Education

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.
Credit Reema Khrais

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

Credit Karin Vlietstra via Flickr

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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Education
4:43 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NEW WUNC Tumblr: The Teachers' Room

WUNC's Reema Khrais talks with a teacher at Glenwood Elementary in Chapel Hill
Credit Carol Jackson

WUNC has launched a new teacher blog. It's on Tumblr, and is called The Teachers' Room. Our goal is to find and highlight writing by and for teachers. We'll also share some of our education reporting there. Please follow us!

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Education
12:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

My Teacher Series: WUNC's Reema Khrais

WUNC's Reema Khrais and her first-grade teacher, Lawanda Rainey-Hall.
Credit Carol Jackson

WUNC has a new initiative called My Teacher. As a part of the project, students around the state are interviewing their teachers. WUNC education reporter Reema Khrais recently surprised one of her favorite teachers, Lawanda Rainey-Hall. Reema was one of Ms. Rainey-Hall's first grade students at Glenwood Elementary in Chapel Hill.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Growing Dissent On Teacher Tenure Law

Teacher
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This week, Cumberland County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems passed measures opposing a new law that eliminates teacher tenure and replaces it with a system that rewards the top 25 percent of teachers. The law addresses the complex and challenging issues of teaching evaluation and teacher pay.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Eric Guckian, senior education advisor to Governor McCrory, and Larry Nilles, an eighth grade social studies teacher and president of Wake North Carolina Association of Educators.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

New RTI Center Studies Gender And Imbalances Of Power Globally

RTI International has created a Global Gender Center to connect exports working to help women and lessen the impact of power-imbalances around the world.
Credit RTI International

RTI International has recently created a Global Gender Center to study and find solutions for imbalances of power against women around the world.

Wendee Wechsberg directs the new organization and is doing field work in South Africa. She said many universities have researchers who study individual communities but the Global Gender Center will work to connect those experts. Priority issues include HIV, domestic violence and economic development.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'I Met You And Everything Changed'

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon and Erica Walker-Joynes

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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon entered Erica Walker-Joynes' exceptional children's class last year because she was deemed to be at risk for dropping out when she got to high school.

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Education
8:33 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Testing Change Could Mean More Students Passing

A new change to how students are labeled based on standardized test scores will likely lead more students to be considered proficient in skills and courses.
Credit Alberto G. via Flickr

  The State Board of Education voted this week to approve standards that will lower the scores needed to pass end-of-grade and end-of-course exams.

In an 8-4 vote, the board expanded the number of achievement levels from four to five for this year’s standardized exams. The change will allow school leaders to get a better sense of a student’s level of achievement, said Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson.

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The State of Things
1:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure

Broughton High School teacher Lee Quinn speaks out against the 25 percent mandate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt talks about a lawsuit that challenges the elimination of teacher tenure

Durham school board members voted unanimously yesterday to join a lawsuit that challenges the elimination of teacher tenure and replaces it with a selective performance pay system. 

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