Education

Education
11:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Leaving Teaching: Two NC Educators, Married, Talk About Why They Quit

Deana and Mark Kahlenberg
Credit Still shot from video / Emerging Issues Forum

Deana and Mark Kahlenberg teach at the same school: Alderman Road Elementary in Cumberland County. They met there. They both enjoyed teaching for many years - Deana for seven and Mark for eight. And now they are both leaving the school, and leaving the profession. They are in grad school to become speech and language pathologists.

Why did they choose to leave?

Mark: Mostly pay reasons

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Education
8:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

'16 Years To Reach $40,000 Salary': Considering Pay Incentives For NC Teachers

Teachers protest
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers and education leaders are considering paying North Carolina teachers based on their individual performance, despite  concerns from stakeholders who argue it could harmfully affect students and teacher morale.

Republican Senator Jerry Tillman, an education budget writer, is helping lead a newly-formed legislative task force that will develop recommendations for alternative pay plans. Members, whom include legislators and education leaders across the state, must factor in teacher evaluation measures and student performance outcomes.  

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Weather
9:53 am
Thu February 13, 2014

[VIDEO] Best School Closing Announcement Ever In NC?

Michael Ulku-Steiner and Lee Hark announced school closing via Youtube
Credit screenshot from Youtube video

The administrators at Durham Academy posted their school closing announcement yesterday via video. We added it to our weather newsfeed/blog, but think it's so good, it deserves its own post.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Leaders Raise Starting Teacher Pay

Gov. McCrory speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt talks about the future of teacher compensation

After ongoing controversy about educator pay, Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan to increase salaries for new teachers yesterday. Under this plan, the base pay for the state’s beginning teachers will increase to $35,000 over the next two years, bringing North Carolina starting teacher pay in line with that of border states like Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Meet Diya Abdo

Diya Abdo
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Meet activist and scholar Diya Abdo

 

Growing up as a Palestinian in Jordan, Diya Abdo straddled multiple cultures. Her love of American literature brought her to the United States. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Program Highlights The Need For Early Childhood Literacy

The State of Things discusses the importance of early childhood literacy.
Credit Adwriter via flickr.

Most people know it's a good idea to read to their children. 

But a program called Reach Out and Read highlights just how early parents should start the practice. Reach Out and Read gets doctors to write reading prescriptions for families in the hopes of helping them jump start their children's chances for literacy.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Will PACE Academy Make The Grade? Charter Serving Special Needs Kids Could Shut Down

Teacher Caleb Smith is the lead Exceptional Childrens teacher and organizes the Occupational Course of Study instructional programming.
Reema Khrais

When founders Jane Miller and Rhonda Franklin got the news that their charter school may not be around next year, they were overcome with the same feeling.

“Just utter shock,” says Franklin:

We were shocked because we know what has happened within these walls in the last 10 years. We know the growth of our students.

The state’s Charter School Advisory Board unanimously recommended to the State Board of Education that it reject PACE Academy's application for a renewal of its 10-year charter.

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Education
11:11 am
Sat January 18, 2014

‘We’re Not Paying Our Teachers As Much As Surrounding States': Panel Will Review

North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation in average teacher pay.
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If there's one thing likely to come out of the legislative session this year, it's to figure out a way to improve teacher pay.

A new 18-member panel that will help advise North Carolina lawmakers on the topic made its final appointees this week. The group includes representatives, senators, a principal, community members and teachers.

According to the bill, the committee was created last year by the House and Senate for two reasons:

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Education
5:00 am
Sun January 12, 2014

VIDEO: 5 Minutes, One Common Core Math Class, Deconstructed

Teacher Katherine Pardue's instructions to her class
Credit Carol Jackson

Katherine Pardue teaches 6th grade at Guy B. Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill. She's one of many teachers across the state who are beginning to use new strategies in the classroom as a part of the newly adopted Common Core curriculum.

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Education
8:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

With 48 Hours, Duke Students ‘Rethink’ Education And Find New Ideas

First-place winners of Duke University's 'Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge' Winter Forum pose for a picture. The team proposed an online database that can be shared between schools in North Carolina and India to improve STEM education.
Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

A high tech pen-pal system shuttling messages,  knowledge and know-how between schools in Durham and those in India. A program that would have students repair bicycles as a part of their studies. How about older students teaching younger students through video tutorials? Or paying high achieving students to tutor?

These were some of the bright ideas cooked up by Duke undergrads for the “Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge” winter forum at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

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