NC Department of Public Instruction announces additions to leadership team

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced three new additions to...

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#Awake 58 blitz wraps up today!

 

Under the sea with Davidson County Community College

West of Raleigh, solidly in the Piedmont region of the state, is an odd place to find one of the...

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NC’s community colleges are a force for good business

Back in 2016, several western North Carolina manufacturers faced a common dilemma: They could not find replacement parts for critical...

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Investing in community colleges

Education has been a core focus of the SECU Foundation since its creation in 2004. One of our very first...

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A small box of chocolates with a large, compelling message

Shortly after Stephen C. Scott arrived at Wake Technical Community College in fall 2003, culinary faculty and students gave their...

 

Robeson Community College

 

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

 

Surry Community College

 

Central Piedmont Community College

 

Wake Technical Community College

 

Sandhills Community College

 

Isothermal Community College

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Coverage of EdNC’s blitz on media outlets across NC!

 

Our visit to Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute: Fast cars, livermush, and MacGyver

According to family lore, my first words were “big truck.” I was born in Burke County, but I grew up...

 

Wilson Community College faces diverse set of student needs and a marketing challenge head-on

EAnne Goodson said she has been in nursing “for forever.” After four decades of working in the field as a...

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Taking people from where they are and carrying them as far as they can go

My understanding and appreciation of the mission and the purpose of a community college and its role in the community...

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Helping students to the finish line

Retention. In my work as National Education Director for Single Stop, I hear this word a lot. Retention is top...

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Building the next generation of community college leaders at NC State

When I think about the potential our North Carolina community colleges have to improve lives, what comes to my mind...

 

Governor Cooper directs DHHS to create and lead state action plan to improve early childhood outcomes

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order...

 

New N.C. School Construction Fund to Grow $2.1 billion over next 10 Years

The following is a press release from the office of House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland A needs-based capital grant program...

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Rocking and rolling across North Carolina visiting all of our community colleges

 

Community colleges help meet ‘the challenge of change’

“I was falling slowly out of school,” says Lexi Lowry, a student at Isothermal Community College in Spindale. ICC serves...

 

CPCC is a ‘hub of economic development’

There’s a loud hum coming from the brightly lit classroom on the ground floor of Central Piedmont Community College’s Advanced...

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Responding to the workforce needs of employers along I-77

We have all heard about the skills gap and challenges industry faces in finding skilled workers to fill jobs in...

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Creating opportunities, changing lives at Randolph Community College

I grew up very poor and did not have any hopes or dreams of a bright future for my life....

 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces changes to help reduce testing for North Carolina’s youngest students

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools As many students in North Carolina public schools begin...

 

First day of classes for the Innovative School District’s inaugural school

The following is a press release from the Innovative School District Like many other public schools across the state, Southside...

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Getting to know our community colleges

 

Keeping a promise at Sandhills Community College

Sandhills Community College sneaks up on you. You don’t expect it to be there, tucked in between countless golf resorts...

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Facing brutal facts: North Carolina Community Colleges in the new economic landscape

W. Dallas Herring, former Chairman of the State Board of Education, pioneered what would become the North Carolina Community College...

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Investing in community colleges to transform rural North Carolina

Over the past 20+ years that I’ve lived in North Carolina, I’ve defined our community colleges in different ways in...

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58 stats for 58 community colleges

The North Carolina Community College System has 58 unique colleges. While programs like advanced manufacturing and nursing are needed around...

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Innovation at the forefront: ImagineLab summer camps strive for all things new

Vicki Brent sat with 3D pen in hand, testing out drawing designs not on paper, but seemingly in the air....

 

Halifax Community College

 

Awake58: Welcome to Awake58

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  Click here to subscribe. Welcome to Awake58!...

 

Question of the Week – August 27

Recently, North Carolina became the first state to implement an increase in the minimum wage for state workers to $15...

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Blitz with us!

 

Community colleges are the ‘workforce engines’ of our state and our future

#Awake58: EdNC’s blitz of North Carolina’s community colleges begins today with Halifax Community College! Stories anchor our work at EducationNC....

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Reflecting on my first 4 months as president

North Carolina’s community colleges are an amazing resource, and my first few months as president of the system have only...

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Lessons learned on the road to our community’s colleges

Dr. Dallas Herring, known for his role in creating the North Carolina Community College System, once said that community colleges...

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Education Matters – Work-based learning

Topic: Work-Based Learning Employers across the U.S. and here in North Carolina report they have more jobs available than the...

 

Community colleges then and now, and my hope for the future

Welcome to the EdNC community college blitz! This is an exciting time for us at EdNC. Our entire team is...

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Wake Tech Finish First boosts completion rates

In 2016-17, the number of Wake Technical Community College students who received certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees skyrocketed. In total,...

 

Community College

As we launch our community college work, and as our team travels to visit all 58 community colleges across North...

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Red4EDNC spreads its message across the state

Monica Wilkerson, the English Department Chair at Leesville Road High School in Wake County, has been teaching in North Carolina...

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EdNC blitz of all 58 community colleges begins today. Hold on!

 

HillRAP: Direct, individualized literacy instruction to help struggling students succeed

“On your mark, get set, go!” Will, an eager, confident second-grader, reads the words in front of him as fast...

 

‘What if parents were treated as the most important teacher in a child’s life?’

“What if parents were treated as the most important brain builder and most important teacher in a child’s life?”  A...

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Teachers of the year look forward to the start of school

At a recent State Board of Education meeting, the North Carolina teachers of the year were honored by the Board...

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Where population declines, a devilish dilemma for North Carolina

Over the summer, I have pondered the implications of two national news reports for distressed rural communities and their schools...

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myFutureNC blog series: Opportunities for K-12 education in North Carolina

In my years as a school district leader in North Carolina, I was fortunate to witness many successes in our...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: BWF CASMT grant applications due next month

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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Issues facing schools

 

ApSeed: Encouraging literacy from an early start

Greg Alcorn has a dream: to get one of ApSeed’s seedlings into the hands of every child ages 0 to...

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A rural start to kindergarten: EdNC explores birth to eight experiences in eastern North Carolina

While reviewing her end-of-year student assessments in May, about half of the names on Dale Murray’s kindergarten class roster were...

 

Literacy everywhere

Every teacher knows the feeling of getting an unexpected phone call in the middle of the morning at school. Students...

 

Cognitive ToyBox: Data-based assessment tool to accelerate progress in early childhood literacy

Assessment of child progress, a National Association for the Education of Young Children program standard, helps teachers to improve their...

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‘We can’t do this alone’: Takeaways from the NC Chamber Conference on Education

Last week, the NC Chamber conference on education brought together business and nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, elected officials, community college leaders,...

 

The Public School Forum’s NC Resilience and Learning Project expands into six new school districts to create trauma-sensitive school environments

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina The Public School Forum of NC’s...

 

Edgecombe Co. Rural Opportunity Institute to be showcased at Emerging Issues Forum

The following is a press release from the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State The Institute for Emerging Issues...

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NC highlighted in the news

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First in Future: Mebane Rash imagines the future with Leslie Boney

The words “public policy” conjure up images in the mind of legislative or municipal hearings or cubes of bureaucrats, but...

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N.C. teacher tests: Wait! Don’t throw the baby out!

In a recent EdNC piece, my colleague Diana Lys from UNC Chapel Hill wrote that the best way to assess...

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Reach NC Voices: Where we’ve been and where we’re going

The Reach NC Voices team believes in the power of listening. We believe that your voice, and the voices of...

 

Wolfpack WORKS: Literacy support for beginning K-2 teachers

The first week of school is an exciting and nerve-wrecking time for beginning teachers. Depending on their path to the...

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A graduation for one at Surry Community College

Surry Community College is set in picturesque Surry County. The main campus is located in Dobson, which is a 45...

 

NC State Education’s new undergraduate student enrollment jumps 29 percent

The following is a press release from the NC State College of Education The NC State College of Education will...

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EdNext poll results released!

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Reach NC Voices: Becoming the platform for community conversations

Our dream? To become the best in the world at facilitating community conversations. What is Reach NC Voices? This question...

 

Focusing on fluency to build confident readers

Round tables are clustered together at the back of a church fellowship hall in east Charlotte. At each table, a...

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3D video game design: Where creativity reigns

Rising seventh graders Elijah Finley and Austin Emmons are into video games — so much so that they make them....

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So much promise

This song details the life story of an academically gifted teenager from Raleigh, North Carolina. The protagonist’s opportunities were ultimately...

 

N.C. Republicans doubled K-12’s share of new spending compared to Democrats

The following is a press release from the office of state House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland Republican lawmakers in North...

 

Question of the Week – August 20

There are 58 community colleges across North Carolina. As our team gears up to visit all of them during the...

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EdNC releases annual report, welcome students back to school

 

EducationNC’s Annual Report 2017-18

Letter 55,078 That’s how many miles our team drove — and biked — this year across the state of North...

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Welcome back to school, North Carolina

“Bye, I love you,” a mother yells down the school hallway just after dropping her daughter off at Phillips Middle...

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Rep. Virginia Foxx: ‘You train animals, and you educate people’

United States Congresswoman Virginia Foxx told the State Board of Community Colleges Thursday that they need to be careful about...

 

An overview of evidence-based literacy interventions in North Carolina

As the executive director of Read Charlotte, one of my jobs is to seek out the best interventions to support...

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North Carolina has a huge urban/rural divide: Our public education system can build and be a strong bridge

Below is a map of how counties voted in the past presidential election. Lots of red in rural areas. Blue...

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Women of construction education

Above my desk hangs a framed print of The Country School, a painting by the famed American painter, Winslow Homer....

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Weight of history bears down on amendments

As five former governors assembled earlier this week to assail proposed constitutional amendments that would weaken the state’s chief executive,...

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A world of welcome

My favorite memory from church did not take place in the sanctuary where I grew up. It didn’t happen close...

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A promising alternative for measuring student poverty

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How hungry is North Carolina?

Despite an economy rooted in agriculture, North Carolina is one of the hungriest states in the country. In 2016, there were over 1.5...

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We must focus on the early childhood workforce

When businesses consider expansion or relocation, they look for thriving communities with a strong social infrastructure that promotes a good...

 

Lauren Fox joins Public School Forum of North Carolina as Senior Director of Policy

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina Lauren Fox has joined the Public...

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Amplifying student voices

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Student teaching placement sites and the performance of early-career teachers

Student teaching is a scaffolded opportunity for pre-service teachers to assume full control of a K-12 classroom and become better...

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Faith in Focus: What does it mean to be a champion for children?

“What does J.O.Y. stand for?” asked Jon David, district attorney of Brunswick County. “Jesus first, others second, yourself third.” It...

 

Leaders from Lowe’s, Women’s Business Center join statewide advisory council on creating family forward workplaces

The following is a press release from the NC Early Childhood Foundation Leaders from home improvement company Lowe’s and the...

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Heading back to school

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Faith in Focus: A new outfit, a new mindset

Asbury United Methodist Church asked schools in the district about their greatest needs. From that question, the Asbury Resource Center,...

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Single-Stop services to help community college students in need

Our eleventh episode features a discussion between ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown and Sarah Crawford, national education director...

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ECU summer camp merges art and STEM

A group of third through fifth graders lined up in front of camp counselor Sydney Gilgo with their egg crash...

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Prioritize performance over testing in teacher assessments

As described in a recent news article, there’s a dark shadow on licensure testing for elementary teachers in North Carolina....

 

Question of the Week – August 13

Self-driving cars are often seen as the next evolution in driving. How comfortable would you be riding in a self-driving...

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Step Up program connects underrepresented students with STEM

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is committed to building a pipeline of high-quality science, technology, engineering, and...

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Education Matters – Should schools scrap letter grades?

Topic: Should schools scrap letter grades? Carroll Middle School in Raleigh is scrapping letter grades for a new approach that...

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Supporting principals to improve instruction in schools

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Welcoming braver conversations at the 2018 Convocation on the Rural Church

Last week, EducationNC attended the 2018 Convocation on the Rural Church hosted by Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment. Speakers from across...

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Two formerly-high level DPI staffers out, another State Board member resigns

The Chief Financial Officer and former Chief Academic Officer of the state Department of Public Instruction are both leaving the...

 

Wilson Community College

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Apply now for Schools That Lead

The Schools That Lead Request for Proposals (RFP) opened this week, and those interested in applying have until September 5th...

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New report out on Colleges of Education

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From Kinston to Salisbury: A full-circle community college experience

My community college experience has gone full circle. From the east to the west, community college has been a pathway...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: School districts receive coding, mobile app grants

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

 

Congresswoman Adams announces bipartisan HBCU Caucus inaugural Diversity in Tech Summit with NC Governor Cooper

The following is a press release from Congresswoman Alma Adams Today, the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)...

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Principals running for office

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools kicks off renewal school district

Rowan-Salisbury Schools kicked off its new status as a renewal school district by holding a breakfast with education leaders and...

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Families still pushing for access to autism therapies

When Adison Cole boarded a school bus recently and turned to say “bye-bye,” her grandmother felt tears welling up in...

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A day in the life of a diesel mechanic: Meet Samantha Monroe

The thrill of getting under the hood of a diesel engine and covered in oil is what keeps Samantha Monroe...

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From tax foreclosure to urban farming: Highlights from the 2018 Governmental Research Association Conference

Recently, CEO Mebane Rash, COO Nancy Rose, and Director of Policy and Engagement Molly Osborne attended the national Governmental Research...

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Five takeaways from Catawba Valley Community College

Last week, I had the opportunity to return home to visit Catawba Valley Community College to explore their work with the...

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New survey of principals and takeaways on school leaders

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The risks and rewards of using blended learning to reach more students

If, as a teacher who sees success with one class of students, I could reach twice as many students per...

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NC Central and NC State build physics and engineering partnership

“Looks like you’re doing science,” said Professor Caesar Jackson as he entered the room. “It’s a mess.”  Seven students sat...

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Superintendent Johnson announces new iPad for every K-3 reading teacher

Superintendent Mark Johnson announced at Governor Roy Cooper’s Council of State meeting today that, using unspent Read to Achieve dollars,...

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Conserving Pisgah: A photo story

Imagine being a high school student and spending seven weeks in the forest with complete strangers. That’s exactly what seven...

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Solutions journalism to help people find common ground

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The importance of welcome…and coffee

Embracing the power of welcome is the framework for learning and fellowship at the 2018 Convocation on the Rural Church...

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Grass doesn’t grow on the mountain

If I could do something to give back to the North Carolina Community College system, I would do three things....

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First Vote NC nominated for a 2018 Civvy Award

First Vote NC, an initiative of EducationNC, received a 2018 nomination for an American Civic Collaboration Award, or Civvy. The award...

 

Question of the Week – August 6

Across North Carolina, students are heading back to school. This got our team wondering about school start times and school...

 

Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community awarded $40,000 grant by the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund

The following is a press release from Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community Today it was announced that Asheville Writers...

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Lots going on in the news today, especially for a Monday

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Charlotte summer camp helps prevent summer learning loss

Estrella, or “Star,” a small eight-year-old rising second-grader from Merry Oaks Elementary School in Charlotte had just finished breakfast at...

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Education Matters – Teens, social media and fake news

Topic: Teens, Social Media and Fake News  The phrase “fake news” was declared the official Collins Dictionary Word of the Year...

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A recap of the Career Award for Math and Science Teachers Twitter chat

On August 2, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Andi Webb and Michelle Ellis, awardees of the Career Award...

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Cobey resigns, making way for new leadership on the State Board of Education

 

High Point assistant principal reflects on first year in role

Meredith Boger, assistant principal at Johnson Street Global Studies, a K-8 magnet school in High Point, just completed her first...

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The business of think tanks is changing, and EdNC’s Rash is leading the way nationally

Detroit, MI. – Mebane Rash, the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC, reached a milestone in her career here this week...

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Meet the future “meaning makers” and “wayfinders” of our world, meet the GRA

This week, the Governmental Research Association (GRA) held its annual conference in Detroit. It was my privilege to be elected...

 

Teach for America residency program challenges new recruits

Honesti, a rising sixth-grader, edges her hot pink high-top shoes to the edge of a piece of tape stuck to...

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New leadership on the State Board, reorganization at DPI, and more

This year has been a tumultuous time for the State Board of Education and the state Department of Public Instruction...

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The many narratives of the military-gray lathe

On an early spring day in 2014, several NC Community College System Office leaders were touring Craven Community College’s machining labs when...

 

Comment from chair of the Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education on budget cuts aimed at low-performing schools

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper In response to a General Assembly-mandated $5.1...

 

Nikole Hannah-Jones to kick-off “Color of Education” in North Carolina

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

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Lots going on at the meeting of the State Board and beyond…

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Isothermal Community College to expand early college experience through i-TECH

With the closing of plants and loss of jobs in Rutherford County during the past decade, students in the area...

 

How NELA prepares principals to lead North Carolina schools

Principals are second only to the teacher when it comes to impact on student achievement, according to Bonnie Fusarelli, director...

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Gaining insights on education from demographic data

Demographers want to learn more about the people who live in a given area. Their interests include statistics one would...

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The state of private higher ed in North Carolina

Private colleges and universities face challenges distinct from their public counterparts. For one, unlike public institutions, they are not the...

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From birth to career: myFutureNC Asheboro listening session

The myFutureNC commission held its final summer listening session in Asheboro on July 18. The commission has been tasked with...

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NCSBA, districts, renew lawsuit against state over money owed to public schools

The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) announced the filing of a lawsuit today in conjunction with 20 school boards...

 

16 districts share $800,000 in coding and mobile app grants

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday that 16 districts have been awarded grants totaling $800,000 under the second round...

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State Board of Education meets today

 

What makes a great principal

As the role of principals has evolved during the past three decades, so has the research into effective principalship—and the...

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Shifting the conversation

Society is evolving at a rapid pace, however our children deserve an education that is truly innovative and supports their...

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The village: North Carolina’s overlooked place

My mother is from Ashan, a tiny orcharding village in Iran, and my father is from Chemora, a small town...