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How will community colleges handle COVID-19 this fall?

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s newsletter discussing Peter Hans being named president-elect of UNC system, click here. If...

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Brief | Getting everyone counted in the 2020 Census

A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are...

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Perspective | Chancellor of UNC-Pembroke on Friday’s march

The following is a statement released by Robin Gary Cummings, chancellor of UNC-Pembroke, in response to a march that took place...

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Audit of NC Virtual Public School finds courses don’t meet standards

Today at 10 a.m., the N.C. State Auditor released this audit of the North Carolina Virtual Public School. The audit...

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6/30/2020

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Perspective | Student voices supporting Black Lives Matter take on a renewed urgency. We should all listen.

Black Lives Matter. During this time, student voices matter tremendously as they watch and try to understand the appalling deaths of...

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Exploring statewide trends and equity gaps in North Carolina districts’ responses to COVID-19

This data summary analyzes trends in the NC District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures database completed on June 5, 2020,...

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Perspective | The reality of broadband in North Carolina

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

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How will a community college serve students this fall amid COVID-19?

Mark Poarch has been president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) since the spring of 2016. Poarch was...

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Collaboration, community, and the challenge of a pandemic: John Gossett reflects on his tenure at MTCC

On a warm summer morning, John Gossett, president of McDowell Technical Community College, bounded out of his administrative building to...

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6/29/2020

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Perspective | Education Matters — Leandro: Moving from planning to action

Judge David Lee’s consent order of January 21, 2020 directed the state defendants (State Board of Education, governor, and DOJ...

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North Carolina district responses to COVID-19: An updated database from EdNC and Public Impact

In March 2020, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) released “District Responses to COVID-19,” an online database tracking how...

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The General Assembly adjourns for now

The General Assembly finished up most of its work this week, but it’s not gone for good. An adjournment resolution...

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6/26/2020

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Perspective | Big education issues intersect as public opinion shifts

In looking ahead to North Carolina’s great education debate over the second half of 2020, the image of a five-point...

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Superintendents uniquely positioned to lead during COVID-19, but stress is leading to turnover

Update at 10:100 a.m. on June 30: A new superintendent of Asheville City Schools began on June 1. Update at...

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President Michael Helmick looks back (and ahead) as he retires from Western Piedmont

After 30 years in education, Michael Helmick is set to retire as president of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) on...

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How will state superintendent candidates work with the governor and the General Assembly?

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

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Audit of DPI released, ‘significant’ misstatements and omissions found

Editor’s note: We will continue to report on this throughout the day and will update this article as more information...

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Perspective | The time to build is now: The need for a school construction bond

24 — a number sported by Willie Mays, Kobe Bryant, and Jeff Gordon. It is also the number of years since...

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6/25/2020

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: The educational experiences of Black males

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

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6/24/2020

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What is next for the NC community college system with Peter Hans departure

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s newsletter, click here. If you were forwarded this newsletter, please click here to subscribe....

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Community colleges get enrollment growth funding, early colleges get growth restriction

A bill that would fund enrollment growth for the state’s community colleges passed the General Assembly on Monday and is...

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Perspective | Mandatory SEL shows students that mental health is just as important as grades

A famous phrase goes: If you show me your calendar, I will tell you what your priorities are. As we...

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6/23/2020

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Perspective | School funding ruling could spark constitutional and fiscal crisis

The following was a John Locke Foundation online event held on Monday, June 22. With a North Carolina court ruling...

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How to route Wi-Fi for students who need internet access

How do you get Wi-Fi to students when they aren’t in a school building? How much does it cost? How...

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Perspective | Key takeaways from Awake58’s CARES Act town hall

Earlier this week it was my good fortune to participate in the Awake58 virtual town hall focused on North Carolina’s...

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Perspective | Education Matters: Spotlight on the class of 2020 and reopening our schools this fall

As COVID-19 continues to present our state and nation with so many challenges with regard to children’s schooling, joining us...

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6/22/2020

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Parents: Here’s what to know about child care as North Carolina reopens and reports COVID-19 clusters

Sixty-six percent of all licensed child care facilities are now open in North Carolina, compared with 43% in April, according...

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Peter Hans is the UNC System president-elect. What’s next for the NC Community College System?

Peter Hans was announced as president-elect of the University of North Carolina System after the UNC Board of Governors approved...

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Perspective | Reducing barriers for community college students through compassionate virtual mentoring

As community college educators approach planning for the upcoming academic year, many questions remain. I’ve heard my colleagues, who serve...

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Teacher bonuses clear General Assembly

A number of education-related bills made progress through the General Assembly last week. Here are some highlights: Teacher bonuses A...

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History | In observance of Juneteenth: ‘Their first political act’

As June 19, 1865, marks the end of enslavement, September 29, 1865, marks the beginning of North Carolina freedmen collectively...

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6/19/2020

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¿Qué historia te cuentas sobre la inmigración? Sobre DACA, nuestros dreamers y sobre cómo tratamos a las personas que vienen a nuestro país

This article was translated by Carol Bono. Click here to read the original article in English. ¿Cuál es la narrativa...

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What is the story you tell yourself about immigration? On DACA, our Dreamers, and how we treat people who come to our country

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. What is the story you tell yourself about migrants to our...

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Perspective | WestEd’s Leandro report: The Missing Pages

How is it even possible to describe the current situation in North Carolina’s public schools and propose remedies for the...

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The Freedom Hill Coalition: ‘We are all standing up against oppression’

“We are doing this for babies who can’t read yet. We are doing this for students who are right here...

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State Superintendent candidates sound off on Leandro

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

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6/18/2020

 

North Carolina House approves teacher salary increases and bonuses

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland The North Carolina House of Representatives approved step...

 

NC House Republicans block bonuses for public school workers

The following is a press release from NC House Democrats Today NC House Republicans voted as a block against two...

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First Vote NC: Helping teach civic engagement in the classroom

On June 3, 2020, First Vote NC hosted a webinar to provide information about the program and election simulation platform....

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New Leandro coalition seeks to ensure every child receives a quality public education

Just days after the release of a Leandro action plan for 2021, a new education coalition has been unveiled. Communities...

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Superintendent Michael Freeman

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

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‘It’s just hands-on learning at its best.’ How one local nonprofit made garden learning accessible to families during COVID-19

In 2017, Ashley Honbarrier started Happy Roots, a nonprofit organization in Rowan County dedicated to providing nature-based therapeutic and educational...

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Perspective | Understanding and connecting to students to increase degree attainment: The power of community college stories

North Carolina faces a looming crisis. Too few North Carolinians have earned or are currently on the path to earn...

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What does the future hold for rural North Carolina after COVID-19?

“What issues facing rural North Carolina keep you up at night?” I recently had the chance to ask a dozen...

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Awake58 town hall: Crucial decisions on the CARES Act

Community colleges are wrestling with decisions on how to use CARES Act funding, both for student aid and institutional costs;...

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6/17/2020

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DRIVE Task Force tackles challenges, opportunities of recruiting teachers of color

The DRIVE Task Force met on Tuesday to continue the work of getting, supporting, and keeping teachers of color in...

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Perspective | Now is the time to ensure a sound, basic education for all students

Protests continue. Throughout the country and in North Carolina, people are calling for change — systemic change to end racism and...

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Rural Talk: Water, the hidden challenge in rural NC

How are water and wastewater infrastructure a hidden challenge for rural North Carolinians? Community water is both privately and publicly...

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Perspective | Together, we all succeed

We started Gift of Knowledge Academy, an independent, nonprofit, K-2 school, because we saw a great need to provide quality...

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Enrollment funding passes the Senate

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s reflection, click here. Please click here to subscribe or send the link...

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Leandro action plan for next year: How will the state ensure a sound basic education for all?

The fiscal year 2021 action plan in the Leandro case was filed yesterday, setting the stage for the state to...

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6/16/2020

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How Roger Bacon Academy says it’s thriving during COVID-19

While schools across the state adapt to remote learning in the time of COVID-19, Baker Mitchell says the four charter...

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Perspective | A better tomorrow: 3 multicultural strategies schools can implement immediately

Many students have witnessed the recent public killings of black people, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd due...

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Perspective | Marcando la diferencia en mi educación y superando barreras

The following perspective is available below in both Spanish and English. Mi nombre es Daisy Almonte y me gradué de...

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Community colleges work to strengthen early childhood teacher pipeline

At the beginning of this year, Fren’Tres McGhee, an early childhood teacher and student at Central Piedmont Community College, was...

 

Leaders in academic, workforce education named for the NC Community College System

Two new leaders in academic and workforce education have been named for the NC Community College System. Lisa Eads will...

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Perspective | Supporting the social and emotional well-being of school communities during COVID-19

At a time when COVID-19 still presents a significant public health threat, education leaders are working hard to develop plans...

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6/15/2020

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How a group of specials teachers found a creative way to remotely connect with their 863 students

After schools closed in March due to COVID-19, the art, music, media, STEM, and PE teachers at Mills Park Elementary...

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Perspective | Changing course

“So, you’re a first-generation college student, right?” Numerous scenes of my stepdad receiving certificates and awards danced around in my...

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Teacher pay: Bill would provide bonuses but no new pay raises

Update 8:55 p.m.: The teacher bonus bill — Compensation of Certain School Employees — passed the full Senate and goes...

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6/12/2020

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Perspective | ‘A change gonna come, oh yes, it will’

The opening line of Sam Cooke’s soulful song A Change is Gonna Come — “I was born by the river...

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State superintendent candidates talk lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic

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

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Perspective | Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Dr. Peggy Smith

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 | Book Babies launches virtual visits to continue to meet the needs of families

Although Book Harvest’s Book Babies team can’t visit families in person right now, that doesn’t mean they’re not keeping in...

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‘Consider us. Value us.’ How one Durham student is feeding his community during COVID-19

Click here to listen to our conversation with King about his hunger relief efforts in Durham. Food insecurity concerned Elijah...

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What will school look like in the fall? State Board approves new guidance

The State Board of Education on Thursday approved operational guidance for schools reopening in the fall that draws on guidance...

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Perspective | NC education stakeholders weigh in on racial equity

North Carolina education stakeholders — from the State Board to principals to community colleges to nonprofit organizations — are weighing...

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Racial equity and education: What is EdNC’s role? What is our work?

We need, want, and wish for our work on equity to speak for itself. But we live in a system...

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6/11/2020

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Perspective | The state must act now to harness opportunity COVID-19 presents

COVID-19 brought tremendous hardship to North Carolina, but it also presents our state with an opportunity to address persistent inequalities....

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Perspective | I have hope for a better future

Monday, June 1, 2020, was the start of summer session at Davidson County Community College (DCCC). The first day of...

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College students: Are your plans changing because of COVID-19? We want to hear from you.

Everything around us has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those of us who can stay inside are doing that,...

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Perspective | Certainty in an uncertain time: NC NTSP commitment to supporting North Carolina’s Beginning Teachers

As a university-based induction program, the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP) partners with educator preparation programs (EPPs)...

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Students get a head start on engineering degrees with STEM Pathways at Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College (JCC) is welcoming 30 rising ninth-graders to its campus this August through a new dual enrollment initiative...

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Districts will choose what reading assessments they use next year. Why and how?

After a year of controversy and a legal battle over what company North Carolina would use to test its early...

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6/10/2020

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Data | 2020 Facts & Figures: Education in North Carolina

This handy guide is designed to give you quick and easy access to key data that will support you in...

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“We must all do more.”

Welcome to Awake58!  If you missed last week’s reflection, click here. If you were forwarded this newsletter, please click here to subscribe....

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‘Pinch points to possibilities’ event series: Learn how to create your own empathy map

The first step in the “pinch points to possibilities” webinar series on authentic innovation, hosted by Ben Owens and Dominique...

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Perspective | State superintendent candidate Jen Mangrum on racism

Dear world, I am a white woman who has never been discriminated against. I have never had to deal with...

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Perspective | Dear white colleagues: An open letter

Dear white colleagues… I begin this open letter by asking for your cooperation. As cities across the nation emerge from...

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6/9/2020

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Perspective | Virtual, experiential, backyard professional learning with the Museum of Natural Sciences

More than 30 years ago, a former flight attendant and social worker turned educator started offering professional development programs for...

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Lessons on learner-centered education – ‘Every learner comes from a place. They come from a context.’

On May 28, A New Way Forward: Building a Learner-Centered Future brought educators, parents, and students together in a virtual...

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Perspective | Work required to stamp out racial ignorance

Today, I join leaders in our community who are collectively posting about George Floyd’s death. As a mother to three...

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6/8/2020

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Community colleges increase training for police officers in the wake of protests

After a week of protests around the state and concern about the police response, the State Board of Community Colleges...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Social Justice, STEM ScoreCard, Citizen Science and COVID-19

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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Perspective | Let me speak

The following is an email from Mario Jovan Shaw, co-founder and chief impact officer with Profound Gentlemen, a nonprofit that...

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Will there be 115 plans to reopen schools in the fall? State Board hears an update

The State Board of Education tackled everything from literacy to social studies standards at its June meeting this week. But...

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General Assembly tackles community colleges, driver’s education, and more

A bunch of education bills made their way through various chambers and committees of the General Assembly this week. Here...

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6/5/2020

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Perspective | Class of 2020 will be ‘better angels of our nature’

The 100,000 or so North Carolina high school students, my oldest grandson among them, in the class of 2020 have...

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State superintendent candidates on the role of students

Every week, we are asking the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction a question culled from teacher responses...

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Perspective | A unique partnership but not a unique mission

The friendship between me, Dr. Jenny Billings, chair of academic related courses and English, and Melissa Reid, chair of mathematics,...

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6/4/2020

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‘George Floyd. We begin this meeting saying his name.’ State Board members discuss systemic racism.

“George Floyd. We begin this meeting saying his name. For anything less further supports the comfortable silence which surrounds and...

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‘Our skin is not a weapon’ – Meet the organizers of Raleigh’s Youth Rally

Between the honks of cars passing by the North Carolina Capitol, a group of black middle and high school students...

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Brief | Who isn’t responding to the census in North Carolina?

Every household that doesn’t fill out the census form online, by mail, or by phone — known as “self-response” —...

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Rural Talk: Shelter during a pandemic and the affordable housing crisis

How many North Carolinian households are considered cost-burdened? According to 2012 data by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies,...

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Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore learning loss, higher education philanthropic priorities, and more

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Hunt Institute is hosting numerous webinars each month to explore different topics across the...

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Senate lawmakers advance enrollment growth funding for community colleges

In 2019, community colleges around the state saw their first large-scale growth systemwide after years of declining enrollment. A Senate...

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Where do we go from here?

Hello, all. This is not your usual Awake58, because this is not a “usual” week. We have great content on...

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6/3/2020

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Perspective | A harmonious partnership between a church and community college

The congregation of Harmony United Methodist Church understood that the rural town of Harmony was hungry. They had several successful...

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Perspective | Rockingham County High senior depicts the effects of COVID-19 through art

I created this piece for an art assessment given to me by my teacher Mrs. Cross. The assignment was to...

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Thinking outside the box – and school – for virtual graduation: Edgecombe Early College High

When Matt Bristow-Smith, principal of Edgecombe Early College High School in Tarboro and 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year,...

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House committee wants seniors in one NC district to be able to get grades for spring semester

A House education committee moved forward legislation that would allow seniors in one school district to get a grade for...

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Say his name with me | A reflection sparked by Hank Brodt and fueled by George Floyd

It’s only in the quiet moments that I am able to hear my own heartbeat. The sturdy drum right at...

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6/2/2020

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Wake County Public Schools leaders respond to ‘racist, vile, and thoughtless statements’ made by staff and students

The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) superintendent and the chair of its board of education released a joint statement...

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Perspective | Reading instruction: It’s no time to go backwards, North Carolina

Is North Carolina about to take a giant step backward on early literacy? It seems so with the potential adoption...

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Perspective | MCNC, connecting North Carolina

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

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Perspective | Literacy is a right

Literacy is a right, not a privilege. An ambitious vision for what we should see for every child across every...

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Task force finalizes recommendations with aim to improve reading outcomes

The State Board of Education Literacy Task Force unanimously approved its recommendations Monday on changes the state should make to...

 

The following is a press release from FAFSA Frenzy NC North Carolina leaders are concerned that only half of the...

 

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction launches statewide K-12 job board

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the TeachNC statewide...

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6/1/2020

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‘Without regard for human life’

The complaint against police officer Derek Michael Chauvin for third degree murder of George Floyd charges, “Derek Michael Chauvin caused...

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Perspective | Remote learning without access: Workarounds from rural communities part 2

Through community efforts, partnerships, and new funding, many students without broadband access have been provided loaned devices, Wi-Fi hot spots,...

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8,000+ community college students share their COVID-19 stories

COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way over the past two and a half months. Community college students,...