A Weekly Look at the Real Stories and Real People in Education Across North Carolina
Education Matters aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. The weekly television show explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. The program is hosted by Mary Ann Wolf, President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum.
Education Matters ep. 206 Advanced Teaching RolesSome North Carolina school districts have utilized a new structure to help retain and expand the reach of highly effective teachers. To learn more about what these roles are and how districts are utilizing the approach we are joined by BEST NC, an organization that has explored the opportunities provided by advanced teaching roles; a principal and lead teacher who are currently using advanced teaching roles at their school, and by Public Impact, the organization that created the Opportunity Culture framework.
Brenda Berg, President and CEO, BEST NC
Beth Callicutt, Principal, Charles England Elementary School, Lexington City Schools
Sha Mosley, Lead Teacher, Charles England Elementary School, Lexington City Schools
Bryan Hassel, Co-President, Public Impact
Education Matters ep. 205 Recruitment, Retention, and Working ConditionsNC’s education system and schools affect each and every one of us across our state. We have much work to ensure that our educators and students have what they need. And, many of the actions needed by our state are clear and common sense. Here to talk about this are the North Carolina 2021 and 2022 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teachers of the Year and our first three NCCAT Prudential NC Beginning Teachers of the Year.
Eugenia Floyd, 2021 North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Leah Carper, 2022 North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Leanne Rose, Mooresville Graded School District, Beginning Teacher of the year, 2019
Emilee Higdon, Macon County Schools, Beginning Teacher of the year, 2021
Xavier Adams, Orange County Schools, Beginning Teacher of the year, 2022
Education Matters ep. 204 Principals and Social-Emotional LearningMost of you watching today know children who are in our schools right now. We’ve talked a great deal with educators and students themselves about the challenges and promising moments of this year. On today’s show, we will talk with three elementary school principals about how our kids and educators are doing - and what we need to consider as we wind down the school year. We want to note how significant and often thankless the role of our principals has been during these past two-plus years of the pandemic. Research tells us that principals are the second, only to teachers, school-related factor that influences student outcomes. Please stay tuned to hear from principals Sandy Chambers, Suzanne Owen, and Adrian Parry. You will not want to miss this discussion.
Sandy Chambers, Principal, Horton Creek Elementary School, Wake County Public Schools
Suzanne Owen, Principal, Cliffdale Elementary School, Cumberland County Schools
Adrian Parry, Principal, Hickory Ridge Elementary School, Cabarrus County Schools
Education Matters ep. 203 Beginning Teachers of the YearToday we have the privilege of introducing the 2022 Beginning Teacher of the Year, Xavier Adams as well as one of his students and the beginning teachers of the year from the inception of the program in 2020. For beginning teachers who are just starting from scratch, the first year of employment is challenging to navigate. Today we are going to learn from them about what being a new teacher is like, the challenges, and how they are hoping to make positive changes in education.
Xavier Adams, NCCAT 2022 Beginning Teacher of the Year
Kaylee Faison, Student at Orange County High School
Emilee Higdon, NCCAT 2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year
Leanne Rose, NCCAT 2019 Beginning Teacher of the Year
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