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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The path from pre-K to kindergarten crosses a great divide — where students can stumble

Jennifer George, a kindergarten teacher at Bailey Elementary in Nash County, has taught for more than two decades in various...

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Leandro | Here are the key ways North Carolina could boost learning in early childhood

An early childhood teacher is asking her 4-year-old Chapel Hill students, in Spanish, how many plates they need at their...

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Here’s why the census matters for young children

Haz clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. As April 1, Census Day, approaches, you’ll get a letter in...

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La razón por la cual el censo importa para la niñez

This article was translated by Carol Bono. Click here to read the original article in English. Mientras que el primero...

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Video | The NC Symphony in Jones County: Here’s how music is giving students hope after a hurricane.

Hurricane Florence hit Jones County, and other counties across eastern North Carolina, in fall 2018. The town of Pollocksville was...

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Going back to school as a parent is tough. The cost of child care makes it tougher.

Trakeia Lynch, a Nash Community College student and parent of two, says juggling her nursing program studies with child care...

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Reading instruction needs to improve. Who will lead the charge, and how?

North Carolina is on a growing list of states that are studying Mississippi’s rising reading scores and discussing how to...

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With home visits, Charlotte effort boosts school readiness in a familiar setting

Natasha Curry didn’t know her 3-year-old son knew what a stop sign was. “He can barely see over his car...

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Behind one Leandro proposal: Making more children with special needs eligible for early services

Since 2014 budget cuts left the North Carolina Infant-Toddler program with 160 fewer employees, the reduced workforce is connecting more...

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K-3 teachers will use Istation for next two months under new contract

As a legal dispute continues on which tool the state’s public schools will use to assess their youngest readers, a...

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State leaders ask: How can North Carolina better teach kids to read?

Education leaders and reading experts are asking how to shift reading instruction and proficiency in North Carolina as student results...

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DPI defends Istation pick in final day of hearing

In the last day of a hearing on which assessment tool the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will use to...