NCVPS Evaluation




Kevin Oliver, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
                     NC State University
Overview

• Friday Institute has received annual contracts
  from DPI to assist with the evaluation of the
  North Carolin...
Focus of Recommendations

• while some recommendations from the
  evaluation are tied to NCVPS-directed
  activities (i.e....
NCVPS Work with Pilot Districts

• since the success of virtual schooling is
  largely dependent on the leadership and
  s...
Pilot Districts to Date

          Jan 08 - Dec 08             Jan 09 - Dec 09
Catawba County               Alamance-Burli...
Overview: Five Purposes for Pilots

• leverage strategic district and school teams
  for strategic planning
• plan student...
Pilot Activity: Teaming

• districts create strategic teams for planning,
  including superintendents, principals,
  techn...
Pilot Activity: Strategic Planning

• districts and schools create strategic plans
  embedded in improvement plans
• defin...
Pilot Activity: Marketing, Enrollment

• plan strategies to ensure students and
  parents are aware of NCVPS opportunities...
Pilot Activity: Resourcing

• helping districts and schools plan their
  budgets to accommodate textbooks,
  materials, an...
Pilot Activity: Infrastructure

• meeting network requirements
• ensuring security, while
  minimizing problems created
  ...
Pilot Activity: Coordinating

• school-level distance learning advisors
  advisors (DLAs) and counselors screening
  stude...
NCVPS Support for Pilot Activities

• provide leadership training around strategic
  planning through Blackboard course
• ...
NCVPS Support for Pilot Activities

• use of synchronous collaboration tools such
  as Wimba and Pronto for bi-monthly e-
...
Your Turn: Other Barriers

• in your break out groups, take a few minutes
  to discuss the pilot work shared here
• which ...
Resources

• see session wiki for the following resources:
• presentation on NCVPS pilot initiative
  http://tinyurl.com/m...
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  1. 1. NCVPS Evaluation Kevin Oliver, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology NC State University
  2. 2. Overview • Friday Institute has received annual contracts from DPI to assist with the evaluation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) • recurring surveys of stakeholder groups (i.e., students, teachers, distance learning advisors, and high school principals) • also, focused studies of NCVPS pilot initiatives: – efforts to design and develop course modules for elementary-middle school – student success courses to transition 8th graders
  3. 3. Focus of Recommendations • while some recommendations from the evaluation are tied to NCVPS-directed activities (i.e., improving course content, offering new professional development), many recommendations are tied to activities needed at the district and school level: – promoting NCVPS, setting e-learning goals, ensuring appropriate technology is available, screening and orienting students, ensuring security without barriers to innovation, etc.
  4. 4. NCVPS Work with Pilot Districts • since the success of virtual schooling is largely dependent on the leadership and support of districts and schools, NCVPS has a program in place to prepare pilot districts to successfully implement virtual schooling • currently working with its second wave of pilot districts (Jan 09-Dec 09); first wave of pilot districts complete (Jan 08-Dec 08)
  5. 5. Pilot Districts to Date Jan 08 - Dec 08 Jan 09 - Dec 09 Catawba County Alamance-Burlington County Cumberland County Columbus County Duplin County Edgecombe County Iredell-Statesville County Franklin County Lincoln County Guilford-County Onslow County Mitchell County Pender County Montgomery County Vance County Scotland County Wake County Watauga County
  6. 6. Overview: Five Purposes for Pilots • leverage strategic district and school teams for strategic planning • plan student support services • plan registration and enrollment strategies • plan promotion and marketing strategies • leverage statewide e-professional learning communities (eLC) for building e-learning best practices
  7. 7. Pilot Activity: Teaming • districts create strategic teams for planning, including superintendents, principals, technology directors, and a designated distance learning advisor for the district • schools create strategic teams for planning, including principals, counselors, computer lab facilitators, media coordinators, testing coordinators, and a designated distance learning advisor for the school
  8. 8. Pilot Activity: Strategic Planning • districts and schools create strategic plans embedded in improvement plans • define instructional needs and barriers • set e-learning goals • define plans for marketing NCVPS/LEO • define strategies for student support • define technology solutions
  9. 9. Pilot Activity: Marketing, Enrollment • plan strategies to ensure students and parents are aware of NCVPS opportunities: virtual open houses, student orientations, Web sites, phone messages • link Web sites to NCVPS • set enrollment targets by mutual definition with NCVPS for credit recovery, Learn and Earn Online (LEO), AP/Honors
  10. 10. Pilot Activity: Resourcing • helping districts and schools plan their budgets to accommodate textbooks, materials, and technology (labs/laptops) students will need in order to access NCVPS courses • helping schools plan to ensure students with individualized education plans (IEPs) have the software or technology needed to access NCVPS courses
  11. 11. Pilot Activity: Infrastructure • meeting network requirements • ensuring security, while minimizing problems created by firewalls in terms of blocking course material
  12. 12. Pilot Activity: Coordinating • school-level distance learning advisors advisors (DLAs) and counselors screening students for academic qualifications • school-level DLAs scheduling students for courses, providing for orientation to tools • DLAs and counselors learning to support student needs, regularly checking progress • coordinating AP exams
  13. 13. NCVPS Support for Pilot Activities • provide leadership training around strategic planning through Blackboard course • provide DLA training in supporting students through Blackboard course • provide pilot districts with 3-4 person regional response team to facilitate the development of a student support model
  14. 14. NCVPS Support for Pilot Activities • use of synchronous collaboration tools such as Wimba and Pronto for bi-monthly e- learning collaboration – sharing what works and what doesn't work – progress reporting – book studies – Web 2.0 modeling
  15. 15. Your Turn: Other Barriers • in your break out groups, take a few minutes to discuss the pilot work shared here • which of the pilot activities are most critical to support virtual schooling at the district and school levels? • have you experienced or heard of other barriers to virtual schooling that a pilot initiative might help to offset?
  16. 16. Resources • see session wiki for the following resources: • presentation on NCVPS pilot initiative http://tinyurl.com/mdgo3c • copy of the memorandum of agreement between pilots and NCVPS, defining roles • pilot application information from fall '08 and contact information for Don Lourcey, Pilot Initiative Director

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