UNC leaders launch plan to revive NC’s teaching profession

The UNC Board of Governors convened a summit Tuesday to discuss the future of teaching in the state, as the world of education changes rapidly and the state faces a significant drop in those who want to teach.

The education summit, a public meeting of the UNC Board of Governors held on the SAS campus in Cary and spearheaded by Ann Goodnight, looked at trends in education, as well as methods for the state to reexamine how it prepares new teachers and treats teachers once they’re in classrooms.  Chancellors and education deans across the UNC system attended as well as legislative leaders and State Board of Education members.

UNC President Tom Ross

UNC President Tom Ross

The focus Tuesday was on how to prepare and retain the state’s next generation of teachers, as the state contends with a decline of nearly 30 percent in the last four years in enrollments in the UNC system’s 15 education programs. (Click here to read more about the decline, and what it means for the state.)

“We can do better and we must do better,” UNC President Tom Ross said Tuesday in opening the day-long summit.

North Carolina’s teacher pay, even with raises passed by the legislature last year, remain below the national average, and programs that supported the professions like the N.C. Teaching Fellows scholarship program, have been eliminated by state leaders.

As part of the education summit, a subcommittee of the UNC Board of Governor released a seven-point plan Tuesday that had been in the works for a year and attempts to turn around the profession’s high turnover and declining enrollment rates at the UNC system’s education colleges. (Scroll down to read the entire plan.)

Among the recommendations are:

  • Developing a UNC Teacher quality dashboard that monitors how education program graduates from 15 UNC system campuses perform in classrooms and districts
  • Emphasizing a year for education majors to spend in classrooms as part of their undergraduate program and strengthen teacher-preparation programs
  • Improving the selection process for principals
  • Create a public-private college scholarship program for future teachers
  • Seek to offer additional pay for public school teachers with advanced degrees
  • Market and recruit students to come into the education field
  • Expand N.C. New Teacher Support Program, which focuses on supporting new teachers and retaining those that work in high-need, high-poverty schools

Gov. Pat McCrory is slated to come speak to the group this afternoon, at 4 p.m.


Subcommittee on Teacher Quality Recommendations by NC Policy Watch


  1. Gene Hoglan

    January 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    So a whole lot of meaningless drivel to avoid the fact ed program enrollments are down because nobody in their right mind wants to waste 4 years and go 30 grand in debt just so they can make less than a UPS delivery driver, with more hours and even less job autonomy or security?

  2. Frank Dodge

    January 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Were there any teachers at this meeting? I suspect there were none, which is business as usual when talking education in NC, where policy if more important than people and is indicative of what is wrong with education in this state. It’s clear that the paternalistic bureaucrats and politicians think they know more about teaching than the people who do it everyday. Imagine discussing the future of medicine in NC without inviting any doctors to the table.

  3. Alex

    January 28, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Nationwide there are more applicants than open positions in the teaching field. Why should we worry about just recruiting from the NC colleges ? Sounds like a no-brainer to me !

  4. ML

    January 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Recruit from out of state how? We have created one of the worst environments for teachers in the nation. It seems clear the “applicants” would rather stay where they are and probably make more money in a state with a higher min wage than relocate here… That’s the no brainer or actually Alex/lsd is the no brainer.

  5. Alex

    January 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Obvious that ML has little business experience because he simply doesn’t understand supply and demand. North Carolina is a very desirable location to relocate especially from inner city schools with discipline and safety problems. New graduates without jobs and living at home would be glad to fill these positions at a very good starting rate. Money is not always the driving force in these decisions. If ML could find a decent job somewhere, he would be gone in a minute, and not be wasting his time posting such worthless dribble.

  6. david esmay

    January 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    It’s only a desirable location if you want to reduce your standard of living and quality of life. Another no brainer from one of our resident conservatrolls.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    January 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Alex, you are just arguing at a brick wall. All these guys are paid by Rob and Fitzy to spout their talking points back at them. This post and the comments are clearly generated by the Blueprint organization……Except for Alan whose vocabulary only consists of sad, tin foil, “reality”, and other selected trolling. In fact it is about time for him to put one of those words in a comment….3…..2…..1

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    January 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    May may, can you actually reconcile your comment with the fact that so many people are moving here and some are actually teachers? It was only back in the fall that our state was purported to be one of the top states to move INTO because of the high standard of living and quality of life. Did you tune your tin foil hat to the Rob and Fitzy show for too long? Maybe blinky wired you in morse code or something while he was on NC Spin?

  9. Ashton Ashley

    January 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Paying teachers with advanced degrees more. Wow! Such a novel idea! Uh . . . , isn’t that what NC used to do before last year when the Republican GA decided advanced degrees were worthless?

  10. Alan

    January 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Obviously ALEC and LSD know very little about this states #50 ranking when it comes to attracting teachers (good job state GOP with your constant demonization of public school employees).

    It’s rather cute when Dumb & Dumber have to tag-team. LSD, I wish you would spend as much time hunting for a job as you spend on this site, since you have stated you are unemployed, or is that unemployable?

  11. Alan

    January 28, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    PS. I was so disappointed that you didn’t include me as part of the Blueprint organization. Where do I sign up?

  12. LayintheSmakDown

    February 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Again, I say how do you reconcile that with the fact that so many are moving here? The facts prove you all wrong. And if you want to be a part of Blueprint, just donate to the organization or make it to the board….but I doubt they would accept one of Fitzy’s cubicle trolls as a resume line.

  13. LayintheSmakDown

    February 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    And you can go to this link, I forgot to attach. This shows teacher pay compared to median income in the state. Teachers are actually above median…before you add in supplements. Heck, we are right there with the progressive utopia of california!

  14. Alan

    February 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Why the obsession with “Fitzy”, is “Fitzy” part of the ever growing, and comically gigantic, enemies list? Is “Fitzy” a central character in “Mapping The Left”?


  15. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    No, no, no. Fitzy….you know your boss Fitzsimmons. Or does Scowlfield sign your checks? You need to come out from the troll cubicle there at the watch every so often to meet the others in the office.

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