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The Friday Report

May 11, 2018

Leading News

26 Districts and Counting Close As Teachers Rally for Public School Support

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Thousands of teachers and supporters at their rally from the amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. Photo Credit: Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette via AP.

So far, 26 school districts across North Carolina have canceled classes next Wednesday as anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 teachers plan to march to the Legislative Building then rally on Bicentennial Plaza.

According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, which is organizing the event, teachers will meet at the NCAE Headquarters at 10 a.m. and the march to the Legislative Building will begin at 10:30. The Rally for Respect on Bicentennial Plaza starts at 3:30 p.m.

To continue reading the complete press release, click here.

Excerpt from:

Matthews, N. and Hinchcliffe, K. “Organizer: Teacher rally will be ‘something Raleigh has never seen’.” WRAL. 5/10/18.

Roy Cooper Wants to Give Teachers and State Workers a Big Raise. Will Lawmakers Agree?

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Governor Roy Cooper. Photo Credit: WRAL.

If Gov. Roy Cooper has his way, the average teacher will get an 8 percent raise next year, other state employees will get their biggest raise in a decade, and schools will get millions of dollars to upgrade security, buy supplies and hire new resource officers, nurses, counselors, social workers and psychologists.

Those were some of the priorities Cooper, a Democrat, laid out Thursday when he announced his budget proposal.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Doran, W. “Roy Cooper wants to give teachers and state workers a big raise. Will lawmakers agree? ” The News & Observer. 5/10/18.

Forum News

Local Organizations Help Youth Navigate ‘Roadmap of Need’

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Jaylen Perkins, 7, works on a practice sheet during an afterschool program at the Building Hope Community Life Center Thursday, May 3, 2018. 

Photo Credit: Juliette Cooke, The Daily Reflector.

For some students, after-school programs and nonprofit organizations can be the difference between eating or going hungry and learning or not learning. In eastern North Carolina, that reality is more prevalent than in any other geographical region in the state, according to a recently-released study.

The annual report, called Roadmap of Need 2018, is released by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and its N.C. Center for After School Programs. It highlights areas of the state where young people are most at risk of not succeeding. Many counties on the east side of the state, including Pitt, are among the areas highlighted.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

To read more about of the ‘Roadmap of Need’, please see the following articles:

New report highlights area counties most at-risk of not succeeding WCTI News Channel 12

One state, 2 realities for NC’s young The Charlotte Post

Wake, Orange counties top statewide list of student wellness  WRAL

Excerpt from: 

Wudkwych, B. “Local organizations help youth navigate ‘Roadmap of Need.'” The Reflector. 5/7/18.

This Week on Education Matters: One-on-One Interview with Lt. Governor Dan Forest

This week Education Matters will be preempted on WRAL. FOX 50 and UNC-TV will re-air episode 55. In this episode, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (pictured below, right)  discusses top education issues including school safety & arming teachers, digital learning, school choice and state of public education.

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When and Where to Watch Education Matters

Sunday at 8:00 AM,

FOX 50

(Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville)

Sunday at 6:30 AM and Wednesday at 9:30 AM, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel (Statewide)

The North Carolina Channel can be found on Time Warner Cable/Spectrum Channel 1277 or check your local listing and other providers here.

Online at https://www.ncforum.org/.

Education Matters is also available as a podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcherPodBeanOvercast, and Google Play Music.

In This Issue

26 Districts and Counting Close As Teachers Rally for Public School Support

Roy Cooper Wants to Give Teachers and State Workers a Big Raise. Will Lawmakers Agree?

Local Organizations Help Youth Navigate ‘Roadmap of Need’

This Week on Education Matters: One-on-One Interview with Lt. Governor Dan Forest

2018 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Gala

Little Money Included for Lawmaker’s School Saftey Suggestions

NC Superintendent Won’t Attend Teacher Protest, Hope More Schools Don’t Close

‘CMS vs. Suburbs’: Town Charter School Movement Spreads North of Charlotte

Kenan Fellows Program Names 2018-19 Teacher Leaders

Join the Conversation About Education and Economic Opportunity in Your Community

The Teachers Are Winning. What Does It Mean for the Profession?

North Carolina Teachers Will Be the Next to Walk Out. Here’s What They Want:

NCSSM Seeking Teacher Development Specialist

Women in Educational Leadership Symposium

Public School Forum Programs

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Nominate a Leader for Children in Your Community

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Do you know a leader in your community supporting our schools and making a difference in the lives of children both in and out of school? The Public School Forum is seeking nominations for individuals to be highlighted on our weekly statewide TV show, Education Matters. Click here for an example of a recent spotlight.

Nominees could be principals, superintendents, teachers, teacher assistants, guidance counselors, parents, students, business leaders, community volunteers, afterschool providers, and the list goes on!

To nominate someone, please fill out the form here.

2018 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Gala

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Ann Goodnight has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award. The Forum established the award in 2000 to recognize leaders who have demonstrated innovative, creative, effective leadership for public education in North Carolina. Mrs. Goodnight will be honored at a gala event on Monday, May 21, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Complimentary NC Educator Tickets 

Each year the Public School Forum reserves complimentary tickets for NC educators to join us for the Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Gala. Complimentary tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis with priority given to Public School Forum program participants.

To request a ticket, fill out the form here. Please note that filling out the request form does not guarantee you will receive a ticket. Please contact Irene Mone at 919-781-6833 ext. 102 or imone@ncforum.org with any questions.

Event Details:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Raleigh Convention Center

6:00 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Featured Speakers:

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More information about this year’s event, as well as previous award recipients, can be found at ncforum.org/events/jay-robinson-education-leadership-award.

Event tickets can be purchased here:

https://2018jayrobinsonawardgala.eventbrite.com.

If you are interested in discussing a sponsorship, contact Lizzy Mottern at lmottern@ncforum.org.

State News

Little Money Included for Lawmaker’s School Saftey Suggestions

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 Photo Credit: Kyo Azuma, Unsplash.

A state legislative committee formed in the wake of a high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people forwarded to the full House Thursday a series of proposals designed to make North Carolina schools safer, but they didn’t include funding for many of the ideas.

Lawmakers heard from police and prosecutors, nurses and social workers, security experts and firearms trainers in crafting the 15 recommendations, which cover everything from school emergency drills to more staff to address students’ mental health.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Leslie, L. “Little money included for lawmakers’ school safety suggestions .” WRAL. 5/10/18.

NC Superintendent Won’t Attend Teacher Protest, Hope More Schools Don’t Close

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NC Superintendent Mark Johnson. Photo Credit: Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL.

More than 10,000 teachers from across North Carolina are expected to protest in Raleigh next Wednesday to ask lawmakers for higher pay and more education funding. One person who won’t be there – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson. 

Johnson has remained relatively quiet about next week’s protest, but he took reporters’ questions about the topic during an event in Winston-Salem on Monday where he was announcing a new literacy initiative.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Hinchcliffe, K and Bell, L. “NC superintendent won’t attend teacher protest, hopes more schools don’t close.” WRAL. 5/8/18.

‘CMS vs. Suburbs’: Town Charter School Movement Spreads North of Charlotte

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett urges the Huntersville town board to endorse a town charter school option, calling it “a no-brainer.” Photo Credit: Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer.

The push for town charter schools spread to Huntersville on Monday, when the town board voted 6-0 to ask for new taxpayer-funded alternatives to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Current and former officials cited decades of conflict between the northern suburbs and the countywide district, saying they’ve often been left with overcrowded schools and distrust of school board leaders.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Doss Helms, A. “‘CMS vs. suburbs’: Town charter school movement spreads north of Charlotte.” The Charlotte Observer. 5/7/18.

Kenan Fellows Program Names 2018-19 Teacher Leaders

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On National Teacher Day, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is pleased to reveal the 25 North Carolina public school educators who have been awarded 2018–19 fellowships. This cohort of K‒12 teachers from across the state were selected from a highly qualified applicant pool of more than 70 educators following a competitive application process.

“We identify and empower teacher leaders who want to grow their subject area knowledge and deepen their understanding of workforce skills to influence and motivate their students, peers and the broader community,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. “We are proud to announce such an exceptional cohort of teachers and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish during their fellowship year.”

To continue reading the complete press release and see the list of 2018–19 Kenan Fellows, fellowship projects, mentors, and supporters, click here.

Excerpt from:

Solano, A. “Kenan Fellows Program Names 2018-19 Cohort of Teacher Leaders.” Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. 5/8/18.

Join the Conversation About Education and Economic Opportunity in Your Community

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Image Credit: EducationNC.

The myFutureNC Commission—comprised of state leaders in education, business, philanthropy, government, and faith‐based and nonprofit communities—is reimagining the ways our communities, our regions, and our state support an individual’s attainment journey, from pre-Kindergarten through postsecondary and into the workforce.

To help them in this task, the myFutureNC Listening Tour is collecting ideas and feedback from people all over the state. We want to hear from everyone: educators, parents, service providers, faith leaders, employees, employers, government representatives, and students.

Please join our team at one of our Listening Sessions this spring and summer to share your thoughts and ideas about strengthening educational and economic opportunities for your community. Drop in at any time: We will share information on our work at 2:30 pm, meet in small groups for discussion at 3:00 pm and host community conversations with local education thought leaders at 4:15 pm.

To learn more & RSVP for a Tour stop, click here.

National News

The Teachers Are Winning. What Does It Mean for the Profession?

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Teachers crowd the lobby of the Arizona Senate last week as lawmakers debate a budget negotiated by majority Republicans and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo Credit: Matt York, AP.

The extraordinary wave of teacher strikes highlights these crucial but often forgotten facts: In number, teachers are the largest profession in the United States. And collectively, they have the power to demand and win changes to funding and salaries.

It’s a stark reminder in an era characterized by diminishing labor influence. And yet political scientists, researchers, and labor-watchers say it’s tough to predict how teachers’ reawakened activism will continue to evolve.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Sawchuk, S. “The Teachers Are Winning. What Does It Mean for the Profession?” Education Week. 5/7/18.

North Carolina Teachers Will Be the Next to Walk Out. Here’s What They Want:

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Photo Credit: Element5 Digital, Unsplash.

The nationwide fight for more school funding has now swept North Carolina, where teachers are planning to skip school and confront lawmakers next week.

On May 16 — when the Legislature comes back in session — hundreds of schools will be closed to students while teachers join the March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh.

To continue reading the complete article, click here.

Excerpt from:

Yan, H. “North Carolina teachers will be the next to walk out. Here’s what they want:” CNN. 5/8/18.

Opportunities

NCSSM Seeking Teacher Development Specialist

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The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for the Teacher Development Specialist position. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NCSSM’s commitment to excellence in teaching, engagement, and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students and teachers from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in teaching.

For more information, and to apply visit:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2071846/teacher-development-specialist

Women in Educational Leadership Symposium

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Registration is open for the third annual Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS). The purpose of WIELS is to bring women together to share, learn, and grow in leadership. This conference aims to provide personalized learning and mentoring opportunities for those who aspire to become, or currently serve as educational leaders.

The symposium will be held October 5 through October 6, 2018 at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. This year’s conference theme is Advancing the Leader Within: Building Capacity.

Registration for the conference is online at https://wiels.appstate.edu/about-us/registration. Additional information can be found at https://wiels.appstate.edu/.

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