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Keep Pounding

Keep Pounding

Th Carolina Panthers team mantra has become "Keep Pounding" in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase "Keep Pounding" as a coach in an emotional speech…
Our grandchildren’s watershed

Our grandchildren’s watershed

Tri-County Early College High School is an NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning network school. As an Early College science teacher, I strive to use a variety of researched-based approaches to teach …
Recognizing sustainable innovation in schools

Recognizing sustainable innovation in schools

How do you define innovation?   This is a question that comes up a lot in my work as an Education Innovation Specialist, but it is not one with a straightforward answer. Education innovation by its …
Accelerating the adoption of STEM education

Accelerating the adoption of STEM education

What is STEM Accelerator? As the Director of STEM Accelerator for NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning, I am asked this question quite frequently. STEM Accelerator is our renewed approach to science…
The STEM Mindset

The STEM Mindset

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, but is not focused on these areas only. STEM is bigger than the subject matter. It is a mindset. As educators, we believe in educa…
Equal access to a quality education

Equal access to a quality education

As we embark upon the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I find it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the efforts of our organization to ensure equity for all students. Every student gradu…
Power of college access in rural communities

Power of college access in rural communities

What role should schools play in improving the rural quality of life? That’s the question posed in a recent article in The Atlantic, which highlighted the struggles of widespread poverty, limited…