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myFutureNC to host statewide listening sessions

Raleigh, NC – February 27, 2018 – myFutureNC, a statewide education commission focusing on educational attainment for all North Carolinians, is holding a series of eight listening sessions throughout the state, beginning at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro on February 28, 2018. The listening sessions are designed to hear from communities about what they perceive as their region’s economic strengths and identify the education opportunities that are most needed to capitalize on those strengths.

Working in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the University of North Carolina School of Government and EducationNC, the listening sessions will generate public ideas to complement the work of the myFutureNC Commission and provide recommendations to help guide the process. In addition to this event at the Joint School, future listening sessions will be held in Lenoir, Raleigh, Elizabeth City, Pinehurst, Jacksonville and Kannapolis with the final session in July in the Qualla Boundary. Participants in the listening session will include local education, business and political leaders, as well as current students and their parents.

The goal of the myFutureNC Commission is to create a multi-year education plan, from early childhood through postsecondary education, which recommends clear attainment goals, identifies key benchmarks and proposes promising reforms to guide the future of education in North Carolina. In addition to the eight, statewide listening sessions, the myFutureNC Commission will meet quarterly throughout the year.

The effort is led by a team of co-chairs: Dale Jenkins, CEO of Medical Mutual Holdings; Andrea Smith, Chief Administrative Officer of Bank of America; and Margaret Spellings, President of the University of North Carolina system. The Commission’s work is underwritten by grants from the John M. Belk Endowment, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Goodnight Education Foundation.

For more information visit the myFutureNC website.

Listening Session locations

1. Region 5 – February 28 —
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Greensboro, NC

2. Region 7 – March 7
Broyhill Center (Lenoir)

3. Region 3 – March 22
Rural Center (Raleigh)

4. Region 1 – April 19
Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)

5. Region 4 – May 3
Sandhills Community College (Pinehurst)

6. Region 2 – May 16
Jacksonville City Offices (Jacksonville)

7. Region 6 – June 14
Research Campus (Kannapolis)

8. Region 8 – July 12
Central Cherokee School (Qualla Boundary)

RSVP below to join the myFutureNC Commission in Greensboro on Feb. 28.


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