Roy Williams’ disdain for the ACC tournament is as much a part of the current era of North Carolina basketball as the “I am a Tar Heel” montage. (Read more)
In the middle of this year’s Black History Month I was momentarily overcome by a weird feeling. There was a kind of ho hum, mundane, routine, business as usual atmosphere about this year’s commemoration with little passion or intensity. (Read more)
Historian and satirist Thomas Carlyle said "a lie cannot live." However, Mark Twain casually remarked, "It shows that he did not know how to tell them."
More than a century later, newly-elected Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated Wisconsin legislature have proven themselves to be "quick studies," having learned how to tell whoppers about the working class and unions. Here are just a few. (Read more)
Note: My, my, my see how Walter Brasch states lies vs facts. This is a must read. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher
The conference was based on addressing problems with School Suspension: Practice and Policy Strategies.
There were several breakout sessions:
2. Student’s Rights and Responsibilities
3. Building Leadership through Action Research
4. Formula Fairness Campaign
I attended the PBIS workshop and it was awesome. The presenter was Attorney Keith Howard current chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights Section (JJCR). He presented on behalf of Legal Aid of N.C., Inc. and the JJCR.
While participants were eating their lunch Marty Strange, Director of the Policy Program of the Rural School and Community Trust gave a brief update on the national Formula Fairness Campaign and NC’s crucial role in that effort.
The 2nd round of the workshops began at 1:00 PM and they were as follows:
2. Students Rights and Responsibilities
3. Action Research
4. Parents Issues Roundtable
I attended the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) workshop and it was awesome as well. The presenter was Canecca Davis Principal Mariam Boyd Elementary School. She was named Warren County’s 2009-10 Principal of the year and practices PBIS at her school.
Representative Angela Bryant House District 7 and Matt Ellinwood from the NC Justice Center Policy Advocate, Education & Law Project gave a legislative update on what is going on with education on the state level.
I am very much familiar with Rep. Bryant. I have worked with her over the years and was one of her strong supporters when she was appointed and then elected to the House of Representatives. As always Bryant does a superior job at whatever she does because she is multi-talented and has served in many capacities in community activism as a lawyer and through her non-profit organization serving on the Rocky Mount City Council and now in the NC General Assembly.
I am not familiar with Ellinwood however I am very much familiar with the NC Justice Center. I have received Certificates of Graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC. I have stayed in contact with NC Justice Center over the years up until Angela Dunston former NC Justice Center Policy Advocate Education and Law Project moved on to work with Governor Beverly Perdue as the Director of Advocacy.
I really enjoyed the workshops. Just last week I signed up to be a member of the PBIS team at my son’s school. I learned a lot about how the PBIS can be a valuable tool in the school systems across NC.
Stay tuned for video coverage of the workshops brought to you courtesy of The DCN TV coming soon.
I had a news writing instructor at UAA twenty years ago. This guy was the epitome of a classic straight-line journalist. His name was Paul Jenkins. He was a by-the-book, objective, no-nonsense, research your facts kind of guy. He was also the editor of the Anchorage Times. I was steadfast to his principled teaching, and was lucky enough to be hired by him to work at The Times. Anything I wrote during my short time at the paper had to pass Jenkins’ absolutely objective standard. (Read more)