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More than half a million books collected during “Give Five – Read Five”

Thanks to the statewide summer reading campaign Give Five – Read Five and similar local efforts, thousands of public school...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Ocracoke School: An education like no other

In our review of schools that serve mostly low-income populations and  received As in the first ever release of statewide A-F...

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CMS: Is this your moment?

I grew up in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.  Jay Robinson was my superintendent, and he was beloved.  I attended Irwin...

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Making sense of the Senate budget proposal

During the mind-numbing record heat of the last few weeks, we were also mentally blanketed by the hundreds of pages of...

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This future teacher’s apprehension surrounding the 2015 Appropriations Act

North Carolinians are anxiously awaiting the General Assembly’s final decision on the budget for the next two years. While the...

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Senate budget plans stir superintendent concern

The North Carolina Senate released a budget a few weeks ago with ambitious plans to reduce class sizes in state...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

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A-F Grades: Why early college high schools succeed

When public schools in North Carolina received A-F grades for the first time this past February, one narrative quickly emerged....

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Bracing for a tough conversation about CMS student assignment

If last week’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education meeting was any indication, this community should prepare for a long, uncomfortable student...

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

 

NC STEM Center e-Update

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

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Friday, June 26, 2015

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Vouchers vs. the constitution and the common good

Initially the state Supreme Court signaled that it wanted to move quickly to rule on whether tax-financed vouchers for private...

 

School report cards

At one point or another, we’ve all experienced that feeling of pride that comes with getting a good review or...

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The power of solutions-oriented partnerships: The key to success for Hope Street Group Fellows

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction is partnering with an independent nonprofit, Hope Street Group, to bring its collaborative teacher led...

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4 things North Carolina can teach us about the market for new teachers

North Carolina has a new “Educator Quality Dashboard” with some fascinating data on teacher preparation in the state. I dug...

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Cutting TAs defies logic

This was first published in The Charlotte Observer on June 24, 2015. It is published here with the author’s permission. Last...

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Changes in testing heading to State Board

The North Carolina State Board of Education’s Task Force on Summative Assessment assembled on Friday afternoon for its final meeting...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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National PTA President speaks out on education

The National PTA Convention & Expo begins today in Charlotte. In April, National PTA president Otha Thornton sat down with me at the...

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State Digital Learning Exemplars: Highlights from states leading change through policies and funding

Technology impacts all aspects of our lives – it has changed and enhanced everything from how we socialize to how...

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Standards, curriculum, and testing are not synonyms

Standards – “the what” A set of standards is a list of objectives that students are to be taught; I...

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UNC System unveils educator quality data dashboard

The University of North Carolina System has launched a new Educator Quality Dashboard that provides a way for the public to view...

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Carolina Business Review: Education

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Making it personal: Hawk Ridge Elementary School

Personalized Learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:Aims to develop the whole child and empower them to take ownership of their learning by providing them with multiple...

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On being a page at the N.C. General Assembly

Standing only a few desks away from the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Larry Hall (D-Durham), I...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Teaching to lead in North Carolina public schools

At the 2014 Teaching & Learning conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a new collaboration with the National...

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Activating schools: Amplifying volunteer engagement and academic success

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, North Carolina ranks 28th in the nation in volunteerism, with just...

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AVID: Showing students where to look without telling them what to see

One of my favorite activities as a Board of Education member in Lee County is visiting the schools and spending...

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Candidates already lining up for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seniors receive their diplomas, at least five adults are showing off credentials of their own—as candidates for...

 

Teacher turnover rate, 2013-14

This week’s map illustrates the teacher turnover rate in the 2013-14 school year by district. Teacher turnover is defined as...

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Monday, June 22, 2015

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Governor announces charter advisory appointments

Governor Pat McCrory announced Wednesday his appointments to the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Charter Schools Advisory Board.  Joe Maimone,...

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Grandpa’s education journey

Dear Miles,  This weekend is Father’s Day. I am thankful you have had an opportunity to meet my father and...

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A national leader slows down

As spring melted into summer in 1973, the General Assembly converted a pilot program into full-day kindergartens for five-year-olds in...

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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Coalition ends legal fight for desegregation in Pitt County

The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children announced today that it’s ending litigation over a 2011 school assignment plan...

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Senate budget spurs heated education debate

The Senate budget passed its final reading today. Now, all that remains is for the Senate and House to hammer...

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Eruption of democracy

When the Moore County School Board voted 5-3 to unilaterally terminate Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey’s contract, there was an eruption...

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NELA: Public Impact’s Bryan Hassel on Opportunity Culture

A conversation with Bryan Hassel on Opportunity Culture “Overall pay, overall education spending needs to come up in this state,...

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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NELA: Rick Hess on cage busting teachers

A conversation with Rick Hess on his book, Cage Busting Teachers “How do we let teachers create the schools and systems...

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Tammy Lynn Center: Empowering families, enriching lives

In 1969, three Triangle area families came together with a simple mission — to give their children with disabilities a...

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Teachers want their turn to speak on Common Core

Parents had their say on Common Core during yesterday’s Academic Standards Review Commission meeting, but some teachers are questioning the...

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The Senate budget: An overview

Update: The Senate met Tuesday and then adjourned until Wednesday at 11.am.  Ever since the House budget was released a few weeks...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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NELA: A sense of urgency

“Every single day teachers have the power to make it a great day for that child or not a great...

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NELA: Teachers leading change

Supporting teacher leaders at the school and district level Imagining possibilities and breaking down barriers “It’s a great day to...

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Public School Forum honors Governor Jim Hunt

Former Governor Jim Hunt and his wife, Carolyn, received the 2015 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award from the Public School...

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Monday, June 15, 2015

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Math teachers write letter to Academic Review Standards Commission

Dear Members of the Academic Review Standards Commission, We appreciate your ongoing analysis of the Common Core state standards and...

 

2013-14 Annual Measurable Objectives by school

This week’s map takes a closer look at the latest Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) at the school level.  AMOs are...

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North Carolina marks five years of Common Core

Wednesday, June 4, marked the five-year anniversary of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in North Carolina. How...

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Celebrating success for NC’s Microsoft IT Academy

It seems like yesterday that I joined legislators and business leaders over at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh to...

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Mebane Rash on In Depth with Rob Boisvert

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Friday, June 12, 2015

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The importance of rigor in any standards

As a third grade classroom teacher, I have to say … I don’t hate the Common Core. I started my...

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Education recognized as key state asset

Thrive in North Carolina, the website of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, delivers a powerful message about education...

 

NC STEM Center e-update

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

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The power of parents

With more than 1,520,305 students in traditional public and charter schools across North Carolina, a whole lot of parents can...

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Game on South Carolina

Yes, South Carolina, you beat our legislators in basketball. Yes, South Carolina, you seem to have a winning strategy for teacher...

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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From the scoreboard to the chalkboard

Growing up, sports were a huge part of my life. In college, I loved my classes, my friends, nights downtown,...

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Education by our community for our community about our community

The students walked 1,046 steps from Washington GT Magnet Elementary School to Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant in downtown Raleigh....

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The education fork in the road

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in The Gaston Gazette on June 7, 2015. Yogi Berra once said, “When...

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Great learning starts with great teachers

Yesterday, the John Locke Foundation held the Shaftesbury Society Luncheon event “Great Learning Starts With Great Leaders,” featuring guest speaker...

 

A primer on special education

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Monday, June 8, 2015

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Honoring the public service of Carolyn Leonard Hunt

  “We had very similar backgrounds, very similar. Both growing up in the country, working hard on our families’ farms,...

 

2013-14 annual measurable targets by district

This week’s map looks at the school districts that met annual measurable objectives (AMOs) across the state.  AMOs are a...

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Jim Hunt: The rise of an education governor

“The best leaders . . . have it working on their guts and their hearts. Everybody needs to have a...

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Public Schools First NC posts interview with Governor Jim Hunt

Last Thursday night, Public Schools First NC hosted an event in Raleigh with Governor Jim Hunt.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

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4th Circuit Appeals Court releases Pitt County Schools from federal desegregation orders

In a disappointing 2-1 decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 2013 ruling of the U.S. District Court...

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Friday, June 5, 2015

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The impact of a multicultural consumer group on our perception of race and education as we know it

Dear Miles, Two trends – population growth and volume purchasing power – are going to redefine your place in our...

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Testing the educational purpose of athletics

Last year, 16 North Carolina high school boy’s football teams played 16 games between late August and mid-December. Over the...

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State Board of Education: June 4

This article will be updated throughout the day. Charter schools 11:39 am The Board voted today on 18 charter schools...

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

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As the school year ends, take time to thank a teacher

How many people remember favorite teachers from elementary school? What about from junior high or middle school? From high school or even...

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Career status upheld

The North Carolina Court of Appeals held on Tuesday that the General Assembly cannot take career status away from teachers...

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State Board of Education: June 3

This article will be updated throughout the day. Testing  3:30pm Tammy Howard, director of Accountability Operations for DPI, presented a...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Increasing seat time by providing breakfast in the classroom

In 1988, I spent some time at this nutrition clinic in Zaire, Africa. Watching malnutrition take hold of a child’s...

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Books on break

Reading and the ability to read have always been an important key to learning.  Yet year after year students, teachers...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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North Carolina is a beacon for special education

When I tell people that I am becoming a special education teacher, their first question is usually, “So what made...

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Monday, June 1, 2015

 

Mapping NC student proficiency by school, 2013-14

This week’s map takes a closer look at the newest proficiency data at the school level. The table to the...

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Charlotte panel discusses ‘urgent’ teacher pipeline need

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark has a new recruiting strategy — asking community members to lure teachers they know to...

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Building trust to implement evidence-based education

The argument for evidence-based education practice is clear: Given that we have finite human and financial resources, we must concentrate...