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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.

National Reading Scores Show NC Literacy Instruction Needs Improvement

The disappointing news last week that the state’s overall reading proficiency of fourth graders has dropped since the start of the Read to Achieve law reveals some major flaws with that program, and it’s not with the teachers.

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.

How Taxpayers Help Fund School Construction

How Taxpayers Help Fund School Construction

How are schools funded in our community? What is a school bond referendum? These are just some of the questions that came out of the discussion between the Wake County School Board and County Commissioners this week. In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, we tell you...

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K-3 Class Size Implementation Work Begins in WCPSS

K-3 Class Size Implementation Work Begins in WCPSS

UPDATE: The WCPSS School Board voted unanimously to approve the plan described below at its April 10, 2018 meeting.  There is no “one size fits all” solution for implementing the K-3 class size reduction law in Wake County Public Schools. That was the message from...

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How WCPSS Will Reduce K-3 Class Sizes

How WCPSS Will Reduce K-3 Class Sizes

In February, the General Assembly enacted a new law that gives school systems four years to reduce their class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. In this episode, WakeEd explains how the Wake County Public School System plans to implement these changes -...

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LeVelle Moton on the Power of Educators

LeVelle Moton on the Power of Educators

Above all, WakeEd Partnership supports teachers so they can achieve the dreams they have for their students. In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, award-winning basketball coach and WCPSS Hall of Fame inductee LeVelle Moton shares the powerful impact of Wake County...

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Tech Impact Week 2018

Tech Impact Week 2018

This week, WakeEd Partnership had the opportunity to take part in Tech Impact Day in Durham, North Carolina. Tech Impact Day is a collaboration between Fidelity Investments and Common Impact that engages technology experts in giving back to nonprofit organizations...

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How to Submit a Transfer Request

How to Submit a Transfer Request

It's February - that means it's time for students to decide what school they would like to attend next year! In this episode, we walk you step-by-step through the transfer request process on the Wake County Public School System website. Thanks for watching! Be sure to...

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SummerSTEM: Changing School Culture Through 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.

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Failure as a Pathway to Success

Failure as a Pathway to Success

By Michelle Woods, Project-Based Learning Coach, Vernon Malone College & Career Academy At the heart of Vernon Malone College & Career Academy is a mindset of failing forward. Establishing this mindset was intentional when we started our school in 2014. During...

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Meet the Investors: Duke Energy

Meet the Investors: Duke Energy

Growing up in a family of educators, I’ve seen how education transforms lives. Now, I’m seeing its impact go much further to transform how we power our communities.

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Linking Wake County Schools with Businesses

Linking Wake County Schools with Businesses

WakeEd’s Link program brings businesses together with educators to create possibilities for students. Each year, business, nonprofit, and government leaders are paired with Wake County Public Schools. WakeEd collaborates with the Wake County Public School System to...

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Class Size Relief is Welcome, But Tough Choices Still Loom

Class Size Relief is Welcome, But Tough Choices Still Loom

The class size reduction compromise passed by the General Assembly this week is a mixed bag for local school districts. Among the positive outcomes are a multi-year approach to reducing class sizes, adding funding for program enhancement teachers, and eliminating the waiting list for pre-kindergarten classes.

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K-3 Class Size Update

K-3 Class Size Update

The debate over K-3 class size has been a hot topic in Wake County over the past several months. How does recent news from the General Assembly impact our students and teachers? Tim Lavallee shares the latest on this important issue in this week's WakeEd Wednesdays...

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The WAKE Up and Read Book Drive

The WAKE Up and Read Book Drive

Literacy is a right, not a privilege. That's why the WAKE County community comes together annually to support the WAKE Up and Read Book Drive! In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, Elizabeth Santana from WAKE Up and Read shares how and why Wake County collects more...

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(Law) Partners Read in Wake County Schools

(Law) Partners Read in Wake County Schools

The discussion around workforce development often focuses on students' middle and high school experiences, but research suggests that student success can be predicted as early as grade three. From kindergarten to the third grade, students are learning to read, but...

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The Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship Program

The Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship Program

  WakeEd is honored to present the Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship program for graduating seniors at Apex High School and Green Hope High School. This week’s WakeEd Wednesday video is a short introduction to the program! Watch to find out how you or your student...

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The Role of Business in Education

The Role of Business in Education

"The role that the business community should play in education is a partnership." In our latest WakeEd Wednesdays video, WCPSS Hall of Fame inductee Jerry O'Connor shares insight on how businesses can partner with local schools to create unique opportunities for...

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How to Enroll Your Child in a Magnet or Year-Round School

How to Enroll Your Child in a Magnet or Year-Round School

  The Magnet and Year-Round School application process has opened for the 2018-2019 school year in Wake County! In our latest WakeEd Wednesdays episode, we walk you through the application process. WakeEd Wednesdays is a weekly video series produced by WakeEd...

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How to Enroll Your Child in Kindergarten

How to Enroll Your Child in Kindergarten

It's Kindergarten registration time for future Wake County Public School System students! This week's WakeEd Wednesday video is a short "how-to" to get you started. Watch for step-by-step instructions for locating your child's base school and enrollment forms, and...

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Welcome to WakeEd Wednesdays

Welcome to WakeEd Wednesdays

WakeEd Wednesdays is a new weekly video series produced by WakeEd Partnership that will provide useful information about Wake County Public Schools and public education issues in general. This first episode is an introduction to the new series. It explains how WakeEd...

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Cary Chamber: The Power of Partnerships

Cary Chamber: The Power of Partnerships

WakeEd Partnership has been exactly that to the Cary Chamber of Commerce – a partner. With a common mission to connect business resources and school needs, our collaborative efforts facilitate and champion programs and outreach that positively influence our students, teachers, and schools.

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Ubuntu Fest at Middle Creek High School

Ubuntu Fest at Middle Creek High School

In November, Wake County students, teachers, and families gathered at Middle Creek High School to learn about South African culture and change the lives of children more than eight thousand miles away. Middle Creek’s second annual Ubuntu Fest featured student...

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Participate: Do Well By Doing Good

Participate: Do Well By Doing Good

By: Michelle Macumber | Priority Partnerships Manager, Participate Success in business is not simply about being the best in the world, but being the best for the world. This is B Corp’s definition of success and it is what we strive for in the work that we do. Our...

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