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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Emily Francis remembers first wanting to be a teacher when she was still a little girl in Guatemala. She watched...

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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...

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...

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

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson signed a more than $928,000 contract yesterday to purchase a reading assessment tool from...

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...

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...

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...