Need to Know
Today, Mebane Rash is kicking off EducationNC’s community college blitz by visiting Halifax Community College. Next week, EdNC and NCCPPR staff will travel across the state to visit all 58 community colleges. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter at @Awake58NC and sign up for the Awake58 newsletter. All week, EdNC.org will feature stories from our visits and perspectives from community college leaders.
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In the News
Articles about North Carolina education and authored by North Carolina educators are everywhere this week, it seems. If you haven’t read these, check out the following articles featuring North Carolina education.
- What “mastery-based” can look like in the classroom – Hechinger Report
- Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests – The Conversation
- New education research? A good chance it’s from North Carolina. – Chalkbeat
- A rural start to kindergarten: EdNC explores birth to eight experiences in eastern North Carolina – EducationNC
A new report from American Public Media looks at colleges’ role in economic mobility — both in helping students climb the economic ladder and in keeping that ladder out of reach for most low-income students. The report points out the troubling fact that the colleges best equipped to boost economic mobility tend to have the lowest populations of low-income students. In addition, simply accepting more low-income students is not sufficient. Colleges must support them through completion:
“Social mobility doesn’t happen just because a school takes in students from poor families. Plenty of schools are willing to take their students’ money, but many of those schools don’t catapult their students to higher incomes.”
The report profiles Stony Brook University as “the best mobility maker of highly selective public colleges in the nation.”
What we're reading
What Rural America Can Teach Us About Civil SocietyNorth Carolina's Allen Smart and Betsey Russell explore how rural America can be both incubator and innovator when it comes to creating and maintaining civil society. (Photo by Molly Osborne/EducationNC)... Read the rest
The Bipartisan Cry of ‘Not in My Backyard’
Phones Are Changing the Texture of Family Life
Students are dropping out of college before even starting. Here’s how educators are trying to stop the trend.
Why More Cities Should Offer Summer Jobs for Teens
Triangle, Charlotte Customers Get Biggest Share of Blue Cross ACA Rate Cuts
School lunch programs becoming more essential for North Carolina families