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NELA: Rick Hess on cage busting teachers

NELA is North Carolina State University's Northeast Leadership Academy. The director is Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli. The goal of the NELA is to increase student achievement by preparing and retaining principals and assistant principals to serve as instructional leaders in rural high-poverty, hard-to-staff, historically low-performing schools. In May, NELA held an event bringing together educators, legislators, and policy experts to think about how to empower teachers and maximize teacher leadership. Part of our goal at EdNC is to bring great events like this one to a larger audience.

A conversation with Rick Hess on his book, Cage Busting Teachers

“How do we let teachers create the schools and systems where they can do the best work?”

“It’s ok to rethink how we go about schooling.” 

– Rick Hess

Rick Hess is the American Enterprise Institute’s director of education policy studies. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next

The facilitators are Mark Jewell, Vice President, NC Association of Educators, and Maria Topliff, NC Virtual Schools Teacher of the Year.



Tuesday: Teachers leading change

Wednesday: Rick Hess, Cage Busting Teachers

Thursday: Bryan Hassel, Opportunity Culture



Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.