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NC reported 5,637 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, over 1,000 more cases than on the state’s previous worst day.

Brent Williams, superintendent of Lenoir County Public Schools (LCPS), was named the 2021 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year on Thursday, Dec. 3. The award was given jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA), and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA).

Podcasts for your weekend, curated by EdNC’s Alli Lindenberg:

Tar Heel Teachers at Home: Interview with Bo Caldwell (Retired Superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools)

In this episode, the #TarHeelTeachers chat with Bo Caldwell about his 36 years of service to Henderson County Public Schools including the last 6 years as Superintendent. He speaks very candidly about the many lessons that he has learned as a teacher, school administrator, and central office administrator.


The Hummingbird Stories Ep. 3 – “Chop wood, carry wood” featuring Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan

In this episode, Donnell and Jenny talk to Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan. Seth and Vichi are the cofounders of the Rural Opportunities Institute, which supports local agencies and organizations in understanding their role in creating healing from trauma. In this conversation, they dive into the impact of trauma and the ways in which we can all pursue pathways to healing.


And I’ll be listening to this one from School PR Drive Time featuring Dr. Scott Elliott talking about continuous improvement.


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Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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