Education

My Teacher
5:19 am
Wed May 21, 2014

'When The Students Say 'No,' You Say, 'That's Not Acceptable.''

Northern High School junior Sarah Morrison and English teacher Nancy Duffner

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Junior Sarah Morrison says her veteran English teacher Nancy Duffner pushed her to be a better writer and dig deeper for her stories about current events. Mrs. Duffner has been around long enough to witness district consolidation and the changing demographics in northern Durham.

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My Teacher
5:30 am
Tue May 20, 2014

'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother'

Chapel Hill High School Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi and senior Nell Ovitt
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Chapel Hill High School, where Nell Ovitt is a senior. Nell's Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi gave her the opportunity to study in Japan during high school, and host a Japanese student at home.

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Education
4:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Test Stress And The Third-Grade Teacher

The "man" in the back of Dr. Elrod's third-grade class serves as a motivational tool for the students when they take tests.
Credit Dave DeWitt

In the back corner of Stephen Elrod’s third-grade classroom, a man is lurking who wants to take the children’s money. He’s not a real man, and it’s not real money. It’s a large cartoon drawing of a maniacal character clutching fistfuls of dollars. A plastic bin is attached to the wall below the picture, filled with play money.

“Every time we take a test like Case 21 or EOG we either give him money or we keep our money,” explains Joanne, one of the students. “And, if we don’t make our goal, we have to give him some money, and if we do make our goal, we get to keep our money.”

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NPR Education Blog
3:04 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Abramson To Wake Forest Grads: 'Show What You're Made Of'

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks at the commencement ceremony at Wake Forest University on Monday.
Nell Redmond AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 2:49 pm

When Wake Forest University officials invited Jill Abramson to deliver this year's commencement speech, they probably didn't realize they'd be in the midst of one of the biggest media controversies of the year.

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My Teacher
5:24 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'I've Heard Some People Say 'I Had A Special Teacher.' I Have You.'

Consandra Jones and Kathleen Walchle
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WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

The StoryCorps mobile booth left Durham yesterday after a month of gathering conversations from North Carolina to archive at the Library of Congress.

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional

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 A Wake County superior court judge ruled Friday that a state law ending teacher tenure is unconstitutional, arguing the state cannot take away the due process rights of teachers.  

Judge Robert Hobgood ordered a permanent injunction against the law, which would eliminate career status – commonly known as teacher tenure – by 2018. His ruling also said that the law violated the constitutional protection of contracts, and the prohibition against taking a person’s property.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

McCrory Unveils Budget, Teachers Call For Bigger Raises

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Governor Pat McCrory released his $21 billion budget on Wednesday, setting aside $262.9 million for teacher raises and state employees. 

The governor and lawmakers have made it clear that teacher pay will be a major priority for this year’s short session, which is a time meant for lawmakers to adjust the budget approved last year. 

Teachers held their own “day of action” on Wednesday, the first day of the session. They outlined their demands and concerns in a morning press conference held by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

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Education
9:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

N.C. Supreme Court Allows Voucher Program To Continue

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 The North Carolina Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s order to halt the state’s voucher program.

That means the program can go on – at least for now. It’s a program that gives low-income families scholarships of up to $4,200 to help send their children to private schools.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction earlier this year to stop the program, siding with critics who say it’s unconstitutional because the private school scholarships are funded with taxpayer dollars.

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Education
8:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Teacher Email To Legislators Draws Harsh Reply

Credit Dave DeWitt

Last week, Sarah Wiles, a science teacher in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools with a master's degree and six years' experience, sent an email to every member of the North Carolina General Assembly with the subject line: “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” That email is below.

Monday morning, Sen. David Curtis, a Republican from Denver, NC, replied (actually “reply all” as it went to every member of the General Assembly.) And it’s a message that is sure to get some attention from public-school advocates.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Commencement Weekend: Grads Urged To Live 'Lives Of Consequence'

Nearly 6,000 students received degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Many colleges and universities across North Carolina have added thousands of alumni.  Students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University were among those to turn their tassels Sunday. 

Harvard surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande spoke at UNC's commencement. The theme of Gawande's speech was how to find the right place to live and work after graduation.

"One thing I came to realize after college was that the search for purpose is really a search for a place, not an idea," says Gawande. 

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