Students Grades 6-11
  • In co-teaching courses, the NCVirtual teacher will follow the lead of the f2f co-teacher for grading assignments. The enrolling school is responsible for grade reporting.
  • In non co-teaching courses, NCVirtual teachers will continue to provide feedback and grade submitted assignments in Canvas. No zeros will be recorded for missing assignments after 3/13/20.
Progress Report Feedback through May 15
For the three progress reports between now and May 15th, NCVirtual teachers will not report numerical grades for students in grades 6-11. The following will be reported in the comments section to help LEAs/Charters understand the engagement level and academic progress of their students:
  • Mastery: The student is demonstrating mastery of the academic standard(s). For the purpose of progress reporting during the COVID-19 school closure period, mastery is defined as 60% or higher.
  • Working Towards Mastery: The student has not yet demonstrated mastery of the academic standard(s) but is showing growth. For the purpose of progress reporting during the COVID-19 school closure period, working towards mastery is defined as 59% or lower and the student is continuing to work toward mastery.
  • Inactive: The student is not actively participating in the course.
Teachers are expected to provide additional narrative feedback related to each student’s situation to help our partners gauge student engagement and academic progress during this period of school closure. As always, ELA’s are encouraged to communicate directly with NCVirtual teachers if there are questions about the progress of individual students.
At this time, the N.C. State Board of Education has made no decision regarding how to award final grades for grades 6-11. NCVirtual will provide additional information to our stakeholders once a decision has been made.
New Enrollments
Schools can continue to transfer students into NCVirtual classes. In response to statewide school closures, there will be no cost for these late transfers nor will they impact a district’s projected allotment for the 2020-2021 school year.
NCVirtual will prioritize transfer enrollments for seniors with an F grade as of March 13 in courses required for graduation. The priority enrollment timeframe for senior graduation requirements will continue through Friday, April 3rd. On April 6, NCVirtual will process all transfer enrollment requests in the order in which they are received.   Students must be transfer students, i.e., they are currently enrolled in the course and have had instructional time with a teacher.  Enrollments will not count toward the district’s instructional projection for 2020-2021, thus not reducing classroom teacher allotment for the next budget year.  All transfer enrollment requests should be submitted through the Virtual Support Center.
Here are the details for transfer enrollments.
  • Students must be transfer students, i.e., they are currently enrolled in the course and have had instructional time with a teacher.
  • Enrollments will not count toward the district’s instructional projection for 2020-2021, thus not reducing classroom teacher allotment for the next budget year.
  • If schools are closed for a short time, the NCVirtual teacher will continue to work with the district teacher in a co-teaching capacity. Schools will continue to have access to the teacher and the course for the duration of the semester.
  • Please remember that this is not an unlimited enrollment. Priority consideration for enrollment should be given to your graduating seniors, tested courses, hard-to-staff courses.
At this time, we are processing all school-closure enrollments into traditional sections with the face-to-face classroom teacher added as a partner teacher to the course. Partner teachers will be able to add their contact information and other content to the course if they choose to. We will provide resources to help partner teachers with this. NCVirtual teachers are eager to collaborate and stay connected to the designated f2f teachers as your school deems appropriate.
To reach us, simply reply to this email or open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will continue to post updates on our Coronavirus COVID-19 page.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
March 12 – Progress Reports Posted in the Registration System
March 12 – 1st Session Final Grades for Early Start Health and Early Start PE Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
March 26 – This Progress Report has been canceled. More details to come.
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.
Reminders
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

March 30, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition To Virtual Learning (Week of 3/30/20)

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

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature Interactive Conversation Webinars.
Week of March 30, 2020
Webinars
Join us for this interactive conversation focused on sharing best practices for supporting students in learning online. Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
The Basics
This session will provide an overview of online course components beginning with the fundamentals of a Learning Management System.
I have begun building my course, now how do I effectively use technology to deliver all of the content?
This session provides participants with the most effective ways in which to deliver content using technology. These are the nuts and bolts, and this session includes specific examples of technology-delivered content. This session will also explain how the instructional materials should align with module/unit objectives.
I have begun building modules for my course….now, how do I provide a variety of activities?
This session will introduce participants to current technology/tools that support student learning and the importance of alignment with learning objectives. These tools facilitate student engagement in the course and promote active learning. This session will introduce participants to the top 5 tools used in NCVPS courses and why these are effective.
Making the shift from face to face to online….how do I communicate effectively and maintain positive relationships with students?
This session provides the best practices for being an effective online teacher. This bridges the gap between teaching in the face-to-face classroom and interacting with students in their online environment. Additionally, this session provides successful ways in which to communicate with students and parents. It equips participants with an understanding of how communication and feedback are key in developing positive relationships with students.
What are supplemental resources available for use in the online classroom?
When used appropriately, supplemental resources encourage learning and student engagement. This session will provide participants with suggestions on how to use these resources in an online classroom.
How do I effectively teach a
World Language online?
This session provides best practices for teaching a world language in an online environment. Participants will learn how to structure the online course so that it incorporates listening, interpreting, and speaking.
How do I effectively teach PE online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching PE in an online environment. This will introduce participants to effective course materials, online tools and ways in which to provide evidence of physical activity.
How do I effectively teach Art online
This session provides the best practices for teaching Art in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach ELL students online?
Beginner Level
This session provides successful practices for working with ELL students in the online environment.
Teachers of the Year Webinars
Join the Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Regional Teachers of the Year as they lead an interactive conversation on how to use a variety of technology tools to transform your face-to-face classroom into a digital learning hub!
SeeSaw: Demonstrate and Share Learning
This session will illustrate how educators can use SeeSaw to create a digital portfolio that incorporates teacher, parent, and student feedback.
Presenters
Mariah Morris, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Christy Howe, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Southeast Teacher of the Year
Gifted Education Specialist at Bradley Creek Elementary
Canvas Learning Management System for Educators
This session will illustrate how educators can use the Canvas Learning Management System to build digital learning environments that meet student needs.
Presenters
Ashley Bailey, 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Charter School Teacher of the Year,
Roxboro Community School
Shiela Patterson, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Piedmont Triad Teacher of the Year
Social Studies Teacher at South Stokes High School
Austin Morris, M.Ed., JD, Social Studies Teacher, at Pinecrest High School
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

March 26, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For March 25 (COVID-19 Update)

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

March 25, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
Our classes are still open, and we are here to support you and your students! We have additional webinars and office hours for your teachers this week.
We understand some students do not have access to their online classes from home. However, if they do have access, that’s great, and we encourage them to log in! Our teachers are ready to help. See the details of our COVID-19 Response Plan below.
Announcements
Office Hours and Webinar
Last week, NCVirtual hosted over 3000 educators in 6 webinar sessions where we shared best practices for moving from the traditional classroom to a virtual one. This week, we are hosting office hours and an additional webinar to support classroom teachers. Here’s what we have for your teachers:
Visit our Digital Transition resource page to register. You can also view last week’s webinars there. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Resources for Your Classroom
NCVirtual has 28 online courses in the NC Canvas Commons, and we are sharing content in the NC GoOpen repository for teachers to use while they create remote learning opportunities. These resources are free. Find links on our Digital Transition resource page.
COVID-19 Response Plan Updates
NCVirtual has implemented its COVID-19 Response Plan for all districts.
Current Enrollments
Students currently enrolled with NCVirtual can continue to access their online courses during school closing if they have internet access at home. However, we understand that students may face other burdens in addition to access.
Our teachers will be flexible with assignment due dates. Students will not be penalized for late work. Instructional teams are preparing plans to exempt students from assigned work while at the same time maintaining the integrity of their courses. These modified plans will relieve students of work (and stress) but will still teach the essential standards of the course. We will provide more details on this later in the week.
New Enrollments
Schools can continue to transfer students into NCVirtual classes. In response to statewide school closures, there will be no cost for these late transfers nor will they impact a district’s projected allotment for the 2020-2021 school year.
Thus far, we have accepted about 350 transfer students. We will continue to do this until we max our teacher capacity and/or our funding reserves.
Here are the details for transfer enrollments.
  • Students must be transfer students, i.e., they are currently enrolled in the course and have had instructional time with a teacher.
  • Enrollments will not count toward the district’s instructional projection for 2020-2021, thus not reducing classroom teacher allotment for the next budget year.
  • If schools are closed for a short time, the NCVirtual teacher will continue to work with the district teacher in a co-teaching capacity. Schools will continue to have access to the teacher and the course for the duration of the semester.
  • Please remember that this is not an unlimited enrollment. Priority consideration for enrollment should be given to your graduating seniors, tested courses, hard-to-staff courses.
At this time, we are processing all school-closure enrollments into traditional sections with the face-to-face classroom teacher added as a partner teacher to the course. Partner teachers will be able to add their contact information and other content to the course if they choose to. We will provide resources to help partner teachers with this. NCVirtual teachers are eager to collaborate and stay connected to the designated f2f teachers as your school deems appropriate.
To reach us, simply reply to this email or open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will continue to post updates on our Coronavirus COVID-19 page.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
March 12 – Progress Reports Posted in the Registration System
March 12 – 1st Session Final Grades for Early Start Health and Early Start PE Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
March 26 – This Progress Report has been canceled. More details to come.
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.
Reminders
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

March 25, 2020

NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition To Virtual Learning (Week of 3/23/20)

Note this item that came my way yesterday – in particular the up-coming webinars.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature a combination of focused “Office Hours” along with an Interactive Conversation Webinar.
Week of March 23, 2020
Office Hours
Join us for Office Hours! Office Hours are structured as Question & Answer time to assist educators as they transition to online learning. They are smaller groups to ensure that support is specific and targeted.
“Teaching Online…Now What?” Office Hours
“Accessibility…Where Do I Start?” Office Hours
Webinars
Google Classroom: Tips for Making Your Classroom a Digital Learning Hub Webinar
Join the Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Regional Teachers of the Year as they lead an interactive conversation on how to use Google Classroom to transform your face-to-face classroom into a digital learning hub!
Presenters
Douglas Price, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year
Voyager Academy Middle School
Maggie Murphy, 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Northwest Region Teacher of the Year Piney Creek Elementary School
Maureen Stover, 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Sandhills Region Teacher of the Year
Cumberland International Early College High School
Tonya Smith, 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Piedmont-Triad Region Teacher of the Year
Elkin Middle and High Schools
Connect with us
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606
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