Friday, December 30, 2016

Life after high school, with love and complete faith in your generation

I was fortunate to be asked to present to our senior class some items for thought that might serve them...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: Best of STEM in North Carolina for 2016

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Innovations in closing the gap

  The girl effect: In the nexus of literacy and STEM, global opportunity emerges for rural girls Union County Public...

Jensen’s “Teaching with Poverty in Mind”

  Inside Eric Jensen’s ‘Teaching with Poverty in Mind’ training The Hoke County Way: No excuses Rusty Hall: Success in...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Achievement Gap: Is it really just about achievement?

Debates around closing the achievement gap have circled for many years, yet as a nation — and especially as a...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Addressing gender inequity

Statistically girls perform better than boys in school. Research shows female students are more likely to make better grades and...

Friday, December 23, 2016

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Post-election lessons for students – and all of us

The fall semester drew to a close before my 18 inquisitive, sometimes-feisty students in a first-year seminar had a chance...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

News

14. Jeremy Whitley, writer of the Marvel Comics series “The Unstoppable Wasp”

Jeremy Whitley is a North Carolina comic book writer whose latest project encourages women to go into science. He is...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

News

State Board of Education meets with attorneys to discuss HB17 constitutionality

Little word on the State Board of Education’s next step in responding to House Bill 17 came from their meeting...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

News

Committee moves one step closer to study on school funding formula changes

Amidst the chaos of the multiple special sessions called, and being called, for the General Assembly before 2016 is out,...

Monday, December 19, 2016

News

Child Fatality Task Force approves suicide prevention measures

While all the attention last week was focused on General Assembly actions regarding Democratic Governor-Elect Roy Cooper, the Child Fatality...

Perspective

Resolving issues with IEP implementation

If you are the parent or teacher of a student with disabilities, you know that the best outcome for an...

News

Amid protests, NC legislature passes bill strengthening state Superintendent power

The North Carolina legislature passed a bill today during their surprise special session that shifts powers from the State Board of Education to the...

Friday, December 16, 2016

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The rocky but open road ahead for a new governor

Since Roy Cooper clinched the election for governor, two narratives have been advanced to project how his early months in...

News

Bill granting Superintendent increased power passes House

A bill transferring many State Board of Education powers to the Superintendent of Public Instruction passed the House today. The bill...

News

Bills on calendar flexibility and classroom size limits move through House Education Committee

Two education-related bills which the House Committee on K-12 Education gave favorable reports on today would give flexibility to school calendars and attempt to...

NC STEM Center e-Update: How does America, North Carolina rank in PISA?

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Edgecome Community College student shares her Hurricane Matthew story

“Edgecombe Community College is so ingrained in the fabric of this community that when an event impacts the county, it...

News

Updates from extra Special Session in the Senate

Wednesday, December 14 Updated 7:10 PM: N.C. Senator Bob Rucho, R- Mecklenburg is the sponsor of two bills confirming Wake and...

News

Updates from extra Special Session in the House

Editor’s Note: Most recent news is at the top. Scroll down for updates from earlier in the session. Wednesday, December...

News

General Assembly Special Session Report Day Two

Editor’s Note: Most recent news is at the top. Scroll down for updates from earlier in the session. Wednesday, December...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Perspective

From an Edgecombe native, a plea to the state

Edgecombe County has endured many challenges over the past 25 years. When I was in high school in the early...

Food for thought

Editor’s Note: The inaugural Carolina Food Summit explored the intersections of food and policy, hunger, nutrition, school lunch, and family ties....

News

General Assembly Special Session Report: House

Editor’s Note: Most recent news is at the top. Scroll down for updates from earlier in the session. Tuesday, December...

News

General Assembly Special Session Report: Senate

Tuesday, December 13 Updated 4:15 PM: The N.C. Senate adjourned for a brief moment to reschedule until tomorrow. Senator Phil...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Where Princeville Elementary stands after Hurricane Matthew

As Princeville Elementary students settle in at the Bridgers building in nearby Tarboro, the building that was filled with storm...

Mount Airy City Schools teacher wins “Oscar of Teaching”

The holiday season just got a lot jollier for Amanda Robertson, who teaches math to fourth graders at Jones Intermediate...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Perspective

Can U.S. high schools afford to ignore mediocre PISA scores? These students say no way

I recently spoke to a handful of young women at a high school in North Carolina who had taken an...

News

A slurry of data to dig through

Results from three different organizations came in last week that included data on education in North Carolina. WICHE WICHE posted its report...

Leading through the storm

During John Farrelly’s time as superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) — since 2012 — he’s learned to expect...

Surviving Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath day by day

Although it’s been over a month since Arlence Little and her family’s home was lost to flooding from Hurricane Matthew,...

Building the future of rural North Carolina: One student, one school, one community at a time

Superintendent John Farrelly needed to “restore confidence in the entire school system.” He started with one school, Martin Millennium Academy (MMA), which he...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Amid rural ‘crises,’ public schools remain essential

By some accounts, it was Machiavelli who first offered the advice, “Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis.”...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Wallace Elementary: Growing greatness in Duplin County

Duplin County is mostly known for its large agricultural economy, one of the largest in the state by most measures....

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

News

What happened at the State Board of Education

Last week was a busy one for the State Board of Education, with members tackling everything from legislative priorities, requests...

News

Suicide prevention recommendations pass intentional death prevention committee

Last Wednesday, the Intentional Death Prevention Committee, a committee of the Child Fatality Task Force, approved several suicide prevention recommendations...

Monday, December 5, 2016

News

State Superintendent June Atkinson says farewell to office

Thursday was State Superintendent June Atkinson’s final meeting of the State Board of Education. A Democrat, she lost her bid...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Perspective

Podcast: Lee County performance grades and growth scores

Lee County school board member Tamara Brogan talks on her latest podcast about Lee County’s school performance grades and growth...

Featured

Restructuring school allocations: leveling up or leveling down?

While North Carolinians endured the political contretemps over reaching a certified result in the election for governor, a legislative committee...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: How will ‘change’ impact STEM education?

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Featured

Forsyth County School Readiness Project: Building a foundation for social and academic success

Launched in 2015 by Family Services, The Forsyth County School Readiness Project (FCSRP) is an effort to equip preschool teachers...