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Plan to switch literacy assessments underway, state will delay official metrics collection for six months

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson outlined an implementation plan Friday on a call with State Board of Education (SBE)...

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Governor Cooper will veto the budget

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced today his intention to veto the Republican biennium budget passed yesterday in both the House...

 

North Carolina sets bar for statewide educational attainment goal

The following is a press release from myFutureNC Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper signed HB664 into law, codifying one of the...

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Two-year budget heads to Governor

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WATCH: The little school for refugees

When H’Thin Rochom came to the United States in 2005, she was too young to remember much about her family’s...

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NC Superintendent ignores input of professional educators, opts for increased screen time for schools’ youngest readers

As the 2018-19 school year wound down and teachers began their well-earned summer breaks, Superintendent Mark Johnson dropped an unexpected...

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We asked K-3 teachers what they thought about switching literacy assessment tools. Over 400 told us.

All comments in this post were submitted by K-3 teachers in North Carolina via a survey on our Reach NC...

 

Students build boats to build valuable skills in Carteret County

Carteret County’s long history of commercial and recreational boat fishing make it no surprise that the North Carolina Marine Training...

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NC STEM Center e-update: STEM jobs, tech jobs, summer jobs and groundbreakings

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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On the budget, it’s now up to the governor

Both the state House and Senate cast their final votes in favor of North Carolina’s budget for the next two...

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Leandro commission close to final recommendations on ensuring sound, basic education

Tuesday’s meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education was supposed to be its last, but the...

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What air pollution has to do with education

 

Waterfront immersion: hands-on learning draws aquaculture students to Carteret Community College’s coastal campus

Carteret Community College’s Aquaculture Technology program began training students in 2000. The location of the campus on Bogue Sound in...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools

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

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New research shows air pollution around schools leads to lower test scores

The effect of pollution on health has been well documented, but until recently, pollution was largely an environmental and health...

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Biennium budget gets initial OK from legislature

The House and Senate gave an initial ‘yes’ vote to the state’s two-year budget today. The House voted 66-50 and...

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New literacy assessment vendor Istation defends its platform, calls Amplify’s protest ‘frivolous’

Istation, the literacy assessment vendor Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson chose for K-3 classrooms across the state in June,...

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Senate committee takes on school performance grades

The Senate education committee today gave a favorable vote to a bill that would make the 15-point grade scale for...

 

A compromise budget that fails to ensure a sound basic education for every child

As the General Assembly prepares to vote this week on a 2019-21 compromise budget put forth by the NC House...

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One step closer to a two-year budget

 

Building violins in Surry County, hub of old-time fiddle history

Most students don’t take the same class over and over again for several semesters, at least not on purpose. But...

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Using School Justice Partnerships to keep students with disabilities safe

On December 1, 2019, North Carolina will finally “Raise the Age.” This has been a multi-year, bipartisan initiative to raise...

 

Students need hope. Students need dreams. Here’s why…

“They can’t see the future,” says Adriana Cortés. Cortés is the director of Fundación Comunitario del Bajío, a nonprofit that initiates...

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Compromise budget revealed

A compromise between the House and Senate budget plans has finally dropped tonight. The $24 billion proposal takes some elements...

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Awake58: The early college showdown continues

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The early...

 

Senate, House leaders announce budget compromise

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger   Raleigh, N.C. –...

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Press conference teases budget

Republican leaders presented some details of the compromise budget, which is slated to be released in full at some point...

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NC School of Science and Mathematics breaks ground on new campus in Morganton

Last Friday, 600 people representing local and state government, business, and education gathered for the groundbreaking of the new campus...

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House committee OKs testing reduction bill

The House education committee took a Senate bill to reduce testing today and blended it with a House bill to...

 

Education news survey

At EdNC, we are constantly working to better serve you — our audience. Your feedback on this brief readership survey...

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Protest filed over state superintendent’s Istation pick

Amplify, the company the state has contracted with to measure literacy in early elementary grades, filed a formal protest against...

 

Credibility crisis: Governor asks to further delay budget to discuss compromise proposals nobody has seen

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham In a letter...

 

Wilson Center collaborating with renowned Actor BD Wong

The following is a press release from Cape Fear Community College The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is...

 

K-3 teachers: Share your thoughts on iStation

Superintendent Mark Johnson chose to switch North Carolina’s K-3 literacy assessment vendor from Amplify’s mCLASS to the online platform Istation...

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Decision day determines the future of students’ lives

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‘It’s something I’ll never forget’ — Students work with advisors to plan futures

A good advisor can mean the difference between going to college or not. In the words of Nicholas Bryant, a...

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Eastern N.C. teachers explore animal waste-to-energy trend in their own backyard

“I didn’t know much about this technology even though I live in this county!” exclaimed one teacher as she stepped...

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Hunt Institute hosts discussion on teacher pensions

Do pension plans affect teacher recruitment? Essentially, no. That’s according to Chad Aldeman, senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners,...

 

Math is universal… and high fives matter everywhere

Some of the most profound moments in my life — those epiphany moments — can be traced back to an...

 

High school teachers explore community college and career pathways

The following is a press release from Central Carolina Works Central Carolina Works (CCW) — an educational initiative by a...

 

Legislature delays budget introduction to maximize time for Governor to submit compromise offer

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham N.C. House Speaker...

 

Governor’s office statement on state budget

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper’s office Ford Porter, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper, shared the...

 

Cooper’s big secret

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.  Governor Roy Cooper...

 

In a time of divisiveness, an award for collaboration: The Civvys open call for nominations through July 12

Looking for some good news in a sea of political gridlock, entrenched bickering, and partisan rancor? The American Civic Collaboration Awards,...

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From Guatemala to North Carolina: A teacher’s journey

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Negotiations fall apart

The big question after both the House and Senate dropped their budgets for the next two years wasn’t what their...

 

Making the impossible possible: My journey from Guatemala to teaching in the classrooms of North Carolina

I was born in Guatemala and lived there for 15 years. I am the oldest of five children — four...

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Visiting McDowell Tech: The attainment conversation must connect to jobs, collaboration is essential, and the promise of rural colleges

I have driven past McDowell Technical Community College countless times on the way to the mountains of North Carolina. McDowell...

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Education Matters – Early college high schools on the chopping block

Topic:   Early College High Schools on the Chopping Block Some of North Carolina’s top-rated high schools are what are commonly...

 

From the classroom to the community, learning about integrated development and the value of dignity

Meet Adriana Cortés, the director of Fundación Comunitario del Bajío since it was founded in 1998 in Irapuato. The Fundación...

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Threat of early college cut claims its first victim

A provision in the Senate budget that would cut off supplemental funding for early colleges after their first three years...

 

My walk of empathy: A teacher’s journey to better understand her students

Three years ago, a group of students found me. They showed up at my door every single day. Sometimes they...

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Two years in, what one lab school learned

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DavieLEADS brings Letterland to faith-based pre-K classrooms across Davie County

As the opening notes of the Letterland theme song began to play, 50 excited preschoolers dressed as their favorite Letterland...

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A jolting headline on a provocative education essay

In the online maelstrom in which professional journalism and issues-analysis compete with ‘‘deepfakes’’ and pseudo-news, headlines matter more now than...

 

Lessons learned from two years as a lab school

“Whole school, whole community, whole child” This is the slogan painted in a hallway of Jackson County’s Smokey Mountain High...

 

Weighing in on water policy

On our trip to Mexico, 42 teachers from North Carolina are learning and thinking about water and water policy in...

 

Water security for our students and schools in Mexico and beyond

Sebastian Reyes is nine years old. He is in the third grade. He wants to be a doctor. But between...

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The Appalachian State University Elementary School

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Michael Maher, 2020 Candidate for NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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

 

App Academy lab results come back positive – for joy and engagement

The youngest student at Appalachian State University last year was 5 years old. She’s not a prodigy — at least,...

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‘Older, sicker, poorer’ — How not to write about rural and more from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop

I’ve just returned from a trip to Denver, Colorado for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2019 Rural Health Journalism...

 

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announces community-based strategy grantees

The following is a press release from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is pleased...

 

June 19 budget meeting

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Governor Cooper today hosted Senator Brent Jackson, Senator Kathy Harrington,...

 

Education attainment goal makes progress

The following press release is from myFutureNC Just a few months after its unveiling, myFutureNC’s educational attainment goal—2 million 25-...

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WestEd Leandro report to stay private for now

David Lee, the judge presiding over the long-standing Leandro case, issued an order dated June 18 that will keep the...

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A Wilmington lab school focuses on the families

 

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, a lab school in Wilmington, wants families to come to school together

When folks at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, then a middle school in New Hanover County, heard about the chance they...

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Tobacco Free Gaston celebrates Juneteenth with Bessemer City

Last Friday evening, a firetruck closed the road into downtown Bessemer City, which bustled with music, dancing, food trucks, and...

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Students more likely to have racially diverse teachers in charter schools

Just over two years ago, when I was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools,...

 

42 North Carolina teachers travel to Mexico to learn and lead: ‘We are learnists’

Christine Preddy teaches science in 7th grade at A.L. Stanback in Orange County Schools. About 50% of her students are...

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Lab Schools: The East Carolina University elementary school

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Language rights: Wake County educator shares ways to help bilingual students

Hello, my name is America Moreno Jimenez. I’m an ESL teacher at Sanderson High School in Wake County. The students...

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A recap of the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program Twitter chat

On June 10, I moderated a live Twitter chat with Rossie Clark-Cotton and David Martinez, awardees of the Graduate Diversity...

 

How ECU partners with a local elementary school

The North Carolina General Assembly mandated the creation of laboratory schools with a piece of legislation in 2016. ECU Community...

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Leandro report into judge; unclear if it will reach public eye

The long-standing Leandro case moves one step closer to a resolution today. WestEd, an independent consultant tasked with making recommendations on how...

 

Question of the Week – June 17

North Carolina has 133  Cooperative Innovative High Schools, 90 of which have early college in their name. Early college high...

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Lab schools in the news

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Education Matters – North Carolina rock star teachers

Topic:  North Carolina Rock Star Teachers  The State of North Carolina is fortunate to be home to thousands of exceptional...

 

North Carolina’s lab school experiment

The first thing teachers and administrators of North Carolina’s laboratory schools would have you know is that they are not...

 

Leading communications agencies reboot award-winning diversity program for high school students

 The following is a press release from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce What We Do You Can Too (WWDYCT),...

 

Superintendent Mark Johnson announces leadership changes

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Today Superintendent Mark Johnson announced that Maria Pitre-Martin, deputy...

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Why? Why? Why? Why are cuts to early colleges on the table?

Earlier today, EdNC’s Alex Granados and Liz Bell reported that proposed cuts by the Senate to North Carolina’s early colleges...

 

PCC Foundation Holds Annual Donor Appreciation Program on Campus

The following is a press release from Pitt Community College The Pitt Community College Foundation held its annual Distinguished Donor...

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Farmington Woods students learn globally, take action locally

Walk the halls at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary School and you’ll see them change colors with each turn, the names...

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EdNC is heading to Mexico. Follow us on our “Walk of Empathy.”

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Early college high schools face grim future under Senate budget plan

If a provision in the Senate budget makes it into the final spending plan for the next two years, North...

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Three Ps that shape state’s education future

As spring morphs into summer, North Carolina enters into an uncommon period of legislative and legal negotiations, with tests ahead...

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NC STEM Center e-update: PEAP, JOITL, iScholars and Summer

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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Early college leaders plan for next year at RTI as Senate proposes defunding their schools

When Jackie Harris started her first high school principalship at Granville Early College in Creedmoor, there had been lots of...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Tabari Wallace, 2018 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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The state of child care in North Carolina

In 2018, amid a record low fertility rate of 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, the New York...

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Student voice matters

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Belk Foundation announces new strategic issue: Equitable access to effective teachers

Over the last few years, the Belk Foundation has focused on two strategic issues that it sees as “key building...

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How to make sure every district has effective teachers

On this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Johanna Anderson, executive director of the Belk Foundation, about the...

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Riverside’s ‘sex room’ from a student’s perspective

On May 22, 2019 ABC11’s Tim Pulliam released an article regarding a “sex room” found inside Riverside High School. As...

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Awake58: Scott Ralls, the Senate budget, and a chance to meet Sam

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Scott Ralls,...

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House committee gives initial OK to bill that would let districts hire retired teachers

The House K-12 education committee signed off on a Senate bill today that would let districts hire retired teachers to work in...

 

The Innovation Project, NC State College of Education announce 19 NC high school Mathematics Master Teaching Fellows

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

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Fourth annual STEMmy Awards celebrate best of STEM

On Wednesday, May 22, STEM RTP (formerly STEM in the Park) hosted its fourth annual STEMmy Awards, an annual celebration...

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Meet the Awake58 Fellows

EdNC recently launched a community college student fellowship to engage community college students with our work and help guide EdNC...

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Joint evaluation oversight committee moves forward bill on early learning focus for low-performing districts

As a result of a report released at the end of May studying predominantly disadvantaged districts that are succeeding academically,...

 

Twenty-eight NC community college students taking part in 2019-20 Student Leadership Development Program

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Community College System Twenty-eight community college students from across North...

 

Question of the Week – June 10

Created by the General Assembly in 2016 and envisioned as a partnership between local school districts and the UNC system,...

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What about the community colleges?

The community college system released its budget priorities back in January, and they include:  $12 million to complete funding for...

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VIDEO: Meet Scott Ralls, new president of Wake Tech

When Dr. Stephen Scott announced his retirement from Wake Technical Community College, he left big shoes to fill. Now, another...

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ReCONNECT to economic opportunity

The potential for workers to advance themselves economically over the course of their work lives is the foundation of what...

 

June 7 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness...

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Testing woes, ed tech, online classrooms, and more…

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Bilingual education advocates address needs of English learners

Lady Johana Cuervo remembers being pulled out of class in elementary school to attend English as a Second Language (ESL)...

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State Board takes on charters, budget

The State Board of Education took up a number of issues this month, including 12 charter schools seeking to open...

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Lesson from a lunch: ‘pay them $75,000’

On a visit to my hometown Baton Rouge years ago, I had lunch with my dad and a life-long friend...

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Are you connecting people to living wage jobs? Apply today for IEI’s ReConnect

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myFutureNC bill favorably voted out of committee

The Senate Education Committee voted in favor of amending three portions of House Bill 664, “myFutureNC/Postsecondary Attainment Goal,” and sent...

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Purple for Parents

The group that took unionizers to school in Arizona is now looking for a fight in North Carolina and it...

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Evaluation of North Carolina’s prison-based postsecondary education program offers important insights

Earlier this month, the RAND Corporation and RTI International released an evaluation of North Carolina’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary...

 

Data lookup: Child care in North Carolina

The following data lookup tool was created by Reach NC Voices using data from the Child Care Services Association early...

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Democrat education proposals, toxic conditions, and more…

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Rowan-Salisbury approves 10 renewal school transformation plans

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board heard detailed plans for renewal last Tuesday from 10 schools. Principals from those schools laid out...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Amy Jablonski, 2020 Candidate for NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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: Dollars and cents.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Dollars and...

 

Question of the Week – June 4

As schools let out for the summer, the topic of child care is on our mind. Is access to quality,...

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How power is changing, and the characteristics of new power

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Finding your place: The value of the Graduate Diversity Enrichment Network

I arrived at the Trent Semans Center at Duke University to find the room filled with familiar faces — laughing,...

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Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest screens at Marbles IMAX

On Saturday, Marbles IMAX hosted a special showing of “Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest” in their downtown Raleigh theater. The 3D...

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Game of budgets: The plot thickens

The Senate budget plan for the next two years passed its chamber last week, which means the negotiation, machination, deliberation,...

 

Three N.C. teachers to receive Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Today, Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Business Committee...

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Our Historical Context, Current State, and Future Possibilities

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A new generation of nursing: Cameron Whitehead

Cameron Whitehead was all set. She held a bachelor’s degree. She had a career as a teacher, following in the...