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‘There are thousands of Mrs. Talberts’ – Hear from a parent, first-grader, and teacher experiencing distance learning for the first time.

Editor’s note: This article features Johanna Anderson and her first-grade daughter, Nina Anderson. Because they share a last name, we...

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Perspective | Coping with COVID-19 reveals serious broadband gaps

Thanks to a stealthy, spiky virus, we’re about to get a nationwide lesson in the challenging state of our broadband...

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How are community colleges getting students and faculty online?

On March 17, Peter Hans, president of the North Carolina Community College System, advised North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to...

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As classes resume, challenges persist. How are you doing?

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for sticking with us. If you missed last week’s newsletter regarding colleges’ responses to COVID-19, click...

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Bold ideas: Where do we go from here? – Join a virtual conversation about the future of education

EdNC is hosting a collaborative Zoom meeting for North Carolina educators, administrators, students, and supporters to discuss “what’s working well,...

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March 31, 2020

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Video | ‘This is how you solve a problem’ – District C launches Coaching Institute

“Too often, in our traditional education system, we are preparing students for things that aren’t relevant or particularly useful in...

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From virtual to personal: Community colleges respond to rare challenges as classes go online

Since Peter Hans, president of the NC Community College System, instructed colleges to move from face-to-face instruction to remote education...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: A superintendent’s response to COVID-19

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

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Perspective | Haywood Community College increases student success through excellence in advising

When Haywood Community College (HCC) embarked on the reaccreditation process, one of the first steps was to establish a Quality...

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North Carolina Symphony goes virtual for COVID-19 remote learning

The North Carolina Symphony is offering free virtual access to a concert and educational materials for teachers, students, and parents...

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March 30, 2020

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Perspective | Everything you know about pandemics, you learned in 8th grade science

My entire career in education has specifically revolved around science education in North Carolina. The current COVID-19 pandemic, conversations with...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Connecting kids to learning during COVID-19

North Carolina’s public schools have now been closed for two weeks due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and Gov. Cooper announced...

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Ask & Answer | What’s the deal with emergency leave for teachers and other school personnel?

A teacher asked me what happens for beginning teachers who haven’t accrued enough sick or annual leave if they can’t...

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How will grading happen during COVID-19? State Board of Education gives guidance

The State Board of Education came up with grading guidance for schools during a conference call meeting today as it...

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Ask & Answer | Providing school meals safely during COVID-19

We’ve heard a lot of questions about how to safely provide school meals to students during COVID-19. Updated on March...

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Share your voice with us: What questions do you have about education during COVID-19?

At EdNC, we strive to be the best in the world at listening. Listening to our state’s students, educators, and...

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Ask & Answer | An open letter to the Class of 2020 from EdNC

Dear Class of 2020, One of the hardest questions we have received since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is,...

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March 27, 2020

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Perspective | An invitation to participate in activities of a democracy

The slender official-looking envelope arrived in my mailbox last Friday, a small sign of normality in a time thrown out...

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Ask & Answer | What we know about serving students with disabilities, AP classes, and student privacy in the time of coronavirus

You’ve got lots of questions, and we are trying to keep up with at least the beginnings of some answers....

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Perspective | It’s time to recognize and value innovation in our schools

This is the fifth piece in a week-long series of perspectives on innovative practices in North Carolina public schools. Follow along...

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Google and Caldwell Community College join to address students’ remote-learning needs

As community colleges switch most of their instruction to remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis, students obviously need both internet...

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Perspective | From flood to pandemic: Why NC is ready for what comes next

Twenty years ago, when I was in my third year teaching English at Tarboro High School, one of my knucklehead...

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Child care centers that remain open face challenges — and tough choices

Over the last week, Kristen Idacavage, director of Kids R Kids Learning Academy, a private child care center and elementary...

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March 26, 2020

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Talking reading and policy with President Pro Tem Senator Phil Berger

Editor’s Note: Alex Granados and Mebane Rash edited this interview for length, clarity, and keeping it to policy. I’d like...

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Perspective | Embracing innovation in Caldwell County Schools

This is the fourth piece in a week-long series of perspectives on innovative practices in North Carolina public schools. Follow along...

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Mariah Morris and Julie Pittman share how NC is showing up in new ways to serve students

The Hope Starts Here podcast surfaces good news stories in the education space. We’re talking to education leaders, teachers, students,...

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Perspective | Some of us drive buses

Some of us drive buses. Some of us serve food. Some of us teach. Some of us coach. Some of...

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Inside one district’s efforts to feed all students during COVID-19

Two weeks ago, district-level discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on Wilson County Public Schools included things like cancelling after...

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March 25, 2020

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Ask & Answer | What about school funding and budget flexibility during coronavirus?

Readers are asking about school funding and budget flexibility. Charles Perusse, the state budget director with the Office of State...

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Explore how one college is dealing with COVID-19. Share your thoughts and questions.

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition exploring the initial responses to COVID-19, click here. Three new college...

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In this rural community, ‘there’s a lot of heart’

Editor’s Note: Robert’s documentary, Anchored in Tarboro, is the first in a series for EdNC on the strength we see...

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‘There’s no typical day’ — Crossroads FLEX High School and virtual learning allow students to pursue outside interests

Crossroads FLEX is a public high school in Wake County that offers flexible schedules and online classes for students with...

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Perspective | Where are college students counted for the 2020 Census?

Across North Carolina, there are many communities impacted by the presence of a college or university. Where will these students be...

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Perspective | How inequities in computer science prompted three educators to innovate

This is the third piece in a week-long series of perspectives on innovative practices in North Carolina public schools. Follow...

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March 24, 2020

 

Joint statement of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent Mark Johnson regarding the extended closure of public schools as instructional settings for K-12 students

This afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the closure of public school facilities as instructional settings for K-12 students will...

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Promising Pages: Helping students become bookworms

On March 20, Promising Pages, a nonprofit organization that distributes books to underserved children, worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to...

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How does a college stay connected during COVID-19? Forsyth Tech hopes to lead the way.

Nation here. I’ve spent much of the past week speaking with community college leaders and personnel in hopes of understanding...

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Questions about early learning during the COVID-19 outbreak? We want to help.

Whether you are a child care center director trying to decide whether to close, or an educator looking for distance...

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Perspective | School psychologists are our problem solvers, access for students is critical right now

Guess how many school psychologists we have across North Carolina? Did you know there are school districts without a school...

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Perspective | Innovating resiliency-focused practices to support student success

This is the second piece in a week-long series of perspectives on innovative practices in North Carolina public schools. Follow...

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Schools now closed until May 15 due to COVID-19

Update 6:22 p.m.: A press release from the State Board of Education and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson...

 

NC STEM Center e-update: New Age of Academic Continuity

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

 

State Board of Education seeks federal testing waiver

The North Carolina State Board of Education voted unanimously today to seek a one-year waiver from the U.S. Department of...

 

Governor’s Working Group getting food to children who are out of school; connecting families to child care

RALEIGH: With schools closed to in-person instruction, many children across North Carolina are getting their daily meals from school districts and...

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Ask & Answer | Here’s what we know about multi-classroom leaders

Readers have been asking what multi-classroom leaders will do during coronavirus, wondering if those lessons could be more quickly scaled...

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March 23, 2020

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Perspective | Education Matters: North Carolina’s education leaders respond to the impacts of coronavirus

Right now, the world faces something practically unimaginable — a global pandemic — and its impacts are being felt right...

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Perspective | No dinosaurs allowed in the education courtyard

This is the first piece in a week-long series of perspectives on innovative practices in North Carolina public schools. Follow...

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Ask & Answer | Here’s what we know about dual enrollment

Readers asked what will happen to students who are dually enrolled in public school and an institution of higher education....

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Ask & Answer | Curious what relief school districts need from lawmakers in response to coronavirus?

Readers are asking EdNC what relief districts need from lawmakers. This article was updated on March 23, 2020, at 3:36...

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Podcast | Introducing ‘Hope Starts Here’

Welcome to Hope Starts Here – a weekly podcast produced by EdNC.org. I’m Alli Lindenberg, EdNC’s engagement specialist. I’ll be...

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March 20, 2020

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Perspective | A pandemic has power to reshape a society, and its schools

As I prepared for my first college semester, Hurricane Betsy slammed into New Orleans with 145 miles-per-hour gusts, and Loyola...

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Common threads: How creativity, lifelong learning, and family define Haywood Community College

Arriving at Haywood Community College, I was so taken by the beauty of the campus that I almost forgot about...

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A little sunshine with the Hub Farm

On the first weekend of March, I found myself on a sunny Saturday surrounded by two troops of girls scouts...

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Perspective | NCSSM’s teaching, learning, and curriculum team offer resources for going virtual

As educational institutions across our state and nation transition to online and alternative course delivery methods, the North Carolina School...

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Connecting in crisis: Talking access to broadband, education, and faith on First in Future

We know disruption prompts systems change. Remember Katrina and the impact on the schools in New Orleans? Closer to home,...

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In this crisis together: How community colleges are handling COVID-19

The State Board of Community Colleges voted to approve five temporary amendments to help with the impact of COVID-19 in...

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John Gossett will be president at A-B Tech. He talks about his readiness on day one.

Today, on March 19, the State Board of Community Colleges approved John Gossett to be the president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical...

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March 19, 2020

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Perspective | Teacher leaders unite in the face of COVID-19

As all of us try to determine what our best contribution might be during the COVID-19 pandemic, what can North...

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Perspective | Putting data in its place: How strong teaching teams use data to achieve student growth

Can deep dives into large flows of student learning data actually lower teacher stress? Successful multi-classroom leaders, who lead small...

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Ask & Answer | How to talk to children and students about coronavirus

A reader asked: “What should we say if a student or family member of a student gets sick with coronavirus?”...

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Perspective | Beyond school as we know it: North Carolina districts lead into the unknown

On Thursday, March 12, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) and Orange County Schools became the first district in the...

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Perspective | It’s time to act and help mitigate the disruption to a ‘sound basic education’

It’s time for the governor and North Carolina General Assembly to take bold and decisive action in response to the...

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Lessons from the field: Resources from a regional-remote school

On March 13, one day before Gov. Roy Cooper announced that all North Carolina public schools would close for at...

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Suddenly at home with your young children? Here’s how to keep them engaged and learning.

As child care facilities struggle to decide whether to close during the coronavirus pandemic, many parents might face a lot...

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Perspective | District approaches to coronavirus

The Innovation Project (TIP) brings together forward-thinking North Carolina school district superintendents to find and implement innovative and transformative practices in public education so...

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March 18, 2020

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Perspective | Introducing NC Career Launch to the NC work-based learning ecosystem

How thrilled would an employer be if every one of their existing employees and future hires felt this way about...

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Classroom Central: Easing a burden on teachers through free supplies

In 2000, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce took more than 50 business leaders on a field trip of sorts. On...

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How Elizabeth City-Pasquotank is trying to churn out effective teachers

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools is gearing up for an experiment with Elizabeth City State University to transform the way teachers...

 

Community colleges extend Spring Break, cancel classes and move to online instruction in response to COVID-19

The following is a press release from NC Community College System Community colleges across North Carolina have extended Spring Break,...

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College in the time of coronavirus

I’ve written and rewritten this opening paragraph many times. It’s hard to know what to say when everything feels as...

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Ask & Answer | State Board chair issues guidance on personnel and school facilities during COVID-19

A reader said: “I am concerned about teacher and teacher assistant pay during these times.” Another reader asked: “During the...

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Distance learning lessons from our teachers of the year

Under the leadership of Mariah Morris, the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, a cohort of...

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Perspective | Hunt Institute releases resources for educators during COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted society’s daily routines. As schools across the nation close, childcare services are suspended, and social distancing becomes...

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March 17, 2020

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This reading skill may not sound exciting, but is it the ‘missing piece’?

This is an article about phonemic proficiency. Don’t click away to that post on Three Ways to Fix Reading Scores Instantly just...

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Perspective | Leaving the classroom: Lessons from those who have left child care jobs

For nearly 20 years, Child Care Services Association has been conducting workforce studies to better understand the composition of the child...

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March 16, 2020

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Teachers take the lead on how to make ‘learning come alive’ for students during the time of coronavirus

Today, Mariah Morris, the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, convened more than 80 educators from...

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All North Carolina schools to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Gov. Roy Cooper announced at a press conference this afternoon that all North Carolina schools will close for at least...

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Preparing students for an ‘innovation economy’ with IBM and mindSpark Learning

What is the half-life of knowledge? Samuel Arbesman argues that facts change over time, and that half of what we...

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Coronavirus impacts on NC schools: Extended learning, closures, delays

Coronavirus is altering the way countless people live their daily lives. We’re giving you the latest on COVID-19’s effect on...

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March 13, 2020

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Perspective | Voters deserve to hear more debate and discussion of education

Former Vice President Joe Biden and most of his Democratic presidential competitors have issued extensive position papers on education, not...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson addresses state leaders on coronavirus and schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson addressed the governor and state leaders with an update on coronavirus and schools on...

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North Carolina saw a surge in apprenticeships this year. Here’s why.

The number of registered apprentices in North Carolina has more than doubled over the past four years, according to the...

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March 12, 2020

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Perspective | Civil discourse and ‘the dying art of disagreement’

The following remarks were given by Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, during the spring 2018 commencement ceremony at South Piedmont Community...

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‘A collaborative process’ — Advice from one school district on creating a coronavirus preparation plan

We are focusing our coronavirus coverage on impact to North Carolina schools. Click here for the latest updates from the North...

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How the Rowan County Education Collaborative is working to align educational attainment and workforce development

In 2003, Rowan County and surrounding areas lost nearly 5,000 jobs in the largest single-day layoff in North Carolina history...

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President Patricia Skinner says goodbye to Gaston College

Patricia Skinner, the president of Gaston College, recently retired after more than 25 years on the job. EdNC.org sat down...

 

Governor Cooper declares State Of Emergency to respond to Coronavirus COVID-19

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Executive Order No. 116 Can Be Read HERE Governor Roy Cooper took the...

 

Teachers in Craven, Vance, and Johnston Counties awarded professional development grants, Governor Roy Cooper announces

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper Today, Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Business Committee on Education...

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March 11, 2020

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The importance of high expectations: Phil Javies of Sugar Creek Charter

One Friday morning at Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte, a line of seventh graders filed out of the building...

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Perspective | Dare County Schools and Participate Learning launch dual language programs

For the 2019-2020 school year, Dare County launched dual language programs across all of their elementary schools, becoming the first...

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The path from pre-K to kindergarten crosses a great divide — where students can stumble

Jennifer George, a kindergarten teacher at Bailey Elementary in Nash County, has taught for more than two decades in various...

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Has your county explored apprenticeships yet?

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition introducing our research and reporting on transfers, click here.  Happy Tuesday, y’all....

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March 10, 2020

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Perspective | In our quest to improve early reading in North Carolina, let’s remember the ‘Five W’s’

Growing up, one of my favorite shows was Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. For those who missed it, Nick News...

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Report shows slight decrease in dropouts and mixed results for pilot raising dropout age

The State Board of Education heard findings this week from an annual report on statewide dropout data and also received...

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Perspective | Connecting student data systems to improve educational outcomes

In an era when our ability to collect data is better than ever, policymakers believe it’s critical that to improve...

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March 9, 2020

 

NC STEM Center e-update: Looking for a STEM Job? Try NC STEM Center

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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Leandro | School turnaround is vital to educating all kids. How does it happen?

The Boston Thurmond neighborhood, located a couple of blocks north of downtown Winston-Salem, is a predominantly black community and one...

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Perspective | Schools foster economic growth, support democracy — and fight poverty

For many decades, as North Carolina’s old farm and factory economy eroded, public education advocates have turned to economic necessity...

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March 6, 2020

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Leandro | Here are the key ways North Carolina could boost learning in early childhood

An early childhood teacher is asking her 4-year-old Chapel Hill students, in Spanish, how many plates they need at their...

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State Board questions suspension report as incomplete and inequitable

A State Board report to the General Assembly on crime and discipline in public schools shows fewer North Carolina students...

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NC Final Exam elimination poses problem for State Board

In the wake of legislation that eliminated the North Carolina Final Exams, the State Board of Education considered how to...

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March 5, 2020

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Perspective | A student’s take on reforming NC’s public schools

How should North Carolina improve its public school system? That’s a question that, as a sophomore who has attended public...

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Perspective | The more teachers learn, the better they teach. Their pay should be higher, too.

No one is more important to improve student learning than an effective teacher. And effective teachers need an innovative system...

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This county hopes its apprenticeship program will convince the best and brightest to stay

This is the message behind the Made in Henderson County Apprenticeship program, a new partnership between Blue Ridge Community College,...

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Durham Tech and Duke Energy: Training the lineworkers of the future

Michael Stutts was 23 years old when he took a job as a lineworker at Duke Energy. More than two...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson challenges State Board contract with SREB

Superintendent Mark Johnson, who lost his bid for lieutenant governor Tuesday night, challenged the State Board of Education today about...

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Transfer students have increased by almost 250% in 20 years. Why? And what is next?

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition exploring the new apprenticeship announcement and the child care grant, click here. ...

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After primary elections, who will be on the ballot in November?

On March 3, North Carolina voters turned out to vote in the primary election and decided which two contenders will...

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March 4, 2020

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Coronavirus preparation in North Carolina schools: Here’s what to know

We’ll be updating this story daily as more information becomes available. We are focusing our coverage on impact to North...

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Leandro | School accountability through the eyes of one rural elementary school

Share your voice with us The educators at G.W. Carver Elementary School in Edgecombe County have a lot to be...

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High school teachers: Engage your students in a simulated 2020 election with First Vote NC

First Vote NC aims to improve youth voter turnout by demystifying the voting process and making voting a habit before...

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Perspective | NC’s school performance grade model does harm to poor schools

In my travels around the state this year as our North Carolina Principal of the Year, I have not met...

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Perspective | A teacher’s perspective on the impact of induction

In 2018, Judge David Lee appointed WestEd to lead a comprehensive investigation into what it would take to guarantee the...

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March 3, 2020

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Teaching outside the box in the outdoor classroom

Imagine yourself in a kindergarten classroom, staring outside the window into a small green space enclosed within the school. Not...

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Perspective | NC still has work to do to strengthen transfer pathways

North Carolina has a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) model that can streamline transfer from any of our community colleges to...

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Leandro | How can North Carolina better serve kids? It starts with the funding formula.

“¿Cómo estás?” I heard as I entered a kindergarten class at Martin Millennium Academy. “Bien,” I responded, as the class...

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Perspective | Friday Institute champions 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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It’s Statistics in Schools Week. Teachers: Here’s how to engage with the Census in your classroom.

March 2-6 is Statistics In Schools Week, a program from the United States Census Bureau that “offers free materials for...

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March 2, 2020

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Here’s why the census matters for young children

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. As April 1, Census Day, approaches, you’ll get a letter in...

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Leandro | Effective educators: The key to student learning

Clayton High School is a big school, and it’s getting bigger. When Principal Bennett Jones started at the school in...

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La razón por la cual el censo importa para la niñez

This article was translated by Carol Bono. Click here to read the original article in English. Mientras que el primero...

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Perspective | The community college transfer evolution in NC: What do we do next?

Since the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) was updated in 2014, North Carolina community college students’ transfer processes and opportunities have...

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

Welcome to Awake58! If you missed last week’s edition looking at the work of myFutureNC and the attainment goal, click...