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Perspective | Davie County preschool teachers share ideas and support through community PLC group

Stephanie Nelson, Davie County’s preschool collaborative teacher, asked teachers these questions during February’s community preschool professional learning community (PLC) meeting...

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February 24, 2020

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Perspective | Can I really keep at this? What kept one great teacher in the classroom

Opportunity Culture kept me from leaving the classroom. When our first child was born, my wife and I discussed our...

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Taking the initiative and finding support: A college transfer story

This is the first article in a series on the transfer experiences of North Carolina’s students between community colleges and...

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February 21, 2020

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Perspective | How voices, budgets, and public opinion shape issues in election years

“For too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools,” said President Donald Trump in his State...

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Perspective | Ask the expert: What is workforce development?

This piece was originally published by the NC State College of Education. It is part of the monthly “Ask the Expert”...

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Busting school breakfast myths at No Kid Hungry NC’s annual conference

At No Kid Hungry North Carolina’s ninth annual NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Bristow-Smith discussed...

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Scenes of hope: Walking the hallways with Principal Hopkins

When I arrived at Lakewood Elementary School, I gave principal James Hopkins a choice. We could film an interview first,...

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Task force examines community college enrollment boost

A community college task force focused on increasing enrollment in the community college system heard more details on the trend-breaking...

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Here’s which NC schools and community colleges are closed or delayed

Editor’s note: This article will be updated twice a day — around 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. School district and...

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February 20, 2020

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More skilled workers needed for the jobs of tomorrow: Announcing 5,000 new apprenticeships

Before he arrived at the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus at NC State to announce an investment in apprenticeships, United...

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How will we reach our attainment goal? This pilot project hopes to help.

One year ago, myFutureNC Commission announced a shared attainment goal for North Carolina — an aggressive call to action for...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s new Preschool Development Grant: How will $40M be invested?

A new three-year, $40 million federal grant will support improvements to North Carolina’s early education system (birth through five). The...

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February 19, 2020

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Going back to school as a parent is tough. The cost of child care makes it tougher.

Trakeia Lynch, a Nash Community College student and parent of two, says juggling her nursing program studies with child care...

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Scholarships and sweets: Morganton churches come together to support Latina youth

What do Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians have in common? In Morganton, they have a bakery and a unified...

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Perspective | Mobile Market is a community effort to end hunger

Warren and 10 of his 14 children waited patiently outside in the gathering area for their number to come up. The...

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Public School Forum’s top issue of 2020: Leandro

Breaking with a long-standing tradition, the Public School Forum of North Carolina eschewed its traditional top 10 issues of the...

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Two million by 2030 and what it will take to get there

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition remembering Mark Story, click here.  myFutureNC updates stakeholders on their work...

 

Question of the Week – February 18

Most jobs today require some education beyond high school: a college degree or high quality credential. myFutureNC has a goal...

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February 18, 2020

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From village teacher to bridge builder, Freebird McKinney takes on State Board role

On Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, the news broke that Freebird McKinney, the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of...

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Reading instruction needs to improve. Who will lead the charge, and how?

North Carolina is on a growing list of states that are studying Mississippi’s rising reading scores and discussing how to...

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Perspective | Buncombe County Early College students designing a park

Buncombe County Early College (BCEC) first-year students are working with a local nonprofit on a real-world park design project to...

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Everything you need to know about the Leandro litigation

North Carolina’s Leandro court case has been ongoing for more than 20 years. The case centers on the state’s constitutional...

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February 17, 2020

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Perspective | Education Matters: Digital citizenship and state superintendent interviews

Today we will dive into digital citizenship and what schools are doing to promote safe and responsible use of the...

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Perspective | NC needs a stronger teacher pipeline. Community colleges can help.

North Carolina’s children need competent, well-trained teachers in every classroom if our state is to keep growing and prospering. In...

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States can’t boost attainment without better serving adult learners. Here’s how.

“She used the word,” educators behind me whisper. There is a collective gasp from the audience. Andragogy. Ever heard of...

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February 14, 2020

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How can NC recruit and retain effective teachers?

Cherelle Sanders is a multi-classroom leader at Martin Millennium Academy in Tarboro. In her first year in that role, she...

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Perspective | HS diploma, 2-year college, apprenticeship — Which is the best path? New ‘Right to Know’ bills in 6 states would give students more data about options (and outcomes)

The “one size fits all” model of education is long gone, and good riddance. No two students are on the...

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Voter’s Guide: Meet the candidates for state superintendent

With State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson seeking election as lieutenant governor of North Carolina, one thing is certain:...

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February 13, 2020

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Perspective | Empowering students to have healthy relationships while using social media and technology

The relationships in our lives — with friends, partners, family, or coworkers — have a huge impact on the five...

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How the NC Teacher of the Year engages students in STEM

Mariah Morris, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, passionately addressed a crowd about the state of...

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Remembering Mark Story

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition, click here.  We were all shocked by the loss of Mark...

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Community college enrollment increasing statewide

New data shows that enrollment increased at 53 of the state’s 58 community colleges in 2019. Enrollment in the North...

 

Enrollment increases at North Carolina community colleges for the first time in 9 years

The following is a press release from NC Community Colleges Enrollment climbed 4.4 percent across North Carolina’s community colleges in...

 

Governor Cooper honors African American education leaders during Black History Month

The following is a press release from Gov. Roy Cooper. Governor Roy Cooper today honored Black History Month by recognizing African American education...

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EdNC’s Student Town Halls: ‘You are the future of democracy’

“Our priority,” said Matt Bristow-Smith, the principal of the Edgecombe County Early College, “is lifting up young people as engaged...

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February 12, 2020

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Thinking about our teachers, thinking about our ‘difference makers’

“There are more than 100,000 teachers in North Carolina. We know there are effective teachers in all our communities across...

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: Personalized early outreach improves regular attendance

Midway Elementary School principal Robbin Cooper believes that attendance challenges are best solved by intentionally engaging parents as partners. She’s...

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Perspective | Imagine the beloved community

Imagine you awoke this morning in a community governed on the principles of justice, equal opportunity for all, and agape...

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A vision for attainment: 2 million by 2030

Until Feb. 2019, North Carolina was one of just a handful of states without a statewide postsecondary attainment goal. That...

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Perspective | To understand the state’s charter schools, first, focus on facts

North Carolina’s 2019 Annual Charter School Report has been the subject of recent controversy and debate, with some suggesting that...

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Wonder what it’s like to visit a community college with EdNC? Join us. ‘The future is now’ at DCCC

The first thing I saw as Nation and I pulled into Davidson County Community College — also known as DCCC...

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Perspective | How northeastern NC organizations are working together to connect people to jobs

Right now, many industries in North Carolina are struggling to find the right mix of talent, experience, and credentials in...

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Understanding the state’s charter schools

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Perspective | Students learn more from North Carolina teachers who are ‘tough graders’

It’s long been said that children rise to the expectations of the trusted adults in their lives, and research has...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Keeping our students safe

Anonymous reporting, safety apps, school resource officers. Do you know how your children are staying safe while in school? Today...

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NC STEM Center e-update: FIRST gets ready for March Madness of Engineering

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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The work and life of Mark Story reminds us, ‘This is about the students’

“Check your ego at the door,” said Mark Story at the NC Chamber’s Education and Workforce Conference in August 2019....

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With home visits, Charlotte effort boosts school readiness in a familiar setting

Natasha Curry didn’t know her 3-year-old son knew what a stop sign was. “He can barely see over his car...

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Perspective | Rising education narrows male-female earnings gap

In the late 1990s, education data showed a widening gender gap in higher education enrollment across the South. Women exceeded...

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Video | NC Community College President of the Year Dennis King reflects on his career

After 28 years at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, including the last five as president, Dennis King retired in January 2020....

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State Board changes way it handles contracts with state superintendent

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State Board revamps how it works with Superintendent on contracts

The State Board of Education discussed plans to change how it interacts with the state Superintendent of Public Instruction when...

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State Board task force takes on school performance grades

Will North Carolina continue to weight achievement so heavily in calculating school performance grades? Will it consider new metrics in...

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February 6, 2020

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State Board sends educator prep accountability plan back to commission

The State Board of Education is planning to send a weighted accountability model for educator preparation programs back to the...

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Perspective | Considering a gap year after high school? Here are 5 options.

High school graduates in North Carolina face major questions about the future, and generally are presented with three options: enrolling,...

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Rowan-Salisbury recognized nationally as a school district to watch

Rowan-Salisbury Schools was recognized as one of six “school districts to watch” recently by Education Dive, an online publication that...

 

Educators endorse Jen Mangrum for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators Members of the North Carolina Association of...

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Four NC community college leaders selected for Aspen Institute’s first New Presidents Fellowship

The Aspen Institute has announced the inaugural 25-strong class of Aspen New Presidents Fellowship for Community College Excellence, and four...

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Leandro judge invited to testify at legislature

Judge David Lee, who is presiding over the Leandro case, has been invited to testify in front of the Senate...

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February 5, 2020

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Behind one Leandro proposal: Making more children with special needs eligible for early services

Since 2014 budget cuts left the North Carolina Infant-Toddler program with 160 fewer employees, the reduced workforce is connecting more...

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Perspective | State Board must include complete demographic information in charter school report

Every February, the State Board of Education presents a report on the current state of North Carolina charter schools to...

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Perspective | Book Harvest’s Dream Big book drive

“Everyone needs to become a good reader so that when they are an adult they will have a better life,”...

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One college president shows you can go home again

Welcome to another week of Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition, click here. We visited with Dr. Lisa Chapman...

 

Question of the Week – February 4

Next week, we’re holding a town hall for the NC state superintendent candidates. After the event, we’ll bring you a...

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Rowan-Salisbury board considers school closures

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board, in an almost four-hour meeting last week, discussed consolidation of elementary schools, an updated model for...

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Perspective | NCSSM leading the way in STEM education

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

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Podcast | What it’s like for one teacher of color

Michelle Ellis is in her fifth year teaching at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia after years teaching in elementary...

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Appreciating the value of CCCC: Lisa Chapman is back home

When Lisa Chapman became president of Central Carolina Community College in the spring of 2019, she didn’t need a tour...

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Perspective | NC’s Teacher of the Year recommends moving from retention to instructional support for students who struggle with reading

Recently, the issue of our Read to Achieve law with specific concern to how districts are retaining students who do...

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State Board of Education meets this week. And more…

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Video | What is Leandro?

North Carolina’s Leandro court case has been ongoing for more than 20 years. The case, which centers on the state’s...

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Perspective | Education Matters – 2020 state superintendent candidate interviews

This year, North Carolinians will elect a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as the current State Superintendent, Mark Johnson,...