News

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?”

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.

WakeEd Board of Directors: Schools need support and flexibility during COVID-19

Earlier this week, the WakeEd Board of Directors sent a letter to all members of the NC House and Senate who represent Wake County, and to members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19's working group on education. The letter encourages the continuation of pay and...

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.

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...

read more
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.

read more
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...

read more
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.

read more
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...

read more
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.

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
(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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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.

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
Public School Choice Can Be Found in WCPSS Magnet Schools

Public School Choice Can Be Found in WCPSS Magnet Schools

Parents in Wake County have a wealth of options for public school choice within the Wake County Public School System through the magnet school program that has been a cornerstone of the school system for more than 35 years. WCPSS has over 50 magnet schools across its...

read more
Building Bright Futures at River Bend Middle School

Building Bright Futures at River Bend Middle School

Before River Bend Middle School opened its doors in August  of 2017, River Bend teachers were getting free, hands-on professional development experiences through WakeEd's SummerSTEM program. Written by Stacey F. Weddle Principal, River Bend Middle School As a...

read more
WakeEd Celebrates Stars of Education

WakeEd Celebrates Stars of Education

The fourth annual Stars of Education awards gala, presented by PNC Bank, was a resounding success! The Marriott City Center was aglow, as more than 400 guests lit up the room with PNC Bank bracelets, celebrating the role of the community in creating a light of opportunity for students in Wake County.

read more
WakeEd Partnership Honored With US2020 STEM Mentoring Award

WakeEd Partnership Honored With US2020 STEM Mentoring Award

This morning, US2020 announced that WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to improving public education in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), has been awarded the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

read more

 WakeEd Partnership

  3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 100

  Raleigh, NC 27609 | (919) 821-7609

Who We Are

What We Do

WakeEd News

WakeEd Partnership

3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27609 | (919) 821-7609