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On April 28-30, 2019, philanthropists, policymakers, educators, and community leaders joined together in Greensboro at the Proximity Hotel to learn about and discuss the work being done and the work to be done to orient North Carolina’s students, educators, and leaders towards readiness and attainment. For the past two weeks, EducationNC shared content from Bridge.

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On April 28-30, 2019, philanthropists, policymakers, educators, and community leaders joined together in Greensboro at the Proximity Hotel to learn about and discuss the work being done and the work to be done to orient North Carolina’s students, educators, and leaders towards readiness and attainment. For the past two weeks, EducationNC shared content from Bridge. You can find all the content here

We are thankful for the students, educators, and school leaders who joined us at Bridge and opened their doors to us. We are thankful for the experts, leaders, policy makers, and policy shapers who traveled from far and near to share their expertise and experience with us. And we are thankful for those who spent three days listening, learning, and sharing with us to imagine a greater future for our students, our schools, and our state. Take a moment to watch the video below, and then hear from participants themselves about their experience at Bridge.

Did you gain any skills or knowledge during Bridge that will help you in your work?

“It was an intentional and thoughtful group. The content and subject matter experts were rich and deep. At times it blew my mind, at times it touched my soul, and at times it made be hungry to do more!”

“The energy from shared of ideas refueled me. I also needed to hear the classroom perspective again…it had been awhile.”

“Understanding the bridge that exists between Early Childhood and Higher Ed conversations; the gap is large, and neither entity truly knows about the other.”

“Really enjoyed hearing about the Bright Spots, especially Profound Gentleman. We need more support groups like this for our educators, especially in rural areas.”

What changes will you make in your work (if any) as a result of something you learned at Bridge?

“I will focus on connecting across lines of difference. I want to zero in on chances to build trust and find opportunities to work with all sides.”

“I will be able to facilitate discussions with people within my district regarding education, policy, and change.”

“I will think differently about equity and philanthropy, sharing the best of communities not the worst, and opportunities to innovate with young people.”

“Be mindful of including youth and teachers’ voices in our work.”

What was the most meaningful outcome of Bridge for you?

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