Sunday, November 1, 2015

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NAEP scores and Common Core

Every two years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress administers rigorous math and reading tests to a representative sample of...

Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Conflicting codes call Halifax votes into question

A few weeks ago, Halifax was a center of drama concerning the professional fate of Superintendent Elease Frederick.  First, the...

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Fun, familiar, and fresh: Farm to school can bring excitement to school cafeterias

It was 10:00 a.m. in the South Warren Elementary cafeteria. Ms. Bullock, Ms. Kearney, Ms. Jones, and I were busy...

Friday, October 30, 2015

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When F stands for fiercely proud of my ‘failing’ school

This perspective was originally published in The News & Observer on October 27, 2015. In 2013, the General Assembly passed...

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Too much standardized testing

The recent study by the Council of the Great City Schools on standardized testing entitled “Student Testing in America’s Great...

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NAEP reveals mixed scores in North Carolina

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — also known as “The Nation’s Report Card” — has released its 2015...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Guilford County school gardens fight hunger

“I feel like I’m trick or treating!” Rose yelled as she carefully snapped off a head of broccoli and placed...

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Moving past intentional inequities in education

Last week, I had the opportunity to share some of my Constitutional Tales with the Public School Forum’s Study Group...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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The South got something to say

Two weeks ago I was preparing to travel to Mississippi. As I went from store to store getting prepared for...

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Exploring my roots

I grew up about 10 miles south of Rocky Mount in a town called Elm City with just one main...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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The power of a worm

“Can I take some home with me? I’ll keep really good care of them and feed them,” promised Zamire as...

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Differentiated science and math for students with multiple disabilities

Thirty years ago as a pre-service teacher, I would never have imagined that such positive, high expectations would now be...

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Preventing youth suicide: What the latest data tells us and where we go from here

We’ve come a long way, but the road is hard. When it comes to preventing child deaths, our state has...

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Not a matter of degrees

For three years now, I’ve been defending the decision of the North Carolina General Assembly to end the longstanding practice...

Monday, October 26, 2015

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CMS reviewing “Guiding Principles” for student assignment

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools march toward a 2016 full of discussion about the types of campuses students attend and the boundaries...

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Pre-K: Quality matters

It’s been an interesting month for pre-kindergarten. Three evaluations – one in Tennessee that received significant press attention, one in...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

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Day of the Girl and the support for girls’ education

October 11 was the Day of the Girl, a day set aside by the United Nations to honor girls’ rights and...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

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Breaking News: Inaccurate comparison of teachers leaving for personal reasons

In the most recent 2014-15 turnover report, the state says 5,681 teachers left for personal reasons last year — a dramatic increase...

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Teacher turnover isn’t always what it seems

Takeaways on turnover: The state’s turnover report says, “Generally, teachers are remaining in the classroom in North Carolina.” There are 96,081 teachers across our...

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...

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Assessing new community college remediation rates

Last year, 42 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in one or more remedial or “developmental” math and/or English...

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Homeschooling’s credibility in college admissions

As the homeschooling movement grows in size and stature, many parents remain anxious about how their children will fare in...

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Education bends to Republican dynamics

Preamble: The great debate over the future of preK-12 education in North Carolina does not take place in an isolated,...

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Womble selected as NCCAT Executive Director

The following is a press release from NCCAT CULLOWHEE (October 21, 2015)—The Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Center...

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Durham charter schools educating, not taking students

This perspective was originally published at The News & Observer on October 19, 2015 Laying the blame for Durham Public...

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Republican Mark Johnson enters race for superintendent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxAdBWfhf0I Republican Mark Johnson has officially entered the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In a video posted to...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Change: The fairy tale come to life

Governments, laws, and public policies control the lives of every citizen in the United States, yet the vast majority of...

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Lee County High School starts IB program

In today’s global economy, it is important to help our students compete on an international scale. After three years of...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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As Common Core review wraps up, a look at what’s next

After more than a year, a state-mandated review of North Carolina’s highly divisive Common Core curriculum is in its final...

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Telling student stories to change public policy

Two weeks ago, I gathered with 120 students in Raleigh for an all day public policy bootcamp. The students asked, and...

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WCPSS teacher pay proposal offers no real solutions

This article was originally published at the Civitas Institute on October 14, 2015. It is reprinted with the author’s permission. In June,...

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New senior education advisor joins governor’s ranks

Education was a critical topic during this past long session of the General Assembly, capturing the attention of the public,...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Students inspired to champion their disabilities and pursue STEM careers

This year’s STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities was uplifting and engaging. For the third year in a row,...

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A public policy boot camp for students, designed by teachers

Policy change is about building a better future. https://youtu.be/fbWebhZN6co As I wrapped up my first year of teaching last year, I...

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Public School Forum to kick off educational-opportunity study group  

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina RALEIGH, NC (October 19, 2015) –...

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Judging schools by an unfair standard

This perspective was published in the Winston-Salem Journal on October 17, 2015. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. Undeserved,...

Monday, October 19, 2015

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The invention of bullying

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to work on violence prevention efforts with a group of educators, law enforcement,...

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CMS board to consider magnet school changes

Big changes could be on the way for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools families and staff as the district moves to address concerns...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Local group calls for removal of trio on Halifax Board of Education

Following on last week’s sudden firing and then, a few days later, rehiring of Halifax Schools Superintendent Elease Frederick, a...

Friday, October 16, 2015

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In numbers, homeschool overtakes private school

For non-public education in North Carolina, the 2013-14 school year marked an historic shift. For the first time on record,...

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Wake County: Acting like a grown-up

With its population now bumping up to the 1 million mark, Wake County grew by more than 10 percent in...

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Superintendent June Atkinson to run for re-election

A moment of reckoning is coming up for some of our elected leaders at the highest levels of state government....

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Chatham teacher receives “Oscar” of teaching

The following is a press release from the state Department of Public Instruction Best day ever? If you were to...

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Public School Forum Expanding Beginning Teacher Network Statewide

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina: RALEIGH, NC (October 15, 2015) –...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Best lines from Constitutional Tales

Last week a group assembled in the House Chambers of the State Capitol to re-enact the 1868 Constitutional Convention. While...

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The BYOD movement in North Carolina

The “BYOD” concept is sweeping the nation and the trend is currently hitting many North Carolina schools. Wake County, Newton-Conover...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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The 2015 North Carolina Rural Assembly

Connectivity was the topic of the North Carolina Rural Center’s 2015 Rural Assembly, and the importance of broadband access for...

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Heading to Mississippi

This week I head to the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. It will be my first trip to...

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Democrats debate… education?

The GOP presidential debates have been light on education thus far. In the first Republican debate, moderators gave the candidates...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Early intervention prepares children with developmental delays for success

All the research agrees that a child’s early years are critically important for development. That is why, since 1986, the...

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Quality STEM jobs: Who is getting them?

We’ve got some STEMpathy if you’re kind of over stories about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, and the...

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EdNC’s architecture of participation

From the beginning, EdNC.org has dedicated ourselves to giving everyone a voice in the conversation around the future of our...

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Will Ann Clark stay on as CMS superintendent?

At the beginning of the school year, I wrote that one of the most important issues Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools would need...

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Energy WISE

Several years ago I was asked to develop an energy management program for Guilford County Schools. With more than 120 schools...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 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...

Friday, October 9, 2015

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Schools remain a key to the American Dream

Through much of 2014, I grappled with the stunning research of Raj Chetty and his colleagues at the Equality of...

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A child population like none before

School classrooms across North Carolina have changed radically in recent decades. Today’s students read materials on tablet computers rather than...

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Halifax County School District reinstates superintendent

At a special meeting this morning, the Halifax County School District Board of Education reinstated the contract of Dr. Elease...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Principals’ association recieves American Express grant for professional development program

Through its national Principals Path to Leadership Grant, The American Express Foundation has awarded $365,000 to The N.C. Principals &...

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Who are the winners?

In the wake of the General Assembly leaving town, it is hard for analysis of legislation not to fall into...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Halifax School Board ousts superintendent… for now

Less than two months after the start of the school year, the Halifax Board of Education has fired its superintendent,...

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Jamie

Our stories begin before we do. Teenagers in Caldwell County in love, or who thought they were, give birth to a little boy. A...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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What didn’t happen at the General Assembly: A 2015 session overview

Given the epic wait for a budget from the General Assembly, it’s easy to overlook the many other decisions and indecisions...

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A STEM school sets up students for success

I visited Wake NCSU STEM Early College High School (STEM ECHS) on a bright, sunny Wednesday. As I parked out...

Monday, October 5, 2015

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From Edenton to Pactolus Elementary: The journey of Steve Lassiter to become Principal of the Year

If Pactolus Elementary’s Principal Steve Lassiter were applying for a job, he’d send in a resume. Whoever reviewed it would surely...

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School food gets the professional touch

Clark Barlowe, who owns the farm-to-table restaurant Heirloom and is Charlotte magazine’s reigning chef of the year, is no stranger to innovation....

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

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Consider it mapped and the 2014-15 school grades

Yesterday Emily Antosyk of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation released her latest map allowing comparison of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school...

Friday, October 2, 2015

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Unfinished business still awaits legislators

Before the General Assembly ended its long 2015 session this week, it left behind 40 single-spaced pages of instructions, requirements,...

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Teacher turnover up slightly from last year, but long-term trend troubling

Teacher turnover rates were up slightly in the 2014-15 school year when compared to the previous year, according to a...

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Starting  the debate over on funding meals for children

The General Assembly has gone home. And one issue shelved was shifting more public school district funds to charter schools....

New school report cards

The new public school reports cards are in. Wonder how your school fared? We’ve got you covered. We’ve updated our maps...