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Developing good principals without reforming pay

A group of lawmakers spent about 26 minutes hearing about problems with the principal salary schedule in January. They convened...

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Monday, February 29, 2016

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Education innovators can improve student learning, help teacher effectiveness

As the first decade of the 21st century closed, North Carolina’s economy was on a firm foundation for growth –...

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Friday, February 26, 2016

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Pre-k benefits: magic or myth?

Lawmakers heard from a variety of experts on the value of pre-k education Wednesday, but in the end were possibly...

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Facts vs. facts in education debate

Elections call upon voters to compare and contrast candidates in terms of personality, policy, and partisanship, as well as ability,...

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A broader, bolder education policy framework

A new education policy trend is gaining momentum. We are starting to say good-bye to the days of “no excuses”...

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Revenue forecast, election year politics likely to dictate size of teacher raises

Last month, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson proposed an across-the-board 10 percent pay raise for all North Carolina...

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

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A troubling trend in child poverty

High child poverty is increasing nationwide, and the country’s rural places have a disproportionate share of children living in persistently...

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Advisory Council wants to keep Virtual Public School funding the same

Editor’s Note: This article discusses the North Carolina Virtual Public School — the second largest state virtual school in the...

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Bravery and resilience

The concept of resilience has been discussed more often in education circles of late as policymakers and others pay more...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Local groups continue lawsuit against Halifax Commissioners

The lawsuit against the Halifax County Board of Commissioners for not providing a sound basic education to all county students...

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CMS High Schools culinary contest on its way

The following is a press release from the Green Teacher Network Charlotte: Green Teacher Network is proud to announce its...

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Computer science education support surging, but who’s going to teach it?

Due in large part to Code.org’s advocacy campaign and their remarkable Hour of Code event, support for K-12 computer science education...

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What kind of specialist are you?

When I was little, I remember sitting on the floor of our den doing homework with the television blaring. Mama...

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Monday, February 22, 2016

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Funding our schools: Employee benefits

The leadership of the General Assembly likes to claim credit for annually increasing the K-12 public education budget in North...

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TeachStrong panel discusses pay, promotions for teachers

By the end of the panel discussion inside a West Charlotte middle school gym, one veteran teacher sitting in the...

 

Consider It Mapped: How mapmaker Emily Antoszyk sees our world

We are living in an increasingly visual society. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram show our desire for information that...

 

Raleigh Reads

The sound of hammers and saws echoed down the hall of Exploris School in Raleigh last Thursday, but it wasn’t...

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Policymakers must focus on wages if North Carolina is to adapt to “the future of work”

The Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State wrapped up its annual public policy forum last week. The forum brings...

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Friday, February 19, 2016

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Ep. 3: Interview with Lee Teague

For our third podcast, I interview Lee Teague, the newly named executive director of the North Carolina Public Charter Schools...

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Learning from London about school improvement

As education policymakers in North Carolina grapple with how to improve low-performing schools, they might want to consider the experience...

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Expecting more jobs, education, and opportunity in Arkansas

When we talk about the future of work, we often look at the number of jobs likely to be created...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Technology is everywhere in education

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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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Students for Education Reform speak out on CMS reassignment

On February 9th, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board heard comment from the CMS community about its school reassignment plan. The goal...

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Confusion over charter schools

I am a teacher in a North Carolina Public Charter School. A colleague from another school system recently congratulated me...

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What’s next?

It’s the year 2025. Children hear stories from their grandparents about a time when teachers assigned grades of A through...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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John Kasich’s advice for North Carolinians

Last week, Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary. Both results would have been a major...

 

Getting kids ready to read in Wayne County

In 2013, the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported that, nationally, 66 percent of fourth graders (82 percent if indigent) were...

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State’s Leading Experts Collaborate on Grade-Level Reading

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.  Raleigh – Thirty experts from North Carolina’s leading...

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New NC child health report card: Improvements in parents’ health, insurance needed to help kids

This report and press release were distributed by NC Child and the NC Institute of Medicine today North Carolina’s latest child...

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Why students should learn to write computer code

It was time for language arts in Ms. Slomski’s class at Oak View Elementary School in High Point, North Carolina,...

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North Carolina, we need you and you need us

From a young age I thought that teaching was “cool,” but never considered the career until recently when I reflected...

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Susan Metts is recognized for her approach for teaching art

Susan Metts enjoys making art and she enjoys working with and inspiring young people. So being an art teacher is...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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North Carolina schools ranked seventh

North Carolina’s public schools are currently producing better results than you might think, according to a recent analysis of independent...

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Monday, February 15, 2015

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“Sitting Down for Dr. King”… in elementary school

As part of Black History Month, the students in Catherine Wilkinson’s 4th grade class at Burlington’s Pleasant Grove Elementary put...

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Funding our schools: Tensions around class size

In my last column I talked some about class size and teacher planning time. Most people in North Carolina, probably...

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An Excerpt: Race and Education in North Carolina

The Greensboro city system, located within Guilford County, provides a particularly positive illustration of the (desegregation) process. Greensboro was among...

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Superintendent Atkinson thanks bus drivers

Superintendent June Atkinson stopped by Wake County’s Holly Springs High School to help staff and students celebrate bus drivers and...

 

Engaging youth for FutureWork

On November 6, 2015, Institute for Emerging Issues had the pleasure of convening youth specialists, civic engagement enthusiasts, and young leaders...

 

Leading with the future in mind

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM Ever since I was sent to Caswell County to serve as a...

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New evidence of jogging in place on preschool

Back in June, when the General Assembly had yet to complete the biennial budget, I wrote this observation about state...

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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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FutureWork: A systemic disruption

The banners hanging from the street lights say simply, “Think and Do.” It was the welcome participants received as they gathered...

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What is it like being designated as a low performing school?

I am currently the principal of what our state of North Carolina deems as a “low performing school.” Based on...

 

A maze of facts muddies the education funding issue in Haywood County: But a basic understanding is important

I’ve spoken with several local residents who are determined to learn the truth in the swirling debate about education funding...

 

10 skills graduates need today for FutureWork

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM This particular student’s first year high school schedule was familiar: English, algebra and...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 

The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology: Preparing students for the future of work

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM Preparing North Carolina’s students for the future of work will require closer...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 

Weaving a STEM continuum into the Cabarrus County schools

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM In 2011, Cabarrus County Schools (CCS) established a K-12 STEM pipeline. Five...

 

Sometimes you just have to ask the right question!

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM We at South Central High School in Winterville would like to share...

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Helping the traumatized student

Last week, the Public School Forum of North Carolina hosted two trauma experts as part of a Study Group of...

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Funding our schools: Recommendations for funding for teaching assistants

For a number of years, the North Carolina General Assembly’s leadership has been reducing funding to school districts for teacher...

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Monday, February 8, 2016

 

Not your father’s shop class

VOICES FROM THE 31ST ANNUAL EMERGING ISSUES FORUM Yesterday’s vocational education has evolved to become today’s Career and Technical Education....

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Ep. 2: Interview with Terrance Ruth

In the second episode of EdTalk, I interviewed Terrance Ruth, a columnist at EducationNC and an alternative school principal. We talked about...

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Federal education law gets NC hearing

Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, stole the headlines during the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee Tuesday, but legislators did hear important...

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State Board tries and fails to put budget controversy to rest

The State Board of Education tried to end the controversy over the Department of Public Instruction reorganization yesterday, but a...

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A new year of hope and the need for new resolutions in education 

I am reminded daily that the idea of an education is a true source of hope for social and economic...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

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The agenda-setting capacity of the elected

The setting had none of the trappings of a campaign rally – no red-white-and-blue bunting, no thumping amplified music, no...

 

How do we prepare the state’s next generation of workers?

We need new strategies for reskilling in a world where innovation looks like this. As market demand for labor rapidly...

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Judge dismisses Halifax merger lawsuit

In a document filed Tuesday, a Superior Court judge dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit against the Halifax County Board of Commissioners...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Predicting disruptions in NC’s workforce

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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Could raising the state’s dropout age save more “at-risk” students?

Aron Gabriel, assistant superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools, hears the arguments against raising the dropout age in North Carolina from...

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Thursday, February 4, 2015

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Facing our economic, workforce, and educational challenges for the next generation

Two new reports from the nonprofit Educational Testing Service, the organization that administers the PRAXIS, GRE, and a slew of...

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Leadership: Learning to lead like no one is watching

Of the many scholarships I applied for my senior year of high school, the Golden LEAF Scholars offered perhaps the...

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Congressional hearing on opportunity scholarships

Right now there is a national Congressional hearing on opportunity scholarships. Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg, is testifying. If you want...

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When education is based on politics, paranoia and propaganda

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we had a documentary tracing the before and the after of Common Core? We as...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Power of college access in rural communities

What role should schools play in improving the rural quality of life? That’s the question posed in a recent article in The...

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Senator hijacks meeting to interrogate state superintendent

A legislative committee meeting took a turn yesterday when Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, questioned the state’s top educator on funding decisions for...

 

Mr. Egan: “He’s a legend”

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system.   “I belong in the class,” he also says....

 

FutureWork: The 31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum

North Carolina faces an enormous “FutureWork” challenge as two big trends converge: the “rise of the robots” means that automation...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Trend in teachers with National Board Certification in North Carolina

This month on Consider It Mapped, we continue to look at data on National Board-certified teacher distribution across North Carolina....

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Senate leader decries DPI reorganization

The News & Observer and WRAL are reporting that Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, is upset about state education leaders’...

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Teacher pay increase: The time is now

When the first state superintendent of public instruction, Calvin H. Wiley presented his report to the General Assembly in the...

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Inside the school that immerses students in Spanish — and technology

A Spanish immersion program makes full use of technology in the classroom The thought of preparing our students for their...

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The Kenan Fellows Program pledges support for Teach to Lead

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program. The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development...

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Regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year Named

Below is a press release from the state Department of Public Instruction Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected...

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What you need to know about Achievement School Districts

Last week was a busy one for those interested in the idea of Achievement School Districts (ASD), and we have...

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CMS Board still divided on superintendent search

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board is split along racial lines about whether to extend Superintendent Ann Clark’s contract by another year...

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Monday, February 1, 2016