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The State Board of Education will meet remotely, via conference call, on Monday, April 19, at 4:45 p.m, to consider summer school guidance and policy recommendations under Session Law 2021-7. The meeting agenda is available online and includes a link to audio access for the meeting.

From our colleagues at UNCW:

As teachers begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel from the pandemic, education leaders need to pause and reflect on how the massive disruption of COVID-19 will potentially impact the future of schools in NC. Will our schools leverage the grassroots innovations that teachers have made to better meet the individual needs of students or will we return to a “normal” that looks much like it did before the pandemic?  We are interested in hearing about your experience and views as a teacher. This study is led by Dr. Robert Smith, Professor at UNC-Wilmington’s Watson College and Kylee Maarschalk, English Teacher and PDS Master Teacher at New Hanover High School.  Please take approximately 10 minutes to add your voice so that we can better understand what schools and districts are – or are not – learning and leveraging from responding to COVID-19Changes to Teaching and Learning from COVID 19

From Alli, your podcasts for the weekend. She says, “The new episode of The Way Out Is Back Through about the Washington School is really excellent.”

The Way Out Is Back Through – Washington School (Pt. 1 – Origins)

The Washington School is now an elementary magnet school within the Wake County Public School System, but the building that stands today was built in 1923. The school was Raleigh’s first public Black high school. This is the first of a two-part series on Washington. Part 1 dives into the origins of the Washington School; how it got started, who it’s named for, and the movement to establish Raleigh’s first public high school for African Americans in the early decades of the 20th century.

Podcast PD – The Case for Creativity and Curiosity in the Classroom

Brian Whitson of Rowan-Salisbury Schools is an Instructional Design Coach with an extensive background in instructional technology, design thinking, and STEM. On Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) in February of 2021, Podcast PD interviewed Brian live.

First in Future – Dr. Paulette Dillard of Shaw University and Suzanne Walsh of Bennett College

The Institute for Emerging Issues, in a four part series, will be focusing on the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities – a group of 10 colleges and universities stretching across the state formed to ensure that African Americans had access to higher education. This episode is with Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University and Suzanne Walsh, President of Bennett College.

From our mountain philosopher, Superintendent Jeff McDaris, a playlist curated for the #nced world.

And since it was a big week in Leandro, don’t miss attorney Mark Dorosin on Jeopardy. Really.


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