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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.

Realizing Solutions with Plexus

Realizing Solutions with Plexus

Have you ever wondered where the Coke Freestyle machines at Wendy’s and Five Guys come from? Turns out they were partially designed by the company who hosted our first immersion day for elementary, Plexus.

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SummerSTEM Day Five: Wrapping it All Up

SummerSTEM Day Five: Wrapping it All Up

Takeaways were numerous when discussed today, and several themes stood out during reflection. The message from businesses during immersion days was a desire for both businesses and schools to form partnerships.

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SummerSTEM Day Four: Tapping Into the Grid

SummerSTEM Day Four: Tapping Into the Grid

What is “the grid”? While we talk about “the grid” all the time, and hear about it in the news, we are often unaware of the true meaning. During one SummerSTEM group’s day two of immersion, which I was able to join, educators teamed up with ABB to learn more.

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SummerSTEM Day Three: Chasing Learning

SummerSTEM Day Three: Chasing Learning

Circuits, and 3D printers, and pharmaceuticals, oh my! Today, SummerSTEM partnered with Wake Technical Community College to understand more about some of the careers for which Wake Tech helps prepare students.

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SummerSTEM Day One: What’s Your Why?

SummerSTEM Day One: What’s Your Why?

What’s your why? This question is of vital importance in the education sphere and arguably in every business and industry. It drives every teacher and every student, whether known or unknown.

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WakeEd Partnership Expands Board of Directors

WakeEd Partnership Expands Board of Directors

WakeEd’s impact would not be possible without the support and leadership from WakeEd’s Board of Directors. This group of local leaders provides expertise, perspective, and a passion for public education that drives our organization forward. That is why we are excited to introduce nine new members, who have joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

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Four NC Communities Receive National Honors for Literacy Initiatives

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.

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Investor Spotlight: Martin Marietta

Investor Spotlight: Martin Marietta

Undeniably, education is a critical building block in any community foundation. Highly effective teachers equipped with the skills and technology needed to optimally develop our students into future leaders, engaged business civic-minded people and a well-informed citizenry are necessary for community improvement and growth. WakeEd promotes this mission in the Wake County community and Martin Marietta is proud to partner in its efforts.

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Live from the 2018 Education Policy Summit

Live from the 2018 Education Policy Summit

The Wake County Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) is a teacher-led young professionals network that aims to empower and retain beginning teachers in the Wake County Public School System. This week, Christina Spears and America Moreno represented BTLN at the...

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STEMposium Named STEM Event of the Year

STEMposium Named STEM Event of the Year

WakeEd Partnership and the Wake County Public School System collaborated to host STEM in the Park's STEM Event of the Year in 2018! Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, and click the bell icon for notifications. For more from WakeEd, follow...

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Teacher Pay and the NC General Assembly

Teacher Pay and the NC General Assembly

Above all, WakeEd Partnership supports teachers so they can achieve the dreams they have for their students. As the NC General Assembly opens today, we will continue to advocate for higher salaries and better policies that enable Wake County to recruit and retain the...

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County Manager’s Budget Proposes $30 Million More for Schools

County Manager’s Budget Proposes $30 Million More for Schools

Wake County Manager David Ellis proposed increasing the spending for WCPSS by $30 million in fiscal 2018-19. That’s well below the $58.9 million the school board’s requested increase. The school system says it will take $48 million just to maintain the same level of service as this school year.

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Inside the Triangle’s STEM Event of the Year

Inside the Triangle’s STEM Event of the Year

During SummerSTEM 2017-2018, 100 Wake County Public School System educators were embedded in 20 STEM companies to experience first-hand the workplace they are preparing students to enter. The impact is seen each year at STEMposium, the culminating event of our...

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An Annual Rivalry With No Winners

An Annual Rivalry With No Winners

Around the Triangle, we look forward to great sports rivalries.  Sometimes your team wins, sometimes not; but we enjoy the games.  In the real world of post-March Madness, the annual competition of County Commissioners v. School Boards for school operational funding is enjoyed by no one and produces only losers, and here is my explanation of that.

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Why Wake County Needs More School Counselors

Why Wake County Needs More School Counselors

The Wake County Public School System recently requested $5 million to hire more school counselors, social workers, and psychologists for the 2018-2019 school year. Crystal Reardon, Director of School Counseling for Wake County Public Schools, shares the importance of...

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Summer Professional Development that Works for Teachers

Summer Professional Development that Works for Teachers

WakeEd's nationally recognized SummerSTEM program pairs educators from Wake County Public Schools with leading STEM companies in the Triangle to bring authentic learning experiences to local classrooms. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe,...

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WCPSS Makes Historic Funding Increase Request

WCPSS Makes Historic Funding Increase Request

The Wake County Public School System has prepared a budget that includes an increase of $58.9 million in new spending over the current budget. Watch this brief video to learn more about the budget. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, and...

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Historic WCPSS budget request mostly funds status quo

Historic WCPSS budget request mostly funds status quo

The Wake County school board received a budget presentation last night with the highest increase in local funding ever requested, and more than 80 percent of that requested increase maintains the status quo. The $58.9 million increase in spending from Wake County...

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What Parents Need to Know About the WCPSS School Board

What Parents Need to Know About the WCPSS School Board

How do you contact your School Board member? How can you speak at a School Board meeting? In this episode of WakeEd Wednesdays, we share the most important things that parents need to know about the Wake County School Board. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like,...

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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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