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School bus drivers across North Carolina will bask in well-earned attention next week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as individual schools and districts recognize drivers’ key role with various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, aimed to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.
Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
Digital teaching and learning in North Carolina’s public schools will benefit from a second round of competitive grants approved Thursday by the State Board of Education.
Ernst & Young (EY), a globally respected business and government professional services firm, has been tapped to lead an operational assessment of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, state Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today. Johnson said that the department was ready to assist the professionals at EY with the project.
Members of the State Board of Education were treated to a debut appearance today by “Ray,” a mascot designed by students to help promote summer nutrition programs across the state. The life-size mascot will be making appearances around the state to help the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and local school and community partners promote N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs that provide meals to students struggling with hunger when school is out.
Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as the state’s regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve.
Sixth and seventh graders in more than a dozen North Carolina school districts will benefit from more focused career exploration and planning through a new grant program aimed at expanding Career and Technical Education to students earlier in middle school.
North Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with 616 additional teachers gaining the endorsement last month from the Arlington, Va., based organization.
The North Carolina State Board of Education has hired Eric Snider as staff attorney to the board. SBE Chairman Bill Cobey made the announcement at the board’s monthly meeting after the board voted unanimously to offer the position to Snider.
Meghan LeFevers knew a few weeks ago that N.C. Superintendent Mark Johnson would be visiting Bessemer City High School, where she’s an assistant principal. She thought today’s visit to Gaston County was just part of the education leader’s statewide listening tour to learn from local educators. What LeFevers didn’t know when the entire school assembled this morning to welcome Johnson was that that the spotlight would shine on her instead.
North Carolina’s efforts to advance digital-age teaching and learning in the state’s public schools are getting a boost from a new grant initiative aimed at supporting local districts in the development and dissemination of innovative models for digital learning.
State Board of Education members yesterday recognized four public schools and two principals for their commitment to global education under the State Board’s Global Education Strategic Plan.
North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that school report cards for all public schools in the state are now available with 2016-17 data at NC School Report Cards, a completely redesigned, user-friendly website.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced two additions to the leadership team at the Department of Public Instruction today. Michael Spano will head the school business modernization program, while Pamela Shue has accepted the role of associate superintendent for early childhood education.
North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson on Wednesday announced that 15 districts and charter schools were awarded grants totaling $400,000 via the new Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000, support partnerships with local businesses to help schools develop computer science, coding and mobile app development programs for middle and high school students.
North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $30 million in grant funds from the new Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded to Camden, Clay, Gates and Jones counties. The grant awards will allow for construction of new school buildings in these economically distressed counties.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services Section, along with a diverse group of partners, is inviting all private nonprofits, public organizations and advocates interested in eliminating summer hunger for children to participate in the fourth annual SummerPalooza! Summits.
Revised applications for funding through the new Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund are now available, and the application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16. Language in Senate Bill 582, passed by the General Assembly last week and signed into law Sunday, clarified that the grant funds may be used only for school buildings.
North Carolina’s 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Jason Griffin also is the state’s 2017 National Distinguished Principal. The Hertford Grammar principal will join 61 elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, and private and overseas schools for their efforts to set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staff.
North Carolina students and teachers have earned more than 300,000 professional certifications through the state’s Microsoft Imagine Academy, launched seven years ago as the Microsoft IT Academy. State education leaders today joined teachers, students, legislators and others in celebrating this milestone at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh.