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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...

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NC Mathematics educators speak out on standards debate

In light of the recent discussion and review of mathematics standards in North Carolina, we feel it is important for...

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Franklin County Schools reaches out to charter school parents, moves forward with strategic plan

The excitement of a new year is driven by our hope to overcome challenges and in 2016, Franklin County Schools...

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CTE Career Clusters: Business, Finance students learn through real-world experience

Two of the Career and Technical Education course clusters offered at McDowell High School have students learning more than just...