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myFutureNC Blog Series: Start Early to Finish Strong

By: Cyndi Soter O’Neil, Senior Policy Advisor, ChildTrust Foundation

  My children are still in elementary and middle school, but we’ve been discussing college plans with them since they were old enough to hold a board book in their chubby little hands. While it may sound ridiculous to engage a toddler in conversations about postsecondary plans, the truth is... Read More

The Intersection Webinar Recap: Center for American Progress

  Our thanks to Scott Sargrad and Laura Jimenez from theCenter for American Progress for presenting on this week’s The Intersection: A Biweekly Education Policy Conversation. Laura and Scott joined us to share findings from their recent report Are High School Diplomas Really a Ticket to College and Work? The report is... Read More

myFutureNC Blog Series: Invest Early to Give Children the Best Start

By: Gerry Cobb, State Director, Pritzker Children’s Initiative

  Watching a baby grow is a wonder. From tiny infant to curious child, they develop in what seems like the blink of an eye. There is clear scientific evidence that this ‘blink of an eye,’ between birth and age three, is a critical window when the brain develops faster... Read More

The Intersection Webinar Recap: New America

Our thanks to Roxanne Garza, Policy Analyst at New America for presenting on this week’s The Intersection: A Biweekly Education Policy Conversation. Roxanne joined us to share key takeaways from her new analysis of state-level principal evaluation systems, Guiding Principals: State Efforts to Bolster Instructional Leadership. Key Takeaways: States value instructional leadership... Read More

myFutureNC Blog Series: Elevating Virginia for Top Jobs

By: The Honorable Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia (2010-2014)

  When I became governor in 2010, Virginia’s educational attainment rate was 10th in the nation. In comparison with other states, our citizenry was well-educated and our proximity to the nation’s capital was paying dividends in economic development for the northern portion of the state. However, despite our high ranking,... Read More

The Intersection Webinar Recap: Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

By: The Hunt Team

  Our thanks to Melissa McGrath, Director of Communications at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for presenting on this week’s The Intersection: A Biweekly Education Policy Conversation. Melissa joined us to share key strategies behind their new States Leading campaign, which celebrates work that states are doing to improve... Read More

myFutureNC Blog Series: Lessons Learned on the Road to 55

By: Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

  Like most people, I take immense pride in my home state. Tennessee is home to many who have made significant contributions, including great Americans like Sergeant Alvin York, author Alex Haley, and entertainers such as Dolly Parton and Tina Turner. And just as residents of the Old North State... Read More