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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.

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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Meet the Investors: SunTrust

Support the teachers, leaders, and administrators of the Wake County Public School System in providing a world class education to prepare our children for today’s global economy and future career opportunities

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A New Chapter

Just shy of 18 years ago, I became a part of the staff of WakeEd Partnership. After working with four Presidents, two interim presidents, and numerous colleagues in WakeEd’s last 18 years, I have chosen to resign effective May 31 as Vice President of Development in...

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WCPSS Reacts Strongly to Wake County Manager’s Budget

The way the Wake County government computed the need for increased local funding for the Wake County Public School System was questioned Tuesday by school staff and board members alike. Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann presented his budget to the Board of...

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Meet the Investors: QuintilesIMS

By Julie Song | Chief Compliance Officer, QuintilesIMS I started my career in Houston as a Teach for America corps member in the earliest years of the program. As a young teacher at McReynolds Middle School, I taught students who struggled with poverty, gang violence,...

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WCPSS Considers Its Class Size Reduction Options

As the question about class size requirements in grades K-3 lingers, the Wake County Public School System is preparing to add about 460 new elementary classroom teaching positions. How the school system reaches that number is possible through several different...

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iCan: Teacher Innovation Grants at Hunter Elementary

At their March meeting, members of the WakeEd Partnership Board of Directors welcomed two kindergarten teachers from Hunter Magnet Elementary School, who gave a short presentation about their Teacher Innovation Grant project. Kerry Ann Martinez and Cullen...

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WakeEd Grants Wishes at York Elementary

By Meg Osterhoff | STEM Coordinator/Coach | York Elementary School "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you..." or at least that's what happened to us when WakeEd Partnership linked up with York...

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WakeEd Grants Support Students with Disabilities

“Our WakeEd Partnership Teacher Innovation Grant has been life-changing for my class.” Kristin Burnette teaches students with significant cognitive and physical disabilities at Hilburn Academy. Typical classroom libraries consist of paper books that pose a variety of...

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From the Classroom: The Ripple Effect

By Sonia Clark | AIG Teacher | Ballentine Elementary School As I’m looking at my WakeEd Partnership Teacher Innovation Grant, I am reflecting on how it has changed our school, the lives of our students and our community. I am so overwhelmed with emotions that I cannot...

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Local Control is Right for School Calendar Law

It’s official. No one can agree on the best time to start the school year. A recent report from the NC General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division (PED) found that certain start dates are favored more than others, but none poll at a rate high enough to say with...

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Teaching Fellows Revival Proposed for STEM, Special Ed.

The NC Teaching Fellows are back, sort of. Leaders in the House and Senate released a plan on March 9 to offer forgivable loans to college students who become STEM or special education teachers. The plan revives a successful program that the General Assembly ended a...

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Governor Cooper’s Budget Puts Focus on Salaries

The budget proposal released by Gov. Roy Cooper today makes education spending a top priority, but it’s not likely to have much influence in the General Assembly. Cooper calls for raises for teachers, principals, and assistant principals. He wants to increase textbook...

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