Now Is The Time For The Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Many surveys have already been sent over the past eight months out to teachers, parents, and guardians about the best possible ways to open up schools and keep them open. Options across all those surveys offered multiple scenarios and often took less than five minutes to complete. They were needed to a great extent… … … Continue reading Now Is The Time For The Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Concerning EOC Exams: Do What Durham Did

From today's News & Observer: The school board approved an adjusted grading scale of 90 to 100 for all End-of-Course and Career and Technical Education exams. Last week’s vote followed the State Board of Education giving local districts the option to weigh exam scores differently this year, Durham school board Chair Bettina Umstead said.The N.C. … Continue reading Concerning EOC Exams: Do What Durham Did

Listening To The State Superintendent Elect’s Words, Do We Really Need EOC Exams?

From her op-ed last week on EdNC.org co-written with State Board Chair Eric Davis: “Conducting testing is an essential part of a student’s educational journey,” Superintendent-Elect Catherine Truitt said. “As an educator and parent of two public school students, I believe the more knowledge we have of our children’s progress the better.” But almost three … Continue reading Listening To The State Superintendent Elect’s Words, Do We Really Need EOC Exams?

20% Of The Final Grade? Everything You Need To Know About The State Leadership Of Our Schools…

...summed up in the span of a few days from an email, an op-ed, and a press release. What happens when the person who is about to become the former state superintendent of North Carolina sends out an email to all teachers and parents about EOC exams followed by a statement from a man part … Continue reading 20% Of The Final Grade? Everything You Need To Know About The State Leadership Of Our Schools…

The Cotton-Headed Ninny-Mugginses Of The EOC Exams

I’M on a blog and I’m blogging. I’M ON A BLOG, AND I’M BLOGGING! Leave it to Buddy the Elf to best explain the current push by the state to make students take EOC exams in person as the current pandemic surges. And recent words by the new state superintendent and the current chair of … Continue reading The Cotton-Headed Ninny-Mugginses Of The EOC Exams

National Board Certification Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers

Did you know that North Carolina has more Nationally Board Certified Teachers than any state in the country? Simply go to this site and compare – http://www.nbpts.org/in-your-state/. This morning score reports for those who were seeking first time certification are being released. If you succeeded, I congratulate you. It’s not easy to become certified. Less than … Continue reading National Board Certification Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers

What Giving The EOC Exams Will Really Measure

In April when NC's school buildings were officially closed for the remainder of the school forcing EOC exams to truly be waived for the spring administrations, these were the official state numbers concerning COVID: 8,052 cases, 269 deaths, and 477 hospitalizations. On December 8th, these were the numbers: 404,032 cases, 5,637 deaths, and 2,373 at … Continue reading What Giving The EOC Exams Will Really Measure

Put A Damn Curfew On The EOC’s

Last April 24th, Governor Cooper closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. These were the numbers on that day: The numbers for December 8, 2020? 404,032 cases in NC. 5,637 deaths. 2,373 currently hospitalized. And unlike April where the weather was bound to get warmer, it's just getting colder. And for that … Continue reading Put A Damn Curfew On The EOC’s

When You Have To Look For Teachers & Subs Before All Students Return

From the Winston-Salem Journal today: The district will be recruiting teachers for all grade levels, as well as substitutes and support staff, such as bus drivers, custodians and child nutrition workers. The district has a pool of more than 900 subs, with about 250 of those trained on Canvas, the online learning platform.  Many in … Continue reading When You Have To Look For Teachers & Subs Before All Students Return