Wednesday, November 30, 2016

News

Smoky mountain haze recedes

Smoke from wildfires in Western North Carolina have been somewhat of a threat to some students, but storms Tuesday diminished concerns...

Perspective

Tapping Into the Power of School and Community Collaboration

Business can play a leading role in shaping and advancing local collaborative efforts to prepare children in poverty to thrive...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

News

Experts weigh in on principal pay

The Joint Legislative Study Committee on School-Based Administrator Pay met for the second time Monday and heard from a panel of...

Perspective

Will North Carolina elected officials keep their commitment to provide quality education to all students?

The campaign is over, all the votes have been counted, and nationally we’re as divided as ever with more than...

Monday, November 28, 2016

News

A detailed look at discussion on new K-12 state funding formula

As we mentioned recently, a state legislative committee is discussing possibly huge changes to the way K-12 schools are funded....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Recent UNC grad funds undocumented students’ education through pupusas

Editor’s Note: During the week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a look back at the inaugural Carolina Food Summit....

News

Marion youth sleep outside for a night

When Jerri Young overheard the middle and high school students of her youth group at Marion’s First United Methodist Church...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

News

West Edgecombe Middle comes together for Thanksgiving

On Monday, students from West Edgecombe Middle School met in the cafeteria to pack boxes with a combination of sweet potato...

Personal sustainability within the N.C. food industry

Editor’s Note: During the week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a look back at the inaugural Carolina Food Summit....

North Carolina families find schools in their area through innovative new web app

The following is a press release from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina Raleigh – An innovative, and first of...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recognizing race in North Carolina’s kitchens

Editor’s Note: During the week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a look back at the inaugural Carolina Food Summit....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Toni-Tipton Martin uses food to celebrate African-American identity

Editor’s Note: During the week of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a look back at the inaugural Carolina Food Summit....

Perspective

A Sound Basic Education—Exhibit 1: Student access to certified, well-trained teachers in Wayne County Public Schools

Almost 20 years ago, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in the landmark case of Leandro v. State that every...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Perspective

Removing the negative through collaboration

I’ve been in the education field for nine years, serving six of those in a charter school. Recently, the North...

News

Virtual charter school withdrawal rates still high

One of North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools has a withdrawal rate over the state’s mandated limit of 25 percent, according to...

Early childhood spending benefits don’t fade away, N.C. study finds

The following is a press release from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina’s investment...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Perspective

Durham Arts students use game design skills for community service project

In my classroom, I am always looking for ways to provide students with a more genuine learning experience. This school...

Featured

Schools and the democracy imperative

Go to https://www.monticello.org/, and you will find more than 900 Thomas Jefferson quotes, on topics ranging from agriculture to architecture,...

News

More N.C. kids die before reaching 17

Another measurement of child well-being in North Carolina slipped in 2015. The rate of child deaths, encompassing mortality for all...

NCTQ to release new report ranking teacher preparation programs for undergraduate elementary school teachers

The following is a press release from the National Council on Teacher Quality WHO: National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ),...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

News

Method of allocating state funds to school districts could change

Legislators met yesterday to discuss problems with the way in which the state distributes K-12 funding to North Carolina schools....

Featured

Want to understand the election? Visit my people

It is time for our politicians, policymakers, and philanthropists to head to our hills. It is time for them to...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

News

Highlights of Wake County Research-Practice Partnership Symposium

In early November, a symposium at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation highlighted Wake County Public School research partnerships with various...

Federal grants support school improvement efforts

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools. Nineteen of North Carolina’s lowest performing “priority schools” will...

2015-16 NC School Report Cards released

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools. The 2015-16 North Carolina School Report Cards featuring state-, district- and...

Perspective

What the election doesn’t change

Like many of you, I’ve spent the past several days reflecting on the results of last week’s election and trying...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

News

What happens when kids who can’t vote finally get the chance

The Thursday and Friday before last week’s big election, I drove up to McDowell Early College in Marion. It’s a...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Perspective

Charter school oversight board to discuss virtual charter schools, new applications next week

The NC Charter School Advisory Board will meet next week, November 15-16, to begin its review of new applications made by those...

Featured

Understanding the election and the politics of othering

The election results are clear. People across North Carolina feel othered across any number of dividing lines. And we need them...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Featured

In election’s wake, uncertainties more than resolution

The general election Tuesday spread a quilt of uncertainties over North Carolina and its K-12 schools. The patch-work of outcomes...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: New president and his impacts on STEM

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

Perspective

Being a teacher the day after “THE ELECTION”

I did not vote for Donald Trump. Read my blog for just a few minutes and you can easily come...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Featured

North Carolina’s teacher and student demographics

In the lead-up to this year’s election, demographics — gender, race, and ethnicity — have been a big part of...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Perspective

The US charter school movement should learn from England’s academy system

As charter schools celebrate 25 years as part of the U.S. public education system, there has been a dramatic shift...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

News

Voting: It’s not just for grown-ups anymore

It was a festive mood at McDowell Early College in Marion last Friday. A student, decked out in his band...

Perspective

Rezoning: A cure or demise

Charlotte, being the second largest school district in North Carolina, has its ups and downs. Some of the challenges include...

Perspective

What happens after the voting?

As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast...

Monday, November 7, 2016

News

Rural TFA educators visit Martin Millennium Academy

Teachers from rural communities across the country travelled to Martin Millennium Academy (MMA) Friday to experience the Tarboro school through...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Issues: School Funding

When talking about education in North Carolina, one of the issues you will hear debated again and again is the...

Issues: Rural Schools

North Carolina is not a homogeneous state. This is perhaps best seen in the divide between rural North Carolina and...

News

A look at teachers leaving and entering North Carolina

This week, reports on both the state of the teaching profession and the teacher licensure processing system were released and presented to...

For ‘education voters,’ a consequential election

Back in September, I sought to frame the gubernatorial election by exploring the question, “What does it take to serve...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Issues: School Choice

North Carolina is a state with robust educational options for its students. It all starts with its traditional public education...

Perspective

Student with disabilities — Parents need to think twice before seeking guardianship when the student turns 18

Public schools represent our communities’ commitment to giving meaningful opportunity to every child to learn and reach for their potential....

News

Live Blog: State Board of Education

The State Board of Education met Wednesday and Thursday. EducationNC live-blogged as the meeting progressed. Updated Thursday, 5:30: The State...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Issues: School Performance Grades

Since we entrust the future of North Carolina — the state’s children — into the hands of schools every day,...

Featured

One high school class explores change through pasta

On a crisp, fall Monday morning, nearly 20 students from Orange High School walked into award winning restaurant, Panciuto, which...

Perspective

How one Tarboro native was drawn back to help her community

If the planes hadn’t struck the World Trade Center, Inez, 40, and her husband Stephen, 41, never would have moved...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Issues: Teacher Pipeline

The backbone of the public education system is the teacher. Researchers and politicians on both sides of the aisle agree...