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Veto override? Teacher raises? What Halloween is like at the General Assembly

Unless something changes, teachers will get an average 3.9% raise over the next two years but no more under legislation...

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Mapping the 2018-19 school report cards

The NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) released school performance grades in September, and an update of previous maps...

Teacher pay raises tied to veto override

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Republicans offer Democrats a tough teacher pay proposal

The Senate punted the veto override vote for the third day in a row, but not before dangling a potentially...

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Perspective | myFutureNC blog series: Keys to success for increased FAFSA completion – Lessons learned in Louisiana

Louisiana ranked number one in the nation for FAFSA completion rates for the second consecutive year, according to the National College Access...

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Here’s how a bill could help students in Ocracoke and community colleges recover from storms

Updated at 9:15 p.m. House Bill 1023 passed the House by a vote of 109-0 on Wednesday evening. It now...

Eye to Eye announces major initiative to reach 25% of middle school students

The following is a press release from Eye to Eye Eye to Eye National is launching its five-year Amplify and...

Republicans announce teacher pay raise bill

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

Public School Forum of NC launches Study Group XVII

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina Stakeholders representing business, education, government, academia...

Question of the Week – October 29

This year, more Americans consumed news digitally than ever before. Right now, there are debates occurring on how digital spaces...

New rules in the works for Innovative School District

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Perspective | Lessons learned: 4 takeaways from personalized learning workshops

This is the seventh and final piece in a series on competency-based education. Read the rest of the series here. With...

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How the Innovative School District could choose its schools going forward

The North Carolina Senate delayed a vote to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget again today, but...

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Connecting student data to student futures: Reimagining accountability with IBM in Edgecombe County

“Lots of people talk about poverty, but what it means is lack of opportunity for our students,” said Valerie Bridges,...

Will community college faculty and staff see raises?

Welcome to another week of Awake58! If you were forwarded this email, be sure to subscribe by clicking here. Mini budget...

Ta-Nehisi Coates on America’s heroes

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Here’s why teachers might get bigger raises despite veto override delay

The Senate did not hold its planned budget veto override Monday night, but teachers could still see pay raises before...

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Perspective | Civil discourse in the classroom: Creating space for important conversations

Our nation’s growing diversity is reflected in our school-age population. In 2014, for the first time ever, African American, Native...

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Why Ta-Nehisi Coates thinks we need to recontextualize America’s heroes

Capping the day-long Color of Education event Saturday, acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates talked about his new novel “The Water Dancer”...

Overcoming reading struggles to succeed

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He didn’t learn to read until 12. Then he graduated from an Ivy. Here’s his advice.

Jonathan Mooney hated school as a kid. He spent most of the day hanging out with the janitor in the...

Hurricane Information Needs Assessment

Recent years have brought us Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian, and more weather events. Recovery is a process. We...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Four NC teachers receive PAEMST Award

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

How many people are running for state superintendent?

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Perspective | A single letter grade doesn’t measure up

The release of A-to-F school performance grades has become an annual marker in North Carolina education. Now the draft consensus...

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Rep. Craig Horn for state superintendent? How many people want the top education spot

While Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson still hasn’t revealed whether he will run for reelection in 2020, a couple...

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Why the governor and Republicans can’t agree on teacher pay

A bill that provides step increases for teachers and pay raises for principals passed the Senate today while Democratic Gov....

Berger response to governor’s bad faith tactics

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

Cooper makes new negotiation offer, Republicans continue to leave teachers behind

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Months after the start of school,...

Teachers get step increases; no raises yet

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Out of the fields: In a North Carolina county where few Latino parents have diplomas, their kids are aiming for college

ROSE HILL, N.C. — Last summer, Mayko Calmo-Gomez spent most days picking tomatoes. The plastic walls of the greenhouse he...

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Perspective | SROs and IEPs – A good mix?

As a parent of a child with a disability or as a school employee, you may wonder if school resource...

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Lawmakers advance plan to give teachers some more money, but still no pay raises

A bill endorsed by a state Senate appropriations committee this morning would give teachers their annual step increases, but it...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson reminds high school seniors to take advantage of free college application week

The following is a post from North Carolina Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson is reminding high school seniors that...

WGU North Carolina receives approval for teacher licensure preparation programs

The following is a press release from Western Governors University WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the accredited nonprofit Western...

Navigating students’ trauma for early educators

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How do you prepare early educators to navigate students’ trauma — and their own?

Trauma can have lasting effects on the minds and lives of young children and those that care for them. That’s...

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Perspective | High water, higher expectations — a STEM learning experience for all ages at App State

For three days in mid-July, 15 North Carolina high school rising juniors and seniors enrolled in the North Carolina School...

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How can community colleges prevent cyberattacks?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Click here to subscribe. A cyberattack...

Question of the Week – October 22

We put a great deal of trust in our leaders. How they handle that trust and carry out their leadership...

Watauga County’s Bethel School chosen to make NC ornaments for National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Art students at Bethel School, located in Sugar Grove in...

Act now: Apply to 38 NC colleges for free

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This week only: You can apply to these 38 North Carolina colleges for free

College application fees are an expensive barrier for some prospective students. But this week, a slew of colleges in North...

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‘Separate is still unequal.’ Advocates discuss whether charters and vouchers are segregating NC schools

With the former head of a Holly Springs charter school questioning its rapid growth, charter schools are in the news...

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Perspective | Starfish group seeks to create teacher leadership model

At the Watson College of Education’s (WCE) second annual Innovation Conference in May, participants worked in teams to identify challenges,...

What you need to know about the early childhood council meeting

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Perspective | Education Matters – The impacts of afterschool programs on North Carolina’s youth

Every day, youth attend afterschool, before school and summer learning programs across North Carolina, engaging in activities like STEM, physical...

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More cyberattacks are coming. How will community colleges handle them?

A cyberattack that hit Richmond Community College over the summer was actually a ransomware attack. That’s where hackers encrypt data...

Federal grant aids school safety efforts in NC schools

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools The N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools...

Registered apprentice contests at NC State Fair begin Oct. 21

The following is a press release from the NC Community College System WHO/WHAT: Registered apprentices and pre-apprentices from across North...

Four NC teachers receive national math/science award

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Four North Carolina teachers are in Washington, D.C., this week...

Join us for a conversation about learning differences

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Four things you should know from this week’s early childhood council meeting

For the first time since March, a council working to bridge the worlds of early childhood and early elementary education...

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Perspective | First in Future: President of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte, the First...

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Perspective | First in Future: President and Board Chair of the John M Belk Endowment, MC Belk Pilon

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte, the First...

Congress takes up college affordability

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Renewal school district unveils accountability measures

The state’s renewal school system will no longer be measured only by testing, but by a collection of measures designed...

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Plugging holes in North Carolina’s leaky education pipeline: Reducing summer melt in community colleges

Policy context Scholarly research shows that many students encounter formidable obstacles between graduating high school and starting college. Students face...

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Perspective | First in Future: Chairman of the Centralina Workforce Board, Reinaldo Panico Peres

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte, the First...

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Perspective | We can close the reading achievement gap in North Carolina

For the past six years, the state of North Carolina has focused on improving third grade reading proficiency under the...

Eleven school districts receive farm-to-school awards

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Eleven school districts received the first-ever Farm to School of...

The Public School Forum’s ED Keith Poston resigns

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Perspective | Ready to implement personalized learning? Consider these challenges and opportunities

This is the sixth piece in a series on competency-based education. Read the rest of the series here. With the...

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Perspective | First in Future: Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte, the First...

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Cease and desist: What’s with all the legal challenges to education criticism?

In North Carolina, education is a topic of frequent debate. Teachers, parents, and others often weigh in, sometimes critically, on...

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The robots are coming, plus an update on the budget process.

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Click here to subscribe. Automation is...

Question of the Week – October 15

The South has a long and complex history with the presence of religion in our public schools. According to a...

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers training to help people with a criminal record return to the workforce

The following is a press release from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College In partnership with the Centralina Workforce Development Board, Rowan-Cabarrus Community...

The Leandro Commission gets closer to proposals

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How should NC education change to provide equal access? The Leandro commission hones its proposals

For more than a year, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education has been tackling a central question...

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Perspective | First in Future: Director of UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Jeff Michael

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte, the First...

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Perspective | These 3 schools are leading the way in competency-based education

This is the fifth piece in a series on competency-based education. Read the rest of the series here. As competency-based...

Lots of ways for you to weigh in on ed policy

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How will educator prep programs be graded and sanctioned?

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) met Thursday for its monthly meeting and discussed a wide range of...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s viewpoint on personalized learning

This is the fourth piece in a series on competency-based education. Read the rest of the series here. With the...

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Perspective | First in Future: Dean of Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University, Laura Colson McLean

It’s Charlotte week! In honor of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ October 15 ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum in Charlotte,...

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NC STEM Center e-update: NC ‘Family Code Night’ plans coming soon

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

Pathways forward and our future

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Work In Burke, a model for workforce development in rural North Carolina

The Energizing Rural NC conference this week focused on one point over and over again: rural counties struggle to recruit...

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Perspective | An education summit made waves, now barely ripples

It was a gathering of political leadership hardly imaginable today. Thirty years ago, then-President George H.W. Bush spent two days...

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Perspective | Apply today for Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Community Progress Fund

Sometimes, a local organization, idea, issue, or project needs that extra boost at just the right time to continue to...

Question of the Week – October 10

In light of recent cease and desist orders being issued to a North Carolina teacher and school psychologist over their...

The Governor and Superintendent are out and about in our schools today. Check out when and where.

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Perspective | myFutureNC blog series: Innovative models for increasing college enrollment & completion

“I believe in you.” These are powerful words. They are the words that can transform doubt into hope and opportunity....

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From the outside in, Communities in Schools is working to keep students in class

September 24 was a big day for Communities in Schools North Carolina (CISNC). The organization hosted a fundraiser that brought...

Updates and impacts of the state budget process

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A conversation with a new president

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Click here to subscribe. The budget...

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Perspective | Change how we pay teachers

About this time last year, progressive activists and Democratic politicians were trumpeting the news that North Carolina was 49th in the...

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Is there an end in sight on budget stalemate for community colleges? 

Update 2:24 p.m., October 22: Senate Bill 61 passed the Senate unanimously today and goes now to Governor Roy Cooper for his...

On consolidation, collaboration, and partnership

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Daniel Center brings STEM in focus for southeast Raleigh students

In 2008, Kirby Jones had been a pastor in southeast Raleigh for 15 years. He had watched his youngest church...

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Perspective | A new school year, a hurricane, a lesson in giving

The school year began and students in Mrs. McDavid’s eighth grade English and language arts class at Jones Middle School...

On leading public schools and loving North Carolina

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Perspective | AttendaNCe counts: Engaging students and parents

It’s still 90 degrees here in North Carolina and Halloween seems far off, but the 2019-20 school year is well...

Question of the Week – October 3

The likelihood that state schools will label white or Asian students as gifted is eight times higher than for black...

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Legal fight over K-3 reading tool just beginning

The controversy surrounding the state’s choice on how to assess K-3 readers is far from over. Department of Information Technology...

The adolescent experience of faith in schools

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Perspective | Impeachment inquiry as a ‘teachable moment’

The U.S. House opened a new chapter in American history when it decided to pursue an inquiry into whether to...

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A year after NC took over low-performing school, challenges remain

The first school in the Innovative School District (ISD) — Southside-Ashpole Elementary in Robeson County — is facing an uphill...

NC General Assembly approves Board of Education appointments

The following is a press release from the office House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland The North Carolina General Assembly approved...

N.C. State Board of Education meeting in the news

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Are teachers ‘talent scouts’ or ‘deficiency detectives’ for minority and low-income students?

As an academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) teacher in Guilford County Schools, Tia Thompson comes across a lot of special...

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What are career coaches? And why do they matter so much to community colleges?

Kristen Tackett spent eight years as a teacher before she decided that her path might lie somewhere else. After becoming...

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28 resources on youth vaping prevention

After a surge in vaping-related lung injuries across the country, North Carolina just reported its first-related vaping-related death in Greensboro....

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Perspective | myFutureNC blog series: Aiming for Equity

Led by the myFutureNC Commission, North Carolina has set an ambitious goal of increasing the number of adults aged 25-44 who...

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Tension flares between State Board and Superintendent Mark Johnson

Tempers got heated at the State Board of Education meeting Wednesday when Board Chair Eric Davis asked Superintendent Mark Johnson...

Speaker Moore says approving $1.9 Billion Education Capital Fund of “utmost importance” before General Assembly adjournment

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said Tuesday...

Renewal school system gets national recognition

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Perspective | Understanding and supporting early educators returning to school

There are multiple pathways that lead North Carolina professionals into the field of early education and care. As faculty members...

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What is the renewal school system doing right? 

Rowan-Salisbury Schools is featured in a national report of 25 school systems with innovative practices by the School Superintendents Association,...

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Where we stand with community college budget priorities, and a new president named for Robeson Community College

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Click here to subscribe. We check...

Integration and segregation and our classrooms

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You need to fill out the FAFSA. Here’s how.

Reporter’s note: This story was originally published on June 3, 2019. It has been updated to reflect today’s launch of...