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Mired in a taxing dilemma

The great debate across North Carolina and in its communities over the future of their preK-12 schools is not a...

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The Hoke County Way: Fostering academic potential, skills, and behaviors now and in the future

“We cannot cheat our kids — that’s malpractice.” — Principal Colleen Pegram Colleen Pegram is a public school kid, attending...

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LDC/MDC: Making a difference in NC!

In the past three years, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has trained more than 6,000 teachers in Literacy Design...

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The opposite of loneliness

We are in that space between college and high school graduations. It is hard not to feel that bending arc,...

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The Hoke County Way: Developing readers, not test takers

“We are developing test-takers at the expense of readers.” — Kelly Gallagher, Readicide Not so at Don D. Steed Elementary...

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Encouraging civic dialogue about our budget

With 2.6 million Democrats, 1.9 million Republicans, and 1.7 million unaffiliated voters, our great state of North Carolina has an opportunity to...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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The Hoke County Way: “Why not us, why not now”

The principal of West Hoke Middle School, Mary McLeod, wanted to take her students to our nation’s capital. Dr. Freddie...

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Technology-enabled personalized learning

Personalized learning Personalized learning is not simply about differentiating the method or approach of instruction or about individualizing the pace...

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A look at the Macon County Schools budget for the past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as...

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The Hoke County Way: Problem solved

“We have an opportunity to blow the lid off school attainment, dramatically and swiftly reduce the achievement gap, and enhance...

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The Hoke County Way: No excuses

This story starts long before my visit to Hoke County on May 12-13, 2015. This story starts when the superintendent,...

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Just start

Thank you faculty, administration, parents, grandparents, and, uh …. Well, I don’t know who’s all here. Thank you, everyone. Now,...

Mapping NC student grade-level and subject proficiency by district, 2013-14

This week’s maps take a closer look at the newest proficiency data by school district.  We have separated the data...

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Honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers

Coretta Wilson knew something was up when the emcee asked her to stay on the stage for a special presentation....

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Our vision

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” — George Washington Carver. I use this quote to reflect on...

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Just another day

In the weeks to come, elementary and middle school students across the state will be taking the end-of-grade tests. This...

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Long bus ride spurs formation of charter school

The Waters Edge Village School in Corolla in Currituck County isn’t your typical charter school. It wasn’t started because of dissatisfaction with...

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The future is what we make of it

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth...

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NC GreenPower offers grant funding for solar at schools

Fifteen years ago, the renewable energy landscape in North Carolina was very sparse. There were only a few large solar...

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A dream fulfilled: A college experience for students with intellectual disabilities

“I like to go to college because I want to learn how to read and go out in the world,” says...

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Sorting through book controversies

Media coverage of the book controversy in Orange County, North Carolina has made its way across the country to Orange...

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Common Core Commission narrowing in on recommendations

The Academic Standards Review Commission discussed Monday the updated timeline for their preliminary recommendations, as well as when they will...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Guilford County: Transforming students into citizens

In 2008, Guilford County Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green started “Mo wants to know,” a listening and learning tour in his...

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Live United: A model for us all

If you look at Hatteras Island on a map, it looks like a strip of land way out in the...

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Greene County: A digital pioneer

North Carolina schools are in the midst of a technological transformation. The state has signaled its desire to move all...

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PEFNC launches push for charter school modifications

The North Carolina Senate recently passed SB 456, a charter school modification bill that proponents argue would restore equitable funding to...

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Carolina Business Review: Education

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Ask the right questions

Call me a starry-eyed optimist. I don’t assume that those who disagree with me about school reform are out to...

Mapping NC student overall proficiency by district, 2013-14

This week’s map looks at the newest proficiency data for school districts for end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) exams. EOG...

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Live United: From Cape Hatteras to Conetoe

   

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Creating change in communities

Resourceful communities On Friday, November 7, 2014, I was sitting in a meeting on food access when Mikki Sager with...

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Time for a principals’ leadership initiative

SCENE ONE: A conference room in the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, where several high school principals had gathered...

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School-based telehealth: A new approach to improved outcomes in rural NC counties

It was the teacher in Steve North who connected the dots. North, a Wisconsin native, was fated, it would seem,...

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Kidznotes: Changing lives, empowering students with orchestral training

On a Friday night in April, Kidznotes held a concert in Durham. Kidznotes is a nonprofit working in Durham and...

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Solving employment law riddles

May brings flowers, Mother’s Day and college graduations. It also brings recommendations from superintendents to local boards of education for...

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State going ahead with revocation of charter for Dynamic

The Department of Public Instruction hand-delivered a letter today to Dynamic Community Charter school officials stating its intention to revoke...

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A look back at the State Board of Education

On a visit to Eastern Elementary School in Greenville last week, members of the State Board of Education were reminded...

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Expanding academic success in the Durham Public Schools

There are a lot of great things happening in Durham Public Schools. And yet, we have much to do. I...

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GirlTrek: Join a movement with the walking warriors

  We are still celebrating Mother’s Day at EdNC.  Last Tuesday, I was in Washington, DC, for the Hope Street...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Teaching while anxious

This essay was originally published in Inside Higher Ed on May 8, 2015.   What did I do wrong? Did...

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Professional development for teachers, by teachers

Imagine you’re at your annual physical, chit chatting with your doctor. After sharing a bit about the virtual collaboration work...

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Public school for everyone

  Haynes-Inman Education Center is located in Jamestown.  Part of the Guilford County Schools, the Center serves about 130 students from preschool to...

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Once again, Charlotte confronts race, segregation and busing

In the famous black-and-white photo, Dorothy Counts, in a plaid dress with sunglasses dangling from her neck, holds her head...

Per pupil expenditures by type, 2010-14

This week’s map takes a closer look at where per pupil expenditures are spent at the district level. The types...

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North Carolina Higher Education: Success

  The Issue: Success “A four year degree or higher is not so much about your first job as it...

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High school senior follows Kenan Fellow’s footsteps in lab

When Mark Townley’s high school student approached him about an independent study opportunity for her senior year, he turned to...

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North Carolina Higher Education: Jobs

Article IX of the N.C. Constitution on Education Section 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall...

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Moving forward with great programs

Teaching in education leadership programs is without question one of the most rewarding things I do. Having just completed the...

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Giving thanks to the teachers who made me one

Every year, Teacher Appreciation Week reminds us to celebrate educators — the people who love, inspire and empower our kids....

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North Carolina Higher Education: Competency-based education

Article IX of the N.C. Constitution on Education Section 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall...

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Students as citizen scientists: Don’t wait for college

In the fall of 2012, I met a scientist from Duke University named Brian Hare. Professor Hare studies bonobos in...

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Gov. Pat McCrory thanks North Carolina’s teachers

This week (May 4-8, 2015) is Teacher Appreciation Week and people across the country are taking time to thank the...

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NC teachers selected for prestigious industry-education internships

Forty public school teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as the 2015-16 Kenan Fellows. Their names were announced...

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North Carolina Higher Education: Cost

Article IX of the N.C. Constitution on Education Section 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall...

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North Carolina Higher Education: Collaboration

Article IX of the N.C. Constitution on Education Section 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall...

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Three ideas to improve our school budget process

Let’s talk for a moment about the way we create budgets for public school districts in North Carolina. To be...

Per pupil expenditures, 2004-14

This week’s map looks at per pupil expenditures for school district by federal, state and local funding sources. Choose from...

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UPDATE: The 8: Leadership of UNC Colleges of Education also in transition

President Tom Ross and President Scott Ralls are not the only leadership transitions that should be on our minds. By...

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EdNC: In-depth on Time Warner Cable News with Rob Boisvert

Each month, EdNC sits down with Rob Boisvert of Time Warner Cable News to discuss ed issues in-depth.  

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Pitt County principal Steve Lassiter named principal of the year

Pactolus School Principal Steve Lassiter was named the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The Pitt County...

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Champions for children

I want to share a story with you. In grade school, I had four best friends—Troy, Roy, Thomas, and Paul....

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It takes schools to fight poverty

Assigning letter grades to each and every public school in North Carolina made manifest what educators and policymakers have long...