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Teaching Fellows attend the 29th annual Emerging Issues Forum

Hundreds of educators, business leaders and policy makers took part in the event at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., from Feb. 10-11, 2014.

Teaching Fellows, along with Professor Glenda Crawford and Teaching Fellows Assistant Director Jennifer Fish, pose with author Diane Ravitch.

Several junior Teaching Fellows were delegates at the 29th annual Emerging Issues Forum held at the Raleigh Convention Center from Feb. 10-11, 2014.

Sponsored by The Institute of Emerging Issues, the forum focused on the theme "Teachers and the Great Economic Debate." Attendees included more than 1,300 educators, business leaders and policy makers challenged to explore how to recruit, develop and keep the best teachers in North Carolina’s classrooms. 

The event was a follow-up to the Fellows’ participation in January of academic seminars on national education policy and the media at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

The forum showcased Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World – And How They Got that Way”; Pasi Sahlberg, former director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Helsinki, Finland; and best-selling authors Dan Pink and Diane Ravitch.

Fellows pose with former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt.

Professor Glenda Crawford, the director of Elon University’s Teaching Fellows program, and Tyronna Hooker G’09, the 2011 State Teacher of the Year, were invited panelists on the topic of recruiting, preparing and retaining quality teachers.

The forum culminated with North Carolina Teaching Fellow and 2000 Disney National Teacher of the Year Ron Clark, who shared his story of the far-reaching influence of a world-class teacher. Closing remarks were made by former Gov. James B. Hunt, who challenged the audience to share its voice and work toward putting a world-class teacher in every classroom in North Carolina.

Eric Townsend,
2/21/2014 12:00 PM