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Covering #NCED

A small, green ribbon, pinned to the shirt of NCAE President Mark Jewell as he addressed the thousands preparing to march toward the North Carolina General Assembly, dominated its red backdrop Wednesday morning in downtown Raleigh. Hours before organizers made final preparations to welcome statewide education advocates to the second NCAE Day of Action, a shooting Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte left two dead, four wounded, and a community shattered. To view more coverage: A cry becomes a howl: The rally through the eyes of a teacher-journalist Teachers descend on downtown Raleigh

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How many more will we lose?

Tuesday morning, a 16-year-old student shot and killed another 16-year-old student before classes began at Butler High School. I followed the media reports via Twitter while planning for the day at Garinger High, 12 miles down the road from Butler. It’s hard to express the weight of dread that comes with that proximity. Of the 66 school shootings in the United States this year, the incident was the only one so close to home. You can try to suppress the fear, but when it envelops the hallways, the teacher’s lounge, the staff parking lot – you’re forced to confront it:…

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JCSU Upward Bound Ceremony – July 2018

What a night. You’re looking at a group of leaders who will be first-generation college students thanks to Johnson C. Smith University and its phenomenal UpwardBound program. True servant leaders and scholars, they’re off to visit Fordham University and Columbia University in the City of New York on Sunday. We are in awe of what you’ve accomplished in such little time, and are ready to see the changes you’re about to make in this world. #GCODE

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Reforming J-School: A four-phased, digital-first approach

Note: Originally published May 8, 2014 At this critical moment in United States history when government surveillance, health care and immigration reform dominate the national consciousness, the American public has a great need for balanced and hard-hitting journalism. What currently exists in the form of the professional press, however, is quite far from the ideal. The digital era has led to an information overload, as anyone with access to the Internet is now a content producer. Consequentially, traditional publications of the newspaper and television mold have lost the interest of their consumers: According to a June 2013 Gallup poll, only 23…

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Expanding Horizons, One Book at a Time

As you may or may not  know, I am currently a Teach For America corps member teaching 10th Grade English in Charlotte, North Carolina.  One of the greatest challenges my students face is  the incredible pressure of No Child Left Behind that is placed on low-performing schools.  This pressure is creating incredible resistance to reading in the students who need to be reading the most.  This resistance is born from the “readicide” that is occurring in classrooms across our city in schools with the highest need.  In order to pass a standardized test, students are given skill-and-drill lessons day in and…

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