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NC STEM Center e-Update: NC Next Firsts showcase North Carolina innovations

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Principal Pay Calculator

During the 2017 long session of the General Assembly, lawmakers passed a budget that revamped the principal pay schedule. The...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Building critical thinking: Students are not learning how to think, they are learning how to Google

How can we, as educators, encourage students to think critically about anything when they have a world of information a...

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Why NC could lose big in the 2020 census

Alarms about poor preparations for the constitutionally-mandated 2020 Census are ringing across the nation. The Tar Heel State, and our...

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Matching grants for North Carolina teachers to foster literacy and bring engaging STEM projects to life in their classrooms

As part of #GivingTuesday, I’m excited to share news about a new program Duke Energy is launching today in partnership...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Community colleges build bridges between present and future

“We’ll be a bridge between K-12 education and higher ed, and a bridge between the present and future for our...

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Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers...

Share your thoughts on STEM

We would like to know your thoughts on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in parts of eastern North Carolina...

Monday, November 27, 2017

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Single Stop: Getting students the resources they need to stay in school

In the latest edition of EdTalk, host Alex Granados, senior reporter for Education NC, talks with Sarah Crawford, national education...

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Education Matters – Childhood trauma & learning

Studies show that children who regularly experience trauma score lower than their peers on standardized tests are more likely to...

Finding the divine in everyone: A teacher helps a North Carolina leader redefine strength

My family was a group of New York Jews, transplanted to the mountains of North Carolina in the 1970s for...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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My heartfelt Thanksgiving

Hey y’all. Happy Thanksgiving. As we break bread together around tables across North Carolina, civility is on my mind. Thanksgiving...

Pathway to K summer program yields positive results for second year in a row

The following is a press release from Project Impact WINSTON-SALEM, NC (NOVEMBER 21, 2017) – Preliminary results from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Carolina needs civil, curious leaders

If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I have some unwelcome news: lots of North...

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Holding on to firsts

For both experienced and beginning teachers, firsts are important. Firsts are universal and uniting; in fact, it is likely that...

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Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina host Education Savings Account session

Monday night, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina hosted a session on Education Savings Accounts at the Nature Research...

Four turnaround schools report initial progress

The following is a press release from Guilford County Public Schools Greensboro, N.C. – Focusing on empowering principals and engaging community...

North Carolina political leaders encourage civility

Despite their opposing political viewpoints, John Hood and Leslie Winner encourage others to look past the heated polarization of today’s...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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In class while in crisis

Editor’s note: To protect their privacy in this story, EdNC is using the students’ initials in lieu of names.  D....

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Book Harvest’s Book Babies: Unleashing parent leadership at birth could lead to a lifetime of benefits

“Not all kids go to sleep at night with a bedtime story,” says Ginger Young, the founder and executive director...

New grant to impact STEM career awareness and selection

The following is a press release from the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The NC...

2017 Friday Medal honors seven innovative rural North Carolina superintendents

The following is a press release from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Raleigh, North Carolina — Each year since 2006, The...

How do you get information in your community?

Reach NC Voices is researching how you receive and distribute information in your community so we can provide you with...

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The classroom library: Getting more students to read

If you teach reading or language arts in any capacity in a public school, one of the most dynamic resources...

Monday, November 20, 2017

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Teachers work second jobs to make ends meet

Carolynn Phillips rushed from her day job teaching middle school art to an afternoon coaching girls’ track to earn an...

$3 million available for special needs families through state scholarship

The following is a press release from Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina Raleigh, NC – Families, school leaders, special...

Teaching Fellows Commission selects 5 institutions in North Carolina

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission announced it selected...

15 Districts and Charter Schools Share $400,000 in coding grants

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson on Wednesday announced that 15 districts and...

N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction announces additions to leadership team

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced two additions to the leadership...

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The youth vote: What do North Carolina’s young people think about local issues?

In October and November, more than 5,300 high school students in North Carolina voted in First Vote NC’s local election...

Moving the needle: Investments, not silver bullets

The Mebane Charitable Foundation has invested more than $17 million in literacy-related programs since 1998. The Foundation invested more than $7...

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The GOP tax bill is bad for students

This was originally published by the nation.com and is reposted here with permission Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student-loan debt. That’s roughly the...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Kenan Fellows, ESSA, and Teacher Recruitment

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

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Real education reform happens in classrooms

Every year at this time the nation celebrates our public schools, students, and educators during American Education Week. However, most...

EdTalk: Meet Larry Colbourne and the Mebane Foundation

From the Mebane Foundation on its work: The Mebane Foundation doesn’t claim to have all the answers about how to...

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Without action, class size mandate threatens Pre-K in some school districts

Without the necessary time and money to build more elementary school classrooms to satisfy the General Assembly’s requirement to lower...

Governor Cooper appoints the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound, Basic Education

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Governor Cooper today announced his appointments to...

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Defining the term ‘community college’

Nearly 1 in 9 adult North Carolinians enrolled in one of the state’s 58 community colleges in the 2014-2015 school year....

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We need to provide teachers the luxury of time

For the past two and a half years, I have led and been led by cohorts of exceptional educators across...

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Career Pathways give students new opportunities

Joseline Arriaga was new to North Carolina, had not finished high school, and was the mother to an infant and...

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What is My Future NC?

My Future NC is a commission with cross-sector representation from business, education, government, nonprofits, and philanthropy, and it will assess...

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The real reasons so many young people can’t write well today — by an English teacher

Recently, my 7th grade Language Arts classes spent three weeks working on writing projects. We began with group brainstorming before...

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Education Matters: Voucher school controversy

Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville has received more taxpayer dollars via the state’s private school voucher program than any other...

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A powerful lesson

The older I am, the more I realize that not everyone thinks the way I do. Maybe it should seem...

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Results: How did students vote in the November 2017 local elections?

On Tuesday, students from across North Carolina pulled out their cell phones, opened their chromebooks, or lined up at desktop...

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund hosts STEM Conference

This week, Burroughs Wellcome Fund held its Biennial STEM Awardees Conference in Greensboro. Educators and leaders gathered to present their...

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Education support hinges on debate over ‘tax myth’

Aside from the special counsel investigation into alleged Russian intrusions into the 2016 election, the really big deal in Washington...

From North Carolina to India and back: Teachers apply lessons learned

In October, EducationNC staff traveled to Asheville to catch up with five of the teachers who traveled to India and...

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New commission works on teacher preparation guidelines, standards

The preparation system for the state’s teachers is changing under legislation passed last session through the work of the NC...

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Community college delivers real value

With the national debate about tax reform heating up, you’ll be hearing a lot about the difference between marginal and...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Education reforms for North Carolina’s future

The North Carolina General Assembly is implementing meaningful public school reforms that are popular with parents and students because they...

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From action plan to Teacher of the Year — in one year: A teacher’s journey, and the teacher-leader who got her there

Editor’s Note: Stacie Bunn is an Opportunity Culture Fellow. Learn more about the Opportunity Culture initiative here.  In 2012, after...

Teacher induction: A worldly matter

Driving through the streets of Bangalore, it was next to impossible to avoid the street beggar selling a gadget to...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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North Carolina’s new approach to teacher recruitment

The new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is due to officially launch this month – and it’s a big deal....

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Virtual charter school seeks more funding, permanent status

The leader of one of the state’s two virtual charter schools asked legislators Tuesday to release his school from pilot...

Sustainability and conservation in India

Editor’s note: Lily Dancy-Jones was one of the teachers on the India trip. On our trip to India, I tried...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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My Future NC commission aims to smooth education continuum

A new commission, My Future NC, is rethinking the state’s education system and workforce pipeline with an initial focus on...

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The war over the Innovative School District

Last week, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the inclusion of Robeson County’s Southside Ashpole Elementary School...

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What does it mean to be an ‘effective’ teacher preparation program?

This is one of the questions the new North Carolina Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission will have to examine....

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Reach NC Voices team shoots for the moon with first design sprint

A team from EducationNC brainstormed and prototyped during a five-day intensive sprint last week on the Reach NC Voices initiative,...

Monday, November 6, 2017

North Carolina teachers and leaders visit India

From Bangalore to Delhi to Agra, the delegation visited private and public schools, educational foundations and nonprofits, and institutes of higher education...

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Weekly Wrap: School funding reform, charter debate, State Board of Education

Watch EducationNC reporter Alex Granados talk about North Carolina education news from the week. Catch up on the debate over...

Friday, November 3, 2017

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State Board looks at chronic absenteeism and whole child approach

There were more chronically absent students in North Carolina schools in the 2013-14 school year than would fit in the...

What is Reach? A way to be heard

I spent the weekend of the solar eclipse in a beautiful cabin a few miles outside of Asheville. A small...

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Red Hat event teaches girls the importance of collaboration through coding

Patrons of Raleigh’s Pullen Park may have heard the furious clattering of keyboards from a mobile lab stationed Wednesday on...

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State Board revokes charter of Heritage Collegiate

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to revoke the charter of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy today. The school is expected...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Introducing Reach NC demographic weighting

The Reach NC Voices project of EducationNC has had a number of ‘firsts’ this year. It became one of the...

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Education funding study committee gets underway

The Joint Task Force on Education Finance Reform kicked off yesterday, but co-chair Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, said its agenda...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Reach NC Data Dashboard

Over the past seven months, the Reach NC Voices team engaged with communities across the state on a range of...

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Teachers: Remember your why

I was a high school English teacher for 10 years and I am currently the Lead High School English Language...