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About the Capitol: NC Free Enterprise Foundation podcast on education

EducationNC reporter Liz Bell talked with North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation’s Joe Stewart on About the Capitol, about the top...

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Superintendent Mark Johnson visits Lumberton elementary school displaced by Matthew

Last October, Loistine DeFreece, Robeson County Public Schools’ board chair, was cooking steaks for her husband’s birthday the day before Hurricane Matthew...

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Tackling the digital divide and teacher retention in rural communities

North Carolina spends about $30,000 per inmate in the state, and yet the per-pupil funding in North Carolina public schools...

Perceptions of China revisited

The jet engines growl with a deep gurgle as I attempt to drown them out with music blaring in my...

Teach For America — Eastern North Carolina Hosting Summit

On Saturday April 1st, Teach For America—Eastern North Carolina will hold its annual Policy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PACE) Summit...

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Split school performance grade bill passes House

The North Carolina House passed a bill today, 95-22,  that would split the state’s school performance grading system.  The legislation, House...

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Education angels

I wonder at times if others think, as I do, that none of the accomplishments I am most grateful for...

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State leaders speak out on education at rural advocacy day

State policy leaders spoke out on education issues Wednesday at the “Advocacy Day for Making Rural School Districts a Priority.” The...

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Early college equips Greene County students with competitive skills

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of a three-part EducationNC series on Greene County’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)...

GSK & Kenan Fellows Program showcases the power of Project-Based Learning in STEM education

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK ‒ GSK Kenan STEM Fellow Thom...

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What makes a student council? Lessons from hosting a state convention

Covered in their blue emergency ponchos, crossing over a slippery state seal outside the legislative building, nearly 600 students from...

Spend prom on the Great Wall, check

When I was in my 20s, I sat through a talk by late Zig Ziglar, a renown motivational speaker and...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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House Committee approves changes to school performance grades, calendar changes and workforce requirements

The North Carolina House committee on K-12 education approved pieces of legislation Tuesday that would change how schools are graded, give...

An audacious future for North Carolina

We live in a world that needs science now more than ever, and we must strive to build educational environments...

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Successful policies are rooted in parent experiences

It is time to build on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges...

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Greene County teachers build STEM curriculum around students’ interests

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a three-part EducationNC series on Greene County’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and...

The Great Wall > Prom: Thinking about work/life integration for our students

On Saturday at 11:51p.m. EST, I received a text from Laura Lee, EdNC’s content director and managing editor. “Did you...

My sincere apology to my parents

What was I doing at age 14 or 15? Not conducting research on the metallurgical properties of MnNiGe-compounds or investigating...

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Leaders struggle between equality and equity in Edgecombe schools

In their continued effort to seek community input, Edgecombe County Public Schools held a forum last week focused on educational...

Don’t wait to be a scientist

Just start. Don’t wait for college. Don’t wait to get your Ph.D. Don’t wait for your first real job.  As...

Audacious goals: Lessons from the Great Wall to Science City

In North Carolina, the Research Triangle Park (RTP) is a conglomeration of over 200 high-tech companies employing nearly 50,000 people....

A packing failure or a learning experience?

Friends and family know I have a serious travel-related problem. The medical profession has yet to formally identify my condition,...

A caff-dog in the land of the tea-cat

What I learned about China today…coffee, or perhaps caffeine, is not the national drink (or drug) of China the way...

Raymond Gao: The 2017 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

Day 1: Lamb Chops Call me a kid, but I still get excited every time I ride an airplane. The...

Early Childhood Parent Questions

Tell us how teachers, doctors, community members, and elected officials can help the children of North Carolina be successful and...

General Education

Find out what others think about the NC School System, Teachers, Preparations, Contributions, Barriers, and Missing School. March 8th: General...

Interesting to know!

Find out what others think about Exercise, Family Dinner, Nutrition, Dental Health, School Lunch, and Work Life. March 8th: Interesting to...

School Breakfast

Find out what others think about the importance of a nutritious breakfast and whether it’s at home or school. March...

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Schools caught up in ‘decline of trust’ in public institutions

The conventional wisdom – or perhaps wishful thinking – of Washington pundits projects that President Trump’s deeply disruptive budget will...

Bringing innovators together: The 37th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

This trip begins each year with an invitation from Mr. Fulin Zeng, the deputy director of the international affairs department of...

Dory Li: The 2017 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

Day 1: Plane and Welcome Hello! Well, the adventure began today. From Raleigh, we flew to Chicago, then took a...

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What will happen if House Bill 13 does not pass?

On the latest episode of “Lee County Now,” a weekly radio show on education and current events on WXKL 1290...

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NCAE exhorts legislators to fix class size restriction complications

The North Carolina Association of Educators called on lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation that would loosen class size restrictions slated...

Think AND Do: Supercharging learning

I was honored to speak today at the Science Education Innovation Forum of Chinese and Foreign Educators, part of the...

The warmest of welcomes for the North Carolina delegation in Beijing

Connections matter, says Sam Houston. Relationships matter, says Dr. Fran Nolan. The warm welcome we receive in Beijing has been more...

First impressions, perceptions, misconceptions, and innovation

Day One Seventeen, yes, seventeen! That is how many times more people live in Beijing than in Wake County, North...

Ana Sofia Uzsoy: The 2017 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

Beijing Day 1 We finally landed at around 4:30 pm China time after a 14-hour flight from Chicago. We were...

Arjun Keshava: The 2017 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

Day One We left for Beijing today earlier in the morning. We flew to Chicago where I happened to meet...

School reform requires strong leaders

My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Bringing “Help Me Grow” to North Carolina

In her recent op-ed for the Winston-Salem Journal, Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, provided insight...

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Nick Sojka, school board attorney, champion for student success

Nick Sojka was always destined to become a school board attorney though he did not always know it.  Sojka started...

The North Carolina International Science Challenge: The trip of a lifetime

You can tell a lot about a student from their backpack. After meeting Arjun, Dory, Ana Sofia, and Raymond at...

Tiger parents

March 21 Fran and I arrived at the hotel this evening. Our flight out of Greensboro had an on time...

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House votes to eliminate NC Final Exams

The North Carolina House voted 117-1 to eliminate NC Final Exams today.  The legislation would only affect classes not aligned...

Follow four NC students on their trip to Beijing

Four North Carolina high school student leave today for an epic trip. They will travel roughly 7,115 miles to Beijing,...

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Charter school educators face leave problem

Charter schools have a problem.  If the charter schools of North Carolina and their advocates do not partner together with...

EVAAS: An incomplete and painful system for me

As public discourse about education policy turns to teacher pay, lawmakers look to data points for guidance. North Carolina uses...

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Pitt County leader asks how to push students with gifted potential

Three years ago, Tim DeCresie, Pitt County’s director of digital learning, started taking note of a gap in many students...

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Catalyst InvenTeam brings high-level STEM to students with disabilities

In February, 12 students with disabilities gathered in a small room at The Science House at North Carolina State University. They...

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Learners, leaders

One in every eight students in North Carolina public schools has a disability. That’s more than 190,000 people who need...

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Learning by listening: How our new initiative amplifies your voice

“What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” Every month, Gallup asks Americans the open-ended...

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Summit brings strategies for poor students’ success after high school

Wake County leaders in business, government, and education assembled on N.C. State University’s campus Thursday to create strategies to prepare...

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NCSSA trains next generation of superintendents

Steve Hall’s journey to become an education leader was not easy or short. Before he roamed the halls of Piney Creek...

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For high schoolers, power in the gentle nudge of good guidance

David Coleman, president of The College Board, told the UNC Board of Governors that the university system has “enormous power,...

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School performance grade change passes House

A bill that would change the calculation of school performance grades passed the full House on Wednesday.  The bill would...

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Superintendent named for Achievement School District

The State Board of Education named Eric Hall, president and CEO of Community in Schools of North Carolina, as superintendent for...

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Edgecombe’s recovery priorities: A plea to Gov. Cooper

John Farrelly, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, presented the following letter to Governor Roy Cooper during the governor’s visit...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Poverty, federal cuts to care temper progress in children’s health

The foundation for lifelong health is laid during the early years. In order for children to enjoy their best health...

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State superintendent Mark Johnson continues listening tour in Chapel Hill

State Superintendent Mark Johnson continued his statewide listening tour at Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill on Wednesday. He met...

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How one school district works to build compassionate schools

Two and a half years into implementing Compassionate Schools in the Buncombe County district, we are still refining the integration...

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House committee tackles school performance grade change

The House K-12 Education Committee moved forward Tuesday on a plan to change how school performance grades are calculated. All but...

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Why the class size average cannot equal the teacher allotment ratio

There has been a lot of discussion recently concerning how school districts use their guaranteed classroom teacher allotments. The state...

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Cooper’s first State of the State address centers on education

In his first State of the State address Monday night, Governor Roy Cooper reached out to lawmakers to find a...

Monday, March 13, 2017

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Education leaders weigh in on legislative priorities

Education leaders from around the state gathered in Durham at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund offices last week to attend the...

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Black Male Educators Need A Space To Feel Vulnerable and Empowered (And Super Black). This Is It.

Less than two percent of our nation’s educators are Black males. That includes teachers and counselors and deans and principals...

Friday, March 10, 2017

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A prudent education budget of benchmarks — and aspirations

The day after Governor Cooper released his proposed state budget, a public radio report portrayed his role in the appropriations process...

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16. Smaller class sizes, battle with the State Board, and more: a conversation with Superintendent Mark Johnson

Yesterday was a big day for education policy in North Carolina. It started with an announcement of a legislative proposal...

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Senate bill would raise administrator pay, help with school construction

Senate leaders rolled out a funding proposal Thursday that would increase the state allotment for administrator pay and address infrastructure needs of low-wealth schools. ...

Leesville Road High School student council to host 91st Annual State Convention

The following is a press release from the N.C. Association of Student Councils Raleigh:  500 middle and high school students...

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Teaching fellows program proposal to target STEM and special education teachers

Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Franklin, and Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, announced a bill on Thursday that would create a teaching fellows...

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Defining dyslexia and identifying students who have it is critical

For students with unidentified dyslexia, the effects of no intervention may last their entire lives. Dyslexia is neurobiological in origin...

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Making a good thing even better: Reach Out and Read

As a pediatrician at Wake Forest Baptist Health–Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr....

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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At West Charlotte High, Opportunity Culture making a difference for students and teachers

When I showed North Carolina’s new state superintendent Mark Johnson around West Charlotte High recently, he saw a vastly different...

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Cooper introduces teacher salary schedule at middle school educator conference

Governor Roy Cooper released his teacher salary schedule Tuesday, outlining the details of his plan to raise teacher pay by five...

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We need your voice

Caregivers come in many different forms – grandparents, uncles, siblings, mother, father, guardian, friend. Regardless of relationship, the lives of...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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‘How do we create 400 classrooms?’ NC schools say class size cap will cause scramble for space

RALEIGH — School systems across North Carolina say they will have to scramble to create hundreds of extra classrooms if...

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What Matters: Our Kids

The Triangle is home to almost 100,000 children under the age of eight. Each child is born with the potential...

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Introducing Balancing Act, an interactive look at NC’s budget

Do you know how the budget process in N.C. works? Here’s your chance to review the Governor’s budget, weigh in on the...

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Community considers school resource officer roles in wake of Rolesville incident

Community members and local officials held a public dialogue following the January release of a video where a Rolesville school...

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Listening…and learning

[This op-ed originally appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal on March 2, 2017.] During my years as a pediatrician in Lumberton, I...

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Governor hits the education trail after budget release

Governor Roy Cooper discussed his new budget proposal when he visited an elementary school and child development center on Thursday.  After...

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Children to lawmakers: Checkmate

When Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, took a chess lesson at the General Assembly on Wednesday, his teacher was not a seasoned chess...

Gov. Cooper offers budget with common ground solutions for NC

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today released his recommended...

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African-American Democratic legislators back school choice

Several African-American Democratic lawmakers announced their support for school choice Tuesday.  Although alternatives to traditional public schools have historically been promoted...