State Superintendent Mark Johnson to participate in this weekend’s Krispy Kreme Challenge and collect books for UNC Children’s Hospital

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Following through on a promise he made last December, State...

Three North Carolina school districts win state advanced teaching roles funding to implement Opportunity Culture

In the latest round of funding for the state’s Advanced Teaching Roles pilot, the North Carolina State Board of Education...

NCAE’s message to lawmakers: Let’s continue working for great public schools in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)...

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools turn around on lead teachers

The Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS) Board reversed an earlier decision and voted to approve a plan for lead teachers for Knox...

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Charter schools in North Carolina: An overview

Last week was National School Choice, a week intended as a “celebration of opportunity in education” across the country. However,...

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The challenging conversation of student attendance — Part 1: The educator’s perspective

Ask any teacher, especially one in a middle or high school: “What’s your school’s student attendance policy?” Inevitably, they’ll have...

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Anticipated education issues could impact students with learning differences

As the General Assembly gets underway for the 2019 long session, advocacy groups wonder how — and whether — legislators...

Wake Tech Finish First initiative to expand statewide

The following press release is from Wake Technical Community College Wake Tech’s Finish First initiative will be expanded across North...

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Senators strike back against House building bond proposal

On the first real day of the long session of the General Assembly, Senate Republicans presented a counter proposal to...

Which states could change their school funding formulas this year

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As long session begins, what to expect in early education

With so many groups focused on early childhood education and development, this long session of the General Assembly is likely...

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For our schools to serve our communities: Let’s launch 25-year-old projects everywhere

Across Edgecombe County — an area of 52,000 people about an hour east of Raleigh — community members have been...

Awake58: The 2019 North Carolina legislative session is coming.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The 2019...

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Legislative preview: General Assembly Long Session

The long session of the General Assembly officially got underway last week, but that was mostly just pomp and circumstance....

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The weight of personal experience on school choice

As part of National School Choice Week, I had the opportunity last week to visit two separate but distinct places...

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DRNC launches series on educational rights of students with disabilities

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is excited to launch our series of articles for EdNC and offer its readers diverse...

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From Warren County to Biogen: Another side to science education

Warren New Tech High School students, wearing goggles and white lab coats, pored over an experiment with high-tech tools like micropipettes, gel...

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I cut standardized test prep out of my lessons and focused on relationships. Student growth was the highest of my career.

If you’re a teacher, you might know the feeling. You maintain a frantic pace all year long, trying to shoehorn...

Businesses pushing for college, the end to a charter school strike and more…

Question of the Week – January 28

Monday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy and Friday will mark the 16th anniversary of the...

Education spending, budget battles, and more…

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An unusually brisk day: An educator’s reflection

“I’m shivering, Mom!” Even my puffed-up Pittsburgh Steelers winter coat lined with bright yellow, insulated fur-like material didn’t seem to...

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Meaningful partnerships: Lessons from two innovative principal preparation programs

The Hunt Institute was pleased to have Javaid Siddiqi, President & CEO of the Hunt Institute, and Patrick Sims, Director of Policy &...

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Mooresville High School holds information night on student vaping

“My focus used to be sports, academics, and Boy Scouts,” said 15-year-old Luka Kinard. “Within a six-month time period I quit...

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Education Matters – Top education issues for 2019

Topic: Top Education Issues for 2019 This week’s show was recorded live at the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s...

Berger and Ballard lead Education Roundtable with Surry Community

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger   On Thursday, Senate...

Edgecombe Community College and UNCW sign transfer agreement

Edgecombe Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington have signed a partnership agreement that guarantees admission to UNCW...

Dr. Carol Spalding named North Carolina Community College President of the Year

The following is a press release from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College SALISBURY, N.C. — Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus...

Speaker Moore appoints committee members in the NC House of Representatives

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore Remaining committee appointments for the 2019-2020 biennium of the...

Teachers in the news from turnover to demographics

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board postpones demolition decision for North Rowan High School

In a daylong planning session on Monday, the Rowan-Salisbury School Board granted a reprieve to North Rowan High School, which...

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Vernon Malone offers alternative path for students through career-informed courses

Mark Webster’s father was a doctor and his mother was a nurse. From childhood, though, he was drawn to the...

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Valuing veteran teachers — and the need for teachers of color

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that male teachers in public secondary schools declined from 41 percent to 36...

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Time is now to affirm state’s commitment to public schools

The creation of a system of taxpayer-funded public schools accessible to all is one of America’s greatest achievements. Public education...

Governor Cooper declares Career Pathways Week in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the Office of Governor Roy Cooper To promote workforce development and strengthen connections...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: SSEP Grants, Skills Gap, STEM Programs and Opportunities

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

During National School Choice Week, awareness and debate about school choice peaks

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School choice doesn’t happen in a vacuum

This week is National School Choice Week, and you’re going to hear a lot of charter school proponents talking about...

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Public School Forum releases top education priorities at annual breakfast

As the legislature returns to session, education advocates are making their priorities clear. For the Public School Forum of North...

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John Locke Foundation on the quest for education reform in North Carolina

As part of National School Choice Week, earlier this week the John Locke Foundation hosted Mike Long, president of Parents...

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The Biogen Community Lab: Bringing students to real-world STEM

Most weekday mornings, you will see a yellow school bus parked in front of Biogen’s main entrance in Research Triangle...

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Filling in the blanks: Being a female minority journalist

During my freshman year at West Forsyth High School, we newbies sat with our guidance counselors and wrote up a...

Question of the Week – January 23

This week is National School Choice Week. North Carolina permits the formation of charter schools, which are publicly funded but...

Want to know our secrets? Reach NC Voices playbook released

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National School Choice Week holds flagship event to tout school choice in North Carolina

Victor Clifton remembers thinking high school was going to be all about varsity jackets and cheerleaders, school dances, and guys...

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School choice gets personal

Happy National School Choice Week! On Monday, the John Locke Foundation hosted Mike Long, President of Parents For Educational Freedom in...

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From science fair to lab: Finding my place in STEM

Growing up in rural Warren County, the largest type of work people find themselves doing is agriculture. Agriculture is seen...

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Reach NC Voices: Our toolkit and playbook for listening, connecting, and engaging audiences

Our work and NC We love our North Carolina. We’ve got mountains and beaches. We’ve got banjos twanging at MerleFest...

Awake58: The art of welding

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The art...

EdNC rolls out its engagement dashboard and loyalty tracker today

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Celebrating charter schools in North Carolina

At a time when the news seems full of negative press coverage, many might long to hear some good news....

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The truth about teaching science in rural North Carolina

When I first started teaching as a high school science teacher at Warren New Tech High School with Teach for...

MLK Day, School Choice Week, and an incredible eclipse

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School choice continues to evolve in North Carolina, and an update on community colleges

This week is National School Choice Week, so I thought this would be a good time to check in on...

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Education Matters – Freshman year

Topic: Freshman Year When the new NC General Assembly was sworn in last week, about 1/4 of the 50-member Senate...

Education and humanity

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North Carolina businesses unite in support of NC Pre-K expansion

A group of North Carolina business people gathered at Millbrook Elementary School yesterday to announce their desire to see 75 percent...

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Erwin is first stop as officials talk school bond

Erwin Elementary was built in 1923, and it shows every bit of its age. With state officials scheduled to visit...

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Governor’s Leandro commission looks at North Carolina’s school support personnel

Student success has to do with more than academic instruction and performance. School support personnel provide much-needed services to address...

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NC Pre-K one of only two state preschool programs in the nation that measure teaching quality and meet standards

NC Pre-K provides high-quality preschool to eligible four-year-olds in North Carolina. The state’s preschool program scored significantly better than the...

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Evidence of education progress in contrast to federal gridlock

The shutdown of federal agencies has dragged on for nearly a month, a sour fruit of intertwined political polarization and...

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Paid summer internships: Investing in the future of North Carolina

Over the last two decades, North Carolina’s demographics have shifted. In 1990, there were over 70,000 Hispanics/Latinxs in the state....

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In-Depth with Rob Boisvert: Hope and the People’s Session

“People’s voices matter. Use your voice, and let your legislators know what your priorities are.” — Mebane Rash

From #RealCollege to the real challenges of our homeless students

College Board, Public Impact, and N.C. School of Science and Mathematics pilot remotely located teacher leadership to prepare students for AP Math

The College Board and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) are partnering with Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture...

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Should North Carolina break up its large school districts? Here’s what the research says.

In December, a winter storm dropped up to nine inches of snow in some parts of Wake County, causing schools to close...

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I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna test it anymore!

As state superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools, I often hear from other leaders that standardized tests help hold students,...

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Clinton native’s education a well-traveled journey

Born and raised in Sampson County, Larry Boone’s acquisition of life lessons and education was gained from here, up and...

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Faithfully serving rural North Carolina

What does rural mean? The word evokes personal definitions. For those who live in settings considered rural, it could mean...

Reports released on hope and persistence

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Rowan-Salisbury assesses way forward on Renewal

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board met on Monday and key among their agenda items was a presentation by School Superintendent Lynn...

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Computer science for all

Why computer science for all? Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today’s world. Learning...

UNC’s Chancellor Folt is stepping down

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces steps to reduce testing for students in North Carolina

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Making good on the promise he made when he...

North Carolina receives $4.5-million Early Childhood Grant, Governor Cooper announces

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5-million...

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Governor Cooper addresses the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee

Governor Roy Cooper met with the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee yesterday to talk about some of his priorities ahead of...

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Fidelity workshop trains educators in computer science

“Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable.” The quote by Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, floated in blue...

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The 2019 opportunity workplan for NC’s children

North Carolina’s legislators are back at work for the 2019-2020 “long session.” While the state’s policy-makers and budget writers face a...

Question of the Week – January 14

A lapse in federal funding caused a partial government shutdown that has now surpassed the record of a 21-day shutdown...

North Carolina community college leaders announce workforce-focused legislative agenda

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Community College System North Carolina community college leaders announced their...

Awake58: Looking ahead at 2019 and the impacts of the government shutdown.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, January 14, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Looking ahead...

EdNC turns 4! Hang on, y’all!

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EdNC turns 4: You are our greater, North Carolina

These days when I give a speech, it starts like this… “My name is Mebane, and I am in the...

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Education Matters – Legislative preview

Topic: Legislative Preview As a new NC General Assembly returns to Raleigh without a Republican supermajority for the first time...

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Four years later, EdNC is the best job I’ve ever had

When I left Duke University in 2014 after a failed stint in public relations, I said two things: I would...

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What does the future hold for the Community College System?

In this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Peter Hans, president of the North Carolina Community College System,...

Senate committees announced

Senator Berger appoints senators to standing committees

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger Senate Leader Phil Berger...

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Kicking off the long session

The 2019-20 long session of the General Assembly kicked off this week. It will feel different from other sessions under...

P-TECH Early College: A model for industry, K-12, and postsecondary partnership

As Rashid Davis walks the hallways, he points to posters of his students hanging on the walls. Underneath their names...

Perspective

In quest for bright ideas, don’t stint on fundamentals

Classical ballet begins with the five positions of the feet and arms. Football fundamentals consist of blocking and tackling. Clarity...

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State Board shines a spotlight on state’s reading struggles

North Carolina has spent more than $150 million on Read to Achieve in an effort to make sure the state’s...

Education Week releases top 10

One university, two different innovative high school models

Throughout the week, EducationNC has looked at Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS), which include early colleges, middle colleges, and other...

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Bleeding control instead of gun control: House Select Committee on School Safety shirks mandate

This past November, I huddled outside Carrboro Elementary with a group of other terrified parents after being notified of an...

And today the long session begins

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Rowan-Salisbury welcomes new elementary school

Last Friday, the Rowan-Salisbury School District opened its first new elementary school in more than a decade. Despite the rain,...

A day inside Tri-County Early College

It is clear that Adam Haigler’s teaching style is built off strong relationships with his students. Consider how he started...

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myFutureNC blog series: Community engagement — Supporting a postsecondary attainment goal

Community engagement and support will play a critical role in achieving a postsecondary attainment goal in North Carolina. At the...

Stories and trends to watch in 2019

The impact of early colleges: What does the research say?

What kind of student succeeds at early colleges? Why? Do early colleges really make a difference? These are questions Julie...

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STEM Tuesdays: Our top 8 science stories of 2018

Last year, we started our STEM Tuesday column covering science, technology, engineering, and math education across the state. Check out...

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What does 21st-century classroom management look like? Here’s a start.

Scenario: Victoria came to class after lunch, and I immediately knew something was wrong. She was agitated and was intensely...

Question of the Week – January 7

There are 115 public school districts in North Carolina, most of which are countywide. Two of these districts — Wake...

Dr. Carla C. Johnson named Executive Director of Friday Institute and Associate Dean at NC State College of Education

The following press release is from the NC State College of Education Dr. Carla C. Johnson will be the executive...

Early colleges, the start of a new session, and more

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Get ready for smaller districts

The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In...

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Rowan-Salisbury holds final community input meeting on school consolidation

The Rowan-Salisbury School District held a series of community meetings over December to gauge community reaction to its proposed consolidation...

Cooperative Innovative High Schools: What are they and why does North Carolina have so many?

As Dezerea Hummel had lunch outside Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Early College in Carteret County, she talked about how,...

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Education Matters – One-on-One with NC Community College System President Peter Hans

Topic: One-on-One with NC Community College System President Peter Hans Peter Hans became the ninth president of the NC Community...

Public School Forum announces NC Center for Afterschool Programs launch of the POWER UP Program

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

Challenges and opportunities

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Resegregated schooling in a polarized society

When Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “technical corrections” bill before Christmas, he sent the General Assembly a spare three-sentence message....

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Groups looking for a ‘Just Florence Recovery’

Courtney Patterson has been working overtime, alongside grassroots community organizers and leaders. Hurricane Florence made landfall more than three months...

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James Sprunt Community College remains committed to Dallas Herring’s mission

Before I even had time to sit down, Dr. Ken Boham was telling me a story. “Do you know about...

Our craft of journalism

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Life after Hurricane Florence in the eyes of James Sprunt student Jacob Cavenaugh

Standing in faith and being filled with hope is what is getting Jacob Cavenaugh, a network technology student at James...

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Schools and children at the heart of Florence recovery

Jamie Troche remembers how grateful she felt to find only minor damage to her home when she returned after evacuating...

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Emma Adam: The role of discrimination in health and attainment

Emma Adam, professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, came to Duke on Dec. 5 to share...

Question of the Week – January 2

With 2018 behind us, we want to know what your New Year’s Resolution is. Are you hoping to volunteer more?...

Resolutions for the new year

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ICYMI: Equity Meets Education: Reporter’s notes

Almost exactly a year ago, during a day spent at North Edgecombe High School in Tarboro, one female student did...

Perspective

Opportunity Culture schools outpace state results in N.C.

As the founders of the Opportunity Culture initiative to extend the reach of great teaching to many more students, we...

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Looking for help after the storm

The swarming and swirling rains and winds of Hurricane Florence have long-since subsided. Now, survivors are left in a dizzying...

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A long road to recovery in post-Florence North Carolina

Three months have passed since Hurricane Florence made landfall in the southeastern part of North Carolina. The waters have subsided...

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A step we should take to curb school violence

When we read that more students have been killed in U.S. school shootings this year than U.S. military personnel in...