OCS Blended Learning

Welcome to the NCVPS Occupational Course of Study (OCS) Blended Learning Program!

Celebrations!

Jen Currin, NCVPS OCS Blended Learning and Credit Recovery English teacher and OCS Blended Instructional Leader, has been named one of the three finalists for the 2013 SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year!

Read more here: http://blogs.sas.com/content/sascom/2013/02/28/online-teacher-of-the-year-finalists-share-passion-for-technology-driven-instruction-jen-currin/

Leslie Fetzer, NCVPS OCS Blended Learning Biology teacher and Instructional Leader and NCVPS Policy Director, was the 2012 SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year!

Read more here:
NOTY Press Release

NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program has won the Recognition of Achievement in 21st Century Education John Wilson Award for excellence in innovative teaching and learning.

Learn more here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2012-13/20120730-01 and http://www.p21.org/events-aamp-news/press-releases/1071-p21-recognizes-five-states-for-21st-century-learning-at-institute21.

Registration guidance for the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program

As schools begin to plan their NCVPS OCS Blended enrollments for the upcoming school year, please keep in mind these important factors! Since there are no limitations on the number of OCS Blended Learning enrollments in the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning courses, schools should enroll intentionally in those courses that are actually needed within the appropriate academic calendar timeframe.

1. The NCVPS registration system will allow schools to register students within these academic calendar time frames:

Fall 2014 –1 credit block course that runs from August 2014 to January 2015

Spring 2015 – 1 credit block course that runs from January 2015 to May 2015

Yearlong course –1 credit yearlong course that runs from August 2014 to May 2015

Schools need to be aware of the time frame in which they are enrolling students within the registration system. Students should NOT be enrolled in the same course for both Fall and Spring because the school has not made the decision as to which semester to offer the course. Wait to register students until your school has made the decisions as to when the OCS courses will be offered within the school’s scheduling decisions.

NCVPS Course Calendars here: http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/courses/calendars/

2. These courses are available for registration school year are located here:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/courses/catalogue/

*OCS Blended Learning Algebra I has been rewritten to match the Common Core standards. For this reason, we have worked with NC DPI to determine that this course needs to be two courses, a Part A and a PartB.

OCS Blended Learning Algebra I Part A (course code 9223Z) will be 1 math elective credit. OCS Blended Learning Algebra I Part B (course code 9224Z) will be 1 Algebra I credit if Part A was previously taken and passed.  Part A must be taken before Part B.

3. Schools need to continue to prepare for the OCS Blended Learning program by working with classroom OCS teachers to determine who will partner with the NCVPS content teacher to provide the blended instruction for students.

Each school stakeholder, including the classroom OCS teacher and the school administrators, should have an understanding of how the OCS Blended Learning program works so that teachers are prepared and the best scheduling decisions are made.

OCS Blended Learning program information here: http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/courses/ocs-blended/

HOW TO REGISTER

In order to register for NCVPS OCS Blended Learning courses for Fall, Spring, or YEARLONG, please look for the generic OCS Blended course in which you want to enroll students in the NCVPS Registration System. You will see “DYNAMIC” with no school listed. This may require you to scroll down the list.

Once you enroll students into a generic course, the system will create a section of that course for your school’s students.

If you have any questions, please complete a Help Desk ticket at www.help.ncvps.org.

General Information

The NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program is a collaborative effort between the NCVPS teacher and the face-to-face (f2f) OCS teacher to teach OCS courses. This is a true partnership in teaching!

On this website, you will find information to explain the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program, to provide information on how to register for courses, and the teacher training each face-to-face classroom OCS teacher will need to complete prior to the start of the semester.

This exciting and unique program is proving to be a tremendous success for students across North Carolina who are involved in the blended teaching of these courses. NCVPS is excited to offer courses to all OCS students and OCS teachers of North Carolina as part of the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program.

Testimonials

So what are our OCS classroom teachers and students saying about the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program? Click here to read more!

Click here to watch Union County’s Cuthbertson High School student, Colin, discuss his experience in the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program! Colin’s classroom teacher at Cuthertson is Sarah Keziah and his NCVPS teachers were Gena Barnhart (OCS Biology), Tammy Bates (OCS English II), and Heather Ott (OCS Algebra I). Also, click here to read Ms. Keziah’s reflections on her semester, her students’ successes, and the power of blended teaching.

Click here to listen to two East Rowan High School students, Cordell and Ashley, who were part of the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning English I course! Their East Rowan classroom teacher is Barbara Marshall-Cassel and their NCVPS teacher is Sivonne Stone. Cordell and Ashley will talk about their experiences in the blended learning environment!

Watch this video to meet Ms. Donna Yount, OCS teacher at Maiden High School in Catawba County, and her NCVPS OCS Blended Learning students in English II and Biology! Their NCVPS partner teachers are Leslie Fetzer and Heather Ribar. Ms. Yount and her students discuss their learning this semester through the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program and how that learning resulted in a letter to a major company!

Click here to view a video made by two outstanding OCS classroom teachers from West Montgomery High School, Jan Ray and Rick Peters, along with three of their OCS students to talk about the power and effectiveness of the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program!

Click here to see learning in action! Catherine Schronce, outstanding OCS classroom teacher from Rosenwald High School in Catawba County, shows her OCS Biology students working on Punnett Squares!

Partner Teacher Newsletters

How does the OCS Blended Learning Program work?

Many of you have questions about how the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program works. Please read these Frequently Asked Questions about the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning Program.

Link to FAQs

IEP Guidelines for OCS classroom teachers and NCVPS partner teachers

Link to IEP Guidelines

Registration Information

Before a school registers students, the school and teachers should be willing to teach the courses in the Blended Learning environment.

The NCPVS OCS Blending Learning courses require a true co-teaching experience where the f2f teacher is driving the instructional decisions while working daily with the NCVPS content teacher. The NCVPS teacher will help the classroom teacher individualize and differentiate the instruction for each student but the NCVPS teacher does not deliver the instruction real time to the students. The f2f teacher does this but she will have planned using the online content, her own resources, and the NCVPS teacher to determine the best way to teach the content to the students.

Schools must be willing to participate in the courses as a blended learning program. This means that a classroom OCS teacher for each subject registered must be willing to work daily with an NCVPS content teacher. The f2 teacher must also complete the online training as described on the main webpage. If the f2f teacher has taught in the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program before, no additional training is necessary although the teacher is welcome to go through the training if desired.

This partner teaching is the most critical piece for schools to understand. The NCVPS teacher will not be providing daily direct instruction; this responsibility rests with the classroom OCS teacher. The online content provides archived teaching sessions that can be used, but the daily instructional decisions are driven by the classroom teacher who plans daily, through an asynchronous document, with her partner NCVPS teacher. This concept is explained further on this webpage through the Classroom Teacher Blended Learning Training.

By registering students into the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program, schools and their teachers are agreeing to teach the courses in the Blended Learning environment.

School eLearning Advisors (ELAs) may enroll students into the OCS Blended Learning courses.

School registrations will not be official until schools provide NCVPS with the names of their classroom OCS teachers who will partner with the NCVPS teacher. School ELAs will be asked to provide the name of the OCS classroom teacher for each course before each semester begins. School ELAs will be contacted by email in order to provide this information.

OCS Classroom Teacher Training for the Blended Learning Program

UPDATED!

All OCS f2f teachers will need to go through an approximate two hour online training prior to the start of the Fall 2014 semester. This is an updated training for all of our partner teachers! Teachers will be able to decide when they want to complete the training but all OCS f2f teachers will need to complete this training prior to the start of Fall 2014 semester partnering with NCVPS in the OCS Blended Learning program. This is a one time training and will not need to be completed each semester thereafter.

The training can be found here after July 1, 2014.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the NCVPS OCS Blended Learning program, please contact Michelle Lourcey (michelle.lourcey@ncpublicschools.gov), Chief Academic Officer.