Governor’s School enlivens learning for students from across North Carolina

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools This summer, 670 of North Carolina’s most academically gifted...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Two NC educators among nation’s best STEM teachers

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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State Superintendent announces elimination of 61 positions at Department of Public Instruction

Updated 8:21 a.m.  The following are the list of positions being eliminated at the state Department of Public Instruction to...

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A+ training for Read to Achieve – Preparing Davie educators to help students discover their strengths and improve literacy skills

The teachers became the students as 28 Davie County educators explored using the arts to teach reading, a skill that...

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Praising students through the end of the school year

As the end of the school year approaches, beginning teachers and veteran teachers alike find themselves facing full classes of...

Open doors: Breaking down barriers

Faison United Methodist Church saw an opportunity to address food insecurity over the summer in their community. Jabe Largen, minister...

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Director’s log: June 2018

Bizarro World or North Carolina? When I was growing up, I looked forward to the regular DC Comics issues on...

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Craven Community College receives $200,000 grant for apprenticeship program

Craven Community College’s new technical apprenticeship program received a $200,000 grant from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas this Monday....

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Legislature prepares to adjourn, but not before making some last minute education moves

The General Assembly is planning to adjourn today, but before they leave lawmakers pushed through a number of proposals that...

Golden LEAF funds NC Community College Scholarships

The Golden LEAF Foundation helps rural students further their education throughout the state with its scholarship programs. At its June...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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We need to upgrade our school buildings. The legislature blew it.

When the General Assembly’s short session began last month, proponents of public education were eagerly waiting for lawmakers to take...

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Instructional Coaches featured on UNC-Pembroke College of Education panel discussion

The UNCP region coaches (Shanita Anderson, Denise Hunt, and Carissa Rosenblum) were asked to be featured guests on a panel...

Question of the Week – June 28

“Highly stressful experiences, like witnessing violence and the separation of children from loving parents, can disrupt children’s brain architecture and...

Open doors: The parish mentality

Edenton Street United Methodist Church understands there is not a one-size-fits-all type of worship service. They have created micro-parishes, based...

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myFutureNC explores attainable education goals for North Carolina

The myFutureNC Commission continues to engage the state in a conversation regarding a statewide educational attainment goal. Committee members, content...

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What would a statewide attainment goal look like? Join the conversation

The myFutureNC Commission continues to hold listening sessions around the state. The sessions are designed to include citizen voice in...

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North Carolina below national median wage for early childhood educators

After spending more than 25 years as an early childhood educator in North Carolina, Paula Gales will teach kindergarten in...

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Looking back to look forward: Exploring the future of community colleges

“We’re not training enough people to fill the jobs of the twenty-first century. There is a skills gap. And if...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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New education organization brings Jeb Bush to town

Grow Great NC, Inc., a new group focused on education reform, kicked off its first official day as an organization...

Open doors: A gift for giving

For Courtney Wolfe, a first-generation college student, Christianity runs through her family. At Merritt’s Chapel United Methodist Church, she is...

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Beginning teacher reflects on successful first year

I have had the pleasure of supporting Mrs. Angela Krol, a first-grade teacher at Troy Elementary in Montgomery County Public...

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The Belk Foundation 2018 Annual Report

Today The Belk Foundation celebrates our 90th anniversary.  Here’s what we deeply believe: an excellent public education can drastically change...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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District spotlight: Elkin City Schools

Elkin City Schools is nestled in Surry County, surrounded by the beautiful foothills of NC. Elkin has one elementary, one...

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How STEM education can help generate rural doctors

From 2008 through 2011, 3,762 physicians graduated from North Carolina residency programs. Five years later, 39 percent of those physicians—or...

Open doors: Serving the school down the street

The North Carolina United Methodist Church created Congregations for Children in 2013 to get churches involved in local schools. From providing food...

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Roundup Results: What do you think is the biggest barrier to seeking mental health care?

Earlier this month, the world was shaken by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The two talented and...

Open doors: A bilingual preschool

Susan Suarez Webster, assistant pastor for community outreach at Central United Methodist Church in Charlotte, realized about four years ago...

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Person County Schools’ Beginning Teacher of Excellence, Austin Harris

Austin Harris, an eighth grade English Arts teacher at Northern High School, was recently named Person County Schools’ Beginning Teacher...

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Education Matters – Tax cap amendment and education

Topic: Tax Cap Amendment and Education The General Assembly is considering a Constitutional amendment to permanently cap income tax rates...

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Ensuring opportunity in North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program: A summary of work to date

Ensuring Opportunity Summary from Mebane Rash Here is a website with all of the evaluation reports.

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Civic lessons from a ‘rock star’ North Carolina mother

Monica Raab earned unexpected public attention and acclaim when she handled her wriggling 18-month-old son with motherly aplomb as she...

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5 qualities for teacher leaders and those who hire them

House Bill 235 outlines credentials that mentor teachers should possess so that they can provide support for new teachers. Those...

Four NC communities receive national honors for literacy initiatives & Orange County joins campaign

The following is a press release from the NC Early Childhood Foundation and the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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How long are we going to wait for legislation to stop school violence?

Last month, Chip Grabow and Lisa Rose from CNN reported that the United States has had 57 times as many...

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Causes and consequences of student absenteeism: An interview with Michael Gottfried and Ethan Hutt

If you have been following education policy over the last few years, you probably have noticed the term “chronic absenteeism”...

Question of the Week – June 21

The 2018 World Cup kicked off last week and continues through the end of the month. This year, the United...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Investing in EducationNC, investing in North Carolina

I love the state of North Carolina deeply. I grew up in a family with deep roots to our state....

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Voicing the 58 strong: A call for community college perspectives

We need your voice to tell the stories of the 58 community colleges across North Carolina. In addition to the...

Juneteenth

This June 19th, or Juneteenth, marks the 153rd year of celebrations commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States...

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The Education Trust highlights gaps in black and Latino college degree attainment

Two new briefs from The Education Trust highlight gaps in higher educational degree attainment for black and Latino adults in...

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Triangle area high schoolers start off summer at EPA science workshop

“I like trees,” said Sarah Tolman, a rising junior at Jordan High School in Durham. “I think that when you...

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What happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life

Nurturing experiences with a loving parent or caregiver during the first few years of life helps children’s social-emotional development —...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Public School Forum accepting applications for NC Education Policy Fellowship Program

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina The Public School Forum is accepting...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Summer of STEM reaches for the stars

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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One state with many faces: myFutureNC continues work towards state attainment goal

On Friday, June 15, 2018, the myFutureNC Commission met on the campus of SAS to continue its work towards proposing...

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The action agenda to save kids’ lives in 2018

Yes — a diverse group of leaders really can come together to tackle serious problems, and North Carolina’s Child Fatality...

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Roundup Results: How has standardized testing affected the performance of local public schools?

Summer break is finally here, but it didn’t come without end-of-year testing for students. We wanted to hear from North...

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Education Matters – Examining NC’s private school voucher program

Topic: Examining NC’s Private School Voucher Program Two new reports are out exploring our state’s Opportunity Scholarship or private school...

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Governor’s commission discusses role of early childhood in sound basic education

On Wednesday, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education considered the role that early childhood systems and experiences play...

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U.S. House Committee holds hearing on charter schools

On June 13, 2018, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on “The Power of...

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Experts focus on building a framework from birth to third grade

On the day after the Republican-majority legislature completed its override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the 2018-19 state...

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Helping community college students become tomorrow’s leaders

What is leadership? The word may conjure images of presidents, CEOs, innovators, or activists. Last week, it looked like a dozen...

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Wide-ranging education bill on its way to Governor

A bill originally clarifying how schools should report on cursive writing and multiplication tables snowballed this week to include several other...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Advanced teaching roles in North Carolina

In 2016, North Carolina launched the Advanced Teaching Roles Initiative to: Enable outstanding teachers across North Carolina to extend their reach to...

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Don’t say my student failed. That’s a stunningly inaccurate picture of what happened.

Since the 2013-14 school year, North Carolina schools have been assigned letter grades to indicate how well they meet their students’ needs....

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An expanded tool box for NC law enforcement: The NC HOPE Act

In an age marked by political division and a reported decline in civil discourse, there are too few areas of...

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myFutureNC blog series: Start early to finish strong

My children are still in elementary and middle school, but we’ve been discussing college plans with them since they were...

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Legislature could ease the way for out-of-state school psychologists to practice in NC

  Legislators initiated an effort last week to induce more school psychologists to practice in North Carolina. During a meeting...

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Legislation on cursive writing reports gets some additions

Updated: 10:20 p.m. A bill clarifying reporting requirements on the teaching of cursive writing and multiplication tables passed the Senate...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Governor’s education cabinet takes on teacher recruitment

With $250,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Governor Roy Cooper and his education cabinet are planning to tackle...

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How to improve data reporting systems for Educator Preparation programs

The General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division (PED) laid out for lawmakers Monday how educator preparation programs can better report data,...

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N.C. State’s hyped voucher study tells us nothing about N.C.’s voucher program

Normally, when somebody hears about an evaluation of an education program, they reasonably assume the evaluation will tell them whether...

Former teacher leaves $2.7 Million to establish college scholarship program in Wake County

The following is a press release from WakeEd Partnership RALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Message to class of 2018 (and anyone else reading this)

Graduation is here for our high school seniors. I want to take a moment to offer unsolicited advice to the...

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Digital Scholars Initiative promotes technology among teachers

A Pandora station streaming Demi Lovato played in the background of Sally Schultz’s sixth grade classroom at Knox Middle School...

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Librarians out of the stacks

On May 16, 2018, I stood shoulder to shoulder with thousands of educators from across North Carolina in the historic...

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Roundup Results: What aspect of community college work feels the most important to the future of your local economy?

The 58 community colleges in North Carolina are a stronghold for programs in customized training, continuing education, and workforce development....

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A thank you letter to graduates from a middle-aged public high school teacher

Dear Graduates, Tomorrow, I will be a part of what I believe will be my twenty-first high school graduation as...

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Supreme Court rules on State Board v. Johnson, and everybody wins?

The long battle between the State Board of Education and Superintendent Mark Johnson is over, but determining who won depends...

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Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee Profile: Mark Townley

What made you decide to become a teacher? I became a teacher because it combined the things I was most...

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Ed roundup: State Board of Education and General Assembly

State Board addresses budget cuts Responding to news that the General Assembly’s budget did not reverse $5.1 million in cuts...

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Supporting the education of homeless youth

During the State Board of Education’s issues session yesterday, Board members heard a presentation on homeless youth and children, the...

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Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee Profile: LeAnna Delph

What made you decide to become a teacher? I grew up with only one person in my family who went...

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Governor Cooper vetoes budget

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget passed by lawmakers last week, meaning the proposal will have to go back to...

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Town charter school bill becomes law

A bill that allows four towns to open and operate their own charter schools passed the House today. House Bill...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Town charter schools, In God We Trust — a legislative education recap

The budget may be sitting on the desk of Governor Roy Cooper, awaiting his signature, but that doesn’t mean the...

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Continuing education for veterans

North Carolina is home to more than 120,000 active duty military personnel and their families as well as more than...

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Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee Profile: Kimberley Strickland

What made you decide to become a teacher? When my oldest daughter was in first grade she had an amazing...

N.C. State College of Education receives $10.8M grant from Belk Endowment to enhance support of North Carolina’s Community Colleges

The largest grant ever made to the N.C. State College of Education will expand the college’s efforts to create a...

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ApSeed and Mebane Foundation join forces to provide 1,000 e-Readers to Davie County children

The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education have joined forces to increase literacy scores among at-risk children in Davie...

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New toolkit helps summer program providers reach parents

Children work hard during the school year and they learn a lot. But if we are not careful, they can...

Researchers release “An Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program on Student Achievement”

Editor’s Note: Today, these researchers at N.C. State released an evaluation of the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program, which “provides...

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Education Matters — NC’s School Building Needs

North Carolina public schools have about $8 billion dollars in construction, renovation and repair needs. Cracked walls, outdated inefficient heating...

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Roundup Results: What are you most looking forward to this Memorial Day Weekend?

Last week, we started our work week on Tuesday thanks to the Memorial Day holiday. It was a time of...

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

I renewed my National Boards in April, and hoped to convince a handful of new teachers to take the journey...

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AskNC: Why does North Carolina tax the pensions of some military retirees?

When thinking about where to retire, people consider many factors, including distance to family and climate. For many, the decision...

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Cities can fund schools with property tax under budget passed by legislature

Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, spent his time debating the budget today to focus on one provision which he says amounts...

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A double-shift diverts $50 million in early childhood support

When legislators enacted the 2017-19 state budget last year, they could not have known that North Carolina would receive a...

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Sticking to tradition: The power of Cherokee traditional leadership theory in the classroom

I teach in rural western North Carolina at a small high school where approximately 30 percent of our students are...