North Carolina Teacher Project http://wunc.org en Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map] http://wunc.org/post/why-teacher-pay-matters-even-if-you-are-not-teacher-interactive-map <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even the most informed citizens sometimes lose track of all the chatter that’s going on in the General Assembly. Fights between Republicans and Democrats, the Governor and fellow Republicans, teachers and legislators – at some point, for even the most insatiable news junkie, it devolves into just so much noise.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:08:58 +0000 Dave DeWitt & Keith Weston 38931 at http://wunc.org Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map] Moral Monday, Phil Berger, And The Surprise 'Teacher Couch Summit' http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-phil-berger-and-surprise-teacher-couch-summit <p>Bryan Proffitt fully expected to go to jail Monday night. He spent most of the day at Hillside High School, where he teaches history, proctoring exams. A few hours after the final school bell, he was in an upstairs auditorium at the state Legislature, rallying supporters.</p><p>“We’re generally a pleasant and rule-following bunch,” he said. “But when you attack our students, when you threaten our schools and our communities and their families and you bully us and our co-workers, than you’d better prepare for what happens next.”</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:15:26 +0000 Dave DeWitt 36981 at http://wunc.org Moral Monday, Phil Berger, And The Surprise 'Teacher Couch Summit' NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards http://wunc.org/post/nc-moves-closer-unraveling-common-core-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The House passed a bill on Wednesday that moves the state closer to getting rid of the Common Core standards.</p><p>The bill would form a commission to rewrite the standards over the next year, according to legislators, though they could not offer a clear timetable of when they would be implemented in classrooms. They say students would still learn under Common Core until new standards are in place.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:18:26 +0000 Reema Khrais 36725 at http://wunc.org NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards Turning Troops Into Teachers http://wunc.org/post/turning-troops-teachers <p>Stephen Harrington is proud of his school, and rightfully so. Holly Grove Middle School is a gleaming facility, with well-manicured sports fields; clean, bright hallways, and even tidy lockers.</p><p>Harrington is an Assistant Principal here, and assistant principals - as anyone in education will tell you - are the unheralded heroes of any school. They have a wide variety of tasks, from recruiting teachers to running an efficient car line to helping kids who are having discipline problems.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 35966 at http://wunc.org Turning Troops Into Teachers 'It's Nice To Have Somebody There Who's Looking To See You Grow Up Positively' http://wunc.org/post/its-nice-have-somebody-there-whos-looking-see-you-grow-positively <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">WUNC&nbsp;is in the midst of a&nbsp;yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher&nbsp;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.</em></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Mercy Mensah 35980 at http://wunc.org 'It's Nice To Have Somebody There Who's Looking To See You Grow Up Positively' 'Through Your Class, I Found Something That I Actually Really Care About' http://wunc.org/post/through-your-class-i-found-something-i-actually-really-care-about <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">WUNC&nbsp;is in the midst of a&nbsp;yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher&nbsp;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.</em></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Maddie Macmillan & Anna Knotek 35937 at http://wunc.org 'Through Your Class, I Found Something That I Actually Really Care About' 'When The Students Say 'No,' You Say, 'That's Not Acceptable.'' http://wunc.org/post/when-students-say-no-you-say-thats-not-acceptable <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">WUNC&nbsp;is in the midst of a&nbsp;yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher&nbsp;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.</em></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Sarah Morrison 35864 at http://wunc.org 'When The Students Say 'No,' You Say, 'That's Not Acceptable.'' 'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother' http://wunc.org/post/we-sometimes-refer-you-our-second-mother <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">WUNC&nbsp;is in the midst of a&nbsp;yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher&nbsp;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.</em></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Nell Ovitt 35789 at http://wunc.org 'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother' Teacher Email To Legislators Draws Harsh Reply http://wunc.org/post/teacher-email-legislators-draws-harsh-reply <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:40:40 +0000 Dave DeWitt 35387 at http://wunc.org Teacher Email To Legislators Draws Harsh Reply McCrory Outlines Plan To Improve Teacher Pay, Give Raises http://wunc.org/post/mccrory-outlines-plan-improve-teacher-pay-give-raises <div><p>Governor Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that he intends to give all teachers a two percent raise this year. He also set out a long-term plan to overhaul the way North Carolina's teachers are paid.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>His proposal would reward teachers based on their experience, performance and credentials. Teachers in hard-to-staff schools or subjects would also receive extra pay. Governor McCrory gave details about the plan at North Carolina A&amp;T University in Greensboro earlier today.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:11:59 +0000 Reema Khrais 35110 at http://wunc.org McCrory Outlines Plan To Improve Teacher Pay, Give Raises