Topic: Newsmakers

This week on Education Matters we welcome two educators who are making news. First up is Leigh Kokenes. She’s a School Psychologist in the Wake County Public Schools System and was recently named the National School Psychologist of the Year. We’ll talk to Leigh about role of a school psychologist and what our students and schools need. Then we’ll continue our series of State Superintendent candidate interviews by welcoming Dr. Jen Mangrum. She’s a professor in teacher education at UNC-Greensboro who last year ran a high profile campaign for the State Senate against Senate President Phil Berger.

Guests:

Leigh Kokenes, Wake County Public Schools, National School Psychologist of the Year

Dr. Jen Mangrum, Associate Professor in Teacher Education, UNC-Greensboro

RESOURCES

EdLines

NC House passes school bond bill
https://www.wral.com/statewide-school-construction-bond-clears-house/18257225/

NC average teacher pay up in new rankings
https://www.wral.com/nc-ranks-29th-in-nation-for-teacher-pay-2nd-in-southeast/18252980/

School calendar flexibility momentum builds
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article227473949.html

Interview Segments

The best school psychologist in the entire nation works right here in Raleigh
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article226988279.html

Professor who challenged Phil Berger now wants to lead NC public schools
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article227128459.html

Jen Mangrum campaign web site
https://jenmangrumfornc.com/

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