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NCHSAA brackets: 2018 boys soccer playoffs

The N.C. High School Athletic Association 2018 boys soccer state playoffs crowned four state champions: Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) in...

Beginning to look for a holistic solution to school safety

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First in Future: Rural Opportunity Institute in Edgecombe County’s Seth Saeugling

As we get closer to our November 27 Forum called ReCONNECT to Community, we wanted to give you a preview...

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools moves forward as renewal school district

When North Rowan Elementary was built, there were no interior walls separating the classrooms. It would be considered outdated today,...

Walking hand in hand with Matthews

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What’s our story on school violence, North Carolina?

At 8:27am yesterday morning, I got a text from EdNC’s Nation Hahn about a school shooting in North Carolina. I...

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One librarian’s journey from K-12 schools to a community college

My name is Jerrianne Queen and I currently serve as the Director of the Library at Cleveland Community College (CCC)....

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Failure of Read to Achieve is a clarion call for state legislators to listen to teachers

Last week, NC State’s College of Education and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation released the most comprehensive study yet of the Read...

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Police shed light on Butler High School shooting

A shooting at Butler High School in Matthews this morning left one student dead and the other charged with first-degree...

Question of the Week – October 29

On Monday morning, a school shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, NC resulted in the death of one student....

Awake58: The debate around residency determination heats up.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, October 29, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  The debate...

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Student shot and killed on Butler High School campus in Matthews

Sixteen-year-old Bobby McKeithen, a tenth-grader at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina was killed yesterday in an incident described...

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Bridging the Gap Conference unites STEM educators

Last week, STEM leaders and educators gathered in Raleigh to “share ideas and resources” in topics ranging from personalized learning to...

Thoughts, prayers, and community

Six constitutional amendments explained

Overview Some states vote on constitutional amendments all the time, but Dinan said for North Carolina, deciding on six amendments...

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Education Matters – Community fights school takeover

Topic: Community Fights School Takeover Carver Heights Elementary School in Wayne County has been picked by the Innovative School District...

Constitutional amendments explained by the N.C. Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission

On November 6, North Carolina voters will see six constitutional amendments on their ballot. The following is the official explanation...

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Amendments on NC ballot still a mystery to most voters

Shortly before adjourning this year’s General Assembly session in late June, legislative leaders announced a slate of ballot measures, six...

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Charlotte Catholic, Marvin Ridge girls tennis players claim NCHSAA 3A individual titles

Perhaps the only reason why Rose Kenny won’t be going for her fourth consecutive state tennis championship next year is...

Public Impact announces 2018-19 Opportunity Culture Fellows

The following is a press release from Public Impact. Public Impact is pleased to announce our fourth cohort of Opportunity Culture...

The 1Million Project Foundation to connect 20,000 North Carolina high school students

The following is a press release from Sprint Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today that the 1Million Project Foundation aims to...

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A conversation with Drs. Gary Green and Joel Welch of Forsyth Tech

As you may have heard by now, EducationNC — following an investment from the John M. Belk Endowment — has taken a...

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Educators learn from Rowan-Salisbury Schools at the 2018 Digital Learning Research Symposium

None of the students in Katie Gardner’s kindergarten class are in their seats. They’re not supposed to be. They are...

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For students, a first vote on the path to adult citizenship

In March 1971, with young Americans still sent into battle in Vietnam, Congress approved the 26th Amendment to the Constitution,...

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NCHSAA brackets: 2018 volleyball playoffs

The N.C. High School Athletic Association 2018 volleyball state playoffs saw four state champions: Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) in 4A,...

North Carolina 2018 high school graduates make gains on SAT

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools North Carolina’s high school class of 2018 saw performance...

Across the nation, teachers are running for office

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Taking note: Community colleges and mental health

Last month, Hurricane Florence ravaged much of eastern North Carolina, including Goldsboro — home to Wayne Community College. But clinical...

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Keeping tradition alive at Haywood Community College

Through EducationNC’s blitz of the 58 community colleges across our state, we learned about world-class mechatronics programs, high-tech robots used...

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Home visiting report reveals wide gap in services across North Carolina

Home visiting services across the state are working to help support and uplift parents who are about to have children...

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Community college gave me a second chance

Fifteen years ago, Martin Lancaster, the President of the North Carolina Community College System, made a simple statement that got...

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Reagan High golfers take NCHSAA 4A team and individual girls golf championships

The Reagan High (Pfafftown, N.C.) girls golf team celebrated their N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state team title by...

OECD data on equity just out

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myFutureNC blog series: A Commissioner Q&A with David Mounts

On Oct. 4, the myFutureNC Commission convened in Asheville for the fourth of five meetings as it prepares to develop...

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New Bern families gather to learn about trauma and how to manage it

After Dawn Baldwin Gibson realized her adopted daughter was struggling academically and socially due to trauma she experienced as an...

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EdNC gets in the game: Introducing GametimeNC

For many North Carolinians, sports played an important role in shaping their childhood. I can still remember a crisp fall...

Governor Cooper announces $1.8 Million in Finish Line Grants funding awarded to community colleges

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper In a visit to Carteret Community College...

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State Board of Community Colleges members want different way to prove student residency

The State Board of Community Colleges met Friday after a two-day planning session at Davidson County Community College, discussing frustrations...

Carnegie Corporation releases study of parent engagement

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Life after Hurricane Florence in the eyes of James Sprunt student, Hunter Hanchey

The flood waters may have receded in Duplin County, but for many of our students, such as Hunter Hanchey, a...

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Superintendent Johnson meets teachers, students as Pender and Duplin counties return to school

State Superintendent Mark Johnson toured schools in eastern North Carolina counties on Monday, checking on the progress made, bringing a...

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INTech: Bringing girls of color to code

Tucked into a renovated warehouse, there’s a colorful high-tech room with a giant glass garage door open to the sidewalk...

Question of the Week – October 22

In 2017, an estimated 2.1 million high school and middle school students smoked an e-cigarette. How informed about e-cigarettes (vaping,...

New report on educational pathways garnering lots of media attention

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A little context on principal pay

When lawmakers put $35.4 million into principal and assistant principal pay raises during the 2017 long session, it was a move...

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Student ambassadors create impact at Mitchell Community College

Last year, five students at Mitchell Community College were given the opportunity to be student ambassadors with the goal of...

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Education Matters – The Color of Law

Topic: The Color of Law Our guest this week is best-selling author Richard Rothstein. He’s a Senior Fellow at the...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: SMT awards, Beijing, tools and spooky science

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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Q&A: Down East Partnership’s Henrietta Zalkind on early childhood Leandro work

Henrietta Zalkind is the executive director of the Down East Partnership for Children, a 25-year nonprofit that provides resources for...

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Cape Fear Community College: It’s electrifying

If you go to the mechanical engineering technology classroom on Cape Fear Community College’s north campus, look for a cherry...

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What community colleges are up against

Peter Hans, the president of the North Carolina Community College system, kicked off the State Board’s annual planning session by...

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School day too short, summer too long

Slow-moving, water-logged Hurricane Florence meandered in North Carolina a month ago, and still more than 120 schools remained closed this...

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EdNC’s First Vote NC wins national Civvy’s award

If you know me, then you will know how much I love that EdNC’s First Vote NC won a national...

Schools stave off loneliness, ISD sets sights on Goldsboro, and more

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The fight/partnership for $15: How business and labor work together

“A thriving middle class is good for America. It’s good for labor, it’s good for business, it’s good for government.”...

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Real College students share stories of poverty

Mariá Paz never thought she would visit a food pantry. She had a degree and a full-time job working at...

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Governor’s commission discusses principal pipeline

On Tuesday, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education convened in Fayetteville to consider the role that principals...

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Corporal punishment in NC: The end is near

School bells will soon ring in the new academic year for most of North Carolina’s children. For the first time...

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A mix of students and a strong network of organizations at Craven Community College

If there’s one word that Craven Community College President Ray Staats would choose to describe the college’s work in the...

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After Florence, Robeson County finally goes back to school

It’s her first day back in school after five weeks, and as she heads off to her bus, a fifth...

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Fuller Magnet teachers share concerns ahead of potential school rebuild

Fuller Magnet Elementary teachers shared their jobs’ biggest challenges and joys with elected officials and candidates Tuesday ahead of a...

EdNC presents our blitz of North Carolina to the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative today!

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6,000 miles, one dog, and a lot of diet Mountain Dew. Why did EdNC blitz North Carolina?

It is remarkable — and humbling — to watch a team will your vision into reality. My thanks and love to Team...

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Pender County still walking long road to recovery

Debris remains in parts of Pender County. Piles of personal belongings, furniture and insulation are stacked at curbs in front...

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State Employees Credit Union Foundation invests in First Vote NC

Recently, we gathered at Reid Ross Classical High School in Fayetteville, a First Vote NC school, where State Employees Credit Union...

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What is Mechatronics? Inside the program at Richmond Community College

Mechatronics can be described as a mash-up of mechanical and technological engineering. But I like to think of it as programming,...

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CCCC’s Promise program helps students pursue hopes and dreams

 As high school graduation inched closer, Amber England knew what she wanted to do, but it seemed out of reach....

EdNC and our blitz featured in the Golden LEAF Foundation’s newsletter

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Wilkes Community College aims to bolster completion and boost social mobility

The first NASCAR race I ever attended was at North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway. My adopted dad was a fan of...

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Legislators act to help Florence recovery while more than 100 schools remain closed

The General Assembly met yesterday to allocate almost $400 million for Hurricane Florence recovery efforts around the state. In total,...

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EdNC reader survey: We want to know how you think we are doing

Earlier this year, we entered the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative. As Lenfest describes the work, “The Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative is a...

Attention NC high school teachers: First Vote NC offers midterm election simulation and free curriculum

Are you planning on voting in the midterm elections this fall? Odds are if you are between the ages of...

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Take a seat: Learning in a deskless classroom

I first heard about deskless classrooms in the spring at the State Innovation Conference held at UNCW’s Watson College of Education....

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Mebane Foundation awards grant to Bookmarks to bring 25,000 new books to Winston Salem/Forsyth County Public School libraries

The Mebane Charitable Foundation has approved a grant of $200,000 to Bookmarks to support “Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building...

Awake58: We have a special sneak peek for you.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, October 15, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  We have...

Question of the Week – October 15

This week is National School Lunch Week. The National School Lunch Program provides free- and reduced-price school lunches to families...

The convergence of journalism and think-tanking

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Empowering you to weigh in on school grades: Map it!

Today EdNC releases our latest map on school grades across North Carolina, developed by Emily Antosyk of the Friday Institute for...

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The state’s leaders walking hand-in-hand for a little bit longer

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that he wants the General Assembly to make a $750 million “down payment”...

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Education Matters – Students and race

Topic: Students and Race “America To Me” is a new documentary series currently airing on the Starz cable network that...

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Mapping the 2017-18 school report cards

This fall, we’re back to school and back to mapping school grades after a two-year hiatus. Former features on Consider...

N.C. lawmakers committing $794 million more for Florence recovery

The following press release is from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham State lawmakers...

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PEPSC discusses school psychologists and more

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met last week to discuss its annual report, national certification of school...

Effective teacher evaluation systems, Michael’s impact, and more

Carteret Community College: ‘Unique location’ and ‘unique programs’

Like many community colleges across the state, Carteret Community College is uniquely built around the people, industry, and opportunities of...

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Power, politics, and ‘education voters’

North Carolina no longer holds one-day-only elections. The state has decisively shifted to an election period that runs from the...

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Chantee Johnson: An ACE success story

In 1990, Chantee Johnson graduated from high school and went to work to support herself. She always had it in...

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New Hanover County students and teachers are back to school but not back to normal

When Mason Riggs returned to his family’s home after evacuating to the mountains for two weeks during Hurricane Florence, the...

NC prepares for Hurricane Michael and more

Meet Drs. John Gossett and Penny Cross of McDowell Tech

When the EducationNC team took on the massive task of visiting all 58 community colleges in the state in about...

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Real College: Addressing poverty to increase student success

“Three months after starting college, Brooke Evans found herself without a place to live. She was 19. She slept in...

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Former student credits Craven Community College for his success after 28 years

In 1990, 18-year-old Chris Hudson had his life together. He had recently secured a promising job with Amital Spinning Corporation...

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Governor warns of Hurricane Michael, sets priorities on Florence

Gov. Roy Cooper warned North Carolina residents about Hurricane Michael, a storm that will bring heavy rain and tropical storm...

EducationNC Readership Survey

EdNC is on a mission to better understand you, our readers. We want to know what inspires you, if our...

Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant for pilot program to enhance substance abuse and mental health services

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has...

Governor to weigh in on Hurricane Florence funding priorities and more

Let your conscience be your guide: A visit to Southeastern Community College

“Let your conscience be your guide” Jiminy Cricket may have first said it to Pinocchio when he was trying to...

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Paying Flo forward

I was dragging a load of mangled shutters and twisted aluminum siding to the street at my grandmother’s old house...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $141 million in school construction grants to 13 districts

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $141 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund...

Early childhood in the news and more

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Marbles Kids Museum celebrates new STEMosphere debut

“Can you all say that with me again?” asked David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president, to an audience of...

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myFutureNC blog series: The critical connection between health and educational attainment

Physical and mental health are critical to children’s educational attainment, to their success in the workplace, and to the future...

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‘We are Duplin Strong’: One county’s recovery after Florence

The drive down Highway 41 from Wallace to Chinquapin is heartbreaking. And it’s just one example of gutting loss in...

Awake58: Goals

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, October 8, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Goals The...

Question of the Week – October 8

Students often face non-academic barriers to success related to their basic needs, such as ensuring they have enough food to...

Better News documents EdNC’s “win” for community college blitz

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Can the kumbaya moment possibly last?

Hurricane Florence brought devastation to North Carolina, but it also brought some measure of political peace. Leaders who prefer to...

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Education Matters – Interview with New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones

Topic: Interview with New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones Nikole Hannah-Jones is one of the country’s most respected and influential...

Tri-County Community College: Meeting regional needs

“Did you know you could drive more than two hours west of Asheville and still be in North Carolina?” asked...

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Onslow County Schools grapples with displaced students, damaged schools after Florence

The Monday morning after Florence hit, the Onslow County Schools office was closed—as were the schools and many businesses around...

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Through plunge and recovery, Great Recession leaves its marks on North Carolina

Ten years ago this month, North Carolina had already entered, but hadn’t yet fully descended into, the global Great Recession....

Caldwell County Schools beginning teacher program makes an impact

Earlier this August, a group of eager beginning teachers met at Davenport Elementary in Lenoir to get acquainted with their...

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Faith after Florence

In the fellowship hall of Faison United Methodist Church, you can find stacks of diapers on tables, shoes lined up...

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Students dig into agriculture at NCSSM

Mention the acronym STEM, and you might think of electrical engineering, or medicine, or mathematicians, and scientists. Add “farming” to...

‘I wanted to be somewhere where we made a difference’: An interview with College of the Albemarle President Wynegar

Dr. Robert Wynegar, president of College of the Albemarle (COA), is an unassuming man, preferring not to talk about himself....

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Informal STEM, SSEP, Nobel Prize and Beijing

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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Carteret County Superintendent Mat Bottoms leads community effort to reopen schools after Hurricane Florence

As students in Carteret County returned to school Tuesday, arriving buses and cars were greeted by teachers standing and jumping...

NC schools still trying to recover from Florence

EdAmbassadors call for perspectives and instructional tools of success

Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists, please join our conversation and become a featured educator by sharing your instructional tools of success....

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The role of think tanks in the 21st century: Growing our communities now and in the future together

This week 150 leaders from Philadelphia are visiting Seattle, and a think tank, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, is...

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Supporting students with adverse childhood experiences

According to studies stemming from the early 1980s and continuing on to the most notable research conducted with over 17,000...

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Nikole Hannah-Jones keynotes inaugural ‘Color of Education’ summit

Tuesday night, hundreds of educators, policymakers, students, and philanthropists gathered at Duke University for the inaugural Color of Education summit...

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State assesses damage from Hurricane Florence

Members of the State Board of Education got an idea of what the state’s public school system is dealing with...

Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant to expand charter school opportunities for traditionally underserved students

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools will receive $23.6 million over five years to help...

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Community colleges weather the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Jim Ross has participated in more than his fair share of emergency weather planning. The Pamlico Community College president previously...

State receives 35 new charter applications

Thirty-five nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools in August 2020. A listing of applicants is available on...

Communities in NC receive funding to support young children and families NC Early Education Coalition announces eight recipients of mini-grants for community advocacy activities

The NC Early Education Coalition (the Coalition) announced today that eight communities in North Carolina will receive Think Babies™ Community...

$2 Million Grant from ECMC Foundation will enhance research on Career and Technical Education

The ECMC Foundation has awarded the NC State College of Education a $2 million, three-year grant to enhance and strengthen...

From troubled school to turnaround to Texas ‘Teaching Lab’

Durham Tech: Unique in its vision

Tracy Bennett wanted to be a film director. Maybe a Hollywood editor. But, as these things happen, life got in...

Community Connections: Actively engaging students in building an authentic network within the classroom

The quality of a student’s relationships with teachers and peers is fundamental for the development of academic achievement and engagement....

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Three ways to improve North Carolina school report cards

The recent release of the North Carolina public school performance report cards is a timely reminder that school grading is...

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General Assembly tries to assure those affected by Florence

In a quick special session today, the General Assembly approved legislation that waives most missed school days for districts and ensures...

Join the EdAmbassadors

Are you an educator in North Carolina? Join EdAmbassadors as we seek to engage, connect educator-driven networks, and elevate your...

Special session of the General Assembly convenes today

How action based learning is helping Halifax heal

It’s 1 p.m. on a Tuesday at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy in Halifax County. Most students are in their seats...

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Pamlico County returns to school in the wake of Hurricane Florence

Pamlico County is situated squarely between two water ways and, with the passing of Hurricane Florence, the community of 13,000...

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Grade inflation in high schools

Although the vast majority of American parents believe their child is performing at or above grade level, in reality two-thirds...

A conversation with President Jason Hurst of Cleveland Community College

At the end of August, the EducationNC team took on the massive task of visiting all 58 community colleges in...

Eight North Carolina schools earn National Blue Ribbon Honors

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized eight North Carolina schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on...

Question of the Week – October 1

While some districts recently reopened after Hurricane Florence, others are still closed. This week, the General Assembly is meeting to...

Awake58: Your opinion matters

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, October 1, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Your opinion...

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Communities in Schools celebrates 30-year anniversary with new leader

Supporters of Communities in Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) crowded the pavilion at Angus Barn last Thursday to celebrate the organization’s...

Pesticides and health

The following survey was designed by four ninth-grades from the STEM Early College in Greensboro, NC.

Summerpalooza! summits scheduled; Focus on strength in numbers

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services Section, along with a diverse group of partners, is...

Awake58: Community College Coverage

We launched our community college coverage earlier this year. At the end of August, we toured all 58 community colleges...

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Interpreting the school performance grades

The state released its latest round of school performance grades last month. The annual event is heavily covered by the...

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Are kindergarten entry assessments worth the trouble?

For the fourth fall, North Carolina’s kindergarten teachers are collecting developmental information for an assessment the state hopes will help...

Central Carolina creates a ‘student first’ approach

Central Carolina Community College stresses a “student centered” approach to education, according to President T. Eston Marchant. In their 2015-2019...

Introducing our EdAmbassadors initiative

The EdAmbassadors initiative seeks to amplify the voices of educators – those with the greatest insights into the policies and...