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It starts with a spark: Serving students in a rural church

How does a rural church with 13 people in the pews on any given Sunday nearly quadruple its attendance and...

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Perspective | How the Praxis test and licensing affect STEM teacher quality

This month’s NC STEM ScoreCard continues to profile factors associated with STEM teacher quality, like STEM teacher success on the...

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Where do we stand on community college budget priorities?

With the budget impasse about to stretch into October, community college presidents around the state await news of a resolution...

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Perspective | A whole-child, birth-through-8 approach to improving early literacy

Test scores are in for the 2018-19 school year, and third grade reading proficiency has not changed much from previous...

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EdNC’s hit articles for September. Along with a side of hope.

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Tonight solutions to the skills gap are being discussed on Carolina Business Review. Don’t miss it!

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Perspective | A budgetary impasse in stark red and blue

Is it all about Medicaid? Is there any way out? Is there no sense of urgency? These questions come to...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Be the next STEM School of Distinction

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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When nature shuts down the schools, learning is still everyone’s job

Nicholas Harvey was named assistant superintendent of Lenoir County Public Schools five months before Hurricane Matthew barreled past the North...

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Perspective | Attainment for All: Postsecondary Pathways — The early college high school model

The early college high school (ECHS) model is a postsecondary attainment strategy with a uniquely robust evidence base of research...

 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces reading partnership with Carolina Panthers: 3rd & Goal Read Along

The following is a press release from the State Department of Public Instruction State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced the launch...

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‘If You Listen, We Will Stay’

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Perspective | Regular attendance in school today equates to a strong workforce tomorrow

In North Carolina, 64,000 public school students in pre-K through third grade were considered “chronically absent” during the 2015-16 school...

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Perspective | One incredible reason why 20% of NC families are no longer in the public school ‘system’

Editor’s note: EducationNC identified and was in direct communication with the anonymous source mentioned in this article. I have been...

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Swain County C4C: A community effort to support summer literacy

Four women from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church stand behind a make-shift breakfast buffet in the Bryson City United Methodist Church...

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When newborn’s dad gets time off, mom gets surprising benefits, a study finds

Flexible paid leave for fathers has “positive spillover effects” on the physical and mental health of mothers in the months...

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New reports out! Dig in, y’all.

 

North Carolina widens lead with nation on SAT exam

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools North Carolina’s high school class of 2019 widened the...

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Awake 58: Will we still have 58 community colleges in ten years?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Click here to subscribe. Will we...

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Perspective | Who’s deciding how money is spent at North Carolina’s schools?

With the new school year underway for North Carolina’s 1.5 million students, policymakers in Raleigh are facing a pressing question:...

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Community colleges see the need to ‘get very creative’ as enrollment keeps dropping

With enrollment down every year since 2010 overall in the community college system, the State Board of Community Colleges is...

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Perspective | Interview with Dr. Scott Elliott, Superintendent of Watauga County Schools

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

 

Question of the Week – September 24

Enrollment at North Carolina’s community colleges has been on a steady decline since 2010. This trend has fueled the conversation...

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Students on Ocracoke heading back to school on Monday

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When disaster strikes, school officials learn lessons the hard way

Educator preparation programs don’t teach courses on disaster shelter management. So in eastern counties where hurricanes bring flooding, school officials...

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Perspective | It’s time to hit reset on the privatization of public education

The following perspective is written in response to a perspective by Bob Luebke: Is it time to hit reset on...

 

Cooper continues “compromise” campaign

The following is a press release from the office of Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham Governor Roy Cooper continues to pretend...

 

Legislators go home leaving teachers in the lurch

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Legislative Republicans headed home last week without passing a budget...

 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson sending 200 iPads to Ocracoke School

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

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Mapping academic performance across the US

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Perspective | What makes personalization different: How CBE centers students

This is the third piece in a series of perspectives on competency-based education. Read the first article here and read...

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Perspective | Education Matters – State budget veto override

In a stunning move last week that sent shockwaves across the political landscape here in North Carolina and nationally, the...

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Is early childhood education a viable career option for community college students?

As the importance of early childhood education has become a rare bipartisan agreement in recent years, many early educators still...

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How a cyber attack shut down Richmond Community College

The week of July 19, Information Technology staff at Richmond Community College noticed some odd activity in their systems. But...

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Celebrating Gerry Hancock: EdNC’s founder and chair of our board

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Perspective | Gerry Hancock’s sense of urgency: The role of civic associations in educational opportunity

Alexis de Tocqueville didn’t meet Gerry Hancock when he traveled through North Carolina on his nine-month tour of the United...

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Will North Carolina still have 58 community colleges in 10 years?

Ten years from now, North Carolina might not have 58 community colleges anymore. That’s if enrollment trends continue on pace,...

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Curriculum standards, building plans, and a new principal at Rowan-Salisbury board meeting

Rowan-Salisbury Schools presented their fundamental standards for all grade levels in math and language arts at the school board meeting...

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Perspective | With support, NC’s community colleges will lead the way on attainment

At a time of political polarization, the North Carolina General Assembly, with a strong bipartisan vote, adopted an important goal...

 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson praises legislation that advances shared priorities for education

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson is praising the approval of two...

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Federal guidance issued yesterday for use of funds to support access to postsecondary for students with learning differences

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For some students, a storm’s harm isn’t visible. Here’s how students at one school help each other recover.

When Hurricane Florence hit last year, less than a month had passed since students around Duplin County went back-to-school shopping,...

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Perspective | Competency-based education: What it is and why we should consider it

This is the second piece in a series of perspectives on competency-based education. Read the first article here. With a...

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How one school is building a STEM pipeline for minority students with a direct pathway to college

Nestled on the fourth floor of a downtown Indianapolis mall, Purdue Polytechnic High School is unassuming from the outside —...

 

Governor Cooper encourages students to compete in Ready, Set App! mobile application development competition

The following is a news release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Today Governor Roy Cooper encouraged high school...

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Year Up, a workforce development program for low-income students, comes to Charlotte

Year Up, a national nonprofit that aims to launch careers for low-income young adults, announced its first North Carolina site...

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US House passes the Future Act on funding for HBCUs

 

Question of the Week – September 17

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the federal government has a new effort to ban flavored e-cigarettes. According to...

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Community colleges look beyond enrollment to focus on attainment and economic mobility

Across North Carolina, 58 community colleges stand as cornerstones in their counties. Each college has a story, fueled by its...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Patrick Miller, 2019 NC Superintendent of the Year

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

 

Awake58: Finish Line Grants, the budget, and more

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Click here to subscribe. Lessons learned...

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Lots of interesting reads in today’s news roundup

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Finish Line Grants: Lessons learned over the past year

When Mallory Calfee’s car was totaled in an accident, she didn’t know how she was going to get to class...

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Perspective | They’re learning to sail — and protect the environment

For 10 weeks this summer, when a fleet of small boats sails off from Washington, North Carolina, into the Pamlico...

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Lunch debt a burdensome problem for schools, students

Every student who walks through the lunch line in North Carolina is provided with food, regardless of ability to pay,...

 

North Carolina’s revenue forecast revised $277 million higher for 2019-2021

The following is a press release from the office of House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina’s...

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What else happened in NC education last week

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Perspective | Education Matters – When ‘A’ means affluent

Topic: When “A” Means Affluent Last week the NC Department of Public Instruction released its annual A-F School Performance Grades...

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What happened while we all focused on veto override

All attention this week was on the controversial and sudden budget veto override vote that happened earlier this week. For...

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A year after Florence, schools and students work hard at being a ‘hub of humanity’

A year has passed since Hurricane Florence wrecked communities, flooded homes and businesses, and interrupted thousands of lives in North...

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President Trump calls for ban on e-cigarette flavors

President Donald Trump announced an effort by the federal government to ban flavored e-cigarettes in a meeting Wednesday with first...

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New rules on the way for educator prep programs

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Perspective | Deeper currents at play in legislative drama

The extraordinary confluence of budgeting and redistricting that roiled the North Carolina General Assembly over this week has made freshly...

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New rules could govern educator preparation programs

The North Carolina Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) approved new rules today that will govern the standards educator...

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Perspective | Developing the education workforce can have big impact

Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before he or she is 5 years old? During...

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Meet Janet Spriggs, new president of Forsyth Tech

Earlier this summer, EdNC.org sat down with Janet Spriggs, who became president of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem in...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: How does STEM inspire you?

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

 

Nearly $6 Million in donations for Florence relief distributed to Eastern NC

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Donations to North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund following Hurricane Florence...

 

The number of registered apprentices in NC continues to grow, and that’s good

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Community College System The number of people served by North...

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Surprise veto override brings state one step closer to a budget

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Perspective | Momentum builds for myFutureNC, attainment goal

Momentum is building around myFutureNC and the statewide attainment goal. Here are a few recent updates on this work. In...

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Text-in quit line for vaping subscribes more than 100 young people daily

In January, the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tobacco use prevention and cessation, launched This is Quitting. Within...

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Gov. Cooper on veto override: ‘Republicans waged an assault on our democracy’

The murky fate of the education provisions in the state budget got a little clearer this morning when House Republicans held...

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Long road of hurricane recovery ahead for Ocracoke School in Hyde County

Leslie Cole, principal of Ocracoke School, saw Hurricane Dorian make impact and ravage Ocracoke Island. She watched as the storm...

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Don’t miss all the new education reports released this week

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Perspective | A partnership between REL Southeast and NC DPI: Personalized learning regional workshops

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) — in conjunction with staff from the Regional Education Laboratory Southeast...

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Perspective | Energizing opportunities for students with disabilities in STEM

Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities is a program that I started four years ago to provide...

 

School safety bill passes first hurdle in the Senate

The following is a press release from Sen. Deanna Ballard A standalone bill with all of the school safety measures...

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Most of what’s left for the Leandro commission is around early childhood recommendations

The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education, which has worked over the past year and a half to...

 

Question of the Week – September 10

This month, we’re celebrating one year since our community college blitz across North Carolina. Our community college newsletter, Awake58 just...

 

Awake 58: Community colleges wait on state funds as Raleigh remains at a stalemate

Awake 58: Community colleges wait on state funds as Raleigh remains at a stalemate This is a copy of the...

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Please share this model school policy on suicide prevention with your schools

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AttendaNCe Counts: How schools and communities are reducing chronic absence

Regular school attendance, starting in preschool, helps puts children on track for reading at grade-level in third grade, a critical...

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Perspective | Childhood literacy shouldn’t be a partisan issue

In October 2017, I asked my staff to dig into the underlying issues surrounding the implementation and progress of Read...

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Perspective | Education and business must collaborate to solve the skills gap

Collaboration has always been a core part of North Carolina’s identity — we get things done when we’re willing to...

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On getting kids to and through college

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What 1,973 North Carolinians think about school calendar flexibility

In the absence of school calendar flexibility, a number of school districts have bucked the state law mandating start dates...

 

A glimpse into post-storm activity for administrators out east

When Tabari Wallace began his drive to survey the condition of his high school on Friday afternoon, the West Craven...

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Perspective | Episode 7: The road to Morganton

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

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Renewal school district explores accountability

With help from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) is working to develop measures for its success...

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On disasters, college, school calendars, and diversity

 

How the state budget impasse hurts community colleges hit by Florence

Editor’s Note: In late September, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill that gives $6.4 million in funding to offset FTE...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s daunting education-and-economy agenda

A menacing hurricane in the blue Atlantic and a mass shooting in the heart of Texas overshadowed the traditional Labor...

 

A day in Craven County as Dorian approaches

This morning in Craven County began pretty quietly, with slight drizzles here and there — but mostly no sign of...

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Perspective | This school system needs to get a better IDEA of how it treats students with special needs

I have been a public school teacher for over 21 years. I have taught in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System...

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‘We are called to communities and not to buildings’ — Church hosts Back to School Bash in Ramseur

The threat of rain in Ramseur, North Carolina on Aug. 24 did nothing to dissuade students and their families from...

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Students, schools, colleges, and communities await the impact of Hurricane Dorian

 

How a school prepares for hurricane

The mood is light in West Craven High School’s halls. Students are talking about weekend plans, laughing and joking with...

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Perspective | Our region’s low unemployment rate means incredible challenges and opportunities

Henderson and Buncombe counties have the lowest unemployment rates in North Carolina. For 52 consecutive months, this region has had...

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A guide to finding the best child care for you using DHHS look-up tool

Finding the right child care that meets your child and family needs is important. But finding information on child care...

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For Robeson County, Hurricane Florence is the story of two storms

Lisa Troy is searching a file cabinet for the pictures her elementary students at W.H. Knuckles drew last year. They...

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Innovative School District gets failing school performance grade

While the release of the annual school performance grades could be seen as good news for the state generally, it...

 

Community colleges operate on status quo while they wait for a budget

The budget impasse between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly is now inching its way into the...

 

Awake58: One year of spending time with you all

Awake58: One year of spending time with you all This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on...

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Gerrymandering, school performance grades, and Dorian

 

Hurricane Dorian: Here’s which North Carolina schools and community colleges are closed

Editor’s note: This article will be updated twice a day — around 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. School district and...

 

Video: Our first year covering North Carolina’s community colleges

More than a year ago, we made a promise to cover community colleges in North Carolina. A lot has happened...

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What on earth is a virtual school?

At various times, we at EdNC.org have written about the virtual schools we have in North Carolina. But some readers...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s working parents deserve better

As a working mother with a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, I know firsthand what working parents face each day when...

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Take a look back at our coverage of community colleges

 

Covering our state’s 58 community colleges: A look back at our first year

“Community colleges might best be described as our community’s college.” Mebane Rash, the CEO of EdNC.org, said this one morning...

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Perspective | How salary, working conditions, and turnover affect STEM teacher quality

With schools now open for the 2019-2020 school year, this month’s piece from the STEM ScoreCard has a fitting focus:...

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C4C: How the United Methodist Church supports our students

Nobody knows what a child is worth And the world must wait and see For every person in an honored...

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Happy Labor Day to our classroom, school, and college leaders across NC!