North Carolina Teacher Project

The North Carolina Teacher Project is a year-long look at the teaching profession, told through in-depth feature stories, comprehensive policy discussions on The State of Things, intimate conversations between students and teachers, and multimedia presentations. 

More background on this series is available here.  Check out our The Teachers' Room Blog on Tumblr.

These reports are part of American Graduate - Let’s Make it Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Education
10:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map]

Interactive county map with Wake County highlighted.
Credit Keith Weston

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.

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Education
1:15 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Moral Monday, Phil Berger, And The Surprise 'Teacher Couch Summit'

Senate Leader Phil Berger meets with Moral Monday protesters.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

“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.”

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Education
10:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

  The House passed a bill on Wednesday that moves the state closer to getting rid of the Common Core standards.

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. 

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Education
4:56 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Turning Troops Into Teachers

North Carolina's Troops To Teachers program is one of the nation's largest.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.

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My Teacher
5:09 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'It's Nice To Have Somebody There Who's Looking To See You Grow Up Positively'

Northern High School senior Mercy Mensah and athletic trainer Ken "Doc" Brown
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.

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My Teacher
5:48 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Through Your Class, I Found Something That I Actually Really Care About'

Carrboro High School junior Anna Knotek, history teacher Matthew Cone, and junior Maddie Macmillan
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.

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My Teacher
5:19 am
Wed May 21, 2014

'When The Students Say 'No,' You Say, 'That's Not Acceptable.''

Northern High School junior Sarah Morrison and English teacher Nancy Duffner

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.

Junior Sarah Morrison says her veteran English teacher Nancy Duffner pushed her to be a better writer and dig deeper for her stories about current events. Mrs. Duffner has been around long enough to witness district consolidation and the changing demographics in northern Durham.

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My Teacher
5:30 am
Tue May 20, 2014

'We Sometimes Refer To You As Our Second Mother'

Chapel Hill High School Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi and senior Nell Ovitt
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 Chapel Hill High School, where Nell Ovitt is a senior. Nell's Japanese teacher Yoshimi Aoyagi gave her the opportunity to study in Japan during high school, and host a Japanese student at home.

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Education
8:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Teacher Email To Legislators Draws Harsh Reply

Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Education
4:11 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

McCrory Outlines Plan To Improve Teacher Pay, Give Raises

Gov. McCrory announced today a new plan for paying teachers.
Credit Reema Khrais

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. 

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&T University in Greensboro earlier today. 

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