Education

The State of Things
6:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NC Teacher Compensation

  The North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force met yesterday. They will make recommendations for the legislature to consider in the upcoming short session. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's education reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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Education
7:09 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Shows Challenges For African-American, Latino Kids

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African-American, Latino and American-Indian children in North Carolina face greater obstacles to success than their peers, according to a new policy report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report is based on indicators that measure a child’s success from birth to adulthood, such as birth weight, academic performance, teen pregnancy and family income level. 

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'Every Time I Wanted To Quit, You Always Pushed Me Back On The Track'

Northern High School senior Katie Tran and track coach/math teacher Blake Rahn
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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

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Northern High School in Durham, where Katie Tran is a senior and member of the track team.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

'You Go Hard Now, And Then It'll Pay Off Eventually. You Really Helped Teach Me That'

Carrboro High School senior Chris Joseph and assistant football coach/social studies teacher Christoph Stutts
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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.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Carrboro High School, where senior Chris Joseph spoke with his assistant football coach and social studies teacher Christoph Stutts.

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Education
1:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

450 Teachers Will Get Bonuses To Share What They Know

Credit Carol Jackson

Governor Pat McCrory says he plans to reward more than 400 teachers with bonuses in exchange for sharing their techniques. 

The plan is called the Governor's Teacher Network. Teachers apply and those who are selected will serve for one year as content experts and facilitators.

Those 450 teachers will get a bonus of $10,000 dollars each for sharing their best work with their colleagues. The money comes from a federal Race to The Top grant that is meant to improve teaching and learning in North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Not The End, But The Beginning Book Cover
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Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. 

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Education
5:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Common Core: 'Disaster' or A Useful Tool? Speaking To Lawmakers

About 60 people had the opportunity to share their thoughts on Common Core to lawmakers during Thursday's legislative meeting.
Credit Reema Khrais

 

Dozens of parents, teachers and education leaders expressed their strong opposition and support of Common Core Thursday to a group of lawmakers considering whether to repeal or revamp the new educational standards.

The state adopted the standards in 2010, but they were implemented in public schools last school year. The standards lay out what students need to know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

What Does Common Core Look Like Inside A Classroom?

Rosalyn Bailey goes over a math assignment that is meant to encourage higher-level thinking under the new Common Core standards.
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As she wraps up class, fourth-grade teacher Rosalyn Bailey walks by each table, hovers over each child and points at the math assignment. 

“What’s two-tenths plus four-tenths?” Bailey asks one of her students, who responds with a wrong answer.

On the other side of the room, nine-year-old Ken is one of the few students who have a better grasp of the material.

“We’re like decomposing the fractions,” he says. “Like breaking it apart.”

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Education
2:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

'Somehow Mrs. Warner Left Her Mark'

Angela Russell (née Hart) touches the bricks that her ancestors might have touched. Between her thumb and forefinger you can see the fingerprint left on the brick by an enslaved person.
Brenda Scott

WUNC has been running a series called My Teacher. As a part of the series, students around the state are interviewing their teachers.

Brenda Scott is long out of school, but she's been listening to our stories on the radio and wrote to say:

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Education
9:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure

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At least 28 school districts across the state have voiced opposition to a new law that repeals teacher tenure and replaces it with a plan that rewards the top teachers, according the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Cumberland County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are among the latest to reject the law, which is meant to phase out tenure for all teachers by 2018.

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