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Happy Friday!

While all of the superintendents and community college presidents are together, we are lifting up and celebrating the leadership of Darrin Hartness.

Hartness has served as a vocational teacher, principal, chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and is now president of Davidson-Davie Community College.

Regardless of his role, he told us, “It’s really all about relationships.” Please read and share!

Here is your playlist for the weekend courtesy of Superintendent Jeff McDaris.

From Dr. Mike Ward and John-Paul Smith:

Partner with North Carolina Education Corps (NCEC) to Accelerate K-5 Literacy Recovery (applications due March 15) – NCEC partners with districts to recruit, train, and support high-impact tutors who extend the reach of teachers and accelerate K-5 student learning.  In 2023-2024, NCEC will help districts recruit, train, and support local talent to work in schools during the school day as high-impact literacy tutors for students in grades K-5. Tutors work with students 3x/week, 30 minutes/session, at a ratio of 1 tutor to up to 3 students per session throughout the school year.  Districts hire part-time tutors. NCEC provides recruitment services, tutor training (aligned with LETRS) and coaching, and year-long implementation support. This includes supporting districts’ use of a digital tutoring log for managing and monitoring tutor effectiveness. Partner schools are reporting strong gains for students engaged in high-impact literacy tutoring with the ‘22-‘23 mClass MOYs. Further results will be available at a later date, through the program evaluation currently underway that’s led by NCSU’s Friday Institute and Duke University’s SSRI.    

Applications to partner with NCEC for the 2022-2023 school year are due by March 15, 2023. For more information, contact Pam Hartley, Director of School Partnerships at [email protected] or Dr. Lory Morrow, School Partnerships Consultant, [email protected] and visit  

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Mebane Rash

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

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