Monday, October 31, 2016

Issues: Pre-Kindergarten

Perhaps nothing is more important than quality education of students when they’re young. And yet access to Pre-Kindergarten education is...

Center for Public Policy Research joins EducationNC

EducationNC is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research has been restructured and is now...

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Moving the needle: Our ongoing need for “knowledge journalism”

The first time I sat down and read N.C. Insight, the journal of the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public...

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The Center now in friendly hands of EdNC

Sometimes life takes you on a circular path, bringing you back to an earlier highlight moment. So it was this...

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For aspiring teacher, NC’s education policies create doubts about working here

As I enter my senior year preparing to gain a degree in elementary education at Elon University in North Carolina,...

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Princeville Elementary kids go back to school

A kindergarten classroom of 20 students has reduced to 18 for teacher Sheila Mayo-Deloatch at Princeville Elementary — which now meets in...

NC students improve science achievement, according to NAEP

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools North Carolina fourth and eighth grade students showed improvement...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: How important are skills to occupational wages in North Carolina?

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Inside Eric Jensen’s ‘Teaching with Poverty in Mind’ training

Every morning, Eric Jensen reads a self-written paragraph about his life out loud. He reads that he spends time with...

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Turning struggling readers into avid readers

Teacher Caroline Bostian loves to read. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a teacher,” Bostian said. “I...

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The value of teaching mentors

During my first year of teaching I was a “floater.” I taught a full slate of classes but didn’t have...

NC high school students engage in the 2016 elections

The following is a press release from First Vote NC The opening of early voting in North Carolina also marks...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Principal pay slated for possible overhaul

A joint legislative study committee on school-based administrator pay unveiled Monday a preliminary proposal to reform the way North Carolina pays...

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13: Interview with Shirley Prince, Executive Director of NCPAPA

In the latest edition of EdTalk, we interview Shirley Prince, the executive director of the North Carolina Principals and Assistant...

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Addressing the early learning conundrum: High expectations with low requirements and compensation

The expectations on the early learning workforce are high. By the time children transition to kindergarten, they ideally will –...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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12: UNC-Charlotte Dean of Education Ellen McIntyre on the teacher pipeline

On the latest episode of EdTalk, we interview Ellen McIntyre, dean of the College of Education at UNC-Charlotte. In the...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Perspective

Improving school accountability in North Carolina

In their recent Behavioral Science & Policy article, “Reimagining Accountability in K–12 Education,” researchers Brian Gill, Jennifer Lerner, and Paul...

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Judge Howard Manning steps away from landmark education case

Judge Howard Manning will no longer oversee Leandro v. State, the landmark education lawsuit that he has presided over for...

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House education committee looks at outdated EC funding model

The select committee on education strategy and practices met Tuesday to discuss the needs of public schools and how to...

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State Board of Ed chair to charter advisory panel: “Not so fast”

Just days after a key North Carolina charter panel recommended sweeping changes to how State Board of Education (SBE) members...

Public School Forum report calls for action on struggling schools

Last month, a new round of school grades came out, showing that North Carolina has 489 “low-performing schools.” This is...

Teachable moments as a fractious campaign concludes

Back in June, during the transition from presidential primaries to the national party conventions, I wrote that the general election...

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What We Learned: Community Discussions and Building Economic Opportunity

Financial stability and economic opportunity are fundamental for the health and success of our state’s children. In North Carolina, however,...

BWF Invests $2.1 million in N.C. Informal Science Education

The following is a press release from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Research Triangle Park, N.C. – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina: Action plan and recommendations

On October 21, 2015, North Carolina leaders in education, business, and government convened to kick off the Public School Forum’s...

Students celebrate poetry and prose with artist in residence, Phillip Shabazz

The following is a press release from the Franklin County Schools. Louisburg, N. C. — At Terrell Lane Middle School, students are...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Failing schools legislation needs to account for the complexity of the problem of perennially low-achieving schools

A recent study group, sponsored by the Public School Forum, explored the complexities and potential solutions to the challenges of...

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11: Murphy, NC teacher Ben Owens on project-based learning

In this edition of EdTalk, we sat down with Ben Owens. He is a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow and member of...

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Building resiliency ain’t easy

Building resiliency is a difficult task. People battle toxic threats and constant stressors – poverty, discrimination, inequitable access to quality...

Elevating racial equity as an education imperative

Neither a conversation nor any real meaningful planning can take place around expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina without addressing...

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Why I write college recommendation letters

This past week I submitted my first college recommendations this school year for students attempting to gain early admission to...

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Ag in the Classroom — Alive & well in high school

September 22 marked the seventh annual “Teach Ag Day,” founded by the National Association of Agriculture Educators, to promote agriculture education...

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Princeville students without homes or a school

“What kind of backyard is this?” asked Ja’Leah Whitehead, a seven-year-old Princeville resident, as she walked down partially flooded streets...

The weight of their experiences: The impact of childhood trauma on learning

On any given day in schools across North Carolina, children are walking through the schoolhouse doors carrying far more than...

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State superintendent June Atkinson walks to school

June Atkinson, who is running for her fourth term as superintendent of Public Instruction, took an early-morning walk last week with...

Expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina: A preview of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI action plan and recommendations

  Next week, the Public School Forum will release the final report from its 16th biennial “study group.” The report, entitled,...

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Little time for education at gubernatorial debate

At the end, Chuck Todd of NBC News pronounced the Cooper-McCrory debate “civil.” And surely it stayed within the bounds...

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Helping children cope with disaster

Hurricane Matthew’s flooding rains have wreaked havoc on communities across eastern North Carolina. In Lumberton, 1,500 people were stranded by...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Nominations now open to celebrate science, mathematics, and technology in North Carolina

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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McCrory and Cooper battle over education rankings

Education had its moment in the gubernatorial debate Tuesday night among heated attacks between Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General...

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An interview with KBR President Dr. Laura Gerald about investing in children

Cate Elander of MDC sat down with the president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to discover what excites her about Great...

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Building the foundation for universal pre-K

Earlier this month, in the culmination of more than two years of planning and research, the Universal Pre-K Initiative unveiled a multi-year plan...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Mark Johnson visits Winston-Salem restart school

Mark Johnson, Winston-Salem/Forsyth school board member and Republican candidate for state superintendent, is all about thinking outside the box. In...

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Protests leak into the classroom

It is quite tough to recall a time in which social media did not consume the lives of the average...

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Baylen Linnekin shares limited government approach to food sustainability

The John Locke Foundation’s weekly Shaftesbury presentation welcomed Baylen Linnekin Monday to speak on bringing leaders across the aisle together to work...

GSK helps middle and high school teachers bring nanotechnology to Wake County classrooms

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership RALEIGH, N.C., (Oct. 10, 2016) – The Kenan...

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Oh Charlotte, my Charlotte

What are you going to say about Charlotte? Asking me that question are some friends who know my roots are...

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State superintendent candidates debate on school choice, teacher support, and integration

Winston-Salem welcomed state superintendent candidates June Atkinson and Mark Johnson September 29 for a debate on their visions for the...

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Why we shouldn’t be scared to talk about suicide

  As I sat down to write this week-long look at youth suicide in North Carolina, I could hear the...

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Letting go of homework to nurture the whole child

Recently I was hurrying down the hall at 7:58 when I saw one of my 7th grade Language Arts students...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

What parents should know about suicide

  April Quick knew her oldest child, Ash Haffner, was struggling with mental health issues, gender identity, and bullying at...

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Younger North Carolinians increasingly diverse

If you took a snapshot of a typical North Carolina classroom 20 years ago, the racial and ethnic makeup would look...

Celebrating Manufacturing Day in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Chamber When we last met in August at the 2016...

Out of balance

  Kelly Lister’s job title has changed, but her mission is the same: Keeping Wake County public school students and...

At greater risk

  The summer before Ash Haffner died by suicide, Ash and April Quick, Ash’s mom, attended Charlotte’s annual Pride parade....

Monday, October 3, 2016

News

Last week in education wrapped up

Education Cabinet The governor’s education cabinet met last Tuesday at the Friday Institute to discuss the state’s work and future...

All the little things start seeming like big things

  The last thing April Quick said to her oldest child had something to do with potato skins. She didn’t...

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Bullying: Another challenge for students with disabilities

Heading back to school is stressful for most families, but it can be downright scary for students who are bullied....