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Teacher import and export update

Despite the claims of some, North Carolina is not a “net exporter of teachers.” In a newsletter published in October,...

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Schools, students struggle with impact of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law

For some children in North Carolina public schools, going to the bathroom has always been an ordeal. Now, one week...

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Contrary research on Achievement School Districts

The House Select Committee on Achievement School Districts heard yesterday from experts who presented a less-than rosy view of Achievement...

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Men of Color at Community College: Increasing Completion Rates

Race still plays a big part in who gets ahead in this country, and that stratification is very evident in...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Diana B. Lys

Teachers are nation builders! And they build a nation – our nation – one student, one classroom, and, collectively, one school...

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Achievement School Districts and Innovation Zones: Systemic solutions or flashes in the pan?

A legislative committee met yesterday to continue considering a controversial proposal to create an Achievement School District (ASD) in North Carolina....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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What superintendents think candidates should care about

At the recent North Carolina School Superintendents Association Next Generation Superintendent Development Program, I had the opportunity to ask superintendents from...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: The New Teacher Support Program

The North Carolina New Teacher Support Program assists beginning teachers in their first three years of teaching, the period when a...

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We need one education system

Eight years after the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, our country is at a crossroads. As political...

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Introducing a community to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit, hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, was a game...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Coding: “We know what’s in the future. And this is it.”

In a second grade class room at District 7 Elementary School in Wade, the mission of a national nonprofit, Code.org,...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Jeff Vamvakias

The signs are everywhere. They aren’t immediately apparent at first, but once you see the first one, the others suddenly come...

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Monday, March 28, 2016

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North Carolina’s achievement gap fastest growing in 35 states

Editor’s Note: Groups involved with the Education Equality Index have since taken back the statement that North Carolina has the...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Yolonda Black

Yolonda Black knew from an early age that she wanted to teach; she just didn’t know exactly what that meant. Yolonda...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Katie B. Morris

To change and to improve are two different things. – German proverb Improvement of K-12 public education through investments in early...

 

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter

Preparing more, higher quality teachers and school leaders for North Carolina’s public schools has long been one of the University...

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Every minute counts at Walker-Spivey Elementary School

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system.     “I was upset,” says Liz...

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The truth on education spending

In my short time as senior education advisor to Gov. Pat McCrory, I have observed a disconnect between the narrative...

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Changes to Common Core standards on the horizon

Deputy State Superintendent Rebecca Garland unveiled hints of the potential consequences of changes to the Common Core State standards at...

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Schools that pull communities together

The cover headline on the March issue of The Atlantic asks, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?” Piloting his own...

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Friday, March 25, 2016

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Rep. Stam: Limit severance for superintendents

Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, Speaker Pro Tempore, dropped a draft of legislation with some far-reaching implications onto the desks of fellow members...

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Study suggests state turnaround efforts ineffective

The following is the abstract of the working paper: School Turnaround in North Carolina: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis, by Helen Ladd of...

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Giving five to promote summer reading

Three years ago, the Department of Public Instruction launched the first statewide Give Five – Read Five campaign because research...

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

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The feds give up on education

Many educators at the state and local level were happy when Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal...

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Let’s talk about data

In case you missed it, EdNC launched its EdData Dashboard last week. The culmination of six weeks of planing, research,...

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Racial divisions grow in state’s largest school districts

For Justin Perry, all of this—the landmark court case that dismantled Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) diversity-friendly school assignments at the turn...

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Third grade poetry that inspires

There’s a rattan trunk at the foot of our bed that is crammed full of memories. I opened it up...

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The lost leaf

The lost leaf That boy in the mirror feels lost Like he can’t go thorough life anymore That little voice in...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Where superintendents go to learn

In the world of North Carolina education, the words “professional development” get thrown around a lot. There are professional development...

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Restoring pride in Tarboro

As you walk up the sidewalk to the doors of Martin Millennium Academy in Tarboro, flags of countries from around...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Turning around Rock Rest Elementary School

Five years ago, Rock Rest Elementary School in Union County would have had an F under the current state grading...

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How vocational high schools can help fix North Carolina’s leaky STEM pipeline

One of the professional development sessions I participated in as a Kenan Fellow was an opportunity to talk to people...

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Stark differences across North Carolina for young people 

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina A new report released today by...

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Teacher retention first, then recruitment

Once again, those of us in the education world find ourselves wringing our hands about a teacher shortage. We can’t...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

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Cooper-McCrory take stands on public education, free community college

Now that North Carolina voters have chosen the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and other statewide offices, a moment...

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Friday, March 18, 2016

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New Opportunity Scholarship applications surge

The following is a press release from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) Thousands of new families are...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Full STEM ahead with arrival of spring

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, March 17, 2016

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The status of women in North Carolina

The Status of Women in the States project recently released its massive Status of Women in the South report, a look...

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The votes are in

Yesterday, North Carolina citizens gathered at polling places around the state to cast their vote for a variety of offices...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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What education issues should candidates focus on? Students weigh in

The primary elections are over. As we head into the general elections, what do students have to say about the...

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The Food Ark brings hope

Last week, groups from across the Triangle region pitched their idea for the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fresh Food Challenge....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Governor Jim Martin and former Public School Forum leaders to receive annual Education Leadership Award

The following is a press release from Public School Forum of North Carolina Former North Carolina Governor James G. Martin...

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Introducing the EdData Dashboard

Often people disagree about the facts. But data can help us find common ground. We think good data leads to...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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CMS survey data shows preference for “neighborhood schools”

Preliminary results from a survey conducted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools show parents want the Board of Education to prioritize neighborhood schools...

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IEPs and 504 plans for children with special needs: What’s the difference?

You’ve seen a child struggling with school. You know they need help. You’ve heard the acronym “IEP” here and there,...

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Charter schools oversight board looks toward strengthening the application process, questions charters in trouble

Members of the Charter School Advisory Board kicked off their March meeting with a lengthy discussion about how to uphold...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

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Republican voters face unpredictable choices for superintendent

The three Republicans running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction share several common traits as candidates: Each is a newcomer...

 

Labs and innovative teachers make STEM come alive for students

One of the nation’s premier aircraft manufacturers, Spirit Aerosystems of Kinston, is only about 31 miles away from West Craven...

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Corporal punishment in North Carolina’s public schools: Almost gone and good riddance

In 1985, the NC General Assembly formally affirmed the authority of local boards of education to determine whether corporal punishment...

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Former N.C. Gov. Perdue leads SXSW panel on innovations and challenges for classroom tech

Former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue led a South by Southwest (SXSW) Education forum on Wednesday on how education technology can...

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Life outside the classroom walls

In North Carolina, state law mandates that schools be in session for 185 days or deliver 1,025 hours of instruction. That means...

 

Technology brings the world to every teacher and student

If you’re looking for a school system that can splurge on the latest technology for all students and teachers, Rutherford...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

Technology expands science access, empowers teachers and students

People write letters to the editor to say thanks to Buncombe County teacher Brian Maccarelli. He serves on advisory boards,...

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Everyday heroes work on planting seeds for the future

Millions of North Carolinians interact with our education system every day. Parents, educators, staff, administrators, students. It is a complex...

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ESSA public comment sessions scheduled

The following is a press release from Public Schools of North Carolina Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Teacher background checks and school dropouts

The State Board of Education heard a presentation on criminal screening procedures during the second day of its meeting last...

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Louisburg High teacher embraces digital learning, sticks it to winter weather

At Louisburg High School, Advanced Placement (AP) World History teacher Erin Hull is using technology to bridge the gap between...

 

A district’s journey to inspire young readers, stop summer learning loss

Each summer, former Perquimans Central School Principal Melissa Fields has the typical worries that any school principal would have about...

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NCCAT summer registration now open for educators

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching North Carolina educators have plenty...

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Monday, March 7, 2016

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Controversy and the State Board

Last week’s State Board of Education meeting took on a host of touchy topics. In the wake of superintendent concern about...

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Garner High School reduces dropout rate by 75 percent

Don’t give up Miguel De La Torre doesn’t want to leave anyone out. With little prompting, he rattles off the laundry...

 

Race to the Top: An overview

In 2009, public school stakeholders determined that the economic challenges of the Great Recession were not going to prevent North...

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Ep. 4: Education candidates make their cases

With the primary elections coming up on March 15, we thought you would want to hear from some of the...

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What to consider in lieutenant governor primary

Question: What do Bob Scott, Pat Taylor, Jim Hunt, Jimmy Green, Bob Jordan, Jim Gardner, Dennis Wicker, Bev Perdue, and...

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Friday, March 4, 2016

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Charter schools are here to stay, so deal with it

According to a report published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina’s public school...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Congress schedules confirmation vote for John B. King, Jr. as new U.S. Secretary of 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, March 3, 2016

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Making the GED count: It’s about relationships

In January, the GED Testing Service announced that they would lower the passing score for the equivalency diploma. Results from...

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Funding our schools: Categorical funding decreases

As I mentioned in my last column, the leadership of the General Assembly likes to tout that they have increased...

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Solar education in Mount Airy City Schools

The following is a press release: Eighth grade students in the Mt. Airy City School system will learn that knowledge...

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Building a trauma sensitive approach

This is my first year out of graduate school. I landed a job as case manager at the Cabarrus Health...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Student surveys stir superintendent ire

Superintendents and some members of the State Board of Education have reservations about a proposed pilot that would implement student perception surveys...

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Tiny private school puts spotlight on voucher system’s flaws

Star Christian Academy, a K-12 private school, occupies two rooms in the back of New Generation Christian Church in Smithfield....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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ESSA and the role of the states

The House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices met last week and talked about the Every Student Succeeds Act for...

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Housing stability and children’s educational success

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other and I settle into month nine of Consider It Mapped, I feel...