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myFutureNC blog series: Lessons learned on the road to 55

Like most people, I take immense pride in my home state. Tennessee is home to many who have made significant...

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Beyond prom night, two wide pathways to higher education

Over its four decades on public radio, A Prairie Home Companion featured long-running gags revolving around “the lives of the...

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Message from the UNC system president, April 2018 newsletter

Greetings from the University of North Carolina system, Mobility, accountability, and the public good “Pleased but not satisfied” has been...

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Showing potential, finding purpose

Johnny is a young, African-American male living in an average-sized town in North Carolina. Johnny lives with his single mother...

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Johnson: To prepare for 21st century jobs, states must make early literacy a top priority

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the 74 Million. It has been posted using their reprinting guidelines. I am...

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Will General Assembly fix critical flaws in new principal pay plan?

It has been a year and a half since a legislative committee heard testimony from education and business stakeholders about...

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Lessons learned: Sense of resiliency and urgency is high for educators

I have been a public school educator for more than 30 years, with the last 22 in Guilford County. I...

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Student inspired: Edcamp Rowan for teachers

“I really enjoyed spending my Saturday at Edcamp Rowan,” says Lauren Yousey, a student at Jesse Carson High School.  “It...

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Work-based learning: Linking classroom learning with career learning so N.C. can experience more

It is a beautiful day on Wrightsville Beach, and a bus load of middle school students are walking toward the...

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Computer science in our schools

By the year 2040, 75 percent of all jobs will require a background in computer science. We are working on...

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Whither reform 35 years after ‘Nation at Risk’

In April 35 years ago, an 18-member National Commission on Excellence in Education, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, issued “A...

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myFutureNC blog series – Educational attainment in North Carolina: Reflections from a rural road trip

One of our favorite sayings at the NC Rural Center is, “When you’ve seen one rural county … well, you’ve seen one rural county.”...