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  • Teaching Tomorrow's Workforce: Industry-Linked Learning for Teachers

    Together with its partner schools, NC New Schools is engaging industry and higher education like never before to provide relevant industry-linked learning opportunities for North Carolina's students -- and teachers -- to help fuel the state's talent pipeline. For their part, teachers are capitalizing on an increasing number and variety of summer opportunities opening to them with businesses and other employers to learn about the world of work, first hand. From intensive single-day experiences during STEM Day earlier this summer, to formal on-site externships to structured summer residencies, teachers from North Carolina's innovative schools are getting real insight into the meaning of the world "relevance."

    Beginning with five externships in 2012, NC New Schools has expanded its work in 2013 to provide 16 teachers with paid summer externships with employers such as Cisco, Duke Energy, ABB, LORD Corporation, BASF, NC Prevention Partners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Eight of the externships are being offered in partnership with Kenan Fellows Program and the NC Department of Public Instruction. Externships are made possible through corporate contributions and federal funding. In addition, at least two partner schools with NC New Schools -- Brunswick County Early College High School and the Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy -- arranged their own externships after forging connections with local businesses.

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  • The Northeast Regional School : A STEM Pioneer

    The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, which opened in August 2012, is the state's first model regional school. Serving students from Washington, Tyrrell, Pitt, Martin and Beaufort counties, the school is a joint endeavor of NC State University's College of Agriculture, the State Board of Education, the five northeastern rural school districts, and NC New Schools and also enjoys strong support from the NC Department of Agriculture and the JOBS Commission.

    Teachers integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education concepts across all content areas as they create new learning environments aimed at giving all students -- especially first-generation college-going students -- opportunities for success. At the school, which will ultimately enroll up to 500 students in grades 7-13, students will be able to earn up to two years of college credit along with their high school diploma.

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  • Student Voices: Granville Early College High School

    Hear from students and teachers at Granville Early College High School as they talk about the powerful teaching and learning taking place in their school.

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  • Buncombe STEM High School

    NC New Schools is excited to partner with Buncombe County Schools on a new STEM high school for the district.

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  • Early College grad wins grand prize in national film competition

    Brittany Devasure, a 2013 graduate of Early College of Forsyth, has won a $5,000 scholarship from Project Yellow Light for her video that encourages peers to avoid distracted driving. In addition, as the first-place winner in the high school seniors’ category, Devasure’s video will be distributed by the Ad Council and aired in May as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) through the Council’s network of more than 1,600 TV stations nationwide.

    Devasure discovered a love for video with support from her teachers at Early College of Forsyth who gave students the choice of writing papers or producing videos for class assignments. “I always chose to do a video. If it wasn’t for Early College teachers encouraging us to do video, I wouldn’t have discovered my passion for it,” Devasure added. “You can express more through video than writing.”

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  • Early College EAST wins engineering competition

    The Early College EAST High School Engineering Club won a trip to Hanover, Germany, in Phoenix Contact's Nanoline Contest on Feb. 16, 2013. The team designed and built the "Delian One Remotely Operated Vehicle." The unmanned vehicle uses Phoenix Contact's Nanoline Controller and nanoNavigator software to remotely maneuver and explore an underwater environment. Early College EAST, a partner with NC New Schools, is located in Havelock, NC, in Craven County. The team will travel to Hanover, Germany, this April, where they will demonstrate the project at the TectoYou Hall at Hanover Fair. Click to read the news story.

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  • Art as Transformation at West Columbus High School

    At West Columbus High School, a partner with NC New Schools, students complete an advanced art project to transform their teacher’s office. Created during the project, the video demonstrates the Engineering Design Process at work as well as an authentic connection to the school theme of biotechnology and agriscience. Be sure to notice the fingerprint painted on the wall – this is a replication of Mr. Edge's thumbprint, blown up and painted on the back wall of his office. 

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  • Craven Early College

    Craven Early College (CEC) was created out of a strong partnership between Craven County Schools and Craven Community College. The school is a small non-traditional high school located on the campus of the college. The school's small size supports innovative ideas, creative teachers and attention to detail. Students who attend this five-year program will have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree (at no cost to student) in one of the following pathways: Education, Engineering, Manufacturing, Health Science, Informational Technology, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science.

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  • Interview with NC STEP Candidate

    WRAY's "Public Report" features NC STEP (the North Carolina STEM Teacher Education Program). The show's host interviews STEP candidate Kevin O'Connell and NC STEP Program Director Stacy Costello.

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  • Student speaks about early college experience

    Shamari Spencer, a 2012 graduate of Columbia Early College High School, speaks at NC New Schools' 2012 Summer Institute about how her early college experience changed her life.

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  • Student speaks at 2012 Summer Institute

    Isaac McGill, a 2012 graduate of Howard Health & Life Sciences High School, speaks at NC New Schools' 2012 Summer Institute.

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  • Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology & Agriscience

    The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience opened its doors in August 2012. Click here to read more about NC New Schools' efforts in developing innovative regional schools.

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  • Student Describes Connections Between English and Biology Classes

    Morgan Travis talks about the surprising connections she discovered between her high school English and biology classes. Morgan is a rising junior at City of Medicine Academy in Durham and is the first in her family to attend college.

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  • Student Describes Senior Project in Neurosurgery

    Tyler Nelson, a 2012 graduate of Rutherford Early College High School (REaCH), talks about his incredible experience with his senior project in neurosurgery. While he was earning his high school diploma, Tyler also earned an associate of science degree from Isothermal Community College and graduated as a distance learning student from NC School of Science and Math. He will attend Wofford College in the fall on a full scholarship.

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