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This weekend, take a listen to this interview with EdNC’s Rupen Fofaria and Michael Maher, DPI’s director of the Office of Learning Recovery and Acceleration. The son of a railroad worker and a first-generation college student, now he has a Ph.D. and he’s been in NC for 30 years!

The wonderful Jeff McDaris, superintendent in Transylvania County Schools, is putting together week by week a playlist on Spotify for us for the 21-22 school year. If you didn’t follow along last year, it’s a great way for us to collectively unwind from the week. This year, it’s call “The Weekly Reckoning,” and as McDaris says, it is “songs to summarize another week in NC education. Thank you for your support of children and our traditional public schools. Infer all analogies as you desire. Breathe. Reflect. Dedicate.” It’s the inferring all analogies part that also makes this fun. Take a look at the songs this week, and you’ll see what I mean. Join us.

As school starts back, so are our favorite podcasts! EdNC’s Alli Lindenberg curates these each week.

First in Future: Power Of Affordability In Increasing Attainment

This conversation is focused on the “Power of Affordability In Increasing Attainment” with guests Toni Blount, Regional Impact Manager, myFutureNC; Abdur-Raqib Gant, NC A&T student; and Martha Quillin, News and Observer reporter.

Beginning Teacher Wednesdays – Educator SEL (Krista Leh)

Host Jen Hawkins sits down with Krista Leh to discuss her experiences as a beginning teacher, why it is important for educators to do SEL work with themselves before they attempt doing it with students, and what self-care for educators can possibly look like.

EdLeader – Leadership Launch featuring Jack Hoke

EdLeader is back for Season 3 with guest Jack Hoke. Hoke sits down with Dr. Jackson to discuss launching a new school year in the midst of challenges and uncertainty.

And here is a link to our first Moment of Hope for the school year, featuring Principal of the Year Elena Ashburn. Please share.

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Mebane Rash

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

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