Updates from the November charter school advisory board meeting

This article was first posted on the A.J. Fletcher Foundation Website   *UPDATE: Please scroll to the end for an update...


New model of teacher pay to launch in Chapel Hill-Carrboro

The debate over education in North Carolina often revolves around how best to pay teachers. While lawmakers discuss options at...

Monday, November 30, 2015


How to effectively engage with policymakers

Last year, I had the unique opportunity to work on federal education policy in Congress, serving as a legislative fellow...

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Blooming partners: Conetoe and Cape Hatteras

I was there when students from Cape Hatteras Secondary School traveled for the first time to Conetoe to kick off a...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Students as food heroes

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many of us are stopping to consider what we are grateful for this year. Facebook...


What would it take to change a ten year old child’s view of food availability in their community?

Over the last twelve weeks, 88 fourth and fifth graders of The Exploris School explored nutrition through the lens of...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Works in progress: Educator growth through professional learning experiences

One of my core values is personal growth. I believe firmly that I am a work in progress as an...


Shutting the door to our clunky, beautiful democracy

This perspective was originally published in the News & Observer on November 20, 2015. In the civics class I teach...


5 basic understandings about teacher education

Alarmist concerns about public schooling have been expressed for over a century. While not entirely new, we are witnessing now...


Are North Carolina magnet schools failing?

Since their inception, public magnet schools have served as innovative alternatives to traditional district schools. They act as an avenue...

Monday, November 23, 2015


The gains and pains of desegregation

Segregation is creeping into schools across the United States and reversing gains made by the African-American population since the end...


New leaders will shake up education advocacy in Charlotte

Two of the most influential public education organizations in Mecklenburg County will bring on new leaders in the next six...


North Carolina’s low-performing school boom

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with information and data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The number of...


NC STEM Center e-Update: SMT Awards, Speaking STEM-ish, SATs and Happy Thanksgiving

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

Friday, November 20, 2015


Education helps make an economy “future-ready”

North Carolina — and especially its Research Triangle and Charlotte metropolitan area — regularly show up on those “best places”...


Balancing choice and community in public education

A version of this essay was delivered as a speech at the Morehead-Cain Alumni Forum in Chapel Hill, N.C., October...


The Rosenwald Schools of North Carolina

The Rev. Lorenzo Lynch dressed as if he was going to church. It was a hot September weekday when he...


Hearing from North Carolina’s future teachers

Much has been made about the teacher pipeline issue in North Carolina and how to fix it. The New York...

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Segregation in Harnett County

Local residents in Harnett County are going to the federal government with charges of discrimination against local education leaders.  Tuesday, Citizens...


New support program retains teachers well

These days whenever I speak with local superintendents, human resource directors, and school administrators, the discussion often returns to the...


A conversation about Working Landscapes

One of the great joys of traveling North Carolina with EdNC is the sheer number of organizations and individuals you meet...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I attended that low-performing school

As a graduate of A.L. Brown High School and a student of education policy, I always look forward to reading...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


What do you want for the children of North Carolina?

Much has been said of late — emanating from those in control in Raleigh — touting their “investment” in K-12 public...


STEM partnership creates unique experience for students

There aren’t enough young people who want to be scientists and engineers. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that only 16...

Monday, November 16, 2015


5 lessons we can learn from the #ConcernedStudent1950 protests

Like so many in the nation, I’ve been closely following the ‪#‎ConcernedStudent1950 protests at the University of Missouri. As an educator, I...


CMS wants support from local elected officials

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board is planning to form a group of local elected officials who will work with them to...

Friday, November 13, 2015


Three districts, one county: Some context on education in Lexington, Thomasville, and Davidson County

Recently, EdNC posted two articles celebrating the effort that local educators and elected officials are making in Lexington City Schools and Davidson...


It’s not so simple

The release of the biennial “Nation’s Report Card” comes in an outpouring of digital charts, graphs, and words posted on...


GOP, Dems still spending very little time on education in presidential race

Up until the November 6 Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum on MSNBC, the GOP was up one to nothing on education....

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Reading to learn

In recent years, North Carolina’s legislative leaders have zeroed in on early literacy and particularly third-grade reading skills, and rightly...


CTE changes and saves lives

“When am I ever going to use this stuff?” Students ask teachers this question every day. For Mary Kelly, a...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


A can-do spirit

Last week, the Department of Public Instruction hosted two events, labeled SummerPalooza, in eastern North Carolina focused on feeding hungry students over...


Leandro hearing postponed

Next week’s  hearing in Hoke County Board of Education v. State — otherwise known as Leandro — has been postponed until April. ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


North Carolina PTA: Creating community

Growing up in Randolph County, one of my earliest memories of feeling part of an educational community was going with...


US2020 RTP hosts Gaming and IT Expo at The Frontier

“Today, this building is yours. We want your imagination to be limitless.”  Bob Geolas, the president and CEO of the...


NC State Board of Education honors 7 STEM schools of distinction

The North Carolina State Board of Education has recognized seven public schools for exemplary leadership and instruction in Science, Technology,...

Monday, November 9, 2015


Dashew joins incumbents on school board

Elyse Dashew, a CMS parent making her second run for office, will join incumbents Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray on...


Creating a learning trajectory for all students: Meet Milo

Think about what it is like to be the superintendent in the school district with the fewest resources to spend...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NC STEM Center e-Update: Digital Learning, BTG2015, Kenan Fellows and Power of Explanation

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

Friday, November 6, 2015


Why families choose homeschooling

When North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest and his wife Alice began homeschooling 17 years ago, they never imagined its...


Democrats’ dilemma over education politics

Over the past five years, Democrats have watched as a Republican legislative majority unraveled the fabric of state education policy...


Highlights from State Board of Education: Nov. 4-5

American Indian Education American Indian students in North Carolina are not faring as well as their peers, according to a...


A network for protecting kids: State and local nonprofits together

“She always puts us before her,” Demetria’s 14-year-old daughter says with obvious pride as she looks over at her mom....

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Providing a post-racial home culture

Dear Miles, You have had a wonderful opportunity to spend large amounts of valuable time at home with your mom....


34 remixed

For my 35th — and last — Thursday Transcript, I decided to see what I wrote about the other 34 times....

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


The Public School Forum Launches Study Group XVI

The Public School Forum of North Carolina was founded in 1986. Since that time they have built a reputation as...


The future of agriculture in North Carolina

At the end of the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom event in Duplin County, Michele Reedy, the North Carolina...


Speech by Sen. Phil Berger raises questions about the future of teacher assistants, schools of education in NC

  On October 27, 2015,  Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) gave a speech on public education reform at Best NC’s second...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Agriculture: An industry that touches everyone

The North Carolina Farm Bureau brought its Ag in the Classroom program to Kenansville Elementary School in Duplin County last...


Now playing in NC: Superb teachers leave, best students avoid profession

This perspective was originally published in The News & Observer on October 31, 2015. My son wants to teach high...

Monday, November 2, 2015


Reconnecting with North Carolina’s agricultural roots

You see them on your drive to the beach. The rolling fields of tobacco, soybeans, corn, cotton, and wheat. You...


Test results paint mixed picture for CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students outperformed their peers in other large, urban school districts across the country, according to the results of...

Understanding free or reduced-price lunches

The proportion of students in a school who opt into the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to receive free...


Local officials leading the way for students in Lexington

There is a reason Newell Clark, the mayor of Lexington, is on the board of directors of EdNC. He is...