Dave DeWitt http://wunc.org en Wright School Fights, Again, To Stay Open http://wunc.org/post/wright-school-fights-again-stay-open <p>Doris Tilley has driven by the Wright School, on Roxboro Street in Durham, for 50 some-odd years. Many times, she’s thought of turning into the gravel driveway, to re-visit the place that had such a significant impact on her family.</p><p>Last Friday, she did just that, meeting with students and staff.</p><p>Tilley’s daughter was one of the very first students here, in 1963. It was one of the few positive educational experiences she would ever have.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:31 +0000 Dave DeWitt 39711 at http://wunc.org Wright School Fights, Again, To Stay Open 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] 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet http://wunc.org/post/teacher-couch-summit-tweet-tweet <p>Monday night, 15 Moral Monday protesters sat in front of Senate Leader Phil Berger’s door.&nbsp; Berger wasn't in his office, so the protesters sat there until the Senate session ended. Soon, State Capitol Police began to usher everyone out. They said that the building was closing, everyone had to leave. Reporter Dave DeWitt was with the protesters. He wrote about what happened next this way:</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:33:30 +0000 Carol Jackson, Dave DeWitt & Reema Khrais 36999 at http://wunc.org 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet 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' A Teacher Who Could Write: Maya Angelou At Wake Forest University http://wunc.org/post/teacher-who-could-write-maya-angelou-wake-forest-university <p>Maya Angelou lived in a rambling yellow house just down the road from Wake Forest’s campus. A few hours after she passed away inside, people drove by slowly. Some pointed out the window. Everyone was keeping a respectable distance.</p><p>Angelou was renowned for many things, including hosting large parties in the house. Most Aprils, Angelou even held a class here.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 08:11:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 36335 at http://wunc.org A Teacher Who Could Write: Maya Angelou At Wake Forest University 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 Test Stress And The Third-Grade Teacher http://wunc.org/post/test-stress-and-third-grade-teacher <p>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.</p><p>“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.”</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 08:55:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 35758 at http://wunc.org Test Stress And The Third-Grade Teacher 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 NSA 'Sets New Course' With NC State Lab http://wunc.org/post/nsa-sets-new-course-nc-state-lab <p>Inside, the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences looks every bit like the tech company it once was. There’s lots of natural light, open spaces for employees to comfortably congregate, and some funky, retro cubicles.</p><p>But instead of young techies trying to discover the next big thing, the third floor of the Poulton Innovation Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus is a startup – for the NSA.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 34291 at http://wunc.org NSA 'Sets New Course' With NC State Lab Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report http://wunc.org/post/teachers-lash-out-compensation-task-force-report <p>Maybe it’s the name. A “Task Force” conjures up an image of a group of people rushing in, grabbing a problem around the neck, and wrestling a solution out of it.</p><p>Any notion that that might happen with the <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&amp;sActionDetails=Non-Standing_6602">Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force</a> was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:08:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33812 at http://wunc.org Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report