Elizabeth City State University Joins Economic Development Collaborative PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:07

Elizabeth City State University has been selected to be one of the myFutureNC Local Educational Attainment Collaborative communities across North Carolina. Launched by ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government and myFutureNC, with support from the John M. Belk Endowment, this is a two-year pilot program that supports local education collaboratives across the state that seeks to significantly increase the number of students successfully completing a degree, credential, or certification with a focus on regional economic development. 

According to ECSU’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Gary Brown, ECSU will participate in this two-year program and work with local strategic partners to broaden economic growth in the region through education.

“This is an exciting opportunity to advance ECSU’s mission to educate, and strengthen the economic foundation of Northeastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Brown.

ECSU’s strategic partners are the College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Northeast Workforce Development Board, the City of Elizabeth City and NENC Pathways.  This core team will bring vision and talent for long-term planning and program effectiveness.

The goal of the collaborative is to develop local economic impact by increasing opportunities for education and establishing connections among regional institutes of learning, employers, local governments and other community partners. In addition, the program will work to bring resources to communities such as federal, state, and philanthropic funding.

A digital learning platform will also be made available that will enable resources to be shared between the organizers and community teams. 

“These collaboratives offer an organized way to respond to future of work challenges that no single institution or even an entire sector can effectively tackle,” said Anita Brown-Graham, UNC-Chapel Hill professor and director of the ncIMPACT Initiative. “We are eager to begin this important work together.”

Each participating community will benefit from five regional forums designed to help them establish goals, identify strategies, set plans for implementation, collaborate across sectors, and learn from experts; technical assistance support throughout the process. In addition, there will be $15,000 to assist with the costs of hiring a community project manager; $10,000 in implementation funding for the project; evidence-based resources that respond to immediate learning loss concerns and prepare for longer-term planning; and a Local Attainment Collaborative Toolkit to implement and sustain demand-informed local collaboration with regional employers.

The myFutureNC field-based regional impact managers will serve these collaboratives in partnership with ncIMPACT, as well as other communities across the state so they are positioned to join a future cohort of collaboratives.

"Building a strong talent pipeline will require a new level of cross-sector coordination,” said Cecilia Holden, president of myFutureNC. “Among others, key strategic partners in these collaboratives must include PreK-12, universities, community colleges, workforce development boards, economic developers, chambers of commerce, county commissioners, policymakers, and civic leaders. And most critical to the overall success is ensuring decisions are being made based on data and research, and the voice of communities, businesses, industries, and employers and most importantly our youth, is in the center of these important conversations.”

The communities were selected from 46 applications spanning 82 counties of North Carolina. The selection committee worked to develop participation based upon regional, economic, and demographic diversity. The ncIMPACT Initiative will manage this first group of collaboratives.

The ncIMPACT Initiative is a statewide initiative launched by the UNC School of Government in 2017 to help local communities use data and evidence to improve conditions and inform decision making. Visit

myFutureNC is a statewide nonprofit focused on educational attainment that includes some of North Carolina’s most influential education, business, and civic leaders. The organization was formed with the goal to create a stronger, more competitive North Carolina. myFutureNC is working across sectors and in communities throughout the state to close gaps in the education pathway, to promote alignment between educational programming and business/industry needs, and to ultimately improve educational opportunities for all North Carolinians. Visit .

UNC System Expands NC Teaching Fellows Program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:00

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission has selected Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and University of North Carolina at Pembroke to serve as additional partner institutions for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.


The three universities were selected based on the criteria outlined in state law, including educator effectiveness, impact on student learning, passage rates for required licensure exams and early, frequent internship experiences for educator prep students, among other factors. In addition, the North Carolina General Assembly directed the commission to focus specifically on an institution’s ability to foster and promote a diverse teaching workforce.


“Building a more diverse teacher corps is crucial for North Carolina. Welcoming Fayetteville State, North Carolina A&T and UNC Pembroke into the Teaching Fellows Program will make a real difference in classrooms across our state, inspiring a rising generation of students and addressing persistent gaps in opportunity and achievement in our schools,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “North Carolina’s HBCUs and minority-serving institutions have a proud history of serving their communities and tackling some of our biggest challenges as a state. I’m glad to see that tradition continue in partnership with the NC Teaching Fellows.”


The mission of the NC Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit, prepare and support students attending North Carolina’s top education programs for preparation as highly effective STEM or special education teachers in the state’s public schools. Fellows will receive up to $4,125 per semester in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in science, technology, engineering and math or a special education area. The program is specifically designed to attract high-quality teachers to underperforming schools by offering an accelerated loan forgiveness schedule for teaching fellows who agree to teach in a low-performing school in North Carolina.


The NC Teaching Fellows Program also includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State University, Elon University and Meredith College.

Since 2018, approximately 300 fellows have participated in the program.


The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission is comprised of four deans from educator preparation programs, teachers, principals, a member from business and industry and a local school board member. The NC Teacher of the Year, NC Principal of the Year, NC Superintendent of the Year, chair of the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) Board of Directors and director of the NC Teaching Fellows Program all serve as ex-officio members of the commission.


North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program highlights:

  • The amount of the forgivable loan is up to $4,125 per semester.
  • Teachers have up to 10 years to pay back the loan, either through cash repayment or loan forgiveness.
  • In order to meet the loan forgiveness requirement, a teacher must serve one year in a low-performing school or two years in another public school for every year a loan was awarded.


Senator Tillis Supports Bill Defunding The Teaching Of 1619 Project In K-12 Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 09:55

U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reintroduced the Saving American History Act, legislation to prohibit the use of federal funds to teach the 1619 Project by K-12 schools or school districts. Any federal funds intended for low-income students or students with special needs are not affected by this legislation.

“I have significant concerns with the Department of Education’s recent effort to reorient the bipartisan American History and Civics Education programs away from their intended purposes towards a politicized and divisive agenda,” said Senator Tillis. “Americans do not want their tax dollars going towards promoting radical ideologies meant to divide us instead of being used to promote the principles that unite our nation. Our students deserve a rigorous understanding of civics and American history to understand both our successes and failures as a nation. I do not support diverting taxpayer resources towards promoting ideological and misleading depictions of our nation’s history, and I am proud to work on this important legislation with my colleagues to address this issue.”

Representatives Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rick Allen (R-GA) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

UNC Names 6 Student Marian Drane Graham ScholarsScholars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 09:24
The University of North Carolina System has named six students as 2021 Marian Drane Graham Scholars. The scholars will participate in an eight-week immersive and experiential summer program, designed to help the students develop leadership skills and gain a better understanding of key issues facing public higher education.
This year’s scholars are:
Dick Beekman, of UNC Charlotte, who will be placed at NC Military and Veterans Affairs
Megan Pryor, of NC State University, who will be placed at the Department of Public Instruction
Shaelyn Raleigh, of East Carolina University, who will be placed at the NC Business Committee for Education, Governor’s Office
Sunshine Angulo, of UNC Wilmington, who will be placed at the NC Community College System
Tahlieah Sampson, of UNC Charlotte, who will be placed at Student Affairs in the UNC System
William Teasley, of North Carolina A&T State University, who will be placed at the NC Pandemic Recovery Office
As a part of the program, the scholars will be placed in a state government agency, where they will gain valuable working experience in the fields of public service and higher education. The program will operate remotely this summer with in-person site visits in July.
“We are excited to welcome our six new scholars. This year’s group of scholars has the unique experience of seeing what it has taken to keep our state’s higher education System running during the pandemic and how resilient our universities and state institutions are,” Kimberly van Noort, senior vice president for academic affairs.
Scholars will work with UNC System leaders during the summer, tour individual campuses and visit with key state policy leaders and elected officials in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., in July. 
Additionally, each scholar will work with UNC System staff to develop and present a capstone project outlining the role of higher education in North Carolina.
Open to rising juniors and seniors, the program began in 2013 and is named for Marian Drane Graham, the wife of Frank Porter Graham, the first president of the consolidated UNC System. The program’s namesake reflects its emphasis on pairing scholars who are passionate about education policy and public service with agencies in North Carolina.

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