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‘Don’t forget us’: Robeson County deals with aftermath of second flood in less than 2 years

Across the street from Lumberton Junior High School, yards are piled with the remnants of people’s lives — damaged furniture,...

The role of think tanks in the 21st century

Exploring chronic absence from the ground up in Edgecombe County

“School can be boring. It’s a lot of work. People don’t like to use their brains, and some people get...

Perspective

What students need post-hurricane: The structure of school

The letter that 10 school superintendents sent this week to Gov. Roy Cooper and state legislators makes two especially strong...

Perspective

Predictable third grade reading assessment results prompt the question – How can we do better?

The most recent NC end of third grade reading assessment results show scores hardly shifting from last year and continued...

Taking off: GTCC’s aviation program rises to industry demand

Marlo Mendoza and Dylan Nguyen start their shift as avionics technicians at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) in Greensboro...

Three schools earn recognition as leaders in STEM education

The North Carolina State Board of Education recognized three public schools earlier this month for exemplary leadership and instruction in...

School Safety Committee speakers set for Friday hearing in Cleveland County

The North Carolina House Select Committee on School Safety will receive presentations from state Superintendent Mark Johnson, Center for Safer...

From literacy to suspension to grade inflation to juuling, the problems facing our students

Edgecombe Community College: Watermelon seeds, historic preservation, virtual reality, STEM guitars, and balloon lifts

What do watermelon seeds, historic preservation, virtual reality, STEM guitars, and balloon lifts have in common? They are giving students...

The role of school districts in reducing chronic absence

Getting a child to school every day is not as simple as it sounds. Often it involves multiple people working...

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Schools, communities bear the burden of 2 ‘500-year floods’ in less than 24 months

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused widespread flooding and destruction across Lenoir County, forcing schools to close for 10 days....

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Teaching students ‘to engineer is human’

“For this to work, everybody has to depend on everybody,” science teacher Mr. Bawlson told his students as they formed...

Perspective

NCC students prepare for careers of service

When disaster strikes, first responders run toward the problem. At Nash Community College we train tirelessly in many areas and...

Perspective

10 eastern North Carolina Superintendents request calendar flexibility

The following is a letter from 10 Superintendents: Dr. Leslie Tubb (Brunswick), Mr. Mat Bottoms (Carteret), Dr. Meghan S. Doyle (Craven), Dr. Austin Obasohan...

Thinking about the student experience of school

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Legislature-backed Schools That Lead launches three-year school improvement cohort

Principals, teachers, and administrators from 36 schools across the state gathered in Raleigh Tuesday to start a three-year pilot program....

Why do students miss school? Results from a statewide survey on chronic absenteeism

The importance of school attendance is largely well-known — all states have compulsory attendance laws dictating the ages between which...

A cosmetology student who won’t give up

It’s very quiet in Jabrina Munn’s world, so she finds her voice in the cosmetology department at Bladen Community College....

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NC parents weigh in on back-to-school

It’s back-to-school time! We at ParentsTogether wanted to know what was on parents’ minds as they send their kids back...

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After Florence, bipartisan group of education leaders stand together for students and teachers

Education leaders from across the political spectrum put aside their differences to come together today to announce a new recovery...

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On this we agree: Helping the students and educators who were impacted by Florence

In recent days, we’ve witnessed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence, and we’ve collectively grieved the plight of North Carolinians...

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Fashion forward: High school student weaves STEM into style

When Jalani Maxwell was a high school sophomore at the STEM Early College at NC A&T, he designed the 3D...

Bipartisan group of ed leaders will stand together for students, schools today

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PEPSC tackles permits to teach requests

At the September meeting of the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission, members tackled teacher requests to continue teaching after...

Perspective

Pathways to a high school diploma in NC

As the myFutureNC Commission prepares to present a multi-year postsecondary attainment goal for North Carolina, it will be important to...

Whiskey Quebec Four Alpha: Get to know Martin Community College President Dr. Hutchins

Whiskey Quebec Four Alpha, or WQ4A, is Martin Community College President Dr. Hutchins’ call signal. He is an amateur radio...

Chronic absenteeism: How does North Carolina compare?

On August 30, Governor Cooper declared September to be attendance awareness month. The declaration comes as districts and states across...

Question of the Week – September 24

Early voting for the 2018 midterm elections begins on October 17 and election day is on November 6. Do you...

Awake58: Hurricane Florence

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, September 24, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Hurricane Florence...

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Lawmakers working on forgiveness for districts missing school due to Florence

Senate Education Committee co-chair Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, House Education K-12 Committee co-chair Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, and Superintendent Mark...

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Hurricane Florence and the politics of calendar flexibility

Hurricanes wreak havoc but they also spark political fires. What flames will lawmakers rush to extinguish in the aftermath of...

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Community college board reflects on hurricane, career coaches

Before the State Board of Community Colleges started reviewing programs and policies Friday, board member William Holder called for a...

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A-B Tech: Fueling local economies in the Asheville metro

Over the last decade, the Asheville metropolitan area — Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, and Madison counties — has seen growth both...

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Education Matters – Is NC providing access to quality public education?

Topic: Is NC providing access to quality public education? In 1997, the NC Supreme Court held unanimously in the landmark...

Maps help issues and data come alive

North Carolina struggles to count and serve chronically absent students

This morning, in classrooms all across North Carolina, teachers will survey the desks in front of them. They’ll see eager...

Equity + Education

Alamance Community College: Where biotech lives

Roll past Durham and Chapel Hill on Interstate-40 and head to Graham, less than an hour outside of Raleigh, where...

Perspective

After the storm, teachers at center of state elections

Hurricane Florence has inflicted severe trauma on North Carolina — in the lives of thousands of North Carolinians and on...

Perspective

Mrs. Bell Goes to Lenovo

Through a partnership with The North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s Teachers@Work initiative and Hope Street Group NC Teacher Voice...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: CASMT deadline extended after Florence

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

New report shows 64,000 students chronically absent in NC elementary schools

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation More than 64,000 of North Carolina’s youngest...

Perspective

A storm surge of policy concerns: Q&A with Superintendent Doyle of Craven County Schools

I survived Bertha and Fran as a young child, and later Floyd, and many of the other hurricanes we remember...

Perspective

Turning discipline into dialogue

In life, so much emphasis is placed on education. There is good reason for this, of course, because education is...

Coastal Carolina’s student coaching strategy considers whole student

When Coastal Carolina Community College President David Heatherly thinks about the challenges his students face, circumstances outside the classroom come...

EdNC’s board retreat begins with school visits

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Educators look for next steps amid Craven County’s Florence aftermath

When Jacklin Masalisali and her 15-year-old son Sovere returned Monday to New Bern after fleeing in the wake of Hurricane...

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Helping after the hurricane

Last Friday, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, devastating much of the eastern part of the state. New Bern...

Assessment of damage from the hurricane continues

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Florence is gone, but her impact is still being assessed

Hurricane Florence came and went over the weekend, but the consequences of her visit will continue to affect North Carolina...

Beaufort County Community College: A tale of three students

Nestled between farm land and the Pamlico River, Beaufort County Community College serves North Carolinians from four counties — Beaufort,...

Perspective

myFutureNC blog series: North Carolina’s thirty-six independent colleges & universities strengthen the future of our state and our citizens

North Carolina’s high school graduation rates are the highest in history – a result of years of hard work by...

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Summer camp builds English language learners’ confidence in Chapel Hill

Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill is teeming with students, so at first it seems like a normal summer camp....

IBM’s Teacher Advisor adds math materials for students with disabilities

In need of K-8 math lesson plans? Struggling to find material suitable for your students who are English learners, or...

Students, schools, communities coping with disaster

Baseball and leadership at Catawba Valley Community College

On a humid August day, we found ourselves walking the diamond of the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks in...

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Meet the high schoolers who spent their summer doing clinical research

For many high school and undergraduate students, summer is a brief respite from academic work. Students in Duke University’s STAR...

Perspective

Students need real-world playing time to learn soft skills

I played soccer growing up. As a soccer player, I spent a lot of time mastering the technical aspects of...

Question of the Week – September 17

September is Attendance Awareness Month. This week, we are focusing on new data about rates of chronic absenteeism in North...

NC Department Of Public Instruction announces leadership changes

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday the appointments of LaTeesa Allen as new superintendent of the Innovative School District (ISD)...

Awake58: Breaking down silos to focus on students

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, September 17, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Welcome to...

Hope Street Group Annual Survey

Connecting students to careers can be an essential task of our education system, but how do we best do this...

Our thoughts and prayers with students and schools across North Carolina

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Come on: About the strife between the State Board and Superintendent Johnson

You’ve seen a lot on EdNC and in on other news outlets about the friction between state Superintendent of Public...

Perspective

Education Matters – One-on-one with State Superintendent Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson was elected nearly two years ago as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. For much of his tenure, he...

‘Small but mighty’ Pamlico Community College

If you stop by Pamlico Community College, ask President Jim Ross to do his radio voice. Or his Elvis impression....

Finding a niche in a community, our state, our nation: Montgomery Community College

“Where is our niche as an institution?” Dr. Chad Bledsoe, the president of Montgomery Community College (MCC), posed this question...

Perspective

As Hurricane Florence approaches, children get a real life lesson in empathy

Yesterday I found myself, just like all the other teachers in my school, leading a monthly character lesson. This one...

Students suffer “great loss” during storms

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myFutureNC blog series: Advancing completion through dual enrollment

During my tenure in education, I’ve worked on a number of dual enrollment policies that allow high school students to...

Lessons on leadership and the future of community colleges from Catawba Valley Community College

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw became president of Catawba Valley Community College on August 6, 2006. Hinshaw had previously served as executive...

Hurricane Florence, EdNC, and you

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NC projected increase in overdose deaths one of highest nationally

“We have the State Crime Lab under the Department of Justice, and I was in the lab one day watching...

Randolph Community College on the cutting edge of photography

Vermont native Nathan Burton knew he wanted to pursue photography as a career after high school. He and his dad...

Perspective

Teacher preparation in NC: An opportunity to take the long view

Over the past five years, a consistent narrative has emerged regarding falling enrollment in teacher preparation programs. My own college...

NC school districts prepare, brace for Hurricane Florence

Updated on 9/18, 11:30 a.m. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the following message on September 17. Hurricane...

Neighboring one another

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Haircuts, hot dogs, and pews full of bookbags: How churches prepare students for school

Back to school for students can be a tricky time. Excitement can lead to tears, a new year can mean...

Perspective

A high school physics teachers’ dream PD: Visiting CERN

As a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow, I learned the importance of incorporating outside experiences in my classroom to show students why...

Pitt Community College is flying into the future

A new president has arrived as numerous programs expand at Pitt, including their unmanned aircraft program. Dr. Lawrence Rouse became...

News

RE-Brand NC Education shifting the conversation

Last Saturday at North Carolina State University, RE-Brand NC Education held one of its Shifting the Conversation events. RE-Brand NC...

Hurricane Florence Q&A with meteorologist Tom Sorrells

Update on 9/14 at 10:05 a.m. The eye of Hurricane Florence made official landfall on Wrightsville Beach this morning. What...

Remembering 9/11 and preparing for a hurricane

Changing misconceptions of manufacturing at Blue Ridge Community College

President Laura Leatherwood has worked in community college education for over 18 years, yet in her role as president of...

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Meet Victoria: The robot who gives birth

Kara Frogge and Danielle Frizsell, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students at McDowell Technical Community College, stood over their patient. They tested...

Perspective

Law of averages: There are better ways to measure teacher salaries than state or national averages

With the election season on the doorstep, it is reasonable to think that public school funding will be among the...

Question of the Week – September 10

With Hurricane Florence threatening North Carolina, we want to hear your thoughts.  For information about the storm, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/florence and download...

Awake58: Free College

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, September 10, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Awake58:...

September is attendance awareness month

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North Carolina’s principal pay plan does more harm than good

When school buses start to roll across the state this month for the beginning of school year 2018-19, North Carolina...

A focus on student success at Gaston College

Nearly a decade ago, a group of Gaston College faculty members came together to take a hard look at their...

Perspective

Education Matters – Back to School

Topic: Back to School This week 1.4 million North Carolina children returned to class for the start of a new...

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Community college and dessert

I wasn’t what you would call a shining star in high school. I didn’t much see the point. Didn’t really...

Eric Davis to chair the N.C. State Board of Education

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State Board strife, school performance grades, and more

The State Board of Education meeting this month was packed full of news, between the release of the annual School...

Perspective

Getting our students to school on time

My three kids started school last week. With one in high school, one in middle school, and a wee first-grader,...

Perspective

Thad Beyle: An educator who made a difference

For many practitioners of politics and government in North Carolina, the route to their positions of public influence went through...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: CASMT deadline quickly approaching

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

Hitting a moving target at Fayetteville Technical Community College

Walking across campus on a sweltering summer day at Fayetteville Technical Community College, I watched Dr. J. Larry Keen approach...

Perspective

Episode 4: The road to Morganton

This is the fourth episode of the series that will tell the story of the development of a new campus...

An update on our colleagues at Profound Gentlemen

In-Depth with Rob Boisvert: EdNC’s blitz and the role community colleges play in our state, our society

“These community colleges play really important roles in the fabric of our society.” — Mebane Rash

National shout out for Reach NC Voices!

From high schools into the workforce: Rockingham Community College

High school graduation is usually a time of excitement as students look forward to their future. Watch any movie these...

Perspective

So what is this renewal I’m hearing so much about?

It’s a beginning… There are many questions about Rowan-Salisbury Schools becoming the first and only district in the state to...

The science of wine at Surry Community College

It was a hot, humid Wednesday morning on a hill on the campus of Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C. ...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson announces School Safety Month

State Superintendent Mark Johnson talked about school safety and announced September as School Safety Month at a press conference held...

College of the Albemarle

State Board of Education meets this week

Robeson Community College: ‘A college of the community’

“From the day your certificate changes from EMT to paramedic, you have to be ready for a situation like this,”...

Perspective

Closing achievement gaps in diverse and low-poverty schools

Education leaders in North Carolina and across the U.S. have spent decades highlighting and attempting to close achievement gaps, focused...

Greene County Schools named one of the nation’s most innovative districts

The following is a press release from Greene County Schools When in the right hands, great challenge can bring great...

Awake58: Summer melt and blitz week

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, September 3, 2018.  Click here to subscribe. Welcome to...

Celebrating those who work in our schools and colleges

Blitz is just the beginning

At EducationNC, we always start with thank you. Our thanks to MC Belk Pilon and the John M Belk Endowment...

Perspective

Education Matters – Youth suicide

Topic:  Youth Suicide It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child for any reason is devastating, but when it’s suicide,...

Perspective

Resilience and learning: The first year on an important journey

It has been nearly a year since I first met the staff of the three schools that would participate in...

Question of the Week – September 3

As school starts again, high school football teams across North Carolina are kicking off their seasons. This got our team...