Support Students: Early, Often, & Comprehensively

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To achieve our Vision for education in North Carolina, we must work together to create a seamless system of support that provides every student the opportunity to succeed academically.

All students need a healthy foundation that enables them to attend school ready to learn at every stage of their education. Students from low-income backgrounds often have a unique set of challenges that impede their ability to take full advantage of the learning opportunities available at school. But every student – from pre-kindergarten through postgraduate – may at some point require extra support to thrive in a learning environment. North Carolina’s public and private sectors, parents and communities, all have a role to play in creating holistic systems that are responsive to students’ diverse needs.

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S1. Expand Student Access to High-Quality Educational Opportunities

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This priority is focused on approaches designed to ensure students are engaged and ready to learn at every stage of their education experience.

S1.1        Provide access to high-quality early learning programs that ensure students are ready for kindergarten, such as increasing the number of seats in highly-rated programs and increasing support for low-income students to attend.

S1.2        Expand high-quality K-12 learning opportunities for every student, such as offering strategic enrollment options, equitable access to advanced coursework and specialized educational models, and replication of highly-effective programs.

S1.3        Increase learning opportunities, including programs that innovate within existing school days to better meet student needs, and those that add targeted and high-quality programming to build on each student’s individual talents.

S1.4        Increase student access to high-quality postsecondary education to ensure that every student who wants to pursue education beyond high school has the opportunity. This includes initiatives to continue course alignment between two- and four-year institutions and managing tuition affordability.

S2. Surround Students with Systems of Support

FamiliesIn addition to expanding access to high-quality educational opportunities, North Carolina must engage all sectors in providing wrap-around supports that precede or supplement core academic content. This includes:

S2.1        Increasing meaningful parental involvement through awareness and engagement initiatives, such as providing meaningful reports on school and student performance and helping parents develop skills to support their child’s educational success.

S2.2        Supporting families of young children so that students enter the classroom ready to learn. This may include research-based programs to improve healthy births among at-risk mothers, initiatives to improve early literacy, and other family-focused programs that help with early learning.

S2.3        Building communities of support in schools that include nurses, counselors, college and career advisors, drop-out and prevention services, as well as staff who strategically coordinate school-based services with broader community services.

S3. Pursue Personalized Learning Models to Meet Students’ Individual Needs

TechIn addition to expanding access to high-quality educational opportunities, North Carolina must engage all sectors in providing wrap-around supports that precede or supplement core academic content. This includes:

S3.1       Transition to mastery-based learning for more students. This approach creates greater flexibility and allows students to progress as they master academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning.

S3.2        Replicate and expand strong programs to meet student’s special needs, including providing services for students who are academically gifted, young people with disabilities, or students with learning differences.

S3.3        Provide sufficient learning resources, whether book-bound or electronic, to ensure that students have access to rich and relevant information related to their coursework.