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New Report Finds Wake County Public School System Has Major Impact on Local Economy

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”.

New Initiative Launched to Support Working Families During Remote Learning

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.

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.

WCPSS Response to COVID-19 An Example of Masterful Leadership

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.

Investing in Education is A Choice, Not An Invoice

The 25-year lawsuit to improve education funding in North Carolina reached a major milestone last week and reactions ranged from “I told you so.” to “How will we pay for it all?”

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.

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.

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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Investor Spotlight: UNC REX Healthcare

Investor Spotlight: UNC REX Healthcare

For 125 years, UNC REX Healthcare has provided expert care to Wake County and surrounding areas. Our mission to inspire hope, improve health and heal communities is at the heart of what we do every day. UNC REX understands its role in being a leader in health and...

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Kathy Hartenstine Memorial Fund Established

Kathy Hartenstine Memorial Fund Established

WakeEd is honored to announce the Kathy Hartenstine Memorial Fund to support childhood literacy through the Partners Read program. Kathy was a lifelong educator, dedicating more than 35  years to Wake County Public School System as a teacher and principal. Committed...

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Intern Profile: Hannah Naylor

Intern Profile: Hannah Naylor

Hi, I’m Hannah Naylor, a senior at Meredith College majoring in Mass Communication and Public Relations, with minors in Professional Writing and Presentation Media, and Sociology. While at Meredith I have served in leadership positions with Lambda Pi Eta Honor...

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September 2018 BTLN Kickoff

September 2018 BTLN Kickoff

Wake Beginning Teacher Leadership Network kicked off its 2018-2019 sessions with a great opportunity to dive in and network! We began our night with some yummy pizza catered by Papa Murphy’s and the room was buzzing with teacher’s checking in about how the school year...

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Three Ways to Improve North Carolina School Report Cards

Three Ways to Improve North Carolina School Report Cards

The recent release of the North Carolina public school performance report cards is a timely reminder that school grading is here to stay, so our state has a responsibility to make sure the formula is adequate and the grading system is equitable. North Carolina’s...

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Investor Spotlight: BASF

Investor Spotlight: BASF

We encourage other businesses to partner with WakeEd and join in our effort to continue to provide the best possible education in Wake County. It truly takes a village and we all have a stake in our future.

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Learning to Treasure Wild Ducks with IBM

Learning to Treasure Wild Ducks with IBM

There is a saying, “treasure your wild ducks,” meaning value the outside-the-box thinkers and those who will try new things to push the envelope.  IBM strives to live by this philosophy as they implement Agile and Design Thinking.

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