Thursday, June 30, 2016

Update: June 30th


I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer! Below you will find information on important updates on Advanced Opportunities (AO).

AO Portal Launch 2.0: Updates to Advanced Opportunities have been released. Next time you log into the portal, you will find several additional links, as well as thorough history on each course entered into the portal. We will be working over the summer to update all of our training materials, including User Manuals and How-To Videos.

Dates for AO Portal: Student registration dates are now set at the state level. These were developed in collaboration with course providers. The dates are set in portal are listed below. If, for some reason, your district needs to set different dates, please contact me or your regional specialist, and we can make the modification. Please note that deviation from the set dates will require you to collaborate with your course providers.

Student Access/ Data Entry Window
District Submission Deadline
Summer 2016
July 1st – July 30th
Friday, September 2, 2016
Fall 2016
August 15th – September 30th
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Spring 2017
January 11th – February 24th
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Trimester 1- 2016
August 15th – September 30th
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Trimester 2- 2016
November 9th – December 23rd
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Trimester 3- 2017
February 1st- March 31st
Friday, May 5th, 2017

Students can create accounts at any time, however, they cannot apply for Fast Forward funds outside of the Student Access Window.  School and District personnel will still be able to access this information after the Data Entry window. However, keep in mind that the time between the Data Entry Window and the Submission Deadline should be focused on verifying, validating, and matching data, NOT entering new funding requests.

Region 3 & 4 Coordinator: Jodi Hickenlooper is no longer with the Advanced Opportunities team, as she has taken a position elsewhere. We will sincerely miss having her on our team.  If you work in a district in either region 3 or 4, please send all inquiries to me.

District Personnel Changes: Over the summer time there are often many personnel changes.  If you, or a colleague who works with Advanced Opportunities is changing positions, please notify us of the change. For the sake of student privacy we want to ensure that the correct people working directly with the students have access to privileged information.  Additionally, we would like to keep our contact list updated as much as we can.

Roadshow links: Video of the Roadshow training is not available on the Advanced Opportunities website under the “Training Tab”.

AO Conference: Today is the last day to register for the conference at the reduced rate of $125.00, please register as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a wonderful event! Please remember that space will be limited to 200 attendees.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Advanced Opportunities Support Team. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Tina Polishchuk

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