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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.

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.

Cary Chamber: The Power of Partnerships

WakeEd Partnership has been exactly that to the Cary Chamber of Commerce – a partner. With a common mission to connect business resources and school needs, our collaborative efforts facilitate and champion programs and outreach that positively influence our students, teachers, and schools.

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Ubuntu Fest at Middle Creek High School

In November, Wake County students, teachers, and families gathered at Middle Creek High School to learn about South African culture and change the lives of children more than eight thousand miles away. Middle Creek’s second annual Ubuntu Fest featured student...

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Participate: Do Well By Doing Good

By: Michelle Macumber | Priority Partnerships Manager, Participate Success in business is not simply about being the best in the world, but being the best for the world. This is B Corp’s definition of success and it is what we strive for in the work that we do. Our...

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Public School Choice Can Be Found in WCPSS Magnet Schools

Parents in Wake County have a wealth of options for public school choice within the Wake County Public School System through the magnet school program that has been a cornerstone of the school system for more than 35 years. WCPSS has over 50 magnet schools across its...

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Building Bright Futures at River Bend Middle School

Before River Bend Middle School opened its doors in August  of 2017, River Bend teachers were getting free, hands-on professional development experiences through WakeEd's SummerSTEM program. Written by Stacey F. Weddle Principal, River Bend Middle School As a...

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WakeEd Celebrates Stars of Education

The fourth annual Stars of Education awards gala, presented by PNC Bank, was a resounding success! The Marriott City Center was aglow, as more than 400 guests lit up the room with PNC Bank bracelets, celebrating the role of the community in creating a light of opportunity for students in Wake County.

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WakeEd Partnership Honored With US2020 STEM Mentoring Award

This morning, US2020 announced that WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to improving public education in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), has been awarded the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

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Open Source Curriculum Shows Promise for WCPSS

Of the many changes that occurred with the shift to teaching Common Core State Standards perhaps the most noticeable to students, parents, and teachers alike was the move away from using textbooks in English Language Arts and Mathematics. It wasn’t by design that...

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Unique Apparel at Heritage High School

By Allison Reid | WCPSS Instructional Technology and Library Media Services Suzy McCabe and her students at Heritage High School (HHS) were the recipients of one of WakeEd Partnership's Teacher Innovation Grants. Built from her desire to provide an opportunity for...

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WakeEd Announces Teacher Innovation Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce our 2017-2018 Teacher Innovation Grant recipients. This year, more than 140 educators will be involved in implementing these projects across the county, hoping to change the lives of more than 2,100 students. iCommunicate Using iPads Allison...

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From the Classroom: Thank You for Changing Lives

By Elizabeth Propp | Lincoln Heights Elementary School I want to thank you and WakeEd Partnership for the continued support of my classroom and Lincoln Heights. The “Weather and Me” and “Cultural Recipe Book” Teacher Innovation Grants provided my kids with an...

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SummerSTEM: A Powerful Tool for Educators

By Jeff Holland | AIG teacher at Wake Forest Middle School and Ligon Magnet Middle School It was a great pleasure and privilege to return to SummerSTEM this year. The collaborative effort between WakeEd Partnership and the Wake County Public School System has produced...

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Meet the Investors: Lifetouch

Being an investor in WakeEd Partnership is one of the best ways I can personally and professionally give back to support a school system I value and a community that I am so proud to call home.

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It’s Time to Stop the Recurring WCPSS Budget Debate

This year’s state and local budget season has confirmed a long-held speculation on the priorities our elected officials have for funding public education. It has become clear that traditional methods of investing in a world-class public education system are gone, and...

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Becoming a Program Champion

I am a strong believer in the importance of STEM education in the classroom and the importance of making connections to potential career paths for students.

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