Fast Changing Tide—N.C. Cabinet Agency Turnover   Weekly Insight

What if Roy Williams took the court without any of his assistant coaches on the bench? How would that handicap success in the ACC tournament? Assistant coaches, while clearly less crucial to game day success than the head coach, play important roles in the process. They are additional sets of eyes and ears; they focus on aspects of the game that the head coach cannot focus on; and they often have subtle but specific responsibilities to track certain things like timeouts or player fouls—elements that can make a difference in the game.… Full story »

We need your voice Reach NC Voices

Caregivers come in many different forms – grandparents, uncles, siblings, mother, father, guardian, friend. Regardless of relationship, the lives of our children matter, and each caregiver does their best to create the opportunity for their children to live healthy, happy, successful lives. Creating those opportunities requires a heavy lift – scheduling, coordinating, communicating, and trying to stay on top of the very basics of life.… Full story »

Introducing Balancing Act, an interactive look at NC’s budget Balancing Act

Do you know how the budget process in N.C. works? Here’s your chance to review the Governor’s budget, weigh in on the spending priorities, create your own budget for North Carolina, and share the results. Introducing Balancing Act, an interactive budget simulation tool that allows you to adjust revenue and spending categories to align with your priorities.  … Full story »

Thinking About Those Who Represent Us – the NC Senate Unpacking Data Weekly Insight

Like many 11-year olds, my morning ritual involved poring over the sports page to see how many points Michael Jordan averaged, who was leading the American League in batting average, and the latest in the Winston Cup points margin.  To this day, I can still share more random facts about ACC basketball in the late 80s and early 90s than almost anything else. … Full story »

Thinking About Those Who Represent Us – An Introduction Weekly Insight

The work of 20th century sociologist Vilifredo Pareto introduced the idea of “elites” and studied their role in politics and society. One of his theories was that leadership cycles between “foxes,” who lead towards decentralization, plurality, and skepticism, and “lions,” who emphasize nationalism, established ways, and hierarchical structures.  I revisited Parteo’s theories through a recent article by Hugo Drochon in the New Statesman, spurring a reflection on political theory.  … Full story »

First Lady Kristin Cooper discusses child hunger Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. First Lady Kristin Cooper spoke on February 22nd at the 2017 No Child Hunger Leaders Conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.… Full story »

One educator’s experience with school food Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues that we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. Growing up, school lunch was pretty simple.… Full story »

In education, a question of authority Education

Lawmakers at a joint appropriations education committee meeting Tuesday asked many questions of state education leaders but hinted at a bigger question: who has authority over the Department of Public Instruction and, more broadly, over all of the state’s schools?  Both State Board of Education Chair Billy Cobey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson presented at the meeting.… Full story »

The Reach NC Voices chatbot lives Reach NC Voices

Chatbots are an emerging media innovation that show promise for increasing two-way engagement between organizations and their audience. It is a tool that will help us live up to the promise of two-way communication that is the blueprint for our EdNC Architecture of Participation. Initial versions of bots first showed up on social media, allowing Facebook pages to automate their interactions with members.… Full story »

Unpacking bureaucracy: Training public workers Weekly Insight What's Working

The public’s relationship with government bureaucracy is complicated. We simultaneously expect everything and nothing. Government bureaucracy is often a punchline. On good days it is the butt of our jokes. On bad days it is the scapegoat for our frustrations. Yet, like with most punchlines, bureaucracy is the target because it is complicated.… Full story »