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On Tuesday, April 16th, SparkNC won first prize for impact at the 2024 Education Innovation Showcase at the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, CA! Watch the video! Learn more about SparkNC here.

And if you don’t know them, meet Leah Carper and Ryan Mitchell, real life educator superheroes.

Today, Leah — the 2022 TOY — writes about autism since this is Autism Awareness Month, lifting  up the story of her son. She says, “It’s time to shift the narrative from ‘awareness’ to ‘acceptance’ because the real work lies not in simply acknowledging autism’s existence, but in cultivating a society that embraces neurodiversity and responds with kindness and patience.” EdNC is writing a series of stories about the superpowers of EC students. Email me if you have a story to share at mrash at

And Ryan — 2022 regional TOY — is featured in a story that busts the perception that students don’t want to be teachers. Read about the summit he planned to build a student pipeline of teachers, and replicate it in your district!

Thankful everyday for the leadership of all of our educators.

The short session of the legislature starts next week on Wednesday, April 24.

Here is Jeff McDaris’s updated playlist for the weekend. Enjoy.

These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, The 74, Education Week, The NC Tribune, The Insider, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, WUNC, WFAE, Brookings, Education Commission of the States, and DPI’s News. A cross section of diverse sources are checked weekly and monthly. If you have an article you think needs to be included, email [email protected].

Mebane Rash

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

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