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WakeEd Partnership Awards $175,000 in Scholarships to Local Student Athletes

WakeEd Partnership Awards $175,000 in Scholarships to Local Student Athletes  Students from Apex High School and Green Hope High School named 2022 Pittard Scholars RALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to...

Student Registration Now Open for WakeEd Partnership’s “Career Accelerator” Summer 2022 Program

WakeEd has opened registration for all Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) rising 10th – 12th graders who wish to participate this summer in a new workplace immersion program “Career Accelerator”. Career Accelerator, developed in partnership with the Wake County Public School System, will be offered to approximately 1,000 rising 10th –12th grade WCPSS students this summer at no cost to students and families.

New Career Pathways Program for Wake County Students Seeking Business Partners for Summer and Fall 2022

WakeEd is seeking business partners of any size and from all industry sectors throughout the Wake County area to support its new education and workforce development initiative “Accelerate” aimed at helping students explore career opportunities as well as the education and skills needed to get there.

WakeEd Partnership Announces New Accelerate Initiative Focused on Career Pathways and Future-Ready Students

WakeEd’s Accelerate workforce development initiative brings together both new and existing programs that will help Wake County students become more future-ready for any career and college opportunity.

WakeEd Partnership’s Free Classroom Supply Store for Wake County Teachers Opens Next Week

WakeEd will officially open Tools4Schools, a new free classroom supply store for Wake County Public School System teachers on January 18th. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and first wave of teacher shoppers is scheduled for 11AM.

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.

Learning for Learning’s Sake

Learning for Learning’s Sake

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.

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“Get ‘em hooked” with Grossology

“Get ‘em hooked” with Grossology

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.”

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Building Bridges through STEM and Project-Based Learning

Building Bridges through STEM and Project-Based Learning

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.

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Remote Learning for Pre-K Children

Remote Learning for Pre-K Children

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.

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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.

read more
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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