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(2016 June 17). Hunt Institute moves to Duke University. The News & Observer. 3A.
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Our first blog in collaboration with myFutureNC is posted. In November of the previous year, the myFutureNC Commission brought together leaders in education, business, philanthropy, and faith-based and nonprofit communities from across the state to discuss challenges related to increasing higher education attainment. The Hunt Institute and myFutureNC formed a strong partnership based on the similar belief that postsecondary education is the key to economic mobility and improved life outcomes. We continue to collaborate with myFutureNC on a variety of initiatives, including the John M. Belk Impact Fellowship.
MyFutureNC has a goal of two million North Carolinians with a higher education degree or credential by 2030. Learn more about this initiative by scrolling through the hashtag, #2millionby2030 on Twitter.
Tom Campbell cites The Hunt Institute in a post titled, Help Wanted: North Carolina's real economic development problem — only 34 percent of North Carolina residents 25 and older have an associate's degree or higher, 45 percent have a high school degree or less, and the remaining 20 percent have some college but not a degree. Campbell underscores the role of community college in economic development, as these institutions can give students practical skills needed for jobs that pay well. He concludes by stating, "The question before our state is whether we will accept the challenge to help our workforce learn necessary jobs skills or be so late coming to that realization that these companies with help wanted signs decide to move elsewhere. This is the real economic development issue for North Carolina."
The 2018 Holshouser Legislators Retreat: Elevating Education in North Carolina is held in Pinehurst, NC from March 19-20. Though resource experts discuss the entire continuum as usual, special emphasis is placed on educational attainment in the state, due to the recent convening of the myFutureNC Commission.
The Virginia Education Summit is held at Virginia State University, a historically black institution south of Richmond, Virginia. Senator Steve Newman and Delegate Steve Landes lead the meeting, along with Hunt Institute Board Member Laura Fornash and VSU President Dr. Makola Abdullah. Members of Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee and House of Delegates Education Committee join for two days of sessions.
The sessions cover early childhood education, teacher development and retention, school leadership development, school funding, liberal arts education in the 21st century, career pathways, and continuing education.
The fifth cohort of Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows meets in Washington, D.C. December 5-7. In addition to hearing from resource experts about education policy, the cohort also has the opportunity to visit Two Rivers Public Charter School.
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Our Education Policy Retreat, aimed at preparing newly elected legislators to better understand the state of education in North Carolina, takes place in Research Triangle Park. Resource experts join us to discuss strategies for increasing early childhood access; standards, assessments, and accountability; teacher preparation; access to postsecondary education; teacher compensation; building leadership pipelines; school choice; and education funding.
As an organization, we began creating data packets for all states participating in our State Legislators Retreat Model. Graphics like the one below begin to appear at all SLRs. Unifying data in this way helps give a better picture of the diversity in different states and systems across the country.
After building a strong partnership in 2017 for the first West Virginia Legislators' Forum, we make our way back to The Mountain State to talk about all things education with the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative.
The Virginia Education Summit is held December 9 - December 10 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. A session titled, "Broadband and the New Virginia Economy," examines the need for scalable and affordable broadband infrastructure." In just a few months, in March of 2020, this conversation would become a very important one with the start of the pandemic and widespread remote learning.
On December 9, Governor Roy Cooper signs Executive Order No. 113, "Establishing the Task Force to Develop a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education." Governor Cooper announced the new DRIVE task force at our DRIVE Summit, held at N.C. State University in partnership with the North Carolina Business Committee on Education.
In issuing the executive order, Governor Cooper cited research revealing the benefits of students of color learning from a teacher that reflects their own backgrounds and experiences.
Later in the month, James E. Ford, executive director of the Center For Racial Equity in Education (CREED), wrote a piece for the News & Observer describing the gaining momentum around equity in North Carolina.
To conclude the piece, Ford said, "Here's to making the next decade one where we embrace the demographic shifts in our state and run hard toward equalizing opportunity for all."
The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). NC Launches Effort to Recruit Minority School Teachers. 17 December 2019.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina). Year ahead: Center for Racial Equity in Education's director. 31 December 2019.
About ten days after the start of the pandemic, we announce a new mapping tool to help policymakers make sense of actions being taken around the country to keep education leaders, teachers, and students safe during a time when so little was known about the virus. The map, which gives visitors real-time information on actions across the continuum, caught the attention of NPR and The New York Times. Both news organizations honed in on the impact of the pandemic on child care providers.
"We want to work to make this vision that you have for a strong, qualified, effective, diverse educator workforce in North Carolina that will help us complete my mission statement for North Carolina, which is a state where people are better educated, healthier and have more money in their pockets." Governor Roy Cooper, upon being presented with the final report
The Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE) Task Force votes to approve its plan created for Governor Roy Cooper, an amazing feat considering the Task Force only met virtually since it began its work in May 2020.
A year prior, Governor Cooper created the initiative through Executive Order 113, and charged the Task Force with creating a plan to increase racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity within North Carolina’s educator workforce.
Head to our website to learn more about this work or read the final report here.
(2020 Dec 9). NC panel wants changes to lure more minority teachers. The News and Observer, A6.