2018 Education Innovation Lab Recap
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First in Flight. First in Freedom. Why shouldn't North Carolina be First in Teaching, too?

This question drove us to invite over 70 current and former educators from across the state whose passion, ideas and experiences informed this year's lab agenda, and laid the groundwork for the day's discussions.

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First in Teaching (FIT) Leaders

Full list of the First in Teaching Leaders

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Career Qualities

Over the course of the summer, the FIT Leaders met to discuss the qualities and barriers of the teaching profession in North Carolina. First and foremost, the FIT Leaders believe that feeling respected is an important aspect of being treated as a professional.

Autonomy
Compensation
Culture
Mastery
Physical Environment
Professional Team
Purpose

Full list of the Career Qualities

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Career Barriers

The list of barriers below represents the overarching and systemic challenges, identified by FIT Leaders, that prevent North Carolina from creating and fostering the career qualities required to be First in Teaching. They are also, therefore, our greatest opportunities to elevate the teaching profession beyond what is experienced in any other state. In addition, to the FIT Career Qualities, FIT Leaders indicated that feeling respected is an important aspect of being treated as a professional and that the barriers below have an impact on how respected they feel. While the emphasis here is on teaching, each of these barriers have a direct impact on teachers' ability to be effective and positively impact student success.

Administrative Burden
Inadequate Facilities
Inadequate Teacher Evaluation
Inflexible Schedule
Lack of Access to Equitable Resources
Lack of Career Opportunities
Lack of Connectedness
Lack of Recruitment and Preparation
Lack of Strong School Leadership
Lack of Time to Plan and Collaborate
Negative Perceptions
Outdated Compensation Model
Teachers Play Too Many Roles

Full list of the Career Barriers

I Believe That North Carolina Can Be First in Teaching!

The underlying principal of the FIT Leaders' mission is the idea that educators are highly-skilled professionals. But what does it look like to be treated as a professional? This video helps to identify the differences between the professional experiences of educators and their peers in other industries.

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Freebird McKinney, Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, kicked off the day by having the attendees examine their personal professional experiences through the lens of the career barriers. Watch what happens when business leaders, legislators and educators are able to compare and contrast their experiences in real time!

Elevating Educators for Student Success

Speakers and guests from across the political and professional spectrum of North Carolina joined us to discuss the barriers keeping our state from being First in Teaching, as identified by the FIT Leaders. These presentations have been broken down into three categories: Bright Lights, Innovations, and Perspectives.

Bright Lights

Career Advancement Opportunities

AR Panel

Jenny O'Meara, Principal, Phillips Middle School, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Rep. Craig Horn, North Carolina General Assembly, House District 68
Moderator: Mark Townley, FIT Leader, Holly Springs High School, Wake County Public School System

Strong School Leadership

School Leadership Panel

Glasher Robinson, Assistant Principal, Hairston Middle School, Guilford County Schools
Rep. Hugh Blackwell, North Carolina General Assembly, House District 86
Moderator: Vance Kite, FIT Leader, Former Teacher, Doctoral Candidate, North Carolina State University

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Innovations

Access to Equitable Resources

Resources Panel

Dr. Julie Morrow, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Rowan-Salisbury School System
Senator Michael V. Lee, North Carolina General Assembly, House District 68
Moderator: Caroline Harris, FIT Leader, Teacher, North Edgecombe High School, Edgecombe County Public Schools

Time to Plan & Collaborate

Time to Plan Panel

Dana Jernigan, Principal, Benson Middle School, Johnston County Schools
Kelley Johnson, Principal, Innovation Academy at South Campus, Johnston County Schools
Bennet Jones, Principal, Clayton High School, Johnston County Schools
Rep. Graig Meyer, North Carolina General Assembly, House District 50
Moderator: Doug Price, FIT Leader, Teacher, Voyager Academy

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Perspectives

Treating Teachers as Professionals

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Gerri Parker, Bank of America Executive on Loan, Interim Chief HR Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Moderator: Mary Margaret Harris, FIT Leader, Career Development Coordinator, Williams High School, Alamance-Burlington

Respecting Your Team by Being "Open"

Open Team

Jan Smith, Senior Director, Integrated People Solutions, Red Hat
Ben Owens, FIT Leader, Educator, Engineer, & Author

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Teacher Recruitment & Perception

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Margaret Spellings, President, The University of North Carolina
Brenda Berg, President & CEO, BEST NC

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Mark Johnson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Brenda Berg, President & CEO, BEST NC

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