WakeEd Wednesdays is a video 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.
In our first two articles on learning from COVID-19, we showcased the concerns and considerations of students and teachers in relation to their experiences with reentry to schools in the midst of the pandemic. As school building leaders, principals also have their own set of experiences and thought processes they bring to the table.
It has been more than a month since Wake County Public Schools returned to full-time in-person learning with twice-monthly remote learning days. The turnaround for full reentry came at such a quick pace that there has been little time for teachers and other school personnel to learn and critically evaluate the most effective ways to deliver a hybrid model of learning.
As North Carolina — and the country — debated how and when to return to in-person instruction, the primary focus was often on teachers and adult staff members, as they are more vulnerable than students when it comes to contracting severe cases of COVID-19. But too often, the voices that were noticeably absent were those of students themselves.
Amid all the discussions about getting kids back into the classrooms there has been little focus of what schools will look like next fall and what students will need to recover. However, throughout the COVID-19 ordeal, there has been plenty of discussion about learning loss, lack of equity, and the social and emotional health of students.
February 18, 2021WakeEd Partnership Elects Angela Connor to Board of DirectorsRALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization that supports public schools in Wake County, announced today that Angela Connor, Founder and CEO of...
As calls from state leaders increase and legislation advances in the NC General Assembly for public schools to quickly return to in-person classroom instruction, WakeEd urged state and local leaders to move educators up to a higher priority for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Schools should be open to students. That’s it, plain and simple. There is no replacement for high-quality, in-person instruction, despite a tremendous effort by teachers to keep learning going while students can’t be on campus.
WakeEd announced today that Douglas Price has joined the organization as its new Director of Programs. An award-winning educator, Price was the 2019 North Carolina Burroughs Wellcome Fund Charter School Teacher of the Year.
A new report titled, “The Economic Impact the Wake County Public School System” released by WakeEd Partnership and Wake County Public School System, in collaboration with NC State University, assesses the value-add of the state’s largest school district to its region, and the results are good for taxpayers and WCPSS graduates alike.
WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to supporting staff and students in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), has released a new report titled “The Economic Impact of the Wake County Public School System”.
Returning to in-person instruction for WCPSS students and staff is the most difficult policy decision the school board has made in many years, as shown in the multiple angst-fraught discussions the board held recently. That said, the goal has always been to get...
The new effort, Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative, is being led by the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), WakeEd Partnership, the YMCA of the Triangle, Marbles Kids Museum, Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Wake County and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Coach Bob Pittard Scholar Erin McIndoe shares her experience as a student athlete, her passion for community service, and her advice for the Class of 2020.
In Wake County, 25% of public high school graduates will attend Wake Tech within the first year after their graduation.
Zebulon Magnet Middle School Teachers use WakeEd Partnership SummerSTEM for a Greenhouse PBL Foundation
Last summer, eighth grade science teachers Esta Lamkin and Morgan Collins teamed up to enrich their classroom lessons through WakeEd Partnership’s SummerSTEM program.
As I reflect on the 2019-2020 school year, despite its challenges, it was a year of new beginnings and growth. Seemingly overnight, I had to adapt to a new normal, one that did not involve interacting with my students, coworkers, and administrators on a daily basis.
We have a saying at York Elementary School on the first day of school: “Get ‘em in. Get ‘em fed. Get ‘em home safely.” Since we transitioned to virtual learning, my mantra has changed. “Get ‘em in. Get ‘em hooked. Keep ‘em excited.”
As an Elementary School Teacher, my job is to build upon a child’s innate curiosity, to turn their love of exploring, questioning, and discovering into the foundation for their academic success. In our ever-changing world, my top priority is to equip first graders with the hard and soft skills they need to look at a problem and create solutions.
Like any educator you would talk to right now, the 2019-2020 school year has been one that I know I will never forget. My name is Magan Keith and I am an 8th grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Wendell Middle School.
WakeEd launches a new video series, a digital resource to help Wake County students explore career pathways and connect with the business community.
As you can imagine, many Wake County families are struggling with parenting young children while school buildings are closed. During this time, WCPSS is providing a variety of resources and services specifically designed to support families with pre-kindergarten children.
Here are the top 10 ways the WCPSS Technology Services team has supported our students, parents and staff with remote learning, with some invaluable assistance from community volunteers.
Play is even more important during the current COVID-19 crisis because play builds resilience, mitigates stress and anxiety, and strengthens family bonds and relationships
Many Wake County PTA units responded to the pandemic with hope and support, illustrating how much our community means to all of us. In times of need, our caring and compassionate spirits come alive. Multiple schools responded quickly and fluidly to ensure that the most basic needs of families were met, continuing the food service program and providing resources for remote learning.
Let me start by saying that I am not a blogger or a teacher. I am a mom of three children ages 9, 7, and 3. I have an incredible amount of respect and awe for our teachers, school staff members, and administrators, who are working tirelessly to make sure our students continue to be engaged in learning.
Wake County education nonprofit WakeEd Partnership has named Keith Poston as its new President. From 2014 to 2019, Keith served as President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, leading the statewide public education nonprofit during a critical juncture in its 33-year history.
Earlier this week, the WakeEd Board of Directors sent a letter to all members of the NC House and Senate who represent Wake County, and to members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19's working group on education. The letter encourages the continuation of pay and...
The response by Wake County Public School System to the COVID-19 pandemic is a masterclass in leadership by example in using the 4 C’s: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
Earlier this year, Carroll Magnet Middle School partnered with local television station The CW22 through WakeEd’s Link program to help 7th and 8th grade broadcasting students develop both technical and communication skills needed to produce Carroll’s daily news show, the Carroll News Network.
When it comes to careers in STEM, we need more women involved. According to the World Economic Forum, in science alone, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women and this under-representation occurs in every region in the world.
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