N.C. schools implement new LMS

Statewide Canvas contract covers all local education agencies and charter schools in North Carolina

canvas-implementationThe North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has selected Canvas as its learning management system. The contract covers all local education agency (LEA) and charter schools in North Carolina.

“We selected Canvas after conducting a thorough evaluation with the administration and staff from multiple schools in North Carolina,” said Tracy Weeks, chief academic and digital learning officer at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

The Canvas learning management system offers nearly 200 apps through the vendor neutral EduAppCenter. Teachers can build their own digital learning environment by packaging together the apps and tools that best meet the needs of their students.

Next page: Components of the Canvas contract and implementation

“North Carolina is taking a progressive approach to modernizing the educational experience for its students,” said Mitch Benson, vice president of K-12 at Instructure. “We’re excited to be partnering with the state to provide Canvas and are committed to helping the schools through the implementation process to make it as seamless as possible.”

Administration and staff from the NC Virtual Public School, Rutherford County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools contributed to the evaluation process. The result is a contract that includes implementation, training, course migration, 24/7 support and more, such as integration with NC Identity and Access Management service, integration with the NC Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) and integration with PowerSchool.

Instructure recently announced a Canvas and Pearson PowerSchool integration, which NC Public Schools will use to track and manage student information. The two-way integration between the systems also allows for schools to easily provide a Canvas account using the information they already have stored in PowerSchool. This new feature eliminates the struggle educators have when trying to make student information systems and learning management systems work together.

Canvas services 18 million users from more than 1,200 school districts and universities throughout the world. In North Carolina, Canvas is already in use by 10 school districts and three universities, including the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. To learn more about Canvas, visit

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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