November 30, 2013 - A North Carolina non-profit is looking for people who want to become teachers in math, science and technology by capitalizing on the skills and experience developed from working in the field.Read More
The NC STEM Teacher Education Program is offering a no-cost route to career-changers with a four-year college degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. The program aims to fill the high percentage of vacant math and science teaching slots in North Carolina high schools.
Applications are being accepted for a group of 48 candidates who will start training next summer for year-long apprenticeships. All tuition, training costs and materials are fully paid and candidates receive a $2,500 stipend.
Interested applicants can find additional information and materials online from North Carolina New Schools.
November 29, 2013 - Science teacher Vance Kite spent most of the 90-minute lesson on genetic mutations at City of Medicine Academy circulating the room, talking to students, answering their questions and drawing diagrams of chromosomes.Read More
Absent from this Advanced Placement biology class was a formal lecture. Students arrived in class already having watched Kite's graphics-rich genetics lecture online.
This is the second year Kite has "flipped" his AP biology class. Students watch his recorded 10-minute lectures for homework, and class time is devoted to discussion, questions and experiments.
Flipping classrooms is a growing national trend in public schools and universities, even though extensive evidence that this teaching method is more effective than traditional lecturing is sparse.
November 1, 2013 - This week I spoke with IBM's Stan Litow on P-TECH, a program that aims to give needed job skills to high schoolers, preparing them for the workforce. It's a program that has been put into practice in New York and Illinois, and Litow is having conversations with officials in other states, such as the governor of Connecticut. But those conversations haven't happened with Gov. Pat McCrory regarding North Carolina. Not yet, at least.Read More
That doesn't mean, however, that North Carolina has looked the other way at the numbers, which, as Litow points out, show more and more open positions and fewer people with the necessary skills to fill them.
Also this week, I heard from Todd Silberman, director of communications and research at North Carolina New Schools, and he's quick to bring up North Carolina's early colleges that also aim to develop connections with business.
Those schools include the Northeast School of Biotechnology and Agriscience in Washington County, located at an agricultural research station operated by N.C. State University. They also include Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy in Lexington, which serves as a research and development resource to help other secondary schools in partnering school districts develop career-relevant curricula.
October 30, 2013 - Stan Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship for IBM, says North Carolina needs to take a page from New York's playbook if it wants to compete in economic development.Read More
Speaking at the National Early College Conference (co-hosted by NC New Schools and Jobs for the Future) in Durham on Wednesday, Litow is the guy at IBM who spearheaded the creation of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program in Brooklyn. It's an IBM-driven model that's already being replicated, with 16 planned schools across New York and four already in operation in Chicago.
The program aims to help high school students transition seamlessly from college to a career. IBM helped embed workplace skills directly into the curriculum so that within six years, graduating students would be "first in line" for entry-level jobs in information technology, or be prepared for additional study programs.
And Litow says it's working. He also says it would work in North Carolina.
October 30, 2013 - By Stanley S. Litow -- Just days before a conference in North Carolina about giving all high schoolers early access to college and skills and a pathway to careers, President Obama gave the concept a boost by visiting a school in New York City that epitomizes the positive aspects of the "early college" movement but also advances the model.Read More
When I talk to 500 educators, policymakers and educators Wednesday at the National Early College Conference, co-hosted by Jobs for the Future and North Carolina New Schools, I will explain why this innovative education model has captured so much interest and why it takes the promising model of early college to the next level.
October 26, 2013 - Several hundred educators and policy experts from across the county and from as far as Japan are coming to the Triangle next week to attend a national conference on early college high schools. The conference will be Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 29-30 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP.Read More
Conference participants will explore the policies and practices required to consistently graduate all learners, especially first-generation college goers.
The conference is sponsored by Jobs for the Future, an organization that works with its partners to design and drive adoption of education and career pathways that lead to college and career readiness, and by North Carolina New Schools, a public-private partnership that works to ensure North Carolina students graduate high school ready for college, careers and life.
Stanley Litow, IBM's vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, will be a keynote speaker for the event. Litow helped devise an early college in New York City known as P-TECH, which engages companies, colleges, communities and schools to connect students to jobs.
Other speakers will include Freeman Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Marlene Seltzer, president of Jobs for the Future; and Tony Habit, president of NC New Schools.
There are 250 early colleges nationwide that blend high school and college and allow students to earn significant college credit - tuition free - while gaining a high school diploma. North Carolina is home to nearly 80 early colleges, the most of any state. Durham has two early colleges, the J.D. Clement Early College High School at N.C. Central University and the Middle College Early High School at Durham Technical Community College.
October 23, 2013 - WITN named Hal Davis, educator and principal from Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, as their Teacher of the Week. The school, which partners with NC New Schools, NC State University, the State Board of Education and other agencies, is located at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth and serves students from five counties: Beaufort, Martin, Pitt, Tyrrell and WashingtonRead More
The person who nominated Mr. Davis said of the educators at the Northeast Regional School: "All of these ladies and gentlemen work very hard and have made a real difference in our child. He has blossomed into a greater student because of these folks… They really all work together to help the kids excel, but if I must pick just one, Mr. Davis would be the one."
September 27, 2013 - A Greene County high school received a blue ribbon award for helping its students succeed. Greene Early College High made a list of just six North Carolina schools to receive the honor.Read More
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chose them among 236 public and 50 private schools nation-wide to be recognized as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Duncan selected schools that excelled in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parent involvement.
September 25, 2013 - Rutherford Early College High School (REaCH) has received one of the country's most prestigious education honors. Administrators and school personnel were informed Tuesday that REaCH has been identified as a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.Read More
"I'm still trying to put into words how excited I am about this," said REaCH Principal Jeremiah McCluney. "This is a very big accomplishment for the school."
According to a press release, Duncan recognized 286 schools across the country as the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their "overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement."
"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," Duncan said in a statement. "National Blue Ribbon Schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."
September 24, 2013 - Middle College at N.C. A&T has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized for academic excellence and for improving academic achievement. Only 236 public schools nationwide received the award. Six were in North Carolina.Read More