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Perspective | White folks, here is a short list of what we can do

Instead of asking a person of color to explain race, privilege, systems of power, or oppression, we can read one...

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Meet one of the student organizers behind the peaceful part of Raleigh’s protest, and hear his ‘righteous anger’

Young American Protest (YAP!), NC Town Hall, and five other organizations co-organized the #RaleighDemandsJustice event on Saturday, May 30, which...

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Perspective | North Carolinians weigh in on high-quality reading instruction

“We need scientifically based and direct instruction. We need to assess skills in pre-reading, phonics, and vocabulary, as well as...

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Will high school sports resume in the fall? The answer is complicated.

If North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers remain steady, some high school sports could return this fall. The N.C. Department of Health...

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5/29/2020

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Perspective | Daunting decisions on schools in a battleground state

A consensus of politicians and pundits places North Carolina firmly among the key battleground states of the 2020 elections. These...

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Candidates sound off on state superintendent’s role during COVID-19

In a recent survey, EducationNC asked teachers what questions they had for the two candidates for state superintendent of public...

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Pinch points to possibilities: A virtual event series about authentic innovation with Ben Owens

Ben Owens, part of the Education Innovation Network NC and co-founder of the nonprofit, Open Way Learning, is co-hosting a...

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NC Child releases annual indicators of children’s well-being for all 100 counties

NC Child, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues that affect young children, has released its 2020 County Data Cards...

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Perspective | As remote learning continues, educators must prioritize social emotional learning

Remote learning has now solidified in pre-K through 12th grade systems and within the homes of students. Parents routinely ask,...

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Task force’s work on improving reading instruction to go before State Board next week

The State Board of Education Literacy Task Force is zeroing in on its final recommendations for how reading instruction should...

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‘Finish the FAFSA’ makes it easier for high schools to track FAFSA completions

This is the fifth piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. Any...

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5/28/2020

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Perspective | Online learning after the coronavirus crisis

School closures in response to the pandemic led educators to make heroic efforts to provide their students with online learning...

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Home visiting without home visiting: Programs adapt and support families — but with limited reach

Julie Smith, a licensed counselor for Child First, an intensive home visiting program that provides mental health support to young...

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Louisiana increased FAFSA completion by 25% in 1 year. Here’s what they learned.

This is the fourth piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. For...

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5/27/2020

 

Some community college students are back on campus

Welcome to Awake58!  I hope that you found some silver linings and joy in the holiday weekend. If you missed...

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Perspective | Workforce initiatives and COVID-19: Keeping the goals in sight

In the fall of 2019, several statewide initiatives were progressing rapidly toward goals intended to help North Carolina citizens attain...

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Tennessee currently leads the nation in FAFSA completion. Here’s how they did it.

This is the third piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. For...

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How North Carolina’s community colleges are responding to COVID-19: A new database from EdNC

The phrase “these are unprecedented times” bubbles up in almost every conversation regarding the state of education amid COVID-19. The...

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Perspective | NC charters are positioned to respond to hard times in education

In the recent weeks following Gov. Cooper’s stay-at-home order, North Carolina homes have transformed into offices, gyms, barbershops, restaurants, movie...

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Rural Talk: The state of rural health care

What does a well-functioning health care system require? In the third installment of Rural Talk: A Virtual Advocacy Speaker Series by...

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5/26/2020

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‘Connecting the dots that lead to educational attainment and gainful employment’

In 2019, local leaders in Henderson, Madison, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties formed the Land of Sky Educational Attainment and Workforce...

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Perspective | The kids will be fine

A New York Times editorial referred to K-12 students in the U.S. as a “lost generation of kids.” After interviewing education experts,...

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FAFSA completion rates: Where does NC stand?

This is the second piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. As...

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Perspective | Remote learning without internet access: Workarounds from rural communities

Recently, in response to COVID-19, much needed additional state and federal funding has been allocated to North Carolina’s public schools....

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5/25/2020

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Experts express concern about proposed definition of high-quality reading instruction

Words matter.  State education leaders have grappled over the right words to define “high quality reading instruction” for more than...

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FAFSA completion is key to postsecondary attainment. Here are 6 ways states can boost their rates.

This is the first piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here....

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Perspective | Lessons I have learned from students and parents about FAFSA completion

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is the form that high school seniors and...

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NC STEM Center e-update: SSEP grant cycle will not run in 2020

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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5/22/2020

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Perspective | Crisis opens opportunity for bonds to build better schools

Whenever North Carolina K-12 students return to in-school learning, they will enter the same collection of classrooms, libraries, gyms, auditoriums,...

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Perspective | The power of our graduates to exponentially change the world

The following perspective is a copy of remarks given to the Edgecombe Early College High School Class of 2020 by...

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Here’s how the Belk Center helped community college faculty shift to online teaching during COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, community colleges across North Carolina had not a moment to lose in moving thousands of students to...

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Perspective | COVID-19 and competency-based education: Where does North Carolina go from here?

This is the fifth piece in a five-part series of perspectives from RTI International on competency-based education amid COVID-19. Follow along...

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Rainbows, pirates, and fairy tales abound: Carrboro teacher takes art lessons virtual

Deborah Cox, a veteran art teacher at Carrboro Elementary, says her “first and foremost love is the kids” – and...

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Istation, mCLASS, or another tool? Districts will get to choose

The State Board of Education took up the distribution of federal COVID-19 funds, guidance for district remote learning plans, extension...

 

NC Community College System and NC Department of Public Instruction joint statement of support for NC’s public school students

In the uncertain times created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Community College System and the NC Department of Public...

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5/21/2020

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Perspective | Reflecting on a decade of investments: How competency-based education can help North Carolina achieve educational equity

This is the fourth piece in a five-part series of perspectives from RTI International on competency-based education amid COVID-19. Follow along...

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State looking to change policy for students with specific learning disabilities

The policy for identifying and evaluating students for special services through the state’s special education program may change when the...

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Perspective | Lathan receives UNC Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nearly 20 years ago, Jamie Lathan, dean of NCSSM’s Distance Education and Extended Programs, joined the school’s humanities department as...

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Perspective | Seniors reflect on a lost year

In 2017, I wrote an article entitled, “Spend prom on the Great Wall, check.” The focus of the story was...

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With social distancing and protective gear in place, some community college students return to campus

Almost two months after community colleges moved the vast majority of their classes online, some community college students were allowed...

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May 20, 2020

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Fund balances: Do school districts have enough in savings to weather COVID-19’s perfect storm?

Available fund balances at most North Carolina school districts are lower than they were in 2013, according to the most...

 

Senate budget writers file bill to protect teacher, law enforcement salaries

The following is a press release from Senate Republicans Senate Budget Chairs Harry Brown (R-Onslow), Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), and Brent...

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Newsrooms are huddling for warmth and finding a way forward: Lessons from the Collaborative Journalism Summit

After studying journalism and working for my campus newspaper for the last three years, I’ve perfected my response to people...

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Perspective | How personalized learning practices prepared one school for remote learning

This is the third piece in a five-part series of perspectives from RTI International on competency-based education amid COVID-19. Follow along...

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NC should measure children’s social and emotional health, a report says. Here’s how.

Experts in children’s health are worried about the COVID-19 ordeal’s potential effects on young brains. Especially in the earliest years...

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Perspective | Lenoir County seniors spread hope through music: ‘It’s gonna be okay’

We all have been trying to make sense of the unprecedented global crisis brought forth by the COVID-19 virus. Much...

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Here’s how federal COVID-19 dollars will be spent

Welcome to Awake58!  Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter on how the smallest community college responded...

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Rural Talk: Why do small businesses matter?

According to a 2019 report from the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), there were 30.7 million small businesses in the...

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May 19, 2020

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Perspective | How creating the right competencies can build the foundation for learning — within and beyond school walls

This is the second piece in a five-part series of perspectives from RTI International on competency-based education amid COVID-19. Follow along...

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Perspective | We can’t put the genie back in the bottle: Designing next-generation education in the time of crisis

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people in North Carolina, the U.S., and around the world are confined to...

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How are community colleges distributing CARES Act funding to students?

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges will collectively receive $60 million to provide emergency financial aid to students thanks to the federal Coronavirus...

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Perspective | Connecting community college campus climate to student success

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been radical shifts in the work and learning environment of community...

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Creating your own lightboard: You don’t need the classroom to teach seamlessly

What do you get when you combine a storm door, Google Meet, and Davidson County Community College (DCCC) educator John...

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Expecting school to reopen like normal next year? Don’t.

“I will be blunt. Since the start of our switch to remote learning in March, I have held the belief...

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How changing opportunities for adult learners may have paved the way for how we think about education post-COVID-19

In February 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 would disrupt our education system and our economy, Dr. Marie Cini, former president...

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May 18, 2020

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Perspective | Educators are learners, too

This is the first piece in a five-part series of perspectives from RTI International on competency-based education amid COVID-19. Follow along...

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Perspective | Amid this pandemic, our 58 community colleges provide hope

For all of us, the last two months have been unlike anything we could have ever predicted. This pandemic has...

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DHHS grants will help child care centers that remained open or are reopening

Financial relief could come as soon as next week for child care centers that have been caring for children despite...

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State Board of Community Colleges begins spending COVID-19 funds

On Friday, the State Board of Community Colleges began allocating federal funds provided by the General Assembly to address the...

 

Franklin County Schools Superintendent selected as 2020 NCSSA Brad Sneeden Leadership Award winner

The following is a press release from the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association The North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA)...

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May 15, 2020

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Perspective | Looking to federal fiscal power to avoid ‘great harm’ to a generation of students

The interconnected public health and economic crises have locked North Carolina in a box within a box. Think of the...

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One organization’s journey to create secure Zoom events

As social distancing guidelines necessitated a way to gather virtually rather than in-person, EdNC set its sights on Zoom. We’d...

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Perspective | Why can’t colleges use endowments to fill budget gaps?

There’s a new and frequently occurring question these days around higher education’s response to COVID-19: Why are colleges and universities...

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House group looks at school nutrition, broadband, and reopening schools amid COVID-19

The education working group of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 met today to look at issues surrounding child nutrition,...

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Child care centers say they’re still in need as they reopen to working parents

Child care centers remain in the challenging position of supporting North Carolina’s working parents with insufficient resources, center leaders and...

 

UNC System and NCDPI partner to ensure admissions standards for college applicants

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the University...

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May 14, 2020

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Perspective | NC Pre-K slips in national rankings as COVID-19 crisis underscores need

NC Pre-K is serving the same percentage of the state’s 4-year-olds that it was 10 years ago, and the program...

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Health service delivery in North Carolina schools: Landscape analysis and bright spots

Executive summary This report provides a landscape analysis of the ways in which schools across North Carolina deliver health services....

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Supporting English learners 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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May 13, 2020

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Here are a literacy task force’s initial ideas on bettering the teaching of reading

A team of education leaders, charged with recommending improvements to reading instruction in classrooms across North Carolina, is refining its...

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No child left offline: How one district went one-to-one and tackled internet access

As North Carolina’s public schools navigate another week of remote learning, questions around ensuring digital equity for all students are...

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How the smallest community college responded to COVID-19

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for allowing us into your inbox again this week. If you missed last week’s newsletter...

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Perspective | Forsyth Technical Community College alumna shares her story of the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

When you walk into the employee entrance of Novant Health Medical Center right now, there are several chalk messages on...

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Perspective | Announcing the North Carolina Postsecondary Leaders Program

During this strange time of staying at home, in between the seemingly endless video conference meetings, I find myself thinking...

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May 12, 2020

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Perspective | Comets 2 Careers summer internship program: Empowering students to invest in their future

North Carolina’s brand for work-based learning, NC Career Launch, was informally launched in the state in late February. NC Career...

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Rural Talk: When will broadband access make it the last mile?

On Thursday, May 7, the NC Rural Center and Rural Counts kicked off Rural Talk: A Virtual Advocacy Speaker Series...

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Perspective | Finding common ground: ‘There are good, well-intended people on both sides of the issue’

North Carolina’s economy is opening up after nearly two months of lockdown. I wish the reopening was faster, broader, and...

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‘Rural students are left behind’ — A conversation on broadband with Jean Davis of MCNC

If you don’t know about MCNC, CEO Jean Davis says to “just think of us as Google Fiber for the...

 

Schools win recognition for support of military students, families

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina is home to a large population of active...

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May 11, 2020

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Perspective | COVID-19 budget and state decisions update

On May 2, the North Carolina General Assembly approved a pandemic relief package nearing $1.6 billion in two bills. After...

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Kenan Fellows Program announces 2020-2021 cohort

On National Teacher Appreciation Day, the Kenan Fellows Program announced its newest cohort of education leaders in North Carolina. This...

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Educators run 2.23 miles to honor the life of Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, an unarmed black man named Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia when he was confronted, shot,...

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Here’s how one small college responded to COVID-19

Pamlico Community College (PCC) is the smallest community college in North Carolina. Nestled in a small, rural county, its headcount...

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Perspective | Virus has widened divisions, inequality, but then what?

The iconic images that photographer Walker Evans published of men, women, and children with sad eyes and sapped spirits documented...

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‘What keeps you up at night?’ Here are six teacher’s responses — add your own.

Last Thursday, April 30, six North Carolina teachers joined an hour-long “Collaborative Conversations” virtual panel hosted by EdNC, where they...

 

NC STEM Center e-update: Kenan Fellows names 2020-2021 teacher leaders

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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Will seniors be able to receive grades?

The State Board of Education revisited its plan on senior grading this week but ultimately decided not to make any...

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‘Our challenges are our biggest opportunities’ — How the Belk Center at NC State immediately assisted community college faculty during COVID-19

Last week, I interviewed Audrey Jaeger, executive director of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, for my...

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Perspective | On the front lines with James Sprunt CDL, truck driving alum Brianna Williams

Whenever we may endure a crisis, whether that is a global pandemic such as we are experiencing now or a...

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7 students. 1 superintendent. Changing education as we know it, together.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard Dr. Lynn Moody tell a story. She was talking about leadership on a...

 

Governor Cooper announces his DRIVE Task Force to recommend education equity measures

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to the DRIVE Task Force. Established through Executive Order 113, the task force is focused on improving equity...

 

School buses to serve as Wi-Fi hot spots for remote learning

RALEIGH: Starting this week, additional school buses will bring internet access to communities without it to help more North Carolina students...

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DRIVE stands for ‘Developing a Representative & Inclusive Vision for Education’

Yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his appointments to North Carolina’s DRIVE Task Force. Back in December 2019, the governor established...

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Rutherford County Schools receive COVID-19 assistance from a local business: Facebook

In 2012, a Facebook Data Center arrived in Forest City, North Carolina, a town in Rutherford County. Along with the...

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Ask & Answer | A visual guide to high school grading in North Carolina for spring 2020

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. We heard from Astrid Emily Francis, an English as a Second...

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Pregunta y Respuesta | Una guía visual para las calificaciones en escuela secundaria en Carolina del Norte para el semestre de primavera 2020

This article was translated by Carol Bono. Click here to read the original article in English. Astrid Emily Francis, una...

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The joy of math: An interview with Dr. Hollylynne Lee

Hollylynne Lee’s first teaching job was in Dare County in 1991. She started out as a mathematics teacher working in...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Supporting students with disabilities 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 an interim president guided A-B Tech’s COVID-19 response

Serving as president of a community college requires many skill sets, but COVID-19 has provided a unique test for all...

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The path to becoming a community college president

Welcome to Awake58. Thank you for reading. If you missed last week’s newsletter on the CARES Act and other topics, click...

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Church buildings can be used for more than ministry. Here’s how.

It was a chance encounter that Reverend Karen Easter Bayne met Deneen Gill at a NC Rural Center event last...

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Perspective | Teacher diversity: Another charter school advantage in North Carolina

It might feel like eons ago, but in December, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order creating a task force...

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Access, affordability, and adoption — ncIMPACT highlights broadband challenges, solutions

It has been almost two months since Gov. Roy Cooper first closed all K-12 North Carolina public schools due to...

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Perspective | UNC-TV supports public with media access for all

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

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As COVID-19 raises new mental health concerns, NC School Psychologist Association holds virtual legislative day

On Monday, May 4, the North Carolina School Psychologist Association (NCSPA) held its second annual legislative day. Due to COVID-19,...

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Mapping Read To Achieve: How did districts fare last year?

Just before COVID-19 building closures and remote learning began, the Department of Public Instruction released reading proficiency data from last...

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Wolf to lead the Public School Forum of North Carolina

Back in 2012, the nation was just coming out of the Great Recession, and a report on digital learning was...

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May 4, 2020

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Perspective | Cutting through the noise of education reform and COVID-19

As the world waits to find out what its “next normal” will look like, innovation in education is going to...

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Perspective | From breakfast to broadband and back: Parents’ insight to navigating remote learning

Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Friday that our school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of this academic year....

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Listen | We need Teacher Appreciation Week now more than ever

Each year, the first week of May signifies a dedicated time to celebrate educators: Teacher Appreciation Week. This year feels...

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General Assembly passes COVID-19 relief

The General Assembly passed a COVID-19 relief package on Saturday, May 2 that includes about $231.6 million for K-12 education...

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May 1, 2020

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Perspective | North Carolina’s own lesson in confronting a disruptive crisis

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.’’ The Italian Prince Machiavelli reportedly said something like that, and so apparently...