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WakeEd Partnership Board of Directors Urges Action on Leandro Plan, Adopts Resolution Calling for Full Funding from NC General Assembly

WakeEd Partnership’s Board of Directors has adopted a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to fully fund the Leandro Action Plan. The resolution calls on the NC General Assembly to “fully enact the policy and funding reforms included in the Leandro Plan to ensure that all North Carolina students have access to a sound basic education by the 2028 school year.”

COVID Gives North Carolina a Chance to Scrap a Bad Grading Policy

Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent signature on a bill that includes a waiver of school performance grades for 2020-21 has opened an unexpected window of opportunity.

WakeEd Partnership Launches Back to School Social Media Campaign to Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations

As the vast majority of Wake County’s public school students prepare to go back to school next week, WakeEd Partnership launched a new social media campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.

WakeEd Partnership to honor former Governor Jim Hunt with Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Mandy Cohen with 2021 Friend of Education Award

WakeEd Partnership announced this year’s honorees for its annual Stars of Education Gala, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. Stars of Education returns this year as an in-person event to celebrate public schools and public education champions on October 4, 2021, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Learning from COVID-19: What Principals Told Us

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.

WakeEd Partnership Board of Directors Urges Action on Leandro Plan, Adopts Resolution Calling for Full Funding from NC General Assembly

WakeEd Partnership’s Board of Directors has adopted a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to fully fund the Leandro Action Plan. The resolution calls on the NC General Assembly to “fully enact the policy and funding reforms included in the Leandro Plan to ensure that all North Carolina students have access to a sound basic education by the 2028 school year.”

Investor Spotlight: BASF

For innovation to happen, we need people who understand our customers’ needs and challenges, as well as the ability to use creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and STEM training to come up with solutions for our current and future needs.

WakeEd Wednesdays

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.

Wake County PTAs Go Above and Beyond for Students and Families

Wake County PTAs Go Above and Beyond for Students and Families

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.

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Remote Learning: A Day in the Life

Remote Learning: A Day in the Life

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.

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WakeEd Partnership Names Keith Poston President

WakeEd Partnership Names Keith Poston President

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.

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Girls in STEM at Carroll Magnet Middle School

Girls in STEM at Carroll Magnet Middle School

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.

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STEM education or educated companies? We need both.

STEM education or educated companies? We need both.

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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Investor Spotlight: BASF

Investor Spotlight: BASF

For innovation to happen, we need people who understand our customers’ needs and challenges, as well as the ability to use creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and STEM training to come up with solutions for our current and future needs.

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Attrition Report Ignores Serious ‘Brain Drain’ Among K-12 Teachers

Attrition Report Ignores Serious ‘Brain Drain’ Among K-12 Teachers

According to a report about teacher attrition prepared for the State Board of Education this week, the fact only 7.5 percent of teachers have left the public schools to work in another industry or state is seen as an indicator of rising job satisfaction among teachers. It’s reasonable to draw that conclusion, but this is not a significant victory.

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WakeEd Partnership Announces Leadership Change

WakeEd Partnership Announces Leadership Change

Wake County Education Nonprofit Names Interim President, Begins Search for Leader in 2020 RALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to supporting teachers and students in the Wake County Public School System...

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Building Healthy Communities Through Literacy

Building Healthy Communities Through Literacy

What comes to mind when you think of UNC REX Healthcare? Exceptional doctors and nurses, the birth of your children, or cutting-edge technology may be front of mind, but did you know that UNC REX Healthcare partners with WakeEd Partnership to help children learn to...

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Boosting Hourly Pay is One Way to Ease School Bus Driver Shortage

Boosting Hourly Pay is One Way to Ease School Bus Driver Shortage

For most people, the yellow school bus has a straightforward purpose: to get kids to and from school safely and in a timely manner each day. The concept is so simple it borders on mundane, but ask any school transportation official, bus driver, or school principal and it will be clear that the yellow school bus is perhaps the most crucial component of the school day for many kids.

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Stagnant School Performance Reveals It’s Time For A Change

Stagnant School Performance Reveals It’s Time For A Change

The North Carolina school performance grades released last week continue to tell the same stories across the state: the schools with well off students perform better than schools with students from lower income families. That’s not what the school accountability is supposed to be telling us about our schools.

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MVP Math = content + skills: A formula for workforce readiness and student success

MVP Math = content + skills: A formula for workforce readiness and student success

There’s a common theme that comes through frequently as WakeEd interacts with dozens of business leaders around the Triangle: they need a ready workforce. Readiness means more than credentials and content knowledge, however. Business leaders almost unanimously say they need employees who can work in teams, convey information, perform analysis and solve problems.

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BTLN: School Grade Versus Teacher Turnover

BTLN: School Grade Versus Teacher Turnover

By: Margaret Borden | Math Teacher, Knightdale High School “Mrs. Borden, I know I want to study schools, but there are so many variables to choose from, how in the world will I narrow this down in time?” - Kiara Bush, May 17, AP Statistics class Since February, Kiara...

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A 15-Point Win for School Report Cards

A 15-Point Win for School Report Cards

A bill on its way to the governor for signature will prevent a major upheaval in the way school performance is measured. It’s an issue that WakeEd and others have actively pursued for three years.

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Wake’s Leaders Chose Wisely with New Tax Rate

Wake’s Leaders Chose Wisely with New Tax Rate

This year’s Wake County tax increase was a big step in the direction of adequate funding because state leaders persist in approving austere budgets which have left large and small counties alike with picking up the tab for services traditionally funded by the state.

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Investor Spotlight: First Citizens Bank

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.

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Why Grade-Level Reading Matters

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...

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