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One district is combatting summer hunger by going on the road. Find out how.

This week, my Facebook news feed was full of folks snapping photos of their kids as they went off for...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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House committee discusses students’ college and career readiness

The House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices met August 23 to hear from presenters on the state of North Carolina education...

Back to school in NC: By the numbers

An estimated 1,543,527 students will kick off a new school year in North Carolina next week, including those at 125...

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Getting past campaign ads: Lenses for thinking about the races and faces that matter most

For a quick preview of each candidate and how each office fits into our world of education, go here. The Candidates Governor’s...

Monday, August 29, 2016

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Hickory-area schools extend partnership to increase dropout age

In 2013, Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) and Hickory Public Schools (HPS) worked together to propose a resolution to the North...

Perspective

Suspensions harm students with no helpful effect on school safety

Traditional-school students across the state are preparing for the new year. Unfortunately, if past trends hold, far too many students...

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The state races and faces that matter for education

As Trump and Clinton take up airtime and the headspace voters reserve for politics, the races that affect education the...

Friday, August 26, 2016

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Former state legislator adds fuel to the fire over how charter schools are funded

When North Carolina lawmakers heard proposals in June to dramatically revamp how charters are funded, public school advocates pleaded for...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: President Obama recognizes four North Carolina teachers for mathematics and science

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Perspective

Podcast: Year-round schools and work ready communities

Tamara Brogan is a Democrat who has served on the Lee County Board of Education since 2012, and she is...

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Groups help bridge the school-supply gap

It’s a sure sign that summer is beginning to wind down when back-to-school ads begin to outnumber those for sunscreen...

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Former Rep. Marcus Brandon talks school choice, poverty, and local participation

Former Representative Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, spoke at the John Locke Foundation’s weekly Shaftesbury Society Presentation Monday. Brandon, who is now the executive...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Public Policy Boot Camp: Giving youth a voice

A couple of weeks ago, EducationNC and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation held a public policy boot camp at Tarboro...

Introducing the Carolina Food Summit

The Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, EdNC.org, TerraVita and Food for All (UNC Chapel Hill’s academic theme 2015–2017) have joined forces...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Next time, let’s listen to what teachers want

Every summer the North Carolina General Assembly debates teacher pay. And every year we ask the same question—who will get...

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Handshakes and hugs to start

Cary Academy — a private school that serves 761 sixth-twelfth graders — is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing education and of...

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Enrollment changes have consequences

Earlier this week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final 2015-16 student counts for all district and charter...

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N.C. Chamber hosts education and business leaders to form future partnerships

The North Carolina Chamber hosted a conference on education Thursday to bring together leaders in education and in different businesses...

Friday, August 19, 2016

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The sausage-making of test scores

My work regularly involves consuming, exploring, and explaining data — Census numbers, education statistics, social and economic trend-lines. We want...

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Charter schools and the practice of freedom

I’m for charter schools. I’m for traditional public schools. I’m for home schools. I’m for private schools. I’m for anything...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Work Family Resource Center

For 25 years, one organization has been working in the foothills of North Carolina to educate the public about the importance...

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A teacher: Why I am not going to keep my bonus

This may not be a popular opinion, but it is one that is a matter of principle to me. I...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Signs of hope as a metric of success

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Rusty Hall of Old Town Elementary in Winston-Salem again. Last year, my colleague...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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STEM education comes alive during internship at Bayer

Interning at Bayer in the Crop Science division as part of my 2016-17 Kenan fellowship has been an enlightening, informative,...

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Disagreement over charter approvals goes public

The State Board of Education’s Aug. 4 decision to reject five of the 13 charter school applications that were earlier...

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Teacher pay ideas get tested

Try something new? I’m all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career, or...

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Place matters: Why Teach for America created Residency

A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit Teach for America’s newest training program in eastern North Carolina,...

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Changing school start times a hard but necessary move

This fall, Durham Public Schools are changing their start times. Elementary schools will start (and end) earlier, middle and high schools later....

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Millennials reconfigure the public square

Drawing on fresh Census data, the Pew Research Center has calculated that the United States now has more Millennials than Baby...

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Start a teaching revolution

A colleague recently shared with me a Ted Talk circulating the internet of a lone man dancing like a lunatic...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Helping parents succeed, helping children succeed

A recent opinion piece at the Newsweek website began with the sentence, “Without being too smug, I have the answer to...

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ESSA Title II: A unique opportunity for professional learning

Teachers are asked every day, and evaluated annually, on the ways they are individualizing instruction for their students. Wake County...

Students from across the state think about public policy

Last summer as a fellow with the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, I partnered with EducationNC and 10 other organizations to...

Returning to Edgecombe

This week, EdNC will be in Edgecombe County for our second iteration of public policy bootcamp — a project that I...

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Charter advocates reeling after low number of new charter schools approved for 2017

Days after the State Board of Education voted last week to reject five of the Charter School Advisory Board’s 13...

N.C. Public Policy Boot Camp: For Edgecombe, by Edgecombe Voices

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Return on Investment: A comparison and contrast of charter schools and magnet schools

Abstract School choice is a popular and controversial topic across the nation. School choice options include both public schools such...

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A Carolina Food Summit? What does it mean to connect around plates, place, and policy?

Today, we are excited to announce that EdNC, in partnership with the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, Terra Vita Festival, the...

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What the hell is a local supplement and why it matters to teachers

When Gov. McCrory signed the latest budget into effect this past July he made sure to mention the election year...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Walking the walk: An integrated STEM project for elementary teachers

Preparing effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education teachers has become a priority of national economic importance (National Research Council...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Kenan Fellows Program’s scholarly journal for teacher leaders

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership featuring...

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Guilt by disability: The criminalization of North Carolina’s schoolchildren

You may not know this, but North Carolina is one of only two states in the nation which mandates that...

Perspective

Debates about funding miss the point

The mainstream media and pundits on both sides of the aisle focus an extraordinary amount of time and energy examining...

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Budget cuts take a bite out of DPI’s ability to support local school districts

As enrollment rises, legislature slashes agency budget “People in North Carolina, if they knew how little was spent on administration,...

Friday, August 5, 2016

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Olympics bring out best in athletics and science

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

Perspective

DPI’s student learning testing model should not change

In the 2015-16 school year, North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) launched the Proof of Concept Study, a new...

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Words that tear down, and a picture that lifts up

Over the eight hot July days of oratory at the back-to-back Republican and Democratic national conventions, you heard hardly anything...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What the rise in homeschooling signals about our public school model

Another 6,849 families in North Carolina decided to homeschool their children this past school year, bringing the total number of...

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Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Since 1991, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) has been working in Winston-Salem to improve the city’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Two districts call homeschool partnerships a “win-win”

“I would consider the atmosphere in public schools to homeschools as being outright hostile.” This is how Brad, a homeschool...

PAGE exhibition: What happens when we invest in inspiring, educating, and empowering girls

PAGE participants, their families, and donors filled Antioch United Methodist Church in Hot Springs last Thursday to celebrate the accomplishments...

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What kind of professional development can change lives?

Professional development. Two words that bring a range of reactions — and facial expressions — to each meeting I’ve sat in with...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PAGE: Creating 21st century learners and leaders

As part of PAGE’s mission to provide innovative learning opportunities to adolescent girls in Appalachia, 22 girls spent a week...

A look at school district policies on homeschooling

Homeschooling in North Carolina continues to grow. According to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public...

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Women in STEM event inspires future female scientists and engineers

As a science teacher, I am always searching for ways to raise awareness for women in STEM fields. Females make...

Monday, August 1, 2016

A friend of Anne Frank leaves her mark on PAGE

After a long few days touring college campuses, discussing literature, and spending hours on the bus, some of the PAGE...

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Opportunity scholarships and school choice

As the summer begins to wind down, we reach our third month of examining school choice in North Carolina. By...