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North Carolina rethinks how to train teachers on reading instruction

A group of education leaders and experts met for the first time Friday to decide how to better prepare teachers...

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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Awarded $3.4 Million in federal restart funds to help schools affected by Hurricane Dorian

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Today The U.S. Department of Education notified NC Superintendent Mark Johnson that...

This school district’s three early colleges meet local needs and share community bond

Community colleges began in the basements of high schools, Amanda Rhea says as she’s navigating traffic en route to one...

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How do we achieve big goals in education? Community colleges are working on solutions.

North Carolina has seen a lot of effort dedicated to statewide conversations around education in recent years. Commissions. Court-ordered reports....

How a Pitt County early college cultivates success despite disadvantage

In most schools across the state, poverty is highly correlated with academic performance. But Pitt County Early College High School,...

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Reaching the ‘Mount Olympus’ of instruction: Caesar Campana of Clay County

In 1988, NASA called on American students to name the newest space shuttle in honor of Christa McAuliffe, a high...

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction awards $800,000 in grants for coding and mobile app development to 15 districts

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that 15...

Kicking off a statewide conversation about the science of reading in 2020

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Can science knock down barriers to reading proficiency and rescue Read to Achieve?

Beth Rivera felt like a rock star. She was interviewing for a teaching position in Union County Public Schools, where...

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Perspective | Charlotte dual-language preschool rewrites myths for opportunity

Charlotte is not heralded as a “land of opportunity” for many of its residents. That stark reality became most public...

Question of the Week – December 18

For our last question of the week in 2019, we want to know what’s on your mind moving in to...

Federal spending on education could increase in 2020. Learn more.

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Here’s what 800+ NC teachers think about education data

Student grades, test scores, attendance records, social-emotional data, behavioral records, and more — a wide array of education data allows...

The little early college that could: How MaST has survived its tumultuous first year

For all the positive research and outcomes that early colleges throughout the state have seen in the last decade, challenges...

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Perspective | The case against screen-based tools for young learners

Today, there is hardly a pediatrician, developmental specialist, or psychologist out there advocating for more screen time for kids. Most...

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The community college stories of 2019

Hello, Awake58 readers! As we approach the end of 2019, this newsletter will take a break after a special edition...

Guess in how many counties the school district is the largest employer…

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New twist in the Istation saga: DPI asks superior court to overrule stay

Updated on Tuesday, December 17, at 1:04 P.M. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and lawyers for the Department of...

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What does work-based learning in the classroom look like?

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) orchestrated a work-based learning takeover of Moore Square Magnet Middle School on...

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Perspective | NC must prioritize a diverse early childhood educator workforce

On Dec. 10, Gov. Roy Cooper met with others across North Carolina at the DRIVE Summit, the state’s commitment to...

How Charlotte is growing its own engineers and teachers

If he really wanted, William Leach’s son probably could have gotten into one of Charlotte’s early college high schools. Leaders...

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Early childhood wrap: Leandro proposals and racial differences in infant deaths

Policymakers concerned about the critical beginning years of children’s lives have been busy over the past two weeks exploring crucial...

Thinking globally, teaching locally

Here’s how the Principal of the Year leads his early college in Edgecombe County

Matt Bristow-Smith, the principal at Edgecombe Early College High School and North Carolina Principal of the Year for 2019, knows...

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State budget office challenges Superintendent Mark Johnson’s iPad purchases

The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) sent a letter to the Department of Public Instruction on Oct. 22...

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Perspective | Kindergarten readiness showing tremendous gains in Davie County

Kindergarten readiness in Davie County has already shown tremendous gains in just the first two years of DavieLEADS, according to...

Southside-Ashpole Elementary is awarded over $132K in School Safety Grant funds

The following is a press release from the state Department of Public Instruction The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s...

Weigh in on WestEd’s Leandro report

Our courts have held that the N.C. State Constitution requires every child to have access to a sound, basic education....

Welcome to Friday: Closing out a big week in ed policy

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Perspective | An uncommon week in the great education debate

What a week. And I’m not even talking about the U.S. House drafting articles of impeachment of the president of...

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Guarding and maintaining NC’s constitutional right to education: ‘The future of the state hangs in the balance’

The scales of Lady Justice always have required the balancing of competing interests. This week, the long-awaited and much-anticipated report...

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Perspective | Interview with Dr. Mary Hemphill, NC director of K-12 computer science

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

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Commission moves forward with new rules for educator preparation programs

North Carolina’s Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) signed off on a new plan for evaluating educator preparation programs...

And the conversation about the WestEd report in Leandro begins

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Perspective | TPM Academy takes first steps on new NC workforce development program

With a skills gap that threatens North Carolina’s competitiveness and an ambitious educational attainment goal to reach on our horizon,...

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Former Secretary of Education: If we fail to teach students of color, we have no future

John B. King may have never become secretary of education under President Barack Obama if it wasn’t for school —...

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Perspective | What does the Leandro report propose for early childhood?

A report released Tuesday makes strong recommendations about how North Carolina can meet its obligation to provide a sound, basic...

Reactions to the WestEd report and the anniversary of ESSA

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Leandro report released: What it will take for NC children to receive sound, basic education

The state finally has a possible way forward to meet the constitutional standards set by the long-running Leandro education case....

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NC takes the lead on intentionally building a pipeline of educators of color

North Carolina aspires to be “first in the nation in a diversified workforce in a high-achieving public school system,” said...

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Perspective | Framing the state’s myFutureNC goal at the local level

This article was written by Matt Meyer in association with the State Council for Sector Strategies. “Ensuring that by 2030,...

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Inside one black man’s experience of the classroom, and leaving it

Before Derick Stephenson was a spoken-word poet, or a published author, or a teacher in rural North Carolina, he was...

How teachers of color take care of themselves

Takeru Nagayoshi was exhausted as he stood to give the opening keynote at the Teach for America 2019 Eastern North...

NC remains a leader in National Board Certified Teachers

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina continues to lead the nation with teachers who...

More than 3,500 teachers achieve National Board Certification — bringing national total to more than 125,000 teachers

The following is a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards...

Governor Cooper establishes task force to improve diversity and inclusion in education field

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper today announced Executive Order No. 113 that...

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What will happen with student transfers in the future?

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

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Question of the Week – December 10

Today, Gov. Cooper will host the first ever DRIVE Summit. The summit will focus on the importance of getting more...

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Ruling questions Istation selection process, but you may still find the tool in NC classrooms for now

A Department of Information Technology (DIT) order Monday said the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) apparently took actions that favored...

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Perspective | Where are all of the teachers of color?

I began my formal education attending a predominantly white elementary school. It was considered one of the better elementary schools...

DRIVE Summit: How North Carolina can get more teachers of color

On this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Governor Roy Cooper and LaTanya Pattillo, the teacher advisor to...

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Perspective | A school’s obligation to provide nursing services under IDEA, Section 504

Under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Section 504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), children with disabilities are...

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Perspective | It’s who you know — The critical role of community college faculty and advisors

The goal of equipping 2 million individuals ages 25-44 with a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2030 set by myFutureNC...

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A new landscape for educators of color in North Carolina

On Dec. 10, educators, policymakers, advocates, and others will gather on the campus of NC State University for the DRIVE...

The Governor issues letter to teachers, DPI launches new website

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Perspective | Gov. Cooper letter to educators on teacher pay

The following is an open letter from Gov. Roy Cooper. It was sent to North Carolina principals to pass on...

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Perspective | Lt. Gov. Forest letter to educators on teacher pay

The following is an open letter from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. It was published on December 6, 2019. Greetings North...

NC educators of color: Share your story

Are you an educator of color in North Carolina? If so, we want to hear from you. The DRIVE Summit...

Mooresville Graded School District teacher named NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Leanne Rose, a second-grade...

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7 takeaways in education news this week: Istation, learning disability policy, and State Board

The Department of Public Instruction and Istation, maker of a K-3 reading assessment software, filed a joint motion Monday asking...

On the importance of civic news organizations

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Perspective | Social media and the First Amendment meet in the classroom

The year 2019 featured a series of stirring instances of teachers and high school students stepping out of their classrooms...

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Moving from privilege to Title I schools: Ashley Luersman of Moore County

This piece is part of a series of profiles on great teachers. Click here to read our framing article, and...

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Educator prep data show a continued decline

The State Board of Education’s monthly meeting began with a reminder of the challenges facing teacher recruitment and development. Thomas...

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Today’s college students are ‘hardly carefree kids’

American mass media have long portrayed a particular ideal of students entering college. They’re fresh-faced teens, just moving out of...

What to teach and how to teach in the news today

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Perspective | Suspending student suspensions: How teaching teams created calm classrooms

How can kids learn when they’re not in the classroom? That’s the issue I confronted when I arrived at Albemarle...

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Video: Sandy Shugart delivers 2019 Dallas Herring lecture

Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, president of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, keynoted this year’s Dallas Herring lecture about urgent and emerging...

Check out Rupen’s article on MSN! National headline from our series with the Spotlight on Poverty.

Question of the Week – December 3

North Carolina has a statewide attainment goal of 2 million 25-to-44-year-olds with a high quality postsecondary degree by 2030. We...

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An extra hill to climb for our community college students

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

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: The importance of celebrating attendance

For the students at Union Elementary, the promise of a dance party is seriously motivating. Part of Principal Dondi Hobbs’...

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College students of North Carolina battle the storms of poverty

Ken Outlaw’s goal was to graduate community college with a 4.0 grade point average. He wanted to make up for...

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Improving the transfer ecosystem in North Carolina: The 2019 Dallas Herring lecture

Dallas Herring was a visionary education leader in North Carolina, and he is credited as a key figure in establishing...

Choose EdNC on Giving Tuesday! And applications for LENS-NC are due tomorrow!

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Student success shouldn’t be territorial — Valencia, UCF paving the way in transfer partnership

On Dec. 3, Dr. Sandy Shugart — president of Valencia College — will keynote the Belk Center’s annual Dallas Herring...

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Perspective | Kenan Fellows program leading the way on STEM professional development

Last month, we examined the new NC Teaching Fellows program. To dive into more of our past STEM ScoreCard topics,...

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Why the grueling educational path was worth it for one early childhood teacher

When Shari Johnson decided she wanted to go back to school and pursue early childhood education, she was working at...

Welcome to December and the holidays, y’all!

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Addressing students’ basic needs to boost postsecondary attainment

Toby Bollinger, a veteran and student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, saw his scholarships and financial aid disappear after making...

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Perspective | Education Matters – Addressing the teacher pay stalemate

 Addressing the Teacher Pay Stalemate Lawmakers recently adjourned their legislative session without reaching a compromise with Governor Cooper on teacher...