Writer. Tar Heel born & bred. Wannabe poet. Purveyor of pop culture. Over-sharer.

Liz Bell is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a graduate from the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, and The News and Observer. In her free time, she likes to travel and watch too many movies.

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Is early childhood education a viable career option for community college students?

As the importance of early childhood education has become a rare bipartisan agreement in recent years, many early educators still...

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Year Up, a workforce development program for low-income students, comes to Charlotte

Year Up, a national nonprofit that aims to launch careers for low-income young adults, announced its first North Carolina site...

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Finish Line Grants: Lessons learned over the past year

When Mallory Calfee’s car was totaled in an accident, she didn’t know how she was going to get to class...

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Most of what’s left for the Leandro commission is around early childhood recommendations

The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education, which has worked over the past year and a half to...

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A guide to finding the best child care for you using DHHS look-up tool

Finding the right child care that meets your child and family needs is important. But finding information on child care...

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Preschool and kindergarten teachers don’t talk very often. The state is trying to change that.

Over the last two years, state employees from both the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department...

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‘It just was the perfect bridge’ — Burlington teacher starts kindergarten boot camp for incoming students, parents

Four weeks before school let out last spring, Melissa Blum, a kindergarten teacher at Highland Elementary in Burlington, started meeting...

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Johnson’s deal to implement Istation despite stay

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson signed an agreement today to get around a stay that’s delaying the implementation of...

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As school starts back, what does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?

In North Carolina, 43% of 4-year-olds are in some form of licensed child care, whether it is public or private....

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Welcome to Early Bird

Last summer, I started visiting eastern North Carolina and spending time in kindergarten classes. Today, I am launching Early Bird,...

 

Through the eyes of our students: Hispanic student on helping other minority students with high school success

Neidy Valeria Estrada Olmeda, a rising senior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, said she arrived at high school with...

 

Through the eyes of our students: Black rising senior shares how implicit bias affects school experience

Blaine Purcell, a rising senior at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, said he sees implicit bias as the stem...