Join us for a conversation with David Osborne on Reinventing America’s Schools

Join New York Times bestselling author David Osborne for a conversation about his latest book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century...

Perspective

Rise in unpaid internships, decline in summer jobs

Should students who take internships be paid? The clear answer should be yes. And yet, in North Carolina and across...

Internships are good business and good for business

Internships are increasingly critical for every college student to be a competitive job applicant. In a 2016 opinion column for...

Perspective

On internships and leadership: Be a change agent now

The North Carolina Community Development Initiative’s Youth Leadership Program turned 10 this summer. The Youth Leadership Program, launched in 2008,...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Internships that blow your mind

Here is more information about SECU Foundation. You can follow secu_foundation on Instagram.

Perspective

NC Early Childhood Foundation on chronic absence and why it matters in North Carolina

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

News

‘Fighting the status quo’: Inside the combative world of NC’s new public schools chief

In the nine months Mark Johnson has been in Raleigh, differing narratives have emerged about the state’s new superintendent of...

From turtles to town hall: SECU Public Fellows Internship at ASU

A couple of weeks into her freshman year at Appalachian State University, Jordan Boles received a call from her dad....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

News

UNC System teacher preparation increase muddied by data collection changes

Though the UNC System saw a rise in educator preparation program enrollment in fall 2016 for the first time in...

Perspective

Teacher input needed on professional learning

At a time when change in the educational system is imminent and the course of the teacher’s professional career unclear,...

Community-designed internships: SECU Public Fellows at ECU

Summer internships are expected for college students and more and more high school students. Many of you reading this will...

Creating a high-quality internship for college students

In this podcast, Katy Clune interviews Sharon Paynter at East Carolina University on creating a high-quality internship for college students...

Teachers: Do you work a second job?

Recent statistics show nearly one-quarter of North Carolina teachers work a second job. Teachers, we are working on stories about...

Teachers: Do you work a second job?

Recent statistics show nearly one-quarter of North Carolina teachers work a second job. Teachers, we are working on stories about...

News

What time should high schools start in the morning?

If you have ever wondered why it is so hard to get teenagers out of bed in the morning, you...

Monday, September 25, 2017

Perspective

On reform, quicken the pace

The annual testing data and report cards for North Carolina’s public schools are out. Here are the headlines. Achievement rose...

Perspective

“Put me in, coach” or job-embedded instructional coaching

Across North Carolina, teachers are asking tough questions. But this isn’t a pop quiz for students. Teachers are challenging themselves...

Enhancing education with hands-on training

Enhancing education with hands-on training is one of the best ways for students to connect theory to practice and prepare...

NC Innovative School District narrows list of initial schools under consideration

Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Department of Public Instruction. The newly created North Carolina Innovative...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Perspective

Debate over means, not ends, in principal pay plan

A testy, yet illuminating, debate has broken out over the new pay plan for North Carolina’s public school principals enacted...

Perspective

Legislature creates school funding task force, but appears unwilling and unable to seriously examine NC’s school funding needs

Last week, the General Assembly announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. The...

NC Educators Perspective Survey video

Superintendent Mark Johnson released a video today discussing the results of the first NC Educators Perspective Survey, which had 9,425...

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NC STEM Center e-update: North Carolina applies for ESSA funding

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

News

The principal pay situation in North Carolina

As the new school year begins, many are considering the ramifications of the new principal pay schedule passed during the...

Perspective

School has just begun, and in NC, corporal punishment is still with us

Imagine you’re a student in high school. One morning, your alarm doesn’t go off. Your mother shakes you awake urgently....

Perspective

North Carolina’s new principal pay schedule, explained by BEST NC

This year, North Carolina made the largest investment in state history in principal salaries through an updated salary schedule and...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Perspective

Education reform needs a dose of Silicon Valley

In many places, education reform efforts fail. You know who else fails? Silicon Valley start-ups. They fail often. They fail...

News

Two Court of Appeals decisions affect education policy

The North Carolina Court of Appeals handed down opinions yesterday in two education lawsuits— one involving the State Board of...

First Vote NC nominated for 2017 Civvy Award

First Vote NC, an initiative of EducationNC, received a nomination for an American Civic Collaboration Award, or Civvy. The award...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Perspective

“Everybody Hurts” – Prioritizing mental health in high schools with some R.E.M.

Everybody hurts. Sometimes. Teach for 20 years in public high schools and you become entrenched in the lives of young...

School start time

The start time for a student’s school day can determine their success in their academic career. Join our conversation about...

Monday, September 18, 2017

News

The connections between law and education

When people think about public education, they rarely consider the team of legal experts standing behind every school board, district,...

News

In-depth: Mebane Rash on teacher appreciation

EducationNC CEO Mebane Rash joined Rob Boisvert of Time Warner Cable News to discuss education issues in-depth. She brought an...

High school teachers: First Vote NC offers free curriculum and local election simulation

Are you planning on voting in your local elections this fall? If you are under the age of 30, the...

Friday, September 15, 2017

News

Court extends stay in State Board v. NC and Superintendent Mark Johnson

A three-judge panel granted a 30-day extension of the stay in the case of the State Board of Education v....

Perspective

A surge in “restart” to remodel low-performing schools

The streams of data released recently by state education authorities flowed out in familiar patterns: Another modest increase in the...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Teacher-Trainers: The future of educator enrichment?

Round tables with white linens dot the conference room inside Charlotte’s Levine Museum of the New South. Dozens of teachers...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Filling the gap: Teachers partner with nonprofits for professional development

When Kerry Blackwelder attended her first professional development workshop, about reading instruction, at the Hill Center in 2003, she was...

Kenan Teacher Fellows program targets rural educators

At the beginning of August, more than 100 teachers from counties across eastern North Carolina gathered in Greenville to receive...

IBM releases K-5 free online tool for math teachers

The IBM Foundation has teamed up with education leaders, providers of high quality teaching content, and math teachers to develop...

Professional Development

Professional development for teachers can be sold as the “silver bullet” for problems in the education system, but it requires...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Coaches, science projects, and pizza

The 13 teachers stand in a room with orange walls and tall, wooden lab tables. The classroom at Carmel Middle...

Brunswick County gives teachers a head start

Brunswick County Board of Education Vice Chair John Thompson was scraping paint off of his garage floor one Saturday morning...

Monday, September 11, 2017

The professional development paradox

The instructor stood at the front of the room, as the teachers took seats in a boxy U-shaped formation, and...

News

Edgecombe, anticipating storm, reflects inward

As Edgecombe County’s school system faces another hurricane season, its leaders are looking for ways to better understand the students...

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Reimagining a 21st century high school

Last weekend, I came across an old composition notebook with pages so yellow it looked like it could be from 1850....

News

State Board seeks extension of stay in lawsuit against state superintendent

The State Board of Education filed a motion to extend the stay in the lawsuit between the Board and State superintendent...

Featured

First Vote NC: Getting young people engaged in local elections

When I was a girl, my father had a backyard zoning dispute in my small hometown of Concord, North Carolina....

Friday, September 8, 2017

Perspective

Huge education enterprise gives rise to complex public opinion

As traditional-calendar schools opened across the land, the U.S. Census Bureau distributed school enrollment data that serves as a reminder...

A Durham principal takes his high school classroom experience to elementary school

Just inside the main doors of Merrick-Moore Elementary School in Durham, an inquisitive first-grader wondered what in the world a...

News

The highs and lows of school performance grades

The State Board of Education received good and bad news when they heard data on the latest release of the...

Principals in the policy spotlight

The latest sessions of the General Assembly have highlighted the issue of principal pay. While teacher pay has long been...

Featured

NC STEM Center e-Update: Nominations open for 2017 SMT Center Awards

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Raleigh principal juggles running school with her own education

Gretta Dula’s office is festooned with principal-of-the-year certificates, letters from students, notes of tasks to be tackled, and a sign...

Holly Springs principal tackles year-round calendar

Bearing a warm smile, Principal Kathy Knezevic of Holly Grove Elementary walked through the halls of her school and greeted...

Perspective

Principal of the Year: Tips on how to move your school forward

Being a principal in North Carolina is not just a job. It requires you to be a change-agent.  I began...

Perspective

ECU’s youngest students ready for Lab School

East Carolina University’s youngest students got their first look inside the ECU Lab School during open house on Aug. 24....

White House Rescinds DACA Despite Widespread, Bipartisan Support for It

The following is a press release from Students for Education Reform.  New York — Today the Trump White House announce...

Principal Pay

Principals run everything from school uniform policy enforcement, to school safety, to teacher retention and recruitment. We’d like to add...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Raleigh veteran principal dedicated to students

Millbrook High School’s administration suite was in full swing as the clock ticked closer to the end of the school...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Five characteristics of successful principals

The job of the principalship is known to all: “Get school ready to open in the fall.” To do this...

Carrboro principal believes in value of bilingual education

Nestled in Carrboro, Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Bilingüe Elementary School splits its school day between lessons taught in English and...

Monday, September 4, 2017

News

The state of principals in North Carolina

Until recently, principals in North Carolina were 50th out of all the states in the nation and Washington, D.C., for...

Perspective

A Spellings speech raises an array of key issues

UNC System President Margaret Spellings delivered an important speech a few days ago — important for what she had to...