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Revamped Meetings Make School a Learning Organization

Revamped Meetings Make School a Learning Organization

A colleague recently forwarded me a blog that posed the following question: “Is your school a learning organization?”   My initial thought was how could a school not be a learning organization…
Student Voices: Observing Innovation in Virginia

Student Voices: Observing Innovation in Virginia

[NC New Schools recently took a group of North Carolina students and educators on a study visit to Henrico County, Virginia. See more photos from the trip on our Facebook page.] As a student on…
EdTech Must Meet Needs of Students, Teachers

EdTech Must Meet Needs of Students, Teachers

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical heading out to Austin for the SxSWedu conference in early March. With a growing reputation as one of the premier edtech conferences in the country, the eve…
Getting Education Policy Right in North Carolina

Getting Education Policy Right in North Carolina

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a local TV weatherman assigned to cover the annual event to foretell the arrival of spring. Phil becomes inexplicably trapped in the repetit…
Confronting the Reality of the Skills Gap

Confronting the Reality of the Skills Gap

Recently a professor at a prestigious NC university lamented that her students lack the skill and confidence to create unique solutions when presented with an assignment in class. She noted that stude…
Finding My Place

Finding My Place

I was a straight-A student in high school. But when I began Pfeiffer University after I graduated high school, I soon realized that I was in no way prepared for college. I hadn’t brought base knowle…
NC STEP Intern as Lifelong Learner

NC STEP Intern as Lifelong Learner

In the fall of 2012, I found myself at my brother’s high school soccer game having a conversation with the principal of his school about what my future plans were. She had been a teacher of mine…
Lessons from Texas: Building a College-Going Culture

Lessons from Texas: Building a College-Going Culture

When I first learned about the study visit to Texas with my new job as a college liaison for Beaufort County Schools, I was not very excited -- I had never flown on a plane and I was being a chicken. …
Virtual Study Visit

Virtual Study Visit

Throughout the year, NC New Schools holds two-day study visits in three of our partner schools: Caldwell Early College, Cross Creek Early College and Wayne School of Engineering. Teachers, administrat…