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Educators in eastern NC: Apply to go to Costa Rica and Panama today

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Transplanting traditions through food and farming

Transplanting Traditions, a community farm in Chapel Hill, works with 25 families on eight acres and, as of the 2018...

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On Thanksgiving, common hope and big hope

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God’s Garden: Giving thanks for neighbors feeding neighbors

This is the fourth piece in a series on the intersections of faith and food. Read the first piece here,...

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Turkey and travels and educational insights

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Hogs in Hayesville: Sustainable agriculture and a sign of hope

This is the third piece in a series on the intersections of faith and food. Read the first piece here...

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What’s the state of student data? We found out on the ground in Edgecombe County

“Our students are more than test scores,” said Erin Swanson, director of innovation for Edgecombe County Public Schools, to a...

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Learn more about LENS – NC: Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions

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State superintendent candidates talk about early learning, race in North Carolina schools

The learning and development of the state’s youngest students was at the heart of a debate among North Carolina state...

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Citizens urge Rowan-Salisbury to build K-8 school

About 120 citizens filled a recent Rowan-Salisbury School Board meeting, asking the board not to demolish Overton Elementary School in...

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Open Hearts Bakery: Serving up economic opportunity with a side of pie

This is the second piece in a series on the intersections of faith and food. Read the first piece here....

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Welcome to Thanksgiving week

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Egg ministry: A solution for the food insecure

Karin Kelly is mother hen to 20 actual hens at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Hickory. Tucked in the...

 

Share your thoughts: EdNC Impact Survey

EdNC is turning 5, and we are thinking about our work and our impact in North Carolina. Please let us...

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“Running toward the risk of figuring out how to do school differently”

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Perspective | Teachers as a fulcrum in the politics of states

In North Carolina, candidate filing for state offices in the 2020 elections opens on the Monday after Thanksgiving. In reality,...

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Lindsay Unified shares insight on performance-based learning with Rowan-Salisbury

Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) hosted a dinner Thursday night for school board and community members to learn about performance-based learning from...

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Running towards the risk of doing school differently, leading school turnaround

When Donnell Cannon stepped in front of the State Board of Education during its November meeting, he was addressing an...

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Apply for the Friday Fellowship for Human Relations!

 

Dallas Herring Lecture, Belk Center report to address community college transfer students in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the NC State University College of Education The need to improve success rates...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s working families need more child care legislation

During a time of increasing polarization in our country, it’s important to highlight the initiatives both sides of the aisle...

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Full bellies, hungrier minds: School breakfast innovations in North Carolina

Tristan Chavez remembers going to first period hungry. Chavez is a nationally ranked soccer player who practiced first thing in...

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Looking to boost student attainment? Invest in effective school counselors

The impact of teachers on educational attainment is well-researched, and policy discussions often focus on recruiting, preparing, and retaining effective...

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NC STEM Center e-update: NC holds steady on national education assessment

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

 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $73 Million in school construction grants to six districts

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $73 million...

 

Vance County superintendent named NC’s 2020 A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators Greensboro | Dr. Anthony D. Jackson, Superintendent...

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Election 2020 in the news

 

Question of the Week – November 19

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Many Americans are gearing up for arguably the second most popular national holiday. One of the...

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Students didn’t just build their futures at this early college. They helped build the school.

In a school designed to teach students to take ownership over their future, the first graduating class at Montgomery County...

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Perspective | The killer app for digital learning at scale: Human connection

Digital learning has gotten a bad rap, in some cases reasonably so, especially for the lack of results with disadvantaged...

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Ideas for getting more students in the door

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

 

Hiller A. Spires named executive director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and associate dean

The following is a press release from the NC State College of Education Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., will serve as...

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All across North Carolina, people are talking about resilience. Learn more.

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Perspective | Mebane Foundation grant supports Wolfpack Literacy Partnership and Yadkin County Schools

“What would it take to get every single student in Yadkin County Schools reading on or above grade level? And...

 

From criminal justice to the classroom: Carrie Miller of Greene County

When Carrie Miller was growing up, she moved around a lot. She went to 14 schools between kindergarten and 12th...

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Perspective | Fair and equitable funding for all of North Carolina’s schools

Nearly a quarter century after a state Supreme Court ruling known as Leandro reaffirmed North Carolina’s constitutional duty to ensure all children...

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Thinking about support for early childhood ed, school safety, charter schools, apprenticeships, and more

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Universal pre-K means more gains for all children, a study finds. What does that mean for North Carolina?

Universal public pre-K programs — programs with no requirement other than age — make a bigger difference in students’ academic...

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Profound Gentlemen turns 5!

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Perspective | Fewer teenage boys playing under Friday night lights

The Maiden High School football Blue Devils made a two-photo appearance Sunday on the front page of The New York...

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Will Rowan-Salisbury close Overton Elementary?

In an unexpected turn of events, the Rowan-Salisbury School Board, in considering where to put Knox Middle School students during...

 

Question of the Week – November 12th

This week marks School Psychology Awareness Week for 2019. We have a quiz question and a few other questions for you...

 

Marisa Bryant joins Public School Forum of North Carolina as Director of Development

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of NC The Public School Forum of North Carolina...

 

Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions — call for letters of interest

The following is a press release from MDC Summary  Oak Foundation, in partnership with MDC, invites North Carolina organizations working...

 

NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award finalist announced

The following is a press release from NCCAT Twenty-seven teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as finalists for...

 

Innovative School District teacher is a finalist for NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Zeina Walker, a third-grade teacher at Southside-Ashpole Elementary school in...

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Building innovative state policy models that support educational attainment, career development, economic competitiveness and growth

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School psychologists do a lot for students. Why do we have a shortage of them?

Just two weeks ago, after school psychologist Leigh Kokenes delivered a training on the signs of suicide, a student came...

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Getting students in the door: Enrollment challenges and opportunities at NC community colleges

Since 2010, the North Carolina Community College System has experienced yearly enrollment decline. Despite continued efforts from the State Board...

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Perspective | Education is political

On a recent Sunday morning, I woke up to see tremendous chatter on social media concerning the budget impasse in...

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Learn more about resilience and resilience week…

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Perspective | Innovation Lab focuses on raising expectations for student success

Over 125 educators, policymakers, researchers, advocates, and business leaders attended BEST NC’s 2019 Education Innovation Lab on September 25th. The...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson will run for Lt. Gov., so who’s running for superintendent?

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has announced that he will run for Lieutenant Governor in 2020, opening up...

 

Mark Johnson declares candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

The following is a press release from Mark Johnson Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, today declared his...

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We need your thoughts.

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

 

Cooper Spells out opposition to ISD in letter to State Board

The following is a press release from Gov. Roy Cooper In a letter last week to State Board of Education...

 

Mitchell makes $193 million-dollar annual impact

The following is a press release from Mitchell Community College A recent economic impact study found that in Fiscal Year...

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US Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on DACA and Dreamers today

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Perspective | New child death report shows NC youth suicide at all-time high

Last week, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force met to review the latest report on child deaths in North Carolina....

 

What makes a great teacher?

What makes a great teacher? It’s a question that parents, superintendents, principals, and even teachers themselves grapple with.  As we...

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Honoring our veteran teachers

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Perspective | Interview with Dr. June Atkinson, former North Carolina 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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Republicans lob one more teacher pay proposal

In a coda to the long session which ended on Oct. 31, Republicans proposed one more teacher pay proposal to...

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North Carolinian tapped as new leader of myFutureNC

Cecilia Holden, director of legislative and community affairs for the North Carolina State Board of Education, has been tapped to...

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State Board gets master class in school turnaround

The State Board of Education talked in planning sessions all week about strategies for turning around low-performing schools. On Thursday...

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Happy STEM/STEAM Day!

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Perspective | Power struggle leaves state’s education effort unresolved

The elections that took place a year ago this week practically predestined a contentious, out-of-the-ordinary session of the General Assembly...

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How is the state going to increase community college enrollment? 

Over the past 12 years, community college enrollment statewide has dropped by 2%. But if you take Wake Technical Community...

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When it comes to equity and education, educators are the change agents

“I know the child who feels broken, and STEM is a way to reach those children,” said Mariah Morris, the...

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Perspective | Addressing the unique rural education strengths and challenges in North Carolina

Did you know that North Carolina is home to 568,000 rural students, the second largest rural student population in the...

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NC STEM Center e-update: North Carolina receives STEMx Challenge Grant

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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‘Best for All’ plan released in TN. What would be best for NC?

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Perspective | We have a choice

There are many ways to look at school choice. Down here in the trenches, the picture looks personal and frustrating....

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Education a key factor in driving food insecurity and part of the solution

In 2011, the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina authored an assessment of Rockingham County’s ability to...

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Researcher calls mCLASS a ‘surprisingly valid instrument’ for assessing young readers

A researcher using state data from the mCLASS reading assessment tool says it is a “surprisingly valid instrument,” particularly in...

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Time for action: State Board of Education aims for more after they ‘barely moved the needle’

The State Board of Education gaveled in a new era Tuesday at its fall planning session, closing the chapter on...

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What’s going on and what’s coming up

 

Question of the Week – November 5

In local elections across the United States, fewer than 15 percent of eligible citizens are turning out to vote. Today,...

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Perspective | myFutureNC blog series: Appalachian GEAR UP partnership advances postsecondary attainment goal

The goal: 2 million North Carolinians aged 25 to 44 will receive a high-quality postsecondary credential or degree by 2030....

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Help could be on the way for communities affected by recent storms

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

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When professional development for principals makes a difference…

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NAEP results are in: How did North Carolina do?

“U.S. education achievement slides backward” “A ‘disturbing’ assessment.” These are just two of the headlines you might have seen this...

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Perspective | NC Teaching Fellows program is building a pipeline of STEM teachers

Last month, we examined STEM teacher success on Praxis qualifying examinations, which are proxy measures for teacher quality for beginning...

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Morning, y’all. Early college bill now moving through US Senate.

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: Monitoring data to boost attendance

When it comes to making sure young children are in school every day, data matters. Kimberlee Stone, principal of C.C....

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What is the future of school integration in North Carolina?

The past, present, and future of racial and economic segregation in North Carolina public schools was the topic of a...

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Teacher pay raises; no veto override on Halloween

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Perspective | Education in a South ‘divided by design’

“Race remains the issue that no one wants to address, even though it permeates almost every aspect of society —...