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
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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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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