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Guilford County celebrates school choice week in its own way

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Perspective | Suspenseful election year arrives in a mega-state

American elections don’t occur in a vacuum. Influencing the decisions of individual voters, the struggle for power plays out against...

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Guilford County public schools have reasons to celebrate school choice

National School Choice Week is usually a time when you hear a lot about charter schools, opportunity scholarships, and other...

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Civitas releases school choice poll results

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Civitas releases a poll on school choice

Eighty-one percent of people surveyed for the latest Civitas School Choice poll said that parents should be the ones to...

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How we are reaching more people who care about education

“Who cares about education in North Carolina?” This question kept rattling around in my mind as I considered how EdNC...

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Perspective | Disrupting teacher workforce trends with the NC New Teacher Support Program

There are many characteristics within a school community that influence student achievement, but no other characteristic has as much influence...

 

Question of the Week – January 29

This week is National School Choice week! We are publishing school choice related content all week and it is the...

 

Sen. Brown responds to Gov.’s push to take on debt instead of use cash for new schools

Senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow) issued the following statement in response to Governor Cooper’s renewed push to take on debt to...

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Literacy and the science of reading in the news

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How one early college builds family

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

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On leadership of the self, the organization, and society: What I’ve learned leading EdNC

When was the last time you slowed down, stopped, took three steps back, and created the space for yourself to...

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Perspective | It’s time to celebrate each and every educational choice

When you hear the phrase “school choice,” what pops into your head? There is a lot of misinformation out there...

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This North Carolina teacher prep program is labeled a national model. Here’s why.

Hank Weddington gets a lot of calls from principals in the area surrounding Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he is dean of...

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School choice week kicks off with charter innovation fair

On Saturday, charter schools from around North Carolina participated in a Charter School Innovation Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center....

 

Governor Cooper announces grant to support college and career readiness

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced an $825,000 grant to help high school students prepare for college and careers through Communities...

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We need you to weigh in on education data!

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EducationNC’s Annual Report, 2019-20

EducationNC launched on January 12, 2015 with these core beliefs: EducationNC provides citizens and policymakers with independent data, news, research,...

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‘Everybody fits in’ at this early college family

Peter Moore was anxiously considering a transition from homeschool to public school. He spent several days a month at Isothermal...

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Perspective | College affordability is right in your backyard

The new “Hope and Opportunity Scholarship” will give many local high school graduates a free ticket to Forsyth Technical Community...

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Perspective | Robert Luddy talks school choice with John Locke Foundation

The John Locke Foundation kicked off National School Choice Week 2020 Monday with a talk about private school options. Here...

 

State Board of Community Colleges announces award winners

MC Belk Pilon of Charlotte, president and board chair of the John M. Belk Endowment, is the winner of the...

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K-3 teachers will use Istation for next two months under new contract

As a legal dispute continues on which tool the state’s public schools will use to assess their youngest readers, a...

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EdNC turns 5!

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EdNC turns 5: Who gives a damn about education? You do.

“The more desperately the press chases readers, the more it resembles our politics.” I read that line for the first...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Making our students and schools safer

Research tells us our schools can be safer places when we cultivate healthy environments in which our students feel they...

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What’s happening for school choice week?

This week is national school choice week. It’s held every January, and its purpose is to highlight all the options...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Enriching the STEM Experience for NC students

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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Celebrating the International Day of Education

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Perspective | ‘Competitive pay’ essential to expanding corps of teachers

In the “consent order’’ he issued this week, Superior Court Judge W. David Lee instructed state education officials “to work...

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Perspective | In pursuit of equity, focus on teachers first

Editor’s note: This article first ran in the Charlotte Observer on Sunday, Jan. 19 ahead of a the first meeting...

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Governor’s commission adopts its own Leandro recommendations

On Thursday, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education unanimously voted to adopt its report — which is...

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El sueño de una inmigrante de ser maestra: Emily Francis del Condado de Cabarrus

This article was translated by Carol Bono. Click here to read the original article in English. Emily Francis recuerda la...

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State leaders ask: How can North Carolina better teach kids to read?

Education leaders and reading experts are asking how to shift reading instruction and proficiency in North Carolina as student results...

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Perspective | Transforming school culture with and for our students, schools, and communities

Business and industry leaders have been harping on the importance of culture for many years, as a quick look at...

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Reading instruction continues to be the hot topic in the news

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What 500+ education stakeholders said about WestEd’s Leandro report

On Dec. 10, 2019, WestEd, an independent consultant directed by Judge David Lee to recommend ways to meet the mandates...

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Perspective | Redesigning school in Caldwell County

Innovation is everywhere. A recent Google search of the term reveals “about 3,390,000,000 results” in 0.59 seconds. How puzzling it...

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Check out the reactions to the Leandro ruling

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Golden LEAF announces new initiative for those facing barriers to work

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

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Perspective | Redefining the box: A systemic approach to retaining effective educators

Pitt County Schools (PCS) had a problem. Our teacher turnover rate for the last five years was above the state...

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Court finds ‘considerable, systemic work is necessary to deliver’ on Leandro

Judge David Lee signed a consent order today that lays out a plan of action for the state to meet...

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Why Roanoke-Chowan Community College is on probation

In December, the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) put Roanoke-Chowan Community College on probation for...

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The reality of not having a state budget

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Rowan-Salisbury looks at new K-8 school

In response to public outcry over the possible closure of Overton Elementary School, the Rowan-Salisbury School Board asked staff to...

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Perspective | The key ingredient for innovation

Is your school a learning organization? That’s a question I love to ask teacher leaders, administrators, and other education stakeholders...

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On MLK Day

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Your chance to weigh in on school grades: Map it!

In October, EdNC released our latest map on school grades across North Carolina, developed by Emily Antosyk of the Friday...

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Perspective | Why innovation should be central to school improvement

Innovation in the form of new ideas, new products, and new services is a prominent feature of our society today....

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DPI defends Istation pick in final day of hearing

In the last day of a hearing on which assessment tool the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will use to...

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Amplify makes its case in hearing on what K-3 reading assessment tool students will use

In the ongoing hearing on which tool North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will use to measure K-3 student...

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Updates from the Istation hearing

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Perspective | Wrong time in history to cut back on history

With history-laden news breaking out all over, North Carolina authorities have picked an inauspicious moment to reduce American history courses...

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Telling stories through music with the NC Symphony

Mary Boone, assistant principal flute with the North Carolina Symphony, had a very important request for the group of preschoolers...

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Race and education: the past and the future

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Golden LEAF unveils GLOW initiative to bolster workforce

The Golden LEAF Foundation is launching a new grant program that will provide $5 million for grants to nonprofits and...

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Celebrating wonder with NC Science Olympiad

Dylan and Mason of Heritage Middle School in Wake Forest are waiting patiently with their self-made rocket comprised of plastic...

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From the state budget to Istation, lots of ed news updates today

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We want to know what community college students think

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

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Perspective | Sources of strength: Rural church partners with middle school to address suicide and mental health

When Smith Grove United Methodist Church learned that each week there are on average five students with suicidal ideation at...

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No new teacher pay raises — at least for now

The General Assembly came back for one day to take up business from the long session, but they adjourned without...

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The legislature convenes and the Istation hearing continues today

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Join the Virtual Town Hall

In 2019, EdNC.org began holding student town halls at community colleges across North Carolina. We are showing up to have real conversations...

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Hearing begins on DPI’s choice of Istation to assess young readers

The long-awaited hearing on the Department of Public Instruction’s choice of an assessment tool vendor to test K-3 student reading...

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Perspective | Curiosity over curriculum: Inside the unschooling movement

Alice Goldstein’s childhood was filled with theater, swim team, volunteering and “groovy, accepting people.” But, until the 10th grade, Goldstein...

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Perspective | myFutureNC Blog Series: On the path to postsecondary attainment, we must leverage community partnerships

The establishment of the myFutureNC postsecondary attainment goal was a highly collaborative effort that benefited from contributions from stakeholders across...

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Take a look at what’s going on in districts across North Carolina

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An immigrant’s dream to be a teacher: Emily Francis of Cabarrus County

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. Emily Francis remembers first wanting to be a teacher when she...

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Perspective | Improving teacher diversity in North Carolina

Research says students experience significant academic and emotional benefits from having teachers of color, yet in North Carolina the educator...

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Wondering about the legislative session scheduled for next Tuesday?

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Perspective | Still awaiting an all-out assault on high-poverty schools

In mid-July 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the long-running Leandro case, I...

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We asked North Carolina principals a question that surprised them

Great school leaders are magnetic — they tend to attract a lot of questions. A common one is this: What...

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Gov. Cooper announces $56 million in federal early childhood grants

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that $56 million in federal grant funds over seven years will go to early educator...

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Superintendent Johnson challenges State Board on Read to Achieve

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson challenged the State Board of Education on their policies related to Read to Achieve...

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Superintendent’s Istation purchase questioned at State Board meeting

State Board of Education members questioned Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s decision to sign a $928,000 contract purchasing a...

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If you are interested in early childhood, heads up today…

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Perspective | Transition plans should help students with disabilities become voters

In 2020, 18 states have laws in effect that require residents to present photo identification in order to vote. North...

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When to give, when to take: NC principals get personal

This is part of The Principal’s Office, a short video series on what it means to be a school principal...

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Johnson signs new contract with Istation while stays remain on old one

Update on Monday, Jan. 27: The Department of Public Instruction entered into a contract with Istation to test K-3 readers...

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N.C. State Board of Education meets today, and other news…

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Our principals, our incubators of hope

If you don’t know him already, meet Donnell Cannon. I met Mr. Cannon the day before he started his job...

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Perspective | myFutureNC Blog Series: Helping community college students cross the finish line

North Carolina’s community college students often juggle jobs, family responsibilities, and long commutes as they work hard to finish their...

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Students lend voice to state education policy discussions

With a Tomberlin at the podium during a meeting of the State Board of Education, it is unusual for silence...

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Istation dispute left unresolved by superior court decision, full hearing next week

North Carolina’s K-3 students are without a reading diagnostic tool after a judge decided Tuesday to leave the legal battle...

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Exploring trends in 2020 from funding to gifted education to choice

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Perspective | UNC lab schools engage students in STEM

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

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Here’s what NC principals said about principal pay, teacher-principal relationships, and more

Recently, Education Week ran a survey about the principal-teacher relationship, and the Pew Research Center ran a survey about the trust Americans have in...

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Perspective | 2019: A recap of the year in NC education

From the controversy around reading assessment tools to the release of a court-ordered report on school funding, 2019 has been...

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Welcome to 2020! Here’s what you missed over the holidays…

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Some New Year’s resolutions for a state that gives a damn about education

Innovation often starts with a disruptive question. What is the purpose of education now, what will it be in 2040,...

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What’s happened with principals in the last 5 years

Research indicates that the teacher is the most important factor in a student’s success, and the most important factor in...