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Hands-on science at the NC Research Campus

Hands-on science at the NC Research Campus

What a great day we had visiting the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis on STEM Industry Day! The day began by learning about GMOs and their pros and cons. I now have updated information to share wit…
An English teacher dives into STEM

An English teacher dives into STEM

This summer I visited Great Wolf Lodge as part of North Carolina New School’s STEM Industry Day. Teachers whose schools focus on STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- were invited to …
Learning from failure and success

Learning from failure and success

“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” ― Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman, 1729-1797 When I worked for a data warehouse company, I was struck by how consistently sales …
Industry Day connects teachers and coffee

Industry Day connects teachers and coffee

What could education and coffee have in common? I thought about this question in preparation for my visit to S&D Coffee and Tea during last month's STEM Industry Day. After speaking with p…
Translating PBL for younger classrooms

Translating PBL for younger classrooms

Instructional Coach Dan Miller wrote last month about the value of taking risks in the classroom. Powerful teaching and learning sometimes demands that we step out of what's comfortable to do what is …
Summer Institute 2015: Design – Create – Inspire!

Summer Institute 2015: Design – Create – Inspire!

Design – Create – Inspire! And inspire is just what Summer Institute 2015 was designed to do! After my first experience at Summer Institute, I am not only inspired to continue supporting ed…
Transforming education, changing futures

Transforming education, changing futures

Recently I had the pleasure to speak at the graduation ceremony for the New Tech High School in Warren County. My trip to Warren County brought back memories of frequent trips through that communi…
Teachers Edge: Risk vs. Reward

Teachers Edge: Risk vs. Reward

In life we often make decisions based on a risk/reward ratio. We might not call it that. We might not even be conscious of the process as it’s taking place, but it’s there. Do I eat another bro…
Interest rising in NC’s innovative high schools

Interest rising in NC’s innovative high schools

This spring, more than 80 school leaders convened in Raleigh to attend the first Cooperative Innovative High School (CIHS) Technical Assistance Workshop, a joint effort of the NC Department of Public …