From Singapore to North Carolina

Growth that benefits all: Pitt County

Pitt County is understood in North Carolina as “Pirate Nation”—a place bursting with pride and enthusiasm for East Carolina University...

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Bringing the best practices in Singapore to North Carolina

Why Singapore? Singapore is a relatively young nation, having established its independence in 1965. Singapore, once a small fishing village,...

Friday, April 29, 2016

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Schools, and tolerance, as economic assets

If you haven’t done so already, I hope you will take the time to read the story and watch the...

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Legislators question how average teacher pay is calculated

The House Appropriations Committee on Education met this morning. Rep. Hugh Blackwell, R-Burke, presided. Here is EdNC’s profile of this...

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Navigating the transition from high school to adulthood for students with disabilities

Parents of students with disabilities often lament that once their child finished high school, the absence of routine and structure...

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Unvalued and unprotected: How HB2 increases the pressure on North Carolina’s LGBTQ students

“We all know this. It’s intuitive, but the data is there to support it.” Emily Greytak, research director at the Gay,...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Landscape defines opportunity: Western North Carolina

No one can deny the splendor of fall in the Western North Carolina mountains, nor the dominance of Asheville in...

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NC students design wearable devices to solve real world problems

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program. More than 75 students from Triangle area schools competed...

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Paper Tigers

What is in a name? I’ve thought a great deal about this since delving into topics which have tremendous overlap,...

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Prepare to thank a teacher: May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week

Ask any adult to think back to their youth and remember who made a difference in their lives. Chances are...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Funding our schools: The small county and low wealth allotments

The Leandro lawsuit was an attempt by residents of some of North Carolina’s lowest wealth counties to require the N.C. General...

Recovery through collaboration: Wilkes County

You can’t talk about Wilkes County without talking about its long history of entrepreneurship. From a modest hardware store in...

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Helping the children of incarcerated parents

The following is a press release from NC Child RALEIGH, N.C. – Children of incarcerated parents face serious emotional and financial...

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Integration without busing: 21st century strategies

Education is inherent to the social mobility that is the cornerstone of our democracy and nation. However, for too many...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Partners at the speed of trust: Guilford County

In the late 1800s, brothers Moses and Cesar Cone built Revolution Mills in Greensboro, N.C., the first flannel mill in...

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Lessons learned from prosthetic hands

On a cold, gray day in November of 2013, I walked with my younger brother down a quaint street in...

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NC STEM Center upgrades to provide greater access to STEM

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cultivating aspirations: Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren Counties

History and context: Tobacco, textiles, and travel Stretching from the northeastern edge of the Research Triangle metro area along I-85...

North Carolina’s economic imperative

This month, in partnership with the John M. Belk Endowment, MDC released a report, “North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an...

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Pay raises for teachers likely in short session

Today is the first day of the General Assembly short session, and it seems that just about everybody is in...

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We are all North Carolina

I love our state, and I want students across North Carolina to grow up wanting to call this state home...

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Why teachers believe advanced degrees matter

I confess there exist numerous studies showing advanced degrees do not correlate with higher test scores and/or higher graduation rates. John...

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Fighting the dual poverty of income and of ignorance

Whatever the dictionary says, poverty has an official government definition, dating back to the mid-1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson...

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As lawmakers square off over teacher raises, an $8 billion problem looms

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools may be shrinking—at the startling rate of about 250 students per year since 2011—but the myriad...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

News

Ed Cabinet highlights

During the North Carolina Education Cabinet Meeting Tuesday, Governor Pat McCrory discussed his budget and heard a rosy analysis of the state...

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Two ways forward on H.B. 2

Is there any way for the opposing sides debating North Carolina’s House Bill 2 to move beyond the current impasse?...

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Bev Perdue: School leaders need to be entrepreneurial, innovative

The following is a news release from former Governor Bev Perdue. For more information, contact Myra Best (myrabest@digitallearninginstitute.org) SAN DIEGO...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

45 years after the Swann decision, Charlotte continues to debate race, poverty, and education

THE NIGHT AFTER the Carolina Panthers lost Super Bowl 50, more than a thousand fans packed onto the sidewalks around Bank...

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Why are so many students of color being suspended?

I spent the entirety of my six-year teaching career in the urban education setting and absolutely loved it. My classroom...

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The history and impact of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Forty-five years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education,...

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Charter school oversight board recommends 13 new charter schools for 2017 opening

Thirteen charter school applications have gotten nods of approval from members of North Carolina’s charter school advisory board (CSAB), which...

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How Carolina scrapped loans for top students in need — and became a policy leader

In October 2003 James Moeser, then the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, announced a plan...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Science educators transform student learning

It was a cool, crisp Friday evening in February. As many people headed home for a weekend respite, a cohort...

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Legislators, get thee to a classroom

What a great year we are experiencing speaking on behalf of educators across the state of North Carolina! We yearn...

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How NC turned around low-performing schools

In early March, the Public School Forum of North Carolina invited Pat Ashley, the former director of the District and...

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Education issues shape 2016 North Carolina elections

In preparation for a project on North Carolina’s priorities, the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research requested that the...

Friday, April 15, 2016

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Walking on common ground in teacher voice

The divisive nature of politics – or the media’s narrative of the divisive nature of politics – continues to muddy...

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The truth about neighborhood schools

It’s no surprise that respondents to a recent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools survey say they want their kids to attend school close to home....

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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The myth of the rural-urban divide

Last week, I spent three days traveling the state hearing and talking about the issues facing rural communities. It was...

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Achievement School District report moves forward

The House Select Committee on Achievement School Districts met for a final time yesterday to approve the Committee report, which includes Rep....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Anne Lamott visits Hickory

“Start. Just start. You have a great story inside of you that needs to be shared with the world.” Noted...

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Early educators deserve worth wages

I started my own career in early education in college where I enrolled in a child psychology course and taught...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Celebrating STEM at the NC Science Festival

Saturday was a cold and blustery — yet sunny — day. Nevertheless, the UNC Science Expo had been on our...

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School choice is now mainstream

When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to...

Monday, April 11, 2016

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State Board meeting wraps up: The end of Standard 6, the beginning of restart schools

The third day of the State Board of Education’s work session/monthly meeting saw the end of Standard 6 as a...

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Better background checks and the politics of pay raises

In this article: Potential improvements to teacher criminal screening process The State Board’s legislative agenda The governor’s education advisor, Catherine...

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Gaston County teacher becomes teacher of the year

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools South Point High School English and Journalism teacher Bobbie...

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Public comment sessions for Every Student Succeeds Act

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

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McCrory’s teacher pay proposal draws skepticism, cautious optimism

Many of North Carolina’s political leaders may still be roiling over the backlash to the state’s broad anti-LGBT law this...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: NCISC students share adventures in Beijing

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Testing time and time for testing

Do you believe that the word “test” is figuratively a four-letter word? Politicians on the left and right surely do....

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ExcelinEd Report: Baby boomer retirement, student enrollment, and the future of North Carolina education

Yesterday, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) hosted a luncheon to spotlight the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s...

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Questions at State Board on quality of graduation rates

Concerns about graduation rates and further attempts to clarify the move away from Standard 6 are some of the highlights from...

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Specific Common Core revisions coming this month

As soon as April 18th, the state Department of Public Instruction will have draft revisions of high school math courses...

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Local school finance study finds persistent gap in funding across North Carolina

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina RALEIGH, NC  (April 6, 2016) –...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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The role of social media in the lives of students

OMG, I am a dinosaur. I still vividly remember the first time I stepped outside to talk on the telephone....

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Gov. McCrory: Average 5 percent pay raise for teachers

Governor Pat McCrory announced today his proposal for an average 5 percent pay raise for state teachers and an average...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Small acts can make a big difference

On a beautiful, unexpectedly sunny Saturday in Raleigh, more than two dozen individuals crowded into a room in the Hunt...

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Students see the world, learn through virtual reality

In early March, representatives from the internet giant Google visited Terrell Lane Middle School in Louisburg, N.C. to demonstrate and...

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LGBTQ children deserve our love, support, and protection

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed and Governor McCrory signed a bill that sends a clear message to LGBTQ...

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Turning around low-performing schools

Tomorrow, the Public School Forum of North Carolina will continue its Study Group Committee on Low Performing Schools with a...

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CMS pushes for bond vote in 2016

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools leaders will begin to build a case for a bond referendum this fall—but the issue may be...

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This election season, change the conversation

Our national political coverage is painstakingly cluttered with media buzzwords and banter rather than a focus on policy. The majority...

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Chase Schultz

Chase Schultz grew up in Mayodan in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Mayodan is a rural community of 2,500 near the...

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: University and Community Partnerships

In 2009, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Arts...

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Supporters and opponents speak out on Achievement School Districts

Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg, unveiled the latest version of a draft Achievement School District (ASD) bill at the House Select...

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Education rigor for a “wonderful world”

Don’t know much about history Don’t know much biology Don’t know much about a science book, Don’t know much about...

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Safety and student achievement

In keeping with last month’s interdisciplinary theme, I want to take a look this month at another tangential but very...

Great Teachers and School Leaders Matter: Steve Lassiter

Five minutes with the 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Steve Lassiter are enough to persuade you that...