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Tournament feeds college-going culture

Tournament feeds college-going culture

With three UNC degrees between us, my husband and I take basketball -- particularly the ACC and NCAA tournaments -- very seriously.  We have opinions about where the ACC tournament should be played (…
Sustainable teaching and learning

Sustainable teaching and learning

What I love about being a part of the NC New Schools community is the value put into networking and professional learning. I am a first year teacher and the only foreign language teacher at my …
How do I know if an assignment is rigorous?

How do I know if an assignment is rigorous?

Imagine you walk into a classroom and the room is buzzing with excitement.  Students are working in small groups, participating in discussions, writing and creating.  At first glance, it appears…
The math behind dropout and graduation rates

The math behind dropout and graduation rates

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) recently released dropout figures for the state’s public schools in 2013-14. If you’ve ever wondered how the dropout rate is calculated…
Learning from the STEM landscape

Learning from the STEM landscape

Last month, Robin Marcus, senior director for research and development here at NC New Schools, and I were invited to Washington, DC, for a day-long meeting with approximately 25 national STEM school l…
Building vision through conversation

Building vision through conversation

Toward the end of Learning By Heart, Roland S. Barth describes the type of vision necessary for schools to flourish. It is a “vital, courageous, demanding, uplifting vision-where most educators and …
Scaffolding thinking through design

Scaffolding thinking through design

Before becoming a teacher and eventually an instructional coach, I worked as an engineer.  My time in engineering left me with an appreciation for what is now being called “design thinking.” …
Why engage students in creating?

Why engage students in creating?

You've probably heard of the Maker Movement in recent years. With articles like “Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom” and TED talks like “We are Makers,” it is hard to deny that making is th…