North Carolina Aims to Be “First in Teaching”
October 12, 2018

Educators in a state known to be “First in Flight” are working to make their state “First in Teaching.” A group of over 70 educators from across North Carolina is leading an effort to make their state an excellent place to teach by elevating educators as professionals and prioritizing student success. These leaders recently crafted the agenda for the 2018 Education Innovation Lab, hosted by BEST NC.

First in Teaching (FIT) Leaders met and conducted surveys over the summer to discuss career qualities that educators need in order to feel respected, which are:

  • Autonomy
  • Compensation
  • Culture
  • Mastery
  • Physical Environment
  • Professional Team
  • Purpose

FIT Leaders also identified current career barriers for teachers, as well as opportunities to elevate their profession beyond the current experience for educators in any other state.

The group shared their work and experiences at the 2018 Innovation Lab, featuring discussions and workshops with educators, business leaders, state policymakers, and other stakeholders. Highlights from the day include: 2018 North Carolina Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney challenging participants to understand what it actually looks like for teachers to be treated as professionals; school principal Jenny O’Meara sharing how her school is taking advantage of new teacher career advancement opportunities; and BEST NC president and CEO Brenda Berg leading discussions with Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina and Mark Johnson, state superintendent of public instruction, around teacher recruitment and perception.

Videos and other materials from the 2018 Innovation Lab are captured here, and please stay tuned to learn more about the work of the FIT Leaders in North Carolina.


Eric Eagon

Eric is PIE Network's Senior Director, Educator Voice and Policy


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