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More than just surfacing issues: EdNC’s top in-depth series of 2018

It’s not enough to surface the issues in real time. ICYMI, here are our top in-depth looks at issues shaping...

Looking back and looking forward

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Multimedia matters: EdNC’s most watched videos of 2018

Our multimedia content helps us tell stories in ways that resonate with you. Take a look and a listen.

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Harnessing my first-generation, low-income status as motivation

I come from a family with six older siblings in a two-parent household. Three out of those six siblings decided...

On Boxing Day, from Reach NC Voices in action to promposals…

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Your voice matters: EdNC’s top five perspectives of 2018

Real faces. Real places. Real problems. Real solutions. Real stories. Since we launched, EducationNC has published 800 voices, all weighing...

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A bottle of potential with the cap super-glued shut

At 16 years old, I started my first job as a cashier at a local beauty supply store. It wasn’t...

Holiday movies, a beautiful photo essay, and, of course, the news…

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Investing in hope: EdNC’s top five articles of 2018

It pleases me to no end that EducationNC’s top article this year is about philanthropist Ann Goodnight. Ann invested in...

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Reflections on the beginning teacher experience

What do the following words have in common: adventurous, tiring, exciting, busy, energizing, whirlwind, blessed. These are some of the...

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Getting the story right: EdNC’s top five news articles of 2018

Nearly four years ago, we pressed “publish” on our first big big story — a deep dive into our state’s...

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Supreme Court rejects suit against Halifax Commissioners

The state Supreme Court last week shot down a lawsuit brought by some Halifax County families against the county’s Board...

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How to implement personalized learning in the classroom

When I first heard about personalized learning, I thought, “Here is another great educational breakthrough that we will be forced...

Video: Screens in Schools

This week, our Screens in Schools series dove into the issues around screen time, technology in the classroom, backlash, and...

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Ethical, social, digital: Shaping the 21st century student

When it comes to using technology wisely and well, Laura Tierney believes this succinct truth: Kids can’t be what they...

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myFutureNC blog series: A commissioner Q&A with Peter Hans

Community colleges in North Carolina serve an important role in reaching a postsecondary attainment goal. We spoke with Peter Hans, President...

Google.org donates $500,000 to FAST NC

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson visited one of the areas...

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A weekend of connections: Feast of Freedom in Charlotte

Thanksgiving often signifies a time to appreciate the presence of people in one’s life and reflect on the needs others...

Governor’s Office Partners with No Kid Hungry School Breakfast Leadership Institute to Expand Access to School Breakfast in 10 School Districts

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: A new grant program will help expand...

Happiness is a podcast with two of our favorite leaders and an NC teacher published in Education Week!

Former NC Governor Bev Perdue talks technology in the classroom

Perdue has been working on integrating technology in North Carolina classrooms since she was Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. An...

With kids’ technology use, a budding backlash and a bid for balance

“We were having a real problem with video games in our house,” says Maureen L., a nurse practitioner and mother...

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Watch: Two NC administrators create platform for school leaders

Yasmeen Robbins once served as an intern for Dr. Mary Hemphill. Now, they’re partners in a new venture that aims...

Digital media and child health: The good and the bad

“I feel like it isn’t 100 percent bad or 100 percent good. I try to use it for good things,”...

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Blue love: A student’s perspective

“I got good grades in high school and I really wanted to go to the University of North Carolina at...

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Survey: Vapes the most common tobacco product among adolescents

A letter to the editor featured in the New England Journal of Medicine made national headlines on Monday. Titled Adolescent Vaping...

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Meet the many characters of Bladen Community College

A nationally-recognized welder. A former university professor from Lebanon. A history professor who loves collecting World War II artifacts almost...

Final Report on the Federal Commission on School Safety released

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RSS Board tables lead teachers at restart school

At the Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ Board of Education meeting on Monday night, Knox Middle School Principal Michael Courtwright asked for approval...

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myFutureNC blog series: A Q&A with Rachel Pleasants McDonnell, Associate Director, JFF

For just over a year now, the myFutureNC Commission has been working to create a targeted postsecondary attainment goal for North Carolina....

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest on how technology is changing education

This year, North Carolina became the first state in the country with every classroom connected to high speed broadband. The...

Why and when screen time matters for kids

“Every kid loves screen time,” says Amy Tart, a fifth grade English language arts teacher at Union Intermediate School in Clinton....

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The ticket: Why we shouldn’t move the football championships out of big stadiums

The most frequent question that comes up each year after the N.C. High School Athletic Association football championships is a...

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Dr. Scott Ralls selected as next president of Wake Tech

3:48 pm Scott Ralls is coming home. Wake Technical Community College named Ralls as its next president on Tuesday, with the...

Vaping in the news nationally

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A recap of the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Twitter chat

On Dec. 12, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Ishmail Abdus-Saboor and Samira Musah, fellows of the Postdoctoral Enrichment...

Amplifier or distractor: Technology’s role in the classroom

Media enthusiasts have a leg up at Davis Drive Middle School in Cary. A green screen studio in the school’s...

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To implement personalized learning in NC, schools of education must prepare teachers for the digital education environment

Today’s students are not just digital natives; they are digital omnivores. They gobble up everything around them, and they do...

How will community colleges open doors and determine residency at the same time?

Beginning in November 2017, I began a journey to visit nearly 30 community colleges by the end of the year....

Awake58: What does the future hold for the Residency Determination System?

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

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What will the Governor give legislative Republicans for Christmas?

As the most recent General Assembly session winds down, a technical corrections bill made its way through the legislature with...

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It’s time to rethink our Residency Determination Service

First, I want to thank EdNC for its work on behalf of education and particularly its interest in North Carolina’s...

The power of K-12 technology integration today: Now, it’s personal

Research Triangle High School (RTHS) opened in 2012 with high hopes and an innovative teaching model. A public charter school...

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RDS working to make fair, accurate, and efficient residency determinations

“Resident for tuition purposes”—a phrase that is familiar to North Carolina college admissions and financial aid administrators. My first exposure...

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GameTimeNC will be providing coverage for all eight N.C. High School Athletic Association football championship games this weekend, with detailed stories on the state champs and runner-ups alike

Find links to our coverage below, listed in order of classification from smallest to largest: 1A CHAMPIONSHIP: Murphy defeated Pamlico...

WCPS applauds legislative efforts to leave Carver Heights Elementary under local control

The following is a press release from Wayne County Public Schools On December 13, the North Carolina Senate and House...

Catch your breath: Youth vaping and public health

At the start of the semester last school year, a North Carolina high school teacher recalls sitting in the back...

Speaker Moore to file and support second public education bond for North Carolina

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore Raleigh, N.C. – Following his nomination for a third...

Perceptions of urban schools

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Professional Educator Commission tackles licensure exams and more

The Professional Educator Preparation & Standards Commission met yesterday to tackle a number of topics, including licensure exams that some...

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Agenda 2019: A strategy for our most-struggling schools

North Carolina has a name and a legal definition for its most-struggling schools. But neither the name nor the definition...

Removing barriers: A proposal to simplify the Residency Determination Service

This is Part Four of a series on the Residency Determination Service. Part One gives a comprehensive overview of the...

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Legislature grants Wayne County some relief

Update 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14: Wayne County sent out their response to the legislature’s action earlier today. Read their response...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Best of STEM in North Carolina for 2018

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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What you need to know about the NCHSAA football championships this weekend

The N.C. High School Athletic Association football championships will be held Friday and Saturday at three different ACC venues: N.C....

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Let’s get this party started! Ways to adopt and adapt

Let me say right out of the gate that I am from Tennessee and live just an hour from the state line...

RDS: A legislative creation in search of consistency and efficiency

This is Part Three in a series examining the residency laws of North Carolina, the new RDS system in place...

Wrangling smoke: Regulating the billion dollar vape industry

On Oct. 15, 2018, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein submitted a civil investigative demand to Juul Labs “for more...

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Opportunities to extend support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Changed forever On September 14, 2018, the landscape, culture, and normalcy of Wilmington, North Carolina, and many other communities in...

Community colleges find RDS uneasy fit for their students

This is Part Two in a series examining the residency laws of North Carolina, the new RDS system in place...

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A field trip to see the Greensboro Four

The lunch counter is a sheen black, set with salt and pepper shakers, coffee mugs, plates, and a cake platter....

What 1,472 North Carolina teachers had to say about e-cigs

Most Millennials remember anti-smoking campaigns in health education classes, but for the current generation of middle and high schoolers, there’s...

Question of the Week – December 11

As we wrap up 2018 and look towards the new year, we want to know what your mood is. Is...

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Governor Cooper discusses Finish Line grants and expanded eligibility

Note: This interview is an excerpt from our Awake58 newsletter. We encourage you to subscribe by clicking here. Earlier this...

Dr. Amanda Lee selected as new Bladen Community College president pending State Board approval

The following is a press release from Bladen Community College The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to...

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Rowan-Salisbury community considers consolidation

Last week, Rowan-Salisbury Schools held the first two of six community meetings to discuss the possibility of consolidating nearly a...

How many puffs in a pod? The science of Juuling

Sets of flavored nicotine cartridges in tidy white packaging sit on the wall behind the counter in an unassuming vape...

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Our view: Juul craze fueled by peer pressure

It’s 2018. The age of the influential internet, smartphones, President Donald Trump, a tenacious youth rallying for gun control, Supreme...

Residency for community colleges: A look at barriers for North Carolinians seeking a better life

Meet Mary. That isn’t her real name, but after years in an abusive marriage, she cannot afford to make it...

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Engaging middle schoolers in the world of advanced manufacturing

It’s never too early to help students embark upon a successful career path. This is why Blue Ridge Community College...

Awake58: An interview with Governor Cooper

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

What do you think of the Rowan-Salisbury school consolidation plan?

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board is considering a school consolidation plan. The Board of Education is interested in your feedback and...

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Winter weather Q&A with meteorologist Tom Sorrells

Winter Storm Diego has dropped just over 18 inches of snow in some parts of western North Carolina with impacts...

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The stark reality of school safety

It is a stark reality when your General Assembly feels it necessary for all public school students to learn how...

Front page story: A high school newspaper takes on Juul

“It’s 7:30 a.m. and you’ve just finished getting ready for the school day. As you grab your things and head...

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Education Matters – Importance of principal leadership

Topic:  Importance of Principal Leadership Education research has shown the single most important school-based factor in student’s academic success is the...

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

Looking for your best chance of seeing a white Christmas in North Carolina? Enter any county below to see the...

Former president, Dr. Ken Boham, awarded emeritus status

The following is a press release from Caldwell Community College The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees...

Dr. Rachel Desmarais chosen as next president Of VGCC

The following is a press release from Vance-Granville Community College Dr. Rachel M. Desmarais has been chosen as the next...

Federal data gives snapshot of American education

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Governor’s education commission discusses teacher preparation, recruitment

Leslie Winner opened Tuesday’s meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education by reviewing the Leandro definition...

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Johnston Community College faces the future with confidence

Many people insist robots are coming to take our jobs. Some studies suggest artificial intelligence will create more jobs than...

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My experience in Hacienda de Márquez, municipality of Irapuato

I am a global citizen. I have lived in eight different countries, and I have traveled extensively, but on November...

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On school safety, legislators learn through listening

A panel discussion on student safety and wellbeing, featuring four state legislators, had gone on for 40 minutes or so...

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State Board approves ISD selection with caveats

The State Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Carver Heights Elementary in Wayne County to join the Innovative...

School safety and Innovative School District decision on the docket

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What do North Carolinians think about educational opportunity?

Do North Carolinians believe it’s beneficial to pursue higher education? What do they think about our state’s community colleges, public...

Life after Hurricane Florence in the eyes of James Sprunt student Ginger Jenkins

Thankful. Blessed. Together.  That’s how Ginger Jenkins, an accounting student at James Sprunt Community College feels as she prepares to...

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How can we make schools safer? North Carolinians weigh in

The House Select Committee on School Safety was created in late February following the Parkland shooting and first met in...

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The ticket: Change for the better in the NCHSAA, plus a downward trend in a popular sport

The NCHSAA Board of Directors meeting came and went last week with few major updates. But the few changes that...

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State Board debates Innovative School District selection

The Innovative School District’s selection of Wayne County’s Carver Heights as the District’s second school was the focus of extensive...

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Living, loving, learning, and leading for our students, our state, and our future

“The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel...

Educating the future, the first Charter movement strike, and more

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One educator’s perspective on school violence: ‘This could have been us’

On Oct. 29, a 16-year-old student shot and killed another 16-year-old student before classes began at Butler High School. I...

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Five levers to improve early literacy in North Carolina

Despite North Carolina’s best efforts, third-grade reading test scores over the past five years (2014-2018) have gone in the wrong...

Fifteen N.C. summer nutrition programs earn recognition

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Summer Nutrition Programs fulfill a critical need in providing nourishment...

Leandro Commission meeting today and EdNC will be there

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Wayne County Schools fires another volley against ISD

With the State Board of Education slated to make a final decision this week on the inclusion of Wayne County’s...

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Building a ‘road map to action’ for student safety and wellbeing

“Nothing beats the actual feeling of having a teacher that cares about you,” said MarQuay Spencer, a senior at Knightdale...

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Video: Hollister Elementary’s action based learning lab

In the fall, I visited the action based learning (ABL) lab at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy to see brain science...

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DavieLEADS guided reading workshops and professional training focus on improving early literacy

It’s 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, and hundreds of Davie County Schools’ teachers and administrators are filing into Davie...

Question of the Week – December 3

With the holiday season in full swing, we have faith on our mind. How important is religion in your life? Do...

Awake58: What do North Carolinians think of our community colleges?

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

Governor Cooper proclaims Computer Science Education Week

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper To ensure more students are prepared for...

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Can the Innovative School District stand the resistance?

The Innovative School District (ISD) has been controversial since it was first passed by the General Assembly in 2016.  The...

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Preventing the next tragedy: North Carolina’s complex search for school safety solutions

Nearly three weeks after the fatal shooting of a student at Butler High School in Matthews, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox somberly...

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Education Matters – Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline

Topic:  Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Satana Deberry campaigned to become Durham County’s next District Attorney advocating for reforms in the...

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Wake up and do!

Muhammad Ali appeared on an English television show when he was 35 years old and asked what he was going to...