The hope of Read Charlotte

When I was a little boy, I loved to read Fire! Fire!, a Gail Gibbons book about firefighters who responded...

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Weekly Wrap: Crossover, class size, and literacy

Watch reporters Alex Granados and Liz Bell chat about what EdNC has been up to this week. Catch up on...

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Friday, April 28, 2017

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EdExplainer: Crossover chaos

What is crossover? Crossover is a deadline set by the General Assembly. Any bills that do not have an appropriations...

 

Juice boxes and books: Read Charlotte’s goal is ambitious — but it might just be possible

It is loud in a room filled with 14 toddlers and preschoolers who have grown tired of coloring and their...

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Governor kicks off inaugural Education Cabinet meeting

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper held his first Education Cabinet meeting yesterday, calling on members to work together and eschew ideology...

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On conditions for early learning, ‘the science is clear’

North Carolina’s two mega-metro regions have launched vital, yet difficult, civic crusades: to raise the literacy level of students in...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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House votes to ease charter school expansion, redefine “low-performing”

The House passed measures last night to change how schools are deemed low-performing and to loosen the requirements around charter school...

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Read and Feed makes a difference: From the eyes of a tutor

I’m not good at measuring things. I don’t care that much to quantify or compile data, although I understand —...

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Sesame Street star talks about what matters

Sonia Manzano, known for her role as “Maria” on Sesame Street, talked about the importance of early childhood education and...

 

Teaching the teachers: Active reading strategies turn story time into learning time

The 18 women sit around a U-shaped arrangement of folding tables, eating Domino’s pizza and Girl Scout cookies. White binders...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

How Legos and rubber chickens could help more Charlotte students read

Along one wall of this rectangular conference room, clear storage boxes hold a random assortment of toys and art supplies—soldier...

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Revised House Bill 13 passes Senate

The House and Senate passed legislation on controversial topics yesterday. None more so than House Bill 13, whose approval by...

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Mountain Faith Band’s literacy project an example of grass-roots initiative

Mountain Faith Band, which has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and Radio City Music Hall, wants to...

 

Triangle Community Foundation and United Way of the Greater Triangle spearhead regional reading proficiency campaign

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is partnering with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, Triangle Community Foundation...

 

ECU researchers study the impact of young students wearing lab coats

The following is a press release from East Carolina University News Services, by Crystal Baity. An East Carolina University researcher...

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Ed bills rushed through legislative committees

It is crossover week which means bills are moving through the General Assembly faster than water through the rained-out streets of...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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The Week of the Young Child at Old Town Elementary

“The Week of the Young Child is all about you. It’s about how important you are. How creative you are....

 

Many barriers to education for N.C. children

Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the thing that can end generational poverty and change the trajectory of...

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Senate committee proposes temporary class size compromise

On Monday night, the Senate education committee offered an amendment to House Bill 13, granting a one-year reprieve for districts...

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Is North Carolina really a destination for teachers?

When former teacher James Sadler saw a headline last week calling North Carolina a “destination for teachers,” he had a...

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House education committee pushes through charter school policy changes

The House K-12 education committee Monday gave favorable reports to several pieces of legislation that would change charter school laws around expansion and...

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Monday, April 24, 2017

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House Bill 13 rally in virtual reality

A recent rally at the capitol provided the opportunity for EducationNC’s first foray into immersive 360-degree reporting.  Last week, a...

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UNC Science Expo brings thousands to learn from scientists

What combination of extremophiles and meteorite shields would produce the highest resistance from radiation?  Ana Sofia Uzsoy, a senior at the...

 

Third-grade reading proficiency: It matters

Daniel started third grade reading significantly below grade level, afraid of reading aloud and not able to make connections in...

 

HB13 How Does Class Size Impact Education?

Join the conversation around school class size and funding for K-3 classrooms.

 

HB13: Classroom Priorities

Tell us what matters the most to you in the classroom

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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A top-10 state entangled in a thicket

The General Assembly has entangled itself in an uncalled-for thicket. Legislators are haggling among themselves and with local education officials...

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Could better tax policy help families pay for child care?

A national conversation is currently playing out about how to use tax policy to help families pay for child care....

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Math modeling is a team sport for NC students in final round of national Moody challenge

A North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) team of five students is heading to the final round of a...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

Parents, share your thoughts on class size

North Carolina lawmakers are working on legislation about class sizes in K-3 classrooms across the state. Class size influences other...

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A case for more male teachers

I am a sixth grade teacher, and I am a novelty. That was the insinuation a parent gave several years...

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Senate education committee takes on isolated K-12 schools

The Senate education committee discussed legislation that would grant extra classroom teachers to two K-12 schools in Macon County to accommodate...

 

NC Foundation for Public School Children to Honor 2017 Champions for Children at Annual Gala

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children RALEIGH, N.C.— Six honorees will...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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EdExplainer: Class size conundrum

There is a big brouhaha stirring in North Carolina over class size restrictions. And while people on one side or...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Strength, resilience, and community: Finding some light

Trauma begins when your normal life is shattered. The phone ringing, the door knocking, the scream that breaks the silence....

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Friday, April 14, 2017

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Bills would expand educator prep programs, add private lateral entry programs

The Educator Preparation Program Approval Committee met Wednesday to discuss the implications of legislation that would change how teachers enter...

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‘Unconscious bias’ sustains stereotypes, education gaps

When teachers and students assemble in classrooms, they all arrive bearing bundles of life experiences and mental reflexes, anxieties and...

 

Questions about Early Childhood

Tell us about how nutrition, education, and early childhood development matter to you March 8th: Questions about Early Childhood

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Digital education in the 21st Century

Schools across the country are grappling with the implications technology have for learning in the 21st Century. Public schools are...

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Teacher pay raises don’t keep up with health care costs

Last week Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark made her 2017-2018 operating budget recommendation to the local board of education. The...

 

Women lack STEM entrepreneurial opportunities

The following is a press release from RTI International RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—For more than 35 years, women have outnumbered...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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North Carolina: A destination for teachers

Public school advocacy organizations and their allies contend that North Carolina is no longer a desirable destination for teachers. They...

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Westover High School: Building robots, solving crimes

Ask Chip Lucas, executive director of career and technical education for Cumberland County Schools, about the dead body in his Westover...

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NC House decides on school calendar flexibility

Two bills for calendar flexibility for local school districts have passed the state House. Both bills passed on second reading last...

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Monday, April 10, 2017

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Senators introduce needed child welfare reform

The child welfare system is a last resort for children who are at risk of serious injury, trauma, or even...

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Extreme STEM tour tempts students with possible future careers

One morning a few weeks ago, I drove through a neighborhood in search of Conover Waste Water Treatment Plant in Catawba County....

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Friday, April 7, 2017

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State Board approves reading standards, restart schools, and mental health policy

The State Board of Education met Wednesday and Thursday, first discussing and then reporting out and voting on measures to improve...

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Enduring lessons from a long-ago ‘address’

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure...

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Lisa Godwin, Onslow kindergarten teacher, named state teacher of the year

Lisa Godwin, a Dixon Elementary School kindergarten teacher from Onslow County, was named the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina...

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Serious questions arise for state’s largest voucher school

North Carolina’s largest recipient of private school vouchers has filed a financial review that lacked basic information consistent with “generally...

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Creative ideas abound at Winston-Salem’s Downtown Health Plaza

Our “Focus on Forsyth” series would be incomplete without diving into the powerful work of the Wake Forest Baptist Health–Downtown...

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Learning and winning go together

The first time I visited the campus of Duke University, I did so because Rand Paul asked me to. It...

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A plea for oral health

Zulayka Santiago knows what it feels like not to have access to oral health care. When she was a child, a...

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Senate education committee votes yes on Teaching Fellows Program

A Senate education committee gave unanimous support yesterday to a bill that would re-establish the once-popular Teaching Fellows Program.  The original...

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Reinvesting in juvenile justice protects students with disabilities

North Carolina is one of only two states that automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice...

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Legislature considers measures for safer schools and revival of teaching fellows program

House and Senate education committees considered important education legislation on Tuesday. In the House K-12 Education Committee, lawmakers gave favorable...

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Superintendent Johnson lays out NC Reads literacy plan

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced a literacy initiative called NC Reads Monday that aims to bring resources, people,...

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Podcast: Teaching Fellows revived and more

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

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US Education Secretary Devos visits Fort Bragg

On Monday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made her first visit to a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school since being sworn...

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Monday, April 3, 2017

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Dispute resolution in special education cases: Say what you need to say, with some ground rules

At Disability Rights NC, we attend many IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings where the parents of a child with a...

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STEM partnerships form regionally and across the state

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

 

Brickwork and pathways

The Forbidden City is a site to behold with over 8,700 rooms spread out over 182 acres in the heart...