Learning in Laos: Meeting challenges with innovation

Laos is a country on the brink of major development — change is everywhere. In Vientiane, the capital city, a...

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Caution needed on schools

Few question the need for greater investment in public school facilities. The 2015-16 Facility Needs Survey, published by the N.C....

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The case for integrated math

“Math is just math. There is only one right answer, so who cares how you get to it?” The way...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Kenan Fellows Program wins STEMmy Award in higher ed

NC State’s Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development has been awarded a STEMmy for its efforts in making...

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A systemic effort to provide quality child care

Good public policy can improve outcomes for children. That’s the lesson of EdNC’s May Consider it Mapped of quality child...

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Monday, May 30, 2016

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U.S. DOJ finds separate schools program for students with disabilities violates ADA

A ruling on Georgia’s segregated schools program should prompt North Carolina to examine its own less visible violations of the...

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Mecklenburg County recommends half of CMS budget request

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools would receive $11.3 million in additional funding from Mecklenburg County under the county manager’s recommended budget—about half what...

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Friday, May 27, 2016

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ASD bill moves forward

The Achievement School District bill cleared the House K-12 Education Committee Wednesday with an 18-11 vote. The bill — which was the...

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Education looks to a Goldilocks tax system

A taxing dilemma hovers over the teacher pay-and-pipeline issue, over the expansion of early childhood education, and over the multiple...

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Investing in education

Education transformation in North Carolina depends on our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers and school...

 

Ignite, Innovate, and Inspire Challenge: First-place essay

If I had no obstacles and unlimited resources in pursuing a STEM career, I would prepare by advancing my education...

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Senate unveils teacher salary pay plan

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, unveiled at a press conference yesterday the Senate’s proposed teacher pay plan, including...

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Voice activated: Every Student Succeeds Act in North Carolina

Introduction On May 12, 17, and 21, the Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Voice Network both physically and virtually...

 

Ignite, Innovate, and Inspire Challenge: Second-place essay

If there were no obstacles and my resources were unlimited, I would change the world by increasing the life span...

 

RTPi3: Ignite, Innovate, and Inspire Challenge

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you are taught a few things at the very start of your service year. Your work...

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Fuel for the future: Food insecurity threatens long-term mobility

Many of us think of food as soon as we think of home: traditional dishes, daily staples, favorites from childhood....

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The STEMmys

Convergence is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. We talk about it quite a bit at...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Nash-Rocky Mount Schools closer to preservation

The Boards of Commissioners from Nash and Edgecombe Counties came inches away yesterday from hammering out an agreement that would...

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Monday, May 23, 2016

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A policy agenda for equity: What ASDs, charter schools, and EESA evaluations should look like for NC

We hear a lot about rising graduation rates in our state, especially at this time of year, but what we...

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CMS board targets 2017 for new chief

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board listed five dozen qualities members would like to see in a new superintendent—and say they aren’t...

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Staffing North Carolina’s classrooms

Who will staff the classrooms of North Carolina’s public schools? While always important, given the connections between teachers and academic...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

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House budget passes, moves on to Senate

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed its 2016 budget — a revision to the budget bill passed during the...

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Ep. 5: Rep. Horn breaks down House education budget

In this episode of EdTalk, I interviewed Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, a chair of both the House Education Appropriations Committee and the...

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The issue behind the teacher pay raise

As the revised General Fund budget moves from the House to the Senate, let’s ponder the issue-behind-the-issue of pay raises...

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Teacher perspectives: Compensation, class size, & assessments

The Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Voice Network released its spring data report today, noting teacher perspective on topics...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: STEM education luminaries receive honors for outstanding achievements

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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The education-to-career continuum

It wasn’t that long ago that a person graduating from a North Carolina high school could walk out in their...

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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A pediatric approach to poverty

Pediatricians are being urged to add another evidence based screening to the list of developmental and disease states that can...

 

Public School Forum of North Carolina: Honoring education leadership and celebrating 30 years

This week, the Public School Forum of North Carolina will celebrate its 30th anniversary and honor three leaders for their contributions...

 

How Governor Martin led on education

Jim Martin is one of modern North Carolina’s most successful political leaders. We’ll know in November whether he’ll remain the...

 

John Dornan: Honoring the Forum’s leader

In late 1985, John Dornan was more than a little dubious about plans for a new “education forum.” As executive...

 

Honoring Jo Ann Norris: A passionate, persistent, patient leader

Who can make a crowd of 300 teenagers and their parents grow deathly quiet when she walks into an auditorium?...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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House ramps up efforts to catch Southeast states in teacher pay

The full House Appropriations Committee capped off the education budget yesterday by announcing additions that include increased teacher and principal...

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Loving North Carolina

Loving a state, much like loving a person, requires you to bear witness to the good and the bad. Love,...

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mCLASS – Helping or hurting our youngest readers?

Throughout the month of May, kindergarten through third-grade teachers across the state will administer end-of-year reading assessments, one-on-one, to students...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Mentoring through virtual reality: Pretty convincing

What better way to document the value of STEM mentoring than with an experiment? That was US2020 Outreach Project Director...

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NEA has good and bad news for North Carolina

The new National Education Association rankings of the states (including Washington, D.C.) are in, and North Carolina has shown some...

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CMS board endorses “timid” budget request

Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education said Superintendent Ann Clark’s recommended budget is “lean,” “timid,” and “bare bones” —...

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2016 Principal of the Year crowned

A Cumberland County Principal, Melody Chalmers, was named the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year last week....

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How To Pay Teachers More

State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not...

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Monday, May 16, 2016

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Friday, May 13, 2016

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What you need to know about the House ed budget

The House Education Appropriations Committee dropped its revised 2016-17 education budget yesterday, and the K-12 portion covers everything from changes...

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Clinton v. Trump: Stark contrast on schools

A recent national survey, which I featured here last week, found that bolstering education ranked at the top when American...

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7,735 hours

It’s no secret that North Carolina has a long history of policy making that values education. You can look at our...

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Kemp Forum discusses upward mobility through education

Last week, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity brought together Gov. Pat McCrory, Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg), Rep. Ed Hanes (D-Forsyth), Congressman...

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Reinventing classrooms: Get rid of the desks!

I remember the pride I had the very first time I set my classroom up and looked at all of my...

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This teacher wants more than a reward from my governor. I want respect for all public school teachers.

In a recent article in The Robesonian, Sarah Willets quoted Governor Pat McCrory as being inspired by a former teacher to...

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Homeless in Hickory, continued

Life House Ministries resides in a simple white house off of Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. If it were not...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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An election year push for teacher/principal pay increases

The House Education Appropriations Committee invited public input last Thursday on the state’s education budget, and education organizations turned out...

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A field trip that changes lives: RTP Expo exposes students to STEM

Want to go on a field trip? I have been to The Frontier in Research Triangle Park before. It’s a...

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Monday, May 9, 2016

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State Board glimpses Common Core changes

The State Board of Education got a look at the first changes to North Carolina’s Common Core standards at last...

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Learning about the future from the past: Reporting on Swann

Last month, I wrote a story about the 45th anniversary of the Swann v. Board of Education case, published here by...

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Grit and resilience, and mothering and othering

Last Tuesday, I got a call no mother wants to receive. My 14-year-old had been attacked by a group of teenagers...

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Friday, May 6, 2016

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The conflicted, yet resilient, American Mom

Schools work better when they have mutually reinforcing relationships with engaged parents – parents who encourage their children, support the...

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Changes in mathematics, Kenan Fellows, state budget, and STEM

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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The new leaders on the block: Why teacher leadership and shared vision are vital to North Carolina schools

Introduction As the landscape of public education continues to evolve, so does the leadership and vision required to meet the...

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Is it time to scrap the state’s salary schedule for teachers?

N.C. Rep. Craig Horn, an influential budget writer from Union County who chairs the House education appropriations committee, isn’t sure...

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Rep. Meyer wants to use lottery funds to pay teachers’ student loans

Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, unveiled yesterday new legislation he filed to take money from the North Carolina Education Lottery and create a...

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National scholar shares education views at NC State

National Book Award-winning writer and education scholar Jonathan Kozol talked about resegregation, inequity, and teaching the poorest children at North...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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State Board of Education hands its wish list to legislators

The State Board of Education is asking lawmakers for a little more than $231 million for the 2016-17 school year....

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My favorite teacher(s)

”Mrs. Cain, I am doing better in school than I did before, but I don’t think I’m any smarter.” ”Nation,...

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Lottery windfall should be used to pay off student loans for teachers

January’s record Powerball jackpot created a revenue windfall for education funding. Let’s put that windfall into the pockets of teachers....

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On National Teacher Day, NCAE Calls on Lawmakers to Restore Respect to Educators

  The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators RALEIGH, N.C. – Every child deserves...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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2016 Industry-Education Fellowships Awarded to 41 NC Teachers

On National Teacher Day, the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development is pleased to announce its 2016–17 fellowship...

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How can business education fit in with STEM?

When it comes to education — and education reform — we speak much about looking at things from different viewpoints....

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Helping NC teachers bridge the digital divide

On Friday, 100 of the very best teachers in North Carolina met in Durham to learn more about best practices in...

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Monday, May 2, 2016

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Teacher Appreciation Week: He taught me how to write

I remember three things about Mr. Schnakenberg’s English class. One: He wrote big, cursive letters on the blackboard in yellow...

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Early childhood education

As we’ve been discussing on Consider It Mapped for the past couple of months, factors external to education, or secondary...

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Teaching on the peanut field

In 2001, KIPP Gaston was built on a peanut field. Since then, the Pride, as they refer to themselves, has been...