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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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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My Teacher
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'I Met You And Everything Changed'

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon and Erica Walker-Joynes

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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon entered Erica Walker-Joynes' exceptional children's class last year because she was deemed to be at risk for dropping out when she got to high school.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'You're The Reason I Started Doing Performance Poetry'

Carrboro High School teacher Mackensie Malkemes and junior Ryley McGinnis
Credit Timothy Leow

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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Ryley McGinnis was shy and hadn't thought much about performance poetry when she entered Mackensie Malkemes' English class at Carrboro High School, but  a year later, Ryley is writing and reading her poetry out loud whenever she has the chance.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

'I Still Have That Story. It Gave Me Confidence To Pursue Writing'

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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Middle school teacher Steven Simmons says he was a little overwhelmed in 2005 when he started his career at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill. But third graders like Aditi Goyal kept him going in those early days.

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Education
4:48 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Wake School Board Joins Opposition To 25 Percent Mandate

Broughton High School teacher Lee Quinn speaks out against the 25 percent mandate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

On Thursday nights, some Broughton High School teachers get together after school. And while other days might be spent collaborating with colleagues or coaching a team or tutoring students, this meeting is different. They are coming together to write letters to Legislators – explaining that they are unhappy, unappreciated, and unified.

For many, the State Legislature ending tenure and replacing it with a plan that will give bonuses and four-year contracts to the top 25 percent of teachers - if they relinquish their tenure rights now – was the last straw.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

'You've Become More Of A Role Model For Students'

Northern High School principal Matthew Hunt and senior Caleb Crawley
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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Caleb Crawley is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, where Matthew Hunt is serving his first year as principal.  Mr. Hunt has walked the halls of Northern High for several years as an administrator, but he played basketball in the Netherlands long before he made his way to a classroom.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

'High School Is Not Easy. It's Not'

Chapel Hill High School English instructor Michael Irwin and senior Madison Gunning
Credit Madison Gunning

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 exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

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Education
4:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

No Apples, But Plenty Of Benefits To Being A Virtual Teacher

Julie Reeves, her daughter Abby, and her laptop.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The reason Julie Reeves left the classroom is sitting in her lap. And she has a bit of cold.

Abby is 6-months old, and she’s being held strategically by her mom, just out of arm’s reach of a laptop and her daily to-do list. The neatly-typed piece of paper shows when Reeves will need to check in on her students in Wilmington, Alamance County, and western North Carolina. She’s in Knightdale, and will use a variety of ways to make that connection, including using phone conversations, multimedia presentations, written assignments, and texting. 

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My Teacher
3:56 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

My Teacher Series - Submit Your Story!

Credit Keith Weston / WUNC

My Teacher is a new initiative from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. We're traveling the state, finding teachers and students to tell their stories. You don't have to wait for us to show up to record and submit your story, though.

You could write to us, and tell us a story about your teacher. (Put 'My Teacher' in the subject line.) Or, you could record the conversation yourself with your smartphone!

Simply make an appointment with your teacher.

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