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Florence impact makes attending teacher rally tough call for some educators

In the wake of Hurricane Florence’s devastation to the southeastern counties of North Carolina, teachers — like their neighbors —...

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House Republicans release details of teacher pay plan

House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, along with other House Republican leaders, released budget plans for teacher and principal pay at...

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House education committee makes changes to the Innovative School District

A number of bills made it out of the House education committee today, including one that could transform how the...

Awake58: We need your ideas

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  We need...

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In defense of ACT WorkKeys: A credential, not a test

With well over one hundred bills focused on education currently before our legislature, many North Carolinians are likely unaware of...

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UNC System seeks to transform teacher preparation

There is an effort underway at the University of North Carolina System to transform the way the state’s educator preparation...

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The teacher rally before the teacher rally

Ever since the announcement of the May 1 teacher rally, there has been a procession of articles, press releases, and...

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House drops its education budget plan

Updated to reflect discussion and votes on amendments This morning, the North Carolina House discussed and gave a favorable vote...

State Boards of Education and Governors’ agendas

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Virtual early learning program director: ‘We are not here to replace anything’

Waterford Upstart, an online program that delivers academic software to children in 20 states, is in the process of expanding...

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Durham charter leaders present their vision

A group of charter school leaders spoke to the community about their vision of education at Healthy Start Academy in...

Policy in focus: School safety

Protecting the well-being of North Carolina students was a key theme throughout the People’s Session. Following the school shooting in...

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School integration narrows divisions, closes achievement gaps

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education remains familiar to Americans 65 years later. In a...

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NC STEM Center e-update: NC students find science success in 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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Want to know about school finances? Start here

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today the unveiling of a new school finances transparency website that is open to the...

Heading to Merlefest and other fun and interesting things

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Respond wisely to offensive speech

A few weeks ago, a Palestinian hip-hop artist named Tamer Nafir performed what he himself labeled an “anti-Semitic” rap during a conference...

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Inside a weekend with the first cohort of new NC Teaching Fellows

For Victoria Fanger, a 22-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, becoming a special education teacher was...

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A High Point mother’s nightmare with Juul

In writing about the issue of student vaping, there has been a familiar face at several events I’ve attended across...

Policy in focus: Community colleges

North Carolina’s community colleges served 735,000 students during the 2014-15 academic year, or 1 in 9 North Carolina citizens age...

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Legislators, public workers advocate for public employees’ right to collective bargaining

North Carolina is one of three states that prohibit public employees from collective bargaining. The 1959 law, N.C.G.S. 95-98, impacts...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $2 million in federal grant aid to districts and schools affected by 2018 Hurricanes

The following is a press release from Superintendent Mark Johnson State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state is...

Budget process accelerated

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China is serious about education

New buildings spanning the horizon, futuristic bridges, a massive new rail project, and even a brand new “city,” dubbed the...

Policy in focus: Standardized testing

Standardized testing is a commonly-discussed education topic on both the national and state level. In higher education, the conversation around...

Question of the Week – April 22

On May 1, some NC teachers’ plan to use a personal leave day to travel to Raleigh for a rally....

Awake58: A call for a reskilling revolution

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  A call...

Wrapping up the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative

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It’s time to harness the power of interactive talk to boost school readiness

Between the ages of 0-3, children’s brains develop more than 1 million neural connections every second, according to the Harvard...

Policy in focus: School performance grades

School performance grades, also known as school report cards, began in 2013 when the General Assembly passed a law mandating...

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State of Sciences event brings creativity in focus

Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, professors at Michigan State University, came to N.C. State on April 18 to share their research...

Remembering Columbine

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Education Matters – NC teachers marching again

Topic: NC Teachers Marching Again On May 16th last year, nearly 20,000 North Carolina teachers descended on Raleigh for a...

Happy Passover, Easter, Spring

From fear to understanding: the parent’s journey through their child’s learning differences

This is Part Five of our series on learning differences. In Part One, EdNC reporter Rupen Fofaria shared his learning...

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Dues of democracy undergird schools and community well-being

A crucial cord of priority-setting in government connects the April 15 tax-filing deadline with the May 1 teachers rally in...

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The state championship, robotics style

Earlier this month, the top 32 robotics teams in North Carolina convened for a weekend at the Gilbert Craig Gore...

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Governor’s Education Cabinet discusses longitudinal data systems

Gov. Roy Cooper’s Education Cabinet convened Wednesday to discuss the status and progress of North Carolina’s education longitudinal data system...

What federal data says about school safety

Teachers eager to gain better understanding of learning differences

This is Part Four of our series on learning differences that explores the perspectives of teachers. In Part One, EdNC...

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Improving community college student success through a ‘Single Stop’

“I faced every barrier listed on there that was designed for me to not be successful here at community college....

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Train and pay principals wisely

I believe that the leadership ability and management practices of school principals have a large effect on how well teachers...

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Senate education committee tackles Read to Achieve, testing

A Senate education committee gave favorable votes to a number of important education bills today, including one that will revamp...

The Governor’s Ed Cabinet meets today, stay tuned

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Students advocate for tobacco prevention with Youth Empowered Solutions

Last month, eight middle and high school students gathered at Catawba College in Salisbury to learn how to become advocates...

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North Carolina ranks middle of the road in preschool access, quality compared to other states

The quality of North Carolina’s state-funded preschool, NC Pre-K, ranked in the middle of the pack when compared with other...

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A different type of school accountability: The opportunity index

North Carolina’s school report cards are based on false assumptions. The current formula, and the proposed new formula, assume that...

For students, success with learning differences means self-advocacy and finding comfort in community

This is Part Three of our series on learning differences. In Part One, EdNC reporter Rupen Fofaria shared his learning...

Awake58: Developing the workforce of tomorrow

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Developing the...

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House K-12 committee gives initial OK to virtual early learning pilot

The House K-12 committee gave favorable votes to a number of bills today, including one that would create a virtual...

Journalism, education, and peeps

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Changing the narrative: Embracing the power of hospitality

“What does it mean to be human, and how will we be connected?” asked Krista Tippett, founder of the On...

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board talks budget, construction

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board met last Monday and, for the first time in months, less than 10 citizens were in...

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LENA program offers path to close the early childhood word gap

“The poorer parents are, the less they talk with their children,” was the subtitle of an article in the New...

Learning Differences: More than a politically correct term for learning disabilities

This is Part Two of our series on learning differences. In Part One, EdNC reporter Rupen Fofaria shares his learning...

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STEM in the Park’s SciFest brings 150 students to real-world science

Earlier this month, 150 middle and high school students from Chatham, Edgecombe, and Wake counties joined STEM in the Park...

Question of the Week – April 15: In-state tuition

In-state tuition for one year of community college, on average, is about $2,400 in North Carolina, while out-of-state tuition is...

Funding classroom supplies, desegregation, and more

I learn differently, but I’m not different — just unique

I learn differently than you. Well, statistically, I suppose I learn differently than 80% of you. Today, I know that...

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Why definitions matter

Last week, House Bill 276 passed the House. The bill would change the definition of what qualifies as a low-performing...

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Education Matters – Expanding NC’s teacher pipeline

Topic:  Expanding NC’s Teacher Pipeline Our state’s public schools are facing critical teacher shortages and longer term teaching vacancies. At...

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Photo story: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s STEM open house

Last Thursday, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) hosted their eighth annual STEM open house at their research campus in Kannapolis. The...

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New NC Teacher of the Year Mariah Morris says equitable STEM education is her priority

The 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year Mariah Morris was named Friday to represent teachers on...

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Rowan-Salisbury elementary families left wondering their schools’ fates

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board met last week and once again, parents, staff, and students from Faith and Enochville elementary schools...

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Governor’s Leandro commission dissects testing and accountability

Student assessment has been the topic of many initiatives and conversations in education policy as of late. There are multiple...

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Teacher Talk: More than my curriculum — Agents of kindness

The following video is from the CMS Foundation and features Justin Parmenter, a seventh-grade English teacher at Waddell Langauge Academy...

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North Carolina people and communities at risk of census undercount

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has joined what it acknowledges is a “highly unusual” effort by philanthropies to influence a...

“The beginnings of a breakthrough”

Wake Tech welcomes President Scott Ralls

Dr. Scott Ralls officially took the helm as fourth president of Wake Technical Community College today. He succeeds Dr. Stephen...

Workforce alignment and the future

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Guidance addresses misuse of homebound and modified day placements for students with disabilities

In September, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) distributed this resource titled Guidance for Homebound and Modified Day Placements to...

Video: Developing electrical linemen at Cape Fear Community College

Electrical employers in North Carolina need at least 800 entry-level linemen per year. Cape Fear Community College asked those employers:...

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House Bill 552 proposes new rules for competitive robotics

On Tuesday, the House committee on K-12 education met and, in part, discussed House Bill 552, a bill focused on...

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Chicago Knights Robotics team takes on regional robotics competition

High school sophomore Lamya Powell remembers getting into DC Comics as a kid, except for her, it wasn’t about the...

Join us for a conference about ed innovation on May 13!

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North Carolina educators gearing up to win big for schools on May 1

Last May 16 saw unprecedented action by thousands of North Carolina educators. Energized by the boldness of our colleagues in...

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Strollers descend on Raleigh to push for policies supporting infants and toddlers

Carey Rudell, a mother of three in Cary, spends more than $2,000 a month on child care for her two...

Video: Developing winemakers at Surry Community College

The viticulture and enology program began training students at Surry Community College in 1999. From hands-on experience in the college’s...

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Lessons from Liberia: Five questions to ask for scaling evidence-based practices

Questions about why early-grade literacy instruction is falling short in the United States have been making national news recently. A...

Awake58: What are your legislative priorities?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  What are...

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Community college, K-12 bills make their way through House committees

The House K-12 education committee gave favorable votes to a number of bills today, including one that would create a...

NC Foundation for Public School Children to honor the work of five champions with a passion to help children

The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children (NCFPSC) announces its seventh annual Champions for Children Gala, which will be...

The Power of Welcome and Agents of Kindness

Video: Developing truck drivers at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

The trucking industry is facing a shortage of qualified drivers. At Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, the truck driver...

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Placing the ‘national average’ debate in context

Much of the recent discussion about public school teacher pay in North Carolina has focused on the “national average.” To...

Question of the Week – April 8: School supplies

Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, surrounded by fellow Republican Senate and House members and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, announced...

From segregation to AI

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Teacher rally continues to draw criticism and support

As the May 1 teacher rally approaches, things continue to heat up. So far, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools have made May...

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Education Matters – Talking testing with teacher legislators

Topic: Talking Testing with Teacher Legislators There appears to be a growing bipartisan consensus that we’re over-testing our state’s public...

Developing North Carolina’s workforce: Why community colleges want equal funding for short-term workforce development

At all levels of the education system, schools are beginning to ask themselves: What are we educating students for? For...

Looking far, far into the future

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School supply bill raises concerns of State Board members

After Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson backed a bill Wednesday that would shift money from school districts to give...

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Bond issues have power to modernize public schools

When I first moved into my office in the far back corner on the third floor of Carroll Hall on...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Nominations open for 2019 STEMMy Awards

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

New NSF-funded program to develop high school math teachers into master teachers in 6 high-needs school districts in NC

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

Family Forward NC launches online companion to family-friendly workplaces guide

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF)...

FSU and Isothermal Community College partner on $10K pathway degree

The following is a press release from Isothermal Community College Dr. James A. Anderson, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University (FSU),...

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Community college advocates descend on legislature

Yesterday, David Shockley, president of Surry Community College, along with members of the Surry Community College Board of Trustees, crowded...

Applications for Schools That Lead due soon

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Episode 6: The road to Morganton

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

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‘One State. One Rate.’ group organizing around tuition equity for undocumented students

Michael Guerrero is fighting for his best friend, whom he can’t believe is not interested in college anymore. Guerrero’s best...

Lots of new reports out

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Lawmakers announce legislation to send classroom supply funds directly to teachers

Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, surrounded by fellow Republican Senate and House members and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, announced today...

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Learning to lead as a Multi-Classroom Leader

In 2015–16, I was a high school English teacher at an elite, private college-prep high school. In 2017-18, I became...

Question of the Week – April 2

The school performance grade formula has been a subject of steady debate in the General Assembly, with some lawmakers advocating...

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Personal finance graduation requirement, suicide risk referral protocol moved forward by House education committee

The House education committee Tuesday gave favorable reports to bills that would change high school graduation requirements and assist schools...

Awake58: Spending a day with the legislature

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Spending a...

From District C to the Census, lots to learn

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Senate proposes Read to Achieve changes to fix plan’s ineffectiveness

Legislators, State Board of Education members, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and higher education leaders are backing a proposal...

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Disappointed

Losing an election is humbling, but it’s also extremely disappointing. Believe me, I know. After serving three terms in the...

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The results are in: Here’s what 1,000 North Carolinians said about education

In February, more than 1,000 North Carolinians participated in an online project called the People’s Session and shared their opinions...

Summer melt

Do you work at a North Carolina community college? If so, we want to have a conversation with you about...

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Citizens fight school closures in Rowan-Salisbury

The Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS) Board faced almost 250 citizens at their regular meeting last Monday. The crowd was so large...

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Teacher rallies, mystery education announcements, and more

Last year, on the first day of the short session of the General Assembly, teachers from around the state gathered...

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Groups, citizens gather to ‘WakeUp’ around public education in Wake County

About 10 years ago, a group of Wake County citizens met to share concerns about the challenges of rapid growth....

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Education Matters – One-on-one with Governor Roy Cooper

Topic: One-on-One with Governor Roy Cooper Two years ago, Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina as a champion...