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Public School Forum honors Goodmons for impact to community and education

When the question is: What’s next for North Carolina? Smedes York of York Properties told a packed ballroom at the...

New reports out on professional development and learning differences

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DPI aims to ‘prevent one student’s issues from becoming a school tragedy’

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced on Thursday that an anonymous school reporting app will now be available to all middle...

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Celebrate graduation, but know high school diploma no longer enough

The late-spring season for high school graduation arrives in North Carolina amid a summer-like heat wave and a flurry of...

Using data to meet students where they are: Personalized learning at Grand Oak Elementary

This is the fifth and final piece in a week-long series on schools, districts, and organizations across the state using...

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Senate budget gets preliminary approval

Update 10:40 — May 31, 2019: The Senate budget passed its third and final vote this morning.  The North Carolina...

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McDowell Tech holds CSI-style workshop for area middle schoolers

“I feel like it’s Eddie,” said Dawson Bartlett, an eighth grader at West McDowell Middle School. He had spent the...

NC Chamber Foundation launches statewide workforce & leadership development program

The following is a press release from the NC Chamber Foundation In response to North Carolina’s growing skills gap and...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces launch of Statewide School Safety Anonymous Reporting System

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the...

NCSSM-Morganton receives $250,000 grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The following is a press release from the North Carolina School of Science and Math The North Carolina School of...

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146 students, 146 personal handwritten notes of encouragement to students who are about to take standardized tests

146 students, 146 personal handwritten notes of encouragement to my students who are about to take their seventh grade End-of-Grade...

In Rutherford County, a district-wide commitment to data to move the needle for students

This is the fourth piece in a week-long series on schools, districts, and organizations across the state using data in innovative...

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Senate appropriations gives thumbs up to Senate budget plan

The full Senate appropriations committee gave a favorable vote to its two-year budget plan, which increases education spending by $1.3...

A-B Tech commencement set for May 11 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville

The following is a press release from A-B Tech Community College A-B Tech Community College will award 1,143 degrees and...

ApprenticeshipNC awarded grant to expand youth apprenticeship pathways

The following is a press release from the NC Community College System ApprenticeshipNC has been awarded a $150,000 grant from...

EdNC is on the road today visiting with community college students!

‘We have purpose now’ — The transformation to data-informed practice at South Rowan High

This is the third piece in a week-long series on schools, districts, and organizations across the state using data in...

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Reflections from Reaching All Learners Oak Fellows week in New Zealand

I recently participated in an immersive learning experience in New Zealand alongside teacher coaches from more than 16 countries. The...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Matthew Bristow-Smith, 2019 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

Tar Heel Teachers at Home is a weekly videocast focused on engaging North Carolinians in conversations about education. Each week,...

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Awake58: The budget process continues and questions about the funding formula heat up.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The budget...

Question of the Week – May 28

 The College Board recently announced that it will offer an “adversity index” designed to place students’ SAT scores in the...

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Senate unveils budget plan

In a press conference and a Senate education appropriations committee today, Senate lawmakers revealed details of their two-year budget plan,...

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What to look for in the Senate budget

This week, the North Carolina Senate will introduce, debate, and likely pass its spending plan for the next two years....

Senate budget week at the General Assembly

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Rockingham County School Board returns equity training funding for second time

Earlier this month, the Rockingham County School Board decided to discontinue its grant funding for equity training and, according to...

UNCC’s Institute for Social Capital links data across education, housing, social services, and more

This is the second piece in a week-long series on schools, districts, and organizations across the state using data in...

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Surry Community College hosts Buzz Fest as a certified Bee Campus

“Sun. Soil. Seeds. Good start,” a group of students repeated after Tasha Greer of Surry County Master Gardeners as they...

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What the research says about online early learning options for preschoolers

The NC House Education Committee recently moved forward a bill to pilot and potentially scale an online early learning program for...

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These Durham students get 10 free books for the summer

When Amy Franks was talking to a group of third graders she had never met before earlier this month, one...

Creating a culture of care to fuel data-driven instruction at Shamrock Gardens Elementary

This is the first piece in a week-long series on schools, districts, and organizations across the state using data in...

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Education Matters – The e-cigarette epidemic and students

Topic:  The e-cigarette epidemic and students E-cigarettes, Vaping. Juuling. Whatever you know it by, their use is skyrocketing among students....

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NC STEM Center e-update: eCYBERMISSION, Presidential Scholars, and STEM Summer Jobs

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

School choice and workforce development: Learning from other states

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Cognitive ToyBox: Achieving early literacy in Davie County

Davie County Schools is continuing to make strides in addressing key challenges to kindergarten readiness. Through DavieLEADS, a partnership with...

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Depleted revenue streams would leave many students high and dry

Republican legislators have moved ahead with yet another major tax cut, tilted toward businesses, heedless of the real prospect of...

How 16 coaches are helping teachers reach all learners

This is the fourth article in a series about the Teach for All-Oak Foundation Reaching All Learners Fellowship experience in...

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Fighting for an education: Advocates lobby for tuition equity for in-state undocumented students

Gustavo Soto was a standout student at Monroe High School, finishing seventh in his class of 254. He’s a math...

School lockdowns, the financial crunch, and the school to prison pipeline in reverse

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Wake County student shares importance of equity in education

My name is Blaine Purcell. On the surface, I am a biracial, gay man, who grew up with a single...

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Report: Almost half of college students worry about running out of food

Almost half of college students worry that they will run out of food before they get money to buy more....

Three NC schools recognized as National Green Ribbon schools

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Schools in the Wake and Cumberland county public school...

Early childhood educators and child care owners share stories of grief, urge legislators to close health care coverage gap

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper In a round table discussion with Governor Roy Cooper and...

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A Pittsboro pre-K student walks through in-class version of Upstart

“Remember, this is to help you learn how to read,” said an enthusiastic voice from a tablet in the hands...

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Anchor institutions of North Carolina: Rural faith leaders gather in Burlington

“What is your story? What is your relationship with your constantly evolving story? How do you hold, fold, carry, or...

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An occasion to celebrate girls in STEM

Last Tuesday, the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools hosted the Celebrating Girls in STEM Showcase. The event, which took...

Headed to Florida TaxWatch’s Education Summit

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Rowan-Salisbury schools reveal renewal plans

The Rowan-Salisbury School System revealed plans for each of its schools under its new renewal status on Friday at a...

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Online student from Wilson accepted into 12 colleges, five of them Ivies

Chibby Uwakwe is in khaki shorts and a blue-striped polo, sipping a peach smoothie through a straw in the side...

Ka Hikitia: How New Zealand changed their education strategy to support their Māori learners

This is the third article in a series about the Teach for All-Oak Foundation Reaching All Learners Fellowship experience in...

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What is the strategic role of community colleges in North Carolina’s economic future?

On Thursday, the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State University is hosting the first statewide...

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Awake58: Staying alive in Raleigh

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  Click here to subscribe. Staying...

Trends in education philanthropy in the news

Aotearoa New Zealand: Embracing two cultures

This is the second article in a series about the Teach for All-Oak Foundation Reaching All Learners Fellowship experience in...

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Invest in FLES: Why we should prioritize equitable, proficiency-based elementary world language programs in public schools

It’s February, and my students and I are beginning the third unit in our elementary world languages curriculum. We call...

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NC program evaluation division recommends focus on early childhood learning in low-performing districts

The General Assembly asked its Program Evaluation Division to look at what makes predominantly disadvantaged districts succeed academically. The division...

Question of the Week – May 20

On Sunday, the 396 graduates of Morehouse College, an HBCU in Atlanta, got exciting news: Their commencement speaker, Robert F....

Reaching all learners: Why I’m spending a week in New Zealand

As I write this, I’m sitting on a plane looking down on the snowy mountains of the West Coast. I’m...

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Community college board passes resolution on myFutureNC goal

The State Board of Community Colleges adopted a resolution supporting the myFutureNC goal that 2 million North Carolinians ages 25...

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State ranks high in college funding

North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset...

Balancing equity and innovation: An educational moral imperative

Equity and innovation: Typically isolated Hosted by UNC Wilmington’s Watson College of Education, the 2nd annual Making Innovation a Priority...

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Schools pave a pathway to the American Dream

Five years ago, a team of scholars published an illuminating study with an astonishing map that caught the attention of...

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Advancing Women in Trades event highlights need for women in the workforce

Last Monday, local chapters of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) hosted the inaugural Advancing Women in the...

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Launching success: Durham Tech builds high achievers

The sun is shining through the glass windows at the Durham Performing Arts Center, brightening most of the lobby prior...

Early childhood pre-newsletter survey

Hello! My name’s Liz, and I’m a reporter at EdNC.org. Please fill out the short survey below to help me...

Remarkable coverage of Brown v. Board at 65 by The 74

Beyond the classroom walls: Service learning at New Hanover High

Elizabeth Felts is passionate about service learning. In 2014, when the principal of New Hanover High School raised an interest...

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Surry Community College hosts discussion on opioids with author Beth Macy

Journalist and bestselling author Beth Macy presented on her book “DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America”...

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Yadkin County Schools and Mebane Foundation strengthen partnership

Based on the early success of a two-year $100,000 partnership between Yadkin County Schools, the Mebane Foundation, and Unifi, the...

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Attorney General Josh Stein files lawsuit against Juul Labs

On Wednesday afternoon, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced in a press conference that he filed a lawsuit against...

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Leandro commission discusses draft recommendations for the first time

The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education, which is attempting to lay out a plan to meet the...

New reports, new toolkits

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Survivor: Crossover edition

Last week was crossover at the General Assembly. That means that legislation has to either have a financial component or...

Educators gather to discuss making innovation a priority in schools

What does the term “innovation” mean in education? What are innovative programs and practices at the district, school, and classroom...

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Why Medicaid

May 1 was another day for me, albeit, not in my normal classroom. Instead, I joined with thousands of other...

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Wake County student research gets a spotlight at STEMposium

Last Tuesday, more than 150 students and teachers from Wake County Public Schools showcased their research at Wake Ed Partnership’s...

Question of the Week – May 13

With summer quickly approaching, we want to know about access to parks, recreation, and pools in your community. Share your...

Awake58: We heard you. We want the state to hear you.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  We heard...

This week is National Charter Schools Week

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Board of Education gives virtual charter OK to drop management company

The State Board of Education (SBE) met for a special telephonic meeting on Monday, in part to approve a request...

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Advanced teaching roles: Extending the reach of excellent teachers (while keeping them in the classroom)

North Carolina is having a hard time recruiting and retaining great teachers. While pay, an unbalanced workload, and a lack...

Man’s best friend? No. Students’ best friend

Many dogs only have one owner. Some are lucky if they get a family. Ruby’s family has upwards of 270...

Prompting innovation in our schools

We Drive It: Inside the North Phillips School of Innovation

EducationNC’s new short documentary, We Drive It, highlights the work of a team of passionate educators and scholars in rural...

How public school educators built a radically innovative school

What would a school look like if it was designed, from the ground up, by the students in its classrooms?...

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Education Matters – Teacher rally recap and exploring the House budget

Topic:  Teacher Rally Recap and Exploring the House Budget The school year may be nearing an end, but education policymaking...

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Edgecombe County boasts 2019 NC Principal of the Year

There were days these past three years that Abdur Gant needed assistance getting to school. The junior at Edgecombe Early...

Psychology, health, and the importance of education

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Educator preparation programs could face harsh sanctions if legislators don’t act

Subcommittees of The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) have been hard at work over the last year crafting...

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Caution flag raised on subsidy for private schooling

North Carolina is spending more than $37 million this year to subsidize the tuition that families of 9,640 students pay...

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How Forsyth Tech is working to engage thousands of area high school graduates to continue their education

Janet Spriggs’ first order of business, after becoming the seventh president of Forsyth Technical Community College, was to meet the...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Ms. Beth Barlow at Lufkin Road Middle

Hands form shapes with clay, Brushes lay ready to play, Doodling is encouraged, Any talent is nourished.   It may...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Meet the 2019-20 Kenan Fellows

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

Apply for our equity fellowships

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Renewal changes start to roll out in Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Rowan-Salisbury Schools was approved for renewal status by House Bill 986 in July 2018. The status granted charter-like flexibility to...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Arts & crafts

The following are arts and crafts submitted to EdNC by students across the state in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week....

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Life after Hurricane Florence through the eyes of James Sprunt students: Joanna Lanier, Jerry Coats, and Jennifer Sutton

With graduation just a few weeks away, the advertising and graphic design students at James Sprunt Community College are busy...

Forsyth Technical Community College joins Achieving the Dream to pursue transformative change and improve student success

The following is a press release from Forsyth Technical Community College and Achieving the Dream Forsyth Technical Community College today...

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Charter Schools Advisory Board approves virtual school’s request to change management

The Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) approved a recommendation to the State Board of Education on Monday that would allow...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Mr. Evans at Huntsville Elementary

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a little girl who lived in a home...

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First look: Remotely located teacher leadership

This semester, the College Board and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) joined with Public Impact’s Opportunity...

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SMT Center honors best of science and math in North Carolina

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center held its annual celebration on April 27 to honor students...

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The Student’s Session: Share your solutions for school safety

The Student’s Session invites every student in North Carolina to weigh in on the issues of gun violence and school...

Question of the Week – May 7

For some North Carolinians, especially those in rural communities, access to high-speed internet can be difficult or nearly impossible. The...

EdNC is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

NC State’s Kenan Fellows Program names 2019-2020 cohort of teacher leaders

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellow Program for Teacher Leadership On National Teacher Day, the Kenan...

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Report: Teachers have the greatest impact on inspiring students to pursue STEM careers

There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about exposing more K-12 students, especially girls and minorities, to STEM...

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Early childhood leaders convene in Greensboro to address access and quality across state and nation

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the House’s budget proposal does not include funding for additional NC...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Mr. McConnell at Woodlawn Middle

This essay is about my marvelous band director, Mr. McConnell. This includes his career choice before becoming a teacher, which...

EdNC will launch “The Student Session” this week. Stay tuned.

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Education Matters’ 100th episode – How do we keep our children safe?

Topic:  How Do We Keep Our Children Safe? The rate of teen suicide in North Carolina has doubled in the last...

Teacher Appreciation Week: Mr. Lefler at William Amos Hough High

There was nowhere left to run. I was backed into a corner, and the zombies were everywhere. I couldn’t see...

On UNCC, the rally, and our free press. Thank you all for your support this week.

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Decision on NC Connections virtual public charter is delayed once again

The state’s Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) was stuck on a decision for months and eventually decided to punt to...

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Teachers who ‘found our roots in our profession’

Let me introduce you to two extraordinary public school teachers, who traveled unconventional routes to the classroom, and now have...

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House passes budget plan

Update: The House budget proposal passed its final vote today, May 3, 2019. The vote was 61 to 51. An...

From school safety to our teachers, how to move forward, North Carolina

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State Board of Education holds Spring planning and work meetings

The State Board of Education met for planning and work sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, amid the backdrop of a...

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Data cards show child well-being geographic disparities

NC Child’s 2019 data cards provide snapshots on the state of health, education, and community well-being for North Carolina and...

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In 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy results, girls carry the torch

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) announced the 2018 Technology and Engineering Literacy results at the North Carolina Museum...

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A cry becomes a howl: The rally through the eyes of a teacher-journalist

A small, green ribbon, pinned to the shirt of NCAE President Mark Jewell as he addressed the thousands preparing to...

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Budget clears committee, heads to House floor

The House spending plan for the next two years cleared the House appropriations committee today, freeing it to head to...

NC education attainment goal gains critical endorsements

The following is a press release from myFutureNC Support of the myFutureNC Commission’s bold statewide education attainment goal — two...

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Hear me screaming, North Carolina. Fear of violence has no place in our schools, at our colleges and universities.

Today we are all 49ers. Horror happens when we wake up and find our lives changed forever. My earliest memories...