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Want to understand the election? Visit my people

It is time for our politicians, policymakers, and philanthropists to head to our hills. It is time for them to...

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What kind of professional development can change lives?

Professional development. Two words that bring a range of reactions — and facial expressions — to each meeting I’ve sat in with...

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“I want my teachers to listen more”

Incoming Teach for America (TFA) Corps members, local educators, students, pastors, and community members recently gathered in Kinston to discuss...

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What stock lessons tell us about teaching

Last year, one of my good friends shared a Buzzfeed article with me titled “I Teach For 7 Straight Hours...

 

What is grit? An in-depth look at the work of Paul Tough

Grit keeps coming up in education circles. The idea is that we can teach character, courage, and resolve to students in...

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What happens when our kids see scary things on the news

In elementary school, one of my fellow students died in our hallway. She had an asthma attack, I think, but...

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Meeting them where they’re at

“Meet the client where they’re at.” This phrase is a core tenet of providing services to individuals, particularly when these...

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Loving North Carolina

Loving a state, much like loving a person, requires you to bear witness to the good and the bad. Love,...

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Homeless in Hickory, continued

Life House Ministries resides in a simple white house off of Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. If it were not...

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My favorite teacher(s)

”Mrs. Cain, I am doing better in school than I did before, but I don’t think I’m any smarter.” ”Nation,...

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Paper Tigers

What is in a name? I’ve thought a great deal about this since delving into topics which have tremendous overlap,...

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Anne Lamott visits Hickory

“Start. Just start. You have a great story inside of you that needs to be shared with the world.” Noted...