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Perspective | Remote psychological support in NC schools: We’re in this together

While closures for the rest of the school year were expected, the confirmation brings a soft sigh for the connections...

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Perspective | An open letter to soon-to-be beginning teachers amid COVID-19

The sirens, sounds, and the infamous ball drop bring to my memory how hopeful and exciting a new year can...

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See where your county stands with child care access and closures

As the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans a gradual reopening, early childhood advocates are pointing to the...

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House passes COVID-19 spending bill

The full House passed its COVID-19 appropriations bill today which amounts to more than $291 million for K-12 education, according...

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Istation controversy, DPI audit, a path to reopening schools, extension of emergency leave: State Board recap

Today’s emergency State Board of Education meeting was packed with items, including a discussion about a new procurement process for...

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Here’s exactly how one district made Wi-Fi available in school parking lots

You are hearing lots of stories about all the ways districts are trying to make the internet available to their...

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Exceptional Children: Will North Carolina seek flexibility with special education laws?

The U.S. Department of Education is not recommending that Congress waive any material provision of laws aimed at protecting students...

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April 30, 2020

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Legislature advances education spending plans in House and Senate

House and Senate committees took up COVID-19 spending bills today that include funds and provisions related to education. The House...

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Perspective | CCCC’s Crystal Way is hero in challenging times

Crystal Way is a wife and mother. She’s a student. She’s an educator. And, she’s a nurse in these challenging...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s two education crises

North Carolina is facing two crises in its pre-K-12 education system, one immediate and one long-term, each deepening the challenges...

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AP exams: The latest on schedules, format, help, accessibility, and grading

Here’s what we know as of April 28, 2020, about the status of AP testing. There will be no face-to-face...

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Listen | ‘MerleFest 2021 will come back stronger than ever’ — An interview with Jeff Cox of Wilkes Community College

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College, for my podcast Hope Starts Here. Below,...

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Principal Tabari Wallace made sure each senior had their own personal parade: 485 sq. miles, 220 students, 14 routes. ‘A bridge to get them to graduation.’

When I arrived at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, North Carolina on April 27 at 8:30 a.m., the scene...

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April 29, 2020

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COVID-19 dominates this General Assembly short session

The 2020 short session of the General Assembly launched today, and the focus both of the process and content was...

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Next round of CARES Act funding for community colleges announced

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter, click here. If you were forwarded this email from...

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Perspective | North Carolina can’t reopen without child care

As some in our state begin to call for North Carolina to reopen, one thing is certain: North Carolina can’t go...

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Nonprofits and artificial intelligence join forces for COVID-19 relief

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines it as the “resilience of communities when confronted by external stresses on human...

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Perspective | COVID-19: The General Assembly poised to act

The following is a presentation of a program held by the John Locke Foundation on Monday, April 27, 2020. State...

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Department of Education announces $307.5 million for states in K-12 and postsecondary grant competitions

On April 27, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the launch of two new grant competitions for states “to create...

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From community college student to community college president: Enamait’s ‘mindset of continuous improvement’

Meet Dr. John Enamait, the president of Stanly Community College in Albemarle. The same day Enamait received his offer to...

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Perspective | It’s time to stop thinking of broadband as a luxury

If you are like me, your email has been flooded with stories about COVID-19 lately. Most articles use faceless data...

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State education leaders answer your COVID-19 questions in this virtual town hall

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated more questions than answers. EdNC collaborated with the News & Observer on Monday, April 27...

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April 28, 2020

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Perspective | On our best days, we don’t serve all of our students well: ‘Educational debt’ and COVID-19

Editor’s note: The following is an audio recording and transcript of remarks given by State Board of Education member James...

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Perspective | Supporting community college presidential leadership

In the foreseeable future, postsecondary completion will be different as the pandemic crisis evolves unpredictably. College presidents, now wondering if their...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Leading a lab school during 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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How the early learning community is leading the pandemic response in a rural corner of western NC

When Nickey Stamey was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was comforted by the way her community in western North Carolina...

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What does it take to be a successful community college president?

This is the second article in a series on community college presidents. To read the rest of the series, click...

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The COVID-19 session of the legislature: What to expect

The General Assembly short session starting on Tuesday will be unlike any seen in recent history. For starters, the building...

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April 27, 2020

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North Carolina’s surge in community college presidential turnover ‘a model for the country’

David Shockley did not have the typical path to the community college presidency. As a teenager and in college, he...

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Perspective | Leadership in a brave new normal: Forsyth Tech takes up the challenge

In January, when I began my second year as president of Forsyth Technical Community College, I never imagined how the...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Accessibility and adoption of broadband

Over and over, we have been hearing from North Carolina teachers saying that they have not been able to reach...

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Perspective | State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis on COVID-19 school closures

The following perspective is a statement from Eric Davis, chairman of the State Board of Education, on Gov. Roy Cooper’s...

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Gov. Cooper closes NC schools for the rest of the school year

Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that he is closing schools for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year....

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What will it take to open schools in North Carolina this fall?

Today, Gov. Roy Cooper, State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced that...

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Perspective | High-growth learning potential during COVID-19: Where North Carolina stands

As Public Impact’s co-presidents, we’re pleased to have our organization collaborate with EdNC on the 1.0 version of the NC...

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April 24, 2020

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Perspective | Realism required to offset pandemic-induced ‘losses’ to education

The coronavirus epidemic has spawned a public health crisis and an economic crisis. These interlocked crises have sent shock waves...

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The story of a horticulture instructor at a community college is the story of MerleFest

MerleFest, a music festival held this time each year for more than 30 years, is one of the best untold...

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After further thought, here’s what the State Board has to say about student grades

The landscape for student grades is changing this spring semester after the State Board of Education voted to pass new...

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Perspective | On the front lines with James Sprunt nursing alum Carol Hinson

Nurses are taught to be prepared for anything, but the pandemic of 2020 is something that no one saw coming...

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North Carolina district responses to COVID-19: A new database from EdNC and Public Impact

In March 2020, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) developed a database to track how the nation’s largest public...

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The Friday Institute explores equity and the next generation of education

That was the question being asked and answered in the second virtual, cross-sector discussion yesterday hosted by the Friday Institute for...

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April 23, 2020

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Next round of CARES Act funding for community colleges and new guidance released from Department of Education

On Tuesday, April 21, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of an additional $6.2 billion for higher education...

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Perspective | During COVID-19, teachers can support students using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Learning and teaching remotely has become the new norm for millions of teachers and students across the world. This has...

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Perspective | Consistency and care: Confronting COVID-19 in a rural school community

During the coronavirus crisis — and any future periods of at-home teaching and learning — rural school districts face special...

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‘It’s pretty much non-existent’ — Franklin County teacher and EMT describes rural challenges with broadband

For Steven Gupton, the choice to transform from student to teacher at Louisburg High School might have taken several years,...

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Collaborative Conversation panel: Hear from NC teacher leaders – What does school look like after COVID-19?

“I keep coming back to the central humanity focus of what this has taught about the relationship with [my] students,”...

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What will COVID-19 mean for North Carolina preschool?

North Carolina’s public preschool program, NC Pre-K, ranked in the middle of similar programs throughout the country on such measures...

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April 22, 2020

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Video | One community college educator shares her passion for teaching and research

“I never really even had a job that wasn’t education-related,” said Ashley Hagler, a biology instructor and director of undergraduate...

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What will it take to boost faculty pay?

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter, click here. If you were forwarded this email from...

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Perspective | NC educators offer hope during coronavirus crisis

In the fog of a pandemic, look no further than your local educators who are spreading hope and light through...

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An EdNC + News & Observer Virtual Town Hall: Education and COVID-19

As COVID-19 radically changes the way schools teach and students learn, we know you have a lot of questions. We’ve...

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April 21, 2020

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Perspective | As schools respond to COVID-19, we can learn from teachers affected by natural disasters

As school doors close for an unforeseen future in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and administrators are searching for...

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NC educators share expertise in national conversations on the future of education

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Hunt Institute hosted a virtual webinar, “Supporting Student Needs Amidst School Closures.” The webinar...

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Not all community college courses can be taught online. Here’s how colleges are responding.

Over the past month, community colleges across the state have trained faculty, handed out devices to students, and set up...

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Welding with Michael Dixon: More than anvils and hammers — It’s a lot of heart

Michael Dixon, faculty welding instructor at Davidson County Community College, has taught around 1,000 students over a 14-year career. He...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: UNC-TV, DPI at-home learning during 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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Educator prep coming to community colleges

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges voted Friday to approve new programs in educator preparation offered at community...

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April 20, 2020

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DPI investigation provides context to text messages referenced in Istation case

An internal investigation at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), according to a statement released Friday, found a computer of...

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First round of CARES Act funding to provide cash grants for community college students

Students at community colleges will be eligible for cash grants to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations...

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Perspective | Researchers release analysis of North Carolina’s private school landscape

In this report, we survey North Carolina’s private school landscape, describing: the agencies and associations that most frequently interact with...

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Perspective | Education Matters: COVID-19 update and special population students

Today on the show we are going to provide an update on educating during COVID-19 and discuss meeting the needs...

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On Nation, his birthday, this week, and why he is essential

A week ago on Saturday night at 9:11 p.m., I got a text from the boy. That would be Nation...

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From early childhood to higher ed: One community college instructor’s journey

When Ginger Harris graduated from high school in Chatham County, she didn’t know exactly what was next. Her parents didn’t...

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Senate Democrats release COVID-19 education recommendations

While House legislators in the General Assembly organized into work groups, examined issues, and rolled out draft recommendations to address...

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Early childhood development has taught me a lot — as a reporter and a human

“You must have a good aura about you.” I was sitting on a small bench beside Shari Johnson, a Durham...

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How one district tackled delivering special education services remotely

When the COVID-19 school closure announcement reached Cleveland County Schools, it felt abrupt. Everyone was at school Friday, March 13....

 

NC STEM Center e-update: New NC STEM ScoreCard now available

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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April 17, 2020

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Perspective | A memorable journey to a first-time vote

On Nov. 5, 1968, I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to vote for the first time in a...

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Perspective | Apply now: Mebane Foundation offers 35 $1,500 classroom start-up grants to first-year teachers grades K-3

Setting up a classroom is expensive — ask any veteran teacher who has spent years scouring thrift shops and yard...

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What are the consequences of low faculty pay, and what changes are possible?

This is the fifth article in a series on faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges. Click here to read...

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Special education teachers in this district prioritized relationships and found a ‘blessing in disguise’

Nevaeh Simpson has a generous smile, the ear-to-ear kind that lights up a room. The ninth grader at North Shelby...

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An early look at draft legislation to address COVID-19 education challenges

State lawmakers continued to tackle the educational implications of COVID-19 today, with both the State Board of Education and a...

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What’s keeping me up at night? EdNC’s approach to news, education, and acts of violence during COVID-19

I often ask people when I am interviewing them, “What keeps you up at night?” Here is what is keeping...

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April 16, 2020

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How has faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges changed over time?

This is the fourth article in a series on faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges. Click here to read...

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Perspective | In Charlotte, keeping connected to 212 at-home students

How do you teach 212 students from a distance? Expanded-Impact Teacher Jimmel Williams says you listen carefully to your students’...

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Hope Rocks: How one student is spreading positivity in her rural community

Josie Morgan is used to being busy with school. As a freshman at McDowell High, her time is usually filled...

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Perspective | Online graduation? Durham student weighs in

Editor’s note: The following perspective appeared in the April 2020 edition of the bilingual student newspaper at Riverside High School...

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How are community college instructors paid in North Carolina?

This is the third article in a series on faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges. Click here to read...

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How does faculty pay in NC stack up?

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter, which focused on lessons of leadership during...

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‘I am also a community college graduate’ — Shelley White on her first months as Haywood Community College’s new president

Shelley White became President of Haywood Community College on Jan. 1, 2020. I had the pleasure of meeting her and...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Leading a Restart school during 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 | Walking the resilience road: From overwhelmed to compassion-in-action

When asked what she is struggling with the most right now, first grade teacher Katherine Semenek focused not only on...

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April 14, 2020

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Perspective | What my special needs child with the really big IEP has taught and retaught me as a teacher in this pandemic

I am the proud parent of two children. One is a highly intelligent and academically driven young lady who looks...

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Perspective | Why work-based learning? Educator, student share their experiences

Note: The interviews in this article occurred days before the pinnacle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community colleges have worked hard...

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¿Cómo está afectando el COVID-19 a estudiantes de ESL?

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

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Who teaches in North Carolina’s community colleges?

This is the second article in a series on faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges. Click here to read...

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April 13, 2020

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Perspective | In this crisis, we can be better together in education

After weeks of struggling with the fallout of COVID-19 — working remotely, social distancing, helping neighbors when we can —...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Educator self care and wellness

During COVID-19, educator self care is more important now than it has ever been. This week on Education Matters we’re...

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Hope Restorations: One job, one home at a time

On Tuesdays at Hope Restorations, everyone gathers around the table to share a meal. While people make sandwiches or pass...

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New interest in an old problem: Faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges

This is the first article in a series on faculty pay at North Carolina’s community colleges. Click here to read...

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April 10, 2020

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State Board and House look at legislative fixes to education issues created by COVID-19

Both the State Board of Education and a House working group of the General Assembly tackled a number of issues...

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Can a new way of assessing kids entering kindergarten help them learn? NC hopes so.

Assessments often get a bad rap. They can take away from valuable instruction time. And they can put pressure on...

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Our education system was ‘built around students already engaged.’ A statewide connectivity initiative could change that.

That was the question being asked and answered in a virtual, cross-sector discussion today hosted by the Friday Institute for...

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Improving the quality of life in Clay County with the help of Woodchuckers

Hayesville, North Carolina sits along the Hiwassee River in Clay County and is home to part of the Chatuge Lake....

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Perspective | In a remote learning world, mental health access for students requires advocacy

Telehealth and remote learning. These are hot topics in school districts across the nation that require a steep learning curve as...

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Child care industry, already fragile, needs financial support for front-line work

Though Darlene Brannon, director of Durham child care center Kids Korner Academy, has been able to keep her eight employees...

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April 9, 2020

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Perspective | Inequities impact children where they live

Daykota lives in a camper with his family, maintains an A average in English, and has no access to the...

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‘You’ve got to know your kids’ – How one high school teacher used Snapchat to get her class ready for remote learning

Editor’s note: This article features Myra Morgan and her daughter, Taylor Morgan. Because they share one last name, we will...

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Leading a school during COVID-19 means lifting a community

School. For me, the word conjures mental images often associated with education: classrooms, book bags, a yellow school bus. We...

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April 8, 2020

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Collaborative Conversations: Join us weekly for a remote conversation about education during COVID-19

Note – The April 23 event has been moved to April 30 – thank you for being flexible with us!...

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Using community connections to feed rural students when schools are closed

Beginning on March 16, Gov. Roy Cooper closed all North Carolina public schools. This left 1.5 million students at home...

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Everyone will be learning differently for a while — but what about students with learning differences?

Sherry Thomas is working long hours as she moves from conference calls to strategy meetings to webinars to emails to...

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Perspective | Tips for students transitioning to online studies from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has offered courses online since 2000, and as other educational entities have transitioned to virtual classes in...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: NC DPI district and regional support during 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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How is COVID-19 affecting ESL students?

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. Amid the remote learning experiment sweeping North Carolina and the nation,...

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Legislators hear from community college system on COVID-19 needs

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter, which focused on lessons of leadership during...

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April 7, 2020

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Catherine Truitt, Republican candidate for state superintendent, on COVID-19 and online education

The John Locke Foundation hosted a virtual discussion as part of their Shaftesbury in Place series on COVID-19 and online...

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Perspective | Keep doing what worked: Advice for at-home learning

Keep doing what works: For Erin Burns Mehigan, that message has been central to her school’s shift to at-home teaching...

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Perspective | National Board Certification: Advancing high-quality STEM teachers for NC

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

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Perspective | We’re still in the business of improving lives through learning

One, two, three, all in quick succession. That’s how many emails I’ve received since I opened this document to begin...

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April 6, 2020

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Perspective | As COVID-19 reveals, responsible adults are needed — in education and life

The COVID-19 pandemic, with all of its complexities, is revealing simplicities about education and life. There is nothing like a...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Social emotional learning during COVID-19

While students are staying home, social emotional learning is especially important now more than ever. Today we look at the mental...

 

NC STEM Center e-update: Proudly Serving Our Education Community

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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How community colleges are supporting the fight against COVID-19 in NC

As North Carolina surpasses 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, health care providers are scrambling to find supplies they need, including...

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From Dorian to COVID-19, Hyde County Schools meets disruption with resilience

While it feels longer to many, this Saturday, April 3, marks three weeks since Gov. Roy Cooper first announced the...

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An update on what’s happening — and what needs to happen — with E-rate. And, what’s E-rate anyway?

On April 1, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended key E-rate program deadlines for schools due to the COVID-19...

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Ask & Answer | Curious how $50 million of COVID-19 supplemental funds were distributed among school districts, charter schools, and the ISD?

Last week, the State Board of Education voted on a way to distribute $50 million in flexible funding for districts struggling with...

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State Board of Education and House tackle COVID-19

Both the State Board of Education and the education working group of the House select committee on COVID-19 met virtually...

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April 3, 2020

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Perspective | In adapting in a crisis, educators show their professionalism

From the Blue Ridge Range to the Outer Banks, schoolhouses sit shuttered, no laughter in hallways, no sneakers squeaking on...

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Perspective | When your classroom is outside, school is always open

Out Teach is a nonprofit that normally provides job-embedded coaching and on-site professional learning to teachers in under-served communities, showing...

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The broadband gap through the eyes of one Edgecombe County educator

Shawna Andrews grew up in Edgecombe County and spent the majority of her career in various roles with Edgecombe County...

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Perspective | Pandemic ready? One district’s response before, during, and after the COVID-19 crisis

The crisis On Saturday, March 14, 2020 Rowan-Salisbury School System, a 19,500-learner-district in North Carolina where I’m the superintendent, received...

 

Community colleges donate medical supplies, install community WiFi, help small businesses survive COVID-19 pandemic

Community colleges across North Carolina have stepped up to help their communities and the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.In an...

 

Opportunity Culture 2019–20 dashboard shows continued growth, educator support

The following is a press release from Public Impact Noting the ongoing, innovative work of Opportunity Culture educators who had...

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April 2, 2020

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Perspective | Social emotional learning continues during COVID-19

Week number two of the COVID-19 pandemic was quite possibly as head-spinning as week one from this school psychologist’s perspective. The...

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Community college, K-12 school district create unique partnership to feed students during COVID-19

As COVID-19 prompted community colleges across the state to shift away from face-to-face instruction, the staff at Forsyth Technical Community...

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Perspective | Coronavirus and public schools: A way forward

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of all public schools in North Carolina through May 15 via executive order. Among other...

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What is a parent’s role in remote learning?

Granville Academy in Oxford, North Carolina is well-positioned to adjust to the new reality of remote learning presented by COVID-19....

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Still have to work? Here’s how to find and pay for child care

As Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus prohibits more people from traveling to work,...

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Our ‘homework gap’ just became our ‘school gap’ and ‘no child left behind’ just became ‘no child left offline’

This week at EdNC.org, we are going to get started answering the lots of questions you are sending us about...

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Two executive orders make it easier for students to access remote learning as COVID-19 spreads

Gov. Roy Cooper signed two executive orders this week that will make it easier for students to access remote learning...

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April 1, 2020