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Please take a moment and read Scott Elliott’s convocation speech. In case you don’t have time, here are my notes:

1) “Public education is our modern day land of opportunity, and we should never take either our democracy or our public schools for granted.”

2) “We are here today to create the future: the future of our profession, the future of our community — and most importantly — the futures of our students.”

3) “Not being able to predict the future does not mean that we cannot create it — to be proactive, to own it, and make it the best it can be.”

4) “Schools have always been at the crossroads of cultural and political change.”

5) “The future of our community — and I contend our democracy — depends on [educators]. You matter. You are seen. You are loved.”

6) “Relationships are the plate on which everything else is held.”

Thank you to all of our educators.

HEADS UP | The State Board of Education will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30-31, for its Bi-Annual Planning and Work Session. This two-day session will be held in room 150 North/South in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The board will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday; at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, at 9:00 a.m. in the 7th floor board room for its regular monthly meeting.

The meeting agendas are available online. The live stream of the Sept. 1 Board meeting can be accessed here.

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Mebane Rash

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

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