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Why Grade-Level Reading Matters

Being able to read on grade-level by the third grade can change a child’s life. For five years, WakeEd Partnership’s Partners Read program has placed mentors into Wake County Public Schools to read with developing first and second grade students and has provided...

Four NC Communities Receive National Honors for Literacy Initiatives

The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is recognizing four North Carolina communities for measurable progress on key indicators of early school success.  Read Charlotte in Mecklenburg County; Chatham Reads in Chatham County; Growing Moore Readers of Moore County and WAKE Up and Read in Wake County reported progress in 2017 for children from low-income families toward at least one CGLR indicator: school readiness, school attendance or summer learning.

Former Teacher Leaves $2.7 Million to Establish College Scholarship Program in Wake County

WakeEd Partnership is pleased to present the first class of Coach Bob Pittard Scholars. Mr. Pittard was a former teacher and graduate from Wake County Public Schools who left in his will financial capabilities and direction to establish a sustainable college scholarship fund for student athletes in Apex, North Carolina.

A-maize-ing PBL at Weatherstone Elementary School

While participating in WakeEd’s SummerSTEM program, Mrs. Sautro and Mrs. Rhyne from Weatherstone Elementary School were embedded in leading STEM companies and received coaching in the implementation of project-based learning.

SummerSTEM: Changing School Culture Through Project-Based Learning

This past July, Teresa Pierre led our SummerSTEM group to Red Hat, where we were immediately hooked by the presentation about their work process. I cannot imagine where else I would have been exposed to the Agile-based work management system called Scrum; yet, in the business world, it is practiced every day in many fields. The appeal of bringing this process to our school hit me, but was problematic to implement; changing the culture of a school is not a job for a few personnel alone.

Report: Teachers have the greatest impact on inspiring students to pursue STEM careers

There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about exposing more K-12 students, especially girls and minorities, to STEM career fields. These fields are particularly male dominated, and they are among some of the highest-paying professions lately. However, the barriers...

Investor Spotlight: First Citizens Bank

First Citizens has served North Carolina for 121 years, so we know the difference public education has made and is making in our communities. Vibrant public schools are a critical engine for furthering economic growth.

WakeEd Wednesdays

WakeEd Wednesdays is a weekly series produced to simplify many of the complexities of North Carolina’s largest school district, the Wake County Public School System. With more than 180 schools, 160,000 students, and 11,000 teachers, WCPSS has a major impact on all Wake County residents regardless of whether they have children enrolled in the schools.

Four NC Communities Receive National Honors for Literacy Initiatives

The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is recognizing four North Carolina communities for measurable progress on key indicators of early school success.  Read Charlotte in Mecklenburg County; Chatham Reads in Chatham County; Growing Moore Readers of Moore County and WAKE Up and Read in Wake County reported progress in 2017 for children from low-income families toward at least one CGLR indicator: school readiness, school attendance or summer learning.

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Investor Spotlight: Martin Marietta

Undeniably, education is a critical building block in any community foundation. Highly effective teachers equipped with the skills and technology needed to optimally develop our students into future leaders, engaged business civic-minded people and a well-informed citizenry are necessary for community improvement and growth. WakeEd promotes this mission in the Wake County community and Martin Marietta is proud to partner in its efforts.

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Live from the 2018 Education Policy Summit

The Wake County Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) is a teacher-led young professionals network that aims to empower and retain beginning teachers in the Wake County Public School System. This week, Christina Spears and America Moreno represented BTLN at the...

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STEMposium Named STEM Event of the Year

WakeEd Partnership and the Wake County Public School System collaborated to host STEM in the Park's STEM Event of the Year in 2018! Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, and click the bell icon for notifications. For more from WakeEd, follow...

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Teacher Pay and the NC General Assembly

Above all, WakeEd Partnership supports teachers so they can achieve the dreams they have for their students. As the NC General Assembly opens today, we will continue to advocate for higher salaries and better policies that enable Wake County to recruit and retain the...

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County Manager’s Budget Proposes $30 Million More for Schools

Wake County Manager David Ellis proposed increasing the spending for WCPSS by $30 million in fiscal 2018-19. That’s well below the $58.9 million the school board’s requested increase. The school system says it will take $48 million just to maintain the same level of service as this school year.

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Inside the Triangle’s STEM Event of the Year

During SummerSTEM 2017-2018, 100 Wake County Public School System educators were embedded in 20 STEM companies to experience first-hand the workplace they are preparing students to enter. The impact is seen each year at STEMposium, the culminating event of our...

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An Annual Rivalry With No Winners

Around the Triangle, we look forward to great sports rivalries.  Sometimes your team wins, sometimes not; but we enjoy the games.  In the real world of post-March Madness, the annual competition of County Commissioners v. School Boards for school operational funding is enjoyed by no one and produces only losers, and here is my explanation of that.

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Why Wake County Needs More School Counselors

The Wake County Public School System recently requested $5 million to hire more school counselors, social workers, and psychologists for the 2018-2019 school year. Crystal Reardon, Director of School Counseling for Wake County Public Schools, shares the importance of...

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Summer Professional Development that Works for Teachers

WakeEd's nationally recognized SummerSTEM program pairs educators from Wake County Public Schools with leading STEM companies in the Triangle to bring authentic learning experiences to local classrooms. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe,...

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WCPSS Makes Historic Funding Increase Request

The Wake County Public School System has prepared a budget that includes an increase of $58.9 million in new spending over the current budget. Watch this brief video to learn more about the budget. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, and...

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Historic WCPSS budget request mostly funds status quo

The Wake County school board received a budget presentation last night with the highest increase in local funding ever requested, and more than 80 percent of that requested increase maintains the status quo. The $58.9 million increase in spending from Wake County...

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What Parents Need to Know About the WCPSS School Board

How do you contact your School Board member? How can you speak at a School Board meeting? In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, we share the most important things that parents need to know about the Wake County School Board. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like,...

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How Taxpayers Help Fund School Construction

How are schools funded in our community? What is a school bond referendum? These are just some of the questions that came out of the discussion between the Wake County School Board and County Commissioners this week. In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, we tell you...

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K-3 Class Size Implementation Work Begins in WCPSS

UPDATE: The WCPSS School Board voted unanimously to approve the plan described below at its April 10, 2018 meeting.  There is no “one size fits all” solution for implementing the K-3 class size reduction law in Wake County Public Schools. That was the message from...

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How WCPSS Will Reduce K-3 Class Sizes

In February, the General Assembly enacted a new law that gives school systems four years to reduce their class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. In this episode, WakeEd explains how the Wake County Public School System plans to implement these changes -...

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LeVelle Moton on the Power of Educators

Above all, WakeEd Partnership supports teachers so they can achieve the dreams they have for their students. In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, award-winning basketball coach and WCPSS Hall of Fame inductee LeVelle Moton shares the powerful impact of Wake County...

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Tech Impact Week 2018

This week, WakeEd Partnership had the opportunity to take part in Tech Impact Day in Durham, North Carolina. Tech Impact Day is a collaboration between Fidelity Investments and Common Impact that engages technology experts in giving back to nonprofit organizations...

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How to Submit a Transfer Request

It's February - that means it's time for students to decide what school they would like to attend next year! In this episode, we walk you step-by-step through the transfer request process on the Wake County Public School System website. Thanks for watching! Be sure to...

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SummerSTEM: Changing School Culture Through Project-Based Learning

This past July, Teresa Pierre led our SummerSTEM group to Red Hat, where we were immediately hooked by the presentation about their work process. I cannot imagine where else I would have been exposed to the Agile-based work management system called Scrum; yet, in the business world, it is practiced every day in many fields. The appeal of bringing this process to our school hit me, but was problematic to implement; changing the culture of a school is not a job for a few personnel alone.

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Failure as a Pathway to Success

By Michelle Woods, Project-Based Learning Coach, Vernon Malone College & Career Academy At the heart of Vernon Malone College & Career Academy is a mindset of failing forward. Establishing this mindset was intentional when we started our school in 2014. During the...

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