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Today’s teachers are better than ever

Parents of school-age children may wonder if their children will have good teachers. They may wonder if teachers are “as good as they...

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Knightdale High turnaround took working smarter and harder

It is my daughter’s senior year, and we are trying to squeeze every tradition and dream into our last months...

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“Reform” from a teacher’s perspective

As an AP English and Shakespeare instructor, I have a curious fascination with how words are used both literally and...

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Poverty, diversity, and the preschool classroom

We are at a critical moment in early education. According to A Better Start: Why Diversity in Preschool Classrooms Matters, the recent...

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School reform takes big strides

Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the...

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A school that’s trying, succeeding – and gets a D

Jim Butler, HMS’s principal, is an inspiration. He grew up in the community, graduated from UNC Pembroke, and came back...

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Funding our schools: The direct causes of funding pressure on districts

Public schools are taking it on the chin these days, especially in North Carolina. Public school educators face a daunting...

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Teaching the human in students

A student once emailed me because he wanted to die. At 15 years old, he was attempting to establish his...

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ESAs empower parents and give hope to students

Recent statements by Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) officials about changing several low-performing traditional schools to year-round schools, and...

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My predictions for public education in 2016

Many make predictions at the beginning of a new year. The following are my thoughts on what 2016 may mean...

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Schools should use positive interventions, not seclusion and restraint

When you think of a school, you probably envision children sitting at desks compliantly facing the front of a classroom....

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Pull up a seat: Mentoring in real life

“I want to start this off by saying, I made it without you. And please do not perceive this open...