N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute cooking up tasty recipes across the state

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops being held across the...

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Awake58: Residency Determination Service tweak signed into law

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

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2020 heating up with Democratic debates and research on voter mobilization

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Children of the World Learning Center celebrates a successful first year

It was a regular day at the Children of the World Learning Center (COTWLC). Fall was in the air, and...

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North Wilkesboro Elementary recognized as Singapore Mathematics Model School

Back in 2011, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) set out to explore the effectiveness of an innovative way to teach...

 

Question of the week – July 30th

This year, there have been several firings of school leadership in districts spanning the state. To date, there have been...

 

EnergyWise club students to serve as ambassadors of new Jones County PK-12 school at opening

The following is a press release from Jones County Schools EduCon Energy Inc., an energy conservation consulting company for school...

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Learning about principal turnover

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Davidson County Community College announces transfer agreement for zoo & aquarium science students with WSSU

Two new transfer agreements will create opportunities for Davidson County Community College graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem...

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‘Straight on a path of success’ — Machining and industry partnerships at McDowell Tech

Inside McDowell Technical Community College’s (MTCC) Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center is an 8,000 square-foot facility housing the college’s machining program....

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Budget veto presents chance to revisit a missed opportunity: Investment in early childhood education

Gov. Roy Cooper recently vetoed North Carolina’s state budget plan. As lawmakers go back to the drawing board on critical...

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Veto attempts to stymie virtual charter enrollment

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill today that would allow the state’s virtual charter schools to expand enrollment annually by 20%...

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Johnson sticks by Istation pick, explains controversial evaluation process

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson stood by his choice to switch to a new tool from a company called...

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What is EdCamp?

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School visits being used as a stage for political theater

The budget impasse between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and legislative Republican leaders shows no sign of resolution. In fact, it...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Ronda Bullock, Director of ‘we are’

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

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Education Matters – State health plan standoff

Topic: State Health Plan Standoff The North Carolina State Health Plan is managed by the State Treasurer of North Carolina,...

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3 lessons from Durham Tech: WayMakers and the future of the trades

The Triangle region has had sustained growth for a significant amount of time. Durham and Raleigh continue to rate among...

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Juul ‘specifically and on purpose not a cessation product’ co-founder says to Congress

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the second of a two-part hearing on Thursday titled “Examining JUUL’s...

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‘Whole Child’ committee ready to present first set of recommendations to State Board of Education

Nearly four years after an inter-agency advisory committee was commissioned to examine non-academic barriers to success for North Carolina students,...

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Do school district borders divide our communities?

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Seeking signs of hope for a fragile democracy

In 1930, during his surrealist period, Salvador Dali produced a painting titled, “The Average Bureaucrat.” Dali expressed his contempt for...

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The benefits of preschool last into adulthood — Let’s make high-quality pre-K available to all

High-quality pre-K programs are widely recognized for their positive effect on the social, emotional, and academic development of young children....

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This is why your Wake County property tax bill is higher

If you’re on Nextdoor, Twitter, or Facebook, you’ve probably seen reactions from Wake County property owners who are opening their...

 

Governor Cooper emphasizes need for school construction bond, budget compromise in Robeson County

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper toured St. Pauls Elementary in Robeson County...

 

New Jones County PK-12 school ribbon cutting & dedication ceremony

The following is a press release Join us at the ribbon cutting & dedication ceremony for the new Jones County PK-12...

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Community College System hopes new law will ease recent application issues

A new law signed by Governor Roy Cooper on Friday amends the statute which governs in-state determination for tuition at...

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House examines JUUL’s role in the youth nicotine epidemic

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the first of a two-part hearing on Wednesday titled “Examining JUUL’s...

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EdNC leads in NC and beyond: GRA Annual Conference wraps in St. Pete

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Q&A with the Hunt Institute: The state of longitudinal data systems in North Carolina

In June, the Hunt Institute released a report titled “Connecting the Continuum: Longitudinal Data Systems in North Carolina” that examines...

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SCIF scuffle highlights different priorities for taxes, spending

When defending their pay-as-you-go statewide school construction plan, Republican legislators sometimes appear perplexed. Why don’t their critics like a plan that...

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myFutureNC blog series: North Carolina’s leaky education pipeline

Located within the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, Carolina Demography uses population-level data and other available research to provide context...

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Senate Democrats call for legislative review of DPI’s Istation pick

Updated: 5:18 p.m., July 30, 2019: Berger declined to establish the review committee, saying in a letter to Democrats: “It...

 

Question of the Week – July 24th

Every morning, over 90,000 schools and institutions serve school breakfast. These breakfasts serve over 14 million students. For almost 12...

 

More than a trend, record enrollment in non-traditional schools continues to rise

The following is a press release from Parents for Educational Freedom North Carolina Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational...

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Charters, private, and home schools on the rise

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Where are North Carolina students going to school?

As reported last week in various media outlets, school choice is alive and well in North Carolina. The number of...

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Is reading relevant?

You’ve seen what I’ve seen. Everywhere we go now, it appears, people have their noses directed at their phones, perhaps...

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What do you want to know about CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol), derived from the hemp plant, seems to be popping up everywhere recently. You can purchase CBD oils at...

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Governor’s budget veto creates uncertainty for students, teachers, and schools

While the new school year is fast approaching for most students, the governor’s “Medicaid-or-nothing” demands on the budget is creating...

 

School safety initiatives approved by North Carolina House of Representatives

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Randolph Legislation establishing new school safety initiatives for public...

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Awake58: Takeaways from the State Board of Community College

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

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What the government will and will not tell the public

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Community college leaders reflect on Belk Center’s Presidents’ Academy Conference

The Belk Center’s first Presidents’ Academy and Statewide Leadership Conference (SLC) was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the...

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When was it decided the public has no right to know?

When the news broke recently that the Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent had left, it broke with little help from...

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Nature walks and cow eyeballs: Science Camp at Surry Community College

On the first day of Science Camp at Surry Community College (SCC), a group of students stood in a circle...

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5 takeaways from the State Board of Community Colleges monthly meeting

The community college system in North Carolina is made up of 58 colleges, each with its own leadership structure and...

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House throws DPI’s Istation pick for a loop

Update July 24, 2019 — 12:36 p.m. The Senate voted 23-19 not to concur with the Read to Achieve legislation...

 

Governor Cooper signs the opioid response act and other bills into law

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the House Bill 325,...

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Grades are in on NC’s community colleges

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How are North Carolina’s community colleges performing?

The community college system as a whole is trending upwards on most of the seven performance measures the system uses...

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Education Matters – Wake students chronicle lynching history

Topic: Wake Students Chronicle Lynching History Last year, students from Wake County’s Middle Creek High School, along with students from...

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Why are parents and educators calling for an investigation of Istation pick?

Parents, educators, and activists are calling for an outside investigation into the process that led Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark...

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Meet Principal of the Year Tabari Wallace

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Mebane Foundation grant helping Bookmarks deliver thousands of new books to school libraries

They are piled on tables, stacked in boxes, and filling up the small back room, but the employees at Bookmarks...

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Schools as instruments to fight intolerance and indifference

In my first year of high school, as I recall, a kindly, soft-spoken teacher monitored outdoors recess. When adolescent horse-play...

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How a Principal of the Year runs a school

Tabari Wallace has developed quite a reputation in North Carolina education. In Craven County, where he’s led three different schools...

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Virtual charter school gets legislative approval to grow, but opponents push for a veto

The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would, among other things, get rid of the enrollment cap on one of...

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Why do youth vape?

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‘Taste, stress relief, and doing vape tricks’ — Study surveys why youth vape

“I was in a Subway the other day, in line to order a sandwich, and the woman that was standing...

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Lessons learned from rebranding a community college that was a ‘best kept secret’

By 2030, the myFutureNC Commission’s goal is for 2 million 25- to 44-year-olds in North Carolina to receive a high-quality...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Keith Sutton, 2020 Candidate for North Carolina State Superintendent

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

 

Georgia and North Carolina become latest states to test new ways to assess student achievement

The following is a press release from the US Department of Education U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved...

 

N.C. summer nutrition program sponsors win national honors

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Ten North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program sponsors are among 118...

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Learning about STEM in India

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The allocation of support personnel in North Carolina

In this research brief, we examine the ratios of support personnel (i.e., school counselors, psychologists, and social workers) to students...

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STEM teacher shares lasting impressions from a trip to India

In August 2017, Sallie Senseney, a science teacher from Yancey County, and a group of 10 North Carolina education leaders...

 

Question of the Week – July 16

A bill that could have dramatically decreased the number of standardized tests North Carolina students take faltered in the Senate....

 

Update on budget process

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper A quick update on the budget process. Last week, Governor...

 

Teacher raises, school construction & student safety funds blocked as Gov. Cooper holds budget hostage

The following is a press release from Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats continue to hold the...

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Awake58: Amazon invests in retraining

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

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The plot thickens on DPI iStation decision

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DPI documents reveal confusion over narrative surrounding Istation decision

Department of Public Instruction (DPI) documents released Friday outline the process that led to Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s...

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A leak in the teacher pipeline? Employment rates for initially-prepared teachers from UNC System institutions

In this research brief, the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) examines one and three-year employment rates in North Carolina...

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A look into their futures: McDowell County middle schoolers explore careers at Camp Opportunity

Rising sixth grader AJ Mainer sat over a laptop with a circuit connected to a littleBits LED matrix. The grid lit...

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Testing reduction changes face a hurdle in the Senate

A bill that could have dramatically decreased the number of standardized tests North Carolina students take faltered in the Senate...

 

Tickets and registration now available for “Color of Education 2019” featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of NC Registration and tickets are now available for...

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Trouble at the Innovative School District?

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What is happening with the Innovative School District?

The superintendent of the Innovative School District (ISD) — one of the most controversial and scrutinized programs in the state...

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Portals into the profession: The composition, performance, and retention of NC’s early-career teachers

In this research brief, the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) presents updated results from our Teacher Portals analyses, a...

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Education Matters – State budget showdown

Topic: State Budget Showdown Just one day after the General Assembly passed a new state budget, Governor Roy Cooper announced...

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Reflecting on Bridge

 

Looking back, looking ahead: Reflections from Bridge

EdNC is your bridge between schools and communities, philanthropists, newsmakers, policy shapers and policy makers, connecting practice to policy for...

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Davie students sharpening literacy skills at 2019 Read to Achieve camp

Can 16 days transform a child’s educational experience? One hundred forty-four Davie County students are finding out as they attend...

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Falling short on public school facility needs

Every five years, under state law, local public school districts give the State Board of Education an assessment of their...

 

State Superintendent announces director of Center for Safer Schools and superintendent of Innovative School District

The following is a press release from Superintendent Mark Johnson State Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced the addition of two...

 

More than 1,700 Finish Line Grants help students complete their workforce training, Governor Cooper announces on One-Year anniversary of program

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Today, one year since the creation...

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What’s the biggest issue facing North Carolina today?

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Coming into Carolina from community college

I’ll never forget my experience of getting accepted into Carolina two years ago. Nothing quite like printing your own acceptance...

 

Reconnecting North Carolinians to their communities

What is the biggest issue facing North Carolina today? That’s the question Leslie Boney, director of NC State’s Institute for...

 

The role of government and philanthropy in education

For many in the education space, Joel Fleishman and Tom Lambeth need no introduction. Lambeth is the director emeritus of...

 

Meeting community college students’ basic needs

If there’s one idea in the education space I’ve heard more than any other this past year, it’s this: students...

 

Having the difficult conversations

It’s easy to claim that the left and right sides of our political spectrum are hopelessly divided. Taking action to...

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Highlighting ‘bright spots’ across the state

 

Bright spots that boost attainment

Last year, I had the pleasure of traveling across North Carolina with Anita Brown-Graham, a professor at the UNC School...

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The power of audience: Two NC counties engage in district-wide presentations of student work

At 5:00 on Tuesday, May 7, the crowd began to gather outside Elkin Elementary School in Elkin — a small...

 

In Charlotte, Governor Cooper and child care teachers discuss need for Medicaid expansion

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Today, early childhood educators urged Governor Roy...

 

Statement from the NCAE on Governor budget counter proposal

The following is a press release from the NCAE “NCAE applauds the commitment of Governor Cooper to his priorities of...

 

Berger to Cooper: Drop the Medicaid ultimatum, stop holding budget hostage

The following is a press release from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham Governor Roy Cooper finally made his...

 

Governor Cooper and Democratic leaders offer responsible compromise on state budget

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders...

 

Public School Forum of North Carolina elects new board members and advisory board members

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina At its June 2019 meeting, the...

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Bridge dives into academic readiness and achievement

 

Leandro and myFutureNC commission members talk goals, implementation at Bridge

Two groups in North Carolina, formed for different reasons, are thinking big-picture about the state’s educational continuum and reimagining how...

 

Statewide leaders discuss readiness and attainment at Bridge

The leaders of different educational systems in North Carolina, state legislators, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest all spoke at EducationNC’s...

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ESL students learn language and belonging

Over the course of a semester, what started as a high school English class became much more to 18 students...

 

Golden LEAF’s search for foundation’s next president underway

The following is a press release from the Golden LEAF Foundation On June 10, 2019, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board...

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Bridge takes on early childhood education

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Shanita Wooten, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County

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

 

Policies in focus: Building better early childhood systems and the importance of school leadership

During Bridge, participants heard from experts on early childhood and school leadership during policy breakout sessions. Mandy Ableidinger, policy and...

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Learning from other states at Bridge

 

Louisiana and Tennessee education leaders share reform strategies at Bridge

During Bridge, participants heard from education leaders in two states, Louisiana and Tennessee, that have pursued innovative reform strategies that...

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58 visits, 58 strong

When I became president of the North Carolina Community College System in May of 2018, I initially didn’t think I...

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Bridge in Guilford County

 

Learning from students, teachers, and school leaders in Guilford County

On the second day of Bridge, participants had the chance to visit schools across the educational continuum in Guilford County...

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myFutureNC blog series: The future is bright for North Carolina

Forbes recently named North Carolina as the “Best State for Business” for the second year in a row – a ranking...

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Creating the North Phillips School of Innovation

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Connected computing: An NC Zoo and NCSSM partnership with rural schools statewide

In five rural schools across North Carolina, students file into a library or media room and tune into their daily...

 

Innovating with students: The North Phillips School of Innovation

Earlier this year, EdNC’s Robert Kinlaw created a short documentary called “We Drive It” — a look inside the North...

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Focusing in on equity

 

Bridge speakers and data focus on an educational need: Equity

Day 1 of Bridge focused on one main theme for education: equity. With student achievement divided along racial/ethnic lines, the...

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Introducing the NC STEM ScoreCard

Welcome to our new monthly feature on EducationNC called the NC STEM ScoreCard, written in partnership with the NC Science,...

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Orienting North Carolina’s students, educators, and leaders

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Early college reprieve for some, but not all

As we’ve covered extensively at EducationNC, the Senate budget included a provision that would ultimately get rid of supplemental funding...

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What will the future of educator prep look like in NC? This Community of Practice is searching for answers.

Ben Riley remembers sitting on his couch reading Daisy Christodoulou’s book Seven Myths About Education. Before the book even begins,...

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Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Update on NC House Bill 924 with Angela Scioli, founder of Red4EdNC

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

 

Bridge: A gathering for North Carolina’s future

EdNC is your bridge between schools and communities, philanthropists, newsmakers, policy shapers and policy makers, connecting practice to policy for...