North Carolina Public Schools Forum Announces First Collaborative Cohort of North Carolina Educators

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Public Schools Forum

The North Carolina Public Schools Forum strives to ensure that all students in North Carolina have access to a diverse and highly effective workforce of educators. As part of this commitment, the Forum, in partnership with the Office of the Governor of North Carolina and the Belk Foundation, launched the North Carolina Educator Pipeline Collaborative with an inaugural cohort of eight teacher preparation partnerships from across the state, including school districts, universities, and community colleges working to strengthen the pipeline of educators.

“The Public Schools Forum is delighted to work with the eight collaborative partnerships. Their dedication to growing and diversifying the pool of educators to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality, well-prepared educator is inspiring. Their commitment and expertise will fuel efforts to strengthen and expand recruitment and retention efforts throughout North Carolina,” said Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of NC.

The collaboration works together to share, develop and implement policies and practices that will enhance and expand their efforts to recruit, prepare, support and retain a diverse and highly effective educator workforce.

“This project is a critical part of our work and represents ongoing efforts to leverage partnerships to benefit our school system. Clearly the need for qualified teachers is dire, this plan will help us build the talent pool in our county from our county,” said Caldwell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps. “The advantages of the pipeline are win-win-win. The student, the future teacher, the school system and the college/university are all winners. I would argue that hiring within our county will ultimately lead to increased retention levels and more.

“ECU and the College of Education are excited to participate in the North Carolina Educator Pipeline Collaborative. We are excited to help develop a framework for effective teacher preparation partnerships that will help recruit and retain a diverse, high-quality pipeline,” said Dr. Art Rouse, Professor and Acting Dean, College of Education , East Carolina University. “We believe this partnership will help meet the educational needs of communities while promoting best practices and advocating for programs that will have a lasting impact on the teacher pool. ECU is committed to this partnership and eager to continue its impact on the teacher pipeline in North Carolina.

The four primary goals of the North Carolina Educator Pipeline Collaborative are (1) to identify and understand the work of successful partnerships and programs; (2) Develop a framework for effective K-12 teacher preparation, higher education, and workforce development partnerships that recruit, prepare, support, and retain a talent pool. diverse and high quality educators; (3) Support a cohort of teacher education partnerships in their development of programs that respond to their context and the needs of their community; and (4) Share findings and recommendations with school districts, higher education, and state leaders to promote best practices and advocate for policies and programs that will have a lasting impact on the teacher pipeline. .

“The work of the North Carolina Educator Pipeline Collaborative is critical to increasing the diversity of our educator workforce. As HBCUs, we invest in equity and the betterment of the human condition and the lives of children and families across the state,” said Paula Price, Dean and Professor, College of Education, North Carolina A&T State University. “Working closely with our community colleges and district partners to attract, retain, and support diverse and culturally sensitive educators is part of our overall mission, so I’m thrilled that engaging in this collaboration also provides us with the opportunity to advocate for policies and practices aligned with our vision.

By creating and strengthening connections between school districts, universities, and community colleges, The Collaborative aims to fill gaps in our state’s pipeline of educators and forge long-term partnerships focused on meeting the needs of their communities.

“Durham Tech is committed to building pathways to great jobs and careers, like teaching. We are excited to join DPS and NCCU in this collaboration and create multiple pathways to becoming an educator,” said JB Buxton, President from Durham Tech.

“Good things happen when our K-12 schools and our institutions of higher learning sit at the same table. Having strong collaborative relationships is essential for the future of our communities and our state. CCC&TI is extremely excited to partner with Caldwell County Schools and Appalachian State University to find more effective ways to meet teacher needs in our region,” said Dr. Mark Poarch, president of the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

2022-2023 NC Educator Pipeline Collaborative

  • Appalachian State University, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, and Caldwell County Schools
  • East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and Pitt County Schools
  • Elon University and Alamance Community College
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford Technical Community College and Guilford County Schools
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College and Durham Public Schools
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Kannapolis City Schools
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Old Main STREAM Academy
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College, and New Hanover County Schools


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