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
7:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'Throne Of Lies' #TeachingInNC

More than 300 teachers across the state have participated so far in our #TeachingInNC project.  It's where we ask teachers to give us a snapshot of their lives, using words or pictures. We hope that, collectively, these snippets will give "the rest of us" a sense of what it's like to be a teacher in NC. 

Most teachers are sending in their snapshots via Twitter, but some are using Instagram. This one made us laugh.

That same teacher also submitted this:

>>Browse all 701+ submissions here.

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Education
4:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The School Nurse Problem In NC, And What One Parent Is Doing About It

The school nurse-to-student ratio in NC is well above the level recommended by the CDC.
Credit NC Parents Advocating For School Health

Teri Saurer is a parent, and like any parent she got a little anxious a few years ago when her daughter, Hannah, was about to head off to kindergarten.

“Hannah had a prior history of epilepsy and she now has life-threatening food allergies,” Saurer explains. “I was very concerned sending her to school. So I looked into the nurse situation and I was very surprised to find out that there was not a nurse in her school every day.”

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Education
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

162-Year-Old Oak Ridge Military Academy Marches On

The school is located along state highway 150 in Guilford County.
Jeff Tiberii

One of the nation's oldest military schools is located just a few miles northwest of Greensboro. Oak Ridge Military Academy recently began its 163rd academic year. However, for a time it looked as though the school was going to close. In the face of growing competition, low enrollment and unstable leadership, the academy changed course.  And for now Oak Ridge marches on.

This week North Carolina Public Radio is looking at school communities. This is the fourth installment of a five-part series.
 

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Education
4:55 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Experienced Teachers Under Fire

Experienced teachers have been at odds with lawmakers throughout the year.
Credit Reema Khrais

College pennants hang from every open space in Chuck Hennessee’s classroom at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill. He’s even strung some up on clotheslines from one side of the room to the other, so you have to duck to avoid them. But for Hennessee, it’s been a few years since his own graduation.

“I am a better teacher in my 29th year now than I was in my 25th and much better than I was in my 20th, my tenth, and it doesn’t even compare to my fifth and first year,” says Hennessee.

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Education
4:40 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Science And Math, 24 Hours A Day

The North Carolina School of Science and Math turns 35 years old this year.
Credit NCSSM

It’s probably not much of a surprise to learn that the car line to drop off new students and all their stuff at the North Carolina School of Science and Math runs like a well-oiled machine.

Vans and cars, loaded with suitcases and boxes, pull into the temporary unloading zone. When they stop, senior students in blue t-shirts descend on the cars, unload them, mark the correct rooms, and off they go, on hand trucks and trolleys. An entire car unloaded in a few minutes.

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Teacher Training Centers Saved In Recent Budget

The NCCAT building in Ocracoke is one of two training centers in the state.
Credit NCCAT

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching was one of the winners in the most recent state budget. The publicly-funded professional development program for teachers had been slated for closure in both the Senate and Governor’s preliminary budgets in recent years.

The final version of this year’s budget allocates $3.1 million dollars a year in recurring funding for the NCCAT.

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Education
11:59 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Year Of The Teacher

Jim Potter teaching at Lockhart Elementary School in Wake County.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This is The Year of the Teacher, a documentary from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC looking back at an extraordinary year in public education in the state.

Just before lunch, the kids in Jim Potter’s third-grade class are sitting at attention, engaged and enthusiastic. This isn’t his classroom – he’s doing his student teaching here at Lockhart Elementary in Wake County – but it sure seems like it. His energy is up, the kids are with him, and the minutes fly by.

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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
10:33 am
Tue June 10, 2014

'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet

Senate Leader Phil Berger takes an impromptu meeting with Moral Monday protesters.
Credit Reema Khrais

Monday night, 15 Moral Monday protesters sat in front of Senate Leader Phil Berger’s door.  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:

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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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