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Collaborative Conversation panel: Hear from NC teacher leaders – What does school look like after COVID-19?

“I keep coming back to the central humanity focus of what this has taught about the relationship with [my] students,” said Doug Price, 2019 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year, during a recent event organizing call with EdNC.

“What am I going to do to make sure that I am putting my students’ needs first at the forefront of everything that happens? Whether that’s need for food at home, need for technology, or access at home. How are we addressing students’ needs first?”

This reflection from Price, a panelist for EdNC’s next Collaborative Conversation event, is an example of what is front-of-mind for educators during the COVID-19 crisis.

Questions like “what does future of education look like,” “what the purpose of a school building,” “what is good for learning,” and “what does student growth look like,” are important questions that many teachers are grappling with.

EdNC is hosting our third Collaborative Conversation event on Thursday, April 30. A panel of teacher leaders will explore those questions and more in a moderated discussion to bring together a community and spark conversations of innovation — but also to remind each educator that they are not alone.

The goal of this event is to engage leaders in the classroom with hard questions and big ideas and allow our EdNC audience to listen in, think deeply, and use their reflections as inspiration to take back to each attendee’s own world — whether it be the virtual board room, classroom, or home-school living room.

Collaborative Conversations panel: What can we learn from NC teacher leaders?

When: Thursday, April 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m EST

Where: We are hosting this event on Zoom Webinar. Please sign up here, and you will be sent details on how to join the event closer to the event time. (Link to copy and paste:



  • Mariah Morris — Second-grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School and 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year
  • Doug Price — sixth grade Core Connections teacher at Voyager Academy in Durham and 2019 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year.
  • Kevin Poirier — Multi-classroom leader at West Charlotte High School.
  • James O’Neal, Jr. — 8th-grade math teacher and Department Chair at Piedmont IB Middle School
  • Jaylyn Perry — a second-year English teacher at North Edgecombe HS and Teach for America corps member
  • Lynn Freeman — 4th-grade teacher, Pleasant Garden Elementary School in McDowell County

What do you want to ask the panelists?

Mary Willson

Mary Willson is the director of engagement at EducationNC.