During the 2020-2021 school year, we visited 44 school districts in North Carolina. During our visits, we talked to educators about what gave them hope this year. In partnership with the Public School Forum of North Carolina, we produced weekly moments of hope, sharing the stories of educators across our state.
Here is our most recent moment of hope, featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, who visited Johnson C. Smith University and Paw Creek Elementary School in Charlotte on July 12.
You can find the moments of hope from the past year in chronological order below. Educators, if you are interested in participating in our moment of hope series this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and school.
Have you met principal Kisha Clemmons? She shares a moment that made her smile — when she could “see all of our hard work coming to life.” Clemmons is the principal of Shuford Elementary School and was the 2020 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. Listen to the moment here.
The Onslow Virtual School (OVS) was just an idea in June 2020. Now, it’s a fully functioning virtual school serving over 4,900 K-12 students in Onslow County Schools. OVS Principal Steve Clarke shares what this means for the community. Listen to the moment here.
Have you ever heard of students “riding the roller coaster”? One Horton’s Creek Elementary School assistant teacher shares how she’s engaging her kindergarten students during remote learning. Listen to the moment here.
How are teachers connecting with students who aren’t showing up to virtual classes? Steven Gupton of Durham Public Schools shares one way he’s getting students back on track. Listen to the moment here.
Korick Sisomphone, referred to as Mr. S by his students, saw vlogging and live streaming as an opportunity to transform his virtual classroom. Listen to the moment here.
After all the time students have spent on screens this year, one librarian came up with an idea to get kids moving while learning. Listen to Emily Golightly share her idea for the “read and ride” project in this moment of hope. Listen here.
The Saunders Science Scholars Program in Gates County helps middle school students and their families explore STEM. It was made possible by three alumni. Listen to Superintendent Barry Williams explain in this moment of hope. Listen here.
“We’re all in this together and we must trust one another.” In this moment of hope, David Stegall, deputy superintendent of innovation at the state Department of Public Instruction, shares a message for educators on Thanksgiving. Listen to the moment here.
How does Sparta School utilize the “Leader in Me” model to address the whole child? In this week’s moment of hope, Superintendent Chad Beasley of Alleghany County Schools shares a snapshot of how this model has improved the social-emotional well-being of students and faculty. Listen here.
Educators have risen to meet the moment time and time again this year. As we headed into the holiday season, Principal Donnell Cannon reminded us to rest and take care of ourselves. Listen to his message here.
Ms. Vita’s second grade class has a special song to remember the three W’s of school safety during the pandemic: wear, wait, and wash. Listen here.
Digital learning has been tough for teachers, students, and families. One school district held a series of engagement nights to connect with their most disengaged students and families. Hear how they did it in this moment of hope. Listen here.
In this moment of hope, Maureen Stover, 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, shares a message to teachers. Listen and share with a teacher you appreciate in your life. You can listen to the moment here.
The 100th day of school is an exciting day for many students and teachers across North Carolina. Hear how one school, Pisgah Forest Elementary School, celebrated in this moment of hope. Listen here.
Music class can be powerful for students, according to Kelly Poquette. In this moment of hope, she shares how music can teach empathy and serve as both “a mirror and a window” for students. Listen here.
Students have shown teachers great compassion this year, and it’s been moving for this assistant principal to witness. Listen to her moment of hope here.
“If you had the power to change one thing, what would it be?” This is the question social studies teacher Valentina Byrd of Durham Public Schools asked her students one morning. Their responses surprised and impressed her. Listen to her moment of hope here.
“We are different people because we have kids in person again,” said Jenny O’Meara. In this moment of hope she shares how the anchor of “love first” has transformed her school’s experience of education. Listen here.
“As teachers, we went above and beyond.” Jeanie Owens, Northeast Regional Teacher of the Year from Ocracoke School, celebrates the extraordinary efforts teachers made during the past school year to help their students in this special Teacher Appreciation Week message. Listen here.
As this extraordinary school year comes to a close, Eric Davis, chair of the State Board of Education, says thank you to everyone who worked day in and day out to support students. Listen here.
Are you interested in participating in our moment of hope series this year? If so, please email email@example.com with your name and school.