Justin Parmenter

Justin Parmenter is an English teacher at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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NC Superintendent ignores input of professional educators, opts for increased screen time for schools’ youngest readers

As the 2018-19 school year wound down and teachers began their well-earned summer breaks, Superintendent Mark Johnson dropped an unexpected...

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146 students, 146 personal handwritten notes of encouragement to students who are about to take standardized tests

146 students, 146 personal handwritten notes of encouragement to my students who are about to take their seventh grade End-of-Grade...

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Teacher Talk: More than my curriculum — Agents of kindness

The following video is from the CMS Foundation and features Justin Parmenter, a seventh-grade English teacher at Waddell Langauge Academy...

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North Carolina educators gearing up to win big for schools on May 1

Last May 16 saw unprecedented action by thousands of North Carolina educators. Energized by the boldness of our colleagues in...

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I cut standardized test prep out of my lessons and focused on relationships. Student growth was the highest of my career.

If you’re a teacher, you might know the feeling. You maintain a frantic pace all year long, trying to shoehorn...

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School choice doesn’t happen in a vacuum

This week is National School Choice Week, and you’re going to hear a lot of charter school proponents talking about...

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Failure of Read to Achieve is a clarion call for state legislators to listen to teachers

Last week, NC State’s College of Education and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation released the most comprehensive study yet of the Read...

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As Hurricane Florence approaches, children get a real life lesson in empathy

Yesterday I found myself, just like all the other teachers in my school, leading a monthly character lesson. This one...

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North Carolina’s principal pay plan does more harm than good

When school buses start to roll across the state this month for the beginning of school year 2018-19, North Carolina...

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We need to upgrade our school buildings. The legislature blew it.

When the General Assembly’s short session began last month, proponents of public education were eagerly waiting for lawmakers to take...

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Don’t say my student failed. That’s a stunningly inaccurate picture of what happened.

Since the 2013-14 school year, North Carolina schools have been assigned letter grades to indicate how well they meet their students’ needs....

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For North Carolina teachers it’s about more than the paycheck

Classes with so many children that some have to sit on the floor. Other classes taking place in closets. Blind...