North Carolina Teacher Project

Education
4:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report

State Sen. Jerry Tillman presides over the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

Any notion that that might happen with the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.

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Education
4:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Competitive Teaching? NC Wrestles With Paying Best Teachers More

Under the current teacher salary schedule, teachers are paid solely on years of experience.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This is an issue with way more than just two sides. To illustrate how convoluted and complicated paying teachers has become, consider this fairly simple argument from Terry Stoops, the Director of Education Studies at the conservative John Locke Foundation:

“Frankly it’s unfair to our highest-performing teachers,” Stoops says. “There’s no reason why the Teacher of the Year in North Carolina should make as much as any other teacher.”

Now here’s an actual, real life North Carolina Teacher of the Year, who, in a free market, would get paid more:

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Education
3:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model

State Senator Jerry Tillman addresses the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.

Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called EVAAS will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.

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Education
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Evaluating Teachers: Part Art, Part Science, And More Important Than Ever

The North Carolina Teacher Evaluation includes six standards and 214 check boxes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Remember fifth grade? Well, whatever comes to your mind is not anything close to what it’s like now, at least in Nick Taylor’s fifth grade class at Lake Myra Elementary School in eastern Wake County.

Tucker barks out instructions to his students, directing them to grab laptops and Ipads and get with their small groups to begin comparing and contrasting two different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

Quickly and efficiently, the students mobilize.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

'The McNeills Will Miss You. You've Always Been Everybody's Favorite Teacher'

Riverside High School senior Cameron McNeill and math teacher/school paper adviser Steven Unruhe
Credit Deirdre Logan

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.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'It's Really Inspiring To Hear Someone Who's Chosen Teaching Because It's The Right Thing To Do'

East Chapel Hill High School social studies teacher Brian Link and juniors Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

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 East Chapel Hill High School, where we asked Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick to interview a teacher who stands out to them.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

'You're The Best Friend/Pen Pal/Third Grade Teacher Ever'

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.

Carrboro High School sophomore Carolyn Macleod credits her third grade teacher Hannah Stang with her passion for writing. They have written letters to each other ever since Carolyn left Ms. Stang’s classroom at age 9.

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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
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

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
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

    

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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